Jul
14
2:00 PM14:00

Poetry Workshop with Deborah Brown

Deborah Brown, author of Walking the Dog’s Shadow and the just released The Human Half is leading a monthly Poetry workshop. The workshops are designed to combine lessons and exercises on aspects of craft (image, diction, metaphor) with a small amount of critique and in-group writing. For the novice to the published, 9 to 99 years. Join at the beginning or when you can. Free and all are welcome.

Contact: MainStreet BookEnds

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Jul
19
10:00 AM10:00

Drawing from the Past, A Nonfiction Comics Workshop with Marek Bennett

We'll look at basic techniques of cartooning and comics creation, then try our hands at drawing original comics based on primary source texts - including letters, diaries, oral history transcripts and recordings, photographs and other materials.

Our discussions will address elements of readability, historical accuracy, point of view, research, and the responsibilities of the artist as an interpreter of historical narratives. Participants each create 1+ pages of original comics drawn from primary source texts, and go home with the skills necessary to continue their work independently. No experience required!

The workshop will be held at the Saint Albans Museum.

Cost: $55-$95

Contact: Vermont Folklife Center

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Jul
20
8:30 AM08:30

Into The Words--League of Vermont Writers Summer Retreat

On July 20 the League of Vermont Writers (LVW) is holding "Into the Words," a summer writing retreat and member showcase, featuring member-led workshops and readings along with a celebration of the League's 90th anniversary.

 Membership in the League is not required to join in the fun, which takes place at LVW member Jerry Johnson's schoolhouse farm in Albany, Vermont, from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. Snacks and water will be provided although participants should plan to bring their own lunch, beverage and lawn chair.

Throughout the day writers will have a choice of four concurrent workshops, each focused on a different aspect of writing and the writer's life. Topics include character development, public speaking and acting techniques for writers, developing an online author platform, blackout poetry, marketing, how to collaborate with an illustrator on a book project and using travel to bring authenticity to writing, among others.

In addition, the event will include exhibits of historical LVW items and a town hall meeting, which will provide an opportunity for members to share favorite memories and reminisce about the League's past and talk about visions for its future. Cake will be served. Members also may display their writing and bring their books to sell.

 The deadline to register is July 15. The fee is $20 for LVW members, $40 for non-members. For information or to register online, go to https://leagueofvermontwriters.org.

 


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Jul
20
10:00 AM10:00

Non-Fiction Comics Mini-Fest

Non-Fiction Comics Mini-Fest is a day-long event presenting an exciting mix of Vermont and regional cartoonists engaged in non-fiction work—including three presentations:

  • 11:00 am - Glynnis Fawkes: “Charlotte Brontë before Jane Eyre”

  • 1:00 pm - Kurt Shaffert and Sarah Yahm: “Cartooning through Trauma: The Unexpected Power of Comics and Veterans”

  • 3:00 pm - Marek Bennett: “The Civil War Diary of Freeman Colby”

Stop in and meet some cartoonists, check out their work, and learn about how comics can describe the world around us and tell stories of everyday life.

This event will be held at the Saint Albans Museum.

Contact: Vermont Folklife Center

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Jul
20
1:30 PM13:30

The River Poets

Kira Fournier Schore's stunning sculpture Split Lady is the inspiration for a poetry reading by the River Poets at the AVA Gallery. Kira's Split Lady has a calm demeanor, yet seems very aware of her situation. The five River Poets reading today will explore this theme of women's divided selves, of loss and renewal. The reading will be inside the gallery, but on your way in or out, please visit the Split Lady in Kira's Garden.

The River Poets:

Contact: AVA Gallery

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Jul
20
2:00 PM14:00

An Afternoon with Walt Whitman

Actor Stephen Collins is Walt Whitman. Join your neighbors and friends for a free performance on Saturday, July 20th at The Left Bank. This event is free, open to the public and accessible to individuals with mobility challenges. Refreshments will be available.


