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The Dipper - June 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

 

June News

Rena Mosteirin

Rena Mosteirin

Dan Chiasson

Dan Chiasson

GennaRose Nethercott

GennaRose Nethercott

Drumroll, please….!

It’s finally time to announce the featured poets for Poetry & Pie III. We are beyond thrilled that Rena J. Mosteirin, Dan Chiasson, and GennaRose Nethercott will be joining us at Sweetland Farm in Norwich, Vermont, on Saturday, August 3, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

Poet-for-hire Taylor Mardis Katz is returning with her Remington typewriter so that she can write custom poems for you. As in past years, we welcome you to read your own, original work at our open mic. New to Poetry & Pie this year, we’ll have a musical interlude by one of our favorite local musicians, Laura Jean Binkley (who also performed at last November’s Writers’ Process Night). And, of course, we’ll ply you with every kind of pie—sweet, savory, gluten-free, vegan—that you can imagine. Get the details and RSVP on our Poetry & Pie page. We look forward to seeing you there!

Rena Mosteirin, a Poetry & Pie featured poet, is also the author of the first Little Dipper, our new handmade chapbook series. Rena’s chapbook, tentatively titled half-fabulous whales, is a collection of erasure poems crafted from the pages of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. We’re producing a limited edition of 25, numbered and signed, and will have them for sale at Poetry & Pie. If you’d like to reserve a copy in advance, let us know!

Our friend Ocean Vuong’s debut novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, comes out on June 4, and we couldn’t be more excited. You might remember that Ocean was one of the featured poets at last year’s Poetry & Pie, where he read an excerpt from the novel. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous has received rave reviews—including starred reviews from Kirkus, Library Journal and Booklist—and is the number one Indie Next pick for June. You have a few opportunities to see him in New England in June and he’s going to be at Bookstock in Woodstock, Vermont, at the end of July. Not only is his writing amazing, but he’s a wonderful reader of his own work. Not to be missed!

In case you missed it, we have some new goodies on our blog, including a Friday Reads selection by writer Sierra Dickey, and an interview with local writer, Rachel Barenbaum about her debut novel, A Bend in the Stars.

 
 

Slow Club Book Clubbers are leisurely making their way through our spring selection, Wioletta Greg’s Swallowing Mercury. If you’re not a member yet, you can read our recent, mid-season check-in letter about that book, and you can sign up to be notified about our summer book, which we’ll announce very soon.

 
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And finally… we recently changed our website from .com to .org. We’ve always imagined ourselves more as a community organization than a business, and we want our website to reflect that. The old website address will automatically take you to the new one for the time being, but, when you get a chance, please update your bookmarks to the new address: www.literarynorth.org.

June’s Shooting Stars

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

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  • I recently discovered a new favorite podcast, Everything Else, a culture podcast from the Financial Times. My favorite episode is “Ways of Seeing: Sheila Heti on Pierre Bonnard, but there are so many good ones. Richard Grant, Alexander Chee, Kerry James Marshall, Sally Rooney. Give it a listen! —Shari

  • If you have a spare ~24 minutes in our day, listen to Mary Ruefle read her essay “My Private Property” on KCRW’s Bookworm podcast. Every time I listen, it leaves me speechless. —Rebecca


June Highlights

Shomari Wills

Shomari Wills

Brooklyn journalist and author Shomari Wills reads from his book, Black Fortunes, in the historic Barn House at the Clemmons Family Farm in Charlotte, Vermont, on Saturday, June 1, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

If you haven’t had a chance yet to see James Crews talk about his book, Healing the Divide, he will be at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vermont, along with Julia Shipley, Todd Davis, Carol Cone, Alice Gilburn, David Axelrod, and Michelle Wiegers on Sunday, June 2, at 2:00 pm.

Helen Macdonald

Helen Macdonald

The Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference and Translator’s Conferences offer many readings open to the public from Friday, May 31 through Wednesday, June 5 at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. Some of our favorite writers will be on hand, including Megan Mayhew Bergman, Claire Vaye Watkins, Dan Chiasson, J. Drew Lanham, Helen Macdonald, Emily Wilson and more.

