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The Dipper - June 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

 

June News

Rena Mosteirin

Rena Mosteirin

Dan Chiasson

Dan Chiasson

GennaRose Nethercott

GennaRose Nethercott

Drumroll, please….!

It’s finally time to announce the featured poets for Poetry & Pie III. We are beyond thrilled that Rena J. Mosteirin, Dan Chiasson, and GennaRose Nethercott will be joining us at Sweetland Farm in Norwich, Vermont, on Saturday, August 3, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

Poet-for-hire Taylor Mardis Katz is returning with her Remington typewriter so that she can write custom poems for you. As in past years, we welcome you to read your own, original work at our open mic. New to Poetry & Pie this year, we’ll have a musical interlude by one of our favorite local musicians, Laura Jean Binkley (who also performed at last November’s Writers’ Process Night). And, of course, we’ll ply you with every kind of pie—sweet, savory, gluten-free, vegan—that you can imagine. Get the details and RSVP on our Poetry & Pie page. We look forward to seeing you there!

Rena Mosteirin, a Poetry & Pie featured poet, is also the author of the first Little Dipper, our new handmade chapbook series. Rena’s chapbook, tentatively titled half-fabulous whales, is a collection of erasure poems crafted from the pages of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. We’re producing a limited edition of 25, numbered and signed, and will have them for sale at Poetry & Pie. If you’d like to reserve a copy in advance, let us know!

Our friend Ocean Vuong’s debut novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, comes out on June 4, and we couldn’t be more excited. You might remember that Ocean was one of the featured poets at last year’s Poetry & Pie, where he read an excerpt from the novel. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous has received rave reviews—including starred reviews from Kirkus, Library Journal and Booklist—and is the number one Indie Next pick for June. You have a few opportunities to see him in New England in June and he’s going to be at Bookstock in Woodstock, Vermont, at the end of July. Not only is his writing amazing, but he’s a wonderful reader of his own work. Not to be missed!

In case you missed it, we have some new goodies on our blog, including a Friday Reads selection by writer Sierra Dickey, and an interview with local writer, Rachel Barenbaum about her debut novel, A Bend in the Stars.

 
 

Slow Club Book Clubbers are leisurely making their way through our spring selection, Wioletta Greg’s Swallowing Mercury. If you’re not a member yet, you can read our recent, mid-season check-in letter about that book, and you can sign up to be notified about our summer book, which we’ll announce very soon.

 
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And finally… we recently changed our website from .com to .org. We’ve always imagined ourselves more as a community organization than a business, and we want our website to reflect that. The old website address will automatically take you to the new one for the time being, but, when you get a chance, please update your bookmarks to the new address: www.literarynorth.org.

June’s Shooting Stars

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

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  • I recently discovered a new favorite podcast, Everything Else, a culture podcast from the Financial Times. My favorite episode is “Ways of Seeing: Sheila Heti on Pierre Bonnard, but there are so many good ones. Richard Grant, Alexander Chee, Kerry James Marshall, Sally Rooney. Give it a listen! —Shari

  • If you have a spare ~24 minutes in our day, listen to Mary Ruefle read her essay “My Private Property” on KCRW’s Bookworm podcast. Every time I listen, it leaves me speechless. —Rebecca


June Highlights

Shomari Wills

Shomari Wills

Brooklyn journalist and author Shomari Wills reads from his book, Black Fortunes, in the historic Barn House at the Clemmons Family Farm in Charlotte, Vermont, on Saturday, June 1, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

If you haven’t had a chance yet to see James Crews talk about his book, Healing the Divide, he will be at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vermont, along with Julia Shipley, Todd Davis, Carol Cone, Alice Gilburn, David Axelrod, and Michelle Wiegers on Sunday, June 2, at 2:00 pm.

Helen Macdonald

Helen Macdonald

The Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference and Translator’s Conferences offer many readings open to the public from Friday, May 31 through Wednesday, June 5 at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. Some of our favorite writers will be on hand, including Megan Mayhew Bergman, Claire Vaye Watkins, Dan Chiasson, J. Drew Lanham, Helen Macdonald, Emily Wilson and more.

The Thing in the Spring—an annual festival of music, art, and literature in Peterborough, New Hampshire—features readings by Mary Ruefle and Arielle Greenberg on Friday, June 7; Adar Cohen, Doug Valentine, and Ed Symkus on Saturday, June 8; and Iliana Rocha and Rage Hezekiah on Sunday, June 9. All readings take place at the Toadstool Bookshop. Check our calendar for reading times.

The Joan Hutton Landis Summer Reading Series kicks off on Sunday, June 9, at 5:30 pm with Angela Palm and Nathan McClean. The series takes place at Big Town Gallery in Rochester, Vermont, and continues through September 1.

