Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem

Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez, Carmen-Maria Mandley and Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant were guests on WAMC’s The Roundtable with Joe Donohue on March 7, 2014.

Kate Abbott, editor of Berkshires Week in the Berkshire Eagle interviewed Festival presenter Bushra Rehman, a Pakistani-American novelist whose first novel, Corona, tells an unusual story of a young Muslim woman who has been cut off from her family and is on her own.

Gloria Steinem had the Berkshires buzzing in Week One of the Festival!  Here is a wrap-up of her talk at MCLA from The Berkshire Eagle.  Reporter Scott Stafford came up with a punchy lead: “The patriarchal system took one on the chin Tuesday night when Gloria Steinem spoke to a capacity crowd at MCLA.”

There is also a “live-blog” of Steinem’s lecture here; and WAMC did a feature story on Steinem, including an interview with MCLA President Mary Grant, here.

Larry Murray of Berkshire On Stage keeps up with the Festival week to week!

Berkshire Eagle columnist Michelle Gillett tips her hat to the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers in a column exploring the persistent biases against women writers, and what is being done to turn things around.

Broadway World gives the BFWW production of Motherhood Out Loud an advance nod.

Derek Gentile, longtime reporter for The Berkshire Eagle, shared his reflections on Barbara’s Bonner’s “Inspiring Generosity” book launch at The Mount on March 2.

Festival presenter Suzi Banks Baum  was interviewed by Susan Barnett on the nationally syndicated radio show 51%. The show aired February 20 and is available as a podcast here.  Give it a listen!

Cultural critic Larry Murray did a great advance of Opening Week of the Festival on his blog, Berkshire On Stage!

Festival Director Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez has a guest post on the Feb. 18 edition of  The Public Humanist blog, entitled  “The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers Combats Cultural Mono-cropping with a Diversity of Women’s Voices,”  talking about her vision of the Festival as a means to shift from today’s celebrity-based mono-crop cultural landscape, dominated by centralized media, to a diverse, vibrant, locally grown environment in which women are celebrated not for how they look but for what they think and write about the most important issues of our time.

Lovely article about the Writing from the Heart Festival preview event, by Berkshires Week editor Kate Abbott!

The Berkshire Visitors Bureau  sent a nice write-up of the Festival to their e-newsletter subscriber list of more than 50,000 people who are potential visitors to the Berkshires.   Let’s hope some of them decide to visit us in March!

Writer Katie McGuire posted a great interview with Festival Director Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez and advance write-up of the Festival on the blog of the Massachusetts Poetry organization.  She really “got” the Festival mission and vibe!

Berkshire cultural critic Larry Murray also posted a glowing advance of the Festival on his website, Berkshire On Stage  He leads off:

“One of the most interesting events in the Berkshires takes place as winter turns to spring as 150 local women writers come together to talk about their craft at 58 separate events that take place during Women’s History Month.”

Yes indeed!