Friday Reads - May 25, 2018

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Rebecca just started reading Daniel Everett's Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes, because you can take the girl out of the linguistics program, but you can't take the linguistics program out of the girl.

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Shari just finished reading Motherhood by Sheila Heti. This is a thought-provoking novel that looks deeply inside a woman's mind as she wrestles with whether or not to have a child. Bold, fresh, and long overdue.

Friday Reads - May 4, 2018

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Shari is just about to start The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner after a fantastic evening seeing Rachel read at The Harvard Bookstore.

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Rebecca is reading The Land's Wild Music, by Mark Tredinnick, for four big reasons: Barry Lopez, Peter Matthiessen, Terry Tempest Williams, and James Galvin.

The Dipper - May 2018

"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!

 

May News

We've made it! Unfrozen precipitation is falling all over the brown-turning-green grass. Bulbs are shooting up. Buds are breaking out. Maybe some of you have even taken the snow tires off your car. Let's call it Spring, and with it we have so much wonderfulness to celebrate.

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First of all, our Lady Sings the Blues book group is happening this month, on Tuesday, May 15, at Yankee Bookshop! It's not too late to read the book and join us! We're getting excited for some great conversation, a little Billie Holiday music, and some freshly baked refreshments. For full details, head over to the LN Events page.

Whether or not you can attend the Lady Sings the Blues book group, you won't want to miss seeing JAG Productions' Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill at The Engine Room in White River Junction, Vermont, May 24 to 27 (also in Pomfret and Burlington late May through early June). If you attended JAGfest or any other JAG shows, you already have an inkling of how great this show will be. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the JAG Productions website.

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A couple weeks ago, we had the chance to interview YA writer Jo Knowles and comic maker Tillie Walden about their 2018 summer workshop, "Creating Graphic Novels for the YA Market," at The Center for Cartoon Studies. Individually, Jo and Tillie are smart, creative, articulate, and fun people. Together, they form a dynamic duo of graphic novel power! Read the interview, and then sign up for their workshop!

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Finally, we are beyond thrilled to announce Poetry & Pie II!

It's happening Saturday, July 21, at 3:00 pm, at Sweetland Farm in Norwich, Vermont. Wonderful poets Didi Jackson, Julia Shipley, and Ocean Vuong will be there, reading poems and eating pie. We'd love you to be there, too! We'll have an open mic, lots of great conversation, pie, pie, and more pie. For details and to RSVP, visit the LN Events page.

 

May's Shooting Stars

A cool literary find from each of us to help light up your month!

  • Our friend James Crews is teaching an online Mindfulness and Writing workshop from May 5 to June 2. If you made it to Poetry & Pie last July, you already know how wonderful James is. There will be exercises/prompts, videos, readings, and the opportunity for a phone consult at the end of the course. All levels are welcome. —Shari
     
  • The first sestina I fell for is Elizabeth Bishop's, but I've never attempted writing my own—yet. If you're like me and need a little help, local writer and all-around wonderful human Rena Mosteirin has created a little software tool that generates the correct order for your selected end words. As she notes, the source code for the program is itself a sestina. ♥—Rebecca

May Highlights

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Morgan Parker. Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Natalie Shapero and Morgan Parker read from their poetry collections at Bennington College on Wednesday, May 2 at 7:00 pm.

The Bloodroot Literary Magazine launch party for Issue 10 is happening at Left Bank Books in Hanover, New Hampshire, on Friday, May 4, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. Hannah Howard will read from Feast, followed by an open mic for all Upper Valley writers.

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Bianca Stone. Photo by Hillery Stone

Waking Windows hosts the Page Burner Reading Series in Winooski, Vermont, on Saturday, May 5 at various locations beginning at noon. Authors include James Crews, Jessica Hendry Nelson, Annie DeWitt, and Bianca Stone.

A new season of Talk of the Porch begins on Monday, May 7 and will continue most Mondays in May, June, and August. Based at the Craftsbury Public Library in Craftsbury Common, Vermont, and led by Vermont writers Stark Biddle and Julia Shipley, Talk of the Porch is a slightly irreverent but totally intense reading/discussion group focused on fiction in The New Yorker. Copies of the week's stories are available at the library starting the Wednesday before each meeting.

