Martha Frankel

Martha Frankel, executive director of the Woodstock Bookfest, believes reading and writing are central to our inner lives. As a kid, she and her sister took turns making up stories to amuse their parents. Laughter was the currency of the realm.


Long ago Frankel’s real life surpassed even her wildest stories.


Frankel’s writing career started at the original Details magazine with her column on plastic surgery, called Knifestyles of the Rich and Famous. She went on to write book reviews, essays and celebrity profiles for other magazines as well, including Movieline, Cosmopolitan and Redbook.


Her memoir, Hats & Eyeglasses, chronicling her family’s lifelong love affair with gambling and her own later addiction to online gambling, was published in 2008 (Tarcher/Penguin Group).


Frankel has contributed essays to several anthologies, including the foreword to My Body, My Words, edited by Amye Archer and Loren Kleinman, Big Table Publishing.


Frankel writes, teaches and lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband, the artist Steve Heller.


Look for her during Woodstock Bookfest, and please take a minute to introduce yourself. You might say something that will end up in her next story slam!

Martha Frankel is standing in front of a statue of golden wings to make it look like they're her wings