NER Events & VT Reading Series

New England Review hosts a number of events throughout the year, including our Vermont Reading Series, NER Out Loud, Reunion Reading, and other author and book events both on campus here at Middlebury and across the nation. To be added to our events email list, please send a message to See below for descriptions of recent events and to read about our ongoing Vermont Reading Series.


• Friday, March 4, 8 p.m. The second annual NER Out Loud event with a S’More Readings reception. Read more here!

• Monday, March 14, 7 p.m. Three authors will read at 51 Main as part of our Vermont Reading Series: Jennifer Grotz, Janice Obuchowski, and Sydney Lea. Details are on the way, but please save the date!

• Thursday, April 7: Our poetry editor Rick Barot will make a trip from the West Coast to join us for a reading and classroom visits. Stay tuned for details.


The NER Vermont Reading Series and Vermont Book Shop presented three writers in three genres: Castle Freeman Jr., Kathryn Kramer, and Rebecca Starks read from their fiction, memoir, and poetry, respectively, at 51 Main at the Bridge in Middlebury, VT, on Monday, November 9, 7 p.m.

castle-cropCastle Freeman Jr. is a longtime contributor of short fiction to NER, most recently with “Squirrel Trouble at Uplands” (2015). His new novel, The Devil in the Valley, was just released from Overlook Press. He’s the author of four other novels, including All That I Have and Go With Me (coming as a film starring Anthony Hopkins and Julia Stiles), two collections of short stories, and many essays and other nonfiction. His stories have been mentioned or included in The Best American Short Stories and other major collections. He lives in southeastern Vermont.

KramerKathryn Kramer is the author of the recently published memoir Missing History: The Covert Education of a Child of the Great Books. She has also published the novels A Handbook for Visitors from Outer Space, Rattlesnake Farming, and Sweet Water, and is co-author of a language textbook, Welcome to Vermont: English for Working and Living. Her recent essays have appeared in New England Review and she teaches at Middlebury College.

rebecca starksRebecca Starks’s poems have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Slice Magazine, Carolina Quarterly, Raintown Review, and elsewhere. Her fiction has appeared in Crab Orchard Review. She edits Mud Season Review, a literary journal run by members of the Burlington Writers Workshop, and teaches literature courses for the Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning program at the University of Vermont. She has a Ph.D. in English from Stanford University and a B.A. in English from Yale University, and has sought out writing communities wherever she has lived.

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Reunion Re2015Reunion_NERReading-3862ading: On Saturday, June 6, NER welcomed Middlebury College faculty and alumni to read their poetry and essays during Reunion weekend. Writers included Professor Emeritus John Elder, Lucas Gonzalez, Sydney Landon Plum, India Hixon Radfar, and Sue Ellen Thompson. Photos from the event can be found on our Facebook event page, or read more here.


The NER Vermont Reading Series, which since 2011 has presented 65 writers in its quarterly series for Vermont writers and audiences, has opened its borders to writers from near and far. Now Vermont audiences will have the chance to hear from local writers as well as those just passing through, bringing an even greater range of literary imagination and accomplishment to Carol’s Hungry Mind Cafe in downtown Middlebury.

Sponsored by the New England Review, with support from the Vermont Book Shop, the NER Vermont Reading Series continues to provide an opportunity for writers at various stages of their careers to read their work in front of an audience, and to acquaint local audiences with a great variety of literary talent. 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.

Angela Patten
Angela Patten

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.

Janice Obuchowski
Janice Obuchowski

Our previous events have featured Castle Freeman Jr., Kathryn Kramer, and Rebecca Starks (Nov. 2015); Michael Coffey, Penelope Cray, and Rebecca Makkai (July 2015); Karin Gottshall and Michael R. Katz (January 2015); 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).

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