A flavor for Kate Abbott’s work outside this blog …


Freelance writing July 2015 to present

I cover theater, visual art, music, the outdoors, community events, food local history, all kinds of creative people and places, with a Berkshire and New England beat. Recently …


A review of Cass Morgan’s love song to Ireland, the new play On the Road to Where, in The Arts Fuse

A talk with Brad Wells, founder of the Grammy-winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth, in Take Magazine

A tour of Made in Ghent farm, kitchen and farm store with Richard and Mimi Beaven in Rural Intelligence


Jason Velázquez talks with me in an interview at Greylock Glass


Berkshires Week & Shires of Vermont Jan. 2008 to June 2015

For seven and a half years, I wrote regularly and designed magazines in my time as editor of Berkshires Week and then Berkshires Week & Shires of Vermont — a weekly magazine running in the Berkshire Eagle, Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal newspapers. I had a weekly column, “By the Way,” and a regular blog, and I wrote feature stories on

In partnership with a local nonprofit organization, Multicultural BridgeI also started a series of community profiles, On the Bridge, to bring all kinds of voices to the magazine. Gwendolyn Van Sant at Multicultural Bridge created this series with me and publishe an anthology of these profiles, Berkshire Mosaic, in May 2015.

The magazine has already changed a good deal since I left. Here are a few glimpses from my time there.