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The Dipper - September 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

 

September News

Welcome to September! We hope you all had a good August, read some books, attended a reading or two, and maybe even wrote a thing or two. Although we took August off from writing The Dipper, that doesn’t mean we were lazing in our hammocks. Oh no. We’ve been up to stuff…

Our first Poetry & Pie in 2017 was just our third event and it was a major leap for this fledgling organization. We learned a lot that first time out and Poetry & Pie II was even better. But, you know, we think that this year’s Poetry & Pie was our best one yet! We owe much of the day’s success to the many talented, patient, and energetic people who help make our literary dreams come true. Our grateful thanks to all of you for making this event not only possible but perfect. We can’t wait to do it all again with you next summer!

As if Poetry & Pie weren’t amazing enough on its own, the day also marked the release of our first Little Dipper chapbook, Half-Fabulous Whales, by Rena J. Mosteirin. Little Dippers are produced as limited editions of 25, numbered and signed. They have letterpressed covers and are hand-stitched with linen thread that matches the cover’s ink color. Creating these books has been a dream of ours for some time and we’re thrilled with how they’ve turned out. We’re busy working on the second edition, an essay by Ben Cosgrove, which we intend to release by the end of the year. Although Edition 1 is sold out, you can visit the Little Dipper page for more information about the Little Dipper series and to download a free digital version of Half-Fabulous Whales.

One of our favorite things about the Slow Club Book Club is that we really are slow… and quiet. Sometimes we hear from members about their thoughts about the current book, but, even when we don’t, we really enjoy knowing you’re all out there, reading along at your own pace. We recently sent a check-in newsletter to members about the current book, Tove Jansson’s The Woman Who Borrowed Memories. We’ll soon be announcing our final book in our year of Women in Translation. Visit our Slow Club Book Club page for more information.

Have you heard about Ducks, Newburyport, by Lucy Ellmann, which has been longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize? The Guardian says this “1000-page monologue of an angst-ridden US homemaker fretting about love, loss and the state of the nation is an unabashed triumph.” Already released in the UK and coming out on September 10 in the US, this book is really calling to us. In fact, we have a crazy idea: let’s read this behemoth together! We’re still finalizing the plan, but the general idea is to work our way through the book at a steady pace of about 50 pages a week starting on September 20. If you’re up for the challenge, sign up for the Ducks, Newburyport Read Along and we’ll be in touch on September 10 with more details.

September, Schmeptember! It’s still summer in our our hearts, which means you still have time to complete your Adult Summer Reading Bingo card and claim your “Still North, Still Reading” tote bag from Allie Levy of Still North Books & Bar (opening later this year in Hanover, New Hampshire). To play, just download the card, and note the books you’ve read that match the card’s categories. Once you have “bingo,” take a photo of your completed card and email it to hi@stillnorthbooks.com. You’ll win a “Still North, Still Reading” tote!

Speaking of summer, we’ve been busy collecting and sharing summer reading lists on our blog. Check out the lists from Allie Levy of Still North Books & Bar; Becky Karush, creator and host of the READ TO ME podcast; writer and musician Ben Cosgrove; Angela Evancie, host of the Brave Little State podcast; Christopher Hermelin and Drew Broussard of the So Many Damn Books podcast; reader, writer, and book lover P. T. Smith; and Katherine Forbes Riley, author of The Bobcat. If you can’t find a book in all those lists to carry you into October, we need to know!

Miciah Bay Gault’s debut novel, Goodnight Stranger, came out on July 30 to much acclaim (in fact, The New York Times just included Goodnight Stranger in their The Shortlist column). Miciah, who teaches in the MFA in Writing & Publishing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and coordinates the Vermont Book Award, graciously answered all our questions about her book and her writing process in an interview on our blog.

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When Becky Karush, creator and host of the READ TO ME podcast, asked us to suggest a book for her podcast, we didn't hesitate! Mary Ruefle's Madness, Rack, and Honey is one of our favorites. We love the way Becky found her way into this book, which she initially found challenging. As she put it, “How do you read work that makes you feel... stupid?…It moves faster than I can catch. I get wavery inside. I slap up walls between me and the work to protect myself — and I am lost. This is why Mary Ruefle's MADNESS, RACK, AND HONEY is a gift.” While you’re on the READ TO ME site, check out the other episodes too; you’re sure to find an episode that appeals to your reading tastes.


September’s Shooting Stars

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

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September Highlights

On Thursday, September 5, a group of New England Poets will gather at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord, New Hampshire, to read from the recently published Except for Love: New England Poets Inspired by Donald Hall. The reading by Matt Forrest Esenwine, Kyle Potvin, Scott T. Hutchison, Jessica Purdy, Andrew Periale, and James Fowler begins at 6:00 pm.

