And If That Mockingbird Don’t Sing: Parenting Stories Gone Speculative: 75 Flash by 76 Authors

And If That Mockingbird Don’t Sing: Parenting Stories Gone Speculative

75 Flash by 76 Authors
Edited by Hannah Grieco

An evil teddy bear, a mermaid, a robot daughter, a ghost child. A mother surrendering her baby to the crows. A child consumed by lice from the inside out. A father sending his selkie daughter back to the sea. These flash stories and essays explore the whispered side of parenting —the loss, fear, vulnerability, and deep, deep love that lurks underneath our day-to-day lives as mothers and fathers. One glimpse into And If That Mockingbird Don’t Sing: Parenting Stories Gone Speculative, and you’ll never look at parenting in quite the same way again.

Content Warning: This anthology contains some heavy pieces that deal with miscarriage, child death, body image, bullying, prolonged illness, abuse, postpartum depression, and abduction.


Rebecca Ackermann
Barlow Adams
Kathryn Aldridge-Morris
Madeline Anthes
Justin KB
Amy Cipolla Barnes
DeMisty D. Bellinger
Bryan Betancur
Lindy Biller
Melissa Bowers
Emma Brewer
Audrey Burges
Susan Calvillo
Olivia Campbell
Tara Campbell
Jiksun Cheung
Kelle Schillaci Clarke
Christopher DeWan
Julianne DiNenna
Jamie Etheridge
Melanie Figg
Erin Fitzgerald
Jennifer Fliss
Kendra Fortmeyer
TJ Fuller
Rosie Garland
Caroljean Gavin
Miriam Gershow
Diane Gottlieb
Aubrey Hirsch
Jas Huff
Kelly Ann Jacobson
Meagan Johanson
Leah Claire Kaminski
Lydia Kim
Stephanie King
Masha Kisel
Naz Knudsen
Leonard Kress
Martha Lane
Jo Saleska Lange
Jessi Lewis
Jami Nakamura Lin
Meagan Lucas
JL Lycette
Mike McClelland
Maureen McEly
DW McKinney
Frankie McMillan
K. C. Mead-Brewer
Edie Meade
Keri Modrall Rinne
Veronica Montes
Jennifer Murvin
Rachel O’Cleary
Alan Michael Parker
Mandira Pattnaik
Meg Pokrass
Sierra Powers
Pip Robertson
Melissa Saggerer
Carol Scheina
Laura Stanfill
Jan Stinchcomb
Christina Tang-Bernas
Jerica Taylor
Joanna Theiss
Michaella Thornton
Sally Toner
Leslie Walker Trahan
Eric Scot Tryon
Addie Tsai
Lea Waits
K. S. Walker
Didi Wood
Marianne Worthington

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• 5.5” x 8.5” Perfectbound Trade Paperback
• Cream Paper, 216 Pages
• Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1-946580-32-0
• Paperback ISBN-10: 1-946580-32-5
• First Edition: January 25, 2022
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Cover design by Leah Angstman, with art elements by Comfreak and Nika Akin.

HANNAH GRIECO is a writer and editor in Washington, D.C. She has written for The Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Parents Magazine, Today’s Parent, and Huffington Post, as well as for a variety of anthologies and literary journals. Find her online at

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