Vermont Poets at VCFA

Come listen on Sunday, April 15 to some of Vermont’s finest voices as they read their poetry. Spend the afternoon with Megan Buchanan, Didi Jackson, Major Jackson, Kerrin McCadden, and Diana Whitney as they share their words, thoughts and emotions.

4 pm | VCFA, The Chapel, 36 College Street

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Megan Buchanan

Megan Buchanan  is the author of Clothesline Religion (Green Writers Press, 2017). Her work can be found in The Sun Magazine, make/shift, A Woman’s Thing, recent anthologies such as Dream Closet: Meditations on Childhood Space and Roads Taken: Contemporary Vermont Poetry, and numerous other publications. She’s also a collaborative performer, dancemaker, and high school English teacher who works with students with learning differences. She just received a 2018 Seedling Award from the Vermont Performance Lab to restage her interdisciplinary performance project called REGENERATIONS: Reckoning and Responding to the Closure of Vermont Yankee. Her work has been supported by the Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont Studio Center and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. She currently lives in Guilford, Vermont with her young son.

Kerrin McCadden

Kerrin McCadden

Kerrin McCadden is the author of Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes, winner of the Vermont Book Award, and the New Issues Poetry Prize. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Award. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, Verse Daily, and in such journals as American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Horsethief, Prairie Schooner, and Rattle. She is the associate director of the Conference on Poetry and Teaching at The Frost Place and teaches at Montpelier High School. She lives in Montpelier, Vermont.

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Didi Jackson

Didi Jackson‘s poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Green Mountains Review, The Common, and Water~Stone Review among other publications.  Her manuscript, Almost Animal, (now Killing Jar) was a finalist for the Alice James Book Award, the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize by Persea Books, and Autumn House Press. It was a semi-finalist for the Crab Orchard Open Book Prize, the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize, and the University of Wisconsin Press Brittingham and Felix Pollack Prizes. Her chapbook, Slag and Fortune (2013), was published by Floating Wolf Quarterly. Currently, she teaches Poetry and the Visual Arts, 20th c. Poetry of War and Witness, and Creative Writing at the University of Vermont. 

Major Jackson

Major Jackson

Major Jackson is an American poet, professor, and the author of three collections of poetry: Holding Company (2010) and Hoops (2006), both finalists for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature-Poetry, and Leaving Saturn (2002), winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and finalist for a National Book Critics Award Circle. He is also a recipient of 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. Jackson is the Richard Dennis Green and Gold Professor at University of Vermont and a core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars. He served as a creative arts fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, as the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence at University of Massachusetts-Lowell and currently serves as the Poetry Editor of the Harvard Review.

Diana Whitney

Diana Whitney

Diana Whitney‘s first book, Wanting It (2014), became an indie bestseller and won the Rubery International Book Award in poetry. She’s the poetry critic for the San Francisco Chronicle and blogs about the darker side of motherhood for The Huffington Post. Diana’s work has appeared in The Boston Globe, Crab Orchard Review, Green Mountains Review, Ms. Magazine, The Rumpus, SalonThe Washington Post, and many more. She has been awarded writing grants and fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund, and the Vermont Studio Center, and was the 2015 winner of the Women’s National Book Association poetry prize. A yoga teacher by trade, Diana runs a small studio attached to her farmhouse in Brattleboro, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and three amiable cats. She’s currently finishing a memoir about motherhood and sexuality.

 

 

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Nature Poems, Favorite Poems

April 8: Join us in exploring the poems that have influenced and inspired our lives. Diana Whitney, the poetry columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and author of the prizewinning poetry debut WANTING IT, and Dede Cummings, publisher and editor at Green Writers Press, will host a lively discussion of some of their favorite nature poetry. We’ll read classics like Wordsworth, Yeats, and Frost, as well as contemporary poets like Jane Kenyon and Cleopatra Mathis, and then talk openly about why and how their voices speak to us. Bring a copy of your favorite poem if you wish to the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street, at 2 p.m.dede-diana-600

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Nature Poems, Favorite Poems

What poems have influenced and inspired you in your life?

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Diana Whitney

On April 30, at 1:30 pm at the Library, join Diana Whitney, poetry columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and author of the prizewinning poetry debut WANTING IT, and Dede Cummings, publisher and editor at Green Writers Press, for a lively discussion of some of their favorite nature poetry.

 

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Dede Cummings

We’ll read classics like Wordsworth, Yeats, and Frost, as well as contemporary poets like Jane Kenyon and Cleopatra Mathis, and then talk openly about why and how their voices speak to us.

Bring a copy of your favorite poem if you wish!

Poetry reading by alumni of the Vermont Studio Center

On April 20, at 7 pm, at the Lounge in VCFA’s Noble Hall at 39 College Street, Ryan Walsh, development and writing director at the Vermont Studio Center, hosts an evening of some of Vermont’s finest voices— Major Jackson, Kerrin McCadden, Baron Wormser, Julia Shipley, Kristin Fogdall, Diana Whitney and Laurie Macfee.

Each poet is an alum of VSC’s residency or Visiting Writer program. The reading will feature writers at every career level, from emerging to nationally celebrated. Poets will each share their work for 10 minutes, followed by an opportunity for conversation.

jackson5-200v (1)Major Jackson is a poet, professor, and the author of three collections of poetry: Holding Company, Hoops, and Leaving Saturn.

 

 

 

 

Kerrin McCadden JPEG_BrowniePoetry200Kerrin McCadden teaches at Montpelier High School and is the author of the Vermont Book Award‒winning collection of poetry Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes.

 

 

 

baron-200Baron Wormser is the former Poet Laureate of Maine and author and coauthor of numerous books, most recently in poetry Unidentified Sighing Objects and Impenitent Notes, and in prose Teach Us That Peace.

 

 

 

Julia & pup B&W taken by Howard Romero-2-200Julia Shipley is the cofounder of Chickadee Chaps & Broads and the author of poetry chapbook First Do No Harm and prose book Adam’s Mark.

 

 

 

DianaWhitneyheadshot-200Diana Whitney’s first book, Wanting It, became an indie bestseller and won the Rubery Book Award in poetry. Her poems and essays have appeared in The Boston Globe, Crab Orchard Review, The Rumpus, Salon, The Washington Post, and many more.

 

Poet Kristin Fogdall

Kristin Fogdall’s work has appeared in Poetry, The New Republic, Slate.com, New England Review, and other journals; she is currently finishing a book-length collection.

 

 

Laurie Macfee2-200Laurie Macfee was Writing Coordinator at VSC 2015-16 and continues as Grants Coordinator. She’s the designer and past poetry editor of Sierra Nevada Review, and poetry guest co-editor of Green Mountains Review 2016-17. Publications include Forklift, Ohio; Blue Lyra Review; Big Bell; Brushfire; and the anthology Change in the American West.

 

 

[edited to add Baron Wormser’s most recent poetry 4/23]