As part of PoemCity 2019, poets will read original work that touches on issues relating to border culture, migration, and social justice; a representative from Migrant Justice, a non-profit organizing for economic justice and human rights in Burlington, Vermont, will give a talk and introduction.
The reading, titled “In Defense of Butterflies: Poets for Migrant Justice,” features the following poets:
Nico Amador: Flower Wars
Cynthia Dewi Oka: Salvage
Natalie Scenters-Zapico: Lima: Limon
Cost: Suggested donation at the door, with all proceeds benefiting Migrant Justice.
Contact: Bear Pond Books
In a event leading up to Marlboro College Commencement 2019, This American Life producer and master storyteller Sean Cole will give a talk and lead a discussion based on his experiences in public radio—specifically making radio stories out of books and poems. Sean has made a career in radio journalism for 20 years, working on popular shows such as All Things Considered, Only a Game, Studio 360, Marketplace, Radiolab, and 99% Invisible. He is also the author of two small volumes of poetry and a full-length collection of postcard poems called The December Project (Boog Literature). Reception with cash bar on the patio from 6:30 - 7:00 pm, followed by the talk. This event is free and open to the public and will be held in Whittemore Theater.
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
Explore the art of storytelling and learn how to shape your writing to tell a compelling story. The agenda includes talks by three writing professionals, a tour the town library for a librarian's perspective on books and writing, and a generative writing exercise with local writer Amy Braun. The program concludes with a Q&A on storytelling and books.
Cost: $54 for members; $74 for non-members
Registration: Register by April 9 online or by sending a check, payable to “League of Vermont Writers,” to LVW, P.O. Box 5046, Burlington, VT 05402 and write "Spring Program 2019" on the memo line. Mailed registrations must be postmarked by the deadline.
Contact: League of Vermont Writers
The recent purchase of metal type in the Cherokee Syllabary has prompted new interest in our Book Arts Workshop. With the Cherokee type and other printing and binding activity, faculty in Native American Studies, Anthropology, Linguistics, and Environmental Studies have integrated book-making projects into their courses, giving students hands-on exposure and practice in the study of indigenous languages. Over the past year, a number of students and faculty have engaged in applied learning in language revitalization with the Book Arts Workshop. This symposium seeks to bring together makers of all kinds (students, scholars, librarians, writers, artists, and printers) to exchange their experiences and knowledge in tactile learning and explore new possibilities.
The day begins with an open house of the Book Arts Workshop from 9:30 to 11:30 am, where you’ll have a tour, get a chance to make a print from our Cherokee type, and learn about how the type was created.
In the afternoon there will be talks, panel discussions, a lecture, and a reception held in the Haldeman Center. See the entire schedule online.
Contact: Dartmouth College Libraries
Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.
Contact: New Hampshire Humanities
Luncheon and author talk with Diane Les Bequets, author of The Last Woman in the Forest.
Cost: $20, includes luncheon, author talk and donation to North Conway Library. Purchase tickets through the bookstore (603) 356-3200, or the North Conway Library (603) 356-2961, by March 13.
The location for this event is still TBD.
Contact: White Birch Books
UVM’s Silver Special Collections and the Department of English are pleased to present Kevin Young, award-winning poet, New Yorker poetry editor, author of the bestselling Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts and Fake News, and Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Young will be giving a public lecture, "BROWN: Adventures in Being," discussing his experience documenting American culture through his unique perspective as a poet, essayist, editor, curator, and Schomburg Director.
This event will be held in the Livak Ballroom, Davis Center, at the University of Vermont.
Contact: University of Vermont
James Sturm: Off Season
CCS co-founder James Sturm will read excerpts from his new graphic novel Off Season (Drawn and Quarterly), a love story about a marriage hanging on by a thread against the backdrop of the 2016 presidential elections. James’ presentation will also touch upon the drawing of dogs, crooked contractors, LSD, and 4 x 6 index cards.
Contact: The Center for Cartoon Studies
“When is art activism and when is it escapism? Artists can take the risks that politicians won’t, and art can often reach people in ways that politics can’t. Author Chris Bohjalian discusses how he has used fiction to address issues as diverse as genocide, domestic violence, and teen homelessness.”
The philosophical fictions of Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, the so-called "Soviet Borges," are a relatively recent discovery for scholars, having languished unpublished in Soviet archives for a half-century after being written by the then-unknown writer in the 1920s and 1930s. This talk focuses on the author's 1929 science-fiction novel Memories of the Future—specifically, how the novel repurposes the conventions of the time-travel narrative in order to challenge the era's reigning ideological and scientific conceptions of time. Presented by Reed Johnson, Fellow in Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Virginia.
This event will be held in Reed 108 on the Dartmouth College campus.
Contact: The Leslie Center for the Humanities
Franchesca Ramsey will be the keynote speaker at Dartmouth College’s 2019 MLK Jr. Celebration Feature Presentation. Franchesa Ramsey is a social justice advocate, comedian, actress, writer, video blogger, speaker, and writer. Her first book Well, That Escalated Quickly was published in 2018.
This is a free non-ticketed event, open to the community.
This event will be held in Spaulding Auditorium at the Hopkins Center for the Arts.
Contact: Dartmouth College
AK Thompson is an activist, author, and social theorist. Bringing together a decade of AK Thompson’s essays on the culture of revolt, Premonitions offers an engaged assessment of contemporary radical politics. Inspired by Walter Benjamin and addressing themes ranging from violence and representation to Romanticism and death, Thompson combines scholarship and grassroots grit to disabuse us of cherished certainties. Whether uncovering the unrealized promise buried in mainstream cultural offerings or tracing our course toward the moment of reckoning ahead, the essays in Premonitions are both practical investigations and provocations.
This event will be held in Haldeman 246 on the Dartmouth College campus.
Contact: Dartmouth College
As part of NHIA's Graduate Programs Winter Residency, affiliate faculty member Seth Abramson will be giving a talk about the poetics of digital storytelling.
As we stand at the precipice of the 2020s, digital literacy is now a mandate not just for consumers of digital media but for authors of every stripe. Abramson will talk about how to develop a superlative digital creative writing practice and why it means not just having an aesthetic perspective in your genre(s) of preference but also a complex and idiosyncratic relationship with the media, platforms, and hardware of the digital age. Thinking about short- and long-form storytelling in the digital sphere—how we teach it, how we learn it, and how we grow in it—lets us consider how an inductive "poetics" rather than a deductive "aesthetics" is what enables distinctive, memorable, and finely wrought creative writing in our time.
This event is free, open to the public and handicap accessible.
Registration: Register online
Contact: New Hampshire Institute of Art
The Portsmouth Athenaeum’s 2018 Program Series: “Remembering the Great War, Home and Abroad” concludes as Douglas Aykroyd leads the program, “Poetry of the Great War.” One hundred years ago, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, World War I ended in Europe. The poetry written during or shortly after this war expresses a wide range of emotions and helps us to gain a deeper understanding of the personal impact of that conflict. Join us to explore the thoughts and feelings of those dramatically affected by the “war to end all wars.”
Cost: Free for Athenaeum Proprietors, Subscribers, and Friends. All others, $10.
Reservations: Reservations are required as seating is limited. To serve a set, please call (602) 431-2538.
Contact: Portsmouth Athenaeum