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Spotlight: Alexis DeVeaux

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Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers welcomes back

Alexis DeVeaux

“Alexis DeVeaux laces together the past and the present with poetic elegance in an intricate and delicate pattern of call and response. Her characters are both mythic and guttural and, like her narrative, glide across social, physical and temporal boundaries, drawing the reader  into an emotional vortex.”  Jewelle Gomez, author of The Gilda Stories

We reprise a conversation between Alexis DeVeaux and Festival co-organizer, Breena Clarke, who met on a beautiful afternoon in early May 2014 in the outdoor courtyard at The Schomburg Center For Research in Black Culture/NY Public Library. The two writers, friends and colleagues of long standing, spoke about the legacy of The Schomburg Library and very particularly about the work of Alexis DeVeaux. In the richly inspirational setting, with the sounds of busy Harlem in the background,  De Veaux talked about her novella, Yabo.


Alexis DeVeaux talks to Breena Clarke about Harlem and her work  Alexis DeVeaux1

Yabo is a densely peopled novella that is unpredictable and surprising. It is full of literary serendipity; is filled with fresh turns that direct the reader’s eye to new views – new perspectives.

Clarke: From what tradition, from what place does the title, Yabo come?
DeVeaux: I wanted a title that was not from the western tradition. I wanted to communicate that
time is unbroken
the story is unbroken
the lives are unbroken
no matter how long the time
they are just always threaded together
Yabo means the unbreakable thread.
For Festival 2016, Alexis DeVeaux will present the workshop, The Sentence in Fiction: A Workshop For Writers, designed to assist fiction writers in incorporating the idea that the sentence is an important element in building a fictional narrative.
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Other work by Alexis DeVeaux
A Biography of Audre Lorde
A Biography of Audre Lorde

An Enchanted Hair Tale


Four O’Clock Flowers speaks with Yesenia Montilla

The Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers is excited to welcome Yesenia Montilla to Festival 2016.

Yesenia has joined co-organizer and host, Breena Clarke, for an interview on Four O’Clock Flowers, a podcast produced for Festival 2016.  Four O’Clock Flowers speaks with Yesenia Montilla

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Host, Breena Clarke and Yesenia discuss her debut poetry collection, The Pink Box.

Yesenia Montilla is a New York City poet with Afro-Caribbean roots & a 2014 CantoMundo Fellow. Her poetry has appeared in the chapbook For The Crowns Of Your Head, as well as the literary journals: 5 AM, Adanna, Wideshore and others. She received her MFA from Drew University in Poetry and Poetry in Translation. Her first collection of poetry The Pink Box was published by Willow Books in Fall 2015.

Link here for more poetry of Yesenia Montilla: The Wide Shore

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Four​ O’clock Flowers speaks to Ginnah Howard

Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers welcomes Ginnah Howard once again!

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Link to Ginnah’s website at:  http://www.ginnahhoward.com 

Spotlight: LaShonda Katrice Barnett

Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers 2016 welcomes

LaShonda Katrice Barnett

Jam On The Vine
“In an authentic and richly layered novel, history comes to life…Barnett creates an ode to activism, writing with a scholar’s eye and a poet’s soul.”O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE

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LaShonda Katrice Barnett’s debut novel Jam on the Vine (Grove Atlantic), is a 2016 Stonewall Honor Book, a distinction awarded by the American Library Association.  Jam was an Editor’s Choice pick at the Chicago Tribune; won ElIe Magazine’s Belle Lettres 2015 Reader’s Prize and earned Barnett the Emerging Writers Award at the 2015 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival. Barnett’s other books include:  I Got Thunder: Black Women Songwriters On Their Craft (2007) and the story collection Callaloo (1999). The Appropriate Ones, her trilogy of plays (Homewood; Menemsha; and L’Echange) examine race in the context of one interracial American family. Twice-nominated for the 2015 Pushcart prize for her short fiction, Barnett holds the Ph.D. in American Studies and lives and writes full-time in Manhattan. www.lashondabarnett.com @LaShondaKatrice

Listen to: LaShonda Katrice Barnett on NPR to hear a discussion with NPR’s Rachel Martin about JAM ON THE VINE.

For Festival of Women Writers 2016, LaSonda Katrice Barnett will present: The Truthful Lie: Reading & Writing Historical Fiction. The historical novel is produced in several forms: a historical personage as the main character; fictional characters working with historical personages; and fictional characters within a real historical event or merely within an historical period/society. A good historical novel demands the wise selection of the right fact for the right effect; it doesn’t surfeit readers with too much information or starve them with too little. This workshop group will consider the practical challenge at the core of writing historical fiction: the seamless integration of fictive imagination and historical fact.For complete information about LaShonda Katrice Barnett’s workshop and to register for Festival of Women Writers 2016, go to wwwhobartfestivalofwomenwriters.com

For more about Barnett: http://www.lashondabarnett.com


Amazon Author page http://www.amazon.com/Lashonda-Katrice-Barnett/e/B00EQNGILC/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1388896005&sr=8-1

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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.


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.)



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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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Four O’Clock Flowers speaks with Elizabeth Searle

Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers 2016 welcomes,

Elizabeth Searle!

Elizabeth Searle and Breena Clarke


Four O’Clock Flowers speaks to Elizabeth Searle

Please listen to Hobart Book Village Festival’s new podcast Four O’Clock Flowers

Four O’Clock Flowers. Host, Breena Clarke, will speak with some of the participating writers for Festival of Women Writers 2016. For this episode of our podcast, Breena is speaking to Elizabeth Searle, novelist, screenwriter, playwright, and teacher.

Elizabeth’s film script based on her novel A Four-Sided Bed was produced as a Staged Reading in Hollywood, starring TV/Film actors Evan Ross (The Hunger Games), Lucy Griffiths (True Blood, Preacher), Gia Mantegna (Under the Dome) and Kenny Leu (NCIS; Independence Day: Resurgence), performed at Zephyr Theater in LA on May 19th. The performance was produced by Amy Carpenter Scott/Creatrix Films as part of the ongoing project to develop A Four-Sided Bed as a feature film. Elizabeth is also working on a theater version of the ‘menage a trois love story’ script.  Stay tuned!

E. Searle & Co
Elizabeth with stars Kenny Leu and Lucy Griffiths in Hollywood at Zephyr Theater

For information about Elizabeth and her work: Elizabeth Searle

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