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Women Artists Gather for SWAN Day

Priscilla Kane Hellweg is the Executive/Artistic Director of Enchanted Circle Theater, a non-profit educational theater based in Holyoke, Mass. Hellweg, named 2004 Artist-in-Residence of the Year by the Massachusetts Alliance for Arts in Education, has directed, performed and taught educational theater extensively throughout New York and New England. She’s received numerous grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and has taught professional development workshops for teachers at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts in Boston, the History Institute at the University of Massachusetts, the Institute for Teaching and Learning in New Haven, and the Professional Development Institute in Boston, as well as for many city-wide school systems in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Hellweg has been guest artist at Mount Holyoke College, and taught numerous workshops at Amherst College, Smith College, Hampshire College, Elms College, and Westfield State College.

Composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Pan Morigan is the artistic director of WaterMoonMusicWorks. She has composed music and done vocal coaching for Chrysalis Theatre, New Century Theatre, Enchanted Circle Theatre, and College and University productions. She has studied Western European classical music and the vocal traditions of India, Ireland, Eastern Europe, and North Africa. In summer of 2004, she toured Europe with Bobby McFarrin and Voicestra. She won a New England Foundation Composer Grant in 2003 and a Massachusetts Cultural Council Composer Fellowship in 2007.

Lesléa Newman is the author of 55 books for adults and children including the poetry collection Nobody's Mother, the short story collection A Letter To Harvey Milk, the novel The Reluctant Daughter, and the children's book Heather Has Two Mommies. She has received creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation. Nine of her books have been Lambda Literary Award Finalists. Currently, Lesléa is the poet laureate of Northampton, Mass.

Ama Patterson, an attorney, legal editor and writer, has authored wrology, divination and haiku for Peter Pauper Press (White Plains, N.Y.).  She studied fiction writing at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, and at the Clarion West Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop in Seattle. Her short fiction is included in the award-winning anthology Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora, edited by Sherée Renée Thomas, and in Drumvoices Revue: Voices of the Cities, edited by Eugene B. Redmond.
Having exhibited her fabric work since 1988, Micala Sidore has a rich history of group and one-person exhibitions. She presented a solo exhibition of selections from “Black and White and Red All Over” in Lodz, Poland, in 1998 and was the featured weaver at the Connecticut Weavers Guild Biennial Exhibit in 1999. She is a regular contributing writer for multiple fiber arts publications and was a charter member of the Tapestry Weavers in New England (TWiNE). She has presented lectures and workshops throughout the United States, Australia, Austria, Canada, England, France, Hungary, Israel, New Zealand, Poland, and Scotland since 1988.


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