Week 3, March 17–23, 2013

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The Berkshire International Film Festival presents: Water Children: A film by Aliona van der Horst ~ March 17, 2013

Sunday, March 17
The Berkshire International Film Festival presents:
Water Children: A film by Aliona van der Horst
Netherlands, 2011, 75 minutes, Japanese/English with English subtitles
The Triplex, Great Barrington, 11 a.m.

In this acclaimed, hauntingly beautiful film, director Aliona van der Horst follows the unconventional Japanese-Dutch pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama as she explores the miracle of fertility and the cycle of life—sometimes joyful, sometimes tragic. When Mukaiyama recognized that her childbearing years were ending, she created a multimedia art project on the subject in a village in Japan, constructing what she calls a cathedral out of twelve thousand white silk dresses. While Mukaiyama’s own mesmerizing music provides a haunting backdrop to the film, her installation elicits confessions from its normally reticent Japanese visitors, many of whom have never seen art before. In moving scenes, they open up about previously taboo subjects. Mukaiyama’s courageous approach to a subject that remains unspoken in many cultures is explored with an elegance and sophistication that deepens our understanding of the relationship between body and mind.        Tomoko Mukaiyama website

Dutch director Aliona van der Horst has directed four international award-winning documentaries. She was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1970 and studied Russian literature at the University of Amsterdam and film at the Dutch Film and Television Academy. She began her career in 1997 with the much-acclaimed The Lady with the White Hat and since then has received multiple awards for most of her films, among them the Special Jury Prize at the Tribeca film festival for Voices of Bam (2006), and the Grand Prix of the FIFA Montreal for The Hermitage Dwellers (2004). Recently she received the Jan Kassies Award for outstanding achievement from the Dutch Cultural Broadcasting Fund. For her documentary Boris Ryzhy, she received the Silver Wolf Award at the IDFA, 2008; Best Documentary Award at Edinburgh Filmfestival, 2009; the Award of the Dutch Filmjournalists; and the Special Jury Prize at the FIFA, Montréal.     Women Make Movies: Water Children

The Berkshire International Film Festival, a world-class festival and an integral part of the cultural fabric of the Berkshires, celebrates its 8th season May 30–June 3, 2013. BIFF showcases not only the latest in independent feature, documentary, short, and family films, but also lively panel discussions and special events, focusing on filmmakers and talented artists from both sides of the camera. www.biffma.com

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From the Top: A Writing Workshop led by Alison Lobron ~ March 17, 2013

Sunday, March 17, 2013
From the Top
A Writing Workshop led by Alison Lobron
Blodgett House, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

“I have so much to say, but can’t figure out where to start!” If these words sound familiar to you, you might enjoy this hour-long session aimed at helping writers craft great beginnings.  Through a series of fun short exercises, you’ll experiment with different ways into stories important to you and get an introduction to the Berkshire Writing Workshop, a Simon’s Rock summer program aimed at aspiring and established adult writers, directed by Alison Lobron.  Please bring a pen and notebook.

Alison Lobron is a journalist and the founder/director of the Berkshire Writing Workshop at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. A recent transplant to the Berkshires, she is a regular contributor for The Boston Globe Magazine, where she writes often about education, urban life, and relationships. She has also been an editor and writer at CommonWealth magazine, where she won several awards for her political writing. Alison’s teaching experience includes work with high school students at Concord Academy, graduate students at Harvard University, and adult learners at the independent Grub Street writing school in Boston. www.alisonlobron.com

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Writing with Prompts ~ March 17, 2013

Sunday, March 17
Writing with Prompts
Workshop led by Frances Roth
Bushnell-Sage Library, Sheffield, 2–4 p.m.

This workshop is designed for beginners who think they might like to write but aren’t quite sure how to get started, as well as for writers with experience who are having trouble fitting writing into their busy schedules. Writing from prompts and practice writing will serve both the novice and the seasoned writer. We will also explore an exercise called five-minute words. Everyone is welcome regardless of writing experience.

