Rick Agran authored a children’s picture book, Pumpkin Shivaree, and a collection of poems,
Crow Milk. He co-edited an anthology, Under the Legislature of Stars: 62 NH Poets. For a decade he was an arts and entertainment reporter for The Wire. Rick lives in Worcester, Vermont and teaches writing, literature and photojournalism at Johnson State College. In small rural public schools, he teaches poetry across the curriculum and arts integration for the Vermont and NH Arts Councils and the Children’s Literacy Foundation. His poems have been read and anthologized by Garrison Keillor on PRI’s “The Writer’s Almanac”. Rick is also a member of the Pomeroy Street Poets.
Matthew Tobin Anderson, known as M.T. Anderson, is a bestselling and highly innovative writer of children’s books that range from picture books to young-adult novels. He won the National Book Award in 2006 for The Pox Party, the first of two Octavian Nothing books, which are historical novels set in Revolution-era Boston. Anderson is known for using wit and sarcasm in his stories and for advocating that young adults are capable of mature comprehension.
He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1968. He attended St. Mark’s School, Harvard College, the University of Cambridge (England) and Syracuse University. Anderson worked at Candlewick Press before his first novel Thirsty (1997) was accepted for publication there. He has also worked as a disc jockey for WCUW radio, as an instructor at Vermont College of Fine Arts, where he now serves on the Board, and as a music critic for The Improper Bostonian. He currently lives in Cambridge and is on the Board of the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance, a national non-profit organization that advocates for literacy, literature and libraries.
Anderson is known for challenging his readers of varying ages to look at the world in new ways. He has also remarked “We write because we can’t decipher things the first time around.” His novels directed at young adults, such as Thirsty and Feed, tend to direct their satire at society. He’s also written children’s picture books such as Handel, Who Knew What He Liked, and novels directed toward pre-teen readers such as The Game of Sunken Places. Anderson tends to write with sophisticated wit and storylines, making the point that young people are more intelligent than some might think. In response to the question of why he gives so much credit to his young audience, Anderson stated in an interview with Julie Prince: “Our survival as a nation rests upon the willingness of the young to become excited and engaged by new ideas we never considered as adults.”
His young-adult novel Feed (2002) won the Los Angeles Times Book Award and was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. Feed was also named one of the ALA Best Books for Young Adults. Anderson has also written picture books and books for pre-teens. His picture books include Strange Mr. Satie, the story of the composer Erik Satie, who influenced modern music. His choice to focus on Satie is noted as an “offbeat” choice, but the book is held in high regard for its unique style and text that reflects Satie’s own musical style.
Anderson’s most recent release, Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad (2015) was named a 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Book in June.
Jennifer Armstrong is an award-winning author of over 100 books for children and teens. Her book, Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance, was the winner of the Orbis Pictus award and a Boston Globe Horn Book honor book. The popularity of this
book in schools and book festivals led her to Antarctica itself. She spent New Year’s Eve at the South Pole and has some stories to tell! She lives in Saratoga Springs, New York with her daughter and runs the children’s department of the local Northshire Bookstore, a large independent. Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World has been chosen by The Vermont Humanities Council as its Vermont Reads selection for 2016.
Martha Barnette is co-host of the NPR show A Way with Words, heard each week by listeners in more than 250 cities across North America, and around the world by podcast. The program is about words and how we use them-word and phrase origins, slang, regional dialects, grammar, writing well, books and reading, and that weird thing Grandma used to say. A longtime journalist who’s passionate about language and lifelong learning, she holds an A.B. in English from Vassar College. She did graduate work in classical languages at the University of Kentucky and studied Spanish in Costa Rica at the ILISA Language Institute. Before coming to radio, Martha worked as a reporter for the Washington Post and an editorial writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal. She’s the author of three books on word origins: A Garden of Words, Ladyfingers & Nun’s Tummies: A Lighthearted Look at How Foods Got Their Names and Dog Days & Dandelions. She’s often quoted in the news media about language topics. Martha joined A Way with Words in 2004. She is president of Wayword, Inc., the 501(c)(3) nonprofit that produces and distributes the radio program, and depends on support from listeners and underwriters. Martha holds a Certificate in Fund Raising Management (CFRM) from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. A Kentucky native, she now lives in San Diego, where she can be found hiking mountain trails and performing improv comedy. She’s also co-founder of San Diego Republic, a clothing company that celebrates pandas (yes, pandas!) and her adopted hometown. More about A Way with Words at waywordradio.org.