Amitava Kumar. Photo by Snigdha Kumar

Amitava Kumar. Photo by Snigdha Kumar

Amitava Kumar, author of Immigrant, Montana, is reading at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vermont, on Thursday, June 13, at 5:30 pm.

Sunday, June 16 is Bloomsday, the day we commemorate the life of James Joyce and his novel Ulysses. If you’re in the Upper Valley, you can celebrate with a brunch, readings, and discussion with professor James Heffernan at Jesse’s Restaurant in Hanover, New Hampshire, starting at 11:30 am. $32 per person. Registration is required.

The 2019 Hyla Brook Reading Series continues in Derry, New Hampshire, on Friday, June 14, at 7:00 pm with keynote speaker Bruce Bennett and Frost Farm Prize winner, David Southward.

David Huddle and Gregory Spatz read from their latest works of fiction at The Vermont Bookshop in Middlebury, Vermont, on Thursday, June 20, at 7:00 pm.

Zinzi Clemmons. Photo by Nina Subin

Zinzi Clemmons. Photo by Nina Subin

Cheryl Strayed will speak at the Latchis Theater in Brattleboro, Vermont, on Tuesday, June 25, at 7:30 pm in celebration of Brattleboro Area Hospice’s 40th anniversary.

On Friday, June 28, Zinzi Clemmons will read from her debut novel, What We Lose, at the Norman Williams Public Library in Woodstock, Vermont. The reading begins at 4:30 pm.

This year’s Justice - And Poetry - For All, put together by the Sundog Poetry Center, will focus on the poetry of immigrants. As of press time, the date and lineup haven’t been announced, but Sundog’s website says it’s happening in June. Check their website for updates.

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

 

Worth a Drive

  • Yaddo presents Amy Hempel at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, New York, on June 6, at 6:00 pm. Reservations are required. She will be in conversation with Elaine Richardson, President of Yaddo.

  • Robert MacFarlane, author of Underland, will be in conversation with Sebastien Smee at Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on June 11, at 7:00 pm.

  • Regina Porter will be reading from her debut novel, The Travelers, at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, Massachusetts on June 20, at 7:00 pm.

  • The Juniper Summer Writing Institute hosts public readings during the month of June. Readers include Joy Williams, Ross Gay, Ocean Vuong, Mitch Jackson, CA Conrad, and more!

 

Worth a Listen

  • Check out last month’s Brave Little State from VPR, where they looked into just what draws so many writers and poets to Vermont.

  • Pam Houston on the OtherppL podcast.

  • Preti Taneja joins Andy Miller and John Mitchinson on the Backlisted podcast to discuss Beloved, by Toni Morrison.

 

We're Looking Forward to These June Releases

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Calls For Submission and Upcoming Deadlines

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: June 1 | 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

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: June 15 | Details

Vermont Studio Center Fellowships
Twenty-five VSC fellowships open to all artists and writers living and working anywhere in the world, in addition to six special fellowships for writers. These awards are for residencies scheduled between September 2019 and May 2020. Every VSC residency opportunity includes private room, private studio space, all meals, and full access to their schedule of evening programs and events. $25 application fee.
Deadline: June 15 | Details

Zig Zag Lit Mag
Accepting fiction, non-fiction, dramatic forms, poetry—any genre, any topic. To submit you must live, labor, or loiter in Addison County, Vermont.
Deadline: June 30 | Details

Green Mountain Writers Conference
For five days each summer (July 29 to August 2), people who have been coming to the conference for years and first-timers joyously tackle the job of putting words together to tell story, to craft poetry, to communicate, to share, and to learn from one another under the close tutelage of published authors. Faculty this year includes Dede Cummings, Jensen Beach, Yvonne Daley, and Gary Margolis.
Deadline: Call (802) 236-6133 for availability or email the director, Yvonne Daley, at yvonnedaley@me.com | 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. The seminar offers unparalleled access to a faculty of celebrated contemporary poets. The goal is to send you home charged up to re-enter your own work. $25 application fee.
Deadline: July 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

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


Upcoming Workshops and Classes

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

Elements of the Novel Workshop with Eileen Charbonneau
Saturday June 8, 15, 22, and 29, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Do you think you have a novel in you?  Have you written one (or more!) and want to make it better and closer to publication? Eileen will cover topics such as setting, characterization, voice and dialogue. All are encouraged to write during class and learn how to critique each other and self-edit.
Location: Village Square Booksellers | Cost: $5 per session | Details

New Hampshire Writers’ Project Write-In
Saturday, June 22, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