Sydney Lea

Sydney Lea

On Friday, September 6 at 6:00 pm, you have a difficult choice: either catch former Poet Laureate of Vermont Sydney Lea reading from Here, his thirteenth poetry collection, at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vermont, or see award-winning poet Phillip Williams reading at the Frost Stone House Museum in Shaftsbury, Vermont.

David Shields, Rita Banerjee, and Frances Cannon kick off the Vermont College of Fine Arts Fall 2019 Reading Series at Cafe Anna on the VCFA campus in Montpelier, Vermont, on Wednesday, September 11. The series continues on Friday, September 27, with readings by Janaka Stucky, Miciah Bay Gault, and Erin Stalcup. All readings begin at 5:30 pm.

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Sue Burton

Also on Wednesday, September 11, Madeline ffitch is reading from her new and widely acclaimed novel, Stay and Fight, at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord, New Hampshire, at 6:00 pm.

Poets Sue Burton and Sara London are reading at the Fleming Museum of Art on Thursday, September 12, in Burlington, Vermont, as part of the Painted Word Poetry Series. The reading begins at 7:00 pm.

Patrick Donnelly ends this year’s Hyla Brook Reading Series with a reading on Thursday, September 12, at 6:30 pm, at The Frost Farm in Derry, New Hampshire.

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Chen Chen. Photo by Jess Chen

The AVA Gallery’s quarterly story-telling series, The Mudroom, returns on Thursday, September 12, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, with the theme “Breaking the Rules.” Food is available for purchase starting at 6:30 pm. The storytelling begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets go quickly for this event, so grab yours soon.

The 5th Annual New Hampshire Poetry Festival is on Saturday, September 14, at New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire. This year’s festival features headline reader Ilya Kaminsky. Workshop leaders are Chen Chen, Patrick Donnelly, Maudelle Driskell, and Joan Houlihan. Visit the Festival website for more information and to register.

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Toni Morrison

Join a community celebration of Toni Morrison at 118 Elliot in Brattleboro, Vermont, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on Saturday, September 14. The event will feature local writers and community members reading the work of Ms. Morrison, followed by an open mic for others to share brief statements, quotes and favorite lines by the author.

The Kent’s Corner annual Words Out Loud series begins on Sunday, September 15, with readings by novelist Susan Ritz and poet Sue Burton. The series continues on September 22 with Rick Winston and Elizabeth A. I. Powell, and on September 29 with Daniel Lusk and Janet Pocorobba. All readings take place at the Old West Church in Calais, Vermont, and begin at 3:00 pm.

Best-selling author Emma Donoghue (Room) presents her latest novel, Akin, at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord, New Hampshire, at 6:00 pm on Thursday, September 19.

On Wednesday, September 25, see novelist Rachel Lyon read as part of Bennington College’s Fall Literature Readings. The reading will be held in Franklin House on the Bennington campus from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.

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The Burlington Book Festival arrives on the scene September 27 to 29 at various locations in the Queen City including The Fletcher Free Library and Contois Auditorium. Garret Keizer gives the inaugural reading and the festival is dedicated to Governor Madeleine Kunin. Other participating authors include Peter Money, Nancy Richardson, Megan Price, and Emily Bernard. This year’s Festival features “Says You! The Inside Story,” a special benefit event. Please visit the Festival website for the full schedule of events.

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

 

Worth a Drive

  • Amherst Poetry Festival - September 19 to 22 in Amherst, Massachusetts. The Festival kicks off with a block party and poetry slam on September 19. Workshops, readings by Paisley Rekdal, Adrian Matejka, Paige Lewis, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Melanie Goodreaux, and Alicia Mountain, and more. Plus the annual Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon, a one-day reading of all 1,789 of Emily Dickinson’s poems!

  • BLK FMNNST Loaner Library 1989–2019, Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts - September 25 (also meets November 7 and December 5) - A community book club facilitated by Gwendolyn Van Sant. The book for the September event is Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler.

 

Worth a Listen

We’ve been saving up podcast episodes since we didn’t have an August Dipper. Here’s a bunch of truly riveting conversations for you!

  • Max Porter discussing his novel, Lanny, with David Naimon on Between the Covers was quite memorable and fantastic.

  • Don’t miss Aimee Nezhukumatathil with Franny Choi and Danez Smith on the VS podcast.

  • Mira Jacob on So Many Damn Books!

  • Local author Peter Orner on KCRW’s Bookworm discusses his latest, Maggie Brown & Others, with Michael Silverblatt. And while you are over at Bookworm, don’t miss the conversation with Ocean Vuong all about proximity.

  • Julia Phillips discusses the inspiration for her debut, Disappearing Earth, with Maris Kreizman on The Maris Review.

