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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
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
4:00 PM16:00

Shomari Wills (To Sing of Common Things Speaker Series)

  • Clemmons Family Farm, This Historic Barn House (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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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
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
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
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
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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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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