Sunday, July 6, 2014, 5:30 pm: The NER Vermont Reading Series is pleased to team up with the BigTown Gallery in Rochester, VT, for a special event featuring poets Terri Ford and Jamaal May. 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.
NER is arranging for transportation over the mountain — if you’d like a ride, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Seating is limited!
Terri Ford is a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She’s been a fellow at Bread Loaf Writer’s 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. She once made a friend laugh so hard that her tampon fell out.
Jamaal May was born in 1982 in Detroit, MI, where he taught poetry in public schools and worked as a freelance audio engineer. His first book, Hum, received the Beatrice Hawley Award, the American Library Association’s Notable Book Award, and an NAACP Image Award nomination. Other honors include the Indiana Review Prize, the Spirit of Detroit Award, and the Stadler Fellowship. Most recently, Jamaal has been awarded a Rose O’neill Literary House Cave Canem Residency, the Kenyon Review Fellowship, and a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship in Italy. Jamaal’s poems appear in such periodicals as New England Review, NYTimes.com, The New Republic, The Believer, Poetry, Ploughshares, and Best American Poetry 2014. A graduate of Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers, Jamaal 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.
WHAT’S THIS ALL ABOUT?
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 Don Mitchell, April Ossmann, and Ross Thurber (April 2014); 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, 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, Karla Van Vliet, 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).
Clips from some of these readings are available NER Vermont’s YouTube channel, with filming care of Middlebury Community TV.
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