Steph Burt

The Dipper - February 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

 

February News

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Save the date! Literary North is proud to partner with our friends at the Brownsville Butcher & Pantry for Poetry & Pints in Brownsville, Vermont, on Sunday, March 10, from 5:15 to 7:00 pm. Doors open at 4:30 pm. Admission is by donation. The evening features poets Colin McKraig, Peter Money, and Ruth Antoinette Rodriguez; fabulous food, beer, and wine; plus an open mic so we can hear YOUR original work. Chef Peter Varkonyi is creating a cozy a la carte menu for the evening. Beer, food, poetry! It’s what you need to survive the end of winter. We hope you’ll join us. Visit the Poetry & Pints page on our website for full details.

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If you haven’t gotten tickets yet for this year’s JAG Fest—JAG Production’s annual festival of new in-process plays by African-American playwrights—what are you waiting for? This year’s festival shines the spotlight on black female poets. Four staged readings will take place the weekend of February 9 to 10 at Briggs Opera House in White River Junction, Vermont. Each performance features a post-show conversation with the artists, moderated by Dartmouth scholars. Tickets are $20 per performance, or $50 for a weekend pass that includes access to all presentations. Last year’s performances were stunning. You don’t want to miss this! (Note: You can meet this year’s playwrights for conversation and lunch at Dartmouth College on Tuesday, February 5.)

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Are you already a member of the Slow Club Book Club? If not, here are five reasons you might want to join us for our first pick of the year, Yoko Tawada’s The Emissary, translated by Margaret Mitsutani:

  1. It’s short. 138 pages!

  2. It won the National Book Award for Translated Literature.

  3. New Directions, a fantastic small press, published it!

  4. It takes place in a world of giant dandelions where only crows and spiders are thriving. (Aren’t you intrigued?)

  5. In Yoko Tawada’s author photo, she is posing with a pomegranate.

If you’re reading along, let us know! And if you post about it to Instagram or Twitter, be sure to tag us with #slowclubbookclub or #literarynorth.

Several of our friends are hosting workshops or events soon that we wanted to bring to your attention. Full details for all of these are in the Deadlines and Workshops sections later in this newsletter:

  • Poets, please consider applying for the Free Verse Farm Residency in the hills of Chelsea, Vermont. The location is stunning and we can’t imagine better hosts than Taylor and Misha. Applications are due April 1.

  • James Crews is hosting his online Mindfulness and Writing workshop beginning on February 2. James was a featured poet at our first Poetry & Pie event. His poetry is outstanding, and he’s such a kind person. You’re sure to enjoy his class.

  • Jo Knowles and Tillie Walden will be teaching their “Creating Graphic Novels for the YA Market” workshop at The Center for Cartoon Studies this summer. We interviewed this dynamic duo last year about the class. Registration for CCS Summer 2019 classes is open now.

To make room on our site for new events, we’ve collected information and links for all of our past events and projects on a single page. We hope this makes it easier for you to find out what we’re up to and what we’ve done before. We have some really fun ideas for 2019 and can’t wait to add them to the list. As subscribers, you’ll hear about all of it first! Thank you, as always, for your support, kind words, and enthusiasm. Your energy helps fire up this two-woman team!



February’s Shooting Stars

A cool literary find from each of us to help light up your reading life:

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  • Need a brush-up on your grammar? Look no further than Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style by Benjamin Dreyer, the copy chief of Random House. Witty grammar lessons? Yes, please. —Shari

  • This amazing and moving essay in The New Yorker by Gregory Pardlo about his father and the 1981 air-traffic controller strike includes beautiful sentences like this: “All your delicate ideas have to remain perfectly clear and distinct in your mind at all times.” —Rebecca


February Highlights

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Thursday, February 7 at 4:30 pm, Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, celebrates the life and work of Andre Dubus II in Sanborn Library with readings and discussion about Dubus’ work. The event features the editor of his re-issued series of Collected Stories, Joshua Bodwell, and the distinguished publisher David R. Godine.

The Vermont Book Shop in Middlebury, Vermont is holding A Celebration of Vermont Poets on Saturday, February 9, at 4:00 pm. The great lineup includes Dede Cummings, Chard deNiord, Karin Gottshall, Syd Lea, Gary Margolis, Julia Shipley, and Bianca Stone. With chocolate!

