What’s in a Poem?

Poetry may be one of the hardest things to write well, but one of the most wonderful to enjoy reading. Jan and Serene have Michelle Gillette in the studio, a writer and poet who’s been recognized by the Mass Cultural Council. The hosts get her talking about whether or not poetry needs to rhyme, whether it needs to make sense or not, and if its a talent that exists in everyone, just waiting to be discovered. Do you have an inner poet? Take a while to nourish that part of yourself with some of Michelle’s experience, advice, and her own amazing poetry, and you’ll be happy that you did.

Guest(s) included: Michelle Gillette, poet and contributing writer the The Berkshire Eagle and The Women’s Times.

Getting to ‘Next’

This week Serene and listeners will learn how to get to ‘next’ from Carole Hyatt, an author, speaker, and seminar leader who works to accelerate peoples’ careers and helps them to find the next step in their lives. Special co-host Elizabeth Mastriani, Serene’s niece, has just returned from two years of teaching English to grade school students in Hungary and gets walked through Carole’s process of finding ‘next’ in her own life. Use the simple steps to evaluate your direction and explore your undiscovered potential to make the changes you’ve always wanted.

Guest(s) included: Carole Hyatt, author, speaker, career specialist, researcher , and founder of the Getting to Next workshop, helping to accelerate careers filled with change.

Art in the Berkshires

As another segment in the Art in the Berkshires series, Jan and Serene have one of their favorite guests back to talk about theater in the Berkshires. Gray Simons is an artistic associate at the Berkshire Theater Festival who self-describes his job as that of a writer/actor/director/teacher. The three of them get down to details talking about the theater scene in the Berkshires and what BTF brings to that. Gray also talks about a less known aspect of BTF: their education programs, and the work they’re doing in our community with 3-8 graders to help bring theater alive for them.

Guest(s) included: Gray Simons, artistic associate for Berkshire Theater Festival..

Shakespeare in the Berkshires

Jan and Serene have a full studio this week with their latest session of Art in the Berkshires. Tina Packard, the founder and artistic director of Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA talks about her passion for Shakespeare and the vital role she thinks women played in his life and serve in his plays. Then your hosts switch it up and talk to actors Elizabeth Aspenlieder and Malcolm Ingram about their performances in Rough Crossing this summer with Shakespeare and Company. They’ve both been coming back for 12 years and have received rave reviews for their work. This week they have a special performance for Radio 2 Women listeners, live on the air.

Guest(s) included: Elizabeth Aspenlieder and Malcolm Ingram, veteran actors of Shakespeare and Company; Tina Packard, founder and artistic director of Shakespeare and Company.

Giving Voice to Women: Women Writers

Jan and Serene are continuing their series Giving Voice to Women this week. Have you ever thought you could write a book? Author Barbara Chepitas shares her experiences as a professional author whose published 7 books. She opens up about her trials with the publishing industry, her own writing process, and her perspective as a female author in a male-dominated industry. She’s got some revealing insights into the stereotypes in the publishing world and the differences she’s experienced between men and women writers. This show is for the aspiring writer, someone who’s been putting off writing their life story for years, or anyone who’s ever said, “Hey, that would make a good story.”

Guest(s) included: Barbara Chepaitis, author of Feeding Christine.