Spotlight: Writers Conversation

Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers presents

Writers  Conversation:

Why Memoir?

with JP Howard, Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa, Bessy Reyna and hosted by Simona David

JPHoward     dahlma-llanos-figueroa    Bessy Reyna with sweater    Simona David

Writing Workshops are a solid tradition of the Festival of Women Writers.

In this Writers Conversation: Why Memoir?, JP Howard, Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa, and Bessy Reyna will discuss their approaches to facilitating memoir writing, mining memories, and focusing on life’s significant events. This Writers Conversation is designed to encourage people to begin to structure the material of their lives and to write their life journeys.

Say:Mirror               Daughters of the Stone


JP Howard is a poet, author, educator and curator. She founded and curates Women Writers In Bloom Literary salon in New York City,  a forum offering women writers at all levels a monthly venue to come together in a positive and supportive space. She is the recipient of a 2016, 2015 and 2014 Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts Fund Grant on behalf of the Salon. She is the author of SAY/MIRROR, her lovely though searing debut collection of poetry which was nominated for The Lambda Literary Award for poetry.

for more information, visit JP’s website: JP Howard

Novelist, educator and former Young Adult librarian, Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa welcomes visitors to her website with the declaration of her themes and her process.

I’m often asked who I write for. Well, I write for women and men, old and young, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives and people of all cultures. I’m asked why I write. I write because couldn’t find my world on the pages of the books I was given.  

Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, DAUGHTERS OF THE STONE, which follows the lives of five generations of Afro-Puerto Rican women focusing on the legacy passed from one generation to the next. Llanos-Figueroa‘s story illumines how each generation deals with their legacy as they engage the changing environment and culture. What happens to communication when language and culture are truncated?

for more information, visit Dahlma’s website at:  Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa

Bessy Reyna, is the author of two bilingual books of poetry, The Battlefield of Your Body (Hill-Stead Museum, 2005) and Memoirs of the Unfaithful Lover/ Memorias de la amante infiel (tunAstral, A.C., 2010, Toluca Mexico), She Remembers, a chapbook of her poems published by Andrew Mountain Press in 1997.

Link here to our full spotlight on Bessy Reyna:

Spotlight: Bessy Reyna

 Writers Conversation: Why Memoir? will be hosted by Returning Participating author, Simona David. The host of a weekly radio interview program and a Festival of Women Writers stalwart, Simona curates an arts interview program on WIOX 91.3 FM WIOX. Simona David is the author of ART IN THE CATSKILLS, THIRD EDITION, The Definitive Guide to the Rich Cultural Life of the Catskills and SELF-PUBLISHING AND BOOK MARKETING, A Research Guide. Simona David is a Communications and Public Relations Consultant living in the Catskill Mountains of New York.

For more information and to registe for Festival of Women Writers 2016, go to: Festival of Women Writers 2016

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