“truth, forest, mouse” at the Lenox Library


A Reading and Art Exhibit Celebrating CATA Writers and Artists with Disabilities

WHERE: The Lenox Library (18 Main Street, Lenox, MA – map)

WHEN: Wednesday, February 15 at 5pm (FREE!)
Reading from 5-6pm, followed by free reception from 6-7pm
Come celebrate CATA writers and artists!

RSVP: Space is limited for this free event. Click here to reserve your seat.



CATA writer Scott Thomas smiles while writing in a notebook

CATA Writer Scott Thomas

About the Event:

Join CATA at the Lenox Library for an exciting reading of poetry and prose from the CATA Writers’ Workshop!

Through heartfelt, thought-provoking, and often humorous work, CATA writers with disabilities express their unique perspectives and reveal common experiences that connect us all. Join us for a fun and free evening of CATA writing—plus an exhibit of paintings, drawings, and mixed-media work by CATA artists in the Lenox Library’s Welles Gallery!

Space is limited, registration required for this FREE event:
Click here to RSVP and reserve your seat!

*Thanks to CATA writer Hannah Belson for inspiring the title of this event!

This event is made possible thanks to Canyon Ranch, Frames on Wheels, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and other generous supporters.



A Hand holding a pencil over a notepad while another hand points to the page

CATA writers work with volunteer scribes to help put their ideas on paper


Since 2005, writers with disabilities have explored creative and expressive writing forms through CATA’s weekly Writers’ Workshop, developing their talents in poetry, haiku, autobiography, and short stories. CATA faculty artist Janet Reich Elsbach— a talented local writer as well as a gifted teacher— leads the workshops with an inventive curriculum that helps each CATA writer develop their individual style. Some CATA writers work with “scribes” to help them put their ideas on paper.




In conjunction with CATA’s reading, an exhibit of paintings, drawings, and collages by CATA artists with disabilities will be on display in the library’s Welles Gallery through March 15, 2023. All works in the exhibit are professionally matted, framed, and available for sale, with proceeds supporting commissions for the individual artists. Through color, mood, and imagery, the artwork selected for this exhibit connects to stories and poetry written by artists with disabilities in the CATA Writers’ Workshop.

To purchase artwork, please contact Kara Smith at (413) 528-5485 or [email protected].

Preview the exhibit:



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