Here in the Hudson Valley we have an amazing wealth of artists and writers who help make this region a wonderful place to live!
Recently I had the opportunity to invite New York Times Bestselling Author & Memoirist Koren Zailckas into my studio to chat about that community, and why she chose to make the Hudson Valley her home.
The article was published in this month's Hudson Valley Mercantile, which is on newsstands now.
Here's a juicy little preview:For author and memoirist Koren Zailckas, moving to the Hudson Valley from Park Slope in 2010 was a kind of homecoming. After publishing the New York Times best seller, Smashed: Confessions of a Drunken Girlhood, and following it up with the raw memoir Fury, Zailckas was looking for a creative community of writers to return to. “It is a very bookish community in Park Slope,” said Zailckas. “But you would see publishers or agents and the talk was about book as business. That’s not what I wanted.”
After settling with her young family in High Falls, Zailckas met Martha Frankel, the Executive Director of the Woodstock Writers Festival, and found her way into the Hudson Valley tribe of creatives. “Writing became a much more collaborative process after that,” she says. “It’s been great being a part of the Woodstock Writers Workshop and getting involved in local libraries with their community of writers and readers. The transition has been incredible.”
Working with a community of writers has also helped Zailckas with her process, she says. “You realize that they struggle with the same things that you do. It’s helpful to talk about that with other writers, and just to talk about the process itself.”
The writing process, particularly as it pertains to fiction, is a topic that Zailckas will be discussing as she joins the Read Local Red Hook Literary Festival for the first time this year. The festival was started in 2011 as a partnership between the Red Hook Community Arts Network (RHCAN) and Oblong Books as a way to bring attention to the richness of the local literary arts.
Here is the headshot that I took for Koren that ended up in the article!
And I recently finished reading Koren's first memoir, Smashed, which I highly recommend!
This was one of my favorite shots of the morning. It didn't make it into the article, but I love how soulful Koren looks in this headshot!
The Read Local Festival begins on Friday, April 11th, and Koren will be participating in the Fiction Panel on April 12th.
If you'd like to read the whole article and get the entire schedule for the Read Local Festival, check out my article here on the Hudson Valley Mercantile Website!
Looking for head shots for your own upcoming project? Please get in touch with me and let's chat!
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