Jensen Beach is the author of the recently published collection Swallowed by the Cold, as well as a previous collection of stories. His work has appeared in A Public Space, the New Yorker, Ninth Letter, The Paris Review and elsewhere. He teaches in the BFA program at Johnson State College and the MFA Program in Writing & Publishing at Vermont College of Fine Arts. He lives in Jericho with his family.
Tim Brookes is the author of 15 books and a
longtime NPR essayist. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, National Geographic, Outside and more than 50 other magazines and newspapers. He is founder and president of the Endangered Alphabets Project.
Rachel Carter likes to write about time travel and far away worlds. She’s the author of the So Close to You series with HarperTeen and a regular contributor to BookTrib.com. These days you can find her working on her next novel in the woods of Vermont, where she also teaches creative writing at Champlain College.
Chard deNiord is the Poet Laureate of Vermont and the author of six books of poetry, Interstate, 2015, The Double Truth, 2011-which was cited by the Boston Globe as one of the ten best books of poetry in 2011-Speaking in Turn, a collaboration with Tony Sanders, 2011, Night Mowing, 2005, Sharp Golden Thorn, 2003 and Asleep in the Fire, 1990. His poems and essays have appeared in The Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies, the Kenyon Review, New England Review, American Poetry Review, New Ohio Review, AGNI, Harvard Review, The New York Times, Ploughshares and Salmagundi. His book of essays and interviews with seven senior American poets (Galway Kinnell, Maxine Kumin, Lucille Clifton, Donald Hall, Robert Bly, Ruth Stone, and Jack Gilbert) titled Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs: Conversations and Reflections on 20th Century American Poets was published in 2011. He is the co-founder and former program director of the New England College MFA Program in Poetry and a trustee of the Ruth Stone Trust. For the past 17 years he has taught English and Creative Writing at Providence College where he is Professor of English. He lives in Westminster West with his wife, Liz.
MARY JANE DICKERSON
Sara Dillon has deep family roots in northeastern Vermont and during her many years spent in Ireland, she did important work in linking cultural values to landscape preservation. She currently divides her time between
Belmont, Massachusetts and Greensboro, Vermont. Her new novel from Green Writers Press is Planning for Escape. The protagonist, Catherine, interweaves her own unique perspectives on memory, family, and place, with the compelling and luminous account of her endlessly disappointing search for love through a dazzling array of quirky people and unforgettable places. Grounded in an escape to memorable places—from New England to Ireland, to Japan and back again—the narrative ultimately shifts to the historically preserved and richly ambient world of Greensboro, Vermont. This novel is for all those who ever wanted to escape, ever longed to return home, or ever considered deriving new joy from simply giving up and saying goodbye to old places in search of the new.
Tina Escaja (Alma Pérez) is a destructivist, a cyber-poet, a digital artist, a scholar and a faculty member at the University of Vermont. As a literary critic, she has published extensively on gender, contemporary Latin American and Spanish poetry and technology. Her creative work transcends the traditional book form, leaping into digital art, robotics, augmented reality and multimedia projects exhibited in museums and galleries internationally. Escaja’s awards include the International Poetry Prize “Dulce María Loynaz” for her volume Caída Libre/Free Fall (2004/2015) and the University Scholar Award from UVM (2015). In 2015 she was Maker-in-Residence at Burlington’s Generator, where she built a series of robopoems juxtaposing poetry and robotics. Other poetry projects include 13 Lunas 13 (2011), Código de Barras/Bar Codes (2007), Respiración Mecánica/Mechanical Breathing (2001/2014) and the artifacts Negro en Ovejas (2011), VeloCity (2000-2002) and Pinzas de Metal, an interactive novel (2003). Translated into six languages, her poetry and fiction has appeared in literary collections around the world. In the year 2014 Escaja instigated the movement Destructisvism/o on the grave of avant-garde Chilean poet Vicente Huidobro, a movement that involves social media, performance and poetry: Manual Destructivista/Destructivist Manual (New York: Arte Poética Press, 2016).
Pat Esden writes New Adult gothic and paranormal romance. A Hold on Me, the first book in her Dark Heart series, was released in February by Kensington Books. Beyond Your Touch, the second book, came out on August 30th. A third will be released in 2017. Her short fiction has appeared in a number of publications including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, the Mythopoeic Society’s Mythic Circle literary magazine and George H. Scither’s anthology Cat Tales. An antique-dealing florist by trade, Pat lives in the mountains of northern Vermont.
Marc Estrin is a novelist, cellist, political activist and, with his wife, Donna, one of the editors of Fomite Press.
