Past Authors

Kim Addonizio is an acclaimed poet, novelist, and short story writer. Her brand-new story collection, The Palace of Illusions, includes goldfish, ice skating, carnival geeks, dwarfs, cancer, Byzantine architecture, a love triangle, one half-vampire, Nietzschean philosophy and meditation tips. Her other books include five collections of poetry, including Tell Me, a finalist for the National Book Award, two books on writing poetry from W.W. Norton and two novels from Simon & Schuster. Addonizio’s first novel, Little Beauties, was described by Oprah’s O Magazine as “A wonderfully optimistic, quirky testament to the power of chance encounters” and was a Book of the Month Club selection. Of her second, My Dreams Out in the Street, Booklist wrote, “Addonizio creates mesmerizing characters.” Learn more about Kim Addonizio.

Julia Alvarez is the author of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, published in 1991, which won a PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award. Other novels include: In the Time of Butterflies, iYo!, In the Name of Salomé, and Saving the World. She and her husband, Bill Eichner, founded Alta Gracia, a sustainable farm in the Dominican Republic that produces organic coffee and also serves as a literacy center. She currently lives in Vermont.

Anne Averyt is a poet, essayist, and commentator on Vermont Public Radio. Her poetry has appeared in 580 Split, Riverlit, Counterpoint, The Aurorean and The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2013 and 2014. She is 2nd Place recipient of the Louise Wiehl Prize in poetry.

Sarah W. Bartlett has, for more than 20 years, midwifed stories that evoke and celebrate voice among young and adult women.  She co-edited three years’ worth of raw writings from these women in a collection called Hear Me, See Me: Incarcerated Women Write (Orbis Books, 2013). Sarah’s own publications comprise contributions to respected academic and literary journals, highly-acclaimed anthologies and her first poetry chapbook (Finishing Line Press, 2011). Her inspiration is fueled by the Vermont mountains and Massachusetts shore. She is a trained mediator and change agent holding advanced degrees from Harvard.

Eric Bates served as executive editor of Rolling Stone, where he spent nearly a decade overseeing the magazine’s feature writing and political reporting. During his tenure, he took part in four cover interviews with President Obama, and assigned and edited some of the most influential stories of his generation, including the magazine’s celebrated exposés of Wall Street corruption and the profile that prompted the resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal. His work has earned seven National Magazine Awards, the profession’s highest honor, and has been a finalist for the award another seven times.

Alison Bechdel is the author of the graphic memoirs Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (2006) and Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama (2012), both published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Fun Home won an Eisner award in 2007 for best Reality-Based Work, and was named by Time magazine as the best book of 2006. Bechdel created the self-syndicated comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For for twenty-five years. She was the guest editor of Best American Comics 2011. Her work has appeared in GrantaSlate, The New York Times Book Review, and McSweeney’s, among lots of other places. She lives in Vermont.

Stuart Bennett was an auctioneer at Christie’s in London before starting his own rare book business. He is the author of the Christie’s Collectors Guide How to Buy Photographs (1987) and Trade Binding in the British Isles (2004), which the London Times Literary Supplement called “a bold and welcome step forward” in the history of bookbinding, and many publications on early photography, auctions and auctioneers, and rare books. He currently lives and works near Boston, Massachusetts.

Emily Bernard is associate professor of English and ALANA U. S. Ethnic Studies at the University of Vermont. Her first book, Remember Me to Harlem: The Letter of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten (2001), was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her essays have been published in several journals and anthologies, such as Best American Essays, Best of African American Essays, and Best of Creative Non-Fiction. Bernard has received fellowships from the Alphonse A. Fletcher Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Beneicke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University and the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University. Her most recent book, Carl Van Vechten: A Portrait in Black and White, was published by Yale University Press in February 2012.

Harry Bliss

Harry Bliss is an internationally syndicated cartoonist and cover artist for The New Yorker magazine. His self-titled single panel gag cartoon, Bliss, appears in major newspapers across the United States and Japan. Growing up in upstate New York amidst a family of successful painters and illustrators, Bliss went on to study painting at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Illustration at The University of the Arts and Syracuse University.

David Blistein is a novelist, essayist, and former advertising agency executive whose writing is the culmination of a lifelong pursuit of wisdom, transcendence, and humor.  David’s Inferno, is a remarkable book about depression that the publishing community is already calling “an instant classic.” As acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns writes in his foreword, David “has given us all a map and some basic instructions for doing the hard work we may need to summon when the inevitable vicissitudes of life threaten even the most controlled and controlling among us.”

Elizabeth Bluemle was born in Arizona and has since lived in Los Angeles, Berkeley, San Francisco, Oakland and New York City. She has been an assistant to a television writer/producer, editor of a small press, creative director for a book packaging company, production manager for a literacy press, a volunteer literacy tutor, an elementary school teacher and a school librarian. She has a master’s degree in Education from Bank Street in NYC and a master’s in creative writing from Vermont College. She is the author of How Do You Wokka-Wokka? and My Father the Dog, both illustrated by Randy Cecil, and Dogs on the Bed, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf. Elizabeth co-owns the Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne. Her latest picture book is Tap Tap Boom Boom.

Partridge Boswell’s first book of poems, Some Far Country, received the 2013 Grolier Discovery Award. Co-founder of Bookstock: The Green Mountain Festival of Words and managing editor of Harbor Mountain Press based in White River Junction, he lives with his family in Woodstock, Vermont. His poems have been featured recently in such publications as The American Poetry Review, Slice and The Literary Review.

Katharine Britton has a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Dartmouth College. She has taught at Colby-Sawyer College and at The Writer’s Center. Her screenplay, Goodbye Don’t Mean Gone, was a Moondance Film Festival winner and a finalist in the New England Women in Film and Television contest.

Tim Brookes is Director of the Professional Writing Program at Champlain College. He was a regular essayist on NPR for twenty years and is the author of twelve books, some of which he barely remembers writing. Now he comes to think of it, much of his life seems highly improbable, and though he mainly writes non-fiction, he suspects he may be the fictional invention of another writer altogether.

Emily M. Danforth’s debut novel, The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkusand School Library Journal, and was featured in the LA Times, The Seattle Stranger, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, and NPR

Abigail Carroll is an author and food historian who has taught in the Gastronomy Program at Boston University and has published articles in a variety of publications, including the New York Times. Kirkus called her book, Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal, “an information-packed history of American eating habits” and an “enjoyable history of American food culture.”

Rachel Carter’s nonfiction has appeared in Verbicide Magazine and The Faster Times. HarperCollins published her first young adult novel, So Close to You, in 2012. She’s also the author of This Strange and Familiar Place.

Tina Chang is the author of the poetry collections Half-Lit Houses (2004) and Of Gods & Strangers (2011), she is also co-editor of the anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (W.W. Norton, 2008). Her poems have been published in American Poet, McSweeney’s, The New York Times, and Ploughshares, among others. Learn more about Tina Chang.