The Thing in the Spring—an annual festival of music, art, and literature in Peterborough, New Hampshire—features readings by Mary Ruefle and Arielle Greenberg on Friday, June 7; Adar Cohen, Doug Valentine, and Ed Symkus on Saturday, June 8; and Iliana Rocha and Rage Hezekiah on Sunday, June 9. All readings take place at the Toadstool Bookshop. Check our calendar for reading times.

The Joan Hutton Landis Summer Reading Series kicks off on Sunday, June 9, at 5:30 pm with Angela Palm and Nathan McClean. The series takes place at Big Town Gallery in Rochester, Vermont, and continues through September 1.

Amitava Kumar. Photo by Snigdha Kumar

Amitava Kumar. Photo by Snigdha Kumar

Amitava Kumar, author of Immigrant, Montana, is reading at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vermont, on Thursday, June 13, at 5:30 pm.

Sunday, June 16 is Bloomsday, the day we commemorate the life of James Joyce and his novel Ulysses. If you’re in the Upper Valley, you can celebrate with a brunch, readings, and discussion with professor James Heffernan at Jesse’s Restaurant in Hanover, New Hampshire, starting at 11:30 am. $32 per person. Registration is required.

The 2019 Hyla Brook Reading Series continues in Derry, New Hampshire, on Friday, June 14, at 7:00 pm with keynote speaker Bruce Bennett and Frost Farm Prize winner, David Southward.

David Huddle and Gregory Spatz read from their latest works of fiction at The Vermont Bookshop in Middlebury, Vermont, on Thursday, June 20, at 7:00 pm.

Zinzi Clemmons. Photo by Nina Subin

Zinzi Clemmons. Photo by Nina Subin

Cheryl Strayed will speak at the Latchis Theater in Brattleboro, Vermont, on Tuesday, June 25, at 7:30 pm in celebration of Brattleboro Area Hospice’s 40th anniversary.

On Friday, June 28, Zinzi Clemmons will read from her debut novel, What We Lose, at the Norman Williams Public Library in Woodstock, Vermont. The reading begins at 4:30 pm.

This year’s Justice - And Poetry - For All, put together by the Sundog Poetry Center, will focus on the poetry of immigrants. As of press time, the date and lineup haven’t been announced, but Sundog’s website says it’s happening in June. Check their website for updates.

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

 

Worth a Drive

  • Yaddo presents Amy Hempel at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, New York, on June 6, at 6:00 pm. Reservations are required. She will be in conversation with Elaine Richardson, President of Yaddo.

  • Robert MacFarlane, author of Underland, will be in conversation with Sebastien Smee at Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on June 11, at 7:00 pm.

  • Regina Porter will be reading from her debut novel, The Travelers, at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, Massachusetts on June 20, at 7:00 pm.

  • The Juniper Summer Writing Institute hosts public readings during the month of June. Readers include Joy Williams, Ross Gay, Ocean Vuong, Mitch Jackson, CA Conrad, and more!

 

Worth a Listen

  • Check out last month’s Brave Little State from VPR, where they looked into just what draws so many writers and poets to Vermont.

  • Pam Houston on the OtherppL podcast.

  • Preti Taneja joins Andy Miller and John Mitchinson on the Backlisted podcast to discuss Beloved, by Toni Morrison.

 

We're Looking Forward to These June Releases

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Calls For Submission and Upcoming Deadlines

Frost Farm Poetry Conference
Accepting registrations for this year’s conference (June 14 to 16). Registration includes workshops, a one-on-one meeting with your instructor, keynote with Bruce Bennett, critiques with poet-in-residence Rhina Espaillat, panel discussions, readings, a reception, breakfasts and lunches.
Deadline: June 1 | Details

Juniper Summer Writing Institute
Accepting applications for this summer’s institute (June 16 to 22). The institute includes manuscript consultations, craft sessions, workshops, readings, and other events, led by a wide range of instructors, including CAConrad, Gabriel Bump, Ross Gay, Khadijah Queen, Bianca Stone, Ocean Vuong, Dara Weir, and Joy Williams.
Deadline: rolling admissions until full | Details