  • Sarah Broom’s conversation with Paul Holdengraber on A Phone Call From Paul was so inspiring. Her book, The Yellow House, is at the top of our stack.

 

We're Looking Forward to These September Releases


Calls For Submission and Upcoming Deadlines

MacDowell Colony Winter/Spring 2020 Residency
Applications open mid July for the Winter/Spring 2020 residency season (February 1 through May 31) in Peterborough, New Hampshire. A Fellowship consists of exclusive use of a private studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for two weeks to two months. Applications must include a description of your proposed project, a letter of reference, and information about your artistic work such as education, training, and artistic achievements, as well as examples of current work. There is a $30 non-refundable application processing fee.
Deadline: September 15 | Details

Northern Woodlands Conference
Register now to attend this year’s Northern Woodlands Conference (October 18-20) at the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, Vermont. The conference is a fun, informal weekend and vibrant mix of speakers. This year’s gathering includes natural history talks, readings, writing workshops, and hands-on experiences, from nature journaling to photography to late-season bee lining! Featuring presentations by David Carroll, Chris Maynard, Laurel Symes, Wyatt Oswald, and a special celebration in honor of Northern Woodland’s 25 anniversary. $225 to $425.
Deadline: September 30 | Details

“Poems of New Hampshire” Poetry Contest
This contest, sponsored by the Peterborough Poetry Project, is open to anyone living in, visiting, or intrigued by New Hampshire may enter by writing and submitting up to three original unpublished poems on the theme of "New Hampshire, past, present, future, or fantasy." The writers of the first-, second-, and third-place poems will win $75, $35, and $25, respectively.
Deadline: September 30 | Details

SNHU Mountainview Low-Residency MFA in Fiction and Nonfiction
Applications are open for the January 2020 cohort. You will spend two years honing your skills in a small cohort of students, learning from national best-selling and award-winning authors, and receiving personal consultation from leading agents and editors. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. $40 application fee.
Deadline: October 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

Tupleo Press’s Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Prize
Now accepting submissions for the annual poetry prize for adult writers. This year’s prize is judged by Cornelius Eady. The Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Prize includes a cash award of $1,000 in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, 25 copies of the winning title, an introductory reading at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion.
Deadline: October 31 | Details

Bloodroot Literary Magazine
Submissions are open for Bloodroot, Volume 12. Send three to five pages of poetry or 10 to 12 pages of fiction and nonfiction in Microsoft Word format. For other work, like an experimental form or digital project, please send a one-page proposal and they will be in touch if they want to see more. They are looking for new, unpublished work.
Deadline: December 31 | Details

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

Junction Magazine
Junction Magazine founder James Napoli has moved to Minneapolis. With his blessing, a local collective has decided to re-launch the magazine, and they invite you to contribute. Pitches and submissions should fit into one or several categories/subject areas: arts and culture, food and farm, people, wild, photo essays, and the calendar.
Deadline: rolling submissions | Details


Upcoming Workshops and Classes

Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop One-Day Craft Classes and Multi-Week Workshops
Starting September 7
The Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop hosts a series of one-day craft classes and multi-week workshops throughout the fall. Class topics include nonfiction writing, fiction character development, writing about the body, writing dialogue, memoir writing, short story writing, poetry revision, and more.
Location: Williamsburg, Massachusetts | Cost: $60-$350 | Details

Igniting Creativity with James Crews
Saturdays starting September 7, 1:00 to 3:30 pm

Many of us have the idea that poetry is some abstract, inaccessible craft reserved for those in obscure academic circles. As this workshop will reveal, however, beautiful and moving poetry can emerge from the details of everyday life. Each week, we will work from examples and prompts that invite us to turn the so-called ordinary objects, images and memories of our lives into fuel for extraordinary art that reaches out and touches others. All skill levels are welcome.
Location: Equinox Village, Manchester, Vermont | Cost: $75 | Details

Writing Intensive: Drafting, Developing, and Revising Your Work with Joni Cole
September 8, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Writers face a lot of very real challenges, from the intimidation of a blank page, to a sense of staleness during the drafting process, to a dearth of quality feedback. During this interactive workshop, we’ll cover techniques of narrative craft essential to empowering your prose. You’ll find your muse (and likely not where you expected). And you’ll get instructive feedback to help you write forward productively. Open to new and seasoned writers serious about making progress. Space is very limited.
Location: Writer’s Center of White River Junction, Vermont | Cost: $115 | Details

Writing Ecopsychology: Nature Writing and Personal Narrative with Carly Wynn
Sundays, September 8 to 29, 1:00 to 2:30 pm

