Ariel Gore

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Ariel Gore
Born (1970-06-25) June 25, 1970 (age 49)
Alma materMills College
University of California at Berkeley
OccupationJournalist, Author
FamilyJohn Duryea (stepfather)

Ariel Gore (born June 25, 1970) is a journalist, memoirist, novelist, nonfiction author, and teacher. Gore has authored more than ten novels.[1] Gore's fiction and nonfiction work also explores creativity, spirituality, queer culture, and positive psychology. She is the founding editor/publisher of Hip Mama, an Alternative Press Award-winning publication covering the culture and politics of motherhood. Through her work on Hip Mama, Gore is widely credited with launching maternal feminism and the contemporary mothers' movement.

Her anthology Portland Queer: Tales of the Rose City won the best "LGBT anthology" at the 22nd annual Lambda Literary Award in 2010.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Ariel Gore was born June 25, 1970, in Carmel, California.[citation needed] Her mother was Eve de Bona, and the subject of her book The End of Eve (2014).[4][5] Her stepfather John Duryea, was a priest that had been excommunicated in 1976 by the Catholic Church when he confessed in a sermon he had fallen in love with Gore's mother.[6] She was raised in Palo Alto, California and attended Addison Elementary School, Jordan Middle School (renamed to Greene Middle School) and two years at Palo Alto High School.[7][8] She left high school early by taking the California High School Proficiency Test.[7] In her book, Atlas of the Human Heart (2003), Gore recounts this time period in her life after high school at age 15, where she traveled the world, working odd jobs, and squatting abandoned buildings.[7][8]

She is a graduate of Mills College and the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.[when?][citation needed] While attending Mills College in the 1990s, Gore was a young, single mom raising her daughter.[9]


Hip Mama[edit]

The first issue of Hip Mama was by Ariel Gore and published in December, 1993, in Oakland, California as part of her senior project while attending Mills College.[10] Published quarterly, the magazine relocated to Portland, Oregon in the 1990s.[11] It was created as a forum for single, urban, and feminist mothers.[10] Each issue had a broad theme and within that theme the content would explore various aspects and a range of ideas.[11]

In 2014, Hip Mama moved back to Oakland and relaunched with expanded food, arts, and political coverage. "It's the quality of the writing that sets Hip Mama apart," noted in The New Yorker.[12]

Atlas of the Human Heart (1998)[edit]

Her lyrical memoir, Atlas of the Human Heart, which recounts Gore's teenage years and her travels. This book was a 2004 finalist for the Oregon Book Award.[citation needed]


She has taught as a faculty fellow at The Attic Institute of Arts and Letters in Portland, Oregon,[13] University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe.[citation needed] She currently teaches online at Ariel Gore's School for Wayward Writers.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Gore is openly queer and has two children, a daughter and a son.[14] After living in Portland, Oregon for many years, Gore and her family moved to Oakland, California in approximately 2014.[14][5]

Gore's daughter Maia Swift has worked as an art director for her mother's, Hip Mama magazine[5] and helped her co-author Whatever, Mom: Hip Mama's Guide to Raising a Teenager (2004).



  • Gore, Ariel (1998). The Hip Mama Survival Guide : Advice from the Trenches. Hyperion. ISBN 0-7868-8232-8
  • Gore, Ariel (2000). The Mother Trip. Seal Press. ISBN 1-58005-029-8
  • Gore, Ariel (2003). Atlas of the Human Heart. Seal Press. ISBN 1-58005-088-3
  • Gore, Ariel with Swift, Maia (2004). Whatever, Mom: Hip Mama's Guide to Raising a Teenager. Seal Press. ISBN 1-58005-089-1
  • Gore, Ariel (2007). How to Become a Famous Writer Before You're Dead: Your Words in Print and Your Name in Lights. Three Rivers Press. ISBN 0-307-34648-X
  • Gore, Ariel (2010). "Bluebird: Women and the New Psychology of Happiness".Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN 0-374-11489-7
  • Gore, Ariel (2014). The End of Eve. Portland, Oregon: Hawthorne Books. ISBN 0986000795.


  • Gore, Ariel (2006). The Traveling Death and Resurrection Show. HarperSanFrancisco. ISBN 0-06-085428-6
  • Gore, Ariel (2017). We Were Witches. The Feminist Press. ISBN 1558614338


  • Gore, Ariel (2004). The Essential Hip Mama: Writing from the Cutting Edge of Parenting. Seal Press. ISBN 1-58005-123-5
  • Gore, Ariel, with Lavender, Bee (2001). Breeder: Real-Life Stories from the New Generation of Mothers. Seal Press ISBN 1-58005-051-4
  • Gore, Ariel (2009). Portland Queer: Tales of the Rose City. Lit Star Press/Microcosm Publishing ISBN 1-934620-65-3


  1. ^ "AWP CONFERENCE: S263. Shame as a Driver of Marginalized Female Narrative Unreliability". Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). 2019. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  2. ^ Krach, Aaron (2010-11-10). "'Portland Queer: Tales of the Rose City' ed. by Ariel Gore". Lambda Literary. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  3. ^ Valenzuela, Tony (2010-05-10). "22nd Annual Lambda Literary Awards". Lambda Literary. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  4. ^ "The Year We Were Jewish: My Mother, Rachel Dolezal, White Nationalism, and Me". Hawthorne Books. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  5. ^ a b c May, Meredith (2014-02-03). "Hip Mama founder also a dutiful daughter". SFGate. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  6. ^ Thorwaldson, Jay (2006). "Father John Duryea dies at 88". Palo Alto Weekly. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  7. ^ a b c "Get on the Train". Psychology Today. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  8. ^ a b "Books & Literature: Ariel Gore". North Bay Bohemian. Metroactive Central. June 2003. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  9. ^ "The Hippest Mama: Mutha Magazine Interviews ARIEL GORE". Mutha Magazine. 2013-09-18. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  10. ^ a b Chun, Kimberly (1998-10-16). "She's No June Cleaver / Hip Mama Ariel Gore offers parenting tips for biker chicks and welfare moms". SFGate. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  11. ^ a b O'Reilly, Andrea (2010). Encyclopedia of Motherhood. SAGE Publications. p. 488. ISBN 9781452266299.
  12. ^ The New Yorker. Magazine. 75. New York City, New York: F-R Publishing Corporation. 1999. p. 216. But it is the quality of the writing that sets hip Mama apart.
  13. ^ Wang, Amy (2019-09-11). "The Attic celebrates 20 years of seeding Portland's literary culture". oregonlive. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  14. ^ a b Zolbrod, Zoe (2017-09-29). "Reinventing Motherhood and Re-Dreaming Reality: Talking with Ariel Gore". The Rumpus. Retrieved 2019-11-07.

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