Junction Magazine

The Dipper - May 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


May News

Now that the weather has finally turned (and turned again), you might be eager for more clues about our headlining poets for Poetry & Pie III on Saturday, August 3. We’ll release all of the details next month, but, for now, we have a few more teasers for you. Put these together with the first set of clues and see if you can guess who’s coming. The first person to email us with the correct names of all three poets wins a free pass to the event!

  • Mystery poet #1 started writing poetry at the age of 25 and has studied with Frank Bidart.

  • Mystery poet #2 lives next door to a bear sanctuary.

  • Mystery poet #3 has been on an epic Western road trip this year.

As we mentioned last month, one of the books that we’ve been most excited about this spring is Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness and Connection, an anthology of poetry edited by our friend James Crews and put out by the fabulous, local publisher Green Writers Press. We recently interviewed James about the book. If you haven’t seen the interview yet, check it out on our blog.

The Upper Valley is very lucky to be the home of Bloodroot Literary Magazine, edited by the fabulous team of James E. Dobson and Rena Mosteirin. Volume 11 (the Fourth Digital Edition) was released in April and is available online and as a downloadable PDF. Volume 11 features photography from our friend James Napoli (of Junction Magazine fame), poems by our own Rebecca Siegel, and poems by our friends Meghan Oliver and Ivy Schweitzer.

We are very excited to announce our first chapbook project: Little Dippers. Each Little Dipper will feature one writer’s work and will be hand-stitched and have covers letterpress printed by us! Look for more information about this project very soon. Little Dipper Issue 1 will be available at Poetry & Pie III in a limited edition of 25.

From time to time, we plan to invite others to join in on the Friday Reads fun with their reading suggestions. Bloodroot Literary Magazine editor and poet, Rena Mosteirin, recently shared her excellent recommendation with us over on the blog.

May’s Shooting Stars


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

  • I’m excited to see the lineup for the Marble House Residents for 2019. I kept meaning to make it to one of the Art Seed events last summer and never could quite get it together. The first Art Seed of the season is on Saturday, May 11, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Readings and performances followed by open studios. Sounds like a great spring afternoon.—Shari

  • Earth Day has just passed us by, but, really, we all know that every day ought to be Earth Day. To that end, Literary Hub has assembled an absolutely fantastic series of Earth Day reading lists, everything from classics (Rachel Carson, Nan Shepard, Barry Lopez, Henry David Thoreau) to science (Elizabeth Kolbert, Elizabeth Rush, Gary Paul Nabhan, Paul Hawken) to fiction and poetry (W.S. Merwin, Peter Matthiessen, Alice Oswald, Ursula K. Le Guin). Their goal is to list at least 365 books, so keep checking back. These lists could become the basis for one of the most important book clubs ever formed. —Rebecca

May Highlights

Emily Bazelon

Emily Bazelon

Emily Bazelon will give a public lecture at the Norwich Congregational Church in Norwich, Vermont, on Wednesday, May 1, at 7:00 pm as part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays program. Her latest book, Charged, was recently featured on The New York Times Book Review podcast.

How lucky are we that Frank Bidart will be reading at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, on Thursday, May 2, at 4:30 pm? So lucky.

Peter Money, one of the poets featured at Poetry & Pints earlier this year, is launching his new novel, Oh When The Saints, on Thursday, May 2, at Salt Hill Pub in Lebanon, New Hampshire, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

Part of the weekend-long Waking Windows Festival, this year’s Page Burner Reading series and book sale takes place on Saturday, May 4, from noon to 4:00 pm, and features readings by Angela Palm, Alison Prine, Bianca Stone, Ben Pease, Rachel Lindsay, Franky Frances Cannon, Kerrin McCadden, and Nat Baldwin. The readings will be held in various Winooski locations.

In honor of International Compost Awareness Week and Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday, Left Bank Books in Hanover, New Hampshire, is hosting a reading of Walt Whitman’s post-Civil War poem, “This Compost,” followed by two response activities on Tuesday, May 7, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.

Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben

You have several chances to catch Vermont writer Bill McKibben this month: Tuesday, May 7, at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier; Wednesday, May 8 at The Norwich Bookstore, and Tuesday, May 14 at Flying Pig Books in Shelburne. His latest book, Falter, is an important read; attend a reading if you can!

