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Festival Fever: Albany Word Fest, 4/13-19/14

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Albany Word Fest

April is National Poetry Month, which means that it’s time once again for Albany Word Fest, an annual arts festival that brings together poets, writers and performers from all across upstate New York to celebrate the vibrant poetry and spoken word scene right here in Nippertown.

Organized by Albany Poets, the Albany Word Fest has grown from an afternoon poetry open mic in Thatcher Park in 2001 to this year’s rhyme-a-rama bash – a week-long cavalcade of events taking place at six different venues throughout Albany including featured readings, open mics, poetry slams and more.

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LIVE: Timothy Mason & Hiroya Tsukamoto @ Caffe Lena, 3/7/14

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Timothy Mason

Timothy Mason

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

After several impressionistic guitar compositions mixed with Japanese traditional folk songs, including one where he sang in an Okinawan dialect, guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto apologized that his “accent” may be a little off and that he was not sure of the meaning of some of the words. Nevertheless, it was a treat for the audience assembled there on a recent Friday evening in Saratoga’s famed Caffe Lena.

Before the first set came to a close, Tsukamoto invited distinguished poet Timothy Mason up for an unaccompanied poetry reading or two. Mason launched into a refreshing poem about the wonders of chocolate syrup, and, really, how can you not love a guy who loves chocolate syrup enough to write a poem about it? That poem was a tasty morsel, to say the least.

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As Berkshire Women Writers Fest Wraps Up, Secrets, Stories, Awards Revealed [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Festival of Women Writers

By Judith Nardacci

Today (Monday, March 24), 7pm
Creating a Positive Future with the Alphabet of Vibration
Workshop led by Analesa Rose Berg
Church on the Hill Annex, 55 Main Street, Lenox

This workshop begins with the premise that creating a future where we honor one another and the earth is possible. What is the new vision? What do we need to release to make room for new ways of being to take place? How do we do that together? The Alphabet of Vibration, an art series created by Analesa Rose Berg, combines Hebrew letters with symbols to serve as prompts to write, draw, or dance what we see, feel, or hear.

Tuesday (March 25), 6:30pm
A Celebration of the Next Generation of Young Women Writers
Hosted by Emily Pulfer-Terino with Olivia Gomez and Anna Durning
Miss Hall’s School, 492 Holmes Road, Pittsfield

This event features creative non-fiction and personal essays by Miss Hall’s students and other high school-age girls in Berkshire County. Participants will be selected by the hosts.

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Peggy Seeger, Poetry & Publishing Highlight Week 3 of Berkshire Festival of Women Writers [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

During the month of March, 2014, the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers (BFWW) is hosting 58 events. The purpose is to bring women writers of all ages and from many different walks of life together to share their insights and, of course, to celebrate Women’s History Month. BFWW’s list of speakers, panelists and presenters is impressive and contains names both familiar and not.

This is the fourth year for the BFWW which runs from March 1–31 at venues all over Berkshire County. The Festival is sponsored by Bard College at Simon’s Rock with the collaboration of many other organizations. Participants include more than 150 women writers, those 58 separate events taking place at some 30 venues around the county. Complete listings and details of all events are available on the festival’s website. Most events are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Berkshire Festival of Women Writers – Week Two [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers  - Week Two

The second week of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers continues to explore the literary terrain. Complete listings and details of all events are available on the festival’s website. Most events are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Today (Monday, March 10)
Meeting On the Bridge
Reading and discussion hosted by Gwendolyn VanSant and Kate Abbott, with Multicultural BRIDGE “On the Bridge” columnists for The Berkshire Eagle
Mason Library, 231 Main St., Great Barrington, MA, 7 p.m.
For more than two years, Gwendolyn VanSant of Multicultural BRIDGE and Kate Abbott, Editor of Berkshires Week, have collaborated on “On the Bridge,” a regular column in the magazine which allows Berkshire residents from all over the world to tell their stories. Celebrate the richness of the people around us with “On the Bridge” writers Siobahn Connally, Elizabeth Blackshine and Margot Welch.

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Women Writers Fest to Feature Gloria Steinem, Susan Dworkin, Peggy Seeger, Amber Chand, Dozens More [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, February 28th, 2014
Gloria Steinem, Susan Dworkin and Peggy Seeger

Gloria Steinem, Susan Dworkin and Peggy Seeger

During the month of March, the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers (BFWW) will host 58 events. The purpose is to bring women writers of all ages and from many different walks of life together to share their insights and, of course, to celebrate Women’s History Month. BFWW’s list of speakers, panelists and presenters is impressive and contains names both familiar and not.

This is the fourth year for the BFWW which runs from March 1–31 at venues all over Berkshire County. The Festival is sponsored by Bard College at Simon’s Rock with the collaboration of many other organizations. Participants include more than 150 women writers, those 58 separate events taking place at some 30 venues around the county. Complete listings and details of all events are available on the festival’s website. Most events are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis.

This year includes a special “track” within the Festival, entitled “Writing the Self, Righting the World: New Visions of Personal and Planetary Health and Healing.” Those events specifically use writing to explore the links between personal and planetary health and wellness, prompting inquiry into the intimate interdependence between our individual, social and environmental landscapes.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

RIP: Maggie Estep, 1963-2014

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Poet, novelist, performer and ground-breaker Maggie Estep passed away in Albany of complications on Wednesday (February 12), after suffering cardiac arrest at her Hudson home on Sunday (February 9).

Estep was the author of more than a half dozen books, from “Diary of an Emotional Idiot: A Novel” (1997, Harmony) to “Alice Fantastic” (2009, Akashic Books).

But she was perhaps best known for taking her writings form the page to the stage as a performance poet and poetry slam pioneer. She brought the power of poetry to the MTV generation. She recorded spoken-word albums No More Mr. Nice Girl (1994, Imago) and Love Is a Dog From Hell (1997, Mercury). Yeah, that’s right – a spoken-word album on a major label…

Estep appeared on MTV’s “Spoken Word Unplugged,” PBS’s “The United States of Poetry” and HBO’s “Def Poetry.” The video for her spoken-word track “Hey Baby” was in regular rotation on MTV.

Our deepest sympathies go out to her partner, arts writer Seth Rogovoy, as well as her family and friends. Club Helsinki in Hudson will be hosting a memorial service/concert/reception/party celebrating Maggie’s life from 11am-2pm on Saturday (February 15).

ALSO READ:
Daniel E. Slotnik’s obituary for Maggie Estep at The New York Times

New York State Writers Institute Announces 2014 Readings

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

The New York State Writers Institute announced its schedule of visiting readers for the spring 2014, highlighted by novelists E.L. Doctorow and Walter Mosley, short story writer Lydia Davis and playwright Christopher Durang. In addition, the Institute will host a special day-long celebration of the work of poet, translator, and former UAlbany professor Pierre Joris.

“The Spring 2014 Visiting Writers Series features old friends and new faces, always a good mix for literary events,” said Institute director Donald Faulkner.

All events are open to the public and free of charge except for the American Place Theatre’s one-man production of “Black Boy.”

Here’s the complete list of schedules readings, seminars and lectures for the spring semester:

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