Writer-in-Residence

The Berkshire County Historical Society at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead hosts a Writer-in-Residence who is able to sit in Herman Melville’s study, gazing at the view of Mt. Greylock that inspired Moby-Dick, while they work on writing of their own.

Berkshire County Historical Society hosted two Writers-in-Residence in 2020: Robin Catalano and Kevin O’Hara .

Robin Catalano, our summer Writer-In-Residence, has an extensive background in writing, having written for magazines, books, blogs, websites; publishing more than 75 articles and 1,000 blog posts. Her work has appeared in publications such as Travel +Leisure, the Boston Globe, Gourmet, Travel Awaits, Berkshire Living, and Berkshire HomeStyle. She is also a three-time speaker at the Women in Travel Summit.

Our fall Writer-In-Residence, Kevin O’Hara, is the author of two critically-acclaimed books: Last of the Donkey Pilgrims: A Man’s Journey Through Ireland, and A Lucky Irish Lad, a story of growing up in Pittsfield during the 1950s and 60s.  O’Hara is also a featured columnist for The Berkshire Eagle, and was awarded the Key to the City of Pittsfield in 2010.

Jana Laiz is our Writer-In-Residence Emeritus. Jana is the author of many award-winning books, including Weeping Under This Same Moon, The Twelfth Stone, A Free Woman On God’s Earth, and her novel about Herman Melville: Billy Budd in the Breadbox. She now serves as Education Coordinator.

If you are interested in becoming our next Writer-In-Residence, please contact education@berkshirehistory.org