The Center for Cartoon Studies’ own James Sturm is on tour for his new graphic novel, Off Season. Catch him at the CCS in White River Junction, Vermont, on Thursday, February 14 at 4:00 pm. James’ presentation will also touch upon the drawing of dogs, crooked contractors, LSD, and 4 x 6 index cards.

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The lovely Jane Brox will be at The Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough, New Hampshire, on Saturday, February 16, at 11:00 am to read from her latest non-fiction work, Silence.

Poet Gabrielle Calvocoressi reads at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, on Thursday, February 21, at 4:30 pm in the Sanborn Library.

You’ve got two great chances to see Pam Houston read from her recent book, Deep Creek. On Sunday, February 24 at 6:00 pm, she’ll be at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, Vermont; she’ll be at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord, New Hampshire, on Tuesday. February 26.

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Emily Bernard, a professor of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at the University of Vermont, reads from her book, Black Is The Body, at 6:00 pm on Friday, February 22 at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, Vermont.

The Painted Word Poetry Series is back at The Fleming Museum of Art in Burlington, Vermont. Stephanie Burt reads on Wednesday, February 27 at 6:00 pm.

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

 

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LitFest 2019 begins on Wednesday, February 27 and goes through Sunday, March 3 at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Jamel Brinkley—whose amazing collection of short stories, A Lucky Man, was nominated for a National Book Award and for The Story Prize—will be reading on Thursday, February 28 along with fellow NBA nominee Brandon Hobson. Other writers in attendance will be Jennifer Egan, Elizabeth Kolbert, and Cullen Murphy.

 

Worth a Listen

  • What a treat to hear Zadie Smith and her husband Nick Laird speak about their books, both titled Feel Free, on the Shakespeare & Co. podcast.

  • Every single episode of the Slowdown podcast with Tracy K. Smith. Period.

We're Looking Forward to These February Releases:

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Calls For Submission and Upcoming Deadlines

It’s PoemCity and PoemTown season again! Submit your poems for consideration to be displayed in downtown windows in Montpelier, Randolph, and St. Johnsbury, Vermont, during the month of April. The submission deadline for Montpelier and Randolph is February 4. The submission deadline for St. Johnsbury is February 28. For more information about Montpelier and St. Johnsbury submissions, please visit the PoemCity Submission page and the PoemCity website. For Randolph submissions, please send 1-3 original poems as Word attachments to musbird@gmail.com. Include your contact information in the email (name, mailing address, email address and telephone number). Then attach each poem separately with the title of the poem as the document name and no identifying information other than the poem’s title on each document.

The Upper Valley Fiction group is accepting new members. The group meets monthly, September though June, to offer honest feedback on each other’s work. An MFA or publication is not required, but comparable writing expertise is preferred. To apply, submit one short story or one chapter (no longer than 20 pages) by February 11 to uppervalleyfiction@gmail.com.

The Poetry Society of Vermont is accepting submissions to its publication, The Mountain Troubadour, until February 14. You can submit up to three poems, of 40 lines or less. You must be a PSOV member to submit. For more information, please visit the Mountain Troubadour Submission page.

Applications for the next round of Vermont Studio Center residency fellowships for artists and writers are due by February 15 (for residencies scheduled between May and December 2019 in Johnson, Vermont), including the James Merrill Poetry, ALSCW, VSC/Callaloo, Helen Zell Residency, and Voices Rising fellowships. Every VSC residency includes private room, private studio space, all meals, and full access to the VCS’ schedule of evening programs and events. For more information, please visit the VSC Fellowships page.

The Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program is seeking nominations for the 2019-2021 Poet Laureate. The Laureate is the PPLP’s main bridge to the community, a role model and recruiter for future generations of poets and sets the tone for two years in the life of the Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program. Nominees should live in Portsmouth, Dover, Durham, Eliot, Greenland, Kittery, Madbury, New Castle, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket, North Hampton, Rye, or Stratham, or work at least half time in Portsmouth. To make a nomination, send an email about your nominee to info@pplp.org by February 20.

The AVA Gallery in Lebanon, New Hampshire, is looking for storytellers for its next Mudroom event (March 14). Selected storytellers will be awarded an AVA membership and may bring a guest to enjoy the evening. Please include a very brief summary of your story (no more than 300 words) and a short bio (no more than 150 words) by February 24. For more information, please visit the Mudroom page.