Poet Joshua Bennett will read at Dartmouth College's Sanborn Library in Hanover, New Hampshire, on Thursday, May 10 at 4:30 pm and then award the Dartmouth Creative Writing Prize.

Bernd Heinrich is reading from his new collection, A Naturalist at Large, at Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, Vermont, on Friday, May 11 at 7:00 pm.

Local author Melanie Finn will be at The Norwich Bookstore on Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00 pm to launch her new novel, The Underneath.

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You'll be able to catch poet Ross Gay at two Vermont venues this month: Wednesday, May 16 at Bennington College, and Thursday, May 17 at Vermont Studio Center. We are very much looking forward to his new book of essays coming in 2019.

The 2018 Hyla Brook Reading Series begins on Thursday, May 17 at 6:30 pm with poet David Davis. The series' readings take place May through September at the Robert Frost Farm in Derry, New Hampshire.

Poets April Ossman and Cynthia Huntington will be reading at Phoenix Books in Rutland, Vermont, on Thursday, May 31 at 6:30 pm.

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

 

Worth a Drive

Rachel Kushner will be at Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Thursday, May 3 at 7:00 pm to read from her new novel, The Mars Room.

If you missed Bruce Kennett's terrific talk about designer and renaissance man W. A. Dwiggins at Left Bank Books in April, you have an opportunity to catch him at Hingham Public Library in Hingham, Massachusetts, on Thursday, May 3 at 7:00 pm.

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The 10th Massachusetts Poetry Festival is taking place from Friday, May 4 to Saturday, May 6 in various venues around Salem, Massachusetts. This year's festival features Sonia Sanchez, Kaveh Akbar, Duy Doan, Jeffrey Harrison, Dorianne Laux, Erika Meitner, Carl Phillips, Nicole Sealey, Sean Thomas Dougherty, and Rhina P. Espaillat.

Charles Simic—poet, essayist, and translator—is the featured guest at the Kittery Art Association's annual Mangion Memorial Poetry Celebration on Saturday, May 5, beginning with an interview and craft talk from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, followed by a reading, reception, and book signing beginning at 7:00 pm. The events will be held at the First Congregational Church in Kittery Point, Maine.

 

Worth a Listen

Michelle Dean speaks about her new book, Sharp, and her early career on the Longform podcast.

Take a listen to Alexander Chee on the Fail Safe podcast and you'll quickly see how lucky we are to have Alex at Dartmouth. Make sure you mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 9, when he'll be reading at The Norwich Bookstore.

 

We're Looking Forward to These May Releases

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Calls For Submission and Upcoming Deadlines

The Frost Place 2018 Conference on Poetry and Teaching (June 23 to 26) and Writing Intensive (June 27 to 28) is now accepting applications. The conference application deadline is May 17. The application fee is $25. Tuition is $725. Meals are $145. The Writing Intensive is $180. For more information and to apply, please visit the Conference page.

The Frost Place Conference on Poetry (July 8 to 14) is also accepting applications. The conference application deadline is May 31. The application fee is $25. Conference rates are from $250 (day rate) to $1550 (includes all tuition, meals, and lodging). For more information and to apply, please visit the Conference page.

Registration is still open for the VCFA Novel Retreat (May 15 to 21). Faculty includes Connie May FowlerJeff KleinmanRichard McCann, and Crystal Wilkinson. A $200 non-refundable deposit is required. For more information, please visit the Novel Retreat page.

The Bennington Review is open for submissions through May 15 with no reading fee. For more information, please visit the Bennington Review Submissions page.

nErDcampVT is accepting registrations for their "unconference" (May 20), which focuses on literacy, at Burlington High School in Burlington, Vermont. The event is free but you must register in advance. For more information and to register, please visit their website.

The New England Review is open for poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and digital submissions through May 31. For more information, please visit the NER Submissions page.

Green Writers Press is accepting submissions through June 1 for the 2nd Annual Howard Frank Mosher First Novel and Short Story Prize. This prize is for a novelist or short story writer who writes about Vermont and/or the themes that resonate so well with Howard's work: nature, small-town stories, love, friendship, forgiveness, Vermont, solitude, and rural life. All ages are welcome to submit. For more information, please visit the Green Writers Press website.

