Jun
18
6:00 PM18:00

Carl R. Small

Join us Tuesday, June 18 at Cafe Renee (right next to the Coolidge Hotel) to celebrate the release of Memories Unleashed: Vietnam Legacy, a new book by hometown author Carl R. Small. Carl’s reading will be followed by a free “prompt” workshop, where everyone is invited to write and share.

The reading starts at 6:30, but come early because Cafe Renee will be serving up light fare and its usual homey, European vibe. Bring something to write on/with. Bring a friend. (Heads up, space is limited.)

Contact: jonibethcole@gmail.com.

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Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

David Huddle and Gregory Spatz with NER

David Huddle: Hazel

Gregory Spatz: What Could Be Saved

Contact: The Vermont Book Shop

David Huddle, the author of 21 books of poetry, fiction, and essays, will present his new novel, Hazel, and Gregory Spatz, a fiction writer, fiddler, and long-time NER contributor will present What Could Be Saved, his new collection of novellas and stories. 

Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.

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Jun
22
9:00 AM09:00

NHWP Write-In

  • Southern New Hampshire University, The Ford House (map)
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Need a quiet, inspiring place to write for the day? Need a one day retreat to edit? Want to be inspired by a bunch of NH writers busily working around you and sharing their productivity?

The NHWP holds seasonal Write-Ins for its members where they can come and hang out with fellow writers at our headquarters on Southern NH University (the Ford House) 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.

Contact: New Hampshire Writers’ Project

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Jun
22
5:00 PM17:00

The Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching

Held each year in June, the Conference on Poetry and Teaching is a unique opportunity for teachers to work closely with both their peers and a team of illustrious poets who have particular expertise in working with teachers at all levels: K–12, graduate and undergraduate, and nontraditional and community-based instructors. Over the course of 4½ days, faculty poets will share specific, hands-on techniques for teaching poetry. The emphasis is on the reading-conversation-writing-revision cycle, and our teaching approach aligns with the Common Core anchor standards for reading and writing. Graduate-level credits are available through Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. Certificate of completion includes 33 hours of Continuing Education credit.

This year’s faculty include Jacques J. Rancourt, Tina Cane, Dawn Potter, and Kerrin McCadden.

The 2019 conference runs from June 22 to 26. The optional Writing Intensive runs from June 26 to 27.

Cost: $25 application fee; conference rates from $925 to $1125.

Registration: Apply by May 30 (apply for scholarships by May 1).

Contact: The Frost Place

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Jun
22
7:00 PM19:00

Shirley Jackson Day!

Join us for an evening celebrating the work of renowned local author Shirley Jackson.
Ms. Jackson's daughter, Jai Holly, is our guest of honor and plans to read from her mother's work.
Shirley Jackson Award jurors, nominees and past winners will read from their own work and Ms. Jackson's.


This event is free, open to the public and the venue is accessible to individuals with mobility challenges.
Refreshments will be served.


The Bennington Bookshop will host a table with copies of Ms. Jackson's books and other related items for sale.

Contact: The Left Bank

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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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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
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
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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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
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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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
14
4:00 PM16:00

David Smuts

  • Dartmouth College, Sanborn Library (map)
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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)
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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
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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Jun
16
7:30 PM19:30

Beowulf with Benjamin Bagby

Next Stage Arts Project and Yellow Barn Music are proud to co-present Beowulf with Benjamin Bagby. In his extraordinary hour-long performance of the first part of the epic poem known as Beowulf, Benjamin Bagby assumes the role of 11th-century “scop”, transporting both himself and the audience to the very roots of storytelling, when aural tradition was paramount to sustaining culture, history, and society. The scop would re-tell the story of Beowulf, in song and speech, accompanying himself on a six-stringed harp (crafted specifically for Bagby based on the remains of an instrument from the 7th Century).

Following the performance there will be a discussion with Benjamin Bagby moderated by Yellow Barn Artistic Director Seth Knopp.

Cost: $10-$20. Buy tickets online, or by emailing info@yellowbarn.org, or by calling (802) 387-6637.