TERI YOUMANS GRIMM
Teri Youmans Grimm is a fourth generation Floridian and the author of two poetry collections, Becoming Lyla Dore (Red Hen Press 2016) and Dirt Eaters (University Press of Florida 2004). Her
writing has also appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus, Green Mountains Review, Indiana Review, South Dakota Review, Sugar House Review and Homegrown in Florida: An Anthology of Florida Childhoods among other journals and anthologies and she is a contributor for the podcast Swamp Radio. She currently teaches in the low-res MFA program at the University of Nebraska. Teri lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband and two children, where she sings in a cover band and hunts alligators. You can visit her website at www.teriyoumansgrimm.com
Amy Hassinger is the author of three novels: Nina: Adolescence, The Priest’s Madonna and After the Dam. Her writing has been translated into five languages and has won awards from Creative Nonfiction, Publisher’s Weekly and the Illinois Arts Council. Her work has appeared in numerous venues, including Creative Nonfiction, The Writers’ Chronicle and The Los Angeles Review of Books. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and teaches in the University of Nebraska’s MFA in Writing Program. You can find out more about her at www.amyhassinger.com.
SARA J. HENRY
Sara J. Henry is the author of A Cold and Lonely Place (2013) and Learning to Swim (2011), both from Crown. She began as a newspaper sports editor in the Adirondacks and became an editor at Women’s Sports & Fitness magazine and Rodale Books before turning to fiction. She has been a correspondence writing school instructor, contributed to numerous magazines, cowritten books on health and fitness and edited many books, fiction and nonfiction. She has also worked as a bicycle mechanic and was a soil scientist for a very short while. Her novels have won the Anthony, Agatha, Mary Higgins Clark and Silver Falchion Awards and she won the Arthritis Foundation Russell L. Cecil Award for magazine writing. Sara grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and received her master’s in journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa. She lives on a dirt road in southern Vermont.
Poet and author Edward Hirsch has built a reputation as an attentive and elegant writer and reader of poetry. Over the course of eight collections of poetry, four books of criticism and the long-running “Poet’s Choice” column in the Washington Post, Hirsch has transformed the quotidian into poetry in his own work and demonstrated his adeptness at explicating the nuances of feeling, tradition and craft at work in the poetry of others. Introducing Hirsch at the National Arts Club, Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri remarked, “The trademarks of his poems are things I strive to bring to my own writing: to be intimate but restrained, to be tender without being sentimental, to witness life without flinching and, above all, to isolate and preserve those details of our existence so often overlooked, so easily forgotten, so essential to our souls.”
“I would like to speak in my poems with what the Romantic poets called ‘the true voice of feeling,'” Hirsch told Contemporary Authors. “I believe, as Ezra Pound once said, that when it comes to poetry, ‘only emotion endures.'”
Described by Peter Stitt in Poetry as “a poet of genuine talent and feeling,” Hirsch received the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets and the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award from New York University for his first volume, For the Sleepwalkers (1981). His second, Wild Gratitude (1986) won the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation in addition to receiving a MacArthur “genius” award in 1997. His numerous other awards include an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award and an Academy of Arts and Letters Award. A former professor at Wayne State University and the University of Houston, Hirsch is president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
Born in 1950 in Chicago, he was educated at Grinnell College and the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a PhD in folklore. His first books contain vignettes of urban life and numerous tributes to artists which, according to David Wojahn in the New York Times Book Review, “begin as troubled meditations on human suffering [but] end in celebration.” New Republic contributor Jay Parini wrote that in For the Sleepwalkers, “Hirsch inhabits, poem by poem, dozens of other skins. He can become Rimbaud, Rilke, Paul Klee or Matisse, in each case convincingly.” Hirsch uses other voices in later works like On Love (1998). Taking on the personae of dozens of poets from the past, including diverse writers like D.H. Lawrence, Charles Baudelaire and Jimi Hendrix, Hirsch creates an imaginary conversation between them as they discuss the subject of love.
Hirsch’s interest in mining the past and traditions of poetry extends to his critical work as well. How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry (1999) presents close-readings of an eclectic mix of poems and poets, written in an accessible style. It was a national bestseller. The Demon and the Angel: Searching for the Source of Artistic Inspiration (2003) considers the concept of duende, which posits that artistic creation arises out of a heightened state or power. Hirsch explores the implications of duende-made most famous by Frederico García Lorca-across a variety of artists, including Martha Graham and Lorca himself. His encyclopedic knowledge of poetry, poets and poetics served him during his tenure at the Washington Post, where he penned the weekly “Poet’s Choice” column. Collecting the columns into the book Poet’s Choice (2006), Hirsch stated his goals for his work as a critic: “I write for both initiated and uninitiated readers of poetry. I like to spread the word … My notion was to make links and connections, to bring forward unknown poets and to help people to think about poetry in a somewhat deeper way. It seemed to work.” In 2014, Hirsch published A Poet’s Glossary, a comprehensive look at poetry’s forms, devices, groups, movements, -isms, aesthetics, rhetorical terms and folklore.
