About Us

JB-with-Festival-ladyBioUseJennifer Browdy, Ph.D.
Founding Festival Director

Jennifer’s passion is nourishing and strengthening the voices and visions of women of all ages and from many walks of life.  She earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from New York University in 1994 and has been teaching classes in Comparative Literature, Gender Studies and Media Studies at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, MA, for more than 20 years. She has published widely on women’s world literature, and has edited three anthologies of contemporary women’s personal & political writing from the U.S., Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. As a founding Board member of the Berkshire Chapter of UNIFEM-USA, Jennifer began hosting an annual conference in observance of International Women’s Day at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in 2002.  In 2011 she founded the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, and in 2015, Jennifer and a small group of founding Board members launched the Women’s Collaborative for Creativity and Leadership (WCCL), a new umbrella organization dedicated to cultivating women’s potential as creative leaders in a wide range of fields. In addition to continuing the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, the WCCL has begun a new writing-intensive leadership program for teen girls and young women, The Butterfly Leadership Program. Jennifer has presented papers and given lectures and workshops at numerous conferences at colleges, universities and other venues nationwide. Her environmental memoir, What I Forgot….and Why I Remembered: A Purposeful Memoir of Personal and Planetary Transformation, is forthcoming in 2016 from Green Fire Press, which she co-founded in 2014 with Jana Laiz.  She writes a weekly column, Edge Wise, for The Berkshire Edge.  Read more about her work at jenniferbrowdy.com.

Ellen Croibier
Ad Sales Manager

Ellen was familiar with the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers since it began—but only as an attendee—until now. Her 30 years in sales and marketing, along with her many years of fundraising and advocating on behalf of cancer patients and others, have positioned her for success as BFWW’s Ad Sales Manager. Having worked in the US and overseas in industries as diverse as high fashion, travel and financial services, she enjoys working with people of all backgrounds to advance a common cause.

Her expanding collection of oral histories of extraordinary women leading ordinary lives will be published someday.

Ellen has a Master of Arts from New York University in Paris and lives full-time in the Berkshires with her family.

Lorrin Krouss
Director of Business Development
and Festival Coordinator

Lorrin is a retired legal assistant who, along with her husband, put down permanent roots in West Stockbridge, MA in 2011. Pondering what to do with the rest of her life, she attended the 2012 Berkshire Festival of Women Writers and was inspired to write fiction and memoir. She is currently an active member of the BFWW Planning Committee and enjoys sharing her writing at Festival events throughout the year.

Lynnette Lucy Najimy
Photographer, Videographer,
and Social Media Publicist

Lucy is founder and Director of Beansprout Productions, a multimedia production company, specializing in producing written works, photos, and videos for artists and arts organizations, both online and on the ground.  She is also Associate Director of Music in Common, where her multimedia and production work is used educationally to promote collaborations and community building in the U.S., the Middle East, and other areas around the world.  She earned an M.A. in Philanthropy and Media at Suffolk University in 2002.  Her written memoir is currently in progress.

Judith Nardacci
Publicist and Grant Writer

Judith  is a retired teacher and a human rights activist, especially on behalf of women and girls and the LGBTQAI community.  She and her husband live in Lee and have two grown children. She loves books, gardening (especially the digging-up-weeds-and-rocks part), chocolate, cooking for friends, and being part of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers Planning Committee!

Anna Myers Sabatini
Webmaster and Graphic Designer

Anna has been involved in the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers since 2010, and has worked as an illustrator and graphic designer for films, small businesses, individuals, non-profit organizations, and publishers for over a decade. She uses her artistic training as a starting point for all of her projects. As with her illustrations, she believes graphic design must convey a story to the viewer. In 2005 she finished her BA in Drawing, Painting and Printmaking at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, then went on to earn her MFA in Illustration at Western Connecticut State University. See samples of Anna’s work at anna-myers.com.

Robin W. Zeamer
Program Coordinator

Robin was born and raised in New York City and attended the Rudolf Steiner School growing up.  She came from a family of writers and it wasn’t until she moved to the Berkshires in 2009 that she slowly began to discover her true writer’s voice. Since then she has been writing memoir, fiction and poetry.  Professionally, Robin has a background first in Special Education and later in such diverse areas as marketing, publicity, bookkeeping, fund raising, events management, communications and graphic design. Read more at robinsnestpress.com. This is Robin’s 2nd season as Program Coordinator for the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers.