Sunday, March 3
Berkshire Magazine presents:
Women Writers and the Role of the Editor
Hosted by Anastasia Stanmeyer, editor of Berkshire Magazine, with Robin Catalano, Nichole Dupont, Ellen G. Lahr, Gladys Montgomery, and Abby Wood
The Triplex, Great Barrington, 11 a.m.

Join Berkshire Magazine writers and editor Anastasia Stanmeyer for a panel discussion on the challenges of being a woman journalist today. Many Berkshire writers are women who must juggle second, and even third, jobs while taking care of households. The challenges are even greater for them as they try to keep a writing career going. We will also explore the many facets of the role of the editor and its importance to the development of new and established writers.

Anastasia Stanmeyer
is the editor of Berkshire Magazine. She is an active member of the Berkshire community and lives with her three children and husband on a farm in South County. She spent twelve years in Asia, writing and editing for Time, Asiaweek, Newsweek, Stern, and other magazines. She has written extensively for dailies such as the Dallas Morning News, the Christian Science Monitor, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Robin Catalano has been a freelance writer and editor for fifteen years, with articles appearing in Gourmet, Culinary Trends, Berkshire Magazine, Berkshire Living, and Dance Spirit. She has edited more than three hundred titles for publishing companies such as Penguin Putnam/New American Library and Simon & Schuster. She is content editor and copywriter for the Annie Selke Companies and oversees the company’s social media strategy and content.

Nichole Dupont

Berkshire native Nichole Dupont is a freelance writer and editor living in Sheffield, MA. Her work has appeared in Berkshire Magazine, Newsday, Rural Intelligence, and the Advocate Weekly. When her time permits, you will find her at risqué venues, reading her poetry and fiction among sequined burlesque dancers and jazz performers, or fishing for stripers and blues in the Atlantic.

Ellen G. Lahr is a writer, editor, and journalist. She spent more than twenty-five years at the Berkshire Eagle and has freelanced for Berkshire Magazine, the Boston Globe, the New York Times, Field and Stream, the Women’s Times, Berkshires Week, and other publications. She entered the PR world in 2008. She established EGLahr Communications in 2012, serving clients in the Berkshires and Albany region.

Gladys Montgomery, an award-winning writer and editor, contributes regularly to Berkshire Magazine. She has penned hundreds of feature articles on architecture, design, and other topics for regional, national, and international magazines. She was founding editor of Berkshire Living Home + Garden, and authored five books about architecture and antiques. She is a full-time real estate agent based in Stockbridge, MA.

Abby Wood is a freelance writer and social media specialist living in Pittsfield, MA. In addition to Berkshire Magazine, her work has appeared in the North Adams Transcript, the Berkshire Eagle, and Berkshire Living. A North Adams native and Williams College alumna, she enjoys venturing into South County for writing projects. She is also social media specialist at the Annie Selke Companies.