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The Dipper - November 2019

"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

No sooner had we whispered aloud the existence of Ben Cosgrove’s upcoming Little Dipper chapbook, A Space Filled with Moving, than the edition’s initial run of 25 immediately sold out via pre-orders! We’re all bowled over and so grateful for your interest in these little books.

If you missed out on the first 25, we’ve decided to put our aprons back on, re-set the type, and make a second run of 25. The second batch will be available to those who attend Ben’s launch party on Friday, December 6, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Ben will read, he’ll play a little music, and we’ll eat some salty snacks in honor of Ben’s album Salt, which features in the book. Put that party date on your calendar! We’ll share more information about the launch party very soon.


If you’re reading Lucy Ellmann’s Ducks, Newburyport along with us, you’re now about 200 pages in and we’re really wondering what you think of the book. Are you ready for another 800 pages, or have you had enough of “the fact that” to last a lifetime? We’re sharing our thoughts in the comments of our blog post and also on our Instagram feed. Let’s hear from you: do you love it? Are you not sure? Do you find it meditative or confounding? What do you think of the narrator’s obsessions? Where do you think this book is leading? We’re not entirely sure ourselves, so we’d really love to hear from you!

As you know, we’re huge fans of the playwright Nathan Yungerberg, whose play Esai’s Table just completed its world premiere in October with Jarvis Green’s JAG Productions in White River Junction, Vermont. From here, the play will move to the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City. We were among the lucky people who got to see the evolution of the play from its early incarnation as part of JAGFest 2.0’s staged reading series to the full production and we recently had a chance to interview Nathan about that process. If you missed the play in Vermont, we hope you can get to New York City next March to see it!

The 5th Annual Vermont Book Award winner will be announced at a Gala held at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, Vermont, on Saturday, November 9 at 6:30 pm. The finalists—Sue Burton, Michael Collier, Anna Maria Hong, Daphne Kalmar, Jason Lutes, Kekla Magoon, Rebecca Makkai, Leath Tonino, and Tony Whedon—will read, you’ll get to snack on refreshments and hear live jazz, and you’ll be the first to find out this year’s winner. This will be our second time in attendance, and we hope to see you there! Tickets are $45 and available now.

November Highlights

Tammi Traux

Tammi Traux

On Saturday, November 2, Portsmouth New Hampshire’s 2018-2020 Poet Laureate, Tammi Traux, will be reading from her verse novel, For to See the Elephant, at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord, New Hampshire, at 2:00 pm.

Maaza Mengiste, author of the novel The Shadow King, is reading as part of the Cleopatra Mathis Poetry & Prose Reading Series at Dartmouth College’s Sanborn Library in Hanover, New Hampshire, on Tuesday, November 5, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.

Miciah Bay Gault will read on Wednesday, November 6, at 4:00 pm as part of the Norwich University Writers Series in Northfield, Vermont.

Dartmouth College’s Baker-Berry Library East Reading Room, in Hanover, New Hampshire, Rena J. Mosteirin and James E. Dobson are presenting their new book of poetry and critical theory, Moonbit, on Thursday, November 7, at 4:30 pm.

Megan Mayhew Bergman. Photo by Bo Bergman

Megan Mayhew Bergman. Photo by Bo Bergman

Author and journalist Megan Mayhew Bergman will talking about Climate Change in the South at Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont, on Monday, November 11 at 7:00 pm as a part of the CAPA (Center for the Advancement of Public Action) symposium.

On Tuesday, November 12 at 4:30 pm, Ivy Schweitzer and Gordon Henry celebrate the publication of Afterlives of Indigenous Archives: Essays in honor of the Occom Circle with short presentations, books for sale, and light refreshments in the Wren room in Sanborn House at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Poet Jason Tandon reads as part of the Ferguson Reading Series at Water Street Bookstore on Wednesday, November 13, at 6:30 pm in Exeter, New Hampshire. Jason’s reading will be followed by an open mic.

Thursday, November 14 is loaded with several events across the two states, including Megan Mayhew Bergman and Spring Ulmer reading at Middlebury College’s Axinn Center in Middlebury, Vermont, on Thursday, November 14 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm.

