Spotlight​: Marianela Medrano

“Embodied Writing concerns itself with capturing the expression of human experience in a way that elicits ‘sympathetic resonance,’ or a natural response through which a reader ‘vibrates’ empathically with the writer when reading or listening to a written piece.”

Spotlight: Annie Finch

As a poet writing for a world that does not yet exist, I found that I needed to write my own criticism in order to clear a space for my poetry to become itself.

Spotlight: LaShonda Katrice Barnett

“African-American history is so rife with really important information that most people never know. And when I say most, I am including black people and all American people. We just do not know African-American history in this country. I thought, I’ll be damned if I’m going to miss an opportunity to not insert very significant events. “

Spotlight: Anne Nelson

 I believe that journalism benefits from a strong sense of values, such as justice and humanitarian instinct, but it is best practiced without political activism. A journalists’ allegiance is to the truth. A good journalist is always open to changing her mind based on the evidence, and political activism doesn’t tend to work that way. 
– Anne Nelson
 

Spotlight​: Yesenia Montilla

Some maps have blue borders
like the blue of your name
or the tributary lacing of
veins running through your
father’s hands. & how the last
time I saw you, you held
me for so long I saw whole
lifetimes flooding by me
small tentacles reaching
for both our faces. I wish
maps would be without
borders & that we belonged
to no one & to everyone
at once, what a world that
would be.

Spotlight: Leslie T. Sharpe

What people don’t appreciate, is how much nature there is in urban settings. And how crucial those urban settings are. For instance, NYC in on what we call the Eastern Flyway (there are several of these, east to west, which are migratory routes for birds in spring and fall). In spring, birds in their bright, colorful breeding plumage drop into Central Park, among other places in the NYC area, and draw birders from around the world, including as far away from Russia.

Spotlight: Stephanie Nikolopoulos

People are wont to read with their own biases and agendas that we cannot control, and having early readers who come from vastly different backgrounds and perspectives may help a writer at least get a sense of the types of issues that might be misinterpreted.

Spotlight: Keisha-Gaye Anderson

A poem that uses nature or an historical figure to talk about love expands the reader’s understanding of love and opens new vistas of self-awareness. Poetry has the power to help us examine ourselves and provides us with a psycho-spiritual roadmap for evolution.
 

Spotlight: Ginnah Howard

The house is cold. He doesn’t look at her, just sits hunched at the kitchen table, with the hood of his sweatshirt up: under cover. Her son. He is even thinner than when she left.
The stink of cigarettes. Something rotting in the dark of a cupboard and the sink is right to the top with dirty dishes, hardened strings of spaghetti, grease congealed in a pan. A still life. She could paint it on a wall of canvas: Moldy glasses big as barrels, their funhouse faces wavering beyond. Welcome Home.
–from “Night Navigation” by Ginnah Howard

Spotlight: Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond

For a long time, as a writer in the diaspora, I felt this pressure to represent my culture honorably, but the question was which culture? I was born and mostly raised in New York, and my love of literature was nurtured in the black books sections of Borders and Barnes and Noble.  And I was reared by very proud Ghanaian parents, and had this identity-shifting experience of being sent from ages 12 to 15 to live and school in Ghana. I didn’t feel I could lay full claim to African-American culture or identity, and I didn’t feel completely Ghanaian either though I found myself straining to do both.
Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond

Announcing Festival 2018

On September 7, 8,&9th The Hobart Festival of Women Writers will hold its sixth consecutive year of platforming and promoting the work of women writers in all genres. We’re excited to announce that two additional participating writers will read their work at Festival 2018.