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No, I Don’t Have Any Children

March 14, 2016 @ 7:30 pm


Reading hosted by AnnE O’Neil, featuring Pooja Ru Prema, Jane Bernstein, Karen Lewis, Bubsy McDonough, Claire Richards, and Samantha Cullen

First Congregational Church, Parish Room, 251 Main Street, Parish Room, Great Barrington
Tickets $10; to register visit Tickets for “No, I Don’t Have Any Children”

Much writing by women celebrates motherhood; far less time is devoted to the blessings and challenges of non-motherhood. This event presents a series of women’s individual stories of not having birthed and raised children. The stories all start with the name, age, and statement, “No, I don’t have any children”…then take their own unique approach. The readings include much tenderness, humor, insight, open-heartedness, and the unexpected.

AnnE O’Neil is the originator of this piece. Author of If You Want the Rainbow, Welcome the Rain: A Memoir of Grief and Recovery, AnnE’s writing has been said to elicit both laughter and tears, often at the same time. Her writing these days consists mostly of newsletters, blogs, and short articles related to her work. Founder of Your Soul Path, she offers spiritual counseling and energy healing (www.yoursoulpath.com). She agrees with Gene Fowler when he said, “Writing is easy. All you do is sit staring at a blank piece of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.”


Photo by Janine Strong

Photo by Janine Strong

Pooja Ru Prema is an artist who plays wildly with many mediums including theatre, dance, writing, music, visual art and flowers. She offers workshops and celebrations for a more soul-full life, and is currently creating her third full-length one-woman show, which she plans to tour internationally. Much of her work is grounded in the desire to reorient consciousness to a sacred relationship with nature, community and the Feminine. More about her and her work can be found at PoojaPrema.com and her theatre company here: RogueAngelTheatre.com.


Jane BernssteinJane Bernstein is a writer whose work has appeared in an eclectic bunch of publications, including The Boston Globe, Natural Awakenings, The American Gardener, and Birth Gazette. Also an editor (for 25 years) and a life coach (for nearly 10), Jane helps clients express themselves clearly, whether in words – in books, articles, websites, artist statements, press releases, etc. – or in their lives. Ages ago, Jane earned degrees in English literature at Cornell University (BA) and Italian literature at Middlebury College and Universitá di Firenze (MA). Lately, she’s immersed in learning Spanish and bird language at home in the Berkshires.

Karen LewisKaren Lewis has been writing creatively, largely poetry, since a young age. Beginning as contributing editor of her high school literary magazine, Karen’s writing career reached its peak from 1996 to 2000 when she wrote professionally for the Berkshires’ artzine, The Artful Mind. Karen left the artzine to begin a long, satisfying career as a social worker, which she does to this day. Projects like this keep the spark of the writer within Karen burning bright.


Bubsy McDonoughBubsy McDonough’s professional experience includes marketing and event coordination in the fields of film, theatre, health care, and hospitality. A gifted public speaker, she loves to share her infectious, spontaneous humor and intuitive words of compassion and encouragement to uplift others. Having recently earned the degree of Master of Education in Psychology (M.Ed.), she hopes to inspire others to live their dreams. Bubsy’s experiences growing up in the back of a station wagon, fifth in a family of eight children in 1960’s suburbia, call her to document her own unconventional journey via the universal avenues of humor and pathos.

Claire RichardsClaire Richards is in a phase of exploration and new paths after leaving NYC and corporate America.  From her love for good food, travel, and the country of Jordan, she started Jameela Imports, whose mission is to offer premium food products and create financial sustainability for the Jordanian women.  Her blog, which can be found at www.jameelaimports.com chronicles her adventures.



SamanthaCullenSmSamantha Cullen studied theatre in NYC and has performed with various regional theatres and taught acting to children and young adults. She is also a certified yoga instructor and a writer for various blogs on yoga and wellness. She produces plays here in the Berkshires as the founder of Homespun Theatre Company, which is presently working on its 4th show to take place in April, 2016.




March 14, 2016
7:30 pm
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