Tyehimba Jess. Photo by John Midgley

Tyehimba Jess. Photo by John Midgley

Also on Thursday, November 14, the Cleopatra Mathis Poetry & Prose Reading Series presents poet Tyehimba Jess reading at Dartmouth College’s Sanborn Library in Hanover, New Hampshire, at 4:30 pm.

Thursday, November 14 also brings Richard J. King, who celebrates the launch of his book Ahab’s Rolling Sea, at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord, New Hampshire, at 6:00 pm.

And finally, on Thursday November 14, at 7:00 pm, see Pulitzer Prize winning writer Samantha Power present her new memoir, The Education of an Idealist, at The Music Hall Loft in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. 

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


Worth a Drive

  • Terry Tempest Williams will be at The Brattle Theatre, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on November 14, at 6:00 pm, to read from her new book of essays, Erosion.

Worth a Listen

We're Looking Forward to These November Releases

Calls For Submission and Upcoming Deadlines

The Hopper
The literary magazine from Green Writers Press is currently accepting submissions of nonfiction, short fiction, poetry, visual art, and book reviews.
Deadline: none given | Details

Marble House Project Residencies
Applications are open for the 2020 residency season. Applications are accepted in fiction, playwriting/screenwriting, poetry, non-fiction, and a variety of other creative fields. Residencies run from April through October. Each session accommodates eight artists and is specifically curated to bring together a diverse group of creative workers. $35 application fee.
Deadline: December 9 | Details

Bloodroot Literary Magazine
Submissions are open for Bloodroot, Volume 12. Send three to five pages of poetry or 10 to 12 pages of fiction or nonfiction in Microsoft Word format. For other work, like an experimental form or digital project, please send a one-page proposal and the editors will be in touch if they want to see more. They are looking for new, unpublished work.
Deadline: December 31 | Details

Zig Zag Lit Mag
Accepting submissions for Issue 8. Send up to three pieces of writing. Must be a resident of Addison County.
Deadline: December 31 | Details

Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards
Submissions are open for the Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards for Speculative Fiction, Debut Speculative Fiction, and Playwriting. For fiction, any work published or under contract to be published no earlier than January 1, 2019 and no later than December 31, 2019 is eligible. For plays, they invite submissions of full-length plays addressing the question “What does it mean to be a human in a computerized world?” The fiction awards come with an honorarium of $5,000 to be received at an event at Dartmouth College. The playwriting award comes with a $5,000 honorarium as well as a support for a two-stage development process with table readings at local arts festivals.
Deadline: December 31 | Details

2020 Dartmouth Poet in Residence at The Frost Place
The Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire, invites applications for a six-to-eight-week residency in poet Robert Frost’s former farmhouse. The residency period begins July 1 and ends mid-August, and includes an award of $1,000 from The Frost Place and an award of $1,000 from Dartmouth College. $28 application fee.
Deadline: January 5, 2020 | Details

2020 Frost Place Chapbook Competition
The Frost Place invites submissions to the eighth Annual Frost Place Chapbook Competition, sponsored by Bull City Press. The winner’s chapbook will be published by Bull City Press in Summer 2020. The winner will receive 10 complimentary copies (from a print run of 300), and a $250 prize, a full scholarship to attend the Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place, August 2020, and will give a featured reading from the chapbook at the Seminar. $28 application fee.
Deadline: January 5, 2020 | Details

MacDowell Colony Summer 2020 Residency
Applications for the summer residencies (June 1 to September 30, 2020) are now open. The MacDowell Colony provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees.
Deadline: January 15, 2020 | Details

Center for Cartoon Studies, MFA Degree and Certificate Programs
Now accepting applications for the MFA, one- and two-year certificate programs, and low-residency second-year option. Learn all you need to know about making comics and self-publishing in a prolific and dynamic environment and community. $50 application fee.
Deadline: rolling admissions until programs are filled | Details

Junction Magazine
Junction Magazine founder James Napoli has moved to Minneapolis. With his blessing, a local collective has decided to re-launch the magazine, and they invite you to contribute. Pitches and submissions should fit into one or several categories/subject areas: arts and culture, food and farm, people, wild, photo essays, and the calendar.
Deadline: rolling submissions | Details

Crossroads Magazine
Crossroads is an independent, student run magazine based out of Burlington, Vermont. They accept very short fiction and poetry, 300 words or fewer. Submissions should be in Word or typed directly into an email. No PDFs, please.
Deadline: rolling submissions | Details