Frances Roth leads a book group and a poetry read-around group every month at the Sheffield Library. She is a member of two local writing groups and a poetry critique group. Her most recent poems were published in the spring and fall editions of The Avocet, a literary journal of nature poetry.     www.avocetreview.com

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Orion Magazine presents: An Orion Reading at the Intersection of Nature and Culture ~ March 17, 2013

Sunday, March 17
Orion Magazine
presents:
An Orion Reading at the Intersection of Nature and Culture
Hosted by Hannah Fries, with Andrea Cohen, Melissa Holbrook Pierson, and Ginger Strand
Kellogg Music Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 3–5 p.m.

Join us for this multigenre reading with Orion magazine essayists Ginger Strand and Melissa Holbrook Pierson and poet Andrea Cohen. Orion is a locally based magazine with an international readership, focusing on the connections between nature and culture, people and place.    www.orionmagazine.org

Hannah Fries is associate editor and poetry editor of Orion magazine. A graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, her own work has appeared in the Massachusetts Review, Calyx, upstreet, and other journals.

 

Andrea Cohen is the author of the poetry collections Kentucky Derby, Long Division, and The Cartographer’s Vacation. Her work has appeared in Poetry, the Atlantic Monthly, the Threepenny Review, the Hudson Review, and elsewhere. She directs the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, MA.   www.andreacohen.org

Melissa Holbrook Pierson is the author of four works of nonfiction: The Perfect Vehicle, Dark Horses and Black Beauties, The Place You Love Is Gone, and The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing. She has written for magazines as varied as the Nation, Salon, and Orion.   www.melissaholbrookpierson.com   [Photo by Jenna Knudsen Brantmeyer]

 

Ginger Strand is the author of three books, most recently Killer on the Road, a history of our interstate highways and the killers who have haunted them. She writes for a wide range of magazines, including Orion, where she is a contributing editor.  gingerstrand.com    [Photo by Orianna Riley]

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The Development of the Self ~ March 18, 2013

Monday, March 18
The Development of the Self
Bard College at Simon’s Rock Student Reading and Discussion hosted by Brighde Moffat and Kirsten Peterson, with Georgia Cate Byler, Eleanor Cardell, Karishma Singh Jani, Jaeme Poncin, Grace Rossman, and Alexis Marie Wint
Blodgett House, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 7–9 p.m.

This panel is comprised of eight Simon’s Rock students. The development of the younger female self in relation to forces such as culture, religion, family, and geography will be explored through the personal essay and other creative formats.

Brighde Moffat is a proud feminist and, as such, is invested in deconstructing dualisms. Living in so many places has deeply affected her perception of place, space, and time, which has developed into an ever-growing passion for geography. This past summer, Brighde worked in the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps to ensure the protection of woodlands, and will be a corps member again this summer.

Kirsten Peterson is a Simon’s Rock senior and proud Marylander. She has been writing poetry and short stories since fourth grade and recently began experimenting with personal essays. This year she is writing her thesis on anthropological practices in U.S. foreign relations while participating in an internship at the Railroad Street Youth Project in Great Barrington.

Georgia Cate Byler is a native of Virginia and a Simon’s Rock senior with a double concentration in creative writing and literary studies. Her fiction focuses on child narrative, the creation of identity, and secrets within domestic life.

Eleanor Cardell was born in Chicago and has lived in the suburbs of Los Angeles for most of her life. She has been writing since she was little and reading since she was littler. She enjoys sleeping and hanging out with friends and hopes to graduate from college sometime in the near future, perhaps even with a degree she can use.

Karishma Singh Jani is a Sikh Punjabi Indian who was born in Queens, NY, but has lived most of her life on the eastern coast of Virginia. She is currently a sophomore at Simon’s Rock who is passionate about music, writing, and her heritage. Ultimately, she aspires to become a doctor.

Jaeme Poncin is a first-year student at Simon’s Rock. She was born in Sacramento, CA. She attended the Sacramento Waldorf School, where her love for creative writing and art were born. She plans to study cultural anthropology and creative writing, hoping to travel and live outside of the United States.

Grace Rossman is a sophomore at Simon’s Rock. Born and raised in Great Barrington, MA, Grace has been surrounded—and deeply affected—by the beauty of the regal Berkshire Hills. At Simon’s Rock, her long-standing love for and devotion to the natural world evolved into a passion for the field of environmental studies.