The natural world provides ample opportunity to connect with our creative selves. Words can be harnessed to capture the essence of our most profound experiences in nature, and to share those experiences with readers. This class is an opportunity to take a deep dive into personal experiences in nature and their link to the emotional currents of our lives. No prior ecopsychology experience necessary, though participants should come prepared to write about their experiences in nature and how these experiences link to personal or universal themes.
Location: Writer’s Center of White River Junction, Vermont | Cost: $145 | Details

OSHER @Dartmouth Fall Term
September 16 to November 15
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dartmouth is a volunteer, non-profit (501c3) organization that provides educational programs year-round for residents in the greater Upper Valley and North Haverhill. The coming term offers a variety of classes in writing and literature, including classes on James Joyce’s Ulysses, writing and telling the well-told story, reading graphic novels, Shakespeare, John Updike, participating in writing circles, and writing poetry. Classes are open to members only ($70 annual fee).
Location: Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire | Cost: $40 to $80 | Details

Introduction to Bookbinding: Making a Pamphlet with Deborah Howe
September 9, 5:00 to 6:30 pm

In this workshop you will make single signature, pamphlets with covered boards and possibly double signature pamphlets. Variations of pamphlet binding, tool cleaning, and brush cleaning will also be reviewed.
Location: Dartmouth Book Arts Workshop, Hanover, New Hampshire | Cost: free | Details

Practicing Non-Judgement: A Meditation and Writing Retreat with Jeffrey Slayton and Joni Cole
September 20, 5:30 to 8:00 pm

As humans, part of our mind’s natural capacity is to analyze and try to make sense of our experience. When this process is unconscious we can have a tendency for our analysis to turn into habitual judgement of others and ourselves. This workshop offers participants the opportunity to practice ways of letting go of blame and judgment; to shift our minds into a more open, supportive, and tranquil space. During this retreat we will practice sitting and walking meditation. We also will write from a “prompt,” as a means of inspiring a freedom of expression and rich creative flow. Absolutely no meditation or writing experience is required to attend this retreat.
Location: Shambala Center of White River Junction, Vermont | Cost: free but donations are appreciated | Details

Ways of Re-seeing in Words: Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop with Rick Agran and Karla Van Vliet
September 22, 9:00 to 11:00 am

In this workshop participants select a compelling work of art from the reVision exhibit and seek to celebrate and explore it in words.
Location: Kent Museum, Calais, Vermont | Cost: free | Details

Fall Writing Workshop with Robin MacArthur
Tuesdays, September 24 to October 29, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

This supportive, encouraging and semi-formal workshop is for writers of fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry. Both new and established writers are welcome, though we do have an application process for this intimate session. In this six-week workshop, we will get to know one another and our goals. We will do some generative work, talk a lot about process and some about craft, and create a generous circle of (gentle) feedback.
Location: Word House, Brattleboro, Vermont | Cost: $180 | Details

Writing Memoir: A Sense of Memory with Jenny Gelfan
Thursdays, September 24 to November 12

Our lives are full of stories: comedies, dramas, mysteries, the wonders of everyday moments. This class will guide you to dive in and gather images, sounds, fragrances, feelings, and experiences, that you can capture in words. These fragments together tell a story about each life. The class' focus will be on exploration. You will write from prompts, have an opportunity to read what others have written, and enjoy each other’s creativity.
Location: AVA Gallery, Lebanon, New Hampshire | Cost: $25 | Details

Sustenance: A Yoga and Expressive Writing Workshop with Deb Heimann and Joni Cole
September 28, 12:00 to 3:00 pm

In this intimately-sized three-hour “retreat” we welcome all who wish to reap the warmth and sustenance within ourselves, as a means of preparing for the winter ahead. As part of the yoga experience, we will practice breathing exercises, poses to nourish us, and heart-centered intention. We also will write from a “prompt” as a means of exploring and harvesting our thoughts and feelings on the page and aloud. Absolutely no yoga or writing experience is required to attend this retreat.
Location: Upper Valley Yoga, White River Junction, Vermont | Cost: 55 | Details

Letterpress Intensive Informational Meeting: Bilingual Poetry with Won Chung
September 29, 2:00 to 3:00 pm

The Letterpress Intensive workshop is offering an opportunity to explore letterpress typography by typesetting and printing poetry interlined with its translation in a second language and typeface. Participants will learn about historic typefaces and how to hand set and print a short poem of their choice using movable metal type. At the end of this introductory session, attendees can decide if they would like to register to participate in this workshop. Subsequent sessions will be held on Sunday afternoons from 2:00 to 5:00 pm through the term.
Location: Dartmouth Book Arts Workshop, Hanover, New Hampshire | Cost: free | Details

The Art of Writing: The Power of Visual Media in Storytelling
September 28, 8:30 am to 3:15 pm
The League of Vermont Writers’ fall Gathering. Details are still being finalized. Check their website for more information.
Location: St. Albans Historical Society & Museum, St. Albans, Vermont | Cost: $47 non-members, $32 members | Details

