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The Dipper - February 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!

 

February News

Here in New England, we're in the quiet heart of winter. But the minutes of daylight are accumulating on either end of the day, and if you listen quietly you can just begin to hear the gathering pulse of the spring and summer reading season.

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There's still plenty happening in this in between month, though. If you're a regular Dipper reader, you already know about our Slow Club Book Club, which began in January and will go all year long. We're so happily surprised by how many of you are joining us for our first book, A Whole Life, by Robert Seethaler. Haven't joined yet? It's never too late! We'll be sending our next SCBC  newsletter out to subscribers soon.

Predictions of dicey weather forced the postponement of Robin MacArthur's January reading from her new novel, Heart Spring Mountain, at the Norwich Bookstore in Norwich, Vermont. The new date is Friday, February 9, at 7:00 pm. We hope to see many of you there! In the meantime, you can read our interview with Robin on the blog.

Also starting Friday, February 9 is JAGFest 2.0 at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction, Vermont. We recently had a chance to ask Nathan Yungerberg—author of Friday night's play, Esai's Table—a few questions. Check out our interview with Nathan.

In what looks to be an annual tradition for us, Shari and I are following in The Millions' footsteps, by sharing our "Year in Reading" with you. See Shari and Rebecca's lists on our blog. What were your favorite reads in 2017? Let us know and maybe can we share a reader's roundup here!

February's Shooting Stars

In this new feature, we'll each share one cool literary find to help light up your month...

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  • I'm eagerly anticipating Nafissa Thompson-Spires' new book, Heads of the Colored People. Check out her interview over at Electric Literature and pre-order her book from your local indie. —Shari
  • I'm loving the new blog, One Great Things, which delivers a mini literary review every Wednesday. So far, they've reviewed an essay, three poems, and a piece of flash fiction. I love their selections, insights, and enthusiasm. —Rebecca

February Highlights

James Crews (who was a featured poet at our Poetry & Pie event last year) will read from his book, Telling My Father, at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vermont, on Friday, February 9, at 6:00 pm.

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Jennifer Tseng, poet and author of the chapbook The Passion of Woo & Isolde, will be reading at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Monday, February 12, at 5:30 pm.

On Thursday, February 15, the Young Writers Project hosts its annual Vermont Writes Day. Writers of all ages are invited to take seven minutes to write. You can write in response to one of the supplied prompts, or write anything you like. For more information, visit the Young Writers Project website.

Every third Thursday, the Upper Valley Food Co-op in White River Junction, Vermont, hosts the Lettuce Write Poetry Series, a cost-free, judgement-free, all-ages event open to every poet and listener! Write a poem that relates to the monthly theme, and share it with the group. The next meeting is Friday, February 16, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Bianca Stone has a new book of poetry, The Mobius Strip Club of Grief. Our friends Ruth and Jeremy at Antidote Books in Putney, Vermont, will be hosting an event for Bianca on Saturday, February 17, at 6:00 pm.

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On Thursday, February 22, at 5:00 pm, Haroon Moghul, author of How to Be a Muslim: An American Story, will be leading a discussion and signing his book at Dartmouth College, in Hanover, New Hampshire.

On Friday, February 23, novelist James Scott, poet Julia Shipley, and essayist Jericho Parms will be reading at Cafe Anna, on the campus of the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, Vermont. The readings begin at 5:30 pm.

As a part of the Painted Word Poetry Series, Michael Dickman will be at the Fleming Art Museum in Burlington, Vermont, Wednesday, February 28, at 6:00 pm.

 

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On Thursday, February 8, at 8:00 pm, poet CA Conrad will be reading in Amherst, Massachusetts, as a part of the UMass Amherst's Visiting Writers Series. The reading will be held at in the Great Hall at Old Chapel on the UMass campus.

Tayari Jones will be at the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Monday, February 12, at 7:00 pm to read from her new novel, An American Marriage.

 

Worth a Listen

Shari loved David Naimon's interview with Leni Zumas on his podcast, Between The Covers.

 

We're Looking Forward to These February Releases

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Calls For Submission and Upcoming Deadlines

The deadline to apply for one of Vermont Studio Center's 60+ month-long residency fellowships is February 15. All artists and writers living and working anywhere in the world are welcome to apply. For more information and to apply, please visit the VSC Fellowship page.

Bread Loaf Environmental Writers' Conference (June 1 to 7) is accepting applications through February 15. Faculty includes Brooks Haxton, Amber Flora Thomas, Luis Alberto Urrea, Ted Genoways, Deirdre Heekin, Scott Russell Sanders, and Ginger Strand. For more information, please visit the Conference page.

