The Hobart Festival of Women Writers and Why I Love It Every Year

Many women

a hundred maybe more together

small unusual absolutely gorgeous unexpected

village of Hobart New York population

383 six bookstores  even a good bar

what we do together all of us

talk listen closely read  tell many stories

three memorable exhausting full happy

days of women every age every face

days of books and books and infinite possibilities

or what words can do

Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


  1. All that listening closely, reading, pulling and pushing stories out of my memory, I was both exhausted and exhilerated. 100 or so fantastic women to meet and learn from, even meeting a colleague who I had not seen in many years. Fantastic experience. Thank you Esther!

  2. Dear Heart, I might have to take a break from the Festival next year just to recover! Thanks everyone for making the pilgrimage to the far country. We sure do enjoy seeing you arrive with joy and laughter. Come again. Real soon. Ya hear?

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