The NHWP holds seasonal Write-Ins for its members where they can come and hang out with fellow writers and have a dedicated time to write. We write all day, break for a social lunch, and then get back to writing or take part in an optional ad hoc critique session with fellow writers.
Location: The Ford House, SNHU, Manchester, New Hampshire | Cost: free for members | Details

Do I Have a Book in Me? with Bill Schubart
Tuesday, June 25, 7:00 pm

As an author or eight fictional works—both self-published and traditionally published—Bill will answer questions about the work of writing and the new business of publishing. Bill will also discuss his recently published novel, The Priest.
Location: Phoenix Books, Burlington, Vermont | Cost: free | 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.
Location: Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, New Hampshire | Cost: free | Details

Write Here, Write Now with Barbara Steiner
Saturday, June 29, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Beginning and experienced writers are invited to a day-long creative writing workshop at Aryaloka Buddhist Center. Based on the Amherst Writers and Artists method, we’ll write in response to prompts (which you are free to ignore) designed to help us bypass our inner critic and write from what comes to us.
Location: Newmarket, New Hampshire | Cost: $45-$85 | Details

The Dipper - April 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

 

April News

Thank you to everyone who braved the lion-like weather to join us, Colin McKaig, Peter Money, and Ruth Antoinette Rodriguez at Poetry & Pints at the Brownsville Butcher & Pantry last month! The Brownsville community warmly embraced the headlining poets with rapt attention and loud applause, then entertained us with their own poems at the open mic. This welcoming community is fostered by Lauren and Peter’s enthusiasm and energy, and their wonderful food. If you’re in the Brownsville area, stop by for a snack, a meal, a drink, groceries, meat, cheese, wine, or—coming this summer—ice cream and bbq! Thank you Colin, Peter, Ruth, Lauren, and Peter for a fantastic night.

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With spring underway, we look forward to our favorite summer event: Poetry & Pie on Saturday, August 3, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm! This year is our third year at the beautiful Sweetland Farm in Norwich, Vermont. We’ll have three amazing poets, plenty of pie choices, and an open mic for your original work. Please save the date! We’ll be announcing the headlining poets soon. In the meantime, can you guess who’s coming from these clues?

  • Mystery poet #1 grew up going to Al’s French Frys in Burlington but currently lives out of state.

  • Mystery poet #2 lives in the Upper Valley and champions writing and books every day.

  • Mystery poet #3 was a former writer-in-residence at Paris’ Shakespeare & Co.

Calling all slow readers! The beginning of April means it’s time to announce our second selection for the 2019 edition of the Slow Club Book Club. This season’s book is Swallowing Mercury, by Wioletta Greg, translated by Eliza Marciniak. The author Sarah Perry's blurb for the book immediately had us intrigued:

“Greg writes with a precise, strange charm, and the poet’s acute sensitivity to detail. Little by little, I felt the presence of young Wiola appear beside me—vital, quick-witted and curious, picking her way through the dark woods of faith, family, sex, and politics as if in some melancholy fairytale. I experienced the book like a series of cool, clear drinks, each more intoxicating than the last.”

Can you resist? To join us, just get a copy and read. To be in the know about future titles, please subscribe to our Tiny Letter.

Fantastic poet and all around good guy James Crews has edited a new book of poetry entitled Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness and Compassion. Yes! This anthology, which comes out on April 9, has a preface by Ted Kooser and includes poems by Mark Doty, Ross Gay, Donald Hall, Marie Howe, Naomi Shihab Nye and many others. The poems in this beautiful book prove to us the possibility of creating in our lives what Dr. Martin Luther King called the “beloved community,” a place where we see each other as the neighbors we already are. Attend the launch for Healing the Divide on Tuesday, April 16 at Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, Vermont. And look for an interview with James on our blog about this project soon.

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Last month we let you in on Allie Levy’s plans for the Still North Books & Bar in Hanover, New Hampshire. We’re happy to say that renovations for Still North are well underway and the latest news is that a beautiful, original brick wall has been revealed. Allie is still looking for donations to buy the books. Any amount is welcome. If you donate even $1, you get to tell Allie your favorite books, which she’ll compile into a list available at the store once it opens. Let’s all help Allie buy the books!

Always looking for ways to make this newsletter more useful for you, we’ve made some changes to the Submissions and Workshops sections to make them a little less wordy and a little easier for you to scan quickly. We hope you find this change helpful!


