Vermont Book Award Gala

The Dipper - November 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 

November News

No sooner had we whispered aloud the existence of Ben Cosgrove’s upcoming Little Dipper chapbook, A Space Filled with Moving, than the edition’s initial run of 25 immediately sold out via pre-orders! We’re all bowled over and so grateful for your interest in these little books.

If you missed out on the first 25, we’ve decided to put our aprons back on, re-set the type, and make a second run of 25. The second batch will be available to those who attend Ben’s launch party on Friday, December 6, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Ben will read, he’ll play a little music, and we’ll eat some salty snacks in honor of Ben’s album Salt, which features in the book. Put that party date on your calendar! We’ll share more information about the launch party very soon.


If you’re reading Lucy Ellmann’s Ducks, Newburyport along with us, you’re now about 200 pages in and we’re really wondering what you think of the book. Are you ready for another 800 pages, or have you had enough of “the fact that” to last a lifetime? We’re sharing our thoughts in the comments of our blog post and also on our Instagram feed. Let’s hear from you: do you love it? Are you not sure? Do you find it meditative or confounding? What do you think of the narrator’s obsessions? Where do you think this book is leading? We’re not entirely sure ourselves, so we’d really love to hear from you!

As you know, we’re huge fans of the playwright Nathan Yungerberg, whose play Esai’s Table just completed its world premiere in October with Jarvis Green’s JAG Productions in White River Junction, Vermont. From here, the play will move to the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City. We were among the lucky people who got to see the evolution of the play from its early incarnation as part of JAGFest 2.0’s staged reading series to the full production and we recently had a chance to interview Nathan about that process. If you missed the play in Vermont, we hope you can get to New York City next March to see it!

The 5th Annual Vermont Book Award winner will be announced at a Gala held at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, Vermont, on Saturday, November 9 at 6:30 pm. The finalists—Sue Burton, Michael Collier, Anna Maria Hong, Daphne Kalmar, Jason Lutes, Kekla Magoon, Rebecca Makkai, Leath Tonino, and Tony Whedon—will read, you’ll get to snack on refreshments and hear live jazz, and you’ll be the first to find out this year’s winner. This will be our second time in attendance, and we hope to see you there! Tickets are $45 and available now.

November Highlights

Tammi Traux

Tammi Traux

On Saturday, November 2, Portsmouth New Hampshire’s 2018-2020 Poet Laureate, Tammi Traux, will be reading from her verse novel, For to See the Elephant, at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord, New Hampshire, at 2:00 pm.

Maaza Mengiste, author of the novel The Shadow King, is reading as part of the Cleopatra Mathis Poetry & Prose Reading Series at Dartmouth College’s Sanborn Library in Hanover, New Hampshire, on Tuesday, November 5, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.

Miciah Bay Gault will read on Wednesday, November 6, at 4:00 pm as part of the Norwich University Writers Series in Northfield, Vermont.

Dartmouth College’s Baker-Berry Library East Reading Room, in Hanover, New Hampshire, Rena J. Mosteirin and James E. Dobson are presenting their new book of poetry and critical theory, Moonbit, on Thursday, November 7, at 4:30 pm.

Megan Mayhew Bergman. Photo by Bo Bergman

Megan Mayhew Bergman. Photo by Bo Bergman

Author and journalist Megan Mayhew Bergman will talking about Climate Change in the South at Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont, on Monday, November 11 at 7:00 pm as a part of the CAPA (Center for the Advancement of Public Action) symposium.

On Tuesday, November 12 at 4:30 pm, Ivy Schweitzer and Gordon Henry celebrate the publication of Afterlives of Indigenous Archives: Essays in honor of the Occom Circle with short presentations, books for sale, and light refreshments in the Wren room in Sanborn House at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Poet Jason Tandon reads as part of the Ferguson Reading Series at Water Street Bookstore on Wednesday, November 13, at 6:30 pm in Exeter, New Hampshire. Jason’s reading will be followed by an open mic.

Thursday, November 14 is loaded with several events across the two states, including Megan Mayhew Bergman and Spring Ulmer reading at Middlebury College’s Axinn Center in Middlebury, Vermont, on Thursday, November 14 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm.

Tyehimba Jess. Photo by John Midgley

Tyehimba Jess. Photo by John Midgley

Also on Thursday, November 14, the Cleopatra Mathis Poetry & Prose Reading Series presents poet Tyehimba Jess reading at Dartmouth College’s Sanborn Library in Hanover, New Hampshire, at 4:30 pm.