In neighboring Amherst, Massachusetts, applications are open 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.

    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.

    Enter the Mass Poetry contest to have your poem included as part of Mass Poetry's Raining Poetry project. Excerpts from the winning poms will be displayed on the streets of Salem, Massachusetts to celebrate the 10th Massachusetts Poetry Festival (May 5 to 6). Use the submission form to submit up to three original poems on the broad theme of the body by March 1.

    The 2018 Frost Farm Prize for Metrical Poetry is open for entries through March 30. The winner receives $1,000 and an invitation, with honorarium, to read in June 2018 as part of The Hyla Brook Reading Series at the Robert Frost Farm. For more information and to enter, please visit the Frost Farm Prize page.

    Applications are 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.

    Vermont Literary Review is taking submissions of creative work about New England until March 31. For more information, please visit Castleton University's website.

    The Odyssey Writing Workshop (June 4 to July 13) is accepting applications until April 7.  Odyssey workshop for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, is held on the campus of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire.. Prospective students must include a 4.000 word writing sample with their application. For more information, please visit the Workshop page.

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

    The New England Review is open for poetry and digital submissions through May 31. For more information, please visit the NER Submissions page.

    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.


    February Workshops and Classes

    February 9 to 11, Dani Shapiro will lead "The Stories We Carry: Meditation and Writing," a weekend-long workshop that blends meditation and movement, generative writing exercises, group sharing, and discussion. The workshop will be held at Kripalu, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Tuition is $375. For more information and to register, please visit the Event page.

    On February 10, Bill Biddle is offering a workshop entitled "Making Slam Poetry and Preparing to Compete in a Poetry Slam" at Catamount Arts. This workshop is intended for writers new to poetry slams and is geared toward ages 12 and up. The workshop is free but registration is required. For more information and to register, please visit Catamount Arts.

    Join author and associate professor in the MFA program at the University of New Hampshire, Tom Paine, for an hour-long webinar titled “The Secret Architecture of Short Fiction.” The workshop will be held online, on Monday, February 12, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. $10 for NHWP members; $25 for non-members. For more information and to register, please visit the New Hampshire Writers Project Workshops page.

    Steve Carter, co-owner of Maat Publishing is teaching a workshop called, "Making Scrivener Work for You" on Saturday, February 24, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. This workshop will show you how to use Scrivener to write the first draft, manage characters and settings, develop the structure of your writing, revise, prepare your manuscript to be shared with beta readers, editors, and publishers, make an ebook, and more. $50 for NHWP members. $75 for non-members. The workshop will be held at The Ford House on the SNHU Campus in Manchester, New Hampshire. For more information and to register, please visit the New Hampshire Writers' Project Workshops page.

    Judith Hertog is teaching a five-week course, Dare to Write!, from February 27 through March 27 at The Writer's Center in White River Junction, Vermont. The focus of the workshop is personal nonfiction but fiction writers are welcome, too. For more information and to register, please visit The Writer's Center Workshops page.

    The Dipper - September 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

     

    September News

    A lovely time was had by all at Poetry & Pie. If you missed out on a custom pencil, you will get another chance to grab yours in 2018. We're already planning for Poetry & Pie II. Our friend EM Reynolds took photographs and wrote up a nice recap of the day if you'd like to read more about the afternoon. Also, in case you missed it, check out Mary Kane's poem, "The Gertrude Stein Cure," which she read at Poetry & Pie.

    We'll be using the rest of 2017 to reflect on the year and work on new plans for 2018. We are very interested in collaborating with arts groups, bookstores, museums and other community organizations, so if you have an idea, please be in touch. You can write to us anytime at literarynorth@gmail.com.


    September Highlights

    The Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program has announced the schedule of featured readers for the 2017-18 Hoot reading season. The Hoot, which features two readers and an open mic, takes place on the first Wednesday of each month, at 7:00 pm, at Cafe Espresso in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The first event of the season will be Wednesday, September 6, featuring Dennis Camire and Jim Thatcher.

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    The Burlington Book Festival is hosting their annual festival September 15 to 17, in Burlington, Vermont. Authors include Melissa Febos, Major Jackson, Tim Weed, David Tomas Martinez, and April Ossman. The complete Festival schedule will be available soon on their website.

    Poetry at Bennington features readings by four poets this fall. Gabrielle Calvocoressi and Marie Howe will read in September. Kaveh Akbar (a Literary North fave) will read in October and Mai Der Vang will read in November. These readings will all take place in the Tishman Lecture Hall at Bennington College, in Bennington, Vermont.

