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.
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.
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Lynnette Lucy Najimy
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Anna Myers Sabatini
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