The Frost Place Poetry Seminar (July 29 to August 3) is accepting applications. The scholarship application deadline is May 24. The seminar application deadline is June 28. The application fee is $15. Seminar rates are from $250 (day rate) to $1550 (includes all tuition, meals, and lodging). For more information and to apply, please visit the Seminar page.

Putney Mountain Association and Antidote Books have announced the first Putney Mountain Poetry Contest. Judged by poet Seth Landman, the winner will receive a broadside print of their poem displayed at the Putney Mountain Trailhead and a featured reading at Antidote Books. Submit up to three original poems inspired by the Vermont landscape as PDFs to putney.poetry@gmail.com. Do not include your name on the poems, but please include your name, town of residence, and contact information in the email. All entries are due by June 30.

The Hopper, a literary magazine from Green Writers Press, is accepting submissions of full-length manuscripts to its 2018 Hopper Poetry Prize through July 1. Judged by Amie Whittemore, the winner of this contest will receive $500 and publication by Green Writers Press. The contest is open to all poets with an identified interest in the natural world. There is a $25 entry fee. For more information and to see work by previous contest winners, please visit the Hopper Prize page.

Clara Martin Center is seeking submissions for their third annual art/poetry show entitled "Abundance: Celebrating Creativity in Mental Health, Wellness, and Recovery" (September 10 to November 2). You are invited to submit poetry, 2-D or 3-D artwork to display in the exhibit. Submissions are due by July 31. Applicants must be Vermont residents, and preference is given to artists/writers in the Upper Valley. For more information, please visit Clara Martin Center's website.

Registration is open for the 3rd Annual Poetry Festival at the Fine Arts Work Center (August 5 to 10) in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The Festival includes poetry and songwriting workshops. Faculty includes Traci Brimhall, Cornelius Eady, Nick Flynn, Vievee Francis, Ross Gay, Rebecca Gayle Howell, Patty Larkin, and Patrick Rosal. For information on tuition, housing, and registration, please visit the FAWC Festival page.

The Burlington Writers Workshop 2018 anthology team is pleased to invite submissions from the BWW community. Fiction, flash fiction, poetry, memoir, personal essay—it's all welcome. The only requirement for submission is that you must have attended at least one BWW workshop within the past five years. For more information, please visit the Burlington Writers Workshop website.

Registration is now open for The Center for Cartoon Studies Summer Workshops (June 11 to August 10), in White River Junction, Vermont. This year's workshops include everything from drawing and writing single-panel comics, to creating graphic memoirs and novels, taught by award-winning artists and writers, including Hilary Price, Jo Knowles, Tillie Walden, and Melanie Gillman. Tuition ranges from $600 to $1200. For more information and to register, please visit the Summer Workshops page.

The Poetry Society of Vermont's Summer Contests are open. Submissions must be received by July 1. For more information, please visit the Contests and Awards page.


May Workshops and Classes

Are you a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants writer? Hungry for a book that shows you how to write and revise your novel without an outline? Author and writing coach Annalisa Parent will walk you through the elements of a publishable manuscript during her "Storytelling for Pantsers" workshop on Thursday, May 3 (5:30 to 6:30 pm), at Gibson's Bookstore in Concord, New Hampshire. For more information and to register, please visit the Event page.

From Saturday, May 5 through Saturday, June 2, James Crews is teaching a Mindfulness & Writing online workshop. $195. This course is open to all levels. For more information and to register, please visit the Northshire Books website.

Elayne Clift of The Writer's Center in White River Junction, Vermont is offering a workshop called "Life Stories: Memories of Love, Action and Thought," on Saturday, May 5 (10:00 am to 1:00 pm). This workshop will guide participants as they write and share stories “to know precisely what the past was, to explore this knowledge and these memories, and then to wait and see what comes of knowing and remembering. $35. For more information and to register, please visit the Workshop page.

On Saturday, May 5 (2:00 to 5:00 pm), Carol Potter of The Writer's Center, in White River Junction, Vermont, is offering a workshop titled "Shaking the Tree: Experiments with Form." In this workshop you will explore experimental forms and quasi-traditional forms in poetry from the “American sonnet” to the pantoum to Terrance Hayes’ “Golden Shovel” to the Prose poem. $150. For more information and to register, please visit the Workshops page.

