Catherine Lacey

The Dipper - November 2018

"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

 

November News

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Want to hear some gorgeous music, listen to two fabulous authors read, take part in a conversation about the writing process, and stuff your face with homemade biscuits? Well then, look no further than our own Writers’ Process Night happening this Saturday, November 3 at Open Door in White River Junction, Vermont.

Join us, Laura Jean Binkley, Camille Guthrie, and Peter Orner, and a mountain of biscuits made by Literary North’s favorite baker and all-around fan, Dr. Hermann Puterschein. Scurry over to the Event page now and claim your seat at the biscuit bar! See you on Saturday!

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Slow Club Book Club members, have you started reading our final book of 2018 yet? If not, please don’t worry; you’re in fantastic company! At least one of your SCBC hosts hasn’t started either. And guess what? That’s just fine. October always seems to be a month when everything hits the fan at once. Between finally waking up from the summer drowsies and suddenly realizing that the end of the year crazies are nigh, this time of year is often overstuffed with deadlines, new projects, school meetings, and making appointments to get winter tires put on. Never fear… Sara Maitland’s A Book of Silence will wait patiently for you to dip in as you have time, maybe while waiting for those tires to be changed.

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It always feels a bit awkward to promote one’s own stuff, but if you can’t do it in your own newsletter, where can you? So this is just to say… Rebecca has written a science book about rivers for kids aged 7 to 10, and it's coming out later this month! Rivers and Streams! is part of a set of four “Explore Waterways” books published by the excellent Nomad Press in White River Junction, Vermont. It’s packed with really fun illustrations by the very talented Tom Casteel, and it includes 25 river-related activities. If you have a young person in your life who’s into science—or even one who isn’t yet into science—check out the set, or the many other wonderful non-fiction books for kids that Nomad publishes.

November’s Shooting Stars

A cool literary find from each of us to help light up your month!

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  • Tommy Orange’s review of Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah in The New York Times was fantastic. Here’s a snippet:

“Now more than ever I believe fiction can change minds, build empathy by asking readers to walk in others’ shoes, and thereby contribute to real change. In “Friday Black,” Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah has written a powerful and important and strange and beautiful collection of stories meant to be read right now, at the end of this year, as we inch ever closer to what feels like an inevitable phenomenal catastrophe or some other kind of radical change, for better or for worse. And when you can’t believe what’s happening in reality, there is no better time to suspend your disbelief and read and trust in a work of fiction—in what it can do.”

—Shari

  • I’m in a bit of a glum mood, what with the current dreary weather and the state of the world and all, so Emily Dickinson’s Patreon page in The New Yorker is giving me a welcome lift as I put the finishing touches on this newsletter. I’ll be scraping my shekels together to afford patronage at $100 a month (“I will tell you which parts of the Bible would be made better with bees. Plus all previous rewards.”) How about you? —Rebecca


November Highlights

On Friday, November 2, at 7:30 pm, GunSense Vermont, the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, and Bear Pond Books present “Bullets Into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence.” This event features Major Jackson, Matthew Olzmann, and Kerrin McCadden and takes place at the Unitarian Church in Montpelier, Vermont.

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You have plenty of opportunities to catch cartoonist Ed Koren in November. He’ll be at The Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, Vermont, on Saturday, November 3, at 6:00 pm; at Phoenix Books in Burlington, Vermont, on Thursday, November 15, at 7:00 pm; at Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, Vermont, on Friday, November 23, at 12:00 pm for a book signing; and at the Norman Williams Public Library in Woodstock, Vermont, on Tuesday, November 27, at 6:00 pm.

On Sunday, November 4, at 3:00 pm, poet Sue Ellen Thompson is giving a lecture on “Marriage, Metaphor, & Mortality: The Poetry of Jane Kenyon” at BigTown Gallery in Rochester, Vermont. The lecture explores Kenyon’s lifelong struggle with depression and her marriage to fellow poet Donald Hall.

Also on Sunday, November 4, the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, will be dedicating the Colony’s Library to James Baldwin, who was a resident at the Colony three times in the 1950s to work on his books. The outdoor ceremony at 11:00 am will be followed by light refreshments.

Eugene Lim will be reading as part of the Cleopatra Mathis Poetry & Prose Reading Series at Dartmouth College’s Sanborn Library, in Hanover, New Hampshire, on Tuesday, November 6, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.

First Wednesdays, a program of the Vermont Humanities Council, brings DeRay McKesson to Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, on Wednesday, November 7, at 7:00 pm to talk about politics and activism.

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Catherine Lacey. Photo by Jesse Ball.

Catherine Lacey is at Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont, on Wednesday, November 7, at 7:00 pm, reading from her new short story collection, Certain American States.