The Frost Place 2019 Conference on Poetry
Spend a week at “intensive poetry camp” (July 6 to 12) with writers who are deeply committed to learning more about the craft of writing poetry. The Frost Place Conference on Poetry offers daily workshops, classes, lectures, writing and revising time in a supportive and dynamic environment. $25 application fee.
Deadline: June 15 | Details

Vermont Studio Center Fellowships
Twenty-five VSC fellowships open to all artists and writers living and working anywhere in the world, in addition to six special fellowships for writers. These awards are for residencies scheduled between September 2019 and May 2020. Every VSC residency opportunity includes private room, private studio space, all meals, and full access to their schedule of evening programs and events. $25 application fee.
Deadline: June 15 | Details

Zig Zag Lit Mag
Accepting fiction, non-fiction, dramatic forms, poetry—any genre, any topic. To submit you must live, labor, or loiter in Addison County, Vermont.
Deadline: June 30 | Details

Green Mountain Writers Conference
For five days each summer (July 29 to August 2), people who have been coming to the conference for years and first-timers joyously tackle the job of putting words together to tell story, to craft poetry, to communicate, to share, and to learn from one another under the close tutelage of published authors. Faculty this year includes Dede Cummings, Jensen Beach, Yvonne Daley, and Gary Margolis.
Deadline: Call (802) 236-6133 for availability or email the director, Yvonne Daley, at yvonnedaley@me.com | Details

The Frost Place Poetry Seminar
Join a select community of poets for 5-1/2 days (August 4 to 10) to refresh your artistic inspiration in a setting of great natural beauty. Have your poems-in-progress given generous and focused attention in this intimate setting. The seminar offers unparalleled access to a faculty of celebrated contemporary poets. The goal is to send you home charged up to re-enter your own work. $25 application fee.
Deadline: July 1 | Details

Hunger Mountain Issue 24: Patterns
General submissions are open in prose and poetry on the theme of patterns. Work must not have been published before, including online.
Deadline: October 15 | Details

Lifelines Magazine
Accepting submissions of original and unpublished short stories, nonfiction, poetry, and artwork for their 2020 issue. While they consider a broad spectrum of subject matter for publication, they are looking for pieces that speak to the experience of medicine in some way.
Deadline: October 31 | Details

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


Upcoming Workshops and Classes

Helping the Poet Make a Better Poem with Steven Cramer
Saturday, June 8, 1:00 to 4:00 pm

In this three-hour workshop, we’ll honor both the critical and creative faculties of our brains (perhaps discovering that they’re closer siblings than we might have thought). We’ll first discuss work-in-process by participants, asking ourselves the only question worth asking in a workshop: how might we help the poet make this poem the best it can be? Then we’ll engage in one or two writing “experiments” designed to encourage using language more as paint than as a vehicle for conveying information, favoring the sensory over making sense.
Location: The Ford House, SNHU, Manchester, New Hampshire | Cost: $65-$85 | Details

Elements of the Novel Workshop with Eileen Charbonneau
Saturday June 8, 15, 22, and 29, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Do you think you have a novel in you?  Have you written one (or more!) and want to make it better and closer to publication? Eileen will cover topics such as setting, characterization, voice and dialogue. All are encouraged to write during class and learn how to critique each other and self-edit.
Location: Village Square Booksellers | Cost: $5 per session | Details

New Hampshire Writers’ Project Write-In
Saturday, June 22, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

The NHWP holds seasonal Write-Ins for its members where they can come and hang out with fellow writers and have a dedicated time to write. We write all day, break for a social lunch, and then get back to writing or take part in an optional ad hoc critique session with fellow writers.
Location: The Ford House, SNHU, Manchester, New Hampshire | Cost: free for members | Details

Do I Have a Book in Me? with Bill Schubart
Tuesday, June 25, 7:00 pm

As an author or eight fictional works—both self-published and traditionally published—Bill will answer questions about the work of writing and the new business of publishing. Bill will also discuss his recently published novel, The Priest.
Location: Phoenix Books, Burlington, Vermont | Cost: free | Details