Alexis Marie Wint is a twenty-year-old Brooklyn native with a passion for social justice and change. She is an actress, poet, writer, spoken word artist, and community activist. She is currently working on her senior thesis, a collection of short stories and poems which celebrate the beauty and articulate the struggles of African-American woman. Alexis Marie aspires to be an English professor and ultimately share her gift of word with the world.

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Writing for the Web ~ March 19, 2013

Tuesday, March 19
Writing for the Web
Workshop led by Susanna Opper
Lenox Library, 6–8 p.m.

It may not be poetry or fiction, but you can still write lively, interesting prose to get your message across on the Web. In a mere 300 to 500 words you can tell an organization’s story, promote an event, describe a product or process, and provide value to your reader at the same time. Writing tight, easy­to-read copy takes practice, but you can learn important principles in this workshop. Before you come, gather your thoughts about something you want to promote online—in a newsletter, blog, or website.

Susanna Opper has more than forty years’ experience in business communications for top Fortune companies and small businesses. Today she specializes in helping businesses, nonprofits, and solopreneurs with their messaging requirements. A pioneer in online communication, she published, in 1992, the seminal work Technology for Teams: Enhancing Communication in Networked Organizations. Her newsletter, Web Words, reaches nearly 1,500 subscribers monthly and has been published for more than six years. www.shawenon.com

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IWOW-WOW (In Words out of Words in Women’s Own Words) ~ March 19, 2013

Tuesday, March 19
The Deb Koffman Gallery presents:
IWOW-WOW (In Words out of Words in Women’s Own Words)
An open mic event for storytellers, poets, musicians, and performers
Deb Koffman Gallery, 137 Front Street, Housatonic, 7–9 p.m.
Suggested donation: $1-$6 for performers and audience

Women writers, poets, storytellers, songwriters, and performers share their art with one another and a supportive audience. Men are also welcome to read/perform women’s writings. Each participant is allotted three minutes (600 or fewer words). Performers can sign up by emailing Deb Koffman at deb@debkoffman.com; audience reservations are suggested, as space is limited. Snacks to share are welcome.   debkoffman.com

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WRites of Passage and the Final Journey: The End of Fertility, Aging, and Death ~ March 20, 2013

Wednesday, March 20
WRites of Passage and the Final Journey: The End of Fertility, Aging, and Death
Workshop led by Ann-Elizabeth Barnes and Angela Vuagniaux
Sruti Yoga Center, 33 Railroad Street, Great Barrington, 7–9 p.m.     srutiyogacenter.com

Participants will be invited to explore some of the most pivotal moments in their lives, using writing prompts, discussion, freewriting, and optional sharing.

Ann-Elizabeth Barnes is the author of A Free Woman on God’s Earth: The True Story of Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman, the Slave Who Won Her Freedom. Ann-Elizabeth dedicates her life to bringing the story of Mumbet to the world, starting with Berkshire County school children. She also provides a service, Sacred Undertaking, which helps families care for their loved ones at home after death. She lives in Great Barrington, MA, with her husband and two dogs. www.ann-elizabethbarnes.com


Angela Vuagniaux
writes nonfiction to make sense of her new phases of life as a menopausal stepmother to a pubescent eleven-year-old, while healing from her experience as a teenage birth mother. Over the years she has been a writer, teacher, vagabond, grant writer, and caregiver. She has participated in numerous writing workshops and led a few of her own. The themes in this series are her current passion.

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Illumination: Memoir Writing as a Path to Peace, with Laura Didyk ~ March 20, 2013

Wednesday, March 20
The Women’s Interfaith Institute of the Berkshires presents
Illumination: Memoir Writing as a Path to Peace, with Laura Didyk
Stockbridge Congregational Church, 6–8:30 p.m.
Suggested donation for nonmembers: $5–$10.

Writing about your own life means more than merely reporting on your past. When you bring the perspective of who you are today to bear on stories from your life, not only will the stories shine with new and surprising significance but you, the writer, will be transformed in the process. Approached in the spirit of discovery, memoir writing becomes a vehicle for illumination, insight, and wisdom that can bring the writer a sense of peace while inspiring and changing her readers. Writer and teacher Laura Didyk will lead memoir-writing exercises and give a short reading from her memoir in progress. Following the usual format of Women’s Interfaith events, the potluck dinner starts at 6 p.m., and the program will begin at 7 p.m. Please bring a dish to share.


