Who We Are

Tammy Perlmutter
Founder and Curator
Tammy writes about unabridged life, fragmented faith, and investing in the mess. She founded The Mudroom to make room in the mess and create a space for people to be heard. Tammy guest posts a bit, writes flash memoir, personal essay, and poetry, leads writing groups, and preaches on occasion. She has an essay included in the book Soul Bare: Raw Read More
Tammy PerlmutterFounder and Curator
Tammy writes about unabridged life, fragmented faith, and investing in the mess. She founded The Mudroom to make room in the mess and create a space for people to be heard. Tammy guest posts a bit, writes flash memoir, personal essay, and poetry, leads writing groups, and preaches on occasion. She has an essay included in the book Soul Bare: Raw Read More
Brenna D’Ambrosio
Contributor
Wife. Mother. Sister. Friend. Writer. I believe in finding and celebrating the breath of God in the every day, and that sometimes a gentle, simple group of words is the best way to reflect the complex and bold beauty of the world. I believe in the fierce. I believe in a generation of girls and women finding their voice. A generation who are the Read More
Brenna D’AmbrosioContributor
Wife. Mother. Sister. Friend. Writer. I believe in finding and celebrating the breath of God in the every day, and that sometimes a gentle, simple group of words is the best way to reflect the complex and bold beauty of the world. I believe in the fierce. I believe in a generation of girls and women finding their voice. A generation who are the Read More
Heather Caliri
Contributor
Heather Caliri is a writer from San Diego who wakes up with tea, eggs, and advice columns every morning. She’s learned to use tiny, joyful yeses to free herself from anxiety.  Read posts by Heather here. About Latest Posts Follow meTammy PerlmutterWriter at Raggle-TaggleTammy Perlmutter writes about unabridged life, fragmented faith, and investing in the mess at her blog. She founded The Read More
Heather CaliriContributor
Heather Caliri is a writer from San Diego who wakes up with tea, eggs, and advice columns every morning. She’s learned to use tiny, joyful yeses to free herself from anxiety.  Read posts by Heather here. About Latest Posts Follow meTammy PerlmutterWriter at Raggle-TaggleTammy Perlmutter writes about unabridged life, fragmented faith, and investing in the mess at her blog. She founded The Read More
Velynn Brown
Contributor
My heart beats for the underdog, underprivileged and underloved—because that has been some big pieces of my own story. I love Jesus so much. I really do. He pursued me like no other. No. Other. And I am still so desperate for Him.  Read posts by Velynn here. About Latest Posts Follow meTammy PerlmutterWriter at Raggle-TaggleTammy Perlmutter writes about unabridged life, Read More
Velynn BrownContributor
My heart beats for the underdog, underprivileged and underloved—because that has been some big pieces of my own story. I love Jesus so much. I really do. He pursued me like no other. No. Other. And I am still so desperate for Him.  Read posts by Velynn here. About Latest Posts Follow meTammy PerlmutterWriter at Raggle-TaggleTammy Perlmutter writes about unabridged life, Read More
Caris Adel
Contributor
I am passionate about recognizing the image of God in everyone, and seeing the truth of God everywhere. I’m continually looking for ways to disrupt my status quo. Raised in a primarily white environment, I now live as a minority in my neighborhood. I hold to pacifist leanings even as I live in a military community.  And after a lifetime Read More
Caris AdelContributor
I am passionate about recognizing the image of God in everyone, and seeing the truth of God everywhere. I’m continually looking for ways to disrupt my status quo. Raised in a primarily white environment, I now live as a minority in my neighborhood. I hold to pacifist leanings even as I live in a military community.  And after a lifetime Read More
Ashley Hales
Contributor
Ashley Hales holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. But she spends most of her time chasing around her four children and helping her husband plant a church. Her writing has appeared in Books & Culture, (in)courage, Think Christian and other places. Read all of Ashley’s posts here.   About Latest Posts Follow meTammy PerlmutterWriter at Read More
Ashley HalesContributor
Ashley Hales holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. But she spends most of her time chasing around her four children and helping her husband plant a church. Her writing has appeared in Books & Culture, (in)courage, Think Christian and other places. Read all of Ashley’s posts here.   About Latest Posts Follow meTammy PerlmutterWriter at Read More
Grace P. Cho
Contributor
Grace loves the power of the written word and believes that writing is her vehicle to lead and encourage others. She loves to gather people around the table to share lives and good food, and she hopes people will see more of Jesus through her blog. Read posts by Grace here. About Latest Posts Follow meTammy PerlmutterWriter at Raggle-TaggleTammy Perlmutter Read More
Grace P. ChoContributor
