266 Martha Frankel “On Writing and Woodstock Bookfest”

Today’s guest, Martha Frankel, needs little introduction.

Martha Frankel, executive director of Woodstock Bookfest, believes reading and writing are central to our inner lives. Long ago Martha’s real life surpassed even her wildest stories. Her writing career started at the original Details magazine with her column on plastic surgery, called Knifestyles of the Rich and Famous. She went on to write book reviews, essays and celebrity profiles for Details other magazines, such as Movieline, Cosmopolitan and Redbook. Her memoir, Hats & Eyeglasses, chronicling her family’s lifelong love affair with gambling and her own later addiction to online gambling, was published in 2008 (Tarcher/Penguin Group). Martha’s work has appeared in magazines as diverse as the original DETAILS, The New Yorker, Fashions of the New York Times, Japanese Vogue and German Men’s Vogue, The Goodguys Gazette, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, and Movieline’s Hollywood Life. She has been an on-air contributor to VH1′s Sexiest Movie Moments, Entertainment Tonight, and Inside Edition. She is a winner of a NYFFA Award in creative nonfiction, a fellow at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, was named the 1997 Philip Morris Fellow at The MacDowell Colony, and taught a memoir class as the 2003 Artist-in-Residence at SUNY Ulster.

She writes, teaches and lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband, the artist Steve Heller.

Woodstock Bookfest happens March 30-April 2 in Woodstock, NY.

Martha shares the stories of how she learned to love books, writing and the telling of stories. Listening to her speak about her life and it’s many adventures, she sounds fearless, but she shares how that’s not necessarily true. Martha shares generously her advice to aspiring writers as well as some of the non-writing bits of her life.

Today’s show was engineered by Ian Seda of Radio Kingston.

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