Thursday, November 14 also brings Richard J. King, who celebrates the launch of his book Ahab’s Rolling Sea, at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord, New Hampshire, at 6:00 pm.

And finally, on Thursday November 14, at 7:00 pm, see Pulitzer Prize winning writer Samantha Power present her new memoir, The Education of an Idealist, at The Music Hall Loft in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. 

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


Worth a Drive

  • Terry Tempest Williams will be at The Brattle Theatre, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on November 14, at 6:00 pm, to read from her new book of essays, Erosion.

Worth a Listen

We're Looking Forward to These November Releases

Calls For Submission and Upcoming Deadlines

The Hopper
The literary magazine from Green Writers Press is currently accepting submissions of nonfiction, short fiction, poetry, visual art, and book reviews.
Deadline: none given | Details

Marble House Project Residencies
Applications are open for the 2020 residency season. Applications are accepted in fiction, playwriting/screenwriting, poetry, non-fiction, and a variety of other creative fields. Residencies run from April through October. Each session accommodates eight artists and is specifically curated to bring together a diverse group of creative workers. $35 application fee.
Deadline: December 9 | 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 or nonfiction in Microsoft Word format. For other work, like an experimental form or digital project, please send a one-page proposal and the editors will be in touch if they want to see more. They are looking for new, unpublished work.
Deadline: December 31 | Details

Zig Zag Lit Mag
Accepting submissions for Issue 8. Send up to three pieces of writing. Must be a resident of Addison County.
Deadline: December 31 | Details

Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards
Submissions are open for the Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards for Speculative Fiction, Debut Speculative Fiction, and Playwriting. For fiction, any work published or under contract to be published no earlier than January 1, 2019 and no later than December 31, 2019 is eligible. For plays, they invite submissions of full-length plays addressing the question “What does it mean to be a human in a computerized world?” The fiction awards come with an honorarium of $5,000 to be received at an event at Dartmouth College. The playwriting award comes with a $5,000 honorarium as well as a support for a two-stage development process with table readings at local arts festivals.
Deadline: December 31 | Details

2020 Dartmouth Poet in Residence at The Frost Place
The Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire, invites applications for a six-to-eight-week residency in poet Robert Frost’s former farmhouse. The residency period begins July 1 and ends mid-August, and includes an award of $1,000 from The Frost Place and an award of $1,000 from Dartmouth College. $28 application fee.
Deadline: January 5, 2020 | Details

2020 Frost Place Chapbook Competition
The Frost Place invites submissions to the eighth Annual Frost Place Chapbook Competition, sponsored by Bull City Press. The winner’s chapbook will be published by Bull City Press in Summer 2020. The winner will receive 10 complimentary copies (from a print run of 300), and a $250 prize, a full scholarship to attend the Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place, August 2020, and will give a featured reading from the chapbook at the Seminar. $28 application fee.
Deadline: January 5, 2020 | Details

MacDowell Colony Summer 2020 Residency
Applications for the summer residencies (June 1 to September 30, 2020) are now open. The MacDowell Colony provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees.
Deadline: January 15, 2020 | 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

Crossroads Magazine
Crossroads is an independent, student run magazine based out of Burlington, Vermont. They accept very short fiction and poetry, 300 words or fewer. Submissions should be in Word or typed directly into an email. No PDFs, please.
Deadline: rolling submissions | Details

Upcoming Workshops and Classes

Magic in the Kettle: Writing Magical Realism in Fiction with Bianca Viñas
November 2, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Transport yourself from the ordinary into the realm of the fantastic. In this workshop, writers develop an eye for the bewitching, secretly hidden world of magic. We start with the ordinary and make the leap into the extraordinary. Prepare to be immersed with live audioscapes, videos, and, of course, writing exercises. Equal measures mediation and imagination, this workshop will give you the eye for magic in fiction.
Location: Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, Vermont | Cost: sliding scale | Details

Vermont Folklife Center Workshops
November 2 through December 7

Vermont Folklife Center workshops offer training opportunities for community members, undergraduate and graduate students, and others interested in developing skills in ethnography, oral history, and cultural documentation. This fall’s offerings include “Intro to Audio Storytelling: Interviewing & Recording” in Brattleboro, Vermont; “Oral History and Audio Stories” in St. Johnsbury, Vermont; “Intro to Audio Storytelling: Editing Basics” in Brattleboro, Vermont; “Oral History” in Burlington, Vermont; and “Storytelling for Community-Based Projects” in Burlington, Vermont.
Location: various | Cost: $95 ($55 students) | Details