April’s Shooting Stars

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

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  • Word House in Brattleboro, Vermont, has us giddy. Check out this new venture started by one of Vermont’s finest writers, Robin MacArthur. Workshops, mentoring writing space, and readings! We’re looking forward to visiting regularly. —Shari

  • Author and artist Katie Holten has created a free downloadable tree font from her alphabet based on the the trees in NYC Parks. Let’s all welcome spring by writing poems in Tree! —Rebecca


April Highlights

Randolph and Montpelier, Vermont, celebrate National Poetry Month with their annual series of PoemTown and PoemCity events, beginning with dinner and a reading with poet Kerrin McCadden at the Black Krim Tavern in Randolph at 6:00 pm on Monday, April 1. Check our calendar (and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library website) for more PoemTown and PoemCity events.

Jo Knowles, YA author, roller derby queen, and all around good human, is launching her latest book, Where the Heart Is, at Yankee Bookshop in Woodstock, Vermont, on Wednesday, April 3, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

Laurie Sheck

Laurie Sheck

On Thursday, April 4, poet Laurie Sheck will be reading at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, at 8:00 pm.

The first annual Exeter Literary Festival takes place Friday, April 5, through Saturday, April 6, in various venues around Exeter, New Hampshire. The Festival features a keynote talk by Dan Brown, book discussions, a picture book scavenger hunt, book trivia competitions, a literary cosplay celebration, panel discussions, readings and signings, and a gala poetry reading at The Word Barn.

Bloodroot Literary Magazine celebrates the launch of its fourth digital edition at Left Bank Books in Hanover, New Hampshire, on Tuesday, April 9, at 7:00 pm. Come celebrate with readings, an open mic, and snacks.

Yiyun Li

Yiyun Li

On Thursday, April 11, at 4:30 pm, Yiyun Li reads as part of the Cleopatra Mathis Poetry & Prose Reading Series at Sanborn Library at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

As part of PoemCity events (see above), Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, Vermont, is hosting a group reading to celebrate the launch of Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness and Connection. This special reading features James Crews (who edited the book), Mary Elder-Jacobson, Megan Buchanan, Alison Prine, Patricia Fontaine, Laura Foley, Carol Cone, and others. The reading on Tuesday, April 16, begins at 7:00 pm.

Namwali Serpell reads from her new novel, The Old Drift, at Sanborn Library at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, on Tuesday, April 16, at 4:30 pm.

Margaret Atwood. Photo by Brigitte Lacombe.

Margaret Atwood. Photo by Brigitte Lacombe.

Margaret Atwood (yes, that Margaret Atwood), prize-winning author of over fifty books—including The Handmaid’s Tale and Alias Grace—will give a lecture at Dartmouth College’s Spaulding Auditorium in Hanover, New Hampshire, on Thursday, April 18, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.

Justin Torres, author of We the Animals, gives a reading at Dartmouth College’s Sanborn Library in Hanover, New Hampshire on Friday, April 19, at 4:30 pm. The following evening (April 20), Torres hosts a public screening of the film based on his book at the Loew Auditorium in Hanover, New Hampshire, at 7:00 pm.

PoemTown Randolph hosts Farmer Poets Night on Saturday, April 20, at 7:00 pm, featuring Taylor Mardis Katz, Carl Russell, and Caitlin Gildrien. The reading at Silloway Sugar House in Randolph Center, Vermont, will be followed by sugar on snow and other light refreshments.

On Tuesday, April 23, Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, Vermont, hosts a Poets for Migrant Justice fundraising reading, featuring Nico Amador, Cynthia Dewi Oka, and Natalie Scenters-Zapico. All donations given during this reading will benefit Migrant Justice.

Next Stage Arts Project presents Green Writers Press’ 4th Annual Earth Day Celebration and Reading on Friday, April 26, at 7:00 pm at Next Stage Arts in Putney, Vermont. The evening will feature short readings by Vermont authors, book signings, and cake.

Close out National Poetry Month by seeing Alison Prine read at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, on Tuesday, April 30, from 8:00 to 9:00 pm.

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

 

Worth a Drive

  • Isabella Hammad will be at the Harvard Bookstore in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, April 17, at 7:00 pm for a reading and talk about her debut novel, The Parisian, which has been receiving rave reviews.

  • Jane Hirshfield will be reading at Smith College’s Weinstein Auditorium in Northampton, Massachusetts, on Tuesday, April 23, at 7:30 pm.

