Jennifer Grotz

The Dipper - June 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!

 

June News

We're so excited that many of you have already signed up to join us for Poetry & Pie II, featuring Didi Jackson, Julia Shipley, and Ocean Vuong!

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We're more than halfway to capacity now, so please RSVP soon if you'd like to attend. In addition, we're delighted that The Norwich Bookstore will be on site as the bookseller for our event, which means you will be able to buy books and have them signed if you'd like.

As for pie, how do rhubarb hand pies, fresh blueberry, banana cream (vegan and gluten free!), peanut butter, apple, and plum crumb sound to you? And don't worry, there will be a savory option in the mix as well. It's going to be a special afternoon, and we're looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday, July 21.

On May 15, our Lady Sings the Blues book group met at The Yankee Bookshop. We had a lively group discussion and listened to Billie Holiday's recordings of "Yesterdays" and "Strange Fruit," as well as a 1956 interview with Billie on "Voice of America." Many thanks to Kari and Kristian at Yankee for being lovely hosts and handling the audio clips, to Julia Cooke for her excellent conversation starters, and to Jarvis Green for sharing insights about his latest work, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill.

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We both attended this powerful play at The Engine Room and cannot recommend it highly enough. Top notch acting and singing, fabulous atmosphere and mood, and a powerful staging. If you didn't get a chance to see it in White River Junction, please note that tickets are still available for the Pomfret, Vermont, and Burlington, Vermont, shows. To learn more and purchase your tickets, please visit the JAG Productions website. Support local theater!

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For our summer Slow Club Book Club selection, we'll be reading a collection of short stories. We'll reveal the book in the June 15 edition of our SCBC newsletter. Sign up now to be the first to know what we'll be reading together.

We recently interviewed Vermont author Maria Hummel about her new literary thriller, Still Lives, which comes out on June 5. If the art world, Los Angeles, and a page-turning thriller ring all of your bells, you'll definitely want to add this book to your summer reading list. Read our interview with Maria, then grab a copy of Still Lives at your local indie bookstore!

Happy summer! If you get a chance, drop us a line and let us know what's on your summer reading list.

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June's Shooting Stars

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

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  • Blank Verse Films is a new video series of poets reading their own poems. There's just one video so far (when is a series not a series?), but it's a good one: Brendan Constantine reading his poem "The Opposites Game." I really hope they do more of these! —Rebecca

June Highlights

Bread Loaf Environmental Writers' Conference and Bread Loaf Translators' Conference both begin in Middlebury, Vermont, on Friday, June 1 and go through Thursday, June 7. The conferences feature a full slate of public lectures and readings by Kazim Ali, Megan Mayhew Bergman, Jennifer Grotz, Brooks Haxton, Deirdre Heekin, Bill Johnston, Scott Russell Sanders, Luis Alberto Urrea, Emily Wilson, and many more. See the complete schedule on the Bread Loaf website.

January Gill O'Neil. Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

January Gill O'Neil. Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Maria Hummel is launching her new book, Still Lives, on Tuesday, June 5 at 7:00 pm, at Phoenix Books in Burlington, Vermont. (We recently interviewed Maria about Still Lives on our blog.)

The Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program concludes its season of Hoot readings with January Gill O'Neil and Patrice Pinette on Wednesday, June 6. The readings, at Cafe Espresso in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, begin at 7:00 pm. An open mic begins at 8:00 pm.

On Thursday, June 7, Celeste Ng will be in conversation with Joe Hill at 7:00 pm at the Music Hall Loft in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to discuss her latest work, Little Fires Everywhere.

The 2018 Thing in the Spring Reading Series has four events from Thursday, June 7 through Sunday, June 10. Authors include Michelle Aldredge, Corwin Levi, Chris Fritton, Rage Hezekiah, Bill Doreski, Henry Walters, Abayomi Adebayo, Amanda Petrusich, Alice B. Fogel, Marilyn Nelson, and Jasmine Dreame Wagner. All readings take place at The Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

Tommy Orange. Photo by Elena Seibert.

Tommy Orange. Photo by Elena Seibert.

Tommy Orange is at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, Vermont, on Saturday, June 9 at 6:00 pm to read from his acclaimed debut, There There.

Andrea Lawlor will be at Bloodhouse in Bellows Falls, Vermont, on Sunday, June 10, at 5:00 pm. The reading will be followed by a "relatively excessive and anectodal tea."

Neil Shepard celebrates the publication of his new collection, How it Is: Selected Poems, with fellow poets Julia Shipley and Martha Zweig at The Galaxy Bookshop in Hardwick, Vermont, on Tuesday, June 12 at 7:00 pm.

You don't want to miss The Mudroom storytelling event at AVA Gallery in Lebanon, New Hampshire on Thursday, June 14. This quarter's theme is The Longest Day. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Food is available for purchase before the performance. Tickets are available online.

