The newest of the newbies (guest post from Alexandra Woolner)

February 1, 2007

So I’m the newest of the newbies to Inkberry. For a brief bio I’ll say that I’m from MCLA studying English and graduating this Fall. For a longer bio feel free to go here: here. Nice picture, huh? I’m reading Langston Hughes.

Actually, I’ve been reading more and more graphic novels recently, and I’ve branched out from my typical style of writing poetry into some short fiction. Other recent events concerning the artistic side of my life include drinking almost exclusively red and tazo black chai as far as tea is concerned, writing my valentines this year on construction paper, and fully completing a doggy sweater in about 24 hours for the Toy Fox Terrier of my fellow intern, Sarah. Through a friend I also just acquired a new camera, a Lubitel (which translates into Black-Cross-eyed- Toy-Box in Russian), and I’m entirely too enthralled. Hopefully all of this translates into some great writing.

I like hanging out at local cafés in the North Adams area because I feel like that sets me with the right amount of background noise, hot beverage, and general atmosphere to write. My suggestion to any writer who wants to improve their work environment is to switch up those small elements occasionally, you never know what might work. For instance, I’ve found that I love writing with either lots of sunlight in the room, or just one small lamp.

One of my goals for the rest of this academic year is to keep up my writing as much as possible, even if I say I’m having a busy week. So far so good.

Wish me luck.

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Sock Eating Monsters and a Land Stranger than Oz (guest post by Sarah Russell)

December 1, 2006

Meet Sarah Russell (author of said monsters) and Courtney Llewellyn, two terrific writers who’ve been interning at Inkberry this semester…

I am Sarah Russell, the current workshop facilitator intern at Inkberry. I’m a senior at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, majoring in English with a concentration in Writing. I hope to attend graduate school next fall and to get my Master’s in either Writing or Literature.

School aside, I’ve been writing since I was very young. Beginning with outlandish fantasy stories about sock eating monsters and a land stranger than Oz and moving on to poetry inspired by Lifetime movies by the time I was 12. As I got older I moved away from short fiction and into poetry; writing was an emotional outlet for me as a typical angst ridden teen. I now write poetry, it seems, exclusively; I’ve put together several portfolios for various classes and I am currently in progress with yet another. I’ve recently been published in Other: __ magazine, a publication by Albany Poets, a non-profit writers organization located in Albany, New York. Outside of writing, I like to spend time with my two dogs, Sassafras and Schnookie (a Chihuahua and Toy Fox Terrier, respectively), my fiancé Carl, and my friends and family. I also enjoy old-lady activities, such as window shopping, going to flea markets, bingo, arts and crafts, and going to bed at 10 o’clock.

Interning at Inkberry has been a wonderful experience, and I will continue to intern next semester. Some plans for the future are an upcoming poetry and fiction reading at Papyri Books on Dec. 9 at 7:30 pm, and an upcoming chapbook featuring the students in my workshop to be published next semester.

Courtney Llewellyn would like you know the following about herself:

I enjoy short walks on the beach, puppies, unicorns (specifically, unicorns named Charlie), and my favorite author of all time is Aimee Bender. In high school, I was a nerd/drama dork/choir geek/punk rock outcast, which made for some good times. I participated in quiz team competitions, acted in plays and musicals, sang in concert choir and jazz choir, and skipped school many times to drive three or more hours for a show. I graduated fifth in my high school class and then went on to a prestigious community college. After that, I transferred to MCLA where I’m majoring in English/Communications with a concentration in journalism.
I’m no longer quite as active as I was in high school, although I am a member of the bowling club and I attend a lot of on-campus events. Although journalism is my intended field of work, I seriously enjoy fiction (and poetry to a lesser extent). I haven’t had much of a chance to write any lately but reading it is always fun and! you can find me the first Wednesday of every month at Café Latino either participating in or judging the 413 Poetry Slam.


