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NER Vermont | BigTown Gallery Reading

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20140706_180301New England Review was pleased to partner with BigTown Gallery to host a memorable reading on Sunday, July 6, with poets Terri Ford and Jamaal May. Many fans meandered to the back garden of the gallery to soak up the afternoon sun and to listen to poetry about the birds of Detroit, love in seams, outfits, leeches, and the anatomy of Australia.

Learn more about The NER VT Reading Series, which will resume in the fall, and about Rochester, Vermont’s BigTown Gallery Summer Reading Series.


NER Vermont / BigTown Gallery Reading: Sunday, July 6

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Terri Ford

The NER Vermont Reading Series and BigTown Gallery are pleased to present Terri Ford and Jamaal May, who will read selections from their poetry on Sunday, July 6, at 5:30 PM at BigTown Gallery, 99 North Main Street, in Rochester. This summer gathering at the gallery will celebrate live readings and the people who value them most, creating a link between two of Vermont’s most lively reading series and from one side of the Green Mountains to the other.

This reading is followed by a special catered reception in the garden. Please RSVP to the BigTown Gallery at NER is arranging for transportation from Middlebury over the mountain to Rochester — if you’d like a ride, please email Seating is limited!


Jamaal May

Terri Ford is a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She’s been a fellow at Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a summer resident of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown through the Ohio Arts Council, and the recipient of several grants. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Conduit, Forklift Ohio, and many other journals. She is the author of Why the Ships Are She and Hams Beneath the Firmament.

Jamaal May was born in Detroit, Michigan. His first book, Hum, received the Beatrice Hawley Award, the American Library Association’s Notable Book Award, and an NAACP Image Award nomination. He has been awarded a Rose O’Neill Literary House Cave Canem Residency, the Kenyon Review Fellowship, and a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship in Italy, among other awards and fellowships. His poems appear in such periodicals as New England Review,, New Republic, Believer, Poetry, Ploughshares, and Best American Poetry 2014. He co-edits the poetry section of Solstice, teaches in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program, and co-directs the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook and Video Series with Tarfia Faizullah.

NER Vermont Reading Series | Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Please join us in Middlebury on Thursday, April 17, 2014,
7 p.m., at Carol’s Hungry Mind Cafe
for the 
spring reading in our quarterly series,
with Emily Casey, Don Mitchell,
April Ossmann, and Ross Thurber.

NOTE: We regret that Emily Casey will not be able to make it to the event, due to a family emergency, but we leave her bio here for those interested in knowing more about her work.

 Emily Casey’s writing (Burlington) has appeared in Mid-American Review, South Loop Review, upstreet, Sonora Review, and The Salon. She is a graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts’ MFA in writing program, where she was nominated for an AWP Intro Award in Fiction. She teaches writing at the Community College of Vermont and is currently at work on a collection essays about loss and longing.

DonMitchell_CreditEthanMitchell_LR-1Don Mitchell (New Haven) is a novelist, essayist, and screenwriter whose most recent book is Flying Blind: One Man’s Adventures Battling Buckthorn, Making Peace with Authority, and Creating a Home for Endangered Bats (Chelsea Green, 2013). He’s also the architect and builder of more than a dozen low-cost, energy-efficient structures on Treleven Farm, and a shepherd with thirty-five years’ experience managing a flock of sheep there. He taught creative writing at Middlebury College from 1984 to 2009.


April Ossmann Author PhotoApril Ossmann (West Windsor) is the author of Anxious Music (Four Way Books, 2007) and the recipient of a 2013 Vermont Arts Council creation grant. Her poems have appeared widely in such journals as the Colorado Review and the Harvard Review, and in anthologies. The executive director of Alice James Books from 2000 to 2008, she is Editor-in-Residence for the low-residency MFA program at Sierra Nevada College and an editing and publishing consultant (


RossThurberRoss Thurber (Brattleboro) is a farmer and poet. He manages Lilac Ridge Farm, an organic dairy, vegetable, and maple sugar operation in Brattleboro. His poetry has been published in the Chrysalis Reader, Root Stock, and in a new poetry anthology So Little Time published by Vermont’s Green Writers Press.

NER Vermont Winter Reading: Thursday, Jan. 16, 7 pm

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New England Review is pleased to present Ryan Kim, April Ossmann, Jay Parini, and Ryan Walsh, who will read from recent work as part of the NER Vermont Reading Series, this Thursday (Jan. 16, 7 p.m.) at Carol’s Hungry Mind Cafe, 24 Merchants Row, in Middlebury.

