Marta Szabo


Marta Szabo is the co-director of Authentic Writing, a studio for writers, based in upstate New York and Manhattan, and founded in 1993 by her husband, the writer Fred Poole. Marta and Fred created the first Woodstock Memoir Festival in 2009, and have curated and hosted three subsequent Memoir Festivals at Omega Institute in Rhinebec, NY.

Marta was an editor in mass-market paperbacks then in magazines, interspersing these early careers with a serious pursuit of yoga and meditation. She lived in an ashram – a yogic monastery -- for over ten years, spending a year and a half in India.

Marta posts her writing regularly at Experiments-in-Memoir.

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The Imposters
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 129,350. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
The Imposters is the memoir of a young would-be writer making her way in Manhattan in the early 1980s. With no long-term friends and a family going bankrupt, she finds friendship and community in a tiny yoga school on Eighth Avenue run by a dynamic leader of a merry band of outsider yogis. Here, she thinks, she will find meaning and purpose. With little hesitation, she gives it her all.
The Guru Looked Good: An Impious Memoir
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 132,930. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Religious cults, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Self-realization
The Guru Looked Good tells the real-life story of a young woman leaving her Manhattan life to join an internationally known yoga movement headed by a glamorous female guru--the same organization and guru featured in the bestseller, Eat, Pray, Love. Set in a culture where it is impossible to speak one's mind, this is the story of a person unable to give up forever what she wants and who she is.

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