Joni Cole of The Writer's Center in White River Junction, Vermont is offering two "How to Write More, Writer Better, and Be Happier" retreats. On Saturday, May 5, join Joni for a full-day retreat (9:30 am to 3:30 pm) in Greensboro, Vermont. The cost is $150. On Thursday, May 26, Joni will be offering a half-day version (9:00 am to 1:00 pm) in Woodstock, Vermont; the cost is $100. For more information and to register, please visit the Workshop page.

On Monday, May 7 (6:30 to 8:00 pm), join poet Gary Margolis for a continuation of his workshops on the poetic line, hosted by Burlington Writers Workshop, in Burlington, Vermont. If you were in the original workshop, bring with you the copies you were given and bring extra copies of your poems for anyone new who signs up. In addition, bring copies of either a poem whose use of line you admire or a poem that is well-regarded but whose use of line baffles you. For more information and to register, please visit the BWW Workshop page.

The League of Vermont Writers is offering "The Critic and the Muse" workshop on Thursday, May 12 (12:30 to 4:30 pm) at the Expressive Arts Studio in Burlington, Vermont. This four-hour workshop uses collage and free writing to help you explore and form a conscious relationship with the invisible powers that help or inhibit your writing. $60 for members; $80 for non-members. Registration closes on May 7. For more information and to register, please visit the Gatherings page.

On Friday, May 18 (10:00 am to 3:00 pm), join Andy Kolvos, Vermont Folklife Center Director of Archives and Research, for a workshop on recording audio for oral history and ethnography. In this workshop, attendees will receive a thorough introduction to the fundamentals of digital audio, types of common field-recording microphones, and the use of digital audio recorders. The workshop will be held at the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury, Vermont. $95. For more information, please visit the Event page.

Interview: Jo Knowles and Tillie Walden

The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont, is hosting a fantastic workshop this summer: Creating Graphic Novels for the YA Market. The workshop will take place from July 30 to August 3 and features authors Jo Knowles and Tillie Walden.

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Jo Knowles is the author of seven books for young adults. She teaches in the MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University and lives in Vermont. Tillie Walden is a cartoonist and illustrator from Austin, Texas. Her graphic memoir, Spinning, is a Lambda Literary Award finalist.

We asked Jo and Tillie to tell us more about the workshop, their writing lives, and the world of YA and graphic novels.


Literary North: How did the idea for this workshop come about? How did the two of you meet? Had you worked together before you led your first Cartoon Studies workshop last summer?

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Tillie Walden: Jo and I met, and this feels so funny in retrospect, because I was struggling with my book Spinning. I asked James Sturm, the co-director of the Center for Cartoon Studies, to point me towards a writer who could help me with the plot of my memoir. And he suggested Jo! Jo and I met a few times and she completely saved me. With the work we did I got going and went off and made my book.

As far as how the workshop itself came to be, I believe it was an idea thought up at the school that was then brought to me and Jo. I was of course ecstatic about the idea! And last summer was the first time we worked together, and it felt so natural. Jo and I make a great team, if I do say so myself.

Jo Knowles: When I met Tillie to help with her memoir, I was immediately struck by the heart and beauty in her work. What a joy to work with such a talented new artist. When James asked if I'd like to co-teach a workshop with Tillie, I was thrilled! As soon as we started brainstorming how we'd set up the class, I could tell we were going to have a blast because we worked so easily together, even just in the planning stages. 

LN: Can you tell us a bit about how the workshop works? Do participants come in with a story they want to work on, or do they generate ideas as part of the workshop process?

TW: It's a week-long workshop and it covers a lot of topics. When you think about creating young adult graphic novels, there's a lot of pieces that go into it. There's writing, there's drawing, there's plotting, there's marketing, etc. So the students who come end up working on all of these aspects. A few came with a specific idea for a story and the class assignments worked with that, but others came simply wanting to learn about making comics. The class size is small enough, though, that it still works well even when the students come from different backgrounds or motivations.

