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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

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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.

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Spotlight: Bessy Reyna

The Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers 2016 is very excited to welcome Bessy Reyna, poet, activist and opinion columnist in English and in Spanish as a Returning Participating Writer.

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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. Her Spanish language writing, published in Latin America, includes a poetry chapbook, Terrarium (Instrucción Programada de México, 1975), and a collection of short stories, Ab Ovo (Instituto Nacional de Cultura, Panama, 1977). Her poetry can be found in numerous anthologies, including El Coro: A Chorus of Latino and Latina PoetryIn Other Words: Literature by Latinas of the United States, The Arc of Love: Lesbian Poems and The Wild Good.  She is a contributor to Gathered Light: The Poetry of Joni Mitchell’s Songs (Lisa and John Sornberger, Eds. 2013) and Penelope: Antologia de Cuentistas Centroamricanas (Consuelo Meza Vasquez, Ed.)

 

 

Bessy Reyna with sweater

At Festival 2016, Bessy Reyna  will participate with  JP Howard and Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa, in “Writers Conversation: Why Memoir?”,  on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 @ 9:30am

What family secrets are waiting to be written? Whose stories are straining to be told? Are they our stories to tell? What complications and challenges arise when painful memories haunt us? Who were we as teenagers? Young lovers? Close friends? Tired workers? How do we use the materials of memory, e.g. photographs, letters, old magazines to tell our stories, to write our poems?  These are just some of the questions that arise and are aroused as the memoirist explores her personal narratives, pictures, and oral histories.

This Writers Conversation is designed to encourage people to begin to structure the material of their lives and to write their life journeys. For the complete description of this workshop event and for the complete schedule of readings and workshops for Festival of Women Writers 2016 is on our web page at http://www.hobartfestivalofwomenwriters.comessy Reyna CT Author

For an in-depth interview with Bessy Reyna in UCONN Today, link here:  http://bit.ly/1LWLvXO  Reyna, an alumna of the university talks about her family, her poetry, her stubbornness, her strength in this “Portrait of Strength”

 

Video Bessy Reynahttps://youtu.be/Ci1T2FL1wlY

“Like Panama, the country of her childhood, Bessy Reyna’s poems provide a channel, a way to bridge east and  west by reconciling the warring needs of the body, the mind and the heart. Whether Reyna is dancing with a stalk  of sugar cane in Hartford, Connecticut, or in her birthplace of Cuba, poem after poem is as lively as a salsa. Like chewing sugar cane, her poems ultimately reward with their hard-won sweetness, with the taste that leaves us wanting more.” —Vivian Shipley

Read excerpts of Bessy Reyna’s  work, at:  http://www.bessyreyna.com

Bessy Reyna with mike

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