NER VT Reading Series



Karin Gottshall

The most recent event in the NER Vermont Reading Series featured Karin Gottshall and Michael Katz, on Thursday, January 22, 7 p.m. at Carol’s Hungry Mind Cafe in Middlebury (24 Merchants Row).

Karin Gottshall’s new book, The River Won’t Hold You, won the Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award in Poetry. Her first book, Crocus, won the Poets Out Loud Prize in 2007 and was published by Fordham University Press. She is also the author of three poetry chapbooks: Flood LettersAlmanac for the Sleepless, and Swan. Recent poems have appeared in CrazyhorseFIELDThe Gettysburg ReviewWest BranchMid-American Review, and elsewhere. She teaches poetry writing at Middlebury College and directs the New England Young Writers’ Conference.


Michael R. Katz

Michael R. Katz has recently published The Kreutzer Sonata Variations, a compilation that includes his new translation of Tolstoy’s Kreutzer Sonata and the recently discovered “counterstories” written in response by his wife and son. He’s currently working on a translation of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, and recently published a translation of Turgenev’s Fathers and Children for the Norton Critical Edition. His translations have appeared in NER, most recently in Vol. 34, 3-4. He has written two studies of Russian literature and has translated a dozen or so Russian novels into English. Recently named a Mellon Emeritus Fellow, he is C. V. Starr Professor Emeritus of Russian and East European Studies at Middlebury College.

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only authors who’ve published in the New England Review and elsewhere, but also those just starting out, who may be unpublished and reading their work for the first time.

CarolsrainbowThat 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 Emily Arnason Casey, Kathryn Davis, and Diana Whitney (October 2014); Jamaal May and Terri Ford (July 2014); Don Mitchell, April Ossmann, and Ross Thurber (April 2014); Ryan Kim, Jay Parini, Christopher Ross, and Ryan Walsh (January 2014); 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).

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


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