Family, Memory, Place: Writing Family Stories with Maura MacNeil
September 29, 3:00 to 4:00 pm

What family stories do you carry with you? What story do you tell over and over? What landscape do you cherish the most? One of the deepest human instincts is to tell our life stories, to figure out who we are and what it means to be human. This interactive workshop explores how the landscapes of our lives shape the stories that we tell. Participants explore the themes of family, memory, and place through sample narratives and a series of short writing exercises, gaining a deeper awareness of how their stories can preserve personal, generational, and communal history.
Location: Plainfield Town Hall, Plainfield, New Hampshire | Cost: free | Details

Comics Workshop with Marek Bennett
October 5
Join New Hampshire teaching artist Marek Bennett for a hands-on comics creation lab, featuring basic techniques of cartooning, comics creation, and self-publishing. Learn to create and publish original comics based on primary sources of social justice activism in Vermont and elsewhere. No experience required.
Location: Billings Library at UVM, Burlington, Vermont | Cost: free | Details

Writer’s Workshop with Rick Bass
October 11 to October 13
Writer and activist Rick Bass leads an intensive weekend workshop for up to eight writers who seek to improve their craft. Hands-on group sessions, both mornings and afternoons, will include active workshopping of individual manuscripts and craft-focused discussion. Writers at all levels will find support and challenge for their work. To apply, e-mail up to 15 pages of a manuscript—fiction, poetry or non-fiction—to landskeinfarm@gmail.com. Manuscripts will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis. A non-refundable deposit of $375 is due upon acceptance.
Location: Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Craftsbury Commons, Vermont | Cost: $1,250 | Details

Vermont Humanities Council Fall Conference
November 15 to 16

Registration is open for the 2019 Fall Conference, “Searching for Home: Journeys, Quests and Migrations.” The conference includes talks and breakout sessions on the topic of “the search for home.” This year’s plenary speakers include essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon, clarinetist Kina Azmeh, Dr. Hasia Diner from New York University, and professor Carol Dougherty from Wellesley College.
Location: University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont | Cost: $149; $99 for students | Details

The Dipper - August 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

 

August News

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In this moment the chairs were empty.

Not long after, the barn began to fill with people, some we knew and many we didn't. The poets -- James Crews, Dede Cummings, and Mary Kane -- took turns in front of the audience, filling the barn with words that swooped as gracefully, and sometimes as startlingly, as the swallows that glided from window to window.

The poems made us laugh, smile, sigh, and shiver. The poets told us the stories behind the poems, answered our questions, and gave the writers in the room encouragement. When they had finished, several audience members took their turn up front and generously shared their original compositions with us.

Afterwards, in one cozy corner, some of us gathered near Taylor Mardis Katz as she composed poems on her typewriter. In the opposite corner, others cut slices of pie, or sipped ice tea and fruit juice sparklers. We traded email addresses and stories, talked poems and recipes, offered hugs and inspiration.

The afternoon went on, perfect moment after perfect moment, with sunlight filtering through the barn windows and the flowers blooming in the afternoon air.

At the end, we stacked the chairs away, said our goodbyes, and went back out into the day. Nothing felt empty.

Thank you to everyone who came. To everyone who read poems. To everyone who swept the floor. To everyone who baked a pie. To everyone who drove long distances. To everyone who signed books. To everyone who bought books. To everyone who made the afternoon even better than we'd imagined it would be. Thank you. And to everyone we missed, we hope you'll come next year. We'll save a chair for you.

 

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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, volunteering your time, or donating space at your venue, we'd be thrilled to hear from youWe appreciate your support from the bottom of our hearts!


August Highlights

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The Marlboro College summer reading series continues August 1, 2, and 3 with readings by Mira Ptacin, Mira Jacob, and Ron Currie. The readings begin at 5:00 pm at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro, Vermont.

The annual Strafford Town House Forum returns this month, with pairings of readings and conversations each Thursday in August at 7:00 pm, in Strafford, Vermont. This year's presenters include Pat Alger, Jim Rooney, Michael Caduto, Ted Levin, Robin MacArthur, Melanie Finn, Pamela Harrison, and Ina Anderson.

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The Back Roads Reading series in Brownington, Vermont, concludes with a reading by poet Charles Simic on Sunday, August 6, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.

The Fletcher Free Library in Burlington, Vermont, will be hosting two readings of original work from members of the From Our Minds and Hearts (FOMAH) Art Group. Each event features readings from six FOMAH Art Group writers. The readings will take place on Wednesday, August 9, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, and on Saturday, August 26, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm.