Applications are open for Free Verse Farm’s week-long poetry residencies. Residents will stay in an off-grid small vintage camper on the farm in Chelsea, Vermont. The residence fee is $250/week, which includes coffee and tea, but all other groceries must be provided by the resident, with meal preparation occurring in the camper. Poets are welcome to bring a partner at no extra charge. The application deadline is April 1. For more information and to apply, please visit the Free Verse Residency page.

The Juniper Summer Writing Institute in Amherst, Massachusetts (June 16 to 22) is accepting applications. 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. The non-refundable application fee is $40. For more information and to apply, please visit the Juniper Institute website.


Upcoming Workshops and Classes

Poet James Crews is offering his four-week Mindfulness and Writing Online workshop from February 2 to March 9. This generative online writing workshop will examine connections between the practice of meditation/mindfulness and the act of writing fearlessly from the heart. Though not required, attendees will be invited to share their work via email with each other. Beginners and all skill levels are welcome. You do not need any previous experience with mindfulness, meditation, or online courses; all you need is an internet connection, email, and an open mind. $295 for four sessions. For more information and to register, please visit the Northshire Books events page.

On February 9 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, join the New Hampshire Writers’ Project and romance author Ana E. Ross at SNHU in Manchester, New Hampshire, for “So You Think You Know Me?” This workshop focuses on three vital elements of characterization in storytelling: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict (GMC). This interactive workshop invites you to bring a character you’re working on. $65 for members; $80 for non-members. For information and to register, please visit the NHWP Workshops page.

The New Hampshire Writers’ Project is hosting a six-week “Preparing Your Manuscript for an Agent’s Eyes” workshop, where you can work your manuscript into a polished version ready for agents, professional review, and publishing consideration. You will work directly with Amanda Forbes Silva, a professional writer and editor who will help you better evaluate your writing and determine how to edit your work for clarity and concision. All genres are welcome! The workshop meets on Saturdays, February 16 through March 23, 1:00 to 4:00 pm at SNHU in Manchester, New Hampshire. $390 for NHWP members; $510 for non-members. For information and to register, please visit the NHWP Workshops page.

On March 9, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, the AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, is offering a “One Photo, Four Stories” writing workshop where you will use a photo of your choice as a prompt for four separate stories. This class is open to all levels. $68 for members; $80 for non-members. For more information and to register, please visit the AVA Gallery website.

Already dreaming of summer? Registration for Summer Workshops at The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont, is already open. This year’s workshops include Graphic Memoirs with Melanie Gillman, Creating Graphic Novels for the Young Adult Market with Jo Knowles and Tillie Walden, and a Graphic Novel Workshop with Paul Karasik. For all the details and to register, please visit the CCS 2019 Summer Workshops page.

The Dipper - April 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

News

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April is National Poetry Month and there are poetic events going on everywhere. Check our calendar for readings, poetry slams, dinners, workshops, and other National Poetry Month events happening in New Hampshire and Vermont. MontpelierRandolph, and St. Johnsbury are holding special PoemCity and PoemTown events in April.

If you're feeling ambitious, you can celebrate by joining joining NaPoWriMo to write a poem a day. Feeling a little less ambitious? Sign up with Poem-a-Day to receive a daily poem in your inbox, or celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day by selecting a poem to carry with you and share with others on April 27. Or, just grab a book of poems or print out a poem or two or three, find a sunny spot, and spend a few minutes drinking in the words.

In other news, here are some April book releases that we're really looking forward to: 

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April Highlights

Chris Bohjalian, novelist and descendant of survivors of the Armenian Genocide will give a talk entitled "The Genocide and the Love Story: Fiction as Activism" on Wednesday, April 5, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at the Goodrich Memorial Library in Newport, Vermont.

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Essayist Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams, will be reading at Sanborn Library at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, on Thursday, April 6, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. Books will be available for purchase, and refreshments will be served.

Also on Thursday, April 6, T. Geronimo Johnson, author of Welcome to Braggsville, will be reading from 8:00 to 9:00 pm at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont.

