About the Festival

Maria Sirois, Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez and Lydia Littlefield lean in at the September 12 "Writing from the Heart" event, a smashing success, with more than 70 people in attendance despite the thunderstorms.  Also reading their heartfelt writing: Suzi Banks Baum, Hannah Fries, Jan Hutchinson and Anni Maliki.

Maria Sirois, Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez and Lydia Littlefield leaning in at the September 2013 “Writing from the Heart” Festival event held at the Mount. Also reading their heartfelt writing: Suzi Banks Baum, Hannah Fries, Jan Hutchinson and Anni Maliki.

The annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers is a collaborative, multi-venue event sponsored by Bard College at Simon’s Rock with many local partners, celebrated county-wide in the month of March, Women’s History Month.

In 2015 the Festival will celebrate its Fifth Anniversary Season with an exciting line-up of readings, lectures, workshops, performances and screenings by women writers from the Berkshire region.

This year the Festival will open with a brand-new Book Expo event, showcasing regional women authors, publishing companies and other vendors.   from the Acclaimed author Dani Shapiro will give a keynote lecture on March 1 to kick off our season in style, and things won’t slow down until March comes to a close!

The 2015 Berkshire Festival of Women Writers Organizing Committee:

Dr. Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez (Founding Director), Robin Zeamer (Program Coordinator), Lorrin Krouss (Director of Business Development), Iris Bass, Sahra Bateson Brubeck, Melinda Burns, Sharon Coleman, Joanne Cooney, Pauline Dongala, Carolyn Fabricant, Maureen Hickey, Jan Hutchinson, Johanna Janssen, Vera Kalm, Alice Myers, Anna Myers (webmaster and graphic design), Lynnette Lucy Najimy (media relations, photography, publicity), Judith Nardacci (publicity and grant writing), Geri Stefanacci, Kuukua Yomekpe.

Major funding for the 2014 Berkshire Festival of Women Writers was provided by the John A. Sellon Charitable Trust, the Wyomissing Foundation, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Sally-Jane Heit, Quality Printing, and the Local Cultural Councils of the Massachusetts Council on the Arts, including Northern Berkshire and the towns of Alford-Egremont, Dalton, Great Barrington, Lenox, Monterey, Mount Washington, New Marlborough, Otis, Pittsfield, Sandisfield, Stockbridge, Washington and West Stockbridge, along with many organizations, individual donors and businesses.

Thanks to our 2014 corporate sponsors, Berkshire Gas, upstreet magazine and Anonymous, and our media sponsor Berkshire Magazine, as well as our many Program advertisers.

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