Since the end of June, local/regional women poets and writers have been reading the work of or about other women writers as part of Women Reading Women on the main stage at Prescott Park in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The final two readings--featuring Pricilla Cookson, Kayla Cash, Tamara Collins, Julie Dickson, Marybeth McNamara, and Wendy Cannella--take place on Thursday, August 10, and Thursday, August 17, from 5:45 to 6:15 pm.

Nature writers Robert Finch and John Elder will be discussing Finch's latest book, The Outer Beach, at The Vermont Book Shop, Tuesday, August 17, at 7:00 pm, in Middlebury, Vermont.

Jamaica Kincaid and James Atlas will be in conversation on Saturday, August 26, at 7:00 pm, at Northshire Bookstore, in Manchester Center, Vermont.

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The Bread Loaf Writers' Conference kicks off its August public events with Lauren Groff and Edward Hirsch at 8:15 pm on Wednesday, August 16. The series continues with readings and lectures presented by more than 20 authors, through Friday, August 25. All events take place in the Little Theatre on the Bread Loaf campus in Ripton, Vermont.

 

Worth a Drive

Poet Frank Bidart will be reading from his latest poetry collection, Half-Light: Collected Poems, on Tuesday, August 15, at 7:00 pm, at Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The reading is free.

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

 

We're looking forward to these August releases


Calls for Submission and Upcoming Deadlines

The AVA Gallery is looking for storytellers for its quarterly story-telling series, The Mudroom (September 14). The theme is  “Scary Stories.” Storytellers of all ages and from all towns in the Upper Valley and beyond are welcome. Storytellers should submit a brief summary of the story (two or three sentences) and a short bio (no more than 150 words) by August 22 to judith.hertog@gmail.com or to Sheryl@avagallery.org.

The Marble House Project is now accepting applications for the Collaborative Winter Residency. This residency facilitates a group of artists working together to develop new or in-progress work. Residents apply as a group. The cost is $500 per person, and includes food, housing, and studio space. Applications close midnight, August 31. For more information, please visit the Residency Application page.

Register now through August 31 for the Northern Woodlands Conference (October 20 to 22) 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.

The Bennington MFA Writing Seminar is currently accepting applications for its January residency. The non-refundable application fee is $70 (or $100 for a dual-genre application). The application deadline is September 1. For a list of information that must accompany the application, and a link to the application form, please visit the Application Info and Deadlines page.

There's still time to register 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.

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.

Registration is open for the 2017 New Hampshire Poetry Festival (September 23). Registration fees ranges from $55 (students) to $95 (PSNH members) to $120 (non-members) and include panel discussions, workshops, headliner reading with Gregory Pardlo, morning and afternoon receptions, and time with poets from around the country. For more information and to resister, please visit the Registration page.

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. Note: Vital Communities is offering a free Quest Writing Workshop on Friday, August 11. For more information, see "August Workshops and Classes," below.


August Workshops and Classes

Burlington Writers Workshop offers a series of writing retreats designed to provide members with opportunities to gather in quiet, inspiring spaces for focused discussion, instruction, and writing time. The August retreat is "Writing Prose - Fiction and Nonfiction," lead by Robin McLean, on Saturday, August 26. The retreat will be held in Grand Isle, Vermont. To participate, register by August 5. For more information or to register, please visit the Retreat page.

New Hampshire Writers' Project is hosting two online webinars in August: "Awakening the Monster: How to Edit Your Book Manuscript," with Jeff Deck, on Wednesday, August 9, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm; and "Clever as a Cat and Working Like a Dog: How to Create a Stir Before Your Book's Launch," with Ann Garvin, on Monday, August 21, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. The cost for each is $10 for members and $25 for nonmembers. For more information and to register, please visit the Workshops page.

Vital Communities is offering a free Quest Writing Workshop on Friday, August 11, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Steve Glazer will lead a fun-filled day spent diving into natural history and designing an educational Valley Quest treasure hunt. Snacks will be provided, but participants should bring their own lunch. To participate, register by August 7. For more information or to register, please visit the workshop's Event page.

Join poet Peter Money for an ekphrastic poetry workshop on Saturday, August 12, from 2:30 to 5:30 pm, at the Hall Art Foundation in Reading, Vermont. Participants will compose and share a poem inspired by one of the artworks on view. Participants should bring their own notebooks. Pencils will be provided. Smartphones recommended if possible. Admission is free, but space is limited and registration is required. For more information and to register, please visit the Event page.

As of this writing, Live Free and Write, a New Hampshire Getaway for Writers has one space left for the August 13 to 18 retreat in Sunapee, New Hampshire. For full details and to register, visit the Summer Writing Retreat 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.