On Wednesday, May 8, at 6:30 pm, the Water Street Bookstore in Exeter, New Hampshire, is hosting a reading by some of the poets included in the new Lunation Anthology, published by the Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program and featuring 114 women poets.

Julia Bouwsma, Keetje Kuipers, and Chen Chen read as a part of The Silo Series at The Word Barn in Exeter, New Hampshire, on Thursday, May 9. Doors open at 6:30 pm; the reading begins at 7:00 pm. Complementary coffee and treats!

Sean Cole, producer at This American Life, will give a lecture and lead a discussion at Marlboro College in Marlboro, Vermont, on Friday, May 10, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, about making radio stories out of books and poems.

Salvatore Scibona will read from his new novel, The Volunteer, at Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont, on Wednesday, May 15, at 7:00 pm.

Nausheen Eusuf

Nausheen Eusuf

The 2019 Hyla Brook Reading Series at the Frost Farm in Derry, New Hampshire, launches on Thursday, May 16, at 6:30 pm with Nausheen Eusuf.

Writers on a New England Stage hosts the fantastic Tommy Orange on Thursday, May 16, at 7:00 pm in Portsmouth, New Hamshire.

Dan Chiasson, poet and poetry critic at The New Yorker, will read at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, on Thursday, May 16, at 8:00 pm.

Michele Filgate visits the Portsmouth Public Library in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Wednesday, May 22, at 6:30 pm to speak about the anthology, What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About.

Kathryn Davis will read at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, Vermont, on Friday, May 24, at 6:00 pm.

Chigozie Obioma

Chigozie Obioma

Vermont Studio Center visiting writer Chigozie Obioma will read on Wednesday, May 29, at 8:00 pm in Johnson, Vermont.

The 6th Annual Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference and the 5th Annual Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference begin on Friday, May 31 in Ripton, Vermont. The list of public readings has not been announced yet, but the faculty and guest lists are very enticing, including John Balcom, Jennifer Chang, Daniel Duane, John Elder, Edward Gauvin, Sean Hill, Elisabeth Jaquette, J. Drew Lanham, Suzanne Jill Levine, Helen Macdonald, Claire Vaye Watkins, Dan Chiasson, Bill McKibben, James Prosek, and Emily Wilson. Check the conference website for reading dates and times.

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


Worth a Drive

  • Myla Goldberg visits The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, Massachusetts, on Tuesday, May 7, at 7:00 pm for her First Editions Club reading from her new novel, Feast Your Eyes.

  • Aysegul Savas will be at Amherst Books in Amherst, Massachusetts, on Thursday, May 9, at 7:00 pm to read from her debut, Walking on the Ceiling.

  • Julie Orringer reads at the Harvard Bookstore in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, May 29, at 7:00 pm.


Worth a Listen

  • Mary Gabriel talks about Ninth Street Women on Lit Up. So good! And did you hear the book is going to be made into a series? We’re here for it!

  • Tune in to The Archive Project to hear the very wise Barry Lopez, one of our favorite writers.

  • Emilie Pine reads “How to Edit Your Own Lousy Writing” by Julian Gough and discusses it with Sally Rooney on The Stinging Fly Podcast.


We're Looking Forward to These May Releases

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Calls For Submission and Upcoming Deadlines

The Mudroom at AVA Gallery
The AVA Gallery is seeking storytellers for its next Mudroom event (June 13) on the theme “What I Did for Money.” Submit your story idea (300 words or fewer) and a short bio (150 words or fewer).
Deadline: May 10 | Details

Anne LaBastille Memorial Writers Residency
Indoor and outdoor writing spaces, family-style meals, and fireside discussions at a lakeside lodge in the Adirondacks (October 5 to 19). Three spaces are open to those who don’t live in the Adirondack region. $25 application fee.
Deadline: May 21 | Details

Tiny Stories of Friendship
Firelight, Peterborough, New Hampshire’s immersive and collaborative theatre workshop is calling for Tiny Stories of Friendship—100 words or fewer. Stories will be read/presented/performed at The Thing in the Spring (June 9 at 1:00 pm).
Deadline: May 21 | Details

The Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching, and Writing Intensive
The Conference on Poetry and Teaching is a unique opportunity for teachers to work closely with both their peers and a team of illustrious poets who have particular expertise in working with teachers at all levels. Over the course of 4½ days (June 22 to 26), faculty poets will share specific, hands-on techniques for teaching poetry. $25 application fee.
Deadline: May 30 | 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: May 30 (scholarships) and June 15 | 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. Our specialty is unparalleled access to a faculty of celebrated contemporary poets, and our goal is to send you home charged up to re-enter your own work. $25 application fee.
Deadline: May 25 (scholarships) and July 1 | Details

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: registration until full | 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

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

Upcoming Workshops and Classes

Q&A with Agents from Folio Literary Management
Friday, May 3, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

The Vermont College of Fine Arts hosts a Q&A with three agents from Folio Literary Management: Jeff Kleinman, Jamie Chambliss, and Erin Harris.
Location: VCFA, Cafe Anna, Montpelier, Vermont | Cost: free | Details

How to Write More, Write Better, and Be Happier: A Full-Day Retreat with Joni Cole
Saturday, May 4, 2019, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
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. You’ll also find inspiration and generate new material through writing prompts and other forms of sustenance, most notably gathering within a supportive community.
Location: Old Clary Farm, Greensboro, Vermont | Cost: $175 | Details

Writing with Spirit with Nancy Kilgore
Monday, May 6, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
We start with a brief reading, a short meditation, and then write from a prompt. The last 45 minutes involves reading our pieces (only if you choose) and feedback that is not critique but hearing/reflecting without judgment.
Location: Burlington Writers Workshop, Burlington, Vermont | Cost: free | Details

Manchester Writing Retreat with Deirdre Frost
Saturday, May 11, 11 am to 5:00
This nature-writing retreat will focus on a series of prompts to spark interest and build pivotal content vital to the understanding of the subject matter. The retreat offers helpful ways to think about and to generate a variety of focused pieces and a strategic action plan for work-in-progress. The program will also offer tips on how to incorporate smartphone photography to create more impact.
Location: Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, Vermont | Cost: $50 | Details

Poetry and Haiku Printing with Robert Metzler
Tuesday, May 14, 6:30 to 9:30 pm

If you have a poem or several poems that are aching to be printed, the Book Arts Workshop can help you print them. Using the traditional letterpress process of movable type, you will receive instruction in type setting, paper selection, press work, and if more than one page, book binding.
Location: Dartmouth College Book Arts Workshop, Hanover, New Hampshire | Cost: free | Details

Stealing from Theater: Character Creation with Will Alexander
Thursday, May 16, 7:00 to 8:00 pm

Create new characters and expand your understanding of your current cast via theatrical games and exercises in this online webinar. Taught by William Alexander, National Book Award Winner and current chair of the Writing for Children and Young Adults program at VCFA.
Location: online | Cost: $20-$30 | Details

Memoir Writing with Katherine Mayfield
Saturday, May 18, 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Do you have a memoir cooking in the back of your writer’s mind? This workshop will get you started. You’ll learn what makes a compelling memoir, how and why to choose a theme, the importance of reflection in memoir, and techniques which are specific to the art of memoir-writing. You’ll also learn what “creative nonfiction” means in relation to memoir, and how to weave your truth into a riveting description of your life experiences.
Location: The Ford House, SNHU, Manchester, New Hampshire | Cost: $65-$85 | Details

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

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 calendar.
Location: Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, New Hampshire | Cost: free | Details

Mud Season Salon: Gathering together in the storm

On March 3, 2017, we held our very first event, The Mud Season Salon, in White River Junction, Vermont. Our friend EM Reynolds attended, took photos, and then wrote this terrific recap of the evening. Thank you to her, to the presenters, to the attendees, to Junction Magazine, to Open Door, and to everyone else who helped make this event even better than we had dreamed it might be.


Too often we introverts give in to the need for comfort and home. How could anything compete with pajamas and a book? But what happens if we brave the elements and attend an evening event? Such is the premise that Literary North’s debut event was founded upon. They set out to answer the question, What would entice people to come out on a snowy night?