For more information about Stephen and this performance, go to http://unlaunchedvoices.com/unlaunched-voices-an-evening-with-walt-whitman/


The Bennington Bookshop will have a small table at this event where Whitman’s books will be available for purchase.

Contact: The Bennington Bookshop

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Jul
20
4:00 PM16:00

Shomari Wills (To Sing of Common Things Speaker Series)

  • Clemmons Family Farm, This Historic Barn House (map)
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Join us for the first of our five-part "To Sing of Common Things: Making A Way Out of No Way" speakers series, moderated by Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant. Our series kicks off with our special guest speaker Brooklyn journalist and author Shomari Wills, who will read from selected parts of his book, Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Survived Slavery and Became Millionaires. Q&A, discussion, refreshments and socializing to follow the presentation.

Cost: By donation. Seating is limited to 40 and pre-registration is required.

Contact: Clemmons Family Farm

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Jul
23
7:00 PM19:00

Susan Ritz

Susan Ritz: A Dream to Die For

Contact: Bear Pond Books

Join Susan Ritz to celebrate the publication of her debut novel, "A Dream to Die For," "an original and compelling murder mystery that will keep you up late turning pages as you’re sucked into a world of dreams and dreamers, mystics and bartenders, artists and cops," says Jennifer McMahon.

Reading, Book Signing, Cake and Refreshments. Free and open to the public.

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Jul
26
11:00 AM11:00

Bookstock

Bookstock supports the cultural richness and diversity of the Upper Valley and celebrates authors and poets, both established and emerging, from our region. Most events take place in historic buildings around Woodstock’s lovely Green, within three minutes’ walk to the center of Woodstock village, with its unique shops and superb dining. In addition, ArtisTree Gallery in South Pomfret, hosts the opening reception, as well as the UnBound exhibition of book art. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park hosts a writing workshop and presentation. Catch of the Day restaurant holds a brunch reading Sunday morning.

Bookstock events continue on Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28.

Please note: Reading schedules and location are subject to change. For the the most up-to-date schedule information, please visit the Bookstock website.

11:00 am

  • Cherise Wolas: The Resurrection of Joan Ashby - Thompson Senior Center

12:00 pm

1:00 pm

  • Garret Keizer and James Crews: The World Pushes Back and Telling My Father - North UU Chapel

  • James E. Dobson: Critical Digital Humanitiess: The Search for a Methodology - NW Library Mezzanine

  • Terry Osborne: Nature Writing Workshop - Marsh Billings Rockefeller Education Center (1-4 pm)

  • Jim Rousmaniere: The Water Connection - Woodstock History Center

  • Geza Tetrallyay: The Fencers - Parish Hall St. James

2:00 pm

3:00 pm

  • Brian Adams: Offline -Parish Hall St. James

  • Vievee Francis: Forest Primeval - North UU Chapel

  • Gary Meffe: The Wizard of Odd: A Vermont Tale of Community Devotion - Woodstock History Center

  • Cherise Wolas: The Resurrection of Joan Ashby - NW Library Mezzanine

4:00 pm

Contact: Bookstock

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Jul
27
11:00 AM11:00

Bookstock

Bookstock supports the cultural richness and diversity of the Upper Valley and celebrates authors and poets, both established and emerging, from our region. Most events take place in historic buildings around Woodstock’s lovely Green, within three minutes’ walk to the center of Woodstock village, with its unique shops and superb dining. In addition, ArtisTree Gallery in South Pomfret, hosts the opening reception, as well as the UnBound exhibition of book art. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park hosts a writing workshop and presentation. Catch of the Day restaurant holds a brunch reading Sunday morning.

Bookstock events continue on Sunday, July 28.

Please note: Reading schedules and location are subject to change. For the the most up-to-date schedule information, please visit the Bookstock website.

