January inkmail

January 27, 2009

The January 2009 issue of inkmail is now online at the Inkberry website. It’s written by Sharon Wyrrick, and it’s all about The Write Stuff:

The Write Stuff program could not exist without the volunteer mentors who are each paired with one or two Conte students. Currently, 36 seventh graders at Conte work every week with a mentor. This allows the relationship to develop over the course of the entire school year…

Read it here.


December inkmail

December 3, 2008

The December edition of inkmail has gone live on the Inkberry website! Here’s a taste, from our list of nifty things we’ve done in the year now ending:

·    The Write Stuff, our collaboration with Conte Middle School in North Adams and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, has evolved to offer one-on-one tutoring and mentoring of students.

·    Our reading series has featured National Book Award Finalist Jim Shepard with poet Trudy Ames, Pushcart Prize winning Poet Carol Frost with guest poets Abbot Cutler and Peter Filkins, noted historical author Susan Quinn, and Science Fiction/Fantasy Author Paul Park.

·    Our WordPlay series has featured authors such as sports and fiction writer Derek Gentile and noted J.R.R. Tolkien scholars Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull.

·    Inkberry workshops have given the local community a chance to work on poetry with Derek Mong, light verse with humorist Seth Brown, and short play and skit writing with Kelly Newby of Main Street Stage.

·    Our Community Critique Group continues to offer ongoing peer critique and support to local writers…

Read the whole thing here: December 2008 inkmail.

October and November inkmails

November 17, 2008

The two most recent issues of inkmail have belatedly been added to the Inkberry website! Go and enjoy the October 2008 inkmail and the November 2008 inkmail. Of particular note is this announcement, which I’ll reprint here too:

Jill Gilbreth, Instructor at MCLA and former Executive Director of Inkberry has been honored by BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2008, edited by Salman Rushdie. Her story “When the Stars Begin to Fall” was published in the Fall 2007 issue of Ploughshares and has been included in the list of the “100 Other Distinguished Stories of the Year,” along with Inkberry Advisory Board member Jim Shepard.

Congratulations to Jill and Jim!

September inkmail

September 12, 2008

Greetings Friends,

I spotted orange leaves littering lawns this morning as I drove to work and caught myself heaving a sigh of relief. Whether it is nostalgia for new notebooks and the lure of meeting a world of new authors in high school English or the promise of a future weekend in front of a roaring fire with a good book, there is something about fall that comforts me like no other season.

This month, we have two big events planned, as well as a wonderful playwriting workshop. Please read through for all the important bits.

-Amy Stevens, for the Inkberry Board

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August inkmail

August 5, 2008

Greetings Friends,

What have you been reading this summer? So far, this has been a summer filled with books about food. I drooled over Mario Batali’s Babbo Cookbook, devoured Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, made a meal of Alan Richman’s Fork it Over, savored David Kamp’s The United States of Arugula, had Dan Koeppel’s Banana: the Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World for dessert, and washed it all down with Evan McHugh’s Pint-sized Ireland: in Search of the Perfect Guinness.

— Tom Bernard, Inkberry Board Member.

Enjoy whatever books remain on your summer reading list, while at Inkberry we’re looking towards September.

This fall, the Williamstown Milne Public Library and the House of Local History are joining forces on a Halloween event of historic proportions at the Eastlawn Cemetery and Sherman Burbank Chapel in Williamstown.  The dates of the event are Friday, October 31st, from 7-9 pm, and Saturday, November 1st, from 6-9 pm.

The planning committee for this event is looking for talented writers to join the team and create a “script” for their Haunted Graveyard Tour.  Actual historic research on the area, events, and “inhabitants” has been conducted by the House of Local History and will be provided to the writers for inspiration.  The tour should last approximately 20 minutes and would consist of 3-4 longer stops at certain graves – featuring frightening graveyard soliloquies or actual reenactments – and then some quick historic scares in between stops.  Groups of 10 people would walk the tour, and the tour would repeat with each group.

In addition to the graveyard tour, there is a 30-minute “theatre of the macabre” play being performed in the Sherman Burbank Chapel, created by Main Street Stage of North Adams, and there will be outdoor tents housing Halloween crafts, food, and one showing classic horror films, courtesy of Images Cinema in Williamstown.

For more information, contact linda@inkberry.org or call 664-0775.


Saturday, August 9th from 7pm-9pm
Inkberry & Papyri Books
present: WordPlay featuring Michelle LaFlamme-Childs, Papyri Books, 45 Eagle Street, North Adams. An open mic will follow Colen’s presentation. Gail Burns is host. The event, as usual, is free and open to the public. Call 664.0775

North Adams native Michelle Laflamme-Childs is a poet, essayist, and arts administrator currently living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She holds degrees from the University of Massachusetts and St. John’s College, and having fled the corporate world in 2006, is now the Administrative Director of the Santa Fe Art Institute.

Laflamme-Childs has just completed a stint at the prestigious Napa Valley Writers’ Conference and has recently published a chapbook entitled Love and Lovers. Having written poems secretly for over 25 years, she has only opted to share them with the world at large within the last year, and has had poems optioned by a variety of regional arts & culture magazines. Laflamme-Childs has been reading publicly around Northern and Central New Mexico and is currently working on a book length manuscript entitled Chiaroscuro.

June inkmail

June 12, 2008

The June issue of inkmail, written by Inkberry board member Amy Stevens, has been published on our website. Here’s a taste:

It is now summer in the Berkshires, and while some may think this is the season for plays and concerts, I only have eyes for baseball. I’ve just cracked open Summerland by Michael Chabon (author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay). Summerland is Chabon’s first novel for young adults, and features a young man named Ethan, who may be the worst little league player ever. Yet he is recruited to help save the world from extinction in a text that blends the line between reality and fantasty on a small ballfield on Clam Island.

If your mind has been wandering to ballfields, you might want to consider entering our next contest…

Read the whole thing here.

Oh, and while you’re at it, consider taking our online survey, designed to help us learn what you’d like Inkberry to be and to do! A randomly selected respondent will receive a $20 gift certificate to Papyri Books. To receive a prize, you must include your name and contact information at the end of the survey. Otherwise, this information is not required, and you can submit the survey anonymously.

Here’s the link to the survey.

Thanks for being a part of Inkberry!

Upcoming Events

Saturday, June 14th from 7pm-9pm
Inkberry & Papyri Books
present: WordPlay featuring Leith Colen , Papyri Books, 45 Eagle Street, North Adams. An open mic will follow Colen’s presentation. Gail Burns is host. The event, as usual, is free and open to the public. Call 664.0775

After Wordplay, swing on by The Main Street Stage for the return of The Red Room on Saturday, June 14. Doors open at 8 PM for life drawing, with models and art materials provided. There will also be mingling and light refreshments. 9 PM marks the beginning of the variety show. The Red Room is featured on Saturdays in June and Mondays in July and August, featuring local musicians, writers, dancers, magicians and more. Contact Kelli at 664.664-7745 for more information. Red Room contains adult themes and language.

April inkmail

April 21, 2008

The April edition of inkmail features a farewell from Inkberry’s two interns:

Holly and Sondra: We both heard about the internship through last year’s Workshop Facilitator intern, Sarah Russell, and it appealed to our interest in the literary world. We started out not knowing what to expect, but over the past year, we have each found our places in our own literary niche…

Read the whole April issue of inkmail here.