Laura Didyk, MFA
, published writer and former editor in chief of a national literary magazine, has earned a local reputation as an inspiring and inventive teacher. Her work has been published in the Comstock Review, Diagram, Post Road, Fence, the Sun, and New Orleans Review, among others. She has been awarded residencies at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, and her work has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. lauradidyk.com

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Jump-Start Your Memoir: Write It from the Heart ~ March 21, 2013

Thursday, March 21
Kripalu presents:
Jump-Start Your Memoir: Write It from the Heart
Workshop led by Nancy Slonim Aronie
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Lenox, 7:30–9:30 p.m.  Free but pre-registration is required. To register, call 800-741-7353.

We’ll take the “marrow” of our lives—the good, the bad, and everything in between— and transform it out of our bodies and onto the page. We’ll turn our life experiences into gold through short, interactive writing exercises.

Nancy Slonim Aronie is the author of Writing from the Heart, a commentator for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and a teaching fellow for Robert Coles at Harvard University. A recipient of the Isabella Stewart Gardner’s Eye of the Beholder Award, Nancy lives on Martha’s Vineyard, where she runs the Chilmark Writing Workshop. writingfromtheheart.wordpress.com

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Garbage into Gold ~ March 21, 2013

Thursday, March 21
Garbage into Gold
Workshop led by Laura Didyk
Berkshire South/Jenifer House, Great Barrington, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

There’s a myth about successful writers: they know what they want to write; they sit down and write it, brilliantly, on the first try. Wrong. Sometimes, most times, we need to write (and write and write) to find our subject matter, to arrive at a turn of phrase, an image, or a piece of dialogue that will bring us to the gold of our own work. In this workshop, writing practice, writing exercises and on­the‐spot assignments will help us quiet our inner editors long enough to surprise even ourselves.


Laura Didyk
earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama. Her teaching experience ranges from the college classroom, to a state prison, to community classes throughout the Berkshires. Her work has appeared in national literary magazines. lauradidyk.com

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Trust: A performance by JoAnne Spies ~ March 22, 2013

Friday, March 22
Trust: A performance by JoAnne Spies and friends
Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, 2:30 p.m.   Free with museum admission. See www.nrm.org/visit/hours-and-admission for admission fees.

JoAnne Spies with guitar. Photo by Julie McCarthy

Trust is a collaborative and interactive performance created by JoAnne Spies, with songs and poems on the theme of trust, in a guided tour of the Rockwell Museum. www.nrm.org

JoAnne Spies is a singer-songwriter whose recent works include Karaoke Confession at the Norman Rockwell Museum and Survivor Tree, sung at Ground Zero with Jane Goodall officiating. Spies heads the Art Cart program at CATA, co-creating songs with elders and people with Alzheimer’s. Her CDs include 2×3, Me & Melville, and North Avenue Honey. JoAnne “puts the purr in performance art.”—CD Nelson
soundingtheriver.blogspot.com

 

JoAnne’s special guests will include:

Pooja Ru PremaMari AndrejcoBarbara and Graham DeanJan HutchinsonRodney MashiaEric ReinhardtNatalie Shiras, Nathan Smith and Teresa Thomasand maybe some surprise guests as well!

Read more about JoAnne’s first performance of “Trust” on her blog.

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Virtual Artists’ Collective Reading and Discussion ~ March 22, 2013

Friday, March 22
Virtual Artists’ Collective Reading and Discussion
With Rosebud Ben-Oni and Arisa White
MCLA Gallery 51, 51 Main Street, North Adams, 6–8 p.m.

Writers Arisa White and Rosebud Ben-Oni offer a cross-cultural perspective on growing up in fragmented, hostile, and uncompromising environments, including coming to terms with loving women in central Brooklyn and Arab East Jerusalem. While their poetry exposes the gritty realities of women whose spaces demand constant adaptation, the poets seek to create more solid ground in HER KIND (herkind.org), the official blog of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, a forum to create lively conversation about issues that are often dismissed or overlooked by the mainstream media. Arisa and Rosebud will present a joint reading and discuss their work for HER KIND. They will explain how writing can serve as an agent for positive social change by encouraging women to define their own terms regarding the valuing of women’s voices.

