Find a Union Writer – Christopher Marcisz

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I'm a writer and editor currently based in western Massachusetts. I'm a frequent contributor to The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Mass., my work has also appeared in Popula, Hyperallergic, The Boston Globe, the International Herald Tribune, The Moscow News, Russian Life magazine, and Williams magazine.

For many years, I was the Eagle's North Adams bureau, while also writing about the arts and contributing editorials and OpEd columns. I began my career with the international editions of Newsweek, and later covered national energy policy in Washington.

I'm originally from western Massachusetts, and went to the University of Pennsylvania, where I studied English and History. I also graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

I'm currently based in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and have also lived in Moscow, where I was the sports columnist for The Moscow News, and in Budapest, where I was a book editor for a university press.

I also teach courses in nonfiction and journalism at Williams College.
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"How the Berkshires Became the Berkshires" -- The interplay of nature, economics, and culture has shaped and reshaped the region in a million little ways, moved along by visionaries, thinkers, leaders, and inventors— here’s their story.
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"The Museum of J. Stalin’s Underground Printing Press" -- I don’t think I had ever met what you could call an “unreconstructed Stalinist” before Zhiuli Sikmashvili, deputy chairman of the Communist Party of Georgia, and director of a museum in Tbilisi devoted to the country’s most infamous native son. A dwindling number of pilgrims visit this site, in a little compound built over an authentic Old Bolshevik relic — the rusted printing press the socialist underground ran before the Revolution, which has remained in place like a holdover from another world. It is a place that tries to describe the romance and magic of the start of Josef Stalin’s career, when he was just a dashingly handsome seminary dropout, poet, and anti-tsarist rabble-rouser, rather than the center of a swirl of mass murder and political terror around which so much of the 20th century would pivot.
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"Russian Authorities Order the Destruction of a Digital Artwork" -- Activists in Russia are protesting the recent order by Russian authorities to destroy a digital print by the art collective Rodina.