jennifer-browdy-bioJennifer Browdy, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Media Studies at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and has edited two anthologies of contemporary women’s writing from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. The Founding Director of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, she blogs on social and environmental justice from a personal perspective at Transition Times. Her memoir, What I Forgot…and Why I Remembered: A Journey to Environmental Awareness and Activism Through Purposeful Memoir, will be published in 2017, along with a writer’s companion to purposeful memoir.  Click here for more information.



jana-laiz_portraitJana Laiz is the award-winning author of Weeping Under This Same Moon, The Twelfth Stone, A Free Woman On God’s Earth, Elephants of the Tsunami, and Thomas & Autumn. She is the first Writer-In-Residence at Herman Melville’s Berkshire home, Arrowhead. She teaches writing workshops locally, nationally and internationally, including the 2014 San Miguel Writer’s Conference. Find her at


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