Morning Speaker: Carol Edelstein
For nearly thirty years, Carol Edelstein has been leading a weekly writing workshop in her hometown of Northampton, MA. The author of numerous stories, two books of poems –THE WORLD IS ROUND (Amherst Writers and Artists Press, 1994) and THE DISAPPEARING LETTERS (Perugia Press, 2005). She is also a social worker and freelance editor. She and her husband Robin Barber co-direct Gallery of Readers, a monthly reading series and an independent press that promotes the work of local writers.
Afternoon Speaker: Susan Stinson
Susan Stinson is the author of four novels and a book of poems and lyric essays. Her most recent novel is SPIDER IN A TREE (Small Beer), about eighteenth century Western Massachusetts in the time of preacher, theologian, and slave owner Jonathan Edwards. Her other books are FAT GIRL DANCES WITH ROCKS, MARTHA MOODY, VENUS OF CHALK, and BELLY SONGS. She has received the Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Award from the Lambda Literary Foundation and the 2015 Trustees Award from Forbes Library, where she was Writer in Residence for five years.
Stinson has taught fiction at Amherst College, and given readings, lectures, and workshops all over the country, including at bookstores, conferences, rallies, and many colleges and universities, including Yale, Smith, Dartmouth, and University of California at Berkeley. She may be the only writer who has – with pleasure! – spoken at five meetings of the Jonathan Edwards Society conference and also at the OutWrite Conference; National Body Image Day; the National Women’s Studies Conference; and Beowulf, Readings, and Beer. For four years, she appeared on a monthly radio segment, Book Swap, on WHMP with Bob Flaherty.
Her work had been honored with grants and fellowships from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and Massachusetts Arts Lottery Funds. She has had fellowships at the Blue Mountain Center, the Millay Colony, Norcroft, the Wurlitzer Foundation, and the Banff School of Fine Arts. As Writer in Residence at Forbes Library, she had brought presentations by ninety-nine novelists, poets, scholars, and librarians — including writers such as Jacqueline Sheehan, Ekwueme Michael Thelwell, Clare Messud, Jane Yolen, and Tracy Kidder – to our local public library. In addition to her own writing, Stinson works in support of other writers as a writing coach and editor.
photo: Jeep Wheat