RyamKim3Ryan Kim (Middlebury) is a native of Newport Beach, California, a graduate of the Putney School, and a senior economics major at Middlebury. He wrote for Middlebury Magazine and gave a TEDx talk about the Amtrak trip he took around America. His industrial design photography is currently on exhibit at the Burlington Airport. After graduation, Ryan will head west to seek employment on a dude ranch before moving to Mexico to write and teach English.

OssmannApril Ossmann (West Windsor) is the author of Anxious Music (Four Way Books, 2007) and the recipient of a 2013 Vermont Arts Council creation grant. Her poems have appeared widely in such journals as the Colorado Review and the Harvard Review, and in anthologies. The executive director of Alice James Books from 2000 to 2008, she is Editor-in-Residence for the low-residency MFA program at Sierra Nevada College and an editing and publishing consultant (

PariniJay Parini (Weybridge) is a novelist, poet, biographer, and critic. His seven novels include The Last Station, Benjamin’s Crossing, and The Passages of H. M. His poetry includes The Art of Subtraction: New and Selected Poems. He has written biographies of John Steinbeck, Robert Frost, and William Faulkner. His nonfiction includes such books as The Art of Teaching, Why Poetry Matters, and Promised Land: Thirteen Books that Changed America. His latest book is Jesus: The Human Face of God. He is Axinn Professor of English and Creative Writing at Middlebury College.

WalshRyan Walsh (Johnson) is the author of The Sinks, winner of the 2010 Mississippi Valley Poetry Chapbook Contest (Midwest Writing Center Press). His poems have appeared in Ecotone; FIELD; Forklift, Ohio; Green Mountains Review; Narrative; and elsewhere. He received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and was a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship finalist in 2011. He is Writing Program Director at the Vermont Studio Center.

Samples from past readings are available at our YouTube channel and on Facebook. To sign up for the NER Vermont email list send your address to

NER Vermont Reading Series: November 21, 2013

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Please join us on Thursday, November 21, 2013, 7 p.m., at Carol’s Hungry Mind Cafe for the fall reading in our quarterly series, with Julia Alvarez, John Elder, Jessica Hendry Nelson, and Christopher Shaw.

Julia-AlvarezJulia Alvarez (Weybridge) has been practicing the craft of writing for over forty years. She has brought a variety of work to readers of all ages, including novels, picture books, novels for middle readers and young adults, collections of poetry, and nonfiction—most recently A Wedding in Haiti: The Story of a Friendship. She has taught English and creative writing at every level, from elementary schools to senior citizen centers. She is currently a writer in residence at Middlebury College.

JE_2726webJohn Elder (Bristol) taught English and environmental studies at Middlebury College from 1973 until his retirement in 2010. His books Reading the Mountains of HomeThe Frog Run, and Pilgrimage to Vallombrosa explore the meaning of Vermont’s landscape and environmental history for him as a teacher, writer, and householder. Recently he has also completed a memoir called Picking up the Flute that chronicles his obsession since retirement with learning about and playing traditional Irish music.

Jessica_Hendry_Nelson_courtesyJessica Hendry Nelson (Colchester) is the author of the forthcoming memoir in essays, If Only You People Could Follow Directions (Counterpoint, 2014). Her work has appeared in The Threepenny Review, PANK, Carolina Quarterly, Best American Essays 2012, and elsewhere. She teaches writing at Johnson State College. She is also the managing editor and nonfiction editor of Green Mountains Review and the cofounder of the Renegade Writers’ Collective in Burlington.

chris_shawChristopher Shaw (Bristol) is the author of Sacred Monkey River: A Canoe Trip with the Gods and a former editor of Adirondack Life. He teaches creative writing at Middlebury College and codirects the Middlebury Fellowships in Environmental Journalism. His essay “At Panther Gorge with William James” appeared recently in NER.

New Books from Vermont Authors: If Only You People Could Follow Directions

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hendry bookVermont writer Jessica Hendry Nelson’s debut book, a memoir of linked essays from Counterpoint Press, will be published in January 2014. Nelson is the cofounder of the Renegade Writers’ Collective in Burlington, Vermont, and is the senior nonfiction editor of Fiddleback. Her work has appeared in Threepenny ReviewPANKCarolina QuarterlyBest American Essays 2012, and elsewhere.

From Josh Cook of Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA: “Memory doesn’t move in a straight line. It is chaotic, digressive, and imperfect. While most memoirs force life into the restrictions of straight lines, Nelson embraces the chaos by moving back and forth in time, free associating among memories, and organizing her life into a series of essays. What could be just another memoir of a family disintegrated by substance abuse becomes a vibrant and challenging exploration of abuse, obsession, coping, family, friendship, and self-discovery.”

Nelson will appear as a featured author at the upcoming Vermont Reading Series event on November 21st.

If Only You People Could Follow Directions will be available from Powell’s Books and from  local independent booksellers.