Hirsch’s more recent volumes of poetry include Earthly Measures (1994), On Love (1998) and Lay Back the Darkness (2003), which includes treatments of the Orpheus myth as well as several ekphrasis poems. The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems 1972–2010 (2010) shows, according to Peter Campion in the New York Times, “a kind of model for the growth of poetic intelligence.” Campion went on to note: “What makes Hirsch so singular in American poetry is the balance he strikes between the quotidian and something completely other—an irrational counterforce.” Campion concluded that, “Hirsch situates himself between the ordinary and the ecstatic. The everyday and the otherworldly temper each other in these excellent poems and American poetry gains new strength as a result.”
Hirsch’s most recent book of poems, Gabriel (2014), explores the death of his son and was nominated for the National Book Award. Eavan Boland described Gabriel as “a masterpiece of sorrow … the creation of the loved and lost boy is one of the poem’s most important effects.”
Edward Hirsch lives in Brooklyn.
Margot Harrison was raised in the wilds of New York by lovely, nonviolent parents who never managed to prevent her from staying up late to read scary books. She studied at Harvard and Berkeley
and now lives in Vermont, where she works at the newspaper Seven Days. Her favorite part of the job is, of course, reviewing scary books and movies. The Killer in Me is her first novel. Find her at margotharrison.com or @MargotFHarrison.
Ann Hood is the editor of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting and the bestselling author of The Obituary Writer, The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread, Comfort and An Italian Wife, among other works. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, a Best American Food Writing Award, a Best American Travel Writing Award and the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island. Her latest novel is The Book That Matters Most, about which Jodi Picoult has raved, “Is there anyone who can write about the connections of ordinary people better than Ann Hood?”
Sam is a poet living in Burlington, VT. He holds a BA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, Annapolis, and is an MA student at the Bread Loaf School of English and a workshop host for the Burlington Writers Workshop. HIs work appears in Oberon Poetry Magazine, Paper Nautilus, and The Bread Loaf Journal. He is a recipient of the Robert Haiduke Poetry Prize from the Bread Loaf School of English. He was the editor and a contributor to the anthology POMEROY STREET POETS, published this year by Honeybee Press.
Major Jackson is the author of four collections
of poetry: Roll Deep (2015, Norton); Holding Company (2010, Norton); Hoops (2006, Norton) and Leaving Saturn (2002, University of Georgia Press), winner of a Cave Canem Poetry Prize and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. He has published poems and essays in recent issues of The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Tin House, and in Best American Poetry. Jackson is the recipient of fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, Guggenheim Foundation, Pew Fellowships in the Arts, the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress and has been awarded a Pushcart Prize and a Whiting Writers’ Award. He is the Richard A. Dennis Professor at the University of Vermont and the Poetry Editor of the Harvard Review.
S.M. Jarvis is a loving mother, Vermont native and Champlain College graduate. Moral Dissipation is the first of her published works. She was recently featured on WCAX and in Seven Days as well as various other television, newspaper and radio outlets for her efforts to combat the opioid drug epidemic. She has had book signings at various Turning Point Recovery Center locations around Vermont and spoken to parents, students and friends of recovering addicts at Champlain College and local events. Ten percent of the profits from Moral Dissipation will be donated to organizations that help recovering addicts and their families. Her second book, a sequel to Moral Dissipation, will focus on psychological abuse and ten percent will be donated to preventing domestic violence. Using her passion for writing and donations, she plans to continue to make positive changes in the community. Prior to publishing Moral Dissipation, Jarvis worked as a Search Engine Optimization Analyst in Burlington.
Jerry Johnson lives in a century-old schoolhouse in the Northeast Kingdom. He is the author of Up the Creek Without a Saddle andNoah’s Song. Several of his poems have been set into song by Jon Gailmor and Pete Sutherland, two legendary Vermont master musicians. Jerry’s books with free CDs will be available at the Burlington Book Festival. You can visit him at www.vtpoet.com.