The Hyla Brook Reading Series continues on Friday, June 15 at 7:00 pm with Melissa Balmain and the Frost Farm Prize winner (TBA). The reading is held at the Frost Farm in Derry, New Hampshire, and begins at 7:00 pm.

If you haven't been able to catch one of Robin MacArthur's readings from Heart Spring Mountain, you can see her at Phoenix Books in Burlington, Vermont, on Tuesday, June 19 at 7:00 pm.

Novelist Rebecca Makkai will read from her new book, The Great Believers, as part of the New Hampshire Institute of Art's Master of Fine Arts June Residency event, on Wednesday, June 27, at 7:00 pm. The reading will be held at NHIA, in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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A Literary North favorite, Mary Ruefle will be reading at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, on Wednesday, June 27 at 8:00 pm.

 

 

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

 

Worth a Drive

Juniper Summer Writing Institute has a wonderful week of readings open to the public from June 17 to 24 in Amherst, Massachusetts. The readings feature Joy Williams, Leni Zumas, Terrance Hayes, Eileen Myles, and more.

 

Worth a Listen

The NYPL podcast about Zora Neale Hurston's book Barracoon, featuring Glory Edim of Well-Read Black Girl, Dr. Sylviane Diouf and noted Hurston scholar Deborah G. Plant is well worth your time.

The conversation between Rachel Kushner and Michael Silverblatt on Bookworm makes an enjoyable bookend to your reading experience of The Mars Room.

 

We're Looking Forward to These June Releases

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Calls For Submission and Upcoming Deadlines

The application deadline for The Frost Place Conference on Poetry (July 8 to 14) has been extended to June 6. The application fee is $25. Conference rates are from $250 (day rate) to $1550 (includes all tuition, meals, and lodging). For more information and to apply, please visit the Conference page.

Vermont Studio Center (VSC) fellowship applications are being accepted until June 15. VSC fellowships are open to all artists and writers living and working anywhere in the world. Every VSC residency opportunity includes a private room, private studio space, all meals, and full access to their schedule of evening programs and events. For more information and to apply, please visit the VSC fellowship page.

Registration for the Green Mountain Writers Conference (July 16 to 20) is open through June 15. The conference is held at the Mountain Top Inn in Chittenden, Vermont. This year's conference participants include Yvonne Daley, Chard deNiord, Elizabeth Inness-Brown, Justin Ahren, Kate Rushin, T. Greenwood, Chuck Clarino, Verandah Porche, Patty Carpenter, Stephen Kiernan, and Gary Margolis. Tuition is $675 and includes workshops, readings, snacks, and day use of the Mountain Top indoor and outdoor facilities. For more information and to register, please visit the Conference page.

The Frost Place Poetry Seminar (July 29 to August 3) is accepting applications until June 28. The application fee is $15. Seminar rates are from $250 (day rate) to $1550 (includes all tuition, meals, and lodging). For more information and to apply, please visit the Seminar page.

Putney Mountain Association and Antidote Books have announced the first Putney Mountain Poetry Contest, judged by poet Seth Landman. The winner will receive a broadside print of their poem displayed at the Putney Mountain Trailhead and a featured reading at Antidote Books. Submit up to three original poems inspired by the Vermont landscape as PDFs to putney.poetry@gmail.com. Do not include your name on the poems, but please include your name, town of residence, and contact information in the email. All entries are due by June 30.

Zig Zag Lit Mag is looking for submissions of writing and art from residents of Addison County, Vermont, for Issue 5. Zig Zag accepts fiction, non-fiction, dramatic forms, and poetry in any genre and on any topic. Art must be submitted in high-resolution, black-and-white format. Submissions are open through June 30. For more information, please visit the Zig Zag Lit Mag Submissions page.

The Hopper, the literary magazine from Green Writers Press, is accepting submissions of full-length manuscripts to its 2018 Hopper Poetry Prize through July 1. Judged by Amie Whittemore, the winner of this contest will receive $500 and publication by Green Writers Press. The contest is open to all poets with an identified interest in the natural world. There is a $25 entry fee. For more information and to see work by previous contest winners, please visit the Hopper Prize page.

Registration is open for the League of Vermont Writers "Writers Meet Agents 2018" gathering (July 21). All writers are welcome. Held at Trader Duke's Hotel in South Burlington, the event includes presentations, pitch sessions, panels, and more. $135 for League members; $185 for non-members; $35 for one pitch session. The registration deadline is July 7. For more information and to register, please visit the Gatherings page.

Clara Martin Center is seeking submissions for their third annual art/poetry show entitled "Abundance: Celebrating Creativity in Mental Health, Wellness, and Recovery" (September 10 to November 2). You are invited to submit poetry, or 2-D or 3-D artwork to display in the exhibit. Submissions are due by July 31. Applicants must be Vermont residents, and preference is given to artists/writers in the Upper Valley. For more information, please visit Clara Martin Center's website.