Upcoming Workshops and Classes

Magic in the Kettle: Writing Magical Realism in Fiction with Bianca Viñas
November 2, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Transport yourself from the ordinary into the realm of the fantastic. In this workshop, writers develop an eye for the bewitching, secretly hidden world of magic. We start with the ordinary and make the leap into the extraordinary. Prepare to be immersed with live audioscapes, videos, and, of course, writing exercises. Equal measures mediation and imagination, this workshop will give you the eye for magic in fiction.
Location: Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, Vermont | Cost: sliding scale | Details

Vermont Folklife Center Workshops
November 2 through December 7

Vermont Folklife Center workshops offer training opportunities for community members, undergraduate and graduate students, and others interested in developing skills in ethnography, oral history, and cultural documentation. This fall’s offerings include “Intro to Audio Storytelling: Interviewing & Recording” in Brattleboro, Vermont; “Oral History and Audio Stories” in St. Johnsbury, Vermont; “Intro to Audio Storytelling: Editing Basics” in Brattleboro, Vermont; “Oral History” in Burlington, Vermont; and “Storytelling for Community-Based Projects” in Burlington, Vermont.
Location: various | Cost: $95 ($55 students) | Details

Gentleheartedness: A writing and Yoga Retreat with Deb Heimann and Joni Cole
November 3, 12:30 pm to 8:30 pm

As we ready ourselves for the various end-of-year holidays and cold starkness of the coming winter, many of us feel anxious, overwhelmed, and even grumpy. In this eight-hour retreat we welcome all who wish to cultivate gentleheartedness as a means of dissipating fear and anger and channeling the potency of kindness toward peace within ourselves and the world. We will call on ceremony to support our hearts; write from prompts that explore our relationship to peacefulness, gratitude, and tenderness; breathe and move in ways that nurture us; and share ourselves, our writing, and a meal.
Location: Good Commons Retreat Center, Plymouth, Vermont | Cost: $110 | Details

Travel Blogging and Web Design with Virginia Booth
Sundays, November 3, 10, and 17, 2:00 to 3:30 pm

Join Virginia Booth as she delves into a three-week series that explores the ins and outs of the various marketing strategies that we are exposed to daily, step-by-step instructions for building your own website, and the depths of travel blogging.
Location: Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, Vermont | Cost: sliding scale | Details

Vermont Humanities Council Fall Conference
November 15 to 16

Registration is open for the 2019 Fall Conference, “Searching for Home: Journeys, Quests and Migrations.” The conference includes talks and breakout sessions on the topic of “the search for home.” This year’s plenary speakers include essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon, clarinetist Kina Azmeh, Dr. Hasia Diner from New York University, and professor Carol Dougherty from Wellesley College.
Location: University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont | Cost: $149; $99 for students | Details

Writing Fiction with Ukamaka Olisakwe
November 16, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

In this workshop, writers will pay attention to how they consciously or unconsciously shape their character’s interiority, or what is also referred to as a character’s mental process, and the reader’s access or lack of access to them. We will consider some short stories/novel excerpts and how their authors pay attention to the characters’ mental processes, as well as doing some writing of your own. You’ll leave the workshop with more insight into how to create complex characters, as well as new tools to bring into your own writing. Bring something to write with.
Location: Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, Vermont | Cost: sliding scale | Details

NaNoWrMo Rally: An Expressive Writing Workshop with Joni B. Cole
November 18, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
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. Let us take some of that pressure off with this fun expressive writing workshop that 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. Bring a notebook or laptop, and leave all self doubts at the door.
Location: Norwich Public Library, Norwich, Vermont | Cost: free | Details

Poetry of Protest with Rebecca Jamieson
December 7, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

What can poetry offer in times of political crisis? How have writers used their poetry as a form of resistance, and how might we follow their lead? In this class, we’ll explore these questions through discussion, writing prompts, and reading the diverse and powerful ways that other poets have approached these subjects in their work. Bring something to write with.
Location: Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, Vermont | Cost: sliding scale | Details

Quiecence: A Yoga and Writing Workshop with Deb Heimann and Joni Cole
December 7, 9:00 am to noon

In this intimately-sized three-hour “retreat,” we welcome all who wish to revitalize their spirit through a combination of yoga and expressive writing. As part of the yoga practice, we will refresh through breathing exercises, poses to open channels of vitality, and heart-centered intention. We also will write from a prompt as a means of exploring our thoughts and feelings on the page, and sharing our journey forward. Absolutely no yoga or writing experience is required to attend this retreat.
Location: Central Street Yoga, Taftsville, Vermont | Cost: $55 | Details

The Dipper - January 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


January News

Happy New Year!

