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VT Poet Laureate Sydney Lea to teach a class and read at RWC

Categories: NER Community, Poetry, Readings

leaVermont’s Poet Laureate, Sydney Lea, will be teaching a poetry class for 8-12 students at the Renegade Writers’ Collective on Sunday, November 24. This class is for committed writers and will take place in the RWC classroom in the Karma Bird House at 47 Maple Street in Burlington. The class is from 4-6 pm and will be followed by a reading of his work, Q&A, and book signing, which will take place in the first floor gallery in the same building. The reading will take place from 6-7pm, and is free and open to the public. You do not have to take the class to come to the reading. Click here for a full course description and to reserve your spot in the class.

Sydney Lea is a founding editor of New England Review, and his work has appeared in the magazine in recent years.

Renegade Writers’ Collective Inaugural Event, July 27

Categories: NER Community, Readings

RRS Poster PhotoWe are pleased to join with ArtsRiot and Fiddleback literary magazine to support Vermont’s newest literary force—the Renegade Writers’ Collective.

Please join us at the inaugural event of their Renegade Reading Series on Saturday, July 27, 2013, from 6 to 10 p.m., at the JDK Gallery, 47 Maple Street, Burlington ($5 suggested donation).

The reading features NER Vermont Reading Series coordinator Christopher Ross, as well as authors Kim MacQueen, Jessica Hendry Nelson, Dave Patterson, and Andrew F. Sullivan, with special musical guest The High Spirits.

NER presents Middlebury alumni authors: June 8

Categories: NER Community, Readings

New England Review is pleased to present a gathering of alumni authors during Middlebury’s reunion weekend on Saturday, June 8, at 2:30 p.m. Dan Elish ’83, Lucas Farrell ’03, John Kolvenbach ’88 (with Alex Draper ’88 and Alec Strum ’08), Maria Padian ’83, and S. S. Taylor (Sarah Stewart Taylor) ’93 will read from their work in Middlebury College’s Axinn Center, Room 229.

ElishDan Elish ’83 co-wrote the book for the Broadway musical 13, which initially played at the Mark Taper Forum and won the 2007 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for best production. His new musical Nine Wives (book and lyrics), written with Douglas J. Cohen (music and lyrics), was part of the Goodspeed new works festival in January 2013. In 2010, he was commissioned by Theater Aspen to write The Gifted and Talented, a play about bullying. Dan is also the author of ten novels, including The School for the Insanely Gifted, Nine Wives, and Born Too Short. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children where he also teaches piano.

FarrellLucas Farrell ’03 is the author of two books of poetry: The Many Woods of Grief (University of Massachusetts Press) and Bird Any Damn Kind (Caketrain Press). He and his wife, Louisa Conrad (’04), run Big Picture Farm, a small goat dairy and farmstead confectionery located in southern Vermont.

kolvenbachJohn Kolvenbach ’88 is the author of the plays Goldfish, Mrs. Whitney, Love Song, on an average day, Gizmo Love, Fabuloso, and Marriage Play (or Half ‘n Half ‘n Half), which premiered in 2012 at Merrimack Repertory. Goldfish premiered at South Coast Repertory in spring 2009 and was then produced at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. The Magic also premiered Mrs. Whitney in fall 2009, under Kolvenbach’s direction. Love Song premiered at Steppenwolf in Chicago in spring 2006 and went on to the West End, where it was nominated for an Olivier Award, best new comedy. Kolvenbach’s plays are published by Methuen and licensed by DPS. Kolvenbach’s first screenplay, Clear Winter Noon was selected for the Black List in 2008. His short film, Gray Dog will be shot in New York in June 2013. Bank Job is his latest play. Actor and theater professor Alex Draper ’88 will read a part in Bank Job.

