Gina Hyams is an author and editor who has published 12 books on an array of mysterious and confounding subjects. She is also a photographer and, more recently, a textile artist.
Gina’s books include the gift book The Tanglewood Picnic: Music and Outdoor Feasts in the Berkshires (Muddy Puppy Media) and the bestselling travel-design titles In a Mexican Garden: Courtyards, Pools, and Open-Air Living Rooms and Mexicasa: The Enchanting Inns and Haciendas of Mexico, as well as Pacific Spas: Luxury Getaways on the West Coast, Day of the Dead Box, Incense: Rituals, Mystery, Lore (all published by Chronicle Books).
Books that she’s edited include Country Living Decorating with White (Hearst and German edition by Busse Collection) and The Campfire Collection: Thrilling, Chilling Tales of Alien Encounters (Chronicle Books). She co-edited with Susan Davis the anthology Searching for Mary Poppins: Women Write About the Relationship Between Mothers and Nannies (Hudson Street Press and Plume, divisions of Penguin U.S.A.), which won a NAPPA Honors Award (National Parenting Publications Awards for Parenting Resources). She has also edited two independently published art books: Whispers in the Thread/Susurros en el Hilo by Lena Bartula (La Huipilista Press) and Common Tide: Port Aransas, Texas by Billie Mercer (Mercer Press).
She is the creator of the “In a Box” series of culinary contest book-kits published by Andrews McMeel Publishing that includes Pie Contest in a Box: Everything You Need to Host a Pie Contest, Chili Cook-Off in a Box: Everything You Need to Host a Chili Cook-Off, and Christmas Cookie Contest in a Box: Everything You Need to Host a Christmas Cookie Contest.
An avid iPhoneographer, Gina’s photographs have been exhibited at Fábrica la Aurora’s Chrysalis Studio and Carey Berkus Designs in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, as well as at Sohn Fine Art Gallery in Lenox, MA, the Alchemy Initiative in Pittsfield, MA, and Art on Main in Great Barrington, MA. Notecards made from her images were sold at Mixta in San Miguel de Allende. She served as Instagramer in Residence at Guido’s Fresh Marketplace and has enjoyed iPhone photography workshops with National Geographic’s John Stanmeyer.
Gina has been a regular contributor to both Berkshire Magazine and Berkshire Living. Her essays and articles have also appeared in CROSSROADS cultural arts magazine, Huffington Post, Newsweek, San Francisco, Organic Style, Ideal Destinations, Healing Lifestyles & Spas, and Salon. She has contributed to Fodor’s Travel Publications, National Public Radio, and several anthologies. Mashable named Gina on its Nonfiction Tweets: 70+ Authors to Follow on Twitter list.
Her background also includes extensive experience in marketing and public relations on behalf of Berkshire Crafts Fair, Berkshire Grown, Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Elements/Jill Schwartz, Hancock Shaker Village, HarperCollins Publishers, Heritage Museums and Gardens, Higher Circle, Holson Productions, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, The Mount, Mother Jones magazine, San Francisco State University Poetry Center, Shaw Entertainment Group, Spencertown Academy Arts Center, A Traveling Jewish Theatre, and Victoria Kirby Public Relations.
Gina has done pro bono work on behalf of Berkshire International Film Festival, Great Barrington Fairgrounds, Meals on Wheels Association of America, Monument Mountain Regional High School, Railroad Street Youth Project, REEL DOCS documentary film series in San Miguel de Allende, and WBCR-lp Berkshire Community Radio.
Raised in San Francisco, she now lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, with her artist husband, Dave “DJ” Barrett. They are the proud parents of a Mexican puppy named Bo Diddley and the force of nature known as Annalena.
Personal Essays by Gina
Guest post on Rebecca Walker’s Huffington Post blog
Essay about living in Mexico originally appeared in the Seal Press anthology Expat: Women’s True Tales of Life Abroad
Salon essay about Day of the Dead in Pátzcuaro
Salon essay about her father
And by the way…
Gina’s sordid youth has made its way to YouTube. She appears in the last quarter of this historic MTV video as Sister Christian’s giggly half-Jewish best friend who flings her gloves into the air once she gets into the car with the band. No, she’s not answering any questions about the experience. She only shares it to give you a laugh.