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On Sunday, April 9, novelist Anthony Doerr will be at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, as part of "Writers On a New England Stage." The event begins at 4:00 pm. Tickets are $25 to $27 and include an autographed, paperback copy of All the Light We Cannot See.

Jonathan Franzen will be reading at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, on Monday, April 17 at 4:00 pm. The reading will be following by a conversation with a host/interviewer, and he will answer questions from the audience.

On Thursday, April 20 at Phoenix Books in Rutland, Vermont, poets Dede Cummings, Megan Buchanan, and James Crews will be celebrating National Poetry Month with a reading at 6:30 pm.

Poet Alison Hawthorne Deming will be at the RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on Friday, April 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. This event, sponsored by the New Hampshire Institute of Art, will feature a reading, books for sale, and book signing. Before the event, mingle with NHIA faculty and staff and learn about NHIA's Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

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For Young Writers

Teen Lit Mob, Vermont's first teen literary festival, is taking place on Friday, April 7, at Fletcher Free Library in Burlington, Vermont. There will be author talks and workshops, book signings, freebies, and a chance to vote for your favorite Green Mountain Book Award titles. The event is free for teens and lunch will be served. Register to attend!

 

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Five writers—Andre Dubus II, Steph Burt, Regie Gibson, Jenna Russell, and Caroline Woods—in conversation with Alicia Anstead, will discuss literary responses to the current political climate in "Reading and Writing in the Age of Trump," on Tuesday, April 4, at The Rockwell in Somerville, Massachusetts, at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $10.

Novelist and screenwriter Karolina Waclawiak, author of How to Get Into the Twin Palms and The Invaders, will be reading at Amherst Books in Amherst, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, April 19 at 7:00 pm.

 

Calls for Submission and Upcoming Deadlines

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

The New Hampshire Poetry Festival (Saturday, September 23) is accepting proposals for group readings and panel discussions based around a particular aspect of poetry in New Hampshire and beyond. The proposal submission deadline is Monday, May 15. For more information, please visit their Call for Proposals page

The Poetry Society of New Hampshire sponsors several poetry contests each year. The deadline for the next National Contest is Monday, May 15. The deadline for the next Members Only Contest is also Monday, May 15. For more information, please visit their Contest page.

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

Teen poets! The Poetry, Prose, and Pizza Slam (Saturday, April 22combines all the best components of a pizza party and a poetry slam, plus you could win $100 by performing an original piece of writing. To participate, sign up by April 20

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

Applications for The Frost Place summer programs are now open, including the Conference on Poetry and Teaching, the Conference on Poetry, and the Poetry Seminar. For application deadlines and more information, please visit their Application page.

 

April Workshops and Classes

Writer and coach Vicki Hathorne will be guiding women in a weekly writing circle for four Fridays in April. The Contemplative Writing Circle for Women will be held in the classroom at the Upper Valley Food Co-op in White River Junction, Vermont, from 9:00 to 11:00 am. The cost is $100 for four sessions. For more information, please visit the information page.

The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire, is hosting a Book Arts workshop on Saturday, April 8 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The workshop is free with museum Admission.

Young writers in grades 5-8 can join YA author Aaron Starmer in a flash fiction workshop at the Howe Library in Hanover, New Hampshire, on Tuesday, April 18, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

Poet Ina Anderson will lead a poetry writing workshop for poets of all ages and abilities on Sunday, April 23, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Kimball Public Library in Randolph, Vermont. This event is part of PoemTown Randolph.

On Saturday, April 29, author Elayne Clift will lead a memoir writing workshop from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Rockingham Free Public Library in Bellows Falls, Vermont. The workshop is free, but pre-registration is required by contacting Anne Dempsey at programming@rockinghamlibrary.org or (802) 463-4270.

The Poetry Society of Vermont's Spring Workshop is Saturday, May 6. To participate in the workshop, you must be a member and you must submit one poem to the Society by Friday, April 14. For more information, please visit their Spring Workshop page.

Registration for The Center for Cartoon Studies 2017 Summer Workshops is now open. In addition to workshops for drawing and writing cartoons and comics, this summer's schedule includes three graphic novel workshops led by writers and cartoonists Paul Karasik, Jo Knowles, Tillie Walden, and Melanie Gillman. For more information and to register, please visit their Summer Workshops page.

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.