Rosebud Ben-Oni was a Rackham Merit Fellow at the University of Michigan, where she earned an MFA in poetry. She was a Horace Goldsmith Scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she completed postgraduate research. A playwright at New Perspectives Theater, she is working on a new play that will feature music by Carlton Zeus. Her work appears in Arts & Letters, B O D Y, Borderlands, Texas Poetry Review, and Puerto del Sol. Her short story “A Way out of the Colonia” won the Editor’s Prize in Camera Obscura. She writes the series “On 7 Train Love” for the blog of Sundog Lit. Nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize, her debut book of poems SOLECISM will be published by Virtual Artists Collective in early 2013. rosebudbenoni.com

Arisa White is a Cave Canem fellow and an MFA graduate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her debut collection, Hurrah’s Nest, was published by Virtual Artists Collective and is the 2012 winner of the San Francisco Book Festival Award for poetry. Her second collection, A Penny Saved, was published by Willow Books in November 2012. Selected by the San Francisco Bay Guardian for the 2010 Hot Pink List as a queer poet to watch out for, Arisa is also part of the PlayGround writers’ pool at Berkeley Repertory Theatre; her play Frigidare was staged for the 15th Annual Best of PlayGround Festival. arisawhite.com

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The Trojan Women ~ March 22, 2013

Friday, March 22
The Trojan Women
Adapted and Directed by Leigh Strimbeck, with students from Russell Sage College
Studio Theater, Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 7 p.m.

Performed by Russell Sage College students, produced by The Theatre Institute at Sage, this performance is a feminist retelling of Euripides’ great anti-war play.  The adaptation is set in the future in Troy, New York in the midst of an energy crisis, in a United States collapsed by 10 years of civil war.  The story takes place in a women’s refugee camp on the banks of the Hudson River.  This version dares to reinvent the response of the women to further enslavement.

Leigh Strimbeck 
 is an actor, director, writer and acting teacher. She holds a BFA in dance/drama from New York University and has been taught acting at the Actors and Directors Lab in New York City and the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (BTE) in Bloomsburg, PA. There she acted in dozens of plays, served as ensemble director for three years, and traveled with BTE during a USIA tour of Kenya, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, and Namibia. She is currently an assistant professor at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY. She is also the cofounder of WAM Theatre (Women’s Action Movement Theatre, with Kristen van Ginhoven, artistic director.  leighstrimbeck.com

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Poetry Compote: An Improvisational Poetry Workshop for Women ~ March 23, 2013

Saturday, March 23
Poetry Compote: An Improvisational Poetry Workshop for Women
Led by Lisken Van Pelt Dus
Mason Library, 10–11:30 a.m.

A compote is like a jam, but fresher. . . . This will be an energizing improvisational poetry workshop for women of all experience levels, featuring a series of quick writing prompts and interactive sharing.

Lisken Van Pelt Dus is a poet, teacher, and martial artist, living in Pittsfield, MA. She teaches writing and languages at Monument Mountain Regional High School. Her poetry can be found in Conduit, the South Carolina Review, qarrtsiluni, upstreet and in her chapbook, Everywhere at Once (Pudding House Press, 2009).  lvpdpoetry.blogspot.com

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POSTPONED! Spring with Silence and the Written Word ~ March 23, 2013

This workshop has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances and will be rescheduled later in the spring.

Welcoming Spring with Silence and the Written Word
Led by Tammis Coffin and Christine Ward
Pleasant Valley Nature Sanctuary, 9 a.m.–noon.
Registration: $15 includes Sanctuary admission ($10 for Massachusetts Audubon Society members and Lenox residents).
Space is limited; to register, contact goodcanoe@yahoo.com.

