NER Vermont Reading Series: Summer and Fall Events

vermont-antiqueWe are thrilled to announce the next two readings in our Vermont Reading Series. The summer reading, Thursday, August 8, 2013 (7 p.m.), will feature Vermont poets and fiction writers Michael Collier, Cleopatra Mathis, Partridge Boswell, and Angela Palm.

The autumn reading, Thursday, November 21, 2013 (7 p.m.), presents Vermont authors Julia Alvarez, John Elder, Christopher Shaw, and Jessica Nelson reading from their recent nonfiction.

More information about these authors will be posted closer to the reading dates.

Samples from past readings are available at our YouTube channel and on Facebook.

NER Vermont Reading Series

Carol’s Hungry Mind Cafe

On Thursday, August 9th, 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: Megan Mayhew Bergman, Hugh Coyle, Lené Gary, and Tim Weed.

Megan Mayhew Bergman lives in rural Vermont with her veterinarian husband, Bo, and two daughters. Her story collection, Birds of a Lesser Paradise (Scribner, 2012) was a Barnes and Noble Discover, IndieBound, Amazon, and Oprah pick, and her novel Shepherd, Wolf is forthcoming. Megan’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, Best American Short Stories, New Stories from the South, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. Megan is a justice of the peace and occasionally teaches literature at Bennington College.

Hugh Coyle earned his MFA at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has served on the admissions board of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and on the administrative staff of the Bread Loaf School of English. His work has appeared in The Boston ReviewNew England Review, Green Mountains ReviewCafé Review, Christopher Street, and Vermont magazine, among others. He has received a Pushcart Prize and a Heekin Award in Fiction.

Lené Gary is a poet and writer living in Montpelier, Vermont. Her work has appeared in Birchsong: Poetry Centered in VermontPoemeleonLimestoneSix Little ThingsWatershed, M Review, Pecan Grove Review, SilkwormCrashConnotation PressGrandmother EarthSAGEVermont Nature, KNOCK, and The Poet’s Touchstone. She holds a dual-genre MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. When she’s not writing, she can be found paddling her well-worn Mad River canoe.

Tim Weed’s stories and essays have appeared in many national magazines and reviews. His short fiction collection, The Camp at Cutthroat Lake, was a finalist for the Lewis-Clark Press Discovery Award. Based in Putney, Tim also teaches in the MFA writing program at Western Connecticut State University and is working on a novel. Read more at

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.