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Hannah Van Sickle is a Berkshire County native who resides deep in the woods of South County where she spent summers as a child and is now raising her own daughters. An English teacher by training, Hannah now works as a freelance writer, academic tutor and writing coach.

Articles by Hannah Van Sickle

‘Modern Loss’: Candid advice about dealing with grief

Tuesday, 6 Mar 2018 - The co-founders of Modern Loss have taken the plunge and transitioned from an online community to a printed book, one that is wise and funny and seeks to change the dialogue around the messy experience of grief.

Sneak peak: The legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois at center stage

Friday, 23 Feb 2018 - More than 35 singers and dancers rehearsed a performance piece choreographed to the song “We are Here” by Alicia Keys, the oft-repeated refrain of which is a fitting tribute to the nature of Du Bois’ work: “We are here. We are all here for all of us. That’s why we are here.”

Mastheads: Summoning Berkshires’ literary landscape

Wednesday, 14 Feb 2018 - Founded in 2016 upon the legacy of five American Renaissance authors who wrote in Pittsfield, the Mastheads is at once an urban architectural experiment, a literary research initiative, a writers’ residency and an educational program.

Compassionate Friends: Healing and hope for parents who have lost a child

Saturday, 16 Dec 2017 - A local couple who suffered tragedy returns, 26 years later, to offer seeds of healing and of hope to families who have lost a child. The Compassionate Friends (TCF) of the Berkshires, a national self-help organization for families that have had a child die, will hold its first monthly meeting on Friday January 5th at 7 p.m. at 275 Main Street in Sheffield.

Itinerant artist envisions an Earth saved by children

Thursday, 30 Nov 2017 - “I have survived by hiding -- in the woods and on the street... How do I walk a path to honor [the gifts I’ve been given]? I don’t know where to fit in.” -- Itinerant artist and songwriter Dorrie, during an interview at Construct Inc. in Great Barrington, Massachusetts

Pleasant and Main in Housatonic: Village companionship — and sour cherry pie

Saturday, 18 Nov 2017 - “Thanksgiving,” Craig Bero explains. “It’s my favorite meal of the year.” This year will mark his third at the corner of Pleasant and Main, and he’s already talking about the baked beans – a blend of cranberry and black turtle beans – he’ll have cooking over the fire out back, not to mention eight turkeys, hand-plucked.

Setsuko Winchester’s ‘Yellow Bowl Project’ explores the fear of immigrants

Saturday, 9 Sep 2017 - Perhaps by exposing these places of ‘fear’ we can finally exorcise the shame and guilt, and move forward rather than blame the victim or shame the oppressors. In other words, I hope we will always remember and try to forgive. -- Setsuko Winchester, creator of Freedom From Fear/Yellow Bowl Project