“Noah’s Song is another wild and
warmhearted rhyming tale from Jerry Johnson … fun for children of all ages and all species! Noah’s Song is further enhanced by the bright, delightful paintings of Adrien ‘Yellow’ Patenaude and accompanied by the always captivating music of one of Vermont’s master musicians, Jon Gailmor.” —Reeve Lindbergh
“Up the Creek Without a Saddle and the music of Jon Gailmor and Pete Sutherland are a lyrical celebration of the ‘Vermont Tradition’ at its best.” —Howard Frank Mosher
“Jerry Johnson has the true songwriter’s gift: his lyrics seem so simple, but that’s a deception. The more one listens — and the tunes are brilliantly served by the excellent Jon Gailmor and Pete Sutherland — the deeper they get. What a pleasure this album is!” —Sydney Lea
Leland Kinsey was born and raised on a farm in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, where his ancestors settled in the early 1800s. He has conducted writing workshops for the Vermont Arts Council and the Children’s Literacy Foundation at over 100 schools in New Hampshire and Vermont. Since receiving his
MA, Leland has worked as a farmhand, printer and horse trainer and has taught courses at Elderhostel in writing, birding, astronomy and canoeing. He has published six collections of poetry, including In the Rain Shadow (University Press of New England, 2004), Sledding on Hospital Hill (Godine, 2003), The Immigrant’s Contract (Godine, 2008) and, this April, Galvanized: New and Selected Poems from Green Writers Press. He lives near the Canadian border with his wife and three children. Of his latest work, Howard Frank Mosher has written, “A marvelous new collection of poems deeply rooted in the Northeast Kingdom and rural life in general. All of Leland Kinsey’s poetry is closely connected to the natural world, with its expert (and highly entertaining) use of history, stories, characters-many from Leland’s own family and ancestors-and images from nature, rural work and avocations and the traditions of a very harsh but authentic, off-the-beaten track Vermont.”
Dayna Lorentz is the author of
the No Safety in Numbers trilogy (Dial/Kathy Dawson Books) and the Dogs of the Drowned City series (Scholastic). She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Bennington College. Dayna lives with her husband, two kids, and dog in Vermont. If you give her a cupcake, she will show you the proper way to eat it. You can visit her atwww.daynalorentz.com and NoSafetyinNumbersBooks.com.
Dana is a local middle school teacher. Recently, sh roams the streets of BUrlington during the colder months and prowls the Bread Loaf School of English by summer in pursuit of an MA. Her work was included in the anthology POMEROY STREET POETS, published this year through Honeybee Press.
LEE GJERTSEN MALONE
Lee Gjertsen Malone is a Massachusetts transplant, via Long Island, Brooklyn and Ithaca, NY. As a
journalist, she’s written about everything from wedding planning and the banking crisis to how to build your own homemade camera satellite. Her interests include amateur cheesemaking, traveling, associating with animals, shushing people in movie theaters, kickboxing and blinking very rapidly for no reason. She lives in Cambridge, Mass. with her husband, daughter and a rotating cast of pets. The Last Boy at St. Edith’s is her first novel.
Jennifer Mason-Black is a lifelong fan of most anything with words. She’s checked for portals in every closet she’s ever encountered and has never sat beneath the stars without watching for UFOs. Her stories have appeared in The Sun, Strange Horizons and Daily Science Fiction, among others. Devil and the Bluebird is her first novel. She lives in Massachusetts.
Bethany C Morrow is a recovering expat straddling life in Montreal and North Country, New York. A speculative literary author for the YA and adult markets, she’s represented by Mark Gottlieb of Trident Media Group and is currently at work on an allegorical YA novel blending contemporary and urban fantasy in a spectacular version of the already beautiful Pacific Northwest. Her short work has been published in the Electronic Encyclopedia of Experimental Literature (theeeel.com).
Melissa works in the nonprofit sector, grows food, and writes poetry in Burlington, Vermont. She studied professional writing at Champlain College. Her work and essays appear in Liquid > Animal > Machine, The Maynard, Stonehenge: An Anothology, and others.Her work was included in the anthology POMEROY STREET POETS, published this year through Honeybee Press.
