"The Dipper" is our monthly newsletter, where we highlight readings, events, calls for submission, and other literary-related news for the coming month. If you have news or events to share, let us know!
We wish everyone a wonderful holiday season.
To show our gratitude for the support you've given Literary North, we are having four giveaways this month just for newsletter subscribers. We thought it would be nice to revisit our first event of 2017, the Mud Season Salon, by giving away a poetry chapbook by Taylor Mardis Katz; the CD Salt by Ben Cosgrove; Half Wild, a book of short stories, by Robin MacArthur; and The Family, a nonfiction book by Jeff Sharlet. We'll draw names on December 15th. Good luck!
Save the Date: January 10, 2018
Heart Spring Mountain Launch Celebration!
We're partnering with the Norwich Bookstore to help launch Robin MacArthur's fabulous new novel, Heart Spring Mountain, on Wednesday, January 10, at 7:00 pm at the Norwich Bookstore. We'll be there to celebrate and provide refreshments. We hope you'll join us!
Join the Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program for "The Hoot," their monthly poetry reading and open mic, on Wednesday, December 6, at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:00). This month's featured poets are Gigi Thibodeau and Ben Berman.
Alexander Chee and Porochista Khakpour will be reading at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, Vermont, on Thursday, December 8, at 5:30 pm.
On Wednesday, December 13, at 7:00 pm, folks will be gathering at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, to celebrate the publication of Collected Poems, by Galway Kinnell. There will be refreshments and multiple readers of his work.
The Mudroom, live storytelling at the AVA Gallery in Lebanon, New Hampshire, presents this quarter's theme, "Guilty Pleasure," on Thursday, December 14, starting at 6:30 pm. Refreshments will be available. Advance tickets are available online for $7.50 to $10. Tickets at the door are $20.
Anne Fadiman will be at the Norwich Bookstore in Norwich, Vermont, reading from her new memoir, The Wine Lover's Daughter, on Friday, December 15, at 7:00 pm.
Recommendations for Winter Reading & Listening
Recommended by Shari:
- Guardian Books podcast episode with Jesmyn Ward
- Rumaan Alam on Louise Erdrich at Buzzfeed
- Josephine Rowe's essay at Lit Hub and her fabulous book, A Loving, Faithful Animal from Catapult
- The Best Books of 2017 (parts I and II) over at the Guardian
- The Paris Review podcast
- Two poems by Donika Kelly at the Washington Square Review
Recommended by Rebecca:
- Mandible, an essay by Doireann Ní Ghríofa, with music by Linda Buckley
- Emily Wilson's brilliant new translation of Homer's The Odyssey
- Any episode of VPR's Brave Little State podcast
- In the winter, I love reading about polar exploration. If you're like me, and you haven't yet read Apsley Cherry-Garrard's The Worst Journey in the World, do it now. You can get it for free for your epub reader courtesy of Project Gutenberg.
- Or follow an Antarctic expedition as it happens by sledging over to Ben Saunder's blog, where he's posting daily updates as he attempts the first solo, unsupported, unassisted crossing of the continent.
We're Looking Forward to These December Releases
- The Vanishing Princess, by Jenny Diski (Ecco, December 5)
- Collected Poems, by Galway Kinnell (Houghton Mifflin, December 5)
- No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Houghton Mifflin, December 5)
- Elmet, by Fiona Mozley (Algonquin, December 5)
- Of Silence and Song, by Dan Beachy-Quick (Milkweed Editions, December 12)
- The Complete Poems of A.R. Ammmons: Volume 1 and Volume 2 (W. W. Norton, December 19)
Calls For Submission and Upcoming Deadlines
The Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth College has announced the 2018 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards, each with a $5000 honorarium: The Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for Speculative Fiction, The Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for Debut Speculative Fiction, and The Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for Playwriting. Any work published no earlier than June 1, 2015 is eligible. The deadline for submission is December 31, 2017. For more information, please visit the Neukom Awards website.
Applications are now open for two scholarships at The Frost Place:
- The Gregory Pardlo Scholarship for Emerging African American Poets is open to African American Poets writing in English who have published up to one book of poetry. The winner will receive a full scholarship to attend the Poetry Seminar, including room and board, and will give a featured reading at the Seminar. For more information, please visit the Gregory Pardlo Scholarship page.
- The Latin@ Scholarship is open to applicants that self-identify as Latin@, have a strong commitment to the Latin@ community, and are at least 21 years of age. The winner will receive tuition, room and board, and travel for The Frost Place Conference on Poetry. For more information and to apply, please visit the Latin@ Scholarship page.
The Frost Place is accepting submissions for its 2018 Chapbook Competition until January 5, 2018. The competition is open to any poet writing in English. Entries must be accompanied by a $28 entry fee. For details about submitting your manuscript and more information about the competition, please visit their Competition page.
Also until January 5, 2018, The Frost Place is accepting applications for the Dartmouth Poet in Residence program, a six-to-eight-week residency in Robert Frost's former farmhouse. The residency is July 1 to August 15, and includes an award of $1,000 from The Frost Place and $1,000 from Dartmouth College. For more information and to apply online, please visit their Residency page.
Applications for the 2018 MacDowell Colony Summer Residency (June 1 to September 30, 2018) are being accepted through January 15, 2018. A residency consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. For more information, please visit the Application Guidelines page.
Hunger Mountain, the literary journal from VCFA, holds four annual contests: The Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize, The Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize, The Ruth Stone Poetry Prize, and The Katherine Patterson Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing. All contests are open to submissions through March 1, 2018. For more information, please visit their Contests page.
Vermont Literary Review is taking submissions of creative work about New England until March 31, 2018. For more information, please visit Castleton University's website.
Registration is now open for the VCFA Writing Novels for Young People Retreat (March 23 to 25, 2018). Faculty includes Donna Gephart, Nova Ren Suma, Amanda Maciel, Maggie Lehrman, and Sarah Aronson. A $200 deposit is required (refundable if the retreat is able to fill your spot). For more information please visit the Writing Novels for Young People Retreat page.
Registration is also open for the VCFA Novel Retreat (May 15 to 21, 2018). Faculty includes Connie May Fowler, Jeff Kleinman, Richard McCann, and Crystal Wilkinson. A $200 non-refundable deposit is required. For more information, please visit the Novel Retreat page.
The New England Review is open for Poetry and digital submissions through May 31, 2018. For more information, please visit the NER Submissions page.