Festival party a big hit!

Hosts, presenters, organizers and Festival friends met at the Y-Bar in Pittsfield to mingle and raise a toast to the close of an extraordinarily successful 2013 Festival season. Approximately 2,000 people attended the 56 Festival events held throughout the county...

Festival Day 28: What’s Your Story?

  The final session in the four-part Festival series at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health featured author and writing teacher Lara Tupper.  Festival rep Lorrin Krouss spoke glowingly of her experience: “Lara Tupper is a teacher with the ability to bring...

Festival Day 21: Nancy Slonim Aronie and Laura Didyk

Nancy Slonim Aronie gave an inspired presentation to about 80 people at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health as the third of their series of Festival offerings.  She talked about the necessity for writers to tell stories from their hearts and their guts, not trying to...

Festival Day 14: Writing the Wild Heart

For hundreds of generations, our ancestors’ primary relationship was with the earth. They felt themselves part of an intricate community of life. Today, most of us live in towns, cities, and suburban neighborhoods. We may no longer live in the wilderness, but it still...
Festival Day 7: Julia Cameron LIVE at Kripalu

Festival Day 7: Julia Cameron LIVE at Kripalu

One thing I learned from Julia Cameron’s Festival presentation at Kripalu on March 7 is that she was once married to the director Martin Scorsese, and helped him write the screenplay for TAXI DRIVER! Cameron shared the outlines of her early life, showing over and over...
Festival Day Four: Fleeting Reality

Festival Day Four: Fleeting Reality

Lynnette Lucy Najimy and Marie-Elizabeth Mali explored the ways in which photography and writing could intertwine. Marie-Elizabeth shared her gorgeous underwater photographs and film clips from recent scuba trips in Indonesia, and read powerful, poignant and often...

Self-publishing panel draws a big crowd

The Stockbridge Library hosted a capacity crowd on Friday night for the panel on self-publishing organized by Carole Owens, with Hester Velmans, Jana Laiz and Melissa Batalin. Each author had her own take on the relative merits of self-publishing, as opposed to trying...

This Woman’s Work Offers Diverse Bounty

Made in the Berkshires co-curators Hilary Somers Deely and Barbara Sims hosted a benefit performance entitled “This Woman’s Work,” featuring Berkshire women writers reading their own work, staged readings of new works by local women playwrights, and...

Heroic Girlz A Hit!

Educator/filmmaker duo Cindy Parrish and Meg Agnew screened their film HEROIC GIRLZ at Simon’s Rock as part of this year’s Festival of Women Writers.  The film, starring four 11-year-old girls including Cindy’s daughter Emma Parrish Post, invites...

Bard College Faculty Read in the Festival

Bard writing and literature faculty members Celia Bland and Susan Fox Rogers came over to Simon’s Rock to read their work as part of this year’s Festival. Celia Bland read powerful poetry about her ancestry and family legacies that persist into the...

Gastronomica/Orion event a big success!

Friday night’s event cohosted by Orion and Gastronomica magazines (and held at Williams College Museum of Art) offered a rich array of poetry, prose, and reflection for the hundred people gathered there to listen. Celebrated writers Francine Prose,  Ellen Dore...

Ramsdell Library Poetry Reading a Winner

Tonight at the Ramsdell Library in Housatonic, five poets took the stage to share their lyrical observations, memories, dreams and desires. It was a beautiful series of presentations, moving from images of grieving daughters at a mother’s bedside, to solitary...

Writing as a path to positive transformation

On Day 4 of the Festival, Maria Sirois offered a writing workshop, “Happiness: Writing as a Path to Positive Transformation.”  Having seen Maria in action before, I knew she would be giving us something very special, and I was not disappointed. She led us...

Women of a Certain Age Tell It Like It Is

If you ever were under the impression that it’s all downhill after 50, the gutsy, lusty, deeply honest stories and poems shared today at the “Women of a Certain Age” reading quickly set the story straight. Led by host Sonia Pilcer, a longtime writer...

Out of the Mouths of Babes Come Great Things!

A capacity crowd packed Blodgett House at Bard College at Simon’s Rock tonight for the eagerly anticipated Out of the Mouths of Babes event, organized by Suzi Banks Baum of Laundry Line Divine with Alana Chernila, Janet Elsbach, Michelle Gillett, Gina Hyams,...