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.


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Saturday, June 11: 1-2 pm: New England Review presents Middlebury College alumni and faculty authors: Katherine Arden, Cedar Attanasio, Theo Padnos, Christopher Shaw, and Jeneva Burroughs Stone will read from a range of fiction and essays. Axinn Center, Room 229. [READ MORE]

Rick BarotThursday, April 7: Our poetry editor Rick Barot made a trip from the West Coast to join us for a reading and classroom visits. Reading 4:30 p.m., Coltrane Lounge, Adirondack House, Middlebury College.

Rick has published three books of poetry with Sarabande Books: The Darker Fall (2002), Want (2008), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and won the 2009 Grub Street Book Prize, and Chord (2015). Chord received the 2016 UNT Rilke Prize, and was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize, the PEN Open Book Award, and the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award. His poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including Poetry, Paris Review, the New Republic, the New York Times Magazine, Tin House, Kenyon Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review. He lives in Tacoma, Washington and directs The Rainier Writing Workshop, the low-residency MFA program in creative writing at Pacific Lutheran University.


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 downtown Middlebury.

Sponsored by the New England Review, with support from the Vermont Book Shop and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences, 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 Jennifer Grotz, Sydney Lea (poems read by Michael Collier and Hugh Coyle), and Janice Obuchowski (March 2016); 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