There is something so liberating, so almost other-worldly about sitting in an audience focused on someone’s words. This evening there were three presenters: Taylor Katz, Robin MacArthur and Jeff Sharlet. Each brought a unique interpretation to the theme of "Sign of the Times," and provided an interesting balance of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

Robin MacArthur

Robin MacArthur

Setting aside her mug of tea, Robin spoke first, reading from her newly finished manuscript. In her soft eloquent manner, she talked about being beside her grandfather as he died and how the themes of love and loss permeate her writing. As she spoke, she also addressed the ideas of home and land, topics near and dear to her. Her experiences often resonate emotionally, becoming the basis of fictional work. She is, in essence, the translator of her life and the generations before her to the page in front of her. A proud product of the land and her New England ancestors. And, of course, it being March in Vermont, Robin told us of her family’s weekend spent maple sugaring. It brought to mind pots of sap and fire, primal and essential. As she conjured up these images for us, she exalted a slower life. As she finished, she championed authors by claiming Art as witness; speaking to the power of writing and creating as necessity not frivolous luxury. And my inner writer nodded in agreement.

Taylor Katz

Taylor Katz

Then Taylor got up to recite some of the poems from her chapbook. I found her to be exactly what she says she is. Forthright and plainspoken, she is refreshingly authentic and original. She’s a poet for hire and a tea farmer, and both occupations inform and support the other. The advantages being you can get down in the dirt, and you can get back to the basic origins of the clichéd metaphors we all take for granted. My favorite poem was “Shout out” in which she praises volunteers and librarians and grannies and mailmen—in short, everybody. She warned us that it was a long poem and we should gird ourselves for the onslaught. But each time she gave another shout out, there was a moment of connection and I was pleased for that group to be recognized. Honestly, I wish that poem could have been longer. She says her long poems compensate for her short stature and that she used to want to be known, but her poems are out in the world and now she is seen through them. She believes that being a little louder helps to make a little goodness grow. She professed her love of adjectives like juicy and spiky, a confluence of construction that perfectly sums up this poetess.

Jeff Sharlet

Jeff Sharlet

Jeff then took the floor to read from the manuscript of his next book. He too talked about spending time with family members in need of care. When his father was recovering from a heart attack, Jeff made overnight journeys to visit him in Schenectady, NY. It was during this time that he snapped an Instagram photo with his phone and inspiration struck. His focus became about connection and witness, rather than about artifice and polished perfection. The revelation was unearthed that stories are not aligned next to each other, but stacked, piling on top of each other. To which the audience seemed in total agreement. During the time he was working on his book he struggled to put his thoughts on paper; yet even when he thought it was finished, his own heart attack caused him to rethink the end. In rewriting he began to ponder symmetry and coming to terms with what and who we are. He is, as he says, writing his way home.

Ben Cosgrove

Ben Cosgrove

Journeys became a touched upon theme of the evening, which began with Ben Cosgrove. He played before the authors spoke, these haunting original pieces. They were inspired by land, but they flowed in a way that made me feel as if I were being swept away. Playing involves so much of his body, of which his instrument is an extension. It’s almost as if he’s dancing, the way he puts his head down, pushing the notes to the side. 

At the end of the evening there was a Q and A with all four participants. As they answered queries, we could see the connections in their work. The lines were drawn, affixing land to loss to love and the need to put these emotions into words and music.

Each author brought a resource with them to share and also talked a bit about works they’ve been reading lately trying to feel inspired.


For me these events are what lift me up. I feel like I’m part of something larger. Today’s world is crazy and chaotic. Our feelings churn into overdrive when we watch the news or look at our Twitter feeds. It’s hard to look away for fear we may miss something. I would respond that we need to find ways to nourish ourselves, to find strength in gatherings. There is comfort sitting in a room of strangers, but communing in a somewhat sacred space of our own creation. A place where words and ideas are delivered as both balm and benediction.