10:00 am

  • Benjamin Aleshire - Poet for Hire - Ben will write a poem for you. Pay him what you wish. - On the Green from 11am -2 pm

  • Presentation of the first Vermont Literary Inspiration Award to Green Writers Press - Woodstock Town Hall

  • Marcelo Gleiser - The Simple Beauty of the Unexpected - Keynote address - Woodstock Town Hall

11:30 am

12:00 pm

1:00 pm

2:00 pm

3:00 pm

4:00 pm

6:30 pm

Contact: Bookstock

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Jul
28
10:00 AM10:00

Bookstock

Bookstock supports the cultural richness and diversity of the Upper Valley and celebrates authors and poets, both established and emerging, from our region. Most events take place in historic buildings around Woodstock’s lovely Green, within three minutes’ walk to the center of Woodstock village, with its unique shops and superb dining. In addition, ArtisTree Gallery in South Pomfret, hosts the opening reception, as well as the UnBound exhibition of book art. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park hosts a writing workshop and presentation. Catch of the Day restaurant holds a brunch reading Sunday morning.

Please note: Reading schedules and location are subject to change. For the the most up-to-date schedule information, please visit the Bookstock website.

10:00 am

1:00 pm

3:00 pm

Contact: Bookstock

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Aug
3
3:00 PM15:00

Poetry & Pie

Join us for our third annual Poetry & Pie at Sweetland Farm in Norwich, Vermont!

The afternoon features readings by Rena J. Mosteirin, Dan Chiasson, and GennaRose Nethercott. We’ll follow the readings with a Q&A with the poets, a community open mic, and pie of every sort.

The afternoon also includes music performed by Laura Jean Binkley, custom poems by poet-for-hire Taylor Mardis Katz, books for sale by Yankee Bookshop, and cold-brew coffee for purchase from Duchess Coffee.

Doors open at 2.30 pm. Readings begin at 3:00 pm.

Cost: Sliding scale donation of $6 to $10 includes readings, pie (savory, sweet, with vegan and gluten-free options), a souvenir pencil (while supplies last), and a Poetry & Pie 2019 bookmark. Custom poems by Taylor are offered on a sliding sale of $10 to $25.

Registration: Seating is limited. If you’re planning on coming, please reserve your seats in advance.

Contact: Literary North

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Aug
4
4:00 PM16:00

Rajnii Eddins

Rajnii Eddins: Their Names Are Mine

Contact: Clemmons Family Farm

The series talks are springboards to provoke meaningful conversations, and will be guided by Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant as moderator. This third annual speakers’ series is free and open to the public at the historic Barn House on the Clemmons Family Farm in Charlotte, VT. Advance registration is required and a donation is welcome. A Q&A and discussion will follow each presentation.

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Aug
4
5:00 PM17:00

The Frost Place Poetry Seminar

Join a select community of poets for 5-1/2 days at the beginning of August 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. Our specialty is unparalleled access to a faculty of celebrated contemporary poets, and our goal is to send you home charged up to re-enter your own work.

This year’s faculty include Rajiv Mohabir, Maggie Dietz, and Patrick Donnelly.

The 2019 seminar runs from August 4 to August 10.

Cost: $25 application fee; seminar rates range from $225 to $1600. Optional manuscript review is $575.

Registration: Apply by July 1 (apply for scholarships by May 25).

Contact: The Frost Place

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Aug
8
7:00 PM19:00

Jane Lindholm, Kit Norton, Maggie Cassidy (Strafford Town House Forum)

Jane Lindholm is the host for the Vermont Public Radio’s Vermont Edition, producer and host of But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids, and former director/producer of Marketplace. Kit Norton is a reporter for VTDigger, and he previously worked at public radio’s Living on Earth. Maggie Cassidy is the new editor of The Valley News daily newspaper; she had previously been a reporter and web editor for the paper.

