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   Date: 10/29/10 Bookmark and Share

Three Women to Discuss Career Paths Less Traveled

There’s no question that three panelists—two Smith alumnae—who will visit Smith on Thursday, Nov. 4, have led unconventional lives. They have built successful careers as a freelance writer, a poet/playwright/composer and a singer-songwriter.

As part of the Women’s Narratives Project, writer Carolina A. Miranda ’93, Northampton Poet Laureate Lenelle Moïse MFA’04 and singer/songwriter Dar Williams will speak on a panel, “Resisting Convention: Narratives of Passion and Purpose” at 4:15 p.m. in the Campus Center Carroll Room. A reception will follow at 5:30 p.m. at which CDs and other merchandise will be available for sale.

Anyone with a desire to pursue her passion as a career will have interest in the panel. The three women will discuss their paths, how they managed to maintain the necessary drive and ambition to pursue what they love despite many challenges, and the courage to remain resilient through failure.

Sponsored by the Center for Work and Life and Women's Narratives Project, the panel will be moderated by Jennifer Walters, dean of religious life.

Carolina A. Miranda ’93

Carolina Miranda is a freelance writer based in New York City, where she covers travel, culture and entertainment for a variety of national and regional publications, including O: The Oprah Magazine, Travel + Leisure and Florida Travel + Life. She has also worked as a reporter for Time magazine, where she reported on education, the arts and social issues, in addition to many other subjects. During her time there, she interviewed Al Gore about his global warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, reported on the burgeoning industry of skate park design and was part of the team that broke the news of irregularities in FEMA director Michael Brown’s resume in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. She has appeared as a commentator in a variety of television broadcasts, including Today, Good Morning America and Charlie Rose. She is also the author of the art blog

At Smith, Miranda majored in Latin American Studies. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Ed Tahaney.

Lenelle Moise MFA’04

Haitian-American powerhouse Lenelle Moïse is an award-winning poet, playwright, essayist, composer and nationally touring performance artist. She creates intimate, fiery, politicized, texts about the intersection of race, class, gender, sexuality, spirituality, culture and resistance. Fueled by the motto “words rouse worlds,” she regularly presents interactive performances and workshops that empower diverse groups of people to creatively speak up and act for social change. Moïse has been a guest artist at the United Nations, the Culture Project, the Louisiana Superdome, the Omega Institute and dozens of theatres, colleges and conferences across the United States and Canada. Curve Magazine calls her poetry "piercing, covering territory both intimate and political...vivid and powerful." Moïse recently performed her critically acclaimed Off-Broadway play Expatriate at Smith as part of Otelia Cromwell Day. The play, inspired her second CD The Expatriate Amplification Project, is an all-vocal, poly-rhythmic, urban fusion of jazz, funk and soul. Moïse's writing is published in a number of anthologies, including Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution, We Don't Need Another Wave: Dispatches from the Next Generation of Feminists, and Brassage: An Anthology of Poems by Haitian Women. She is the 2010 recipient of the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund Award in Poetry and is the 2010-2012 Poet Laureate of Northampton, Mass.

Dar Williams

Raised in Chappaqua, N.Y., and educated at Wesleyan University, Dar Williams began making the rounds on the coffeehouse circuit while living in Northampton. Joan Baez, an early fan of her music, took Williams out on the road and recorded several of her songs. In 1995, two years after self-releasing her first CD, The Honesty Room, Williams signed with Razor & Tie Entertainment.

Williams’ songs are a continuing narrative of her life, but also employ a reporter’s keen eye and a fiction writer’s feel for nuance in describing what she has called “the big picture of how people approach life."

Along with her six studio albums — also including The Green World (2000) and The Beauty of the Rain (2003)— she’s also released the onstage document Out There Live (2001) and the DVD Live at Bearsville Theater (2007).

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