2018 has barely begun and it's already shaping up to be a very exciting year for Literary North and our friends. We have a lot of plans and we can't wait to share them all with you. But first we'll let you in on some great events happening in just the first few weeks of the new year.

We hope this fresh year brings you many good things, including good books, good friends, and good health.

—Shari & Rebecca


Start Your Year at the Right Pace with the Slow Club Book Club


As many of you know, we're announcing the Slow Club Book Club* for 2018! Over the course of the coming year, we'll read four books we've chosen to appeal to the quiet and unhurried in us. We'll start reading our first book this month. If this sounds appealing to you, subscribe to our TinyLetter newsletter to find out more and learn the title of our first book. We really hope you'll join us.

*Shout out to Robin MacArthur for our club name!



Be the first to hear a Reading from Heart Spring Mountain

Speaking of Robin, our first event of 2018 is the celebration of Robin MacArthur's new novel Heart Spring Mountain, which is being released on January 9Join us at the Norwich Bookstore on Wednesday, January 10 at 7:00 pm for her first official reading. We'll be there to celebrate and provide the refreshments. Reservations are strongly recommended, as seating is limited. Please contact the Norwich Bookstore to reserve your seat.


Support Emerging African-American Playwrights at JAGFest 2.0

And finally, mark your calendars for JAGFest 2.0, February 9 to 11 at Brigg's Opera House in White River Junction, Vermont! JAGFest is a performing arts festival put on by Jarvis Green's production company, JAG Productions. The festival features new works that celebrate the talents of African-American playwrights and performing artists. 


Over the course of three days, JAG will present four staged readings of new works that are written, directed, and performed by Black theatre artists. The weekend-long festival of play readings celebrates and explores diverse, new voices in American theater. Each performance features a post-show conversation with the playwrights, actors, directors and Dartmouth scholars.

Tickets are on sale now. Single tickets are $15 per performance, or buy a weekend pass that includes access to all presentations for $50!

We're huge fans of Jarvis Green and JAG Productions, and are honored to be a sponsor of this incredible festival. We'll be sharing more information with you about the playwrights and their plays in January, so stay tuned!

January Highlights

Lauren Markham

Lauren Markham

Lauren Markham reads from her non-fiction book, The Faraway Brothers, at VCFA in Montpelier, Vermont, on Wednesday, January 3, at 7:00 pm.

Jenny Boully and Jill McCorkle read at Bennington College's Tishman Lecture Hall, in Bennington, Vermont, on Thursday, January 4, at 7:00 pm, as a part of Bennington's Writers Reading series. Other authors in the series include Claire Vaye Watkins, Major Jackson, Stuart Nadler, Clifford Thompson, Alexander Chee, and Allan Gurganus. See our calendar for more details.

Francisco Cantú will be at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Sunday, January 7, at 7:00 pm, to read from his upcoming book, The Line Becomes a River.

Francisco Cantú

Francisco Cantú

Jelani Cobb will give a talk on free speech on college campuses at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, on Wednesday, January 10, at 4:30 pm.

Dan Chaon will be reading at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, on Wednesday, January 24, at 8:00 pm.

Jeffrey Lent will lead a tribute to Howard Frank Mosher at the Norwich Bookstore on Wednesday, January 31, at 7:00 pm. Come out and celebrate Mosher's final book, Points North.


Worth a Drive

Fiona Mozley

Fiona Mozley

Fiona Mozley, whose novel, Elmet, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, will be at the Harvard Bookstore, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Tuesday, January 16 with Hallgrimur Helgason. The reading begins at 7:00 pm.