 

Worth a Listen

 

We're Looking Forward to These April Releases


Calls For Submission and Upcoming Deadlines

The Frost Place 2019 LatinX and Gregory Pardlo Scholarships
The winners receive a full fellowship to attend the Conference on Poetry at The Frost Place (July 6-12), including tuition, room, board, and travel.
Deadline
: April 15 | Details

The Hopper
Accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art.
Deadline: June 1 | Details

The Hopper 2019 Poetry Prize
Judged by Kathleen Hellen, the winner receives $500 and publication by Green Writers Press.
Deadline: July 1 | Details

The 2019 Fall MacDowell Literature Fellowship
A Fellowship consists of exclusive use of a private studio, accommodations and three prepared meals a day for two weeks to two months.
Deadline: April 15 | Details

2019 Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry
The prize includes a cash award of $3000 in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, 20 copies of the winning title, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. This year’s prize is being judged by Oliver de la Paz.
Deadline: April 30 | Details

Barnstorm
Accepting unpublished work in nonfiction, fiction, and poetry
Deadline: May 31 | Details

New England Review
Looking for submissions in all genres: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, drama, translation, creative writing for their website, cover art, and art for their website.
Deadline: May 31 | Details

Howard Frank Mosher First Novel and Story Collection Book Prize
This publication prize is for a novelist or short story writer who writes about Vermont and/or the themes that resonate so well with Howard's work: nature, small-town stories, love, friendship, forgiveness, Vermont, solitude, and rural life, that are part of Howard 's literary legacy.
Deadline: June 1, 2019 | 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

Mud Season Review
Accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art. Mud Season Review pays authors and featured artists $50 for their work. Artists whose images they select to pair with writing receive $15.
Deadline: Reading period begins April 1 | 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

Poetry Month workshop with Mary Jane Dickerson
Mondays in April
A workshop for those interested in reading and writing poetry, with a culminating reading at the Deborah Rawson Memorial Library in Underhill, Vermont.
Location: Jericho Town Library, Jericho, Vermont | Cost: by donation | Details

The Gifts of Story workshop with Rebecca Rule
Mondays, April 15 to June 10, 10:00 am to noon

An exploration of the art of story. By writing, telling, and sharing their stories, participants will build bridges to the people, places, and experiences that have shaped their lives.
Location: Upper Valley Senior Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire | Cost: by donation | Details

Spring Writing workshop with Robin MacArthur
Tuesdays, April 23 to May 21, 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.
Location: 103 Main Street, Brattleboro, Vermont | Cost: $180 (scholarships available) | Details

Touch Your Words: Teaching Indigenous Languages through Making Symposium
April 12, 9:30 am to 4:45 pm

The recent purchase of metal type in the Cherokee Syllabary has prompted new interest in our Book Arts Workshop. This symposium seeks to bring together makers of all kinds (students, scholars, librarians, writers, artists, and printers) to exchange their experiences and knowledge in tactile learning and explore new possibilities.
Location: Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire | Cost: free | Details

People Need Stores: League of Vermont Writers Spring Program
April 13, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Explore the art of storytelling and learn how to shape your writing to tell a compelling story. The agenda includes talks by three writing professionals, a tour the town library for a librarian's perspective on books and writing, and a generative writing exercise with local writer Amy Braun. The program concludes with a Q&A on storytelling and books. Register by April 9.
Location: Pierce Hall Community Center, Rochester, Vermont | Cost: $54-$74 | Details

Matter of Life and Verse: Writing Poetry workshop with Michael Metivier
Tuesdays, April 16 to May 21, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Learn to create resonance, heightened urgency, and a timeless quality to your work. $25, regardless of AVA membership.
Location: AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire | Cost: $25 | Details

Fun with Forms poetry workshop with Rebecca Jamieson
April 20, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
This workshop explores the poetic form and why poets use them. The workshop is open to ages 15 and up. All levels of experience are welcome!
Location: Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, Vermont | Cost: free | Details

603: Writers’ Conference
April 27, 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
The theme of this year’s conference is “The Art of Storytelling.”The keynote speaker will be New York Times bestselling author Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked.
Location: Saint Anselm Sullivan Arena, Goffstown, New Hampshire | Cost: $95-185 | Details

Cartoon Studies Summer workshops
June 3 to August 9

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.
Location: The Center for Cartoon Studies, White River Junction, Vermont | Cost: varied | Details

The Dipper - March 2018

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

March News

We hope many of you made it out to JAGFest 2.0 last month. Each of the staged readings was wonderful, but it was the accumulated power of the entire weekend—the writing, the performances, the emotions, the discussions, and the feeling of community—that really made the festival special. If you missed the festival this year, you'll get another chance next February!

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Continuing our collaboration with JAG Productions, we're thrilled to announce the Lady Sings the Blues book group. This one-meeting book group will read and discuss Billie Holiday's autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues, in preparation for attending a performance of JAG Productions' presentation of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill. We'll meet at Yankee Bookshop in Woodstock, Vermont, on Tuesday, May 15, at 7:00 pm. Local author and fantastic question-asker Julia Cooke will lead our discussion. Want to join us? Visit our event page to sign up.

 

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We're kind of blown away by how many of you have already joined our Slow Club Book Club and we hope you enjoyed the first selection as much as we did. We've selected our Spring book and will announce it to members in early March. Not a member yet? It's never too late to join us!