Contact: Strafford Town House Forum

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Aug
9
5:00 PM17:00

Jeremy Holt

Jeremy Holt: Before Houdini

Contact: Vermont Book Shop

Meet local author Jeremy Holt for an in-person signing for his latest graphic novel Before Houdini.

This one-of-a-kind exhibit at the Jackson Gallery in the Town Hall Theater will showcase the creative process behind how a comic book page gets made. 

Original art and prints available for sale!

Book sales at reception provided by the Vermont Book Shop.

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Aug
11
2:00 PM14:00

Poetry Workshop with Deborah Brown

Deborah Brown, author of Walking the Dog’s Shadow and the just released The Human Half is leading a monthly Poetry workshop. The workshops are designed to combine lessons and exercises on aspects of craft (image, diction, metaphor) with a small amount of critique and in-group writing. For the novice to the published, 9 to 99 years. Join at the beginning or when you can. Free and all are welcome.

Contact: MainStreet BookEnds

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Aug
18
5:30 PM17:30

Patrick Donnelly, Stephen Miller, and Michael Straus: Translators on Translating (Joan Hutton Landis Summer Reading Series)

Patrick Donnelly: Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin

Stephen Miller

Michael Straus

Readings will be followed by a moderated discussion with Steven Kleinberg. Doors open at 5:00 pm; the readings begin at 5:30 pm in the main gallery Refreshments will follow.

Contact: Big Town Gallery

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Aug
28
6:00 PM18:00

Katherine Paterson

Katherine Paterson: My Brigadista Year

Contact: Aldrich Public Library

Join us as we speak with beloved author, Katherine Paterson, about her life, her work, and her recent recognition in the 2019 E.B. White Award for literature. Author visits are followed by light refreshments and the Barre Partnership's Concerts in Currier Park series. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Sep
5
6:00 PM18:00

Except for Love: New England Poets Inspired by Donald Hall

Please join Gibson's Bookstore for an evening of verse as we present a selection of well-established New England poets, reading poems from the Donald Hall-inspired anthology, Except for Love: New England Poets Inspired by Donald Hall. The book includes an introduction by Wesley McNair, former poet laureate of Maine, and long-time friend of Donald Hall.

Poets presenting this evening include:

  • Matt Forrest Esenwine

  • Kyle Potvin

  • Scott T. Hutchison

  • Jessica Purdy

  • Andrew Periale

  • James Fowler

Encircle Publications will donate 10% of the proceeds to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to honor Hall's late wife, the poet Jane Kenyon.

Contact: Gibson’s Bookstore

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Sep
14
4:00 PM16:00

Emily Bernard

Emily Bernard: Black Is The Body

Contact: Clemmons Family Farm

The series talks are springboards to provoke meaningful conversations, and will be guided by Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant as moderator. This third annual speakers’ series is free and open to the public at the historic Barn House on the Clemmons Family Farm in Charlotte, VT. Advance registration is required and a donation is welcome. A Q&A and discussion will follow each presentation.

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Sep
14
8:00 PM20:00

New Hampshire Poetry Festival

Join us for the 5th Annual New Hampshire Poetry Festival, an exciting event celebrating the reading and writing of poetry. The festival is organized by two leading New Hampshire literary organizations, The Poetry Society of New Hampshire (PSNH) and New England College MFA in Creative Writing program (NEC MFA).

This year, we are pleased to welcome our headline reader Ilya Kaminsky, author of the widely acclaimed Deaf Republic, and winner of prizes including Poetry magazine’s Levinson Prize and the Pushcart Prize. Our workshop leaders are Chen Chen, Patrick Donnelly, Maudelle Driskell, and Joan Houlihan.

Contact: New Hampshire Poetry Festival

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Sep
17
7:00 PM19:00

Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas-HD Film Presentation

The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, will be published on September 10, 2019. The momentous literary event will be celebrated with an exclusive live cinema broadcast, as Fane Productions present an evening with the Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic and inventor.

