On July 22, 2015, the NER Vermont Reading Series presented authors Michael Coffey, Penelope Cray, and Rebecca Makkai at Carol’s Hungry Mind Café (24 Merchants Row, Middlebury, Vermont) on July 22 at 7:00 pm, co-sponsored by the Vermont Book Shop.
Michael Coffey is the author of three books of poems and of 27 Men Out, a book about baseball’s perfect games. He also co-edited The Irish in America, a book about Irish immigration, a companion volume to the PBS documentary series. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in NER and NER Digital, and his first book of fiction, The Business of Naming Things, is just out from Bellevue Literary Press. He lives in Manhattan and Bolton Landing, New York.
Penelope Cray’s poems and short shorts have appeared in such literary magazines as Harvard Review, Pleiades, Bartleby Snopes, elimae, and American Letters & Commentary, and in the anthology Please Do Not Remove (2014). She holds an MFA from the New School and lives with her family in Shelburne, Vermont, where she operates an editorial business.
Rebecca Makkai is the author of the new story collection Music for Wartime, as well as the novels The Hundred-Year House and The Borrower (which has been published in nine translations and chosen as a Booklist Top Ten Debut). Her short fiction, which has appeared in NER, was featured in the Best American Short Stories anthologies in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. The recipient of a 2014 NEA Fellowship, she teaches at Lake Forest College, Northwestern University, and StoryStudio Chicago.
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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.
With with Middlebury College’s Special Collections and Archives, NER was pleased to present a reading from Please Do Not Remove: A Collection Celebrating Vermont Literature and Libraries, at the Davis Family Library Special Collections and Archives Room, March 10. The book’s editor, Angela Palm, and three contributors—David Dillon, Karin Gottshall, and Gary Margolis—read from and discussed selections from the anthology.
NER VERMONT READING SERIES
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 Carol’s Hungry Mind Cafe and 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.
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 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).