Eileen Christelow is the author of Henry and the Red Stripes, published in 1981, as well as many other books. She’s been accorded the following honors: ALA Notable Children’s Books, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, ALA Booklist Editor’s Choice, New York Public Library “100 Titles for Reading and Sharing,” National Council of Teachers of English Notable Trade Books in the Language Arts, and the International Reading Association–Children’s Book Council’s Children’s Choices. She has also twice won awards from the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio. Learn more about Eileen Christelow.

Cynthia Close holds an MFA from Boston University. Following several productive careers in the arts including Instructor in Drawing and Painting, Dean of Admissions at The Art Institute of Boston, President of Documentary Educational Resources – a film company, Cynthia has now fully embraced being a writer. As Contributing Editor for DOCUMENTARY Magazine, contributing writer for ART NEW ENGLAND and contributing writer for Vermont Woman magazine, Cynthia regularly exercises her skills in writing nonfiction. As a member of the Burlington Writers Workshop, she has had creative nonfiction published in the 2014 anthology THE BEST OF THE BURLINGTON WRITERS WORKSHOP, and has had a number of essays published in various journals in 2013-2014. She recently accepted a role as Art Editor for the new literary journal MUD SEASON REVIEW. She lives in Burlington Vermont with her St. Bernard/Golden Retriever “puppy” Ethel.

Howard Coffin is a seventh-generation Vermonter with six ancestors who served in Vermont regiments. He writes and lectures extensively on the Civil War. He is the author of Full Duty: Vermonters in the Civil War, Nine Months to Gettysburg, and The Battered Stars. Long active in battlefield preservation, he is a former press secretary to U.S. senator James Jeffords, with whom he worked to save 500 acres of the Wilderness Battlefield where the First Vermont Brigade made a heroic stand. Learn more about Howard Coffin.

Brian D. Cohen is a printmaker and the founder of Bridge Press, publisher of limited edition artist’s books, broadsides, and etchings. Brian’s work has been shown in over thirty individual exhibitions and in over 150 group shows. His books and etchings are held by major private and public collections throughout the country. Brian is well known as a natural science illustrator as well as a writer on art and has taught art for thirty years.

Caitlin Corless is a writer, singer-songwriter, and librarian. Her work has been featured in The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2013. Originally from Connecticut, she lives in Winooski, Vermont.

F. Brett Cox‘s fiction, poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications. With Andy Duncan, he co-edited the anthology Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic (Tor, 2004), and appears in War Stories: New Military Science Fiction. A native of North Carolina, he is Associate Professor of English at Norwich University.

Stephen Cramer’s first book of poems, Shiva’s Drum, was selected byGrace Schulman for the National Poetry Series and published in 2004. His second, Tongue and Groove, was published by University of Illinois Press in 2007. His work has appeared in journals such as The American Poetry Reivew, African American Review, The Yale Review, Harvard Review, Green Mountains Review, and Hayden’s Ferry Review. He’s currently polishing up a third collection of poetry with help from a grant from The Vermont Arts Council. He teaches writing and literature at the University of Vermont and lives with his wife and daughter in Burlington.

If it screams, squelches, or bleeds, Kristin Dearborn has probably written about it. She revels in comments like “But you look so normal…how do you come up with that stuff?” A life-long New Englander, she aspires to the footsteps of the local masters, Messrs. King and Lovecraft. When not writing or rotting her brain with cheesy horror flicks (preferably creature features!) she can be found scaling rock cliffs or zipping around Vermont on a motorcycle, or gallivanting around the globe. Her first novel, Trinity, was released in 2012. A novella, “Sacrifice Island” was released in October 2013.

Jeff Danziger received a masters in English from the University of Vermont and an honorary doctorate from Middlebury College. His work appears daily on the New York Times Web Site, Huffington Post, and National Memo. He has studied drawing in New York and Boston, and at the Staedel Institute in Frankfurt, Germany. He has published ten books of cartoons, and one novel about the Vietnam War. and his work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The New Yorker, and others. He has been twice short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize and was awarded an Overseas Press Club Prize in 1998. He won the Herblock Prize in 2006, and the Thomas Nast Award (Germany) in 2008.

Mary Jane Phillips Dickerson, born and raised in North Carolina, has spent most of her adult life in Vermont, where she lives in Jericho Center. A graduate of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she taught literature and writing in the English Department at the University of Vermont for more than thirty years; additionally, she was a writer/faculty member at the New England Young Writers’ Conference at Bread Loaf, Vermont. Her book of poems, Tapping the Center of Things, was published by Tamarac Press in 2013.

Jim Ellefson has an MFA in Writing from Vermont College. Before coming to Champlain, he taught writing and literature at Shanghai International Studies University and the Universidade Dos Acores. He has well over one hundred poems published throughout the United States, and others in Canada, Great Britain, France, and Japan. He has also published short fiction, reviews and a chapter of a children’s novel. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and he received an International Merit Award from the Atlanta Review for his poem “Walt Whitman Shows Up for Dinner.”

Jennifer Cody Epstein is the author of the international best-selling novel The Painter from Shanghai. She lived for five years in Japan, first as a student and then as a journalist. Her second novel, The Gods of Heavenly Punishment, was called “triumphant…a big, visceral, achingly humane portrait of wartime Japan,” by novelist Jennifer Egan. She lives in New York with her husband and two daughters. Learn more about Jennifer Cody Epstein.

Erik Esckilsen is the author of three novels for young readers: The Last Mall Rat, Offsides, and The Outside Groove. He is a faculty member at Champlain College, where he teaches a range of writing courses, including Interactive Storytelling for electronic game designers. His articles on various arts topics have appeared in such publications as the Boston Globe, Entertainment Weekly, and Seven Days. Learn more about Erik Esckilsen.

Robin Fawcett has worked as a theatre professional for twenty-eight years in the roles of director, choreographer, creator of new works, and teacher.  Commissioned collaborations include Bigger Than All of Us for the Flynn Center’s 75th Anniversary Celebration and Remember Me To All Good Folks for the Henry Sheldon Museum’s commemoration of Vermont during the Civil War.  She is a grant recipient from the Maxine Greene Foundation for Social Imagination, the Arts & Education for her work on The Wild Hair Living Room Tour, produced in two NYC theatres, 8 living rooms, and one hair salon.

Paul Fleischman is a Newbery Award-winning author of books for both children and young adults, including the Vermont Humanities Council’s 2005 Vermont Reads selection, Seedfolks.

Alice Fogel is the author of Strange Terrain, a guide to helping people appreciate poetry without necessarily “getting” it. Her third collection, Be That Empty, from Harbor Mountain Press, was a national poetry bestseller. A six-time Pushcart nominee and recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, her poems appear in many journals and anthologies including the Best American Poetry and Poet’s Choice. Her new book, Interval: Poems Based upon Bach’s Goldberg Variations, won the Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature and is forthcoming in 2015. She is New Hampshire’s State Poet Laureate.