Step out of your busy life to join other women for a peaceful retreat at Pleasant Valley Nature Sanctuary in Lenox. We’ll begin by exploring nature, language, and mindfulness on a moderate hike. We’ll encounter streams, rocks, birds, and possibly a few early blossoms and butterflies. Then we’ll gather inside to write.    www.massaudubon.org


Tammis Coffin
, MA, is most at home in the wild places of the world. Her mission is to celebrate and appreciate ecological textures with art and language. For the past ten years she has been organizing writing groups, poetry trails, community performances, and publications to celebrate places such as Monument Mountain, Bartholomew’s Cobble, and Tyringham Cobble. She coordinates the John Hay Ecology Center at the Fells Historic Estate and Gardens near Lake Sunapee, NH.    thefells.org

Christine Ward is a Berkshire County native who delights in the natural world. She cochairs Great Barrington Trails and Greenways and leads hikes and trail work at many local places, including Lake Mansfield and the Appalachian Trail. Christine is always searching for the wonders that inhabit every wild space. As she learns to look and to listen with greater attention, she finds these moments of connection and clarity are the wellsprings that enrich and inform her journey on this amazing planet.   gbtrails.org

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Women Writers on Masculinity: A Reading ~ March 23, 2013

Saturday, March 23
Women Writers on Masculinity: A Reading
Hosted by Nina Ryan and Michelle Gillett, with special guest Katherine Bouton
Gala reception to follow, with special thanks to Rubiner’s Cheesemongers and Grocers
The Mount, Lenox, 3–5 p.m.

This reading of the winning three essays from this year’s essay contest focuses on the question of masculinity. Women and girls were asked to take on the subject of masculinity in a personal essay, exploring the experiences of culture, body, biology, roles, behavior, language, work, and spirit that have defined or interrogated their ideas of masculinity. Check the Festival website for announcement of the three winning essays.

Michelle Gillett has won poetry fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and published work in numerous literary magazines. Her publications include a chapbook, Rock and Spindle (Mad River Press) as well as Blinding the Goldfinches, published in 2005, winner of the Backwaters Press Poetry Prize and The Green Cottage, winner of the Ledge 2010 Poetry Chapbook competition. She received an MFA from Warren Wilson College. She is a regular op-ed columnist for the Berkshire Eagle and a teacher of writing workshops. www.gillettandryan.com

Nina Ryan is an independent editor and former literary agent who has worked in book publishing for twenty years. As an agent with the Cowles-Ryan Agency and the Palmer & Dodge Agency (now Kneerim & Williams), and as an editor at Random House, she worked closely with a number of writers to develop book proposals and manuscripts for books published by Alfred A. Knopf, Henry Holt & Co., Doubleday, Macmillan, Walker Books, and other major publishers. She received an MA from the Columbia School of Journalism and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.  www.gillettandryan.com

KatherineBouton © Joyce Ravid

This year’s essay contest judge is Katherine Bouton, senior editor at the New York Times for twenty-two years and author of the new book Shouting Won’t Help: Why I—and Fifty Other Million Americans—Can’t Hear You. The book is an engaging account of what it’s like to live with an invisible disability along with a robust prescription for our nation’s increasing problem with deafness.  www.katherinebouton.com

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Talk to Her: Interviews with Women Musicians ~ March 23, 2013

Saturday, March 23
Talk to Her: Interviews with Women Musicians
With LaShonda Katrice Barnett
The Bookstore, Lenox, 6–7:30 p.m.

Talk to Her is a reading and discussion of the interviewing process that resulted in the path-breaking books I Got Thunder: Black Women Songwriters on Their Craft and Off the Record: Conversations with African American and Brazilian Women Musicians. These volumes offer critical perspectives on the music‐making processes and careers of renowned twenty-first-century African American and Brazilian women artists, focusing on the musicians’ creative process, inspiration, and experiences within the music industry, as well as on the sound and significance of their musical expressions, including the historical and social contexts in which they were produced.

Photo by Vidura Barrios (www.vidura.net)

LaShonda Katrice Barnett has conducted interviews with over fifty renowned actresses and musicians. In addition to I Got Thunder and Off the Record, she is the author of the story collection Callaloo. A graduate of the University of Missouri, she received an MA in women’s history from Sarah Lawrence College and the PhD in American studies from the College of William and Mary. She has taught African American history and literature and women’s history and literature at the University of Richmond, Hampton University, Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, and Hunter College. She divides her time between Manhattan and Providence, RI, where she is Visiting Scholar in Africana Studies at Brown University.  www.lashondabarnett.com

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