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An Unquenchable Thirst for Writing

March 12, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Four readings and a Discussion with Mary Johnson, Breena Clarke, Cheryl Clarke, Esther Cohen
Four established writers will read from their latest work at this provocative, inspiring session. A discussion with the audience on the writing life will follow.

MaryJohnsonWoodsUSEMary Johnson will read from her memoir, An Unquenchable Thirst, named one of 2011’s best by Kirkus Review and winner of the New Hampshire Literary Award for nonfiction. A generous but naive teenager, Mary became a trusted nun with a hidden life. In the end she disappointed her mentor, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, but remained true to herself. Mary’s writing and work have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, O the Oprah Magazine, The Huffington Post, Bloomberg View, National Public Radio, CNN, and MSNBC. For more than a decade, Mary served as Creative Director of Retreats for A Room of Her Own Foundation.


BreenaClarkeBreena Clarke is the author of three novels, including River, Cross My Heart, an Oprah Book Club selection. She will read from her new novel, Angels Make Their Hope Here, the story of a young girl’s harrowing journey to free herself and the complex, charismatic man who conducts her to Russell’s Knob, a haven for runaways in 19th century New Jersey. Breena serves on the Board of A Room Of Her Own Foundation and on the fiction faculty of Stonecoast MFA Creative Writing program at The University of Southern Maine and is co-founder of The Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers.


EstherCohenWebEsther Cohen’s writing spans genres. She is the author of Don’t Mind Me: And Other Jewish Lies with illustrations by Roz Chast; the novels No Charge for Looking and Book Doctor; and two volumes of poetry, God Is a Tree and prayerbook. In 2000 she began Unseen America, an ongoing project in which homecare workers, migrants, nannies, and others among the working class tell their life stories through the photographs they take in their daily lives. She will read from her new collection of poems, I’m Getting Older. She is.



Cheryl Clarke
Cheryl Clarke
is the author of four books of poetry, the critical study, After Mecca: Women Poets and the Black Arts Movement (2005), and her collected works The Days of Good Looks: Prose and Poetry 1980-2005 (2006). After a distinguished career at Rutgers University, she co-founded The Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers. She will read from Living as a Lesbian, originally published by Firebrand Books in 1986 and jointly reprinted by A Midsummer Night and Sinister Wisdom Presses in 2014 as the second in the “Sapphic Classic” series. She will also read new poems from her upcoming collection, By My Precise Haircut.



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March 12, 2016
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Berkshire Festival of Women Writers


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