Born in Milwaukee, Malisa Garlieb received a B. S. from the University of Wisconsin and a M.Ed. from Antioch University. Weaving story, movement, and the arts into academic lessons, she’s taught in Waldorf schools for fifteen years. She currently teaches elementary grade—from the alphabet to algebra—at the Lake Champlain Waldorf School in Shelburne, Vermont. Her poems have appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly, Calyx, So To Speak, Off the Coast, and Compass Rose, among other journals and anthologies.

Peter A. Gilbert has been Executive Director of the Vermont Humanities Council since 2002, and Robert Frost’s literary executor since 1992. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Georgetown University Law Center, and the University of Virginia, he was previously Senior Assistant to the President and Associate Provost at Dartmouth College, a litigator at the Boston law firm of Hale and Dorr, and a faculty member at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. He is a frequent commentator on Vermont Public Radio. He lives in Montpelier, Vermont with his wife, Cindy Char, and their two daughters.

Hope Greenberg holds an MA in History from the University of Vermont where she is currently an Information Technology Specialist in the Center for Teaching and Learning, promoting and supporting the use of technology to further research and education. She is also an avid English Country Dancer. Her fascination with the creation and wearing of historic clothing as a way of gaining insight into the past predates all of these.

T. Greenwood is the author of seven novels including Two Rivers and The Hungry Season. She has received numerous grants for her writing, including a National Endowment for the Art Literature Fellowship and a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. Two Rivers was named Best General Fiction Book at the San Diego Book Awards in 2010 and five of her novels have been BookSense76/IndieBound picks. Greenwood is originally from Vermont, but now lives with her family in San Diego, California, where she teaches creative writing and studies photography.

Genese Grill is a writer, artist, German scholar, and cultural conspirator. She received a BFA in painting from the Cooper Union and an MA and PhD in Germanic Literatures and Languages from The City University of New York’s Graduate Center. Her first book, The World as Metaphor in Robert Musil’s “The Man without Qualities” (2012), explores the Austrian novelist’s idea that we create the world over and over again through images (metaphors).

Rob Gurwitt is a freelance writer who lives in Norwich, Vermont. He got to know Circus Smirkus on a magazine assignment in 1999, and he and his family have been captivated by circuses ever since.

Jessie Haas has always loved horses and has written more than thirty books, most of them about horses, including the first two books about Bramble and Maggie. She says, “Horses love pretending to be scared, just like us, and fall is the perfect season for that.” Jessie lives with her husband, writer Michael J. Daley, her horse, two cats, a dog and a hen. In her latest book for early readers, Bramble and Maggie: Spooky Season, the pair explore a new season together-fall!-and with it the tricks and treats of Halloween. Jessie’s work has been recognized with numerous honors, including a Publishers Weekly Best Book, a School Library Journal Best Book, a Parent’s Choice Gold Award, a Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies and a Golden Kite Honor Award.

Jennifer Haigh is a novelist and short story writer. She is the author of the short story collection News From Heaven and four critically acclaimed novels: Faith, The Condition, Baker Towers and Mrs. Kimble. Her books have won both the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction and the PEN/L.L. Winship Award for work by a New England writer. She was born in 1968 in Barnesboro, a Western Pennsylvania coal town 85 miles northeast of Pittsburgh in Cambria County. She attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2002. Her short fiction has been published widely, in The Atlantic, Granta, Ploughshares, Good Housekeeping, The Best American Short Stories 2012 and many other publications. She lives in the Boston area.

Jeff Hastings graduated from Rice Memorial High School, attended the University of Vermont, and then served in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer. Jeff received a Bronze Star during his deployment to Iraq in 2006-2007. After leaving active duty, he joined the Vermont National Guard and taught ROTC at UVM for two years.  His favorite authors are his brother, Michael Hastings, and Joseph Conrad.

Michael Hastings

Michael Hastings

Michael Hastings was a contributing editor to Rolling Stone and 2012 election correspondent for BuzzFeed. His work has appeared in GQ, The Washington Post, the L.A. Times, Slate, Salon, Foreign Policy, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, and a number of other publications. In 2011, he was awarded the George Polk Award for magazine reporting for his story in Rolling Stone, “The Runaway General.” In 2010, he was named one of Huffington Post’s Game Changers of the year. In 2009, his story “Obama’s War,” published in GQ, was selected for the Best American Political Writing 2009 anthology (Public Affairs, 2009). He is the author of I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story (Scribner, 2008) and the New York Times best-seller The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan (Blue Rider, 2012). He died in 2013.

Tamra J. Higgins earned an MFA from the Stonecoast Writing Program, University of Southern Maine. She is founding director of Sundog Poetry Center, Inc. and president of the Poetry Society of Vermont. Her work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Passagers, Avocet, The Aurorean, Vermont Magazine, bottle rockets and other publications. She lives in Jeffersonville, Vermont.

Laban Carrick Hill is the author of more than 25 books, including the 2004 National Book Award Finalist Harlem Stomp!: A Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance, a book he researched for more than a decade. Hill has also taught writing at the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College, Columbia University, Baruch College, St. Michael’s College in Vermont, and the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka. Learn more about Laban Hill.

David Hinton many translations of classical Chinese poetry have earned wide acclaim for creating compelling contemporary poems that convey the actual texture and density of the originals. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, numerous fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and both of the major awards given for poetry translation in the United States: the Landon Translation Award, from the Academy of American Poets, and the PEN Translation Award, from the PEN American Center. Learn more about David Hinton.

Didi Jackson‘s poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Passages North, Poetry South, Sierra Nevada Review and numerous other publications. Her recent chapbook, Slag & Fortune, was published by Floating Wolf Quarterly. She divides her time between Vermont and Florida and currently teaches humanities at the University of Central Florida.

Major Jackson is the author of three collections of poetry and has published poems and essays in AGNI, American Poetry Review, Callaloo, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Poetry, Tin House, and Best American Poetry (2004, 2011). He is a recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and has been honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress and received a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship.

Reuben Jackson is a poet and host of Friday Night Jazz with Reuben Jackson on Vermont Public Radio. He was curator of the Smithsonian Institution’s Duke Ellington Collection from 1989 until December 2009. His poems have been published in 28 anthologies, journals, and magazines such as Gargoyle, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, and Indiana Review, and he is the author of a volume of poetry entitled fingering the keys, which won the 1992 Columbia Book Award.

Leslie Jamison is a novelist and essayist. Her essay collection, The Empathy Exams, won the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and was a New York Times bestseller and Editor’s Pick. Leslie’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Harper’s, A Public Space, The Believer, Oxford American, Tin House and The New York Times, where she is a regular columnist for the Sunday Book Review. Her first novel, The Gin Closet, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Prize. She attended Harvard University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is currently finishing a Ph.D. in English literature at Yale. Her father is the economist and global health researcher Dean Jamison. Leslie currently lives in Brooklyn.