With exclusive readings from the new book by special guests, this will be an unmissable and intimate event with Atwood, spotlighting her signature insight, humor and intellect.

Contact: Spruce Peak Arts

Tickets: Tickets $17 adults, $10 ages 12 and under, AARP discount $13.60

There will be an encore showing on Wednesday, September 18 at 1 pm.

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Sep
18
5:30 PM17:30

Alexandra de Steiguer

Alexandra de Steiguer: Small Island, Big Picture: Winters of Solitude Teach an Artist to See

This event takes place in the third-floor Shaw Research Library.

Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members

Reservations: Space is limited and reservations are required. Please call (603) 431-2538 ext 2 to reserve your seat.

Contact: Portsmouth Athenaeum

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Oct
2
7:00 PM19:00

Ann Patchett

  • Capitol Center for the Arts, Chubb Theatre (map)
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Gibson's Bookstore is thrilled, in partnership with the Capitol Center for the Arts and New Hampshire Public Radio, to bring international best-selling author Ann Patchett to the main stage for an evening of literary discussion with NHPR's Peter Biello. They'll be in conversation about her newest novel, The Dutch House, a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go. A Q&A with the audience follows their chat.

Cost: This is a ticketed event. Single ticket: $37.00, includes admission for one, and one signed copy of The Dutch House. Double ticket: $46.00, includes admission for two, and one signed copy of The Dutch House.

Contact: Capitol Center for the Arts

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Oct
12
4:00 PM16:00

Naima Wade

Naima Wade: Elbow Dreams

Contact: Clemmons Family Farm

The series talks are springboards to provoke meaningful conversations, and will be guided by Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant as moderator. This third annual speakers’ series is free and open to the public at the historic Barn House on the Clemmons Family Farm in Charlotte, VT. Advance registration is required and a donation is welcome. A Q&A and discussion will follow each presentation.

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Oct
14
4:00 PM16:00

David Smuts

  • Dartmouth College, Sanborn Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Dartmouth College Department of English and Creative Writing welcomes Namibian Supreme Court Justice David Smuts.

Justice Smuts was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in May 2019. His book, Death, Detention and Disappearance : A lawyer's battle to hold power to account in 1980's Namibia, will be published by Tafelberg in South Africa next year.

Smuts was appointed to the High Court in 2010, and has been very active, writing a number of key opinions. He also, during apartheid, founded the Legal Assistance Centre, a non-profit legal aid center that remains one of its kind in Namibia.

This event will be held in the Sanborn Library on the Dartmouth College Campus.

Contact: Leslie Center for the Humanities

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Oct
16
5:00 PM17:00

Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards

  • Dartmouth College, Moore Building, Filene Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Winners of the Literary Arts Awards along with the judges, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, will have a panel discussion. Open to the public with a book signing and reception to follow.

See the 2019 Book Shortlist and 2019 Play Shortlist.

This event will be held in Filene Auditorium in the Moore Building on the Dartmouth College campus.

Contact: Neukom Institute for Computational Science

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Oct
19
4:00 PM16:00

Jackson Clemmons and Lydia Clemmons

Jackson Clemmons and Lydia Clemmons: Making A Way Out of No Way: 100 Years of African-American Family Storytelling

Contact: Clemmons Family Farm

In addition to their medical careers, Jack and Lydia Clemmons pursued lives as farmers, artists, and are the parents of five children and 13 grandchildren. The Clemmons are also gifted storytellers who blend gentle humor and humility with vivid descriptions of people, places and events. Their stories shines a personal light on African-American history and a culture of resilience and triumph. In the face of the dramatic loss of 93% of African-American owned land assets nation-wide over the course of their lifetimes, the couple have owned and maintained the Clemmons Family Farm for nearly 60 years. A vital land and cultural heritage asset, the 148-acre farm with six beautiful historic buildings is one of just 0.4 percent of farms in the U.S. that are still African-American owned. 

