Spotlight: Elana Bell

This is the power of creative writing—that it allows you to access parts of yourself and your story that you may not realize are right under the surface, waiting to be released. And once you see how powerful they are, you want to share them with others, and in turn hear their stories. I believe that this act—of claiming and sharing our unique stories—is a crucial part of healing our fractured world.

Spotlight: Kathy Engel

I have no choice. I live in the lusciousness, power and danger of words, commas, dashes, line breaks, and also pauses and erasures, the stutters and struggles of the birth and death of language — even as I embrace silences, or quiet spaces between words. Poetry works through the poet I think. —Kathy Engel

Spotlight: Jewelle Gomez

Now, when I think of my father, it is those fleeting moments that bring his face to my mind most precisely. His determination was a force of nature. And freedom was always his goal. He spoke of it to me and everyone who would listen so often that freedom became a tangible thing, a thing to taste like berry pie. And it became our name—Freeman—when we escaped slavery and settled in Charlmont. — from The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez

Spotlight: Martha Southgate

“I think it’s wonderful if that’s a result of my work but I believe sitting down with that as my goal would result in less compelling fiction—both to me and to my readers. I believe you have to start and continue writing via characters and situations that you are deeply interested in and that excite you. Everything flows from that.”
Martha Southgate

Spotlight: Cheryl Boyce-Taylor

ARRIVAL is a poetic love story between mother and daughter. The poems are road maps, intertwining generations with a narrative beginning in 1950 with a woman who is pregnant with twins. In her seventh month she delivers a stillborn boy and a baby girl weighing less than two pounds. From there, the evocation of a series of catastrophic family events brings forth Cheryl Boyce-Taylor’s power to strip her readers down to their most vulnerable.

Spotlight: Margot Farrington

I never consider how I’ll read a poem while writing it. When reading it to listeners, the greatest gift I can give them is spontaneity. Something in the read or recited poem should always remain fluid, open to surprise. – Margot Farrington

Spotlight: Kamilah Aisha Moon

Babes that sleep in hewn rock cradles
learn to bear the hardness coming.
Tough grace forged in tender bones—
may this serve & bless them well.
—– Kamilah Aisha Moon

Spotlight: Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Known for her stunning fine art photography, her literary portraits and her lyric videos, Rachel Eliza Griffiths joins Festival of Women Writers 2017

What A Time We Had! Highlights of Festival of Women Writers 2016

On the weekend after Labor Day 2016, September 9, 10 & 11th, the tiny village of Hobart, New York hosted its fourth annual Festival of Women Writers. It was an exciting three-day Festival of public readings, writing workshops, panel discussion, bookselling, book buying, food, and camaraderie. Hosted and sponsored by the six independent bookstores of…