Hillary Jordan is the author of Mudbound and When She Woke, both by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, as well as a Kindle Single called “Aftermirth.” Her work has been translated into ten languages. Mudbound won the 2006 Bellwether Prize for fiction, founded by Barbara Kingsolver, to recognize debut novels that address issues of social justice, and a 2009 Alex Award from the American Library Association. It was long-listed for the 2010 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and is a 2013 World Book Night selection. Paste Magazine named it one of the Top Ten Debut Novels of the Decade. Learn more about Hillary Jordan.

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 M.A., 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, Sledding on Hospital Hill and The Immigrant’s Contract. Vermont’s State Poet Laureate Sydney Lea has praised Leland’s most recent collection, Winter Ready, as “… chronicling the profoundest Vermont anyone might possibly know.” Leland lives near the Canadian border with his wife and three children.

Garret Keizer is a contributing editor for Harper’s Magazine and the author of seven books, the most recent of which are Privacy and The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want.  His work has appeared in Mother JonesThe New Yorker, and The New York Times, in addition to The Best American PoetryThe Best American Essays, and The Best American Science and Nature Writing.

Stephen Kiernan

Stephen Kiernan

Stephen Kiernan is a graduate of Middlebury College, and has earned a MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and a MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has written two works of nonfiction—Last Rights and Authentic Patriotism—that promote civic engagement. The Curiosity is his first novel. Learn more about Stephen Kiernan.

James Kochalka is the first Cartoonist Laureate of Vermont. He drew the daily diary comic American Elf for 14 years, which was serialized in Seven Days and online at He’s becoming increasingly well known for his children’s books as well, including the Johnny Boo series and the Dragon Puncher series. His work has won the Eisner Award, the Harvey Award, and multiple Ignatz Awards. Learn more about James Kochalka.

Yusef Komunyakaa is the author of several widely-acclaimed books of poetry and is the recipient of the 2011 Wallace Stevens Award. His other honors include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the William Faulkner Prize from the Université de Rennes, the Thomas Forcade Award, the Hanes Poetry Prize, fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Louisiana Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ed Koren has long been associated with The New Yorker magazine, where he has published over 1,000 cartoons, as well as numerous covers and illustrations. He has also contributed to many other publications, including The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, G.Q., Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Vogue, Fortune, Vanity Fair, The Nation, and The Boston Globe.

Dr. Arnie Kozak is Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the author of Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants: 108 Metaphors for Mindfulness, The Everything Buddhism Book (2nd Ed.), The Everything Guide to the Introvert Edge, The Awakened Introvert: Practical Mindfulness Skills to Help You Maximize Your Strengths and Thrive in a Loud and Crazy World (spring 2015) and Mindfulness A-Z: 108 Insights for Awakening Now (summer 2015). He teaches workshops for the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and the Copper Beech Institute.

Madeleine M. Kunin was the first woman governor of Vermont and the first woman in the U.S. to serve three terms as governor. She served as Deputy Secretary of Education and Ambassador to Switzerland in the Clinton administration. Kunin is the author of The New Feminist Agenda; Pearls, Politics and Power; and Living a Political Life. She is also a Marsh professor at the University of Vermont, a commentator on Vermont Public Radio, and founder and board member of the global Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), a nongovernmental organization focused on climate change and civil society. She lives in Burlington, Vermont with her husband, John Hennessey. Learn more about Madeleine Kunin.

Dave Landers has been teaching the Men and Masculinities gender studies course at Saint Michael’s College for several years. His fully enrolled classes have a two-year waiting list. Landers was director of the Student Resource Center at Saint Michael’s College and provided career and personal counseling for students at the college. Born and raised in Auburn, New York, Landers received a Bachelor’s Degree in English, a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Michigan State University, and a PhD from Wayne State University in Detroit.  I Wish He’d Taught Me How to Shave is his first book.

Sydnea Lea‘s most recent collection of poems is Six Sundays Toward a Seventh: Selected Spiritual Poems, from publishers Wipf and Stock. His 2011 collection is Young of the Year (Four Way Books). Later this year, the University of Michigan Press will issue A Hundred Himalayas, a sampling from his critical work over four decades. A North Country Life: Tales of Woodsmen, Waters and Wildlife (Skyhorse Publishing), a third volume of outdoor essays, will be published in early 2013, and his eleventh poetry collection, I Was Thinking of Beauty, will follow in that year from Four Way Books. Other recent books include Ghost Pain, poems, and his second nonfiction volume, A Little Wildness: Some Notes On Rambling.

Andrew Liptak is the co-founder and editor of Geek Mountain State, a local blog about all things Geek in Vermont. He is the editor of War Stories: New Military Science Fiction and author of Fragmented, which appeared in Galaxy’s Edge Magazine in May 2014. His column on the history of Science Fiction appears twice a month at Kirkus Reviews and his forthcoming history of the genre, The Future Machine: The History of the Editors, Writers and Readers who Built Science Fiction, is due out in 2015 from Jurassic London.

Daniel Lusk is author of several collections of poetry, a novel and other works of fiction and nonfiction.   His poems, stories and essays have appeared widely in literary journals and anthologies, among them Poetry, The North American Review, Poetry Ireland, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, The Chariton Review, North Dakota Quarterly, The Pinch, and The Southern Review.  A finalist for the Dana Awards, National Poetry Series, and other literary prizes, he has received the Gertrude Claytor Award from the Poetry Society of America and Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize from Nimrod International Journal.  He has been a preacher, sportswriter, ranch hand, jazz singer, syndicated NPR commentator, university administrator, and teacher.  He is well-known for his early, ground-breaking work as a poet in schools during the 1970s and ‘80s across the Great Plains, Mountain West and Eastern Seaboard.  Now a Senior Lecturer of English Emeritus at the University of Vermont, he lives with his wife, Irish poet Angela Patten, in Burlington, VT.

Kim MacQueen is a novelist, essayist and recovering Floridian now celebrating two years in her adopted Vermont. She serves as managing editor for the Champlain College Publishing Initiative and vice president of Barnes | MacQueen Publishing Resources/Champlain Books. Her first novel, Out, Out, was published in 2011.  People Who Hate America is her second book. Come and visit at

Josh McDonald is a freelance writer and a Jack-of-all-creative-trades. His writings, comics, and cartoons have been published in The National Catholic Reporter, Commonweal Magazine, and on the website He holds a BA in film-making from Bard College and is active in local community theater. A member of the Burlington Writers Workshop, McDonald and his wife currently live in Essex Junction, Vermont.

Bill Mares is a writer and commentator for Vermont Public Radio. He is also president of the Vermont Beekeepers Association, a former high school teacher, and was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1985 to 1991. An avid runner, reader, choral singer, and traveler, he also has a great passion for history, philosophy, and fishing. In addition to Brewing Change, Mares is the author of more than a dozen books, including 3:14 and OutBees Besieged, and Fishing with the Presidents.