 

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In other big news, we've got most of the details worked out for Poetry & Pie II! Once again we'll be meeting at Sweetland Farm, in Norwich, Vermont, to listen to and read poems, eat pie, and enjoy a perfect summer afternoon. We'll reveal the fantastic lineup of poets soon. In the meantime, circle Saturday, July 21, 3:00 to 5:00 pm, on your calendar. You won't want to miss this.

Finally, we want to take a paragraph here to thank our community, near and far, for supporting Literary North. So many of you have said such kind things about our work, sent us your literary news, met with us to discuss events and venues, encouraged us, volunteered for us, cheered us on, donated to us, and helped make Literary North better. We truly couldn't do this work without you. Thank you!

 

March's Shooting Stars

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

  • Thanks to the Vermont Humanities Council, I'm finally reading Moby-Dick. And yes, I'm loving it. If you read it long ago and want a refresher, or if you're daunted by reading it at all, I highly recommend listening to Moby Dick Big Read, a project conceived by Plymouth University. Different voices—some famous, some not—read the book to us chapter by chapter. It's wonderful. For a taste, listen to Nigel Williams' terrific reading of Chapter 3: The Spouter-Inn. —Rebecca
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  • Do you know about The Book Jam? Lisa Christie and Lisa Cadow, both of the Upper Valley, have a blog where they pass on book recommendations of all stripes. Their latest blog post features Norwich Bookstore bookseller, Carin Pratt. Carin's recommendations can't be beat. I always look forward to visiting Carin at the bookstore to hear which books she's raving about. —Shari

March Highlights

The Snapdragon Inn in Windsor, Vermont, is hosting author Ruth Porter, granddaughter of Maxwell Perkins, for their first Author's Book Club weekend on Saturday, March 3. Ruth will be leading a book discussion of her latest novel beginning at 3:00 pm. The discussion will be preceded by afternoon tea and followed by a book signing and a wine and cheese tasting.

Victor LaValle

Victor LaValle

On Thursday, March 1, Victor LaValle will be reading as part of the Cleopatra Mathis Poetry & Prose Series at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. The reading will be held at Sanborn Library and begins at 4:30 pm.

AVA Gallery's quarterly live storytelling event, The Mudroom, returns on Thursday, March 15 in Lebanon, New Hampshire. This quarter's theme is "The First Time." Food at 6:30 pm and the storytelling begins at 7.00. Purchase advance tickets online, $7.50 to $10. Ages 21 and over. Get your tickets soon as this event usually sells out!

On Sunday, March 11, Pam Houston will be giving a reading at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, at 7:00 pm.

Morgan Jerkins

Morgan Jerkins

Morgan Jerkins reads from her critically acclaimed book of essays, This Will Be My Undoing, on Wednesday, March 14, at 7:00 pm at Bennington College.

On Friday, March 16, Dartmouth Professor of History Annelise Orleck will read from and discuss her newest book, We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now, at Water Street Bookstore in Exeter, New Hampshire. The reading begins at 7:00 pm. If you miss this reading, you can also catch Annelise's reading at Phoenix Books in Burlington, Vermont, on Thursday, March 22, at 6:30 pm.

Robin Coste Lewis will be at Bennington College on Wednesday, March 21 as a part of the "Poetry at Bennington" series. Evie Shockley reads on Wednesday, March 28. Both of these readings start at 7:00 pm in Tishman Lecture Hall.

Multi-talented writer Rita Banerjee will read from her debut poetry collection, Echo in Four Beats, on Tuesday, March 27, at 5:30 pm at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire.

 

Worth a Drive

Photo by Tom Hines

Photo by Tom Hines

Poet Ocean Vuong—recent winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize—will be reading at the Alumnae House Conference Hall at Smith College, in Northampton, Massachusetts, on Tuesday, March 27. The reading begins at 7:30 pm. Meet you there?!

Amherst College Lit Fest begins Thursday, March 1 and goes through Saturday, March 3. Writers include Carmen Maria Machado, Min Jin Lee, Junot Diaz, and Masha Gessen. Visit Amherst College's website for more information.

 

We're Looking Forward to These March Releases

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Calls For Submission and Upcoming Deadlines

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

Applications are open until March 31 for two scholarships at The Frost Place:

  • The Gregory Pardlo Scholarship for Emerging African American Poets is open to African American Poets writing in English who have published up to one book of poetry. The winner will receive a full scholarship to attend the Poetry Seminar, including room and board, and will give a featured reading at the Seminar. For more information, please visit the Gregory Pardlo Scholarship page.
  • The Latin@ Scholarship is open to applicants that self-identify as Latin@, have a strong commitment to the Latin@ community, and are at least 21 years of age. The winner will receive tuition, room and board, and travel for The Frost Place Conference on Poetry. For more information and to apply, please visit the Latin@ Scholarship page.