Tapping into Your Write Brain: A Workshop for the Creatively Inclined with Joni Cole
Friday, June 28, 6 to 7:30 pm
In this workshop, you will participate in a creative writing exercise using thematic prompts that stir up…who knows? And that’s the fun, freeing, and always powerful experience of writing and sharing from a “prompt”. No writing experience is required. Space is limited. Please register by June 21 through the Hood Museum of Art’s website.
Location: Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, New Hampshire | Cost: free | Details

Write Here, Write Now with Barbara Steiner
Saturday, June 29, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Beginning and experienced writers are invited to a day-long creative writing workshop at Aryaloka Buddhist Center. Based on the Amherst Writers and Artists method, we’ll write in response to prompts (which you are free to ignore) designed to help us bypass our inner critic and write from what comes to us.
Location: Newmarket, New Hampshire | Cost: $45-$85 | Details

The Dipper - November 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

 

November News

In November, the readings slow down as we make our way toward the holidays. We'll be using this time to continue planning for 2018. We hope to help launch a novel by a fantastic writer and friend, partner with a local theater organization, hold a one-off book club, throw a community reading and writing event, and host Poetry & Pie II. And this is just the first half of the year! Keep up with what we're up to by following us on our website, on Twitter, and on Instagram.

In addition, we'd love to hear from you if you have an idea about how we could work together to champion the literary communities of Vermont and New Hampshire. Don't forget to keep emailing us with events for our calendar, and please consider forwarding this newsletter to a friend if you find it useful. Thank you!

p.s. November means NaNoWriMo. If you're participating this year, we're impressed, and rooting for you! Have a great writing month!

 

November Highlights

Mai Der Vang

Mai Der Vang

Mai Der Vang, whose book, Afterland, was on the National Book Award Longlist for poetry, reads at Bennington College on Wednesday, November 1, at 7:00 pm.

Author and editor Bradford Morrow will be reading at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Thursday, November 2, at 5:30 pm.

Jenny Johnson reads as part of the Eagle Pond Authors' Series at the Silver Center for the Arts in Plymouth, New Hampshire, on Tuesday, November 7, at 7:00 pm.

The Vermont Voices Series at Phoenix Books Misty Valley in Chester, Vermont, continues this month with Bill Schubart (November 5); Dede Cummings, James Crews, and Megan Buchanan (November 12); and Daniel Lusk (November 19). The readings take place from 2:00 to 3:00 pm.

On Friday, November 10, at 3:30 pm, Anna Christina Roy Ribeiro will be presenting a lecture as part of the Sapienta Lecture Series at Dartmouth College, in Hanover, New Hampshire. Her main research project currently is a monograph entitled Beautiful Speech: The Nature, Origins, and Powers of Poetry.

Poets Resist: Voices of Dissent looks like such an amazing event. Featuring Major Jackson, Reuben Jackson, Sarah Browning, Simone John, Muslim Girls Making Change, and introduced by Chard deNiord, the event, hosted by Bear Pond Books, will be held at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier on Tuesday, November 14, at 7:00 pm.

Fred Marchant

Fred Marchant

Fred Marchant reads from his poetry book Said Not Said at the University of New Hampshire Durham campus in Durham, New Hampshire, on Thursday, November 16, at 5:00 pm.

Bill McKibben kicks off his book tour for Radio Free Vermont at Bear Pond Books, in Montpelier, Vermont, on Tuesday, November 28, at 7:00 pm.

Vermont Book Award winner, Jensen Beach, is at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, doing a reading on Thursday, November 30, at 8:00 pm.

 

Worth a Drive

The Grolier Poetry Bookshop in Harvard Square, Massachusetts—the oldest poetry book shop in the United States—is celebrating its 90th year on Tuesday, November 14, at the A.R.T's Oberon Theater. The celebration features poems by Donald Hall and E. E. Cummings set to music by Boston area composers. Tickets are $20 to $75. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the A.R.T website.

 

Worth a Listen

We thought we would change things up this month and highlight a few memorable podcasts and a livestream event.