On Tuesday, November 13, poet Kevin Goodan reads from his new collection, Anaphora, at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord, New Hampshire. The reading begins at 5:30 pm.

Jeremy Holt visits Phoenix Books in Burlington, Vermont, on Tuesday, November 13, at 7:00 pm for his graphic novel, After Houdini.

Robin MacArthur will be at The Bennington Free Library in Bennington, Vermont, on Thursday, November 15, at 7:00 pm, in support of the paperback release of her fabulous novel, Heart Spring Mountain.

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Poet Sidney Wade will be at the Fleming Museum of Art in Burlington, Vermont, for the Painted Word Poetry Series on Thursday, November 29, at 6:00 pm.

As part of the UNH Writers Series, Kim Adrian, author of the memoir The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet, will be reading at the University of New Hampshire, in Durham, New Hampshire, on Thursday, November 29, at 5:00 pm.

Visit our calendar for detailed information about these events and more!

 

Worth a Drive

Edward Carey visits The Odyssey Bookshop in Hadley, Massachusetts, on Thursday, November 8, at 7:00 pm to read from his new novel, Little, about Madam Tussaud. The event is free but registration is requested.

 

Worth a Listen

We're Looking Forward to These November Releases

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Calls For Submission and Upcoming Deadlines

The AVA Gallery in Lebanon, New Hampshire is looking for its next batch of true-life storytellers for its December 13 Mudroom event. The theme is “Holiday Disasters.” Storytellers of all ages and from all towns in the Upper Valley and beyond are welcome to submit their stories for consideration by November 23. In your submission, include a brief summary of the story (no more than 300 words) and a short bio (no more than 150 words). For more information and to submit your story, please visit the AVA Gallery’s Mudroom page.

Marble House Project is a multi-disciplinary artist residency program in Dorset, Vermont, that fosters collaboration and the exchange of ideas by providing an environment for artists across disciplines to live and work side by side. The three-week Artist Residency is open to artists in all creative fields, including but not limited to visual arts, writing, choreography, music composition and performance. Applications for 2019 residencies are open through December 16. The application fee is $32. For more information, please visit the Residency Applications page.

Bloodroot Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction for their 2019 Digital Edition through December 31. Submission guidelines are available on the Bloodroot website.

The Frost Place is accepting submissions for their annual Chapbook Competition. The competition is open to any poet writing in English. The submission fee is $28. Submissions will be accepted through January 5, 2019. For more information, please visit the Chapbook Competition page.

Applications are now open for the Dartmouth Poet in Residence program at The Frost Place. This is a six-to-eight-week residency in poet Robert Frost’s former farmhouse in Franconia, New Hampshire. The residency begins July 1 and ends August 15, and includes an award of $1,000 from The Frost Place and an award of $1,000 from Dartmouth College. The recipient will have an opportunity to give a series of public readings across the region, including at Dartmouth College and The Frost Place. Applications will be accepted through January 5, 2019. For more information, please visit the Residency page.  

Every summer, the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, awards residency Fellowships to artists in seven disciplines, including literature. A Fellowship consists of exclusive use of a private studio, accommodations and three prepared meals a day for two weeks to two months. The deadline for the 2019 Summer MacDowell Literature Fellowship is January 15, 2019. The application fee is $30. For more information, please visit the Residency Application page.


Upcoming Workshops and Classes

Do you have an interview project in mind but don’t quite know where to begin or how to proceed? The Vermont Folklife Center is offering an “Oral History: An Introduction” workshop that can help you move your project forward. The workshop will be held on November 3, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Dorset Historical Society in Dorset, Vermont. Tuition is $95-$50. For more information and to register, please visit the Vermont Folklife Center Workshop page.

The pressure’s on if you’re participating in National Novel Writing Month, the creative writing project that challenges participants to write a 50,000 word manuscript in November. Take some of that pressure off with the free “NaNoWriMo Expressive Writing” workshop, lead by Joni B. Cole on November 5, at the Norwich Public Library in Norwich, Vermont, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. This workshop invites you to write from a prompt to develop a character….add a plot twist…or discover a scene that’s just been waiting to burst onto the page. For more information, please visit the Writer’s Center of WRJ Workshops page.

Looking for quality instruction, feedback, and inspiration in a beautiful Vermont setting? This half-day retreat on November 10, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, offers all that and more. You’ll have the opportunity to share pages of a new or revised work for personalized feedback, learn tips and techniques to get started and stay motivated, and reap the benefits of gathering within a supportive creative community. Both nervous beginners and seasoned authors are welcome. Tuition is $115 and must be paid in full prior to the retreat. For more information, or to register (required), please visit the Writer’s Center of WRJ Workshops page.

