Jan. 12th Berkshire Festival of Women Writers
We’re looking forward to participating in the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. CATA writing faculty Janet Reich Elsbach, Emily Rechnitz and Anamyn Turowski will read the collected thoughts of CATA’s women writers in “How We Look: Self/Reflection.”
How We Look: Self/Reflection
When: March 19, 6:30pm
Where: CATA Studio 70 Railroad St., Great Barrington
Community Access to the Arts nurtures and celebrates the creativity of people with disabilities through shared experiences in the visual and performing arts. To experience a CATA workshop is to experience the artistry often overlooked in people who are different from us, but it is also a discovery of the common humanity that links us all. Three writers from the CATA writing program have been in conversation with CATA participant-artists about how we perceive our own looks, how we compare our physical selves to others’, and how we experience looking at and being looked at by the people around us. The reading will offer a revealing picture of women’s sense of their beauty and how it relates to the community around them.
CATA is all about balance, seeking out and celebrating what distinguishes each unique person even as we shine a light on the common thoughts, feelings and ideas that unite us. How our sense of our physical selves is guided, shaped, challenged by cultural norms and ideals of beauty becomes even more prismatic and intense when considered through the filter of living with difference and disability.
Janet Reich Elsbach thinks and writes about the food she feeds her family on the blog, A Raisin & A Porpoise. She edits other people’s writing when she can, and this is her third year teaching writing at CATA, where she has been involved for over 20 years.
Emily Rechnitz entered the world of CATA in 1998, as an Art Cart volunteer. She has served as a member of CATA’s board since 2000. Emily received her B.A. in English Literature from Vassar College and a M.A. in Creative Writing from New York University. She has taught poetry writing to children in New Jersey, New York City, and the Berkshires. Her work has appeared in journals and magazines including: The Kansas Quarterly, Mudfish, The New Yorker, and The Southern Poetry Review. This is her third year as a member of CATA’s writing faculty.
Anamyn Turowski was introduced to CATA in 2008 by Janet Elsbach and since then has been having a wonderful time as the Studio Director at CATAdirect, CATA’s weekly crafts cooperative. She studied writing at UCLA and is embarking on her third year as a member of CATA’s writing faculty. She currently also teaches writing at The Writers Studio in NYC. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has a nice stack of rejection letters in her drawer(s).