Naomi Shihab Nye describes herself as a “wandering poet.” She has spent 40 years traveling the country and the world to lead writing workshops and inspiring students of all ages. Nye was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother and grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem and San Antonio. Drawing on her Palestinian-American heritage, the cultural diversity of her home in Texas and her experiences traveling in Asia, Europe, Canada, Mexico and the Middle East, Nye uses her writing to attest to our shared humanity. Naomi is the author and/or editor of more than 30 volumes. Her books of poetry include 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East, A Maze Me: Poems for Girls, Red Suitcase, Words under the Words, Fuel, and You & Yours (a best-selling poetry book of 2006). She is also the author of Mint Snowball (paragraphs); Never in a Hurry and I’ll Ask You Three Times, Are You Okay?, Tales of Driving and Being Driven (essays); Habibi and Going, Going (novels for young readers); Baby Radar and Sitti’s Secrets (picture books) and There Is No Long Distance Now (a collection of very short stories). Other works include several prize-winning poetry anthologies for young readers, including Time You Let Me In, This Same Sky, The Space Between Our Footsteps: Poems & Paintings from the Middle East, What Have You Lost? and Transfer. Her collection of poems for young adults entitled Honeybee won the 2008 Arab American Book Award in the Children’s/Young Adult category. Her new novel for children, The Turtle of Oman, was chosen both a Best Book of 2014 by The Horn Book and a 2015 Notable Children’s Book by the American Library Association. The Turtle of Oman was also awarded the 2015 Middle East Book Award for Youth Literature.
She has been a Lannan Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow and a Witter Bynner Fellow (Library of Congress). She has received a Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, the Paterson Poetry
Prize, four Pushcart Prizes, the Robert Creeley Prize, and “The Betty Prize” from Poets House, for service to poetry, and numerous honors for her children’s literature, including two Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards. In 2011 Naomi won the Golden Rose Award given by the New England Poetry Club, the oldest poetry reading series in the country. Her collection 19 Varieties of Gazelle was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her work has been presented on National Public Radio on A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer’s Almanac. She has been featured on two PBS poetry specials including “The Language of Life with Bill Moyers” and also appeared on NOW with Bill Moyers. She has been affiliated with The Michener Center for writers at the University of Texas at Austin for 20 years and also poetry editor at The Texas Observer for 20 years. In January 2010 she was elected to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets. She was recently named laureate of the 2013 NSK Neustadt Award for Children’s Literature.
JOHN MILTON OLIVER
John Milton Oliver is a poet, playwright, essayist, educator, and actor living in Burlington, VT. HIs written work has been published by The Salon, ReUnion Journal, The Bread Loaf Journal, and The Revolutionary Poets Brigade. His is a founding member of Pomeroy Street Poets (formerly Pine Street Poets) and eagerly anticipates this publication of the group’s second anthology by Honeybee Press. He remains committed to the production of creative and critical work by all who will in this state he loves.
Jay Parini, a poet and novelist, teaches at Middlebury College. His most recent book is New and Collected Poems, 1975-2015 published by Beacon. It brings together almost all of his poems of the past four decades, including an opening sequence of over fifty new poems. He has also published many novels, including The Last Station, which was made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer. Jay has also written biographies of Steinbeck, Frost, Faulkner, Jesus and Gore Vidal in addition to publishing several works of nonfiction, including Promised Land: Thirteen Books That Changed America.
In The Road to Walden North, novelist Sheila Post has written an elegiac tribute to the spirit of Thoreau—a timely ‘Walden revisited.’ The story chronicles the desperate and deliberate lives among four individuals whose worlds converge
on the Harvard University campus until forced to grapple with the themes she teaches in her course on Walden. A luminous tapestry of dreams lost and places found, The Road to Walden North will continue to ‘rewild’ the inner lives of its readers, long after arriving in Walden North. The preservationist passion that flows through Your Own Ones will appeal to a wide range of readers, both caretakers of the land and of the heart. Sheila Post, Ph.D., taught American literature & nature writing for over a decade in New England before deciding to write her own spirit-of-place novels and green women’s fiction (as Síle Post). Sheila resides in the forested mountains of her own Walden North.
Elizabeth Powell is the author of “The Republic of Self” a New Issue First Book Prize winner, selected by C.K. Williams. Her second book “Willy Loman’s Reckless Daughter: Living Truthfully Under Imaginary Circumstances” won the Robert Dana Prize in poetry, chosen by Maureen Seaton, and was published by Anhinga Press earlier this year. Her work has appeared in the Pushcart Prize Anthology 2013 as well as Alaska Quarterly Review, Barrow Street, Black Warrior Review, Ecotone, Harvard Review, Handsome, Hobart, Indiana Review, Missouri Review, Mississippi Review, Slope, Sugarhouse Review, Ploughshares, Post Road and elsewhere. She is Editor of Green Mountains Review, and Associate Professor of Writing and Literature at Johnson State College. She also serves on the faculty of the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing and Publishing. Born in New York City, she has lived in Vermont since 1989.
