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 2013, the Third Annual Festival featured more than 150 women of all ages and from many backgrounds, sharing their talents through readings, lectures, workshops, performances and screenings held at Berkshire County venues from Sheffield to Williamstown. All events are open to the public and most are free, thanks to the generosity of our participants, venues, donors and collaborators.
Festival collaborators include the Mount, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, the Women’s Interfaith Institute in the Berkshires, Berkshire Magazine, Orion Magazine, the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, MCLA Gallery 51, The Bookstore, the Berkshire International Film Festival, the Berkshire Human Rights Speaker Series,and more.
The 2014 Berkshire Festival of Women Writers Organizing Committee:
Dr. Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez (chair), Claudette Webster (program coordinator), Iris Bass, Joanne Cooney, Pauline Dongala, Carolyn Fabricant, Maureen Hickey, Jan Hutchinson, Johanna Janssen, Vera Kalm, Lorrin Krouss, Betsy McTiernan, Heather Meehan, Alice Myers, Anna Myers, Judith Nardacci, Beth Sack, Kuukua Yomekpe.
Major funding for the 2013 Berkshire Festival of Women Writers is provided by the John A. Sellon Charitable Trust, the Massachusetts Council on the Humanities, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and the Local Cultural Councils of the Massachusetts Council on the Arts, including Northern Berkshire and the towns of Alford-Egremont, Becket, Dalton, Great Barrington, Lee, Lenox, Monterey, Mount Washington, New Marlborough, Otis, Pittsfield, Stockbridge, Washington and West Stockbridge, along with many organizations, individuals and businesses.