Workshop led by Jessica Treat
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave, Pittsfield, 10:30 a.m.
Jessica Treat will lead this second half of the Writing About Place workshop in the more urban setting of Pittsfield. After listening and looking, reading excerpts of poetry and nonfiction of cityscapes, we’ll do our writing from memory and imagination. We will then consider how place can serve as a vehicle for stories and discoveries of a more personal nature, as well as how an awareness of place might extend to community action and a larger environmental consciousness.
Born in New Brunswick, Jessica Treat grew up in New England and lived for a number of years in Mexico City. She has authored three collections of short fiction: A Robber in the House, Not a Chance, and Meat Eaters & Plant Eaters. Her stories, prose poems, and translations have appeared in numerous journals, including Ms., Quarterly West, and American Literary Review. She has received an Artist Fellowship from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and artist residencies in Italy and Spain. Treat is Professor of English at Northwestern Connecticut Community College where she coordinates the Mad River Literary Festival.