Jack Mayer has written short stories, poems, and essays about his years in pediatric practice in Vermont, and was a participant at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in 2003 and 2005 in fiction, and 2008 in poetry. His book Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project was published in 2011. The Polish translation of Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project was released in May 2013. A Chinese translation was published in January 2013. The Russian translation is due in 2013 as well, and the French translation in 2014.

Robert McKay is based in Burlington, Vermont. He has poetry forthcoming in Measure. His criticism recently appeared in Visions of Joanna Newsom (Roan Press, 2009). He was an undergraduate fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in 2008. His first book of poems, Cities of Rain, was recently published by Honeybee Press and he is currently at work on a novel in verse called Warp/Weft.

Bill McKibben is the author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with The End of Nature in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. He is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign, which has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. Time Magazine called him ‘the planet’s best green journalist’ and the Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was ‘probably the country’s most important environmentalist.’ Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, he holds honorary degrees from a dozen colleges, including the Universities of Massachusetts and Maine, the State University of New York, and Whittier and Colgate Colleges.

Rob Mermin, the founder of Circus Smirkus, ran off to Europe when he was 19 to begin a 40-year career in circus, theater, and TV. He trained in classical mime with Etienne Decroux and Marcel Marceau. He is the former dean of Ringling Bros. Clown College. Rob’s awards include Copenhagen’s Gold Clown; Best Director Prize at the former Soviet Union’s International Festival on the Black Sea; and the Governor’s Award for Excellence, Vermont’s highest honor in the arts. Rob lives in Montpelier, Vermont.

Hinda Miller has been a Vermont State Senator since 2003. As vice chair of the economic development committee and member of the appropriations committee, she has championed legislation promoting the creative economy, green environmental technologies, and complementary medicine as part of quality health care. Born in Canada, she has been, since 1977, a resident of Burlington, where she lives with her husband, Dr. Joel Miller. She has two grown children, Macey and Noah.

Don Mitchell is a novelist, essayist, and sometimes screenwriter whose most recent books are The Nature Notebooks (a novel) and a guidebook to Vermont in the Fodor’s/Compass American series. He’s also the architect and builder of over a dozen low-cost, energy-efficient structures on Treleven Farm, and a shepherd with thirty-five years’ experience managing a flock of sheep there. One of his current interests is forest management with the goal of enhancing habitat for endangered bats.

Howard Frank Mosher is the author of ten novels and two works of nonfiction. He was honored with the New England Booksellers’ President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts and is the recipient of the Literature Award bestowed by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His novel A Stranger in the Kingdom won the New England Book Award for fiction and was later made into a movie, as were his novels Disappearances and Where the Rivers Flow North.

Jessica Hendry Nelson‘s memoir in essays, If Only You People Could Follow Directions, was selected as a best debut book by the Indies Introduce New Voices program and the January 2014 Indies Next List by the American Booksellers’ Association. Kirkus hailed it as “an unforgettable debut” and the Huffington Post included it in its list of 10 Brilliant Contemporary Books. Her work has been published in The Threepenny Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Crab Orchard Review, PANK, The Rumpus and numerous other outlets. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her writing has appeared as a notable essay in Best American Essays, 2012. She co-owns the Renegade Writers’ Collective and is the Managing & Nonfiction Editor of Green Mountains Review.

Laurel Neme has camped in the Kalahari, searched for peregrine falcons in the Arctic and gotten lost in the Amazon jungle with the Brazilian Federal Police—all in pursuit of knowledge and a good story. She often uncovers amazing animal tales, like the one that became Orangutan Houdini, which strike her funny bone while providing insights into a species. She is a contributor to National Geographic and author of Animal Investigators: How the World’s First Wildlife Forensics Lab is Solving Crimes and Saving Endangered Species. Orangutan Houdini is her first book for children. Learn more about Laurel Neme.

Marilyn Webb Neagley

Marilyn Webb Neagley

Marilyn Webb Neagley spent her childhood in Ascutney and currently lives in Shelburne with her husband Mark. She is a Vermont Public Radio commentator and was past president of Shelburne Farms. She is a grandmother and mother of two daughters, Anna and Heidi, and one son, Sam. Neagley is also the author of Walking Through the Seasons, and co-editor of Educating from the Heart. She is currently the director of Talk About Wellness, an organization that works to “broaden education to include spirit” and teach mindfulness-based meditation.

GennaRose Nethercott is a poet, playwright, and performer from Brattleboro, Vermont. She is a co-founder of The Penumbra Players theatre troupe, with which she embarked on in a sixteen-city tour during the summer of 2011. She acts, directs, and serves as the company’s business manager and booking agent.

Erika Nichols lives in Burlington and is a native Vermonter. She writes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, depending on her mood. Her poetry has been published in The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2013 and 2014 and Haggard & Halloo. She has a BA in Liberal Arts with concentrations in International Development and Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College.

Maung Nyeu was born in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, a forested upland region in southern Bangladesh. In an extraordinary act of courage and dedication, he has created a school where indigenous children can be educated in their own languages.

Janice Obuchowski received her MFA from the University of California, Irvine, where she was the recipient of the Elaine and Martin Weinberg Creative Writing Fellowship in Fiction. Along with being a member of the New England Review’s editorial panel, she also serves on the admissions board of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her work has appeared in the Seattle Review and Slice Magazine.

Greg Pahl is the author of numerous books on energy and also writes for Mother Earth News and various other publications on biodiesel, wind power, wood heat, solar energy, heat pumps, electric cars, and a wide range of other topics related to living in a post-carbon world. His books include Biodiesel: Growing a New Energy Economy (2005, Chelsea Green), Natural Home Heating: The Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Options (2003, Chelsea Green), The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Saving the Environment (2001, Macmillan/Alpha Books), and The Unofficial Guide to Beating Debt (2000, IDG Books).

Angela Palm is the editor of Please Do Not Remove: A Collection Celebrating Vermont Literature and Libraries (Wind Ridge Books, 2014). She is an owner and editor at Renegade Writing & Editorial. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming in apt, Paper Darts, Midwestern Gothic, ARDOR Literary Magazine, Little Fiction, Sundog Lit, Prick of the Spindle, Tampa Review Online and elsewhere. Her essay, “The Devolution of Cake,” published in Little Fiction, Big Truths, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Palm attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 2013 and is a contributor at BookTrib. She’s currently working on her first novel. Please Do Not Remove anthologizes our rich literary culture through twenty works of poetry, fiction and nonfiction by Vermont writers inspired by old library checkout cards and celebrates a love of literature, libraries and librarians.

Jay Parini was born in 1948 in Pittston, Pennsylvania, and was raised in Scranton. He’s the author of several books of poetry and biographies. He graduated from both Lafayette College and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where he received a Ph.D. in 1975. He lives in Weybridge, Vermont, where he has been on the faculty at Middlebury College since 1982. He is married to Devon Jersild, a clinical psychologist and writer, and they have three sons.