JK: Yes, I think it works both for students who have no idea what they want to do, and for students who have a specific project in mind. We try to shape the exercises in such a way that they can be adapted to whatever the artist is inspired to work on in the moment. We tend to focus more on a specific craft elements, such as character, dialogue, or setting, so it really doesn't matter what stage in the process the artist is at, or whether a beginner or more advanced. In fact, the more variety, the better.

LN: You both come from slightly different literary backgrounds, one as a writer of fiction and the other as a cartoonist. How do your backgrounds complement each other when teaching this workshop?

TW: I think our different backgrounds really made the workshop work. It’s great to have a balance between the writing and drawing aspect of comics, and teaching alongside each other gives the students a really great perspective. Often comics classes tend to be skewed in either direction—more to the drawing side, or more to the writing. I love that when Jo and I teach together we can offer a class that really gives you insight into both.

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Jo Knowles

JK: What Tillie said! I think our strengths complemented each other quite well, especially during feedback time. Tillie offers really helpful suggestions on approaching art and panel set up, and I help more with plot, world building, character development, and things like that. I don't really have the technical vocabulary for comics (yet), but I can critique how effectively the art tells a story, and it works out in a really interesting way.

LN: Some people don't take graphic novels or comics seriously, but some of the most moving books we've read are graphic novels, including books like Maus and Fun Home. What's special about the graphic novel format in terms of how it can address difficult themes?

TW: I think graphic novels can address difficult themes precisely because they are visual. They really create quite a sense of empathy. Readers can really identify with the story because it's playing out right in front of them. People who don't take comics seriously are very much behind the curve.

JK: And they are missing out on some of the most gorgeous stories (not just visually) of our time. We need to stop thinking about word-count and grade levels when we recommend books to students and think more about well-told, powerful stories, whatever the format. I don't know why so many adults seem to stop valuing art in literature when their kids stop reading picture books.

LN: What are your favorite graphic novels?

TW: I love This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, and I also love Stitches by David Small. Those are two of my favorites! Oh, also Buddha by Osamu Tezuka. So so good.

JK: Tillie took my favorites! But I'll add El Deafo by Cece Bell, and anything by Gene Luen-Yang. Of course, I also love Tillie's Spinning!

LN: Are you working on any new writing projects now?

TW: I'm working on a book that I can't talk about yet, BUT, I have a new book coming out this fall. It's the print edition of my LGBT space-themed webcomic, On a Sunbeam.

JK: I have a new middle grade novel coming out next year with Candlewick Press called Where the Heart Is, which I'm very excited about. I'm currently playing around with a picture book idea (a first for me!) as well as a younger middle grade novel that features the young sister of the main character in Where The Heart Is. Both projects feel super new, so I don't have too much to say about them yet.

LN: What was the most memorable thing you read in the last month?

TW: I recently reread Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbit, which I loved as a kid, and it just captivated me all over again. It's such a beautiful work, and completely memorable.

JK: A friend of mine sent me a Valentine with the poem "Song of the Builders," by Mary Oliver tucked inside. I put it on our refrigerator and have been reading it practically every day. But now I want to go get my very worn, very well-read copy of Tuck Everlasting and read that. Thanks for the reminder, Tillie!

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The Dipper - April 2018

"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!

April News

We're excited to (finally) celebrate Robin MacArthur and her fabulous second book, Heart Spring Mountain, at the Norwich Bookstore in Norwich, Vermont, on Friday, April 6, at 7:00 pm. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. We do hope you'll join us!

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If you haven't joined the Slow Club Book Club, please note that you can join anytime. The email announcing our second selection, Good Woman, poems by Lucille Clifton, just went out to subscribers, just in time for National Poetry Month. Even if you think you aren't a poetry fan, we hope you'll give our latest selection a try. Remember: it's fine to read slowly. You can dip in and out. Poetry is perfect for this. Pop the book in your tote or in your glovebox and you can read whenever you have a spare moment. We can't wait to hear what you think. Tag us on Instagram or Twitter with #slowclubbookclub or send us an email. We'd love to hear from you.

