The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir: A Writer’s Companion

Green Fire Press, 2017


Warm and informal, this month-by-month guide to writing memoir is like having an experienced writing coach at your elbow. With a year’s worth of thought-provoking, carefully structured writing prompts and essays on craft, Jennifer offers guidance and companionship for the aspiring memoirist, encouraging you to dig deep into the storehouse of your memories to share the wisdom that only life experience can bring.

Praise for Jennifer’s memoir writing workshops:

“Jennifer’s passion for ‘women who write’ is evident in her ongoing commitment to those of us who do. In a soft voice she fearlessly leads, directs, and most of all…deeply cares. We wrote from our hearts and she opened hers, steering us here, guiding us there and always… leading us right back to ourselves.” —N.P., Dallas, TX

“Jennifer provided a warm and accepting safe haven for us to share the tender parts of ourselves through writing exercises presented with an expert and delicate hand. The format kept us moving, thinking, laughing, writing, and the time flew! At the end of this weekend, I felt both inspired and encouraged that, maybe, just maybe, I really can write!” —A.S., Lenox, MA

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What I Forgot….and Why I Remembered: A Journey to Environmental Awareness and Activism Through Purposeful Memoir

Green Fire Press, 2017


An honest, lyrical and hard-hitting memoir that sets one American woman’s journey against the larger backdrop of the personal and planetary landscape into which she was born, and uses the intimate details of one life story to represent the larger story of a whole generation of Americans.

A “nature girl” as a child, Jennifer recalls how she was seduced into forgetting her love of the natural world as a young adult in Manhattan entering the dominant cultural stream. She remembered this primary connection to the Earth much later in life when she woke up to the reality of global climate change and environmental degradation. Through her own experience of denial and avoidance, as she resisted change both personally and professionally, she shows the challenges of getting privileged Americans to wake up and confront the realities of our time.

Jennifer’s story is emblematic of her whole generation, who “forgot” how important the health of the planet is to our own personal health and well-being. She calls on readers to begin the process of transformation at the intersection of the personal, political and planetary, starting with the inner work necessary for effective activism.

Praise for Jennifer’s memoir:

“She documents the process of waking up to the world around us and she demonstrates how vibrant and rewarding an engaged life can be.” —Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia & The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture 

Jennifer Browdy’s memoir “can inspire us all to see how our lives have been hijacked or distracted from what we most deeply desire, and how we can reclaim our lives for the sake of life on Earth.”  —Joanna Macy, author of Coming Back to Life

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Writing Fire: An Anthology Celebrating the Power of Women’s Words

Jennifer Browdy, Jana Laiz and Sahra Bateson Brubeck, eds.
Green Fire Press, 2017

What do women write about when they’re being most authentic and passionate?

WRITING FIRE features powerful writing by more than 75 women of all ages and from many walks of life. Including fiction, poetry, personal narrative, essays and humor, this wide-ranging collection offers an intimate window into the strengths, passions and perspectives inspiring and unforgettable women writers.

A glorious feast of women’s voices that will make you laugh and cry and want to grab your own pen and join the conversation!




Women Writing Resistance: Essays on Latin America and the Caribbean.

Jennifer Browdy, ed. 
Beacon Press, 2017

Eighteen women, including Rigoberta Menchu, Julia Alvarez, Edwidge Danticat, Margaret Randall, Gloria Anzaldua and Michelle Cliff, are featured in this powerful anthology on art, feminism, and activism in Latin America and the Caribbean. Women Writing Resistance unearths an emerging tradition of Latin American and Caribbean women writers, demonstrating how women can collaborate across class, race and nationality in the ongoing struggles for human rights and social justice in the Americas.



Jamaica Kincaid, Rigoberta Menchú, Marjorie Agosín, Julia Alvarez, Gloria Anzaldúa, Ruth Behar, Rosario Castellaños, Michelle Cliff, Edwidge Danticat, Ruth Irupé Sanabria,  Cherríe Moraga, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Aurora Levins Morales, Alicia Partnoy, Raquel Partnoy, Elena Poniatowska, Margaret Randall, Emma Sepúlveda


“Bless these voices, these powerhouses of the Americas, my teachers, my heroes.  May this book travel near and far and inspire others to resist.  Thank you for restoring courage in an era of fear, purpose in a season of confusion, and, in these times of censorship, an obligation to speak.”

—Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street


“Timely, compelling, and nuanced, this anthology invites us to discover what resistance has meant to women and to steward that gift through meaningful action in our own lives.”

—Ashley Perez, author of Out of Darkness


“A big, bold inspiration….These women will set your soul on fire.”

—Achy Obejas, author of The Tower of Antilles


African Women Writing Resistance: Contemporary Voices

Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez, Pauline Dongala, Omotayo Jolaosho and Anne Serafin, eds.
University of Wisconsin Press, 2010 (published and distributed in Europe and Africa by Pambazuka Press)

“Deeply personal and accessible. African Women Writing Resistance is a timely contribution, capturing a diverse range of responses to the struggles of African women today.” —Carole Boyce Davies, Cornell University

Awards and Recognition for African Women Writing Resistance:

  • A Choice Outstanding Academic Book
  • Best Books for Special Interests, selected by the American Association of School Libraries
  • Best Books for High Schools, selected by the American Association of School Libraries
  • Best Books for Professional Use, selected by the American Association of School Libraries

African Women Writing Resistance is the first transnational anthology to focus on women’s strategies of resistance to the challenges they face in Africa today. The anthology brings together personal narratives, testimony, interviews, short stories, poetry, performance scripts, folktales, and lyrics. Contributors include internationally recognized authors and activists such as Wangari Maathai and Nawal El Saadawi, as well as a host of vibrant new voices from all over the African continent and from the African diaspora.