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
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 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.
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 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‘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, Salon, The 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.