Upcoming Events

Book Talk & Reading

May 11 • 1–2pm EST
HerStories Project, Virtual

Anne will read from her memoir and we’ll talk about her publishing journey, her thoughts about writing about grief and loss, and her writing experiences.

Author Talk

May 24 • 6–7pm EST
South Hadley Public Library, South Hadley, MA

Past events:


April 14 • 6–7pm EST
Luthier’s Co-op, Easthampton, MA

Thanks to the many, many friends who came out to celebrate my book’s birthday! We enjoyed cocktails, readings from Were You Close?, and musical interludes from Peyton Pinkerton and Bob Pernice, along with book signings and lots of mingling. You can watch it here!

We’re All in This Book: Memoirists Writing About Family

March 29 • 7–8 p.m. EST
Hatch Library @ Bay Path University

Debut authors and Bay Path MFA alums Kim Livingston and Anne Pinkerton read from their forthcoming books and discussed the joys, perils, and anxieties of writing about family.

Kim R. Livingston writes what she calls “brain memoir,” sharing stories of ADHD, schizophrenia, addiction, depression, and anxiety because she believe they help us understand each other better. Her book, Walks Like a Duck: How a Mom with ADHD Led Her Neurodiverse Family to Peace of Mind will be published by Touchpoint Press in May.

Anne Pinkerton is an essayist, memoirist, and poet whose work often circles around grief and loss, revealing the ways we find to cope with the most painful moments in our lives. Her memoir, Were You Close? a sister’s quest to know the brother she lost is forthcoming from Vine Leaves Press in April.

Writing Through Loss workshop: HerStories Community Summit

We can utilize writing both therapeutically and to share our stories with others who are experiencing similar things. Loss includes not just the death of a loved one, but also romantic breakups, friendships gone wrong, former homes we miss, lost jobs, estranged family members, and the like… Putting our experiences of loss on the page can provide clarity and consolation to ourselves and our readers, as well as forge meaningful connections. But it can also be taxing to address these issues in writing, and sometimes it’s hard to begin.

Emerging from the Darkness: Creative Writing about Loss and Grief

Bay Path University

Losing a loved one is an inevitable part of life, but for some of us, it happens sooner than we had ever thought, or in sudden and unexpected ways. These losses can send us reeling, but creative writing can offer a path through grief, a way to translate our loss into language that can help us heal and offer hope to others as well.

In this intimate conversation, MFA Director Leanna James Blackwell talks with MFA graduate and published writer Anne Pinkerton G’16 about her memoir-in-progress, Were You Close?, a story about the death of her brother from a fall in the mountains. The conversation will touch on topics including “forgotten mourners,” the individuality of the grieving process, the role writing plays in acceptance, and the experience of publishing personal essays about loss that reach readers in direct and powerful ways.  

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