NaNoWriMo too easy? Become a Centurion by earning 100 poetry, essay, or short-story rejections in twelve months. Lead by R. W. W. Greene, this two-hour workshop hosted by the New Hampshire Writers’ Project will “take you through the steps of submitting your work, the mystery of rejectomancy, and the best methods of recuperation from a ‘thanks but no thanks.’” The workshop will be held on November 17, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, at The Ford House on the campus of SNHU in Manchester, New Hampshire. $50 for NHWP members; $75 for non-members. For more information, please visit the NHWP Workshops page.

Storytelling is a powerful tool for the documentation of voices, memories, and histories. It can also be a catalyst for activism and social change. In this “Storytelling for Social Change” workshop—held on December 1, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Saint Albans Museum in Saint Albans, Vermont—we will explore the ethics and techniques of oral history, ethnography, and storytelling as activist research methodologies. Attendees will be invited to take a critical and analytical look at the history of documentary work, and will learn the basics of skills such as interviewing, story circle facilitation, and ethnographic observation. We will also cover the technical aspects of storytelling, providing an introduction to tools for minimal-resource and mobile audio recording. Tuition is $95-$50. For more information or to register, please visit the Vermont Folklife Center Workshop page.

The Dipper - June 2017

"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

June News

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Literary North is excited to be the Community Partner for the film To Keep the Light, which is showing at the White River Indie Film Festival on Saturday, June 3 at 4:00 pm. A Q&A session with producer Jane Applegate will follow the screening. For more information about the film, to view a trailer, and to buy advance tickets, see our our blog post about the film.


Poetry&Pie

We're working on the final details for our own Poetry & Pie event, which will be held on Saturday, July 29, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Sweetland Farm in Norwich, Vermont. In addition to readings by three fabulous poets—James Crews, Dede Cummings and Mary Kane—we've asked our friend, poet Taylor Katz, to join us by writing original poetry for attendees, and we've contacted our expert baking friends to supply us with some of the best pies you'll find anywhere in the Upper Valley. For all the delicious details, please visit our Poetry & Pie event page. We can't wait to see you there!

 

JUNE HIGHLIGHTS

June marks the start of summer conference and reading series season here in Northern New England. Among them are these, each bursting with more readings than you can possibly attend in a single month:

Page Burner Reading Series - June 1 at ArtsRiot in Burlington, Vermont. Authors include Jensen Beach, Sandra Beasley, David Hicks, Alexis Page, and Angela Palm.

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Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers' Conference - June 3 to 8 at the Bread Loaf Campus of Middlebury College in Ripton, Vermont. Authors include Megan Mayhew BergmanCamille T. DungyJohn Elder, Ross Gay, Ted Genoways, Robin Wall Kimmerer, and Joe Wilkins.

Bread Loaf Translators' Conference - June 3 to 8 at the Bread Loaf Campus of Middlebury College in Ripton, Vermont. Author/translators include Maureen Freely, Jennifer GrotzSuzanne Jill Levine, Christopher Merrill, and Idra Novey.

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The Thing in the Spring - June 8 to 11 at the Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Events feature author readings preceded or followed by brief concerts. Authors include Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, James Crews, Wo Chan, Rebecca Bengal, Matt Krefting, Charles Simic, Cristian Flores Garcia, and Zach Green

Authors at the Aldrich - June 14 to August 16 at the Aldrich Public Library in Barre, Vermont. Authors include Angela Palm, Melanie Finn, Dana Walrath, Tanya Lee Stone, Nicole Grubman, Nicole Birkholzer, Adam Krakowski, Kekla Magoon, Thomas Christopher Greene, and Catherine Donnelly.

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Joan Hutton Landis Summer Reading Series - June 11 to September 3 at BigTown Gallery in Rochester, Vermont. Authors include Rosamond Purcell, Robin MacArthur, Annie Kim, Russell Leong, Major Jackson, Didi Jackson, Paula Marcoux, and Mark Bowen.

Hyla Brook Reading Series - June 16 to September 14 at the Frost Farm in Derry, New Hampshire. Authors include Rhina P. Espaillat, David R. Surette, Jenna Le, and Meredith Bergmann.

Please visit our calendar for detailed information about each event and to see more event listings for June and beyond.

We're looking forward to these June releases:

 

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Ann Beattie will be reading at the Harvard Bookstore in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Tuesday, June 27 at 7:00 pm. This event is free.

Arundhati Roy will be reading at the Old South Church in Boston, Massachusetts on Tuesday, June 20 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $5 for general admission only, or $29.75 for admission plus book.