Grace loves the power of the written word and believes that writing is her vehicle to lead and encourage others. She loves to gather people around the table to share lives and good food, and she hopes people will see more of Jesus through her blog. Read posts by Grace here. About Latest Posts Follow meTammy PerlmutterWriter at Raggle-TaggleTammy Perlmutter Read More
Nicole T. Walters
Administrative Assistant
Nicole T. Walters is a wife, working mom, and writer from metro Atlanta who loves to experience the messy, noisy, beautiful world and cultures not her own. A proud member of the Redbud Writer’s Guild, she writes about finding God’s voice in all the noise, faith, and culture. Read posts by Nicole here. About Latest Posts Follow meTammy PerlmutterWriter at Read More
Nicole T. WaltersAdministrative Assistant
Nicole T. Walters is a wife, working mom, and writer from metro Atlanta who loves to experience the messy, noisy, beautiful world and cultures not her own. A proud member of the Redbud Writer’s Guild, she writes about finding God’s voice in all the noise, faith, and culture. Read posts by Nicole here. About Latest Posts Follow meTammy PerlmutterWriter at Read More
Ruthie Johnson
Contributor
Florida girl in a Midwest world. My life has been full of the unexpected. I write about this unexpected journey, multiculturalism, and faith. I’m a firm believer that Jesus shows up most beautifully in the messy in-betweens of life. Join me as I write about my journey of discovering more of what is means to be full of faith and Read More
Ruthie JohnsonContributor
Florida girl in a Midwest world. My life has been full of the unexpected. I write about this unexpected journey, multiculturalism, and faith. I’m a firm believer that Jesus shows up most beautifully in the messy in-betweens of life. Join me as I write about my journey of discovering more of what is means to be full of faith and Read More
Cara Meredith
Contributor
Cara a writer, speaker and musician from the greater San Francisco area. She is passionate about theology and books, her family, meals around the table, and finding Beauty in the most unlikely of places. A seven on the Enneagram, she also can’t help but try to laugh and smile at the ordinary everyday.  She is a member of the Redbud Read More
Cara MeredithContributor
Cara a writer, speaker and musician from the greater San Francisco area. She is passionate about theology and books, her family, meals around the table, and finding Beauty in the most unlikely of places. A seven on the Enneagram, she also can’t help but try to laugh and smile at the ordinary everyday.  She is a member of the Redbud Read More
Katelyn Durst
Poet in Residence
Our second poet-in-residence, Katelyn Durst, is a community artist, creative activist, teacher and youth worker. She has worked within urban youth development and urban community development for ten years. About Latest Posts Follow meTammy PerlmutterWriter at Raggle-TaggleTammy Perlmutter writes about unabridged life, fragmented faith, and investing in the mess at her blog. She founded The Mudroom to make room in Read More
Katelyn DurstPoet in Residence
Our second poet-in-residence, Katelyn Durst, is a community artist, creative activist, teacher and youth worker. She has worked within urban youth development and urban community development for ten years. About Latest Posts Follow meTammy PerlmutterWriter at Raggle-TaggleTammy Perlmutter writes about unabridged life, fragmented faith, and investing in the mess at her blog. She founded The Mudroom to make room in Read More
Karen Gonzalez
Contributor
Karen González is an immigrant from Guatemala, raised in the US. She is a writer, baseball lover, and amateur theologian in Baltimore, MD.  She is also co-host of the Dovetail Podcast. About Latest Posts Follow meTammy PerlmutterWriter at Raggle-TaggleTammy Perlmutter writes about unabridged life, fragmented faith, and investing in the mess at her blog. She founded The Mudroom to make Read More
Karen GonzalezContributor
Karen González is an immigrant from Guatemala, raised in the US. She is a writer, baseball lover, and amateur theologian in Baltimore, MD.  She is also co-host of the Dovetail Podcast. About Latest Posts Follow meTammy PerlmutterWriter at Raggle-TaggleTammy Perlmutter writes about unabridged life, fragmented faith, and investing in the mess at her blog. She founded The Mudroom to make Read More
Tanya Marlow
Quarterly Contributor
Tanya was in Christian ministry for a decade and a lecturer in Biblical Theology, until she got sick, and became a writer. Her worst habits include laughing at her own jokes and singing songs without knowing the lyrics. Read posts by Tanya here. About Latest Posts Follow meTammy PerlmutterWriter at Raggle-TaggleTammy Perlmutter writes about unabridged life, fragmented faith, and investing in Read More
Tanya MarlowQuarterly Contributor
Tanya was in Christian ministry for a decade and a lecturer in Biblical Theology, until she got sick, and became a writer. Her worst habits include laughing at her own jokes and singing songs without knowing the lyrics. Read posts by Tanya here. About Latest Posts Follow meTammy PerlmutterWriter at Raggle-TaggleTammy Perlmutter writes about unabridged life, fragmented faith, and investing in Read More