Hello and goodbye (guest post from Jessica Falzerano)

April 28, 2006

This is a hello, nice to meet you as well as a goodbye, it has been great blog. I failed to ever write a hello, this is who I am blog entry and so now I am combining the two. Well, to start, I am Jessica Falzerano a graduating senior at MCLA as well as Inkberry’s spring intern. The past few months here at Inkberry have been an amazing experience for me for numerous reasons.

I have been welcomed with open arms and been given creative freedom to try out my wings in this safe and comfortable environment called Inkberry. I have also created, facilitated and nurtured a writing workshop for MCLA students here at Inkberry. I am sad to have become apart of North Adams’ writing community when I am about to leave but I have enjoyed these few months of being immersed in it immensely. Inkberry is an amazing organization that offers so much to a town like North Adams, and I have been honored to be a part of its dedicated staff and to share my passion of writing with their own. So, here it is: goodbye, it has been amazing!


Worth 1000 words

February 15, 2006

We hadn’t done any filing in a very, very long time.

Three cheers for our new intern Jessica!


Another Inkberry intern’s goodbye (Guest post from Anne Louise Ennis)

January 27, 2006

Hello! I’m Anne Louise Ennis, and I come to Inkberry from Philadelphia, by way of Williamstown, where I’m a senior at Williams College. Like Liz, I was looking for something a bit more rewarding to do with myself during our Winter Study term. I decided to intern at Inkberry (through Williams’ experiential education program) rather than remain on campus and study something completely esoteric, as a bit of preparation for what awaits me this June.

Jill and Rachel didn’t know it, but I’d actually done my research on Inkberry prior to meeting with them on January 4th. For a final project in my Non-Profit Organizations and Community Change tutorial last fall I drafted a proposal for a literary arts after-school education program, which I set here in Berkshire County, as a sort of mini-Inkberry. I was terribly excited to hear that Inkberry was interested in actually pursuing such a program, in the real world, as opposed to in the computer lab at the Williams College library.

In addition to doing some preliminary research on after-school programming possibilities, I’ve been refreshing my computer skills and working on the Inkberry website, and I hope you will enjoy the fruits of my labor. When I’m not busily working away in front of a computer screen, Liz and I have been distributing Inkberry’s glossy new calendars throughout town and making friends with the owners of the new (and excellent) coffee shop next door, Cup and Saucer.

I’ve greatly enjoyed my time here at Inkberry; I would like to thank Jill and Rachel for showing me how a few dedicated people can make their dreams into reality. I greatly relished this opportunity to get out of the classroom and into the world, before I re-enter the classroom as an elementary school teacher in the fall.


Mount Holyoke intern’s farewell (Guest post from Liz O’Grady)

January 25, 2006

Hello there. My name is Elizabeth O’Grady and I’m a senior from Mount Holyoke. “Mount Holyoke?” you might ask, “what is she doing here, then?”

Well, to answer your question, I’m from Williamstown. I decided that this January, rather than returning to South Hadley to take a class on dog sledding or balancing a checkbook or some other enticing academic offering, I’d prefer to intern at Inkberry. I wanted to learn something about the dark inner workings of a literary arts non-profit.

On my first day at Inkberry, I went down the hall to use the ladies room. I noticed that the door was missing its “w” and said only “omen.” Seeing this within my first few moments at Inkberry made me worry. Was this all a mistake? Should I have stayed at school and learned about dog sledding?

Fortunately, I have enjoyed my experience here at Inkberry. I’ve gotten to distribute Inkberry’s exciting (and attractive!) new postcard-sized event schedules, learn a little something about the literary life by researching fellowships and retreats for writers, and ventured into the fascinating world of literary blogs.

I would like to thank Rachel and Jill for this valuable January opportunity, and Inkberry for letting this little English major know that there are so many more options for me out there besides living in a cardboard box or becoming a high school English teacher. Not that there’s anything wrong with either of those options…