Martha Frankel

Martha Frankel, executive director of Woodstock Bookfest, counts writing as the only real job she’s ever had, other than a brief stint as a clown at a gas station. However, she was so good at that, even her mother didn’t recognize her. Martha’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, such as 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). Martha has contributed essays to several anthologies, the latest being My Body, My Words, edited by Amye Archer and Loren Kleinman, Big Table Publishing, March 2018.


She finds friendship and laughter in all sorts of places, including her podcast, Woodstock Booktalk, online anytime. Also available on iTunes.

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


Look for Martha during the Woodstock Bookfest, shuttling writers to and fro, hauling books from one venue to the other, telling a story or two, and loving every minute of her life.