A special Valentine’s Day edition of the NER Vermont Reading Series, “Will Write for Love,” highlights the depth and variety of Addison County’s literary community, with eight local writers —Jennifer Bates, Maya Beres, Karin Gottshall, Carolyn Kuebler, Christopher Ross, Jeffrey David Stauch, Karla Van Vliet, and David Weinstock — at Carol’s Hungry Mind Cafe, 24 Merchants Row in Middlebury, 7 p.m on Feb. 14.
Jennifer Bates works for Middlebury College in various capacities, including the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference andNew England Review. She is also on staff at the Vermont Book Shop, where you can purchase her poetry collection, The First Night Out of Eden (University of Florida, 1998), and have her inscribe it with the endearments of your choice.
Maya Beres is currently at work on her first book. After grad school at Columbia she spent her time collecting many odd, and often enjoyable, experiences about which to write. She lives in Bristol with her teenage son.
Karin Gottshallis the author of the book Crocus (Fordham University, 2007) and of two chapbooks: Flood Letters (Argos, 2011) and Almanac for the Sleepless (Dancing Girl, 2012). Her work has appeared in FIELD, The Gettysburg Review, Harvard Review, and elsewhere. She teaches at Middlebury College and serves on the editorial panel of New England Review.
Carolyn Kuebleris managing editor of New England Review and was the founding editor of Rain Taxi Review of Books. Her fiction has appeared in Conduit, Copper Nickel, and Sleepingfish,and her essays and reviews have appeared in Review of Contemporary Fiction, Publishers Weekly, and elsewhere. She’s at work on a novella and a collection of stories.
Christopher Rossis the coordinator of the NER Vermont Reading Series. An excerpt from his novel recently appeared in the Southern Review.
Jeffrey David Stauchexperienced his first heartbreak in the fourth grade. He’s been bitter ever since. He is the author of Effective Frontline Fundraising (Apress, 2012) and is at work on his memoir, What We’ll Tell Them When We’re Happy. He works for Middlebury College, and has a pet rabbit. You can read his creative nonfiction at americancatharsis.wordpress.com.
Karla Van Vliet,poet, artist, and archetypal dreamwork therapist, lives in the land she loves and from which the imagery of her language emerges, the Champlain Valley of Vermont. She received her MFA from Vermont College and her poems have appeared in Poet Lore, Painted Bride Quarterly, Avocet, The Dry Creek Review, Many Mountains Moving, and elsewhere.
David Weinstock’s poems have appeared in Burlington Poetry Journal, Snakeskin, Stonehenge, The Lyric, Modern Haiku, Moment, Salt River Review and Blue Angel Landing. He is cofounder of the Spring Street Poets, leads the Otter Creek Poets open workshop, and has taught for the Poetry Society of Vermont and the League of Vermont Writers. Since 1983, all of his love poems have been for Ann.