A Berkshire Magazine Live Panel Discussion
Hosted by Anastasia Stanmeyer, editor of Berkshire Magazine
Beacon Theater, 57 North St, Pittsfield, 11 a.m.
Writing has always been a vehicle for raising awareness, sparking action, and posing questions that might unnerve readers—and people in power. Five established writers gather to discuss what stories mean the most to them, and how their writing has impacted their world. The talk will center around writing and publishing something that matters to you, that matters enough to want you to tell others about it, and that matters so much that you want as many individuals as possible to learn about it, to be impacted, and to ultimately create change.
Karen Berger, outdoor travel writer and hiking expert, recently launched a multi-authored travel website, buckettripper.com, which already has won more than a dozen awards. Her latest book, America’s Great Hiking Trails, will be published in September by Rizzoli. Berger’s travels in the last two years have taken her to Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Greece, Turkey, as well as a good portion of Americana.
Clemma Dawsen is a poet, writer and essayist. She studied at Bennington and Goddard Colleges. Mother, horsewoman and spiritual maverick, Dawsen explores ordinary experience, self-importance, compassion and impermanence in relationship to ultimate truth and an authentic life. She considers monotony, humor, failure and vulnerability indispensable. She recently traveled on assignment to the Himalayas. Her blog can be found at triptychjourney.com.
Kristin Moe is a regular contributor to Yes! Magazine and writes about activists on the front lines of climate change. She’s currently working on a long-form project about indigenous resistance to the tar sands industry in Alberta, Canada, and a documentary piece on the role of women in the civil rights movement. Her work has appeared in Orion, Common Dreams, Truthout, Waging Nonviolence, Farming and Grist. Her stories can be found at kristinmoe.com.
Judith D. Schwartz is a longtime freelance writer and author, most recently, of Cows Save the Planet and Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2013). Schwartz has a B.A. from Brown University, an M.A. in Counseling from Northwestern, and an M.S.J. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Jenn Smith was born in Kolkata, India, and grew up in Berkshire County. She has worked for The Berkshire Eagle since 2005 and was recently promoted to the new role of community engagement editor. She is dedicated to writing about children, families and education, and has covered such national events as the Sandy Hook school massacre and the Boston Marathon bombing. She reported from northern Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, and participated in a two-week journalists exchange in Pakistan with the International Center for Journalists in February.
Anastasia Stanmeyer, moderator and editor of Berkshire Magazine, has written for Time, Newsweek, Christian Science Monitor, Dallas Morning News, and San Francisco Chronicle. She lived in Asia for 12 years before coming to the Berkshires and has covered regions under major political and social change such as South Sudan, Indonesia, Cambodia, Burma, and Haiti. She strives to include local issues in Berkshire Magazine and holds regular panel discussions promoting dialogue.