For fiction and creative non-fiction writers who want a deadline and thoughtful feedback on their work, instructor Joni B. Cole will be leading a Writer's Salon (and Sustenance) on Sunday, August 27, from 4:00 to 6::30 pm. During the meeting, writers will be asked to read aloud a work in progress. The cost is $40, which includes quality feedback, savory snacks, and camaraderie. For more information and to register, please visit the Writers Center Workshops page.

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).

 

The Dipper - June 2017

"The Dipper" is our monthly newsletter, where we highlight readings, events, calls for submission, and other literary-related news for the coming month. If you have news or events to share, let us know

June News

To Keep the Light (2016) by Erica Fae

To Keep the Light (2016) by Erica Fae

Literary North is excited to be the Community Partner for the film To Keep the Light, which is showing at the White River Indie Film Festival on Saturday, June 3 at 4:00 pm. A Q&A session with producer Jane Applegate will follow the screening. For more information about the film, to view a trailer, and to buy advance tickets, see our our blog post about the film.


Poetry&Pie

We're working on the final details for our own Poetry & Pie event, which will be held on Saturday, July 29, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Sweetland Farm in Norwich, Vermont. In addition to readings by three fabulous poets—James Crews, Dede Cummings and Mary Kane—we've asked our friend, poet Taylor Katz, to join us by writing original poetry for attendees, and we've contacted our expert baking friends to supply us with some of the best pies you'll find anywhere in the Upper Valley. For all the delicious details, please visit our Poetry & Pie event page. We can't wait to see you there!

 

JUNE HIGHLIGHTS

June marks the start of summer conference and reading series season here in Northern New England. Among them are these, each bursting with more readings than you can possibly attend in a single month:

Page Burner Reading Series - June 1 at ArtsRiot in Burlington, Vermont. Authors include Jensen Beach, Sandra Beasley, David Hicks, Alexis Page, and Angela Palm.

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Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers' Conference - June 3 to 8 at the Bread Loaf Campus of Middlebury College in Ripton, Vermont. Authors include Megan Mayhew BergmanCamille T. DungyJohn Elder, Ross Gay, Ted Genoways, Robin Wall Kimmerer, and Joe Wilkins.

Bread Loaf Translators' Conference - June 3 to 8 at the Bread Loaf Campus of Middlebury College in Ripton, Vermont. Author/translators include Maureen Freely, Jennifer GrotzSuzanne Jill Levine, Christopher Merrill, and Idra Novey.

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The Thing in the Spring - June 8 to 11 at the Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Events feature author readings preceded or followed by brief concerts. Authors include Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, James Crews, Wo Chan, Rebecca Bengal, Matt Krefting, Charles Simic, Cristian Flores Garcia, and Zach Green

Authors at the Aldrich - June 14 to August 16 at the Aldrich Public Library in Barre, Vermont. Authors include Angela Palm, Melanie Finn, Dana Walrath, Tanya Lee Stone, Nicole Grubman, Nicole Birkholzer, Adam Krakowski, Kekla Magoon, Thomas Christopher Greene, and Catherine Donnelly.

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Joan Hutton Landis Summer Reading Series - June 11 to September 3 at BigTown Gallery in Rochester, Vermont. Authors include Rosamond Purcell, Robin MacArthur, Annie Kim, Russell Leong, Major Jackson, Didi Jackson, Paula Marcoux, and Mark Bowen.

Hyla Brook Reading Series - June 16 to September 14 at the Frost Farm in Derry, New Hampshire. Authors include Rhina P. Espaillat, David R. Surette, Jenna Le, and Meredith Bergmann.

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

We're looking forward to these June releases:

 

Worth a Drive

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Ann Beattie will be reading at the Harvard Bookstore in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Tuesday, June 27 at 7:00 pm. This event is free.

Arundhati Roy will be reading at the Old South Church in Boston, Massachusetts on Tuesday, June 20 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $5 for general admission only, or $29.75 for admission plus book.

The Juniper Summer Writing Institute public readings series is from June 18 to June 25 at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts. Each evening at 7:30 pm, faculty and writers in residence read from their new and selected work. This year's series features Dorothea Lasky, Joy Williams, Dara Wier, Tiphanie Yanique, Arda Collins, Nathan Hill, Amy Leach, Lydia Millet, Arisa White, Timothy Donnelly, Rachel Glaser, Sam Michel, Camille Rankine, Stephan Graham Jones, Paul Lisicky, and Harryette Mullen.

Also worth a drive plus a ferry ride, the 2017 Nantucket Book Festival, June 16 to 18, in Nantucket, Massachusetts, features readings, panel discussions, luncheons, book sales, and other events with an array of authors, from Laurie Halse Anderson to James Gleick to Alice Hoffman to Ruth Reichl. Most readings and events are free. For more information, visit the Festival website.