Registration is open for the 3rd Annual Poetry Festival at the Fine Arts Work Center (August 5 to 10) in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The Festival includes poetry and songwriting workshops. Faculty includes Traci Brimhall, Cornelius Eady, Nick Flynn, Vievee Francis, Ross Gay, Rebecca Gayle Howell, Patty Larkin, and Patrick Rosal. For information on tuition, housing, and registration, please visit the FAWC Festival page.

The Burlington Writers Workshop 2018 anthology team is pleased to invite submissions from the BWW community. Fiction, flash fiction, poetry, memoir, personal essay—it's all welcome. The only requirement for submission is that you must have attended at least one BWW workshop within the past five years. For more information, please visit the Burlington Writers Workshop website.

The Poetry Society of Vermont's Summer Contests are open. Submissions must be received by July 1. For more information, please visit the Contests and Awards page.

Registration is open for the New Hampshire Poetry Festival (September 15), which will be held in Henniker, New Hampshire. Speakers include Adrian Blevins, Robert Crawford, Sharon Dolin, Matthew Guenette, and Linda Pastan. For more information and to register, please visit the NH Poetry Festival website.


Upcoming Workshops and Classes

Poet Ina Anderson is offering "Your Poems," a poetry workshop series for beginning through experienced poets. Meeting at the Seven Stars Arts Center in Sharon, Vermont, sessions are scheduled the 2nd Wednesday of each month, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, May 9 through November 14. A donation of $10 for each session is suggested. No pre-registration is required. For more information, please visit the Workshop page.

Burlington Writers Workshop and Melissa Lourie are offering a workshop called "Exploring Characters & Dialog Through Drama Techniques" on June 23. Participation in the workshop will be via lottery, which closes on June 4. For more information about the workshop and to enter the lottery, please visit the Workshop page.

Registration is open for The Center for Cartoon Studies Summer Workshops (June 11 to August 10), in White River Junction, Vermont. This year's workshops include everything from drawing and writing single-panel comics, to creating graphic memoirs and novels, taught by award-winning artists and writers, including Hilary Price, Jo Knowles, Tillie Walden, and Melanie Gillman. Tuition ranges from $600 to $1200. For more information and to register, please visit the Summer Workshops page.

Registration is open for the annul Frost Farm Poetry Conference (June 15 to 17). Join a small community of people at the historic Robert Frost Farm in Derry, New Hampshire, learning, reading, and writing formal poetry with contemporary award-winning poets in an intimate workshop environment. Choose your focus from a series of offerings designed to provide tools for beginning poets as well as perfect the mastery of published poets. Tuition is $310 and includes all instruction and meals. For more information and to register, please visit the Conference page.

On Saturday, June 30 (10:00 am to 1:00 pm), join Mimi Schwartz at SNHU in Manchester, New Hampshire, for a workshop called that focuses on the ways that personal narrative is enriched by history—be it family legacies, neighborhood landmarks, or the social history that shapes us. "Beyond the I: When Memoir Meets History," will use readings, discussion, and in-class exercises to help participants discover new strategies for writing their life stories in ways that friends, family, or strangers will want to read on. $50 for New Hampshire Writers Project members; $75 for non-members. For more information and to register, please visit the NHWP Workshops page.

On Wednesday, July 11, the Hood Museum of Art in Hanover, New Hampshire, is offering a writing workshop with teacher Joni B. Cole titled, "Tapping Into Your Write Brain." The workshop, based on the Hood's new exhibit of Toyin Ojih Odutola's paintings, fuses an exploration of Ojih Odutola's work with a fun and meaningful creative exercise using thematic prompts. All writing levels welcome. Free but space is limited; to ensure your space register by July 9. For more information and to register, please visit the Registration page.

Register now for CAConrad's workshop, "Occult Poetics and (Soma)tic Poetry Rituals," at Antidote Books in Putney, Vermont. Sliding scale fee of $27 to $108. The workshop will take place July 24 to 27. To confirm a place in the workshop or for more information, email hello@antidotebooks.com.

Fiction author Robin McLean will be leading a Prose Writing Retreat in Grande Isle, Vermont (August 25). Participation in the retreat will be decided by lottery, which closes on July 29. For more information about the retreat and to enter the lottery, please visit the Retreat page.

Carol Potter, poet, teacher, MFA faculty, editor, and author of five books of poetry is currently available for manuscript consultations—what to include, what to revise, what to abandon, how to structure the manuscript, and where to send it. She is also available also for editing of individual poems. For more information, please visit Carol's website.

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

To Keep the Light (2016) by Erica Fae

To Keep the Light (2016) by Erica Fae

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:

 

Worth a Drive

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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.