As an honorary Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and author of numerous scientific writings, Dr. Cardy Raper stands as a fantastic role model for young women. In her memoir, A Woman of Science: An
Extraordinary Journey of Love, Discovery, and the Sex Life of Mushrooms, she speaks of the challenges of raising a family amid two adults’ advancing careers at a time when the concept of mothers working outside the home was exceedingly rare. In her new book An American Harvest: How One Family Moved From Dirt-Poor Farming to a Better Life In The Early 1900’s, she brings readers into her husband’s childhood. This family memoir, in the tradition of oral history, conveys the inside-outs of what it was like for a growing family to eke out a living on an eroded tobacco farm in the South. See www.cardyraper.com for details.
MEG LITTLE REILLY
Meg Little Reilly is the author of We Are Unprepared, a novel about the superstorm that
changes our relationship to nature and each other. Before she got serious about writing books, Meg worked for President Obama as Deputy Associate Director at the White House Office of Management and Budget and, prior to that, as Spokesperson at the U.S. Treasury. She has also worked at Environmental Defense Fund, leading political consulting firms and countless political internships. Her career began at Vermont Public Radio. She has a B.A. from the University of Vermont and an M.A. from George Washington University. She’s a proud native of Brattleboro. We Are Unprepared is Meg Little Reilly’s first novel. It is, in equal parts, a gesture of political activism and a love letter to the woods she grew up in.
Meg is an artist and poet living in Burlington, VT. She holds her BA in Engllish and ARts and Visual Culture from Bates College and her MFA in poetry from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. Her work has been published in The Salon through Honeybee Press, Prelude Journal, Wildage Press, Prime Number Magazine, and the anthology Monster Verse: Poems Human and Inhuman. She is the co-director of writinginsideVT, an organization that offers supportive writing instruction at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in Burlington, VT. Her work was included in the anthology POMEROY STREET POETS, published this year through Honeybee Press
Leslie Rivver grew up in the Deep South of Alabama. She earned an
MA in religious education from Princeton Theological Seminary and an MA in elementary education from Auburn University. She
spent close to a decade teaching children on the Arctic shores of Alaska and now lives on a wild and cold mountain with her family in Vermont. Leslie is a library media teacher and reading interventionist, spending much of her day beside first-grade students. Her first novel, Blackberries and Cream, won the Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award for Children’s Fiction in 2016.
JOHN ELDER ROBISON
I was born in Athens, Georgia in the hot summer of 1957. My father was preaching in Ila-pronounced EYE-LA-Georgia, that summer. Both my parents were in college when I was born. We moved every few years while my father worked his way through college until finally settling as a professor of Philosophy in Amherst, Massachusetts. Me as a kid.
David Schein is a writer and performer. He was born in Burlington and attended Burlington High School. As an undergrad, he attended the Writer’s Workshop at the University of Iowa and was a cofounder of the Iowa Theater Lab. He was a contributing writer to Whoopi Goldberg on Broadway and, with Guillermo Gomez Peña, wrote “Border X Frontera” for NPR. His opera, “TOKENS: A Play on the Plague”, won three Hollywood Dramalogue awards. Schein founded One Love AIDS/HIV Awareness Theater in Ethiopia and recently authored “My Murder and Other Local News,” performance poems published by Fomite Press.
Beal is a nonprofit development professional and writer from Upstate New York. She holds a B.A. in creative writing and political science from Skidmore College, and her work has appeared in Skidmore Scribe, a nonfiction publication of the college. She lives in Burlington, VT. She was an editor of and contributor to the anthology POMEROY STREET POETS, published this year through Honeybee Press.
Brett Ann Stanciu knows the soil of Vermont well. A sugarmaker and graduate of Marlboro College, she lives on Woodbury Mountain with her two daughters, surrounded by bears and wild blackberry bushes, with an undiluted view of the Milky Way. Her novel Hidden View is located on
an isolated Vermont hillside farm; its tension revolves around a couple struggling to bolster their dairy farm’s sagging economics through sugaring. The cyclical nature of farming, with its braided elements of fruition and decay, reflect the interior struggles of the novel’s main characters. Landscape does not lie as mere backdrop in this novel. As the Vermont landscape fluctuates through seasons, Hidden View’s characters live in the shifting everyday world – childbirth and mothering young children, lust and lonely nights beneath the moon, green yarn, folding laundry – while suffused with an ineffable philosophical seeking of rock-hard truths (love? loyalty? beauty?) to guide them through the stony soil of human living.