The whole evening, despite the snow, was a warm antidote to the weather. It was thoughtfully and intentionally orchestrated. The room was beautiful, and after the discussion there were handcrafted refreshments. Because these are the efforts that matter in this world. That’s what we introverts who organize such events do, we try to provide the best way we know how. With warm tea and comfort food, toast, pastrami, jams and nut butters. The paper cranes flanking the door, the exquisite bouquet of flowers, the wheel-thrown mugs—it was all evidence of the handmade. To all of the people who helped to make the evening possible—shout out to all of them!

So much work went into the planning of this event, but with any luck we’ll have more chances to gather to be part of a larger literary community. Some evenings it’s best to come together as listeners and honor words. To step out and step up. Because sometimes ignoring the siren song of a mug of tea and reading at home by yourself is the best thing we could possibly do.


EM Reynolds is a librarian, bookseller, writer, photographer and aspiring ukulele player living in Vermont. Visit her photographs during the month of March at The Norwich Public Library: Through the Lens: a Retrospective of Community at NPL.

The Dipper - February 2017

Each month we'll 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



Literary North is thrilled to announce the Mud Season Salon on Friday, March 3, 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Open Door in White River Junction, Vermont!

The Mud Season Salon features author readings and lively conversation on the topic of "Sign of the Times." The authors include Vievee Francis, Taylor Katz, Robin MacArthur, and Jeff Sharlet. Cost: Suggested donation of $5 at the door. For more information or to register to attend, visit the Mud Season Salon page. This event is graciously co-sponsored by Junction Magazine.


February Highlights

Celebrate the launch of Junction Magazine with DJ phogen and DJ ShaR4 at the Main Street Museum! Saturday, February 4, 8:30 pm to 1:00 amCost: $5 at the door / BYOB.

Charles Baxter, author of There's Something I Want You to Do, Visiting Writer at the Vermont Studio Center will be reading at the Vermont Studio Center on Thursday, February 9, 8:00 to 9:00 pm.

Photo by Sue Barr

Photo by Sue Barr

Jim Shepard, author of The World to Come: Stories, will be reading at Northshire Bookstore on Saturday, February 18, 7:00 to 8:00 pm.

Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative, will be at The Music Hall on Wednesday, February 22, 7:00 to 9:00 pm.


Worth a Drive

Roxane Gay will examine social critique and innovative reasoning on race, gender, and identify at "Flashpoint!" a public lecture on Thursday, February 16, 7:00 to 9:00 pm, at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts.



Calls for Submission and Upcoming deadlines

The Kellogg-Hubbard Library is putting out a call for poetry submissions for PoemCity 2017. Submission deadline: Wednesday, February 8. For details, please visit their Submission page.

PoemTown Randolph invites Vermont poets of all ages to submit original poems for its 4th annual celebration. Submission deadline: Friday, February 10. For details, please visit their website.

The AVA Gallery would like to hear from storytellers of all ages to participate in their upcoming Mudroom storytelling event, "Protest." Application deadline: Wednesday, February 15.

Vermont Studio Center Writing Fellowships are open to all writers. Application deadline: Wednesday, February 15.

The deadline for all Hunger Mountain contests is Wednesday, March 1. The contests include the Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize, the Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize, the Ruth Stone Poetry Prize, and the Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing. For more information and submission guidelines, please visit their Contests page.

The Young Writers Project Winter Conference will take place on Saturday, March 11. To participate, please visit their Sign up page.

The New Hampshire Writers' Project's twenty-ninth annual Writers' Day will take place at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire on Saturday, April 1. To register, please visit their Online Registration page by March 28.

The MacDowell Colony is accepting applications from artists and writers for their Fall 2017 Residencies. Application deadline: Saturday, April 15. For more information, please visit their Application Guidelines 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.


February Workshops and classes

The Joy of Creativity: Writing Poetry, Saturdays, February 4, 11, 18, and 25, 11:00 to 12:00 am at The Writer's Center, White River Junction, Vermont. Cost: $100. For more information or to register, contact The Writer's Center, or email Anne McKenna (instructor).

Half-Day Writing Retreat led by Joni B. Cole, Tuesday, February 7, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in Woodstock, Vermont. Cost: $125. For more information or to register, please email jonibethcole@gmail.com.

The Writer's Center in White River Junction, Vermont, hosts writing workshops and events on an ongoing basis. For their current schedule, please visit their Workshops page.