Anita Scott
Poet in Residence
Poetry has always been a second language for Anita. She has performed at local slam poetry and spoken word events. Now, the door is opening for her poetry in small groups and on stages around the United States where she has already shared the same mic with Micah Bournes and Amena Brown Owen. She travels to Chicago yearly to perform at Read More
Anita ScottPoet in Residence
Poetry has always been a second language for Anita. She has performed at local slam poetry and spoken word events. Now, the door is opening for her poetry in small groups and on stages around the United States where she has already shared the same mic with Micah Bournes and Amena Brown Owen. She travels to Chicago yearly to perform at Read More
Grace Sandra
Quarterly Contributor
Grace Sandra is a Jesus follower, a social & racial justice advocate, and a wife & Mama who writes blogs & books. Read posts by Grace Sandra here. About Latest Posts Follow meTammy PerlmutterWriter at Raggle-TaggleTammy Perlmutter writes about unabridged life, fragmented faith, and investing in the mess at her blog. She founded The Mudroom to make room in the Read More
Grace SandraQuarterly Contributor
Grace Sandra is a Jesus follower, a social & racial justice advocate, and a wife & Mama who writes blogs & books. Read posts by Grace Sandra here. About Latest Posts Follow meTammy PerlmutterWriter at Raggle-TaggleTammy Perlmutter writes about unabridged life, fragmented faith, and investing in the mess at her blog. She founded The Mudroom to make room in the Read More
Alia Joy
Quarterly Contributor
Alia Joy is a storyteller, speaker, and homeschooling mother of three making her home in Central Oregon. She shares her story in broken bits and pieces on her blog and finds community where other’s stories intersect. She’s a cynical idealist who is always trying to find the beautiful bits in the midst of the messy and broken. She believes even Read More
Alia JoyQuarterly Contributor
Alia Joy is a storyteller, speaker, and homeschooling mother of three making her home in Central Oregon. She shares her story in broken bits and pieces on her blog and finds community where other’s stories intersect. She’s a cynical idealist who is always trying to find the beautiful bits in the midst of the messy and broken. She believes even Read More
Marlena Graves
Quarterly Contributor
Marlena Graves is the author of A Beautiful Disaster: Finding Hope in the Midst of Brokenness (Brazos Press 2014). Hearts and Minds Books awarded it the Best Book on Spiritual Formation by a First Time Writer (2014).  Marlena is also a bylined writer for Christianity Today and Our Daily Journey (Our Daily Bread Ministries). Her pieces have also appeared in Read More
Marlena GravesQuarterly Contributor
Marlena Graves is the author of A Beautiful Disaster: Finding Hope in the Midst of Brokenness (Brazos Press 2014). Hearts and Minds Books awarded it the Best Book on Spiritual Formation by a First Time Writer (2014).  Marlena is also a bylined writer for Christianity Today and Our Daily Journey (Our Daily Bread Ministries). Her pieces have also appeared in Read More
Gayl Wright
Support Staff
Gayl Wright is a seeker of truth who looks for beauty in ordinary things. A self-taught poet, photographer, and artist, she loves to capture what she finds using her talents to encourage others and glorify God. She makes her home in upstate South Carolina. Married for 42 years, mother of 7, grandmother of 14, she is a seeker of truth who Read More
Gayl WrightSupport Staff
Gayl Wright is a seeker of truth who looks for beauty in ordinary things. A self-taught poet, photographer, and artist, she loves to capture what she finds using her talents to encourage others and glorify God. She makes her home in upstate South Carolina. Married for 42 years, mother of 7, grandmother of 14, she is a seeker of truth who Read More
Lindsey Smallwood
Support Staff
Lindsey Smallwood hopes to leave a legacy of good relationships and bad dance moves. After careers in campus ministry, special education, and circus arts, she’s currently chasing her little boys and serving on staff at her local church. Read more by Lindsey at her blog Songbird and a Nerd, including blog posts, excerpts from her latest book and more. About Read More
Lindsey SmallwoodSupport Staff
Lindsey Smallwood hopes to leave a legacy of good relationships and bad dance moves. After careers in campus ministry, special education, and circus arts, she’s currently chasing her little boys and serving on staff at her local church. Read more by Lindsey at her blog Songbird and a Nerd, including blog posts, excerpts from her latest book and more. About Read More
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Tammy Perlmutter writes about unabridged life, fragmented faith, and investing in the mess at her blog. She founded The Mudroom to make room in the mess and create a space for people to be heard. Tammy guest posts a bit, writes flash memoir, personal essay, and poetry, leads writing groups, and preaches on occasion. She will has an essay included in the book Soul Bare: Raw Reflections on Human Redemption, by Inter Varsity Press.
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