Trevien Stanger is a poet, tree-planter, educator, and watershed enthusiast. He is currently working on a coffee-table book about creating a culture of clean water here in the Champlain Basin, entitled Our Basin of Relations, and he is actively seeking submissions from local writers to be featured in the work. You can find out more by going to champlainbasinrelations.wor
Seth Steinzor protested the Vietnam War during his high school years near Buffalo, New York and his years at Middlebury College, advocated for Native American causes after law school and has made a career as a civil rights attorney, criminal prosecutor and welfare attorney for the State of Vermont. Throughout, he has written poetry. In early 1980s Boston, he edited a small literary journal. His highly praised first book, To Join the Lost, was published in 2010.
Susan Stellin is a reporter and frequent contributor to The New York Times, where she worked as an editor for
several years. She is the author of How to Travel Practically Anywhere, a travel planning guide, and has a B.A. in political science from Stanford University. Graham Macindoe is a photographer and adjunct professor of photography at The New School’s Parsons School of Design. Born in Scotland, he studied painting in Edinburgh and earned a master’s degree in photography at the Royal College of Art in London. In 2014, Stellin and MacIndoe were awarded a fellowship from the Alicia Patterson Foundation for their series “American Exile,” documenting the stories of families divided by deportation. They live in Brooklyn.
Mario Susko, a witness and survivor of the war in Bosnia, received his M.A. and
ELIZABETH MARSHALL THOMAS
One of the world’s most widely read authors on anthropology and animals, wild and domestic, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas has observed dogs, cats, elephants, and human animals during her half-century-long career, all of which was inspired by her lengthy trips to Africa as a young woman. Her many books include The Hidden Life of Dogs, The Social Lives of Dogs, The Tribe of Tiger, The Old Way and The Hidden Life of Deer. Elizabeth will read from her recently published memoir, Dreaming of Lions. The critically praised new work traces Thomas’ life from her earliest days, including when, as a young woman in the 1950s, she and her family packed up and left for the Kalahari Desert to study the Ju/Wa Bushmen. The world’s understanding of African tribal cultures has never been the same since. Nor has Thomas, as the experience taught her not only how to observe, but also how to navigate in male-dominated fields like anthropology and animal science and do what she cared about most: spending time with animals and people in wild places and relishing the people and animals around her at home. Readers join Thomas as she returns to Africa, after college and marriage, with her two young children, ending up in the turmoil leading to Idi Amin’s bloody coup. She invites us into her family life, her writing, and her fascination with animals—from elephants in Namibia, to dogs in her kitchen, or cougars outside her New England farmhouse. She also recounts her personal struggles, writing about her own life with the same kind of fierce honesty that she applies to the world around her, and delivering a memoir that not only shares tremendous insights but also provides tremendous inspiration. She lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire.
After a series of ramblings and residencies
in Ireland and Vermont and hitch-hiking out west, culminating in a job at Glacier National Park, Montana, Z.G. Tomaszewski, born in 1989, lives in Grand Rapids where he aspires to fish the river every morning and play bossa nova in a lounge by night. For now, Tomaszewski works maintenance at an old Masonic Temple and is a founding member and events coordinator of Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters and co-director of Lamp Light Music Festival. His debut book, All Things Dusk, was the winner of the International Poetry Prize of 2014, chosen by Li-Young Lee, and published by Hong Kong University Press. His chapbook, Mineral Whisper, composed while living in Ireland, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in December.
Tony Whedon is the author of the poetry books Things to Pray to in Vermont through Mid-List Press and The Falklands Quartet and the chapbook The Tres Riches Heures from Fomite Books. Whedon’s new collection, The Hatcheck Girl is forthcoming from Sundog
Garret White is a native grass-fed Vermonter. His work showcases the beauty in the gritty, as he simultaneously hopes to inspire a love of native trees, and Honeybees. He is actively searching for ways to sing/protest, and educate young people to steward the Earth, to unplug their devices, and to give a shed about clean water. He has been a featured artist at Burlington’s Lit Club at the Lamp Shop and is a member of the Pomeroy Street Poets.
NANCY MEANS WRIGHT
Nancy Means Wright has published fiction with St Martin’s Press, Dutton, Perseverance Press and elsewhere, including a trilogy of historical mysteries featuring 18th-century author Mary Wollstonecraft. Her most recent works are Queens Never Make Bargains, a novel, and The Shady Sisters, a collection of poems. Her short stories and poems have appeared in American Literary Review, Green Mountains Review, Carolina Quarterly and others. Her children’s books have received an Agatha Award and a grant from the Society of Children’s Book Writers. A former teacher and Bread Loaf Scholar, Nancy lives in Middlebury with her spouse and two Maine Coon cats. Find out more at nancymeanswright.com
MANY MORE TO COME!