The Fleming Museum of Art at UVM is seeking original poetry based on the art on view in the museum for their Ekphrastic Poetry Reading (on April 18, at 6:00 pm). Submissions must be received by March 16. For more information, please visit the Fleming Museum's event page.

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

The Odyssey Writing Workshop (June 4 to July 13) is accepting applications until April 7. The Odyssey workshop, for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, is held on the campus of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. Prospective students must include a 4,000-word writing sample with their application. For more information, please visit the Workshop page.

Registration is open for the VCFA Novel Retreat (May 15 to 21). Faculty includes Connie May FowlerJeff KleinmanRichard McCann, and Crystal Wilkinson. A $200 non-refundable deposit is required. For more information, please visit the Novel Retreat page.

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

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

Registration is open for the 3rd Annual Poetry Festival at the Fine Arts Work Center (August 5 to 10) in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The Festival includes poetry and songwriting workshops. Faculty includes Traci Brimhall, Cornelius Eady, Nick Flynn, Vievee Francis, Ross Gay, Rebecca Gayle Howell, Patty Larkin, and Patrick Rosal. For information on tuition, housing, and registration, please visit the FAWC Festival page.

Registration is open for 603: The Writers' Conference (April 14) on the SNHU campus in Manchester, New Hampshire. The keynote speaker is novelist Richard Russo. The conference includes master classes, workshops, panel discussions, lunch, and a reception. $85 to $135. For more information and to register, please visit the Conference page.

The Summer Writing Intensive at Marlboro College is accepting applications on a rolling basis through July 5. The intensive is open to anyone 18 years or older. Military veterans are particularly encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the Summer Writing Intensive page.


March Workshops and Classes

Poet Karin Gottshall is leading three Master Classes: "Figuration Smorgasbord: Roll up Your Sleeves and Get Messy with Metaphor," Saturdays, March 3, 10, and 17, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Burlington Writers Workshop in Burlington, Vermont. Note: These workshops do not need to be taken as a series. For more information and to register, please visit the Workshop page.

On Saturday, March 10, from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm, the League of Vermont Writers is offering "Sacred Marriage: The Writer and Their Critic," a workshop that will help you understand and explore the relationship between our writer-self and your inner critic. $60 for League members; $80 for non-members. To attend, you must register and pay in full by March 5. For more information and to register, please visit the Gatherings page.

Are you looking for quality feedback on a work-in-progress but have no time for a weekly class? Joni Cole's one-session "Fast Feedback" workshop on Saturday, March 10, provides writers of fiction and creative non-fiction with a quick fox of feedback, instruction, and collective inspiration. The workshop meets from 9:30 to 10:30 am at the Writer's Center in White River Junction, Vermont. The cost is $45. For more information and to register, please visit the Writer's Center Workshops page.

On Monday, March 12, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, Catherine Deiley is offering an online workshop titled, "Online Tools to Track Your Submissions." Learn to use tools such as Submittable and Duotrope to stay organized and keep your submissions rolling. $10 for New Hampshire Writers' Project members; $25 for non-members. For more information and to register, please visit the NHWP Workshops page.

Also sponsored by the New Hampshire Writers' Project, Tracy Hahn-Burkett, writer and former DC public policy advocate, will be teaching a "Political Writing: Advocacy" workshop. The workshop will be held at The Ford House on the campus of SNHU, on Wednesday, March 14, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. $50 for NHWP members; $75 for non-members. For more information and to register, please visit the NHWP Workshops page.

Join the Vermont Folklife Center for their "Storytelling for Social Change" workshop on Saturday, March 17, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This workshop is intended for anyone interested in developing collaborative documentary storytelling skills, including students, community members, and staff members of organizations doing cultural, community, and social-service work. The workshop will be held at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, Vermont. Tuition for the day is $95. For more information or to register, please visit the Workshop page.

On Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24, join the Vermont Folklife Center for a "Digital Storytelling for Community Engagement and Sustainability" workshop. This two-day workshop, held at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont, is a deep dive into tools and techniques for digital storytelling to engage students and communities in sustainability. $250, includes meals and accommodations. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. For more information and to register, please visit the Workshop page.

Join Mimi Schwartz for "Beyond the I: When Memoir Meets History," a workshop that focuses on the ways that personal narrative is enriched by history—be it family legacies, neighborhood landmarks, or the social history that shapes us. Through readings, discussion, and in-class exercises, participants will discover new strategies for writing their life stories in ways that friends, family or strangers will want to read on. The workshop, held on Saturday, March 24, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, will take place at The Ford House on the campus of SNHU, in Manchester, New Hampshire. $50 for NHWP members; $75 for non-members. For more information and to register, please visit the NHWP Workshops page.