Lisa Lucas and Jesmyn Ward. Photo by Josh Begley

Lisa Lucas and Jesmyn Ward. Photo by Josh Begley

 

We're Looking Forward to These November Releases

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Calls for Submission and Upcoming Deadlines

The New England Review is open for fiction and nonfiction submissions through November 30, 2017. (Art submissions are accepted year round.) Poetry and digital submissions are open through May 31, 2018. For more information, please visit the NER Submissions 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 at $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.

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.

Hunger Mountain is also currently accepting submissions for its 2018 print issue, "Hunger Mountain 22: Everyday Chimeras." For more information, please visit their Submission 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.

Duende, the literary journal of Goddard College, welcomes submissions of prose, poetry, hybrid writing, stage plays, screenplays, and visual art. For more information, please visit their Submissions page.

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 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 FictionThe 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.


November Workshops and Classes

Joni Cole will be offering a full day writing retreat, "How to Write More, Write Better, and Be Happier" on Saturday, November 4, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Old Clary Farm in Greensboro, Vermont. This retreat will help you cultivate a healthy and productive creative process that will serve you now, and for the rest of your writing life. You’ll learn tips and techniques to get started and stay motivated. You’ll receive quality instruction on craft. The cost is $150. Minimum participation is 5; maximum is 8. For more information and to register, please visit the Writer's Center of WRJ Workshops page.

The Young Writers Project, in collaboration with the Vermont College of Fine Arts, is excited to offer this year's Celebration of Writing, on Saturday, November 11, in Montpelier, Vermont, from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. The Celebration includes deep-dive workshops in poetry, short story writing, and performance writing, along with MadCap Writing and an open mic at the end. Prizes, food, and snacks, too! Participating writers and artists include Geoffrey Gevalt, Reuben Jackson, Robin MacArthur, Rajnii Eddins with Muslims Girls Making Change, Karin Gotshall, Jensen Beach, and Tamara Smith. The cost is $25 in advance, $30 at the door (scholarships are available). For more information and to register, please visit their Celebration page.

The Burlington Writers Workshop is offering a poetry workshop with Alison Prine on Monday, November 13, at 6:30 pm, and a fiction workshop with Jensen Beach on Wednesday, November 15, at 6:30 pm, both in Burlington, Vermont. For more information about these and other workshops, please visit their Workshops page.

Krouna Writing Workshops is holding a four-day workshop from November 13 to 17 in Chester, Vermont. Middlebury alum Henriette Lazaridis will be hosting the workshop and will offer craft talks, guest writers, a group workshop, and one-on-one sessions. Tuition and accommodation is $100. For more information and to register, please visit the Vermont Workshop page.

The Dipper - October 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

 

October News

Maybe this newsletter is arriving in your inbox on an otherwise quiet Sunday at the beginning of Autumn. Maybe you have plans to go apple picking, or maybe the garden needs putting to bed, or maybe you have a notion to go for a hike and then relax with a new book. Those are all really good ideas. But if you happen to find yourself at a loss for something to do, we suggest the Free Verse Festival, happening today (October 1) at Free Verse Farm in Chelsea, Vermont.

What's in it for you? Here's what: Poetry readings by Major Jackson, Taylor Mardis Katz, Didi Jackson, Hal Coughlin, Julia Shipley, and Megan Buchanan. Plus live music, wood-fired pizza, tacos, artwork, beer, tea, and coffee. And we'll be there, checking folks in and handing out Summer Reads postcards to help you fill up your autumn TBR. Stop by and say hello!

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You may wonder how we get so many great events on our calendar. The truth is, we keep our ears open, talk to a lot of people, and spend a lot of hours scanning through online event calendars for venues far and wide to find readings and events we're excited to share with you.

More and more, kind people are contacting us directly to tell us about events they're participating in or organizing. But we know we're still not capturing all the great events this literary community is putting on. If you know of an event, a series, a conference, a workshop, or a venue in Vermont or New Hampshire that we're missing, please drop us a line. We want to make this the best literary calendar you've ever seen.


October Highlights

The Talk of the Porch hosted by Julia Shipley and Stark Biddle will be taking place the first two Mondays in October, November, and December. Join these local writers at the Craftsbury Commons Library in Craftsbury, Vermont, at 7:00 pm to discuss current and classic short stories from The New Yorker. All are welcome. For more information or to find out the reading schedule, call (802) 586-9683.