 

Calls for Submission and Upcoming Deadlines

The Green Mountain Writers Conference (July 24 to July 28, in Chittenden, Vermont) has discounted registration rates if you register before June 15 (lesser discounts are also available if you register before July 15). For more information, please visit their Registration page.

There's still time to register for the Writers' Workshop at Exeter (June 25 to June 30), in Exeter, New Hampshire. This conference is open to anyone who wants to write and discusss writing in a nurturing Harkness workshops setting. The conference is open to all skill levels and anyone who writes or wants to write poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. For more information and to register, please visit the Conference page.

Bahuan Publishing is accepting submissions for the 2017 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize. The submission deadline is Friday, June 30. For more information, please visit their submission page.

The Hopper literary magazine from Green Writers Press is accepting submissions of full-length poetry manuscripts to its 2017 Hopper Poetry Prize. This contest is open to poets with an identified interest in the natural world and whose work explores issues tied to our ever-changing environment. There is an entry fee of $25. The submission deadline is Saturday, July 1. For more information, please visit their Contests page.

Register now through August 31 for the Northern Woodlands Conference (October 20 to 22, 2017) and take 10% off the registration fee. Use the special code EarlyBird at checkout to receive the discount. For more information and to register, please visit the Conference page.

Registration is now open for the Writers in the Round Songwriters and Poets Retreat, September 7 to 10, on Star Island, New Hampshire. This is a time for stretching boundaries, cross genre inspiration, and fresh salt air. We welcome all levels of artistry for daily classes, structured and unstructured time for composition and collaboration, small group workshops, and nightly song and poetry swaps. The program fee is $110. Room and board rates ($424 to $734) include lodging, meal, and ferry transportation from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. For more information and to register, please visit the Retreat page.

 

June Workshops and Classes

Join poet Partridge Boswell for a three-session workshop, To Revision and Beyond! A Poetry Craft workshop on Mondays, June 5 to 19, at Burlington Writers Workshop in Burlington, Vermont. This workshop series will revise your perceptions of re-vision, daring to post the questions: When is a poem truly finished? Is it possible to love revision as much as the original writing of the poem? Covering a checklist of revision tests or thresholds, our sessions will move from the final stages of “completing” (or as Auden says “abandoning”) a poem to pursuing its dissemination—culminating in the final test of tests (aside from submitting for publication): performing poems for a live audience! For more information or to register, please visit the Registration page.

Poet Polly Giantonio is teaching a four-session workshop, Naked Writing: The Soul's Story in June. Participants will meet Wednesdays, June 7 to 28, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Kilton Library in West Lebanon, New Hampshire. Find and nurture the seeds of your story. Learn what makes your writing strong, memorable, and effective. Polly has taught poetry and writing at local universities, has mentored students of all ages, and developed and co-facilitated workshops on creativity and poetry. For more information and to register, please call (802) 693-0015.

Join the Burlington Writers Workshop for a Flash Fiction Workshop on Wednesday, June 14, in Burlington Vermont. In this workshop, three or four writers will read their work aloud to the group; the group will then offer on-the-spot feedback to each writer. For more information or to register, please visit the Registration page.

In conjunction with photography exhibit, The Everyday Fantastic, the Hood Museum of Art will host a Writing About Photography workshop on Thursday, June 22, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, at the Hood Downtown in Hanover, New Hampshire. Using discussion and creative writing exercises, the workshop will explore the photography of Julie Blackmon. All writers welcome. Enrollment in this workshop is free, but limited. For more information and to register, please visit the Event page.

NatureCulture: An Introduction to Nature Writing and the literature of Environmental Justice with Sierra Dickey and Anna Mullen, at the Writer's Center in White River Junction, Vermont. Want to write as thoroughly as Thoreau? As daringly as Dillard? This intro to nature writing will put you on the path! We’ll lead you through a cliff notes version of the American nature writing canon, investigate key tropes and approaches to writing about the nonhuman world, and do generative exercises to get words on the page. Our driving question will be: how can words illuminate and bring about intimacy with landscape, and bring us closer to organisms and organic matter rather than farther away from them? $25. Saturday, July 1, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information or to register, email dickey.sierra@gmail.com or acm2525@gmail.com. 

Poet James Crews is teaching a "Mindfulness and Writing" workshop on Saturday, July 15, from 10:00 am to noon at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vermont. For more information and to register, please visit the bookstore's Event page.

There's still time to register for The Center for Cartoon Studies 2017 Summer Workshops. In addition to workshops for drawing and writing cartoons and comics, this summer's schedule includes three graphic novel workshops led by journalists, writers and cartoonists Josh Kramer, Em DeMarcoPaul Karasik, Jo Knowles, Tillie Walden, and Melanie Gillman. For more information and to register, please visit their Summer Workshops page.

The application deadline for the Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place is Thursday, June 29. For more information, please visit their Application page.