The series talks are springboards to provoke meaningful conversations, and will be guided by Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant as moderator. This third annual speakers’ series is free and open to the public at the historic Barn House on the Clemmons Family Farm in Charlotte, VT. Advance registration is required and a donation is welcome. A Q&A and discussion will follow each presentation.

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Oct
23
4:30 PM16:30

Speculative Fiction Roundtable with N.K. Jemisin

N.K. Jemisin is currently one of the best known and respected science fiction and fantasy writers in the world. In 2018, she became the first author to win three Hugos in a row for her Broken Earth novels. She has also won a Nebula Award, two Locus Awards, and a number of other honors. She recently published her first collection of short stories, How Long ‘til Black Future Month.

The location for this event is still to be determined.

Contact: Leslie Center for Humanities

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Jul
13
9:30 AM09:30

Music and Poetry Workshop

A crash course in what inspires poets to write songs and composers to use certain poems, and a chance for us to bring our own words and music to life together. We will learn how to set words to music and how accompaniments can serve to illustrate texts. We will receive singing instruction and, of course, get to hear some beautiful music and sing some, too.

Open for all who are interested (you do not have to sing, but it would be nice). Bring your own snack/meals/paper and pencil. And bring friends, too, and children age 10 and up.

  • Morning session: “Text, Music, Rhythm, Improv” with Jeremiah McLane (composer/accordionist) morning session.

  • Afternoon session: Led by soprano Julie Ness. She will help us to sing in a healthy, beautiful way, and will perform too!!

  • 5:00 session with all the performers and teachers: Presentation with readings and music, including poem-songs we composed.

Cost: Free thanks to the Manheim Fund for the Arts (feel free to donate)

Registration: Email unitedchurchofstrafford@gmail.com to register, preferably, but last minute registration when you arrive is OK, too.

Contact: United Church of Strafford

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Jul
10
4:30 PM16:30

George Yancy

  • Dartmouth College, Life Sciences Center, Oopik Auditiorium (map)
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George Yancy is the author of numerous books on race and a forthcoming one on sexism. Yancy will present a lecture entitled, “Philosophy as a Practice of Suffering and Hope.” Yancy has thought hard about topics most of us try to ignore and evade. We welcome him to Dartmouth at this propitious moment in our lives together.

Contact: Montgomery Fellows Program


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Jul
6
5:00 PM17:00

The Frost Place Conference on Poetry

Spend a week at “intensive poetry camp” with writers who are deeply committed to learning more about the craft of writing poetry. The Frost Place Poetry Conference offers daily workshops, classes, lectures, writing and revising time in a supportive and dynamic environment.

This year’s faculty includes Tyree Daye, Oliver Baez Bendorf, Sandra Lim, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Ross White, and Philip Metres.

The 2019 conference runs from July 6 to 12.

Cost: $25 application fee; conference packages range from $250 to $1750.

Registration: Apply by June 15 (apply for scholarships by May 30.

Contact: The Frost Place

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Jul
1
7:00 PM19:00

Writers' Night Out

Join your fellow writers for some informal networking and sharing of advice and ideas. We introduce ourselves and talk briefly about what we’ve been working on (and if there’s anything the group can help with), and then just chat for the rest of the time. This is a friendly community made up of authors of all levels of experience, writing in various genres.

Be sure to grab a drink or snack from the great Book and Bar menu as well, and don’t forget to tip your server. This event is brought to you by the New Hampshire Writers’ Project.

Contact: Portsmouth Book and Bar

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Jun
25
7:30 PM19:30

Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed: Wild

New York Times bestselling author Cheryl Strayed will speak in celebration of Brattleboro Area Hospice’s 40th anniversary. A Wild Life: Growing Through Life’s Challenges is an evening of inspiration, wisdom and storytelling. There will be a book signing after the talk.

Cost: $25-100. This is a fundraiser for Brattleboro Area Hospice.

Contact: Catamount Arts

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