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Alice McDermott will be reading from her critically acclaimed new novel, The Ninth Hour, at the University of New Hampshire-Durham on Tuesday, October 3 at 5:00 pm.

The Burlington Book Festival Celebrity Series presents Saudi Arabian novelist, Mohammed Hasan Alwan—winner of the 2017 International Prize for Arabic Fiction and the 2015 Prix de la Littérature Arabe—for a reading at Echo Revision Lakeside Pavilion in Burlington, Vermont, on Friday, October 6 at 7:00 pm. The reading will be followed by conversation, book signing, and a reception. This event is free, but seats are limited. To reserve a seat, RSVP at sevendaystickets.com.

Brattleboro Literary Festival is taking place October 13 to 15 at various locations in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont. We are particularly excited to see Hannah Tinti, John Freeman, Nicole Sealey, Carolyn Forché, Min Jin Lee, Carmen Maria Machado, Major Jackson, Claire Messud, and David Tomas Martinez.

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Hisham Matar will be reading at Middlebury College on Thursday, October 19 at 4:30 pm. His book, The Return, was Shari's favorite non-fiction read of 2016.

Also on Thurday, October, 19, Kaitlyn Greenidge will be at the Sanborn Library at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, at 4:30 pm. We both enjoyed Kaitlyn's reading as part of Phoenix Books - Misty Valley's New Voices reading in January.

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Jacqueline Woodson will be at Burlington High School for a talk and signing on Monday, October 23 at 6:00 pm.

Kaveh Akbar will be at Bennington College on Wednesday, October 25 at 7:00 pm to read from his just-released book of poetry, Calling A Wolf A Wolf. Note: If you don't follow Kaveh on Twitter (@KavehAkbar), you are missing out! 

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

 

Worth a Drive

Boston Book Festival

The Boston Book Festival is on Saturday, October 28, at Copley Square in Boston, Massachusetts. This year's festival features over 30 authors—writing in genres from fiction to memoir to YA to poetry—as well as several special events. The event is free and open to the public. The full schedule will be available on the BFF website in early October. 

At Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, the Mastheads' five writing studios, designed by architects Tessa Kelly and Chris Parkinson, spatially interpret the Berkshire work and homes of American Renaissance writers Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. The studios are available for three-hour appointments during the week, and are open to the public on weekends, through October 30.

We're Looking Forward to These October Releases


Calls for Submission and Upcoming Deadlines

The editors of the anthology Birchsong: Poetry Centered in Vermont, vol. I (2012) are pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of a second volume in the spring of 2018. Poets living in Vermont and neighboring states (New Hampshire, New York, and Massachusetts) are invited to submit, by regular mail, one to three poems for consideration through October 31, 2017. Poems, no longer than 70 lines each, must be written since Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011, and sent to Editors, The Blueline Press, PO Box 706, East Dorset, Vermont 05253. Please email thebluelinepressvt16@gmail.com for complete submission guidelines or if you have questions.

The Frost Place is accepting submissions for its 2018 Chapbook Competition. The submission period is October 1, 2017 to January 5, 2018. The competition is open to any poet writing in English. Entries must be accompanied by at $28 entry fee. For details about submitting your manuscript and more information about the competition, please visit the Competition page.

Also from October 1, 2017 to 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 the Residency page.

Alice James Books is accepting submissions of poetry manuscripts to the Alice James Award, postmarked through November 1, 2017. The Alice James Award welcomes submissions from emerging as well as established poets who reside in the United States. The entry fee is $30. For submission guidelines and more information, please visit the Alice James Award page.

It's a bit out of our immediate region, but Provincetown is only a few hours' drive. If that's no barrier to you and you can commit to living full-time in Provincetown, Massachusetts, for seven months, and you have not yet published a full-length work, you can apply for a Writing Fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center. Applications are being accepted now through December 1, 2017. For details, please visit the Writing Fellowship page.


