Saturday, March 2
Women of a Certain Age
Reading hosted by Sonia Pilcer, with Allyson Dinneen, Barbara Janoff, Susie Kaufman, Ellen Meeropol, and Lee Schwartz

Mason Library, Great Barrington, 1–3 p.m.

Perhaps age and experience give us the courage to express things we kept under wraps when we were younger. Certainly our writing skills improve with time, as does the desire to say the unsaid. Come and hear a group of older women writers share their passions and what they know. There will be a discussion and Q&A afterward. Come and join the dialogue.

Novelist, playwright, and poet Sonia Pilcer began publishing novels in her twenties. She has taught for many years at the Writers Voice in Manhattan and at Berkshire Community College. Her books include Teen Angel, Maiden Rites, Little Darlings, I-Land: Manhattan Monologues, and The Holocaust Kid. She will be reading from her new novel, The Last

Allyson Dinneen has a BA in environmental science and an MA in family therapy. She is at work on a semiautobiographical novel. She has always been attracted to the mysterious, both in nature and in family life. She lives in Housatonic, MA, with her two youngest children.

Barbara Janoff’s essays and poetry are published in Columbia: A Women’s Journal, Communication Arts, the Berkshire Review, and by Allworth Press. She is an associate professor of English at the Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, which has granted her a sabbatical next semester to explore themes of grief and recovery in her writing.  Fashion Institute of Technology

Susie Kaufman’s spiritual writing has appeared in the Jesuit magazine America, as well as in Presence, the quarterly journal of Spiritual Directors International. She recently won second prize in the New Marlboro Mystery Writer’s Contest. “Man About Town” is a version of a chapter from a novel she was working on in 2002. Another chapter of the same work was published in Lilith.

Ellen Meeropol’s writing explores characters at the intersection of political turmoil, ethical dilemma, and family life. Publishers Weekly gave her debut novel, House Arrest, a starred review, calling it “thoughtful and tightly composed, unflinching in taking on challenging subjects and deliberating uneasy ethical conundrums.”

Lee Schwartz is a two-time winner of the Allen Ginsberg Award. Lee has been a Poet in Residence at the 92nd St Y, and read with Allen Ginsberg at NYC’s St. Mark’s Church, Billy Collins at the Bowery Poetry Club, and local poets at the Mill River General Store. This spring she will be mounting a takeoff on Brecht/Weill entitled The Two and a Half Penny Occupy Opera.