    Words Out Loud at the Kent Museum in Calais, Vermont, kicks off on Sunday, September 17, with Howard Norman and Jane Shore. The second event will be on Sunday, September 24, with Alison Prine and James Crews. The final event in the series is on Sunday, October 8, with Greg Delanty and Madeleine Kunin. A reception and book signing will follow the readings.

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    The annual New Hampshire Poetry Festival takes place on Saturday, September 23, at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, in Manchester, New Hampshire. The event features readings, panels, and workshops by poets from New Hampshire, across the country, and around the world, including Oliver de la Paz, Chard deNiordGregory Pardlo, Elizabeth Powell, and many others. Registration for the day is $55 to $120.

    The 2017 Vermont Book Award Gala ceremony is on Saturday, September 23, starting at 6:00 pm, at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, in Montpelier, Vermont. The event will feature readings by the 2017 finalists, the announcement of the 2017 Vermont Book Award winner, music, cocktails, and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $45. We'll be in attendance and would love to meet some of you!

    The Eagle Pond Author Series kicks off its 2017-18 season with poet Jenna Le, on Wednesday, September 27, at 7:00 pm. All readings in the series take place at the Silver Center for the Arts in Plymouth, New Hampshire. Other readers in the series include Jenny Johnson, Martin Espada, and Barbara Edelman. Call the Silver Center for free tickets.

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

     

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    Patti Smith will be at the Back Bay Events Center in Boston, Massachusetts, on Thursday, September 28 at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 6:30 PM. This is a ticketed event. Tickets are $30 and include a copy of Smith's book, Devotion. Please note: this event does not include a book signing with Smith and copies will come unsigned.

    The fifth annual Amherst Poetry Festival and Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon runs from September 14 to 17, in Amherst, Massachusetts. The Festival features a day-long Dickinson marathon, Poetry in the Planetarium with Dara Wier, a reading by Kaveh Akbar, art exhibits, workshops, and a full schedule of other events.

     

    We're Looking Forward to these September Releases

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    Calls for Submission and Upcoming Deadlines

    The application deadline for the MacDowell Colony Winter/Spring 2018 residency is September 15. The application fee is $30. For more information, please visit the Application Guidelines page.

    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 during the reading period, August 1 to 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.

    Vital Communities is hosting a Watershed Quest Challenge, designed to encourage you to explore your favorite Upper Valley pond, stream, river, or swimming hole and write a Valley Quest. Watershed Quest submissions will have the chance to be featured in the 2018 Super Quest, and the author or the winning Quest will receive a grand prize. The deadline is December 15. For full details and to submit your Quest, please visit the Watershed Quest Challenge page


    September Workshops and Classes

    Join Green Writers Press and The Hopper Magazine every Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Lounge at Duo Restaurant in Brattleboro, Vermont, for The Book Lounge. There were be special guests, prompts, and talks each week.

    Poet James Crews is teaching a "Mindfulness and Writing" workshop on Saturday, September 9, from 10:00 am to noon at the the Marlboro College Graduate Center in Brattleboro, Vermont. For more information and to register, please see our Calendar.

    Also on Saturday, September 9, YA author Jo Knowles is leading a workshop called "Cooking Up Great Stories." The workshop is from from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and will be held at Shelburne Town Offices in Shelburne, Vermont. The fee is $150 and includes the workshop, morning snacks, cold refreshments, and hot tea and coffee. For more information and to register, please visit the the Event page.

    Ina Anderson continues her series of poetry workshops on September 20, 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.

    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.

    The League of Vermont Writers is holding their fall program, "Wicked Wording This Way Comes," on Saturday, September 30, in Barre, Vermont, featuring J.W. Ocker, Laurie Forest, and more. Check out their website for more details.

    Judith Hertog will be teaching a Teen Writing workshop at The Writer's Center in White River Junction, Vermont. Classes take place on Tuesdays from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, from September 19 to November 7. The cost is $160. To register and for more information, please contact judith.hertog@gmail.com.

    Also at The Writer's Center, Elayne Clift is offering a workshop entitled "Time Travel: Real and Imagined Journeys" on Saturday, September 30, from 10 am to 1 pm. The cost is $40 and registration is required. Contact Elayne at eclift@vermontel.net.

    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.

     

    Support Literary North!

    Literary North is a labor of love for us, but we can't live on love (and pie) alone. We're powered by donations from people who attend our events and appreciate what we do. Please consider supporting us at any level that feels good to you. And if you're interested in co-sponsoring an event or volunteering your time, we'd be thrilled to hear from youWe appreciate your support from the bottom of our hearts!


    July Highlights

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    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.

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    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).