As we mentioned last month, we're partnering with JAG Productions and Yankee Bookshop to hold a one-meeting book group on Tuesday, May 15 to discuss Billie Holiday's autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues, at the Yankee Bookshop in Woodstock, Vermont. If you haven't signed up/bought your book, now's the time! A reminder that Yankee Bookshop has generously offered to donate $5 per book purchased at their store directly to JAG Productions. To read more about this event and to RSVP, visit our LN Events page.

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We want to wish a very Happy Book Birthday to Feast by Hannah Howard! We've got a lovely interview with Hannah and an excerpt from her book over on our blog.

Finally, make sure you celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 28! We love our local indies: Yankee Bookshop, The Norwich Bookstore, and Left Bank Books. Show your favorite local independents some love.

 

April's Shooting Stars

A cool literary find from each of us to help light up your month!

  • Are you familiar with The Tournament of Books? The Morning News hosts one of my favorite events in March that I neglected to mention last month. No matter. You can go back and read up on all of the literary match-ups and see if you agree with the outcomes. —Shari
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  • There are a lot of great poetry podcasts out there—and I hope we'll talk about many of them here—but the one that really moved me recently is the March 21 New Yorker's Poetry Podcast with Marie Howe, who reads and discusses the work and loss of Lucie Brock-Broido and her shiver-inducing poem, "The American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act." Just that would have been enough, but then Marie reads one of her own remarkable poems, and then she and Kevin Young go on to talk about Seamus Heaney and one of my favorite books of his, Seeing Things, and, well, let's just say it's a riveting 38 minutes. —Rebecca

April Highlights

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Donika Kelly

Donika Kelly, Melissa Febos, and Michael Dickman are reading at VCFA's Cafe Anna in Montpelier, Vermont, on Friday, April 6 at 5:30 pm.

On Saturday, April 7, The New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire, is hosting the second annual Storytelling Festival from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The festival features a variety of forms of storytelling and will be emceed by NHPR's Peter Biello.

In Montpelier, Vermont, PoemCity 2018 celebrates its ninth year with a variety of workshops, lectures, music, history, and art revolving around poetry throughout April. The festival opens with a keynote reading by Chard deNiord, Alice B. Fogel, and Stuart Kestenbaum on Saturday, April 7, at Lost Nation Theater. For more information about this and other festival events, visit the PoemCity website.

Meanwhile, PoemTown Randolph 2018 events are scheduled in Randolph, Vermont, throughout the month. The first event is on Monday, April 9 at 6:00 pm: dinner with poets Major Jackson and Didi Jackson at Black Krim Tavern, followed by readings. While you're in you're in Randolph, browse the more than one hundred poems by Vermont poets posted in windows all over town during April. See our calendar for more information about PoemTown Randolph events.

New England Review's Vermont Reading Series will be taking place at the Marquis Theater in Middlebury, Vermont, on Wednesday, April 11, featuring Didi Jackson, Jodi Paloni, Ben Pease, and Layla Santos. This event is free and open to the public.

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Juan Felipe Herrera

Wednesday, April 11 also brings you readings from two former US Poet Laureates: Juan Felipe Herrera—reading at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire, at 6:30 pm—and Billy Collins, reading at the Burr & Burton Academy in Manchester, Vermont, at  7:00 pm.

Spend Saturday, April 14, immersed in the 603: The Writers' Conference, the New Hampshire Writers' Project annual conference. The event, held on SNHU's campus in Manchester, New Hampshire, features keynote speaker Richard Russo, special guest Ann Hood, and an agenda full of master classes, workshops, a reception, and other events.

Bianca Stone and Alison Prine will be reading from their poetry collections at Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, Vermont, on Tuesday, April 17, at 7:00 pm.

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Blair Braverman. Photo by Christina Bodznick

Blair Braverman will be at the Sanborn Library at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, on Thursday, April 19 at 4:30 pm. We both adored her non-fiction book, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube. Not to be missed!

Our friends at Green Writers Press are holding a Spring Celebration to celebrate the release of their new spring books in fiction and poetry. The celebration will be at 7:00 pm on Friday, April 20 at Next Stage Arts in Putney, Vermont. Sounds like a fun evening.

Five Colleges Book Sale in Lebanon, New Hampshire, will be happening at Lebanon High School on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22 (half price on Sunday!). For more information, visit their website.

