So, I interviewed Kathy Soper the other day. For those not in the know, she is the editor of Segullah. Sheâ€™s got seven kids (yep, sheâ€™s an angel), and she has managed to keep us all on task at Segullah (Sheâ€™s an organized angel)! Here was our conversation.
Hey Kathy. Why donâ€™t you introduce yourself.
Howdy, all. Iâ€™m Kathy, soon to be thirty-five years old. Happy to be LDS, happy to be married to Reed Soper, happy even to be living in Utah. But I do miss the trees–though not the humidity–of Maryland, my childhood homeland. And I admit I like Salt Lake valley better than her much-maligned sister. I had a rocky start with Provo culture when I arrived in â€˜89, but I ended up marrying my home teacher, so it all ended well. I have a BA in English, and Iâ€™m interested in pursuing an MFA in creative non-fiction someday, when Iâ€™m no longer inundated with sippy cups and diapers. I have seven kids; the oldest just turned 13 and the youngest is almost a year old.
How does a woman with seven kids manage to be editor of a literary journal?
I ignore my kids a lot. Seriously. Of course, itâ€™s all relativeâ€”I think I ignore them a normal, healthy amount. But in my early years of motherhood I was a total cruise director, so itâ€™s taken me a while to be comfortable with any ignoring.