We're Looking Forward to These January Releases


Calls For Submission and Upcoming Deadlines

In neighboring Amherst, Massachusetts, applications open on January 1 for the Juniper Summer Writing Institute (July 17 to 24) and the Juniper Institute for Young Writers (July 22 to 29) at the University of Massachusetts. Faculty for the Juniper Summer Writing Institute includes Eileen Myles, Dorothea Lasky, Rickey Laurentiis, Dara Wier, Noy Holland, Mitchell S. Jackson, and Joy Williams. A non-refundable application fee for the Summer Writing Institute is required. There is no application fee for the Young Writers Institute. For more information about both institutes and to apply, please visit the Juniper Summer Writing Institute website.

Applications are currently open until March 31 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. 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 5The 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.  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.

Registration is open for the League of Vermont Writers' Winter Program and Annual Business Meeting (June 27). The theme of the meeting is "New Directions, New Journeys: Writing Resources for Vermont Writers" and will be held at Trader Duke's Hotel in South Burlington, Vermont. $45 for members; $55 for non-members. Registration is open until January 24. For more information and to register, please visit the Meeting page.

Hunger Mountain, the literary journal from VCFA, holds four annual contests: The Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction PrizeThe Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction PrizeThe 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. For more information, please visit their Contests page.

Vermont Literary Review is taking submissions of creative work about New England until March 31. 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 GephartNova Ren SumaAmanda MacielMaggie 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 FowlerJeff KleinmanRichard 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. For more information, please visit the NER Submissions page.

The Bennington Review is open for submissions through May 15, 2018 with no reading fee. For more information, please visit the Bennington Review Submissions page.

January Workshops and Classes

Joni Cole leads "Sunday Surges," a four-session, weekly workshop for fiction and creative non-fiction writers. This workshop, which meets Sundays, January 7 to 28, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, is a great way to generate material, revise with direction, and make solid progress on your prose project. Each meeting provides you with a deadline to assure you are producing consistently. You will be asked to read aloud excerpts from a work-in-progress (three or so double-spaced pages, given time constraints) at each of our meetings. The discussion of these “surges” allows for quality feedback, and fosters teachable moments that benefit every participant in the group. $145 (minimum 4 participants; maximum 6). Preregistration is required. For more information and to register, email jonibethcole@gmail.com.

Join science fiction author and 2014 NH Flash Fiction winner Ed Ting for an hour-long “Introduction to Flash Fiction” webinar on Tuesday, January 9. This webinar will take a peek at what Flash Fiction is, how you can get started writing it, and how to craft elements to make your story work. You will walk away with the tools you need to tell your three-minute story. Then, when you have your story written, join your writing peers at one of the 2018 Three-Minute Flash Fiction competitions held statewide. $10 for NHWP members, $25 for nonmembers. The event is nonrefundable. For more information and to register, please visit the New Hampshire Writer's Project Workshops page.

Poet James Crews will lead a two-week, online workshop titled "Mindfulness and Writing" from Sunday, January 14 to Sunday, January 28. Examine connections between the practice of meditation/mindfulness and the act of writing fearlessly from the heart. Using quotes and other written works as prompts, we will complete several exercises each week that invite us to pay closer attention to ourselves, our lives, and the world around us as we do our best to define the term, "mindfulness," and what it means for each of us. Beginners and all skill levels are welcome. You do not need any previous experience with mindfulness, meditation or online courses; all you need is a reliable internet connection and an open mind. The cost is $95. For more information and to register, please visit the event page at the Northshire Bookstore website.

Join Vermont poet laureate Chard deNiord for a Poetry Master Class on Monday, January 8, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Burlington Writers Workshop in Burlington, Vermont. This workshop will focus on reading and writing poems whose speakers place another before them, and then make charged figurative connections to what Walt Whitman called “the other I am.” We will read each other’s poems line by line, examining line breaks, poetic strategy, form, intention, imagery, tropes, verbal music, and what John Keats described in his definition of “negative capability” as the ability to “exist in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.” In addition to writing poems with transpersonal speakers, we will also write a few persona poems as class exercises. For more information and to RSVP, please visit the Burlington Writers Workshop Meetup page.

On Monday, January 22, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, join poet Gary Margolis for a Poetry Master Class at the Burlington Writers Workshop in Burlington, Vermont. This workshop will reflect on the poetic line by looking at examples, including those we'll write in this workshop. Workshop participants should bring three original poems to this class. We'll also write new ones during the workshop. For more information and to RSVP, please visit the Burlington Writers Workshop Meetup page.