The Juniper Summer Writing Institute public readings series is from June 18 to June 25 at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts. Each evening at 7:30 pm, faculty and writers in residence read from their new and selected work. This year's series features Dorothea Lasky, Joy Williams, Dara Wier, Tiphanie Yanique, Arda Collins, Nathan Hill, Amy Leach, Lydia Millet, Arisa White, Timothy Donnelly, Rachel Glaser, Sam Michel, Camille Rankine, Stephan Graham Jones, Paul Lisicky, and Harryette Mullen.

Also worth a drive plus a ferry ride, the 2017 Nantucket Book Festival, June 16 to 18, in Nantucket, Massachusetts, features readings, panel discussions, luncheons, book sales, and other events with an array of authors, from Laurie Halse Anderson to James Gleick to Alice Hoffman to Ruth Reichl. Most readings and events are free. For more information, visit the Festival website.

 

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 June 15 (lesser discounts are also available if you register before July 15). For more information, please visit their Registration page.

There's still time to register for the Writers' Workshop at Exeter (June 25 to June 30), in Exeter, New Hampshire. This conference is open to anyone who wants to write and discusss writing in a nurturing Harkness workshops setting. The conference is open to all skill levels and anyone who writes or wants to write poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. For more information and to register, please visit the Conference page.

Bahuan Publishing is accepting submissions for the 2017 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize. The submission deadline is Friday, June 30. For more information, please visit their submission page.

The Hopper literary magazine from Green Writers Press is accepting submissions of full-length poetry manuscripts to its 2017 Hopper Poetry Prize. This contest is open to poets with an identified interest in the natural world and whose work explores issues tied to our ever-changing environment. There is an entry fee of $25. The submission deadline is Saturday, July 1. For more information, please visit their Contests 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 now open 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.

 

June Workshops and Classes

Join poet Partridge Boswell for a three-session workshop, To Revision and Beyond! A Poetry Craft workshop on Mondays, June 5 to 19, at Burlington Writers Workshop in Burlington, Vermont. This workshop series will revise your perceptions of re-vision, daring to post the questions: When is a poem truly finished? Is it possible to love revision as much as the original writing of the poem? Covering a checklist of revision tests or thresholds, our sessions will move from the final stages of “completing” (or as Auden says “abandoning”) a poem to pursuing its dissemination—culminating in the final test of tests (aside from submitting for publication): performing poems for a live audience! For more information or to register, please visit the Registration page.

Poet Polly Giantonio is teaching a four-session workshop, Naked Writing: The Soul's Story in June. Participants will meet Wednesdays, June 7 to 28, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Kilton Library in West Lebanon, New Hampshire. Find and nurture the seeds of your story. Learn what makes your writing strong, memorable, and effective. Polly has taught poetry and writing at local universities, has mentored students of all ages, and developed and co-facilitated workshops on creativity and poetry. For more information and to register, please call (802) 693-0015.

Join the Burlington Writers Workshop for a Flash Fiction Workshop on Wednesday, June 14, in Burlington Vermont. In this workshop, three or four writers will read their work aloud to the group; the group will then offer on-the-spot feedback to each writer. For more information or to register, please visit the Registration page.

In conjunction with photography exhibit, The Everyday Fantastic, the Hood Museum of Art will host a Writing About Photography workshop on Thursday, June 22, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, at the Hood Downtown in Hanover, New Hampshire. Using discussion and creative writing exercises, the workshop will explore the photography of Julie Blackmon. All writers welcome. Enrollment in this workshop is free, but limited. For more information and to register, please visit the Event page.

NatureCulture: An Introduction to Nature Writing and the literature of Environmental Justice with Sierra Dickey and Anna Mullen, at the Writer's Center in White River Junction, Vermont. Want to write as thoroughly as Thoreau? As daringly as Dillard? This intro to nature writing will put you on the path! We’ll lead you through a cliff notes version of the American nature writing canon, investigate key tropes and approaches to writing about the nonhuman world, and do generative exercises to get words on the page. Our driving question will be: how can words illuminate and bring about intimacy with landscape, and bring us closer to organisms and organic matter rather than farther away from them? $25. Saturday, July 1, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information or to register, email dickey.sierra@gmail.com or acm2525@gmail.com. 

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.

There's still time to register for The Center for Cartoon Studies 2017 Summer Workshops. In addition to workshops for drawing and writing cartoons and comics, this summer's schedule includes three graphic novel workshops led by journalists, writers and cartoonists Josh Kramer, Em DeMarcoPaul Karasik, Jo Knowles, Tillie Walden, and Melanie Gillman. For more information and to register, please visit their Summer Workshops page.

The application deadline for the Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place is Thursday, June 29. For more information, please visit their Application page.