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

 

Worth a Drive

Leslie Jamison will be in conversation with literary critic and writer James Wood about her new non-fiction book, The Recovering, on Thursday, April 5, at 6:30 pm, at the Cambridge Public Library, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Leslie Jamison

The Juniper Literary Festival will be held April 6 to 7 at UMass Amherst. The festival features readings, workshops, and a literary journal and book fair. Edie Meidav and Ocean Vuong will teach community workshops. For the full schedule of festival events, please visit their website.

The Newburyport Literary Festival takes place April 27 to 28 in Newburyport, Massachusetts, with Ann Hood, Tom Perrotta, Andre Dubus III, Mark Doty, and more. For more information, please visit the festival website.

 

Worth a Listen

Short Story podcast by BBC Radio 4. Just the perfect thing for your commute.

 

We're Looking Forward to These April Releases

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Calls For Submission and Upcoming Deadlines

The Vermont Writers Roundtable is holding a weekend workshop (June 22 to 24) in Londonderry, New Hampshire, on writing creative nonfiction for children and teens. The deadline to apply for this workshop is April 7. For more information and to apply, please visit the Workshop page.

The Odyssey Writing Workshop (June 4 to July 13) is accepting applications until April 7. The Odyssey workshop, for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, is held on the campus of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. Prospective students must include a 4,000-word writing sample with their application. For more information, please visit the Workshop page.

Registration is open for 603: The Writers' Conference (April 14) on the SNHU campus in Manchester, New Hampshire. The keynote speaker is novelist Richard Russo. The conference includes master classes, workshops, panel discussions, lunch, and a reception. $85 to $135. For more information and to register, please visit the Conference page.

The Frost Place 2018 Conference on Poetry and Teaching (June 23 to 26) and Writing Intensive (June 27 to 28) is now accepting applications. The scholarship application deadline is April 19. The conference application deadline is May 17. The application fee is $25. Tuition is $725. Meals are $145. The Writing Intensive is $180. For more information and to apply, please visit the Conference page.

The Frost Place Conference on Poetry (July 8 to 14) is also accepting applications. The scholarship application deadline is April 30. The conference application deadline is May 31. The application fee is $25. Conference rates are from $250 (day rate) to $1550 (includes all tuition, meals, and lodging). For more information and to apply, please visit the Conference page.

Registration is still open for the VCFA Novel Retreat (May 15 to 21). Faculty includes Connie May FowlerJeff KleinmanRichard McCann, and Crystal Wilkinson. A $200 non-refundable deposit is required. For more information, please visit the Novel Retreat page.

The Bennington Review is open for submissions through May 15 with no reading fee. For more information, please visit the Bennington Review Submissions page.

nErDcampVT is accepting registrations for their "unconference" (May 20), which focuses on literacy, at Burlington High School in Burlington, Vermont. The event is free but you must register in advance. For more information and to register, please visit their website.

The New England Review is open for poetry and digital submissions through May 31. For more information, please visit the NER Submissions page.

The Frost Place Poetry Seminar (July 29 to August 3) is accepting applications. The scholarship application deadline is May 24. The seminar application deadline is June 28. The application fee is $15. Seminar rates are from $250 (day rate) to $1550 (includes all tuition, meals, and lodging). For more information and to apply, please visit the Seminar page.

Green Writers Press is accepting submissions through June 1 for the 2nd Annual Howard Frank Mosher First Novel and Short Story Prize. This prize is for a novelist or short story writer who writes about Vermont and/or the themes that resonate so well with Howard's work: nature, small-town stories, love, friendship, forgiveness, Vermont, solitude, and rural life. All ages are welcome to submit. For more information, please visit the Green Writers Press website.

The Hopper, a literary magazine from Green Writers Press, is accepting submissions of full-length manuscripts to its 2018 Hopper Poetry Prize through July 1. Open to poets with an identified interest in the natural world and whose work explores issues tied to our ever-changing environment. There is a $25 entry fee. For more information, please visit the Hopper Prize page.

