NER VT Reading Series


The NER Vermont Reading Series welcomes Don Mitchell, Emily Arnason Casey, April Ossmann, and Ross Thurber to Middlebury for a 7:00 reading the evening of Thursday, April 17 at Carol’s Hungry Mind Cafe.

Emily Arnason Casey (Burlington)’s writing 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 of essays about loss and longing.

Don 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 (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. (

Ross 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.

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


Janice Obuchowski

Sponsored by the 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. The series presents not only authors who’ve published in the New England Review and elsewhere, but also those just starting out, who may be unpublished and reading their work for the first time.

That Vermont is home to more writers per capita than any other state in the nation is a testament not only to the natural beauty of our surroundings and the possibilities for solitude and contemplation, but also to the great traditions and institutions that support our literary artists when the time comes to share their work. Published by Middlebury College since 1987, New England Review is proud of its own tradition of advancing the literary arts, bringing both new and known writers to a national reading public, and endeavors through the NER Vermont Reading Series to help bring about a similar convergence of voices here in our home state.

Our previous events have featured Ryan Kim, Jay Parini, Christopher Ross, and Ryan Walsh (January 2014); Jay Parini, Julia Alvarez, John Elder, Jessica Hendry Nelson, and Christopher Shaw (November 2013); Partridge Boswell, Michael Collier, Cleopatra Mathis, and Angela Palm (August 2013); Eliza Gilmore, Major Jackson, Thomas Kivney, and Henriette Lazaridis Power (April 2013); Eileen Brunetto, Jon Mathewson, Julia Shipley, and Jacob White (January 2013); Benjamin Aleshire, Larry Bradley, Bette Moffett, and Marguerite Sullivan (November 2012); Megan Mayhew-Bergman, Hugh Coyle, Lené Gary, and Tim Weed (August 2012); Joan Aleshire, Arthur Bloom, Kristin Fogdall, and Kerrin McCadden (April 2012); Jennifer Bates, Maya Beres, Karin Gottshall, Carolyn Kuebler, Christopher Ross, Jeffrey David Stauch, and David Weinstock in a special Addison County edition of the series, “Will Write for Love,” on Valentine’s Day 2012; Stephen Kiernan, Chloë Joan López, Daniel Lusk, and Neil Shepard (January 2012); Ellen Dudley, Estela Gonzalez, Sydney Lea, and Leath Tonino (November 2011); David Huddle, Gary Margolis, Janice Obuchowski, and Angela Patten (August 2011); and Kellam Ayres, Castle Freeman Jr., Ted Gilley, and Kathryn Kramer (April 2011).

YouTubeClips from some of these readings are available NER Vermont’s YouTube channel, with filming care of Middlebury Community TV.


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