Aligning the Personal, Political and Planetary

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.” –NP, 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!” –AS, 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.


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“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

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

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

Jennifer Browdy, Jana Laiz and Sahra Bateson Brubeck, eds.  

Green Fire Press, 2015. 

What do women write about when they’re being most authentic and passionate?  Editors Browdy and Jaiz sent out a call to women who had presented their work in the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, or who had been inspired by the magic of the month-long Festival, to share essays, poems and stories about what matters most.  This collection will move and nourish you as it galvanizes you to pick up your pen or get to your keyboard and begin writing your own stories.

Coming Soon: Expanded NEW EDITION!

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 

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. 

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

Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez, ed. (South End Press, 2004)

New edition coming soon from Beacon Press!  

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. 


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