How Does It Feel to be Noticed? Portraits from the CATA Writers’ Workshop

Publication1Currently on display in The Mount’s Stable.

Photographer Julie McCarthy visited the Writer’s Workshop over a series of weeks, listening as the group investigated a range of topics and genres. She was particularly struck by work exploring the theme of being noticed. As she photographed each of the writers, she read back to them excerpts from their writing, asking, “How does it feel to be noticed?” Her sensitive and evocative photographs capture each writer’s response.

Writers with disabilities meet weekly to explore poetry and creative writing, led by a trio of CATA faculty who offer inventive writing prompts and develop a rich, varied curriculum. Some work one on one with CATA “scribes,” who help them commit ideas to paper.

CATA and The Mount will co-host a public reading of work created in the CATA Writer’s Workshop on Thursday, September 8 at 5:00 pm. Writer/performer Rachel Siegel will read selected excerpts—poignant, funny, and reflecting the unique perspectives of writers with disabilities. For reservations and more information, please call (413) 528-5485.

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This exhibit and the accompanying reading are made possible through sponsorships from Berkshire Magazine, Kate & Joel Millonzi, Sohn Fine Art, and other generous individual supporters.