A wonderful chapter in the literary life of the Berkshires began two years ago and continued this past weekend with the second Wordfest at The Mount, the home of Edith Wharton, the first woman to receive the coveted Pulitzer Prize for literature. A host of writers, editors, publishers and media professionals participated in this vibrant exchange of ideas, often highlighting Whar ton’s influence on modern day literature. The attendees, of which I was one of many, enthusiastically listened and responded when appropriate to panel discussions, dialogues and poetry readings.
Wordfest was a well-organized and ambitious undertaking for Susan Wissler, the executive director of The Mount, and her young and energetic staff. They, in turn, sought and trained over 30 volunteers who helped a relatively small staff keep their dynamic program moving along on schedule.
All those present engaged in lively discussions, not dissimilar I suspect, to what occurred during Wharton’s sojourn at The Mount so many years ago. She was, of course, preceded by other literary giants of their time. It is important that this tradition continue in our time. I hope many others will join me in pledging their support as we offer our thanks to the staff and board of trustees of The Mount for making Wordfest possible. May it continue to grow and prosper.
MARY W. TAYLOR