Videos from August 2013 Vermont Reading Series

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CarolsrainbowThis past August, NER hosted a night of poetry and prose from Vermont writers at Carol’s Hungry Mind Cafe as part of the Vermont Reading Series, with authors Partridge Boswell, Michael Collier, Cleopatra Mathis, and Angela Palm.

A video recording is now available for viewing on the NER Vermont YouTube channel.

The next event in the series takes place November 21, 7 p.m., at Carol’s. This special all-nonfiction event will feature Julia Alvarez, John Elder, Jessica Hendry Nelson, and Christopher Shaw.

NER Vermont Reading Series: August 8, 2013

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Please join us on Thursday, August 8, 2013, 7 p.m., at Carol’s Hungry Mind Cafe for the summer reading in our quarterly series, with Patridge Boswell, Michael Collier, Cleopatra Mathis, and Angela Palm.

dt.common.streams.StreamServer.clsPartridge Boswell is the author of the 2013 poetry collection Some Far Country. His poems have been featured recently in such publications as The American Poetry Review, Slice and The Literary Review. A longtime arts advocate, he has served as director of several regional performing arts organizations. Co-founder of Bookstock: The Green Mountain Festival of Words and managing editor of Harbor Mountain Press, Boswell lives with his family in Woodstock, VT.

michael-collier-448Michael Collier, director of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, has published six books of poems, including The Ledge, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and, most recently, An Individual History. With Charles Baxter and Edward Hirsch, he edited A William Maxwell Portrait. He has received an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Guggenheim Foundation and Thomas Watson Foundation fellowships, and two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. Poet Laureate of Maryland from 2001-2004, he teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Maryland and lives in Maryland and Cornwall, VT.

cleopatra.mathisCleopatra Mathis’s seventh collection of poems is Book of Dog. Her work has appeared widely in anthologies, textbooks, and magazines including the New Yorker, Poetry, and New England Review. Prizes for her work include two NEA fellowships, a Pushcart Prize, the Robert Frost Award, a Fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the May Sarton Award, and fellowships from the New Hampshire and New Jersey State Arts Councils. She teaches English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College and lives in Post Mills, VT.

angela.palmAngela Palm is an editor and writer. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Midwestern GothicARDOR Literary Magazine, Little Fiction, Sundog LitPrick of the Spindle, and elsewhere. She is an associate nonfiction editor at The Fiddleback, a literary journal, and co-founder of the Renegade Writers’ Collective, a new writing center in Burlington. Angela is currently working on her first novel and editing a collection of work by Vermont writers, titled Please Do Not Remove. She lives and works in Burlington, VT.

NER Vermont Reading Series: Summer and Fall Events

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vermont-antiqueWe are thrilled to announce the next two readings in our Vermont Reading Series. The summer reading, Thursday, August 8, 2013 (7 p.m.), will feature Vermont poets and fiction writers Michael Collier, Cleopatra Mathis, Partridge Boswell, and Angela Palm.

The autumn reading, Thursday, November 21, 2013 (7 p.m.), presents Vermont authors Julia Alvarez, John Elder, Christopher Shaw, and Jessica Nelson reading from their recent nonfiction.

More information about these authors will be posted closer to the reading dates.

Samples from past readings are available at our YouTube channel and on Facebook.

NER Vermont Reading Series: January 31, 2013

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CarolsrainbowOn Thursday, January 31, 7 p.m., at Carol’s Hungry Mind Cafe in Middlebury, four writers will read from their work as part of the NER Vermont Reading Series: Eileen Brunetto, Jon Mathewson, Julia Shipley, and Jacob White.

Eileen Brunetto (Cornwall) received her MFA in writing at Goddard College and leads memoir workshops in the Middlebury area. Her work has been published in Pitkin Review, The MacGuffin, and various online venues.

Jon Mathewson (Middletown Springs), has been published in dozens of small-press journals. His poetry collection, While Strangers Insult the Decor, was published by Foothills in 2011.

Julia Shipley (Northeast Kingdom) is the author of Herd (Sheltering Pines Press, 2010) and Planet Jr. (Flyway/Iowa State, 2012), and is the recipient of grants from the Vermont Community Foundation and the Vermont Arts Council.

Jacob White (Johnson) teaches at Johnson State College, where he edits Green Mountains Review. His collection of short stories, Being Dead in South Carolina, comes out later this year.

This event is free and open to the public. Carol’s is located at 24 Merchants Row in Middlebury.

Sponsored by New England Review, with support from Carol’s Hungry Mind Cafe, the Vermont Book Shop, and Middlebury Community TV, the NER Vermont Reading Series provides an opportunity for Vermont writers to read their work in front of an audience, and to acquaint local audiences with the talented writers who live and work among us.