Gentleheartedness: A writing and Yoga Retreat with Deb Heimann and Joni Cole
November 3, 12:30 pm to 8:30 pm

As we ready ourselves for the various end-of-year holidays and cold starkness of the coming winter, many of us feel anxious, overwhelmed, and even grumpy. In this eight-hour retreat we welcome all who wish to cultivate gentleheartedness as a means of dissipating fear and anger and channeling the potency of kindness toward peace within ourselves and the world. We will call on ceremony to support our hearts; write from prompts that explore our relationship to peacefulness, gratitude, and tenderness; breathe and move in ways that nurture us; and share ourselves, our writing, and a meal.
Location: Good Commons Retreat Center, Plymouth, Vermont | Cost: $110 | Details

Travel Blogging and Web Design with Virginia Booth
Sundays, November 3, 10, and 17, 2:00 to 3:30 pm

Join Virginia Booth as she delves into a three-week series that explores the ins and outs of the various marketing strategies that we are exposed to daily, step-by-step instructions for building your own website, and the depths of travel blogging.
Location: Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, Vermont | Cost: sliding scale | 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

Writing Fiction with Ukamaka Olisakwe
November 16, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

In this workshop, writers will pay attention to how they consciously or unconsciously shape their character’s interiority, or what is also referred to as a character’s mental process, and the reader’s access or lack of access to them. We will consider some short stories/novel excerpts and how their authors pay attention to the characters’ mental processes, as well as doing some writing of your own. You’ll leave the workshop with more insight into how to create complex characters, as well as new tools to bring into your own writing. Bring something to write with.
Location: Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, Vermont | Cost: sliding scale | Details

NaNoWrMo Rally: An Expressive Writing Workshop with Joni B. Cole
November 18, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
The pressure’s on if you’re participating in National Novel Writing Month, the creative writing project that challenges participants to write a 50,000 word manuscript in November. Let us take some of that pressure off with this fun expressive writing workshop that invites you to write from a prompt to develop a character….add a plot twist…or discover a scene that’s just been waiting to burst onto the page. Bring a notebook or laptop, and leave all self doubts at the door.
Location: Norwich Public Library, Norwich, Vermont | Cost: free | Details

Poetry of Protest with Rebecca Jamieson
December 7, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

What can poetry offer in times of political crisis? How have writers used their poetry as a form of resistance, and how might we follow their lead? In this class, we’ll explore these questions through discussion, writing prompts, and reading the diverse and powerful ways that other poets have approached these subjects in their work. Bring something to write with.
Location: Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, Vermont | Cost: sliding scale | Details

Quiecence: A Yoga and Writing Workshop with Deb Heimann and Joni Cole
December 7, 9:00 am to noon

In this intimately-sized three-hour “retreat,” we welcome all who wish to revitalize their spirit through a combination of yoga and expressive writing. As part of the yoga practice, we will refresh through breathing exercises, poses to open channels of vitality, and heart-centered intention. We also will write from a prompt as a means of exploring our thoughts and feelings on the page, and sharing our journey forward. Absolutely no yoga or writing experience is required to attend this retreat.
Location: Central Street Yoga, Taftsville, Vermont | Cost: $55 | Details

The Dipper - September 2017

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


September News

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

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

September Highlights

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Worth a Drive


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

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


We're Looking Forward to these September Releases


Calls for Submission and Upcoming Deadlines

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

The editors of the anthology Birchsong: Poetry Centered in Vermont, vol. I (2012) are pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of a second volume in the spring of 2018. Poets living in Vermont and neighboring states (New Hampshire, New York, and Massachusetts), are invited to submit, by regular mail, one to three poems for consideration during the reading period, August 1 to October 31, 2017. Poems, no longer than 70 lines each, must be written since Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011, and sent to Editors, The Blueline Press, PO Box 706, East Dorset, Vermont 05253. Please email for complete submission guidelines or if you have questions.

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

September Workshops and Classes

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

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

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

Ina Anderson continues her series of poetry workshops on September 20, October 18, and November 15 at Seven Stars Art Center, in Sharon, Vermont. The workshops are for beginning through experienced poets, and provide feedback in a friendly, supportive setting. A $10 donation for each session is suggested. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, please see the Event page.

Burlington Writers Workshop in Burlington and Montpelier, Vermont, offers an ongoing series of free writing workshops. Upcoming workshops include creative writing (any genre), poetry, and creative nonfiction. For a complete list of upcoming workshops and to register, visit the workshop Meetup page.

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

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

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