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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 literarynorth@gmail.com.


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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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 thebluelinepressvt16@gmail.com 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 judith.hertog@gmail.com.

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 eclift@vermontel.net.

The Dipper - August 2017

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

 

August News

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In this moment the chairs were empty.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Support Literary North!

Literary North is a labor of love for us, but we can't live on love (and pie) alone. We're powered by donations from people who attend our events and appreciate what we do. Please consider supporting us at any level that feels good to you. And if you're interested in co-sponsoring an event, volunteering your time, or donating space at your venue, we'd be thrilled to hear from youWe appreciate your support from the bottom of our hearts!


August Highlights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Worth a Drive

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

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

 

We're looking forward to these August releases


Calls for Submission and Upcoming Deadlines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vital Communities is hosting a Watershed Quest Challenge, designed to encourage you to explore your favorite Upper Valley pond, stream, river, or swimming hole and write a Valley Quest. Watershed Quest submissions will have the chance to be featured in the 2018 Super Quest, and the author or the winning Quest will receive a grand prize. The deadline is December 15. For full details and to submit your Quest, please visit the Watershed Quest Challenge page. Note: Vital Communities is offering a free Quest Writing Workshop on Friday, August 11. For more information, see "August Workshops and Classes," below.


August Workshops and Classes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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