Contact: Next Stage Arts

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Jun
16
11:30 AM11:30

Bloomsday Celebration with Jim Heffernan

June 16 is Bloomsday, a commemoration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce, observed annually in Dublin and elsewhere with particular focus on Joyce's novel Ulysses. It is called Bloomsday because the novel represents the thoughts, feelings, memories of the character Leopold Bloom on a single day – June 16, 1904. To celebrate the occasion, Joyce scholar (and Osher member) Jim Heffernan will, during the brunch, introduce and deliver brief passages from four different chapters of the novel. Discussion will follow.

James Heffernan, Professor of English Emeritus at Dartmouth, has published studies of literature ranging from Homer's Odyssey to the fiction of James Joyce and Virginia Woolf. He has also recorded 24 lectures on Joyce's Ulysses for the Teaching Company.

Cost: $32, includes brunch and lecture

Registration: Register online

Contact: OSHER @Dartmouth

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Jun
14
5:00 PM17:00

Frost Farm Poetry Conference

From Friday, June 14 through Sunday, June 16, join a small community of people at the historic Robert Frost Farm learning, reading and writing formal poetry with contemporary award-winning poets in an intimate workshop environment. Choose your focus from a series of offerings designed to provide tools for beginning poets as well as perfect the mastery of published poets.

  • Conference registration includes:

  • A choice of one of five workshops on various aspects of metrical poetry, including a Master class

  • One-on-one meeting with your instructor, who will provide personalized input on your poems (submitted in advance)

  • Keynote speaker: Bruce Bennett

  • Poet in Residence, Rhina P. Espaillat, will be available for individual critiques throughout the conference

  • Saturday afternoon panel: TBD

  • Readings by Frost Farm Prize winner and award-winning conference instructors

  • Opportunity to read your work at the historic Frost Farm during our participant readings

  • Delicious Friday night Welcome Reception on Frost Farm grounds

  • Breakfast and lunch (Saturday and Sunday) and Saturday night dinner

  • Networking and encouragement in a convivial setting with other poetry lovers

Cost: $325

Registration: Register online. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact: The Frost Farm

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Jun
13
6:30 PM18:30

The Mudroom - What I Did for Money

Live storytelling at the AVA Gallery and Art Center. This quarter's theme, "What I Did for Money," will be brought to life as five or six pre-selected individuals share personal accounts of what this theme means to them.

Starting at 6:30 pm, delicious Asian food by Pon will be available for purchase before the performance. Music will be provided by the band Concrete and Shea. Storytelling begins at 7:00 pm.

Cost: Advance tickets are available online at $7.50 for members; $10 for non-members; tickets at the door are $20.00 and sold as space permits. Tickets for the general public will be available on May 13.

Contact: AVA Gallery

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Jun
8
5:00 PM17:00

Ann Davila Cardinal

Ann Davila Cardinal: Five Midnights

Contact: Bear Pond Books

Please join Ann Dávila Cardinal in celebrating the release of her new novel, Five Midnights (Tor Teen, 2019). There will be Latin music, salsa dancing, and Puerto Rican appetizers from Café Anna at Vermont College of Fine Arts. There will be a short reading from the novel, and Bear Pond Books will be on hand with copies for sale.

Cash bar offering special El Cuco Mojitos.

This is a free, family-friendly event!

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Jun
8
1:00 PM13:00

"Helping the Poet Make a Better Poem," Workshop with Steven Cramer

In this three-hour workshop led by poet Steven Cramer, 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—how many poems by each will depend on how many we are—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. Everyone will be invited, but not required, to read the results of their experiments out loud.

Cost: $65 for NHWP members; $85 for non-members

Registration: Registration is limited to 10 students. Register online to ensure your spot in the class.

Contact: New Hampshire Writers’ Project

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Jun
7
5:00 PM17:00

Shaina Gates and Anna Von Mertens: Opening Reception

The Thing in the Spring presents Shaina Gates and Anna Von Mertens, two New Hampshire-based artists with national acclaim. Gates and Von Mertens use carefully rendered drawings to examine and subvert language in our contemporary environment. Gates makes graphite drawings of text collage, torn, pasted, and folded to reveal new meanings, while Von Mertens grapples with the world of emojis and their implications when words are stripped away.

The opening reception is June 7 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The exhibit will be on view through June 16.

The reception and will take place at the Sharon Arts Center Exhibition Gallery.

Contact: New Hampshire Institute of Art

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