October Workshops and Classes

Are you interested in typesetting poetry interlined with its translation in a second language and typeface? If so, this Letterpress Intensive Workshop is for you. To join, attend the introductory session on Sunday, October 1, at Baker Library in Hanover, New Hampshire. Attendees can register for the workshop, which will be held on Sunday afternoons through the term. The workshop is limited to six, with priority given to Dartmouth students. For more information, visit the Event page.

Ina Anderson continues her series of poetry workshops on October 18, and November 15 at Seven Stars Art Center, in Sharon, Vermont. The workshops are for beginning through experienced poets, and provide feedback in a friendly, supportive setting. A $10 donation for each session is suggested. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, please see the Event page.

Poet and teacher Sarah Anderson is offering the "Beyond the Ship's Log" workshop on Sunday, October 22. Chronicling a sea voyage has always been part of what happens on board a boat and these written narratives are the basis for much of our understanding of maritime related history. This workshop will equip each participant with tips and techniques for writing about your impressions and thoughts along the way and a framework for transforming those notes into a lasting memoir of your adventure. The workshop will be held at the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The cost is $130-$145. Space is limited. Register by October 10. For more information and to register, please visit the Workshop & Events page.

Geoffrey Douglas, non-fiction author and adjunct professor of creative writing at the University of Massachusetts, is offering an eight-session workshop in the Upper Valley called "The Well-Told Story," on Tuesdays from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, October 24 through December 12. This workshop will help you address questions regarding how best to tell your story. Do you begin at the beginning and go forward, or at the end and circle back? How do you move your narrative along its round-about path without becoming entangled in it? If your story is a memoir, how personal should you let yourself be? If it’s fiction, how do you develop a cast of characters your reader can believe in?  The cost is $280. For more information or to register, email Geoffrey at geoffreyd@earthlink.net.

Burlington Writers Workshop in Burlington and Montpelier, Vermont, offers an ongoing series of free writing workshops. Upcoming workshops include creative writing (any genre), poetry, and creative nonfiction. For a complete list of upcoming workshops and to register, visit the workshop Meetup page. Workshop leaders in October and November include Julia Shipley and Jensen Beach.

The Dipper - July 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

 

July News

Poetry & Pie

Please come join us for our very own Poetry & Pieto be held at Sweetland Farm in Norwich, Vermont, on Saturday, July 29, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Doors open at 1:30.

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:

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  • 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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July Highlights

Victoria Redel

Victoria Redel

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.

Salman Rushdie  is giving a lecture titled "Public Events, Private Lives," on Friday, July 14, at 5:00 pm at Spaulding Auditorium, Dartmouth College.

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.

Ilya Kaminsky

Ilya Kaminsky

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 judith.hertog@gmail.com.

"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).

 

Summer Reading Lists - Jensen Beach

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We love summer reading lists, so we asked a few Vermont Book Award nominees to share theirs.

First up, Jensen Beach. Jensen is the author of the short story collection, Swallowed by the Cold put out by Graywolf Press. The San Francisco Chronicle describes Beach's book as follows: "“Beach's gifts grab you by the throat. . . . Reprising an ensemble of characters back and forth in time, these linked stories enter us, dreamlike yet unnervingly real, sometimes close to sublime for their deep, fierce insights. Swallowed by the Cold is dark, seductive and worth finding.”

Jensen Beach's Summer Reading List

TheGift

The Gift, by Barbara Browning -- This is the most thought-provoking book I've read in years. I loved it, even as it frustrated me. It's a mediation on art, performance, commerce, the internet, identity, beauty and truth. I tore through the book recently and plan to immediately read it again.

 

ItsBeginningToHurt

It's Beginning to Hurt -- James Lasdun. This collection is a several years old now, but I revisit it regularly. Some of my favorite stories are in this slim volume. I read this book every few months.

 

TheBrandNewCatastrophe

The Brand New Catastrophe, by Mike Scalise -- This is a book I've been waiting for months to read. I bought it when it first came out and have been waiting to dig in until this summer, when I knew I had a number of long airplane flights. I read best on planes, it turns out. The Brand New Catastrophe is a memoir about illness and Andre the Giant (sort of). It's also, from what I have read so far (I cheat a bit) enormously funny.

Thanks so much, Jensen!