I am Jennifer Browdy, and it’s my passion in life to nurture the voices and visions of people like you, who care about creating a healthy future for all life here on Earth.
I have been a writer since I learned how to spell. I earned a B.A. in English and journalism, then a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, and I have been teaching literature, writing, leadership, gender and media studies at the college level for more than 25 years.
I have published widely, focusing especially on personal narratives by women from around the world. I edited three anthologies of writing by contemporary women from Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and North America. I also co-founded a press, Green Fire Press, to help bring important voices out into print.
For more than a decade, I organized a major annual conference in celebration of International Women’s Day, and then I founded and directed the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, an annual month-long festival with events featuring women writers of all ages and from many walks of life. My goal in these events was to amplify women’s voices, in the belief that a healthy society needs a better balance of masculine and feminine perspectives.
In 2011, I realized that all the human rights and social justice work I had been doing, through my writing, teaching and community organizing, would be moot if we didn’t begin to grapple seriously with the rapidly unfolding environmental crisis of climate change and biodiversity loss.
This prompted me to start my blog, Transition Times, which explores social and environmental issues from a personal perspective. I also wrote an environmental memoir, What I Forgot…And Why I Remembered, which uses the elements—Earth, Water, Fire and Air—as an organizing principle for teaching what I call “purposeful memoir.”
In my writer’s guide, The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir: A Writer’s Companion,” I share my conviction that doing the inner work of purposeful memoir can make a difference out in the world. I believe that understanding the full complexity of our past experience will give us a valuable perspective on where we are now, and can help us chart a meaningful course into the future.
“I want to spend the rest of my life ‘doing hope’ with others.”
That’s really what I am all about these days. As I put it in my memoir, I want to spend the rest of my life “doing hope” with others, writing and sharing in circles of people who care about each other and about the future of all life on our planet. Pooling our visions and our energy in the urgent project of creating a better future is one of the best ways I can imagine doing hope together.
I invite you to join me in the circle and add your voice to the collective vision we’re co-creating together. Whether you’re an experienced writer or a novice, no matter your age or background, you can write a purposeful memoir that will move and inspire others. We’re all on this elemental journey together, and my goal as a writer, teacher, author coach and editor is to nourish and support your voice and your vision, for the benefit of us all.