Berkshire Festival of Women Writers final week of events



Trust: A Performance by Joanne Spies, songs and poems in a guided tour. 2:30 p.m., Norman Rockwell Museum, Route 183, Stockbridge.

Virtual Artists' Collective: Reading and Discussion with writers Arisa White and Rosebud Ben-Oni, cross-cultural perspective on growing up in fragmented, hostile and uncompromising environments, including coming to terms with loving women, in central Brooklyn and Arab East Jerusalem. 6 p.m., MCLA Gallery 51, 51 Main St., North Adams.

Women of Troy: Staged reading directed by Leigh Strimbeck with students from Russell Sage College. A new adaptation of Euripides' antiwar play set in a future after the energy collapse. Women trapped in a POW camp in Troy, N.Y., make do with what they have. 7 p.m., Kellogg Music Center, Bard College at Simon's Rock, Great Barrington.


Poetry Compote: An Improvisational Poetry Workshop for Women. Lisken Van Den Pelt leads energizing workshop for women of all experience levels. 10 a.m., Mason Library, Great Barrington.

Women Writers on Masculinity: Gala Essay Contest Reading and Reception hosted by Nina Ryan and Michelle Gillett, with special guest Katherine Bouton. 3 p.m., The Mount, 2 Plunkett St., Lenox.

Talk to Her: Interviews with Women Musicians, with LaShonda Katrice Barnett. A reading and discussion of the interviewing process that resulted in the books ‘I Got Thunder: Black Women Songwriters on Their Craft' and ‘Off the Record: Conversations with African American and Brazilian Women Musicians,' which offer critical perspectives on the music-making processes and careers andthe sound and significance of the musical expression of renowned 21st-century women.
6 p.m., The Bookstore, Lenox.


Small Stories in Hidden Places: Presented by The Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts with Pauline Dongala, Vera Kalm and Carla Oleska. Women's Fund presents its first Standing on Her Shoulders Award to women leaders over the age of 70. Along with Award recipient Vera Kalm, Pauline and Carla will share their stories, helping young women benefit from their groundbreaking experiences. 1 p.m., Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield.

The Prose Poem: A Writing Workshop and Discussion with Jessica Treat. It doesn't have line breaks, it looks like a paragraph, and it's a poem. Come learn about this versatile and exciting form. 2 p.m., Bushnell-Sage Library, Sheffield.

Finding Your Voice: Writing workshop for Middle and High School Students led by Anastasia Stanmeyer, editor of Berkshire Magazine. 2 p.m., Otis Public Library.


How to Keep Writing with a Full-Time Job: Kate Laity, multitasker; author; professor of medieval literature, film, digital humanities and popular culture, will offer advice. 7 p.m., Blodgett House, Bard College at Simon's Rock, Great Barrington.


Wind and Rain: Poetry and Song with poet Rosemary Starace, singer-songwriter Joanne Spies and the Elemental Orchestra. Various instruments will accompany original and familiar pieces spoken, chanted, and sung. 7 p.m. Lichtenstein Center, 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield. Suggested donation: $5.

The Female Rebel: Women Writers on the Antiheroine in Fiction, panel hosted by Edie Meidav with Rebecca Chace, Rebecca Godfrey and Rebecca Wolff. What do women want? What do they do when their desire is thwarted or scripted upon them by the society they live in? Fiction writers explore what it means to write and read the antiheroine, yesterday and today. 7 p.m., Blodgett House, Bard College at Simon's Rock, Great Barrington.

Thursday, March 28

What's Your Story?

Lara Tupper offers an informal writing class to investigate the notion of samskaras, or deeply embedded ideas about ourselves. 7:30 p.m., Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Lenox. Register at (800) 741-7353.

Saturday, March 30

Writing for Personal Evolution: Experiential workshop will introduce emotional intelligence in rhythms and images, 1 p.m., South Berkshire Friends Meeting House, 28 State Road, Great Barrington.

Solo: Writing Our Own Adventures Dorothy Albertine, Dawn Paul and Susan Fox Rogers read from recent work. 3 p.m., South Berkshire Friends Meeting House, 28 State Road, Great Barrington.


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