10: Hobart Festival of Women Writers tenth anniversary collection was conceived of and edited by Breena Clarke, Cheryl Clarke, and Esther Cohen, and designed and produced by Bushel Editions. This volume commemorates ten years of the Hobart Festival of Women Writers and was released on the occasion of the Festival in June 2023. 

Nancy K. Bereano
Breena Clarke
Cheryl Clarke
Esther Cohen
Alexis De Veaux
Maria Mazziotti Gillan
Diane Gilliam 
Elisabeth Nonas  
Bertha Rogers 
Mecca Jamilah Sullivan 
Lisa Wujnovich

Editors’ Foreword: Ten Years of the Hobart Festival of Women Writers

Since the fall of 2013, the Hobart Book Village has hosted an annual festival to honor, create, and celebrate the work of women writers. The festival has become a beloved home for women writers who gather each summer to teach and learn about the writing life. Participants of all ages travel to our small village in upstate New York to attend workshops, write, and read their work in public gatherings open to all. 

After the Zoom pause we all experienced, the festival enthusiastically returned to our live format in the summer of 2022. This year, 2023, will mark our tenth year gathering together: ten years of storytelling, poetry making, memoir writing, and memorable readings. To commemorate the many wonderful works that have emerged over this decade, we’ve joined forces with Bushel, a collective dedicated to art, agriculture, ecology, and action based in nearby Delhi, to produce this selection of writings from Festival Participating Writers. With it we hope to honor the range of talent, originality, and breadth of the festival as a whole.

We welcome you, reader, to the work of the eleven writers published here. To their memoirs, poetry, fiction, nonfiction—writings that meet and challenge us with substance and unwithering stamina. To the array of narrative voices, unusual perspectives, and ironic outcomes that distinguish these rich offerings.

—Breena Clarke, Cheryl Clarke, Esther Cohen

Bushel Editions / Hobart Festival of Women Writers, 2023
Edition size: 200

This edition is available for sale at Blenheim Hill Books in Hobart, and at Bushel during events and Open Hours. If you can’t stop by in person, email editions@bushelcollective.org to order, as supplies last.