"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!
Mark your calendars for our very own Poetry & Pie event, which will be held at Sweetland Farm in Norwich, Vermont, on Saturday, July 29 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Our lineup of poets includes James Crews, Dede Cummings and Mary Kane. We're also planning an open mic portion of the afternoon. More information coming soon.
- Dartmouth College is hosting Poetry and Politics - Politics of Poetics, a series of readings from Monday. May 1 to Friday, May 5, featuring Cleopatra Mathis, Jose Kozer, Enrique Celaya Martinez, Naomi Shihab Nye, Gary Lenhart, Woon-Ping Chin, and Cynthia Huntington.
- On Wednesday, May 3, Peter Heller will be reading from his newest book, Celine, at the Norwich Bookstore in Norwich, Vermont, at 7:00 pm.
- Natasha Trethewey will be reading at Bennington College on Wednesday, May 10 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.
- The 2017 Hyla Brook Reading Series at Frost Farm in Derry, New Hampshire, opens on Thursday, May 18 at 6:30 pm with a reading by poet Daniel Brown.
- Dani Shapiro will be at the Music Hall Loft in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Tuesday, May 23 at 7:00 pm to read from her new memoir, Hourglass.
- Porochista Khakpour reads on Sunday, May 28 from 8:00 to 9:00 pm at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont.
We're looking forward to these May releases:
Naturalist and photographer Mary Holland will be at the Rutland location of Phoenix Books on Saturday, May 6 at 11:00 am. She will talk about how she became a naturalist, writer, and photographer and will share some large photos and animal artifacts. She'll also read Otis the Owl and take questions from the audience. This looks like a fabulous event for the young readers in your life.
Worth a Drive
Calls for Submission and Upcoming Deadlines
The New Hampshire Poetry Festival (Saturday, September 23) is accepting proposals for group readings and panel discussions based around a particular aspect of poetry in New Hampshire and beyond. The proposal submission deadline is Monday, May 15. For more information, please visit their Call for Proposals page.
The Poetry Society of New Hampshire sponsors several poetry contests each year. The deadline for the next National Contest is Monday, May 15. The deadline for the next Members Only Contest is also Monday, May 15. For more information, please visit their Contest page.
The Green Mountain Writers Conference (July 24 to July 28, in Chittenden, Vermont) has discounted registration rates if you register before May 15 (lesser discounts are also available if you register before June 15 or July 15). For more information, please visit their Registration page.
The Hopper, a literary magazine from Green Writers Press, is accepting submissions of full-length 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.
Applications for The Frost Place summer programs are now open, including the Conference on Poetry and Teaching, the Conference on Poetry, and the Poetry Seminar. For application deadlines and more information, please visit their Application page.
May Workshops and Classes
Jessica Hendry Nelson will be teaching a six-week memoir writing workshop beginning on May 10. To participate, register by May 5. The fee is $375. For more information and to register, please visit the Sign Up page.
Register now for Poetry & Food, June 3 to 4 at Fiedler Farm in Huntington, Vermont.
AVA Gallery's next Mudroom theme is "It seemed like a good idea at the time..." Story submission deadline is May 25 (for June 15 event). They would like to hear from storytellers of all ages and from all towns in the Upper Valley and beyond. Stories are limited to seven minutes, must be true and autobiographical, and must be told live (not read). To submit a two-to-three sentence summary of your story and a short bio (no more than 150 words).
Registration for The Center for Cartoon Studies 2017 Summer Workshops is now open. 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 DeMarco, Paul Karasik, Jo Knowles, Tillie Walden, and Melanie Gillman. For more information and to register, please visit their Summer Workshops page.