On Sunday, March 25, author and writing coach Annalisa Parent will walk workshop attendees through the elements of a publishable manuscript. Participants will have the opportunity to share their writing andget meaningful feedback. The workshop will be held at the Toadstool Bookshop in Keene, New Hampshire, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. For more information and to register, please visit the Event page.

Join poet Hannah Fries on Wednesday, March 28, at Court Street Arts in Haverhill, New Hampshire, for a joyful exploration of what makes a poem leap off the page and into our hearts. Participants will spend part of the day looking at their own favorite poems and other examples, and part of the day using loose, fun exercises to jump start their own writing. $60 for members; $65 for non-members. For more information and to register, please visit the Classes page.

Poetry & Pie 2017 Recap

On July 29, 2017, we welcomed a barn full of poets and poetry lovers for Poetry & Pie. Once again, our friend EM Reynolds took photos and wrote her reflections on attending the event. Thank you so much, EM, and to everyone else who made Poetry & Pie such a beautiful afternoon.


Saturday is the end of my work week, and after trying to match many patrons and customers with the perfect book, I am often tired and spent. The thought of going home to sit and read in bed is always an extreme temptation, but this week I had made a decision to attend a poetry event at Sweetland Farm.

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If I hadn’t gone to the event, I never would have known how it’s possible to transform a barn into a spiritual place. One in which people can commune with with the spoken word and with each other.

If I hadn’t made the decision to go, I wouldn’t have learned that there are three Japanese words for heart: the organ, the thinking heart and the feeling heart. I wouldn’t have had reason to consider how hard it is to come out to one’s parents and how words can help you deal with loss. There is beauty to be found in grief and longing, and words have the power to heal. Thank you James.

If I hadn’t gone to hear these poets I would have missed out on Dede reading from her new work, breathing life into the sentences, saying so much with so little. Her economy of words striking right to the heart, capturing the essence of emotion. I wouldn’t have started to imagine myself as both participant and observer in this life.

If I hadn’t gone to immerse myself in language I wouldn’t have felt that intense connection to visual imagery. Or been confronted with my reflection in Mary Kane’s poem, "In Praise of Hoarders." Or contemplated despair and worry as giraffe-sized shapes and those as big as Asian countries. Or been lulled by the rhythm and cadence of Mary's voice.

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If I had kept on driving instead of pulling into the meadow, I would have missed my chance to hear the Q&A with the authors. I wouldn’t have been bolstered when they discussed writing as a practice, and suggested ways to continuing to write in today’s climate. I would not have been thinking about the positive effects of recitation and the importance of memorization. And I wouldn’t have come hame and researched the poem I once knew by heart, "Leeltla Georgio Washington," which won me the eighth grade speech contest. (And reading the comments after the poem shows me I was not the only one brave enough to memorize and recite this in middle school.) Such a fun memory to revisit.

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If I didn’t make a commitment to the event months ago and circled it in red on the calendar, I might have forgotten. And I wouldn’t have had the chance to marvel at the audience members’ bravery as they got up to read some of their own work. Nor would I have smiled at the recognition of mother’s sprouting butterfly wings, or the references to an ever changing electric sky. To think that moments can be stolen, that haiku can be written while waiting for sap to boil.

If I had just gone home after work I would have kicked myself later for passing up the opportunity to hear Taylor Katz recite one of her epic poems. To realize that people can write about their dirty floors and be honest enough to talk about body parts and the intense desire to be a good parent. And I wouldn’t have experienced the click clack of the typewriter keys as she created poems as the Poet for Hire.

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Of course if I didn’t go I would have missed out on the amazing homemade pie. The sweet and the savory. As it was, I had a bite of: apple, cherry, chocolate pecan, and lemon. Fabulous every one. I didn’t have the rhubarb or blueberry, but I brought home some pulled pork hand pies for my husband and he agreed that my going to this event was a good good thing.

So if you didn’t go, this is some of what you missed, but maybe if you’re lucky it will be an annual event and you too can mark it on the calendar and count down the days.

But there’s no need to wait, you can experience this type of awe-inspiring communal event several times a week if your schedule allows. I challenge you to check out the Literary North calendar and make plans with a friend to attend an author event or a poetry reading. Or maybe a concert or a play. Step away from your screens, leave your own life for awhile and let the words, the experience, transform you.


EM Reynolds is a librarian, bookseller, writer, photographer and aspiring ukulele player living in Vermont.