Angela Patten is the author of two poetry collections, Reliquaries and Still Listening. She is an award-winning senior lecturer in English at the University of Vermont. She has been a visiting poet at The Frost Place in New Hampshire and at Stranmillis University College-Queens in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her work has appeared in literary journals, including the Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Poetry Ireland Review, and several anthologies. She lives in Burlington with her husband and fellow poet, Daniel Lusk.

Katherine Paterson’s international fame rests not only on her widely acclaimed novels but also on her efforts to promote literacy in the United States and abroad. A two-time winner of the Newbery Medal (“Bridge to Terabithia” and “Jacob Have I Loved”) and the National Book Award (“The Great Gilly Hopkins” and “The Master Puppeteer”), she has received numerous additional accolades for her body of work including the Hans Christian Andersen Medal and the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature. For her career contribution to “children’s and young adult literature in the broadest sense”, she won the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award from the Swedish Arts Council in 2006, the most prestigious prize in children’s literature. She has also served as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (2010-2011). Katherine received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal from the American Library Association in 2013 and has been named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress.

Stephen Russell Payne has been writing since an inspiring visit to his seventh grade English class by Sheffield poet Galway Kinnell. Payne went on to study at Tufts University with X. J. Kennedy and Denise Levertov, receiving his Masters in English, writing his thesis on a comparison of English and American Romantics of the 19th Century. Payne then completed medical school and surgical training at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, where he has been a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery since 1988. He practices general surgery in northwestern Vermont, where he lives on a farm with his family.

Tracey Campbell Pearson has written more than 35 books for children and won awards from Parenting magazine, Parents’ Choice, and Time Magazine, and starred reviews from top literary magazines and more, picture book author-illustrator Tracey Campbell Pearson tells and illustrates her stories with a pace and rhythm that has kids anxious to turn the page to see what’s next – and she throws in humor to keep them laughing all along the way.

Sarah Pekkanen is the internationally bestselling author of The Opposite of Me, Skipping a Beat, These Girls and The Best of Us as well as a series of linked short stories for e-readers titled All is Bright and Love, Accidentally. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers. Her latest book, released in May, is Catching Air. Sarah penned her first book, Miscellaneous Tales and Poems, at the age of 10. When publishers failed to jump upon this literary masterpiece (hey, all the poems rhymed!) Sarah followed up by sending them a sternly-worded letter on Raggedy Ann stationery. She still has that letter, and carries it to New York every time she has meetings with her publisher as a reminder that dreams do come true. Other tidbits about Sarah: She was once rejected as a contestant on “Wheel of Fortune.” Learn more about Sarah Pekkanen.

Rick Peyser is Director of Social Advocacy and Coffee Community Outreach for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters where he has worked for over 21 years.  He is a past President of the Specialty Coffee Association of America, the largest coffee trade association in the world.  Rick served as President of the Coffee Kids Board of Directors, and continues his work on the Board of this international organization that is working to improve the quality of life in coffee growing communities.

Aimee Picchi is a freelance writer for CBS MoneyWatch and has been published in the Boston Globe, Bloomberg Markets, MSN Money and Seven Days among other publications. Before freelancing, she worked as a media reporter for Bloomberg News in New York. Her fiction has been published in The Colored Lens and is forthcoming in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. She also slush reads for the Hugo-award winning Clarkesworld Magazine. A classically trained violist, she is a graduate of the Juilliard pre-college program and the Eastman School of Music.

Kevin Pilkington is a member of the writing faculty at Sarah Lawrence College and teaches a workshop in the graduate department at Manhattanville College. He is the author of six collections: his collection Spare Change was the La Jolla Poets Press National Book Award winner and his chapbook won the Ledge Poetry Prize.

Sean and Matthew Plasse, creators of The Brothers Plad book series, are two brothers who live in Vermont. The Brothers Plad is their heroic coming of age novel for boys who love pladventuring in the Vermont forests. It tells the tale of two Vermont brothers who seek their great grandfather’s fishing hole and the ultimate fish story. Matt Plasse is a banker and avid camper, fisherman and pladder.  The Brothers Plad was inspired by his interaction with students, teachers and librarians, who wanted a book for boys who struggle with reading but excel at hunting, fishing and pladding. You can listen to their National Public Radio interview here NPR Interview Link or learn more about the pladventures of Sean and Matt Plasse.

Elizabeth Powell is the author of The Republic of Self and winner of the New Issues Prize in Poetry. She is the Co-Editor of the Green Mountains Review and is a professor at Johnson State College.

Cardy Raper‘s book, A Woman of Science: A Journey of Love, Discovery and the Sex Life of Mushrooms, is an inspiring memoir of an unconventional path through science. It tells of a challenging up-and-down life balancing marriage, motherhood, and scientific research.

Marybeth Christie Redmond, a writer-journalist for more than 25 years, utilizes storytelling to advance the dignity of people and create social change. In 2009 she co-founded writing inside VT, a program that provides safe, supportive space for incarcerated women to write toward self-change and build healthy community at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility, Vermont’s sole women’s prison in South Burlington. In 2013 she co-edited a compilation of the women’s poetry and prose entitled Hear Me, See Me: Incarcerated Women Write, published by Orbis Books. She currently serves as marketing/communications director at Vermont Works for Women, a Winooski-based nonprofit that helps women and girls pursue work that leads to economic independence.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

John Elder Robison is a photographer and writer. His images of musicians, carnival performers, and the circus are widely published. His books, Look Me in the Eye, Be Different, and Raising Cubby, are some of the most widely read accounts of life with autism in the world. John’s books have been translated into more than fifteen languages, and they have been bestsellers in the United States, Canada, South America, Asia, and Australia.

Eileen Rockefeller is the first woman in her family to write a memoir and family history. A native of New York City, she is a great granddaughter of John D. Rockefeller Sr. and daughter of David and Peggy Rockefeller. Being a Rockefeller, Becoming Myself is about her search for belonging in one of America’s best known business and philanthropic families.

Rachel Salois has created or contributed to the making of nine websites and blogs over the past few years, making her a certified experimenter in nearly every aspect of blogging including writing, design, photography, networking, marketing, and even a bit of coding when the need arises.

Claire Samuel wrote and illustrated her first book in second grade. It is about a magic kettle that comes to life. With the advent of more accessible self-publishing, she hopes finally to drop some second grade knowledge on the greater reading world. And make it possible for second graders of all ages to do the same.

Bill Schubart writes and speaks extensively on the media, book publishing, and civic issues, and has long been a commentator on Vermont Public Radio. He has spoken at many industry and media events, including Book Expo. His interests include poetry, photography, stone gardening, classical, traditional, and primitive music. He lives in Hinesburg, Vermont.

