"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!
Poetry & Pie
Poets James Crews, Dede Cummings, and Mary Kane will be reading from 2:00 to 3:00 pm and there will be a community poetry open mic from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. In addition, there will be a wide variety of sweet and savory pies, pencil favors, and poet Taylor Katz will be composing bespoke poems for a sliding scale fee of $10 to $25.
It's going to be an amazing day in a beautiful setting with delicious treats. We hope you can join us. Admission is $6 at the door and includes pie and a souvenir pencil.
Vermont Book Award
Congratulations to the 2017 Vermont Book Award finalists:
- Jensen Beach (Swallowed By the Cold)
- Melanie Finn (The Gloaming)
- Margot Harrison (The Killer In Me)
- Robin MacArthur (Half Wild)
- Angela Palm (Riverine)
- Elizabeth Powell (Willy Loman's Reckless Daughter)
- Alison Prine (Steel)
- Mary Ruefle (My Private Property)
The Vermont Book Award is a $5,000 literary prize created by Vermont College of Fine Arts to celebrate the literature of Vermont. To qualify, a book must be a work of outstanding literary merit by a Vermont writer. The winner will be announced at The Vermont Book Award Gala on Saturday, September 23 in Montpelier, Vermont. We hope to see you there!
To celebrate the finalists and the arrival of summer, our blog is featuring the summer readings lists of several of the finalists. Hop on over to see summer reading lists from Jensen Beach, Margot Harrison, and Robin MacArthur.
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The Canaan Meetinghouse Readings are every Thursday in July at 7:30 pm in Canaan, New Hampshire. Authors in this year's reading series include Cynthia Huntington, Rick Moody, James Wright, Megan Abbott, April Ossman, Victoria Redel, Major Jackson, and Alexander Chee.
The Frost Place's 40th Anniversary Celebration takes place from July 21 to July 23 with a series of poetry readings from Nikki Finney, Charles Simic, Diana Delgado, Gerardo Pacheco Matus, William Palomo, Charif Shanahan, and Javier Zamora.
Bill Roorbach will be reading from his new short story collection, The Girl of the Lake, at the Northshire Bookstore on Friday, July 14, at 7:00 pm.
Poet Ilya Kaminsky will be reading at The Vermont Studio Center on Wednesday, July 26, from 8:00 to 9:00 pm in Johnson, Vermont.
"Poets in the Park" will take place every Thursday in July at 5:45 pm at Prescott Park in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Bookstock takes place July 28 to 30 in Woodstock, Vermont, with a wide range of readings and workshops. Writers include Jorie Graham, Molly Peacock and Paul Muldoon and local favorites Joni Cole, April Ossman, Elizabeth Powell, and Bill Schubart. Visit the Bookstock website to see the entire list of authors and dates.
The Tory Hill Authors Series begins in July at the Warner Town Hall in Warner, New Hampshire. There are four Saturday events: July 8, July 22, August 5, and August 19. This year's authors are Anita Diamant, Mary Azarian, Gwen Florio, Paul Doiron and Kristen Lindquist.
Please visit our calendar for detailed information about each event and to see more event listings for July and beyond.
We're looking forward to these July releases:
Calls for Submission and Upcoming Deadlines
The Green Mountain Writers Conference (July 24 to July 28, in Chittenden, Vermont) has discounted registration rates if you register before July 15. For more information, please visit their Registration page.
Register now through August 31 for the Northern Woodlands Conference (October 20 to 22, 2017) and take 10% off the registration fee. Use the special code "EarlyBird" at checkout to receive the discount. For more information and to register, please visit the Conference page.
Registration is still for the Writers in the Round Songwriters and Poets Retreat, September 7 to 10, on Star Island, New Hampshire. This is a time for stretching boundaries, cross genre inspiration, and fresh salt air. We welcome all levels of artistry for daily classes, structured and unstructured time for composition and collaboration, small group workshops, and nightly song and poetry swaps. The program fee is $110. Room and board rates ($424 to $734) include lodging, meal, and ferry transportation from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. For more information and to register, please visit the Retreat page.
July Workshops and Classes
Poet James Crews is teaching a "Mindfulness and Writing" workshop on Saturday, July 15, from 10:00 am to noon at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vermont. For more information and to register, please visit the bookstore's Event page.
Judith Hertog is teaching "Summer Tales: A Writing and Storytelling Workshop for High Schoolers" on Tuesdays and Fridays, July 11 to 28, from 10:00 am to noon at the Writer's Center in White River Junction, Vermont. For more information visit the Writer's Center website. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Into the Words!" the League of Vermont Writers second biennial Summer Retreat and Member Showcase takes place on Saturday, July 22, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, in Irasburg, Vermont. $25 for members; $35 for non-members. To see the full schedule and to register, please visit their Gatherings page.
Baron Wormser hosts a poetry workshop in the History Center at Bookstock on Friday, July 28, from 10:00 to 11:40 am. Contact Bookstock for more information.
Terry Osborne presents "Perception, Self-Awareness, and Nature Writing" at Billings Farm as a part of Bookstock 2017 on Friday, July 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Workshop limit is 12; pre-registration is required. Call (802) 457-3368 x222 (Marsh Billings front desk).