Mudroom News #2: Quarterly Contributors

Due to increasing writing projects and deadlines, Tanya Marlow has asked to step down as a monthly Mudroom contributor so we have made her a quarterly contributor. She will share the position with two new contributors. It is a privilege to write alongside these extraordinary women. Please welcome them!


Grace Sandra is a Jesus follower passionate about social justice, racial reconciliation, and advocacy on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised. To that end, Grace has spent over 15 years in the non-profit sector training and leading high school & college students to become world changing agents of hope. As an adult survivor of severe childhood sexual abuse, depression, postpartum, divorce, addiction, and recovery, Grace speaks at conferences & workshops telling stories of hope and redemption, survival and faith. Grace is an award-winning blogger, chosen as Voice of the Year in 2013, 2014 and reading her piece, “Letting The Stupid Little Ni**** Go” at the Blogher ’14 key note ceremony. She’s written for Rachel Held Evans, Sarah Bessey, The Good Men Project, God’s Politics, and Babble. Grace is a published essayist in Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank about Faith and The Mother Letters (2016). Grace has two published Bible studies: Kingdom Building and Cries of the Poor. Grace is (still) working on her first full-length book, Detroit’s Daughter, a memoir about surviving her father, her brother, abuse, racism, Christians, boys, and poverty, while growing up in Detroit. You can find her tinkering around on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook with amateur photography and poetry at @EverydayBlackMatters, and blogging at

Grace lives in Michigan and is embracing God’s mercy in life’s second chances. She is newly married enjoying a beautiful blended family with her two sons, (10 and 6) and gifted with a beautiful bonus daughter (6).

Jessica Mesman Griffith (@jmesgriff) • Instagram photos and videos 2015-11-24 19-59-49
Jessica Mesman Griffith is a widely published writer whose work has been noted in Best American Essays. Her memoir, Love and Salt: A Spiritual Friendship in Letters, co-authored with Amy Andrews, won the 2014 Christopher Award for “literature that affirms the highest values of the human spirit.” She is the associate editor of Mind & Spirit, an online magazine about the intersection of faith and psychology, she writes daily devotions for Living Faith, and was a long-time contributor to the Image blog Good Letters. Her book of daily meditations on the 2016 lectionary, Grace-Filled Days, is available from Loyola Press and Amazon. Look for her new project coming January 1st! You can subscribe to her blog here. Read Jess’s first Mudroom post: Heartbreak and Shipwreck.

Jess is a member of Ink: A Creative Collective and is represented by the MacGregor Literary Agency.


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3 thoughts on “Mudroom News #2: Quarterly Contributors

  1. I am beyond excited to see these two women join us. The depth of their writing is extraordinary. I can’t wait to see how they bless The Mudroom.

  2. I’m so thrilled to be a part of The Mudroom and have Jessica and Sandra join us. Wow. I’m sad it means Tanya is lessening her writing here but thrilled to have some more voices!

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