Clara Martin Center is seeking submissions for their third annual art/poetry show entitled "Abundance: Celebrating Creativity in Mental Health, Wellness, and Recovery" (September 10 to November 2). You are invited to submit poetry, 2-D or 3-D artwork to display in the exhibit. Submissions are due by July 31. Applicants must be Vermont residents, and preference is given to artists/writers in the Upper Valley. For more information, please visit Clara Martin Center's website.

Registration is open for the 3rd Annual Poetry Festival at the Fine Arts Work Center (August 5 to 10) in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The Festival includes poetry and songwriting workshops. Faculty includes Traci Brimhall, Cornelius Eady, Nick Flynn, Vievee Francis, Ross Gay, Rebecca Gayle Howell, Patty Larkin, and Patrick Rosal. For information on tuition, housing, and registration, please visit the FAWC Festival page.

The Burlington Writers Workshop 2018 anthology team is pleased to invite submissions from the BWW community. Fiction, flash fiction, poetry, memoir, personal essay—it's all welcome. The only requirement for submission is that you must have attended at least one BWW workshop within the past five years. For more information, please visit the Burlington Writers Workshop website.

Registration is now open for The Center for Cartoon Studies Summer Workshops (June 11 to August 10), in White River Junction, Vermont. This year's workshops include everything from drawing and writing single-panel comics, to creating graphic memoirs and novels, taught by award-winning artists and writers, including Hilary Price, Jo Knowles, Tillie Walden, and Melanie Gillman. Tuition ranges from $600 to $1200. For more information and to register, please visit the Summer Workshops page.


April Workshops and Classes

On Monday, April 2 (6:30 to 8:30 pm), join poet Gary Margolis for "The Technique & Mysteries of Line Breaks," a poetry master class hosted by Burlington Writers Workshop, in Burlington, Vermont. Workshop participants should bring three original poems to class. Participants will also write new poems during the workshop. For more information and to register, please visit the BWW Workshop page.

Kingdom County Productions in collaboration with the Second Wind Foundation is offering a ten-week writing workshop for people who are in recovery from addiction, and their siblings and friends. The workshops will be held on Tuesdays, beginning Tuesday, April 3 (1:15 to 2:45 pm) at the Turning Point Center in White River Junction, Vermont. For more information, please call the Upper Valley Turning Point Center at (802) 295-5206 or visit the Writers for Recovery website.

Join storyteller Recille Hamrell for "The Art of Storytelling" workshop on Wednesday, April 4 (6:00 to 7:30 pm) at Burlington City Arts, in Burlington, Vermont, then stay for the open mic following the clinic to share your story in a safe and open-minded environment. The cost is $10. For more information and to register, please visit the BCA Event page.

On Saturday, April 7 (1:00 to 5:00 pm), Join River Arts in Morrisville, Vermont for a Coptic Bookbinding Workshop. Participants will select handmade papers for the hardbound coves and sew the open-spine binding using a traditional Coptic binding technique. The workshop fee is $85. For more information and to register, please visit the River Arts Programs page.

The League of Vermont Writers is hosting two workshops in April: "Getting Your Author Blog and Website Started" on Saturday, April 14 (4:00 to 6:00 pm) in Burlington, Vermont, and "The Road to Publication" on Saturday, April 28 (9:30 am to 3:00 pm), in Killington, Vermont. For more information and to register, please visit the League's Gatherings page.

On Tuesday, April 24 (6:30 pm), Annalisa Parent will host a workshop entitled "Writing for Pantsers" at The Galaxy Bookshop in Hardwick, Vermont. The workshop will focus on adding order to your writing life. For more information, visit The Galaxy Bookshop Events page.

Join poet Julia Shipley on Saturday, April 28 (10:00 am to 2:00 pm), for "The Husbandry of Poetry," a rumination and discussion of best practices for the care and feeding of poetry. The workshop is free, bur registration is required. For more information, please visit the River Arts Programs page.

The Center for Cartoon Studies offers a free One-Week Cartooning Workout. This seven-day email course is for aspiring cartoonists who need help getting started, cartoonists who need a refresher to get back into the creative groove, and those interested in graphic memoir, comics, journalism, or fantasy genres. Sign up at any time; the course begins when you sign up! For more information and to sign up, please visit the Center for Cartoon Studies website.