PadianMaria Padian ’83 received her Masters in English from the University of Virginia, and has worked as a news reporter, press secretary to a U.S. Congressman, freelance writer, and essayist before returning to her first love: fiction. She currently lives with her family in Brunswick, Maine, where she writes young adult novels. Her published work includes Brett McCarthy: Work in Progress (Knopf, 2008), Jersey Tomatoes Are the Best (Knopf, 2011), and Out of Nowhere (Knopf, 2013).

StewartS. S. Taylor (Sarah Stewart Taylor) ’93 is a writer and teacher living with her husband and three children in Vermont. She is the author of a series of mysteries for adults, a graphic novel about Amelia Earhart for younger readers, and, most recently, the first installment in a series of adventure novels for kids aged eight to fourteen, entitled The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man’s Canyon. Her website is www.SSTaylorBooks.com.

New England Review in Boston

Categories: NER Community, Readings

AWP logoMarch 6 through March 9

8:30 am. to 6 p.m.
AWP Book Fair
New England Review, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Bread Loaf School of English, New England Young Writers’ Conference, Middlebury College Program in Creative Writing: Tables C5-C7
(for AWP conference registrants; free to the public Saturday, March 9)

Friday, March 8: 9:00–10:15 a.m.
New England Review Celebrates Vermont Writers:
Kellam Ayres, Robert Cohen, Castle Freeman Jr., Sydney Lea, Cleopatra Mathis
Vermont is home to more writers per capita than any other state in the nation, and Vermont authors work in a wide variety of aesthetics and styles—some with no particular ties to place and others decidedly rooted. Founded in 1978, New England Review publishes authors from all over the world, but in this reading, we’re proud to present five outstanding writers who live and work in our home state, and whose writing has recently appeared in our pages.
Hynes Convention Center, Room 303
(for AWP conference registrants only)

Saturday, March 9, 3 p.m.
The Teaching Press: Literary Magazines and Learning. (Travis Kurowski, Jay Baron Nicorvo, Carolyn Kuebler, Ben George, Jodee Stanley) Editors from leading literary magazines New England Review, Ecotone, Ninth Letter, and Third Coast discuss the educational benefits of literary magazines on today’s campuses. Topics will include the teaching press, experiential learning environments, learning-based outcomes, and how campus literary magazines are changing 21st-century publishing.
(for AWP conference registrants only)
Hynes Convention Center, Room 313

NER June and July Events Recap

Categories: NER Community, Readings

This summer New England Review held two group readings, featuring authors published in NER and alumni of Middlebury College: our annual Alumni & Faculty Reading at Middlebury College’s Reunion on June 9, and on July 16 in New York City, in a tribute event hosted by the Potomac Theatre Project. Coming up August 9, the summer edition of the NER Vermont Reading Series.

On June 9, a crowd of Middlebury alumni, faculty, and friends gathered in the Axinn Center for the annual New England Review Middlebury Reunion Reading. Faculty members Kathryn Kramer and Christopher Shaw, from the Department of English & American Literatures; Stephen Kiernan ’82; Alison McGhee ’82; Jason Tandon ’97; and Bruce Willard ’77, all read from their work.  (more photos here)

Writers at the 2012 NER Alumni & Faculty Reading at Middlebury: from left, Jason Tandon ’97, Stephen Kiernan ’82, Alison McGhee ’82, Christopher Shaw, Bruce Willard ’77, and Kathryn Kramer

July 16 saw another gathering of authors, this time in New York City’s Atlantic Stage 2. Middlebury’s Potomac Theatre Project hosted a tribute event for New England Review,  featuring readings from five outstanding NER and Middlebury alumni poets and fiction writers—David Gilbert ’90, Cate Marvin, Emily Mitchell ’97, Greg Pierce, and Patrick Phillips—followed by a reception. Present at the event were former student interns, local authors, Middlebury alumni, and College president Ron Liebowitz. (more photos here)

Richard Romagnoli introduces the authors at the Potomac Theatre Project’s NER Tribute in New York City: (from left) Emily Mitchell, Greg Pierce, Cate Marvin, David Gilbert, Patrick Phillips