Vijay Seshadri was born in Bangalore, India, in 1954 and came to America at the age of five. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where his father taught chemistry at Ohio State University and has lived in many parts of the country, including the Pacific Northwest, where he spent five years working in the fishing and logging industries, and New York’s Upper West Side, where he was a sometime graduate student in Columbia’s PhD program in Middle Eastern Languages and Literature. His collections of poems include 3 Sections (Graywolf Press, 2013) which earned him the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, The Long Meadow (Graywolf Press, 2004) which earned him the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, and Wild Kingdom (1996). His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in AGNI, The American Scholar, Antaeus, Bomb, Boulevard, Lumina, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Shenandoah, The Southwest Review, The Threepenny Review, Verse, Western Humanities Review, The Yale Review, the Times Book Review, the Philadelphia Enquirer, Bomb, The San Diego Reader, and TriQuarterly and in many anthologies, including Under 35: The New Generation of American Poets, Contours of the Heart, Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times, and The Best American Poetry 1997 and 2003. Seshadri has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts and has been awarded The Paris Review‘s Bernard F. Conners Long Poem Prize and the MacDowell Colony’s Fellowship for Distinguished Poetic Achievement. He holds an A.B. degree from Oberlin College and an MFA from Columbia University. He currently teaches poetry and nonfiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.

David M. Shapard earned a doctorate in European History from UC Berkeley. His specialty was the eighteenth century. He has taught at several colleges and is the author of The Annotated Pride and Prejudice, The Annotated Persuasion, The Annotated Sense and Sensibility, The Annotated Northanger Abbey and The Annotated Emma. The Annotated Mansfield Park is due out in 2015.

Shelagh Connor Shapiro‘s stories have appeared in North Dakota Quarterly, The Baltimore Review, Short Story, Gulf Stream and many other publications. Her story “somewhere never gladly” was included in Please Do Not Remove, a collection of literary work inspired by Vermont library cards. She has an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a contributing editor for the Vermont journal Hunger Mountain. Her radio show, Write The Book, which features interviews with authors, poets, agents and editors-is heard weekly on 105.9 FM “The Radiator.” Shelagh’s new novel, Shape of the Sky, weaves a tale of friendship, family, love, mystery and loss through the viewpoints of townspeople, a police officer, fans and a rock star when tragedy strikes just as a major rock concert is about to take place in a small Vermont town.

Neil Shepard’s most recent books include a full volume of poems, (T)ravel/Un(t)ravel (Mid-List Press, 2011), and an offbeat chapbook, Vermont Exit Ramps (Big Table Publishing, 2012).  His new book, Hominid Up, is due in 2014 by Salmon Poetry Press (Ireland). His three previous books of poetry are Scavenging the Country for a Heartbeat (First Book Award, Mid-List Press, 1993), I’m Here Because I Lost My Way (Mid-List, 1998) and This Far from the Source (Mid-List, 2006).

Dianne Shullenberger’s fabric collages are the result of a three-year study of various water environments in North America that migrate to a larger body of water, and eventually, to the Atlantic Ocean. Her focus on nature concentrates on close-up views inspired by the detailed experience and atmosphere of a place. To capture a moment in nature, she photographs or drafts colored pencil drawing son location and later translates these images into fabric collages. Shullenberger lives in Jericho, Vermont with her husband in an historic farmhouse once owned by Snowflake Bentley’s family.

Anya Silver is a poet from Macon, Georgia.  She has published two books of poetry, I Watched You Disappear (2014) and The Ninety-Third Name of God (2010), both with the Louisiana State University Press. Her poems have been featured on Garrison Keillor’s radio program, “The Writer’s Almanac,” in Ted Kooser’s syndicated column, “American Life in Poetry,” as an Academy of American Poets poem ofthe day, and on Poetry Daily.  She has published in numerous literary journals, including Image, Five Points, Shenandoah, New Ohio Review, The Georgia Review, Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, and many others.  She teaches at Mercer University and lives in downtown Macon with her husband and son.

Tracy K. Smith is the author of three books of poetry. Her most recent collection, Life on Mars (Graywolf, 2011), won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. The collection draws on sources as disparate as Arthur C. Clarke and David Bowie, and is in part an elegiac tribute to her late father, an engineer who worked on the Hubble Telescope. Duende (2007) won the 2006 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and an Essence Literary Award. The Body’s Question (2003) was the winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers Award in 2004 and a Whiting Award in 2005.

Elsa Solender has worked as a journalist, editor, and college teacher in Chicago, Baltimore and New York. She represented an international non-governmental women’s organization at the United Nations during a six-year residency in Geneva. She wrote and delivered to the United Nations Social Council the first-ever joint statement by the Women’s International Non-Governmental Organizations (WINGO) on the right of women and girls to participate in the development of their country. She has published articles and reviews in a variety of American magazines and newspapers and has won three awards for journalism. Her short story, “Second Thoughts,” was named one of three prizewinners in the 2009 Chawton House Library Short Story Competition

Barbara Slate has written over 300 comic books and graphic novels for DC, Marvel, Archie, and Disney. She is profiled in the seminal work A Century of Women Cartoonists. Barbara teaches the art of the graphic novel in schools, libraries, and literary gatherings using her critically acclaimed textbook You Can Do A Graphic Novel. Her newest publication is called Getting Married and Other Mistakes.

Rebecca Starks is editor of Mud Season Review, and she teaches reading and writing courses for the Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning program at the University of Vermont. Her poems have appeared or will appear in Slice Magazine, The Carolina Quarterly, Crab Orchard Review, and other journals. Her fiction is forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review. She and her family live in a log cabin in Richmond.

Brian Staveley‘s first book, The Emperor’s Blades, was published by Tor in January 2014, the start of his series, Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne. His next entry in the series, Providence of Fire, is due out in January. He lives on a steep dirt road in the mountains of southern Vermont, where he divides his time between fathering, writing, husbanding, splitting wood, skiing and adventuring, not necessarily in that order.

Tanya Lee Stone is a nationally acclaimed author of books for children and young adults. She moved to Vermont in 1996, wrote her first book and has been steadily publishing ever since. Stone often focuses on little or unknown nonfiction stories of extraordinary people or events, filling in some of the gaps in our history. Her books include Almost Astronauts, Elizabeth Leads the Way, Sandy’s Circus, Up Close: Ella Fitzgerald and The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie. Stone has received many awards for her work, including a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, Jane Addams Honors, Bank Street’s Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, the American Library Association’s Robert F. Sibert Medal and an NAACP Image Award. Among her recent distinctions, Tanya’s Young Adult novel, A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl, was #6 on the American Library Association’s overall annual list of Top Ten Banned Books in 2013. Both of her 2013 titles were selected for Vermont’s state lists–Courage Has No Color is a 2014-2015 Dorothy Canfield Fisher book and Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? is a Red Clover book. She frequently visits schools and talks to kids about her research and writing process. Learn more about Tanya.

