NER Vermont Reading Series | July 22, 2015


The NER Vermont Reading Series and the Vermont Book Shop are pleased to present Michael Coffey, Penelope Cray, and Rebecca Makkai, who will read from their poetry and fiction at Carol’s Hungry Mind Café. From as far as Chicago and as near as Shelburne, these three writers represent an extraordinary range of literary imagination. Join us at Carol’s Hungry Mind Café (24 Merchants Row, Middlebury, Vermont) on July 22nd at 7:00pm. Books will be available for signing.


Coffey by Nancy Crampton

 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, PleiadesBartleby Snopeselimae, 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.


Makkai photo-cropRebecca 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.

NER Vermont Reading Series: November 8, 2012

On Thursday, November 8, 7 p.m., at Carol’s Hungry Mind Cafe in Middlebury, four writers will read from their work as part of the NER Vermont Reading Series: Benjamin Aleshire, Larry Bradley, Bette Moffett,* and Marguerite Sullivan.

* Unfortunately, Bette Moffett will not be able to participate. We hope to reschedule her soon.

Benjamin Aleshire is editor of The Salon. His poetry has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Seven Days, and elsewhere. He is a Creation Grant recipient from the Vermont Arts Council and is currently in residence at the BCA Center. His play, Gauvain the Good Knight, won the 2009 Nor’Easter Playwright Competition, and he recently placed third for the Neil Shepard Poetry Prize. Benjamin also tours internationally with the Vermont Joy Parade. Dropped Apples (2012) is his first book of poems.

Larry Bradley’s work has appeared in the New Republic, the New York Times, the Paris Review, Poetry, the Southwest Review, and the New England Review. He has received the Morton Marr Poetry Prize and the Reginald Shepherd Memorial Prize, and was a Tennessee Williams Scholar at Sewanee. He lives in the Northeast Kingdom.

Bette Moffett, author of the memoir Roots, Shoots and Wings (2010), has been a resident and active community builder in Brandon for forty-two years. Her passions include theater and vocal music.

Marguerite W. Sullivan‘s work has appeared in or is forthcoming from the Georgia Review, Denver Quarterly, NOON, Conjunctions Web, gigantic, and Sleepingfish, among others. She has lived in Pawlet, Vermont, with her children for five years. Currently she is at work finishing a novel.

This event is free and open to the public. Carol’s is located at 24 Merchants Row in Middlebury.

Sponsored by 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.