Tanya Lee Stone studied English at Oberlin College and has a Masters in Science Education. After many years as a children’s book editor, Tanya moved to Vermont and returned to writing. She writes award-winning picture books, nonfiction, and teen fiction. Her work has won many national honors such as the Sibert Medal for ALA’s best nonfiction book of the year, the Golden Kite Award from the SCBWI, Bank Street’s Flora Stieglitz Award, Jane Addams Honor, and Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor. Stone has two new books coming out in 2013–a picture book about Elizabeth Blackwell, Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?! and a book for older readers called Courage Has No Color: the True Story of the Triple Nickles, America’s First Black Paratroopers. She teaches Creative Nonfiction Writing and Writing Children’s Literature at Champlain College and does author school visits at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

James Sturm is an Eisner Award-winning cartoonist and educator. He is the co-founder and director of The Center for Cartoon Studies, a two-year cartooning school located in White River Junction, Vermont. In 1991, James received a Master of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, moved to Seattle, and co-founded the alternative weekly The Stranger. That same year, Fantagraphics began publishing his Eisner-nominated comic book series The Cereal Killings.

Mario Susko is the author of 30 poetry collections, including Closing Time (Harbor Mountain Press, 2008), Epi/Logos  (erbacce press, UK, 2011), and Framing Memories (Harbor Mountain Press, 2011). He is the recipient of numerous awards, the 1997 and 2006 Nassau Review Poetry Award, the 1998 Premio Internazionale di Poesia e Letteratura “Nuove Lettere” (Italy), the 2000 Tin Ujevic Award for the best book of poems published in Croatia in 1999, the 2003 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, the 2003 and 2011 NCC Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award, and the 2008 Relief: A Quarterly Christian Expression Journal Poetry Award. This year he has been named by the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association 2012 Long Island Poet of the Year, and, also, elected a member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Chris Tebbetts is the author and co-author of several books for young readers. Titles include the young adult novel M OR F? (Razorbill, 2005, with Lisa Papademetriou) as well as three middle grade series’: THE VIKING (Puffin, 2003); MIDDLE SCHOOL (Little Brown, 2011-2014, with James Patterson; illustrated by Laura Park); and STRANDED (Puffin, 2013, with Jeff Probst). The latter two include four New York Times best sellers on the middle grade fiction list. 2014 releases include MIDDLE SCHOOL: SAVE RAFE! and the beginning of a second cycle in the STRANDED series. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, a native of Yellow Springs, Ohio, and currently lives in Hinesburg.

Jessica Maria Tuccelli is a writer, filmmaker, and education advocate. The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance named her debut novel, Glow (Viking 2012), an Okra Pick—their highest recognition. In film, Jessica’s lighting finesse can be seen in over 100 film shorts, commercials, and documentaries, most notably the Sundance Film Festival Audience Favorite Hoop Dreams, the Emmy Award-winning How Do You Spell God? (HBO), and Sesame Street (PBS).

Jon Turner is a poet and farmer who has utilized creativity to understand life. He is currently building a permaculture education center for veterans and has established the Center for Healthy Change in Bristol. His work has been published with Inquiring Mind, Truthout, Warrior Writers and with the Veterans Writing Project. Jon has most recently become a natural building consultant and designer. For more information please visit his website at

Chase Twichell is an award-winning poet, professor and publisher. Her most recent collection, Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been (2010), earned her Claremont Graduate University’s prestigious $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. She is the winner of additional honors from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the American Academy of Arts and Letters and The Artists Foundation. She has also received fellowships from both the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Chase’s poems have appeared in literary journals and magazines including The New Yorker, Field, Ploughshares, The Georgia Review, The Paris Review, Poetry, The Nation and The Yale Review among others.

Ginger Vieira has built the audience for her video blogs on YouTube without spending a dime on advertising or equipment. Using today’s social media applications, her life experience living with Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease, and a background that includes setting 15 records in drug-tested powerlifting, self-publishing her first book, Your Diabetes Science Experiment, and founding her own cognitive coaching business, Living in Progress, Ginger’s become a leader in the online diabetes community.

Barbara Walsh

Barbara Walsh

Barbara Walsh is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who has worked for newspapers and magazines in Florida, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Ireland. Her book, Sammy in the Sky, is illustrated by painter Jamie Wyeth; it was inspired by her family’s first dog, Sam, a loyal and loving hound who died in 2004. She is also the author of August Gale: A Father and Daughter’s Journey into the Storm, an adult biography and memoir. Barbara lives in Maine with her family and their coonhound Jack, a rescue dog from Tennessee.

Chris Ware was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1967. While attending the University of Texas at Austin, he published a regular comic strip in the student newspaper, which Art Spiegelman happened upon and then subsequently gave the unknown cartoonist four pages in Raw magazine. Ware moved to Chicago in the early ’90s and began publishing in the pages of the Chicago alternative weekly New City and then, until 2006, The Chicago Reader, which has formed the bulk of material that he’s been collecting in his regular periodical, The Acme Novelty Library

Sharon Webster is a writer and mixed media visual artist. She has written seven self-published poetry chapbooks and published in numerous poetry journals, including Green Mountains Review, Take Heart, I & II, and Seven Days. Learn more about Sharon Webster.

Tim Weed attended Middlebury College and the Warren Wilson College MFA program for writers. His first novel, Will Poole’s Island, was released by Namelos Editions in August 2014. His short stories have won the 2013 Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards and have been shortlisted for Autumn House Fiction Prize, the Lewis-Clark Press Discovery Award, the Lightship International Short Story Prize, the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers and the Richard Yates Short Story Awards. Tim is a lecturer in the MFA in Creative and Professional Writing program at Western Connecticut State University and a featured expert for National Geographic Expeditions in Cuba, Spain, Portugal and Patagonia. Learn more about Tim Weed. 

Tony Whedon grew up in New York, the son of artists. He is the leader of PoJazz, a poetry-jazz ensemble. His essays and poetry have been widely published and his essay collection, A Language Dark Enough: Essays on Exile, won the Mid-List Press First Series Award for Creative Nonfiction in 2004. He lives in northern Vermont.

Diana Whitney’s first collection of poetry, Wanting It, was released by Harbor Mountain Press in June.  She graduated from Dartmouth College and Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and attended the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.  Her essays and poems have appeared in many publications, including The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Numero Cinq, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, and The Crab Orchard Review.  She has been a commentator on VPR and received writing fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center and the Banff Centre for the Arts.  Her frank, irreverent parenting column, Spilt Milk, was syndicated for four years in several newspapers and garnered a loyal readership.  Born in England, Diana now lives in Brattleboro, VT, with her husband, two daughters and 12 chickens, and teaches at Core Flow Yoga & Sport, the small studio attached to her family’s Victorian farmhouse.

Chris Wright received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from The Savannah College Of Art And Design in Georgia. His work is informed by the films of Ingmar Bergman, Andrei Tarkovksy, and Federico Fellini, the painters of early modernism (especially the German Expressionists and Max Beckmann), and the music of Bob Dylan, Nick Cave, and Tom Waits. His book, Blacklung, was released in 2012.


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