Joan Hutton Landis Summer Reading Series
Sunday Afternoon Readings at 5:30
First come, best seat. Doors open at 5
Sunday, May 15th
Helen Fremont, Genanne Walsh & Ros Zimmermann
Genanne Walsh is the author of Twister, awarded the Big Moose Prize for the Novel from Black Lawrence Press. She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and lives in San Francisco with her wife and dogs.
A writer and artist, Ros Zimmermann has published poems in the US and in Britain. Her work is included in Echoes, A Literary Quarterly, Ant Farm, The Pacific Coast Journal, Synaesthetic, Curlew Press UK, Sojourner; A Feminist Anthology, The Cape Rock and online in Black Robert Journal, Emerge Literary Journal, Split Rock Review,Terrain.org where she was a finalist for the 2014 Poetry Contest, and Solstice Literary Magazine. She has forthcoming poems in EAOGH and a Random House Anthology of Poems on Sculpture. Critical work on the Drafts of Rachel Blau DuPlessis is forthcoming in the Journal of Poetics Research. She lives and works in Lexington, MA, USA.
Helen Fremont's memoir AFTER LONG SILENCE published by Delacorte in 1999, was a National Bestseller, and led to her discovery of family members she had never known existed. Her works of fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The O. Henry Awards, Ploughshares, and The Harvard Review. A graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, she was a teaching Fellow at Bread Loaf in 1999, and a teaching Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute in 2001. She lives in Boston with her wife and works as a public defender.
Sunday, June 5th
Daniel Tobin is the author of seven books of poems, Where the World is Made, Double Life, The Narrows, Second Things, Belated Heavens (winner of the Massachusetts Book Award in Poetry) and The Net, and From Nothing, along with the critical studies Passage to the Center and Awake in America: On Irish-American Poetry. He is the editor of The Book of Irish American Poetry from the Eighteenth Century to the Present, Light in Hand: Selected Early Poems of Lola Ridge, and Poet’s Work, Poet’s Play. His awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.
Sunday, June 12th
Woon-Ping Chin & Tom Powers
Chin Woon Ping (Woon-Ping Chin) is the author of two books of poetry, In My Mother’s Dream and The Naturalization of Camellia Song. Her memoir, Hakka Soul, was jointly published by the National University of Singapore and the University of Hawaii Presses (2008). Her writing has been anthologized in such collections as the Norton anthology of Language for a New Century, the Harper Collins anthologies of Literature and Asian American Literature, & Writing, The City and You, Playful Phoenix, A Sense of Exile, Monologues by Women of Color, Westerly Looks to Asia and On a Bed of Rice. She has translated Indonesian poetry, Malaysian aboriginal myths and the poetry of Li Bai. She studied performance art and playwriting with Rachel Rosenthal, Maria Irene Fornes, Georges Bigot and Howard Stein. She has performed her solo pieces in Japan, Canada, Australia, Singapore and the U.S. Among her published plays are Details Cannot Body Wants, Stroke, Diary of a Madwoman and From San Jose to San Jose. She was Fulbright Professor in Indonesia and China and received fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, the National University of Singapore and the Pew Foundation. She lives in Vermont and teaches at Dartmouth College.
Thomas Powers is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author whose most recent book, The Killing of Crazy Horse, published by Alfred Knopf in November 2010, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for history and the Western Writers of America Spur Award for best historical non-fiction. It was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award in biography. He is currently writing a memoir of his father.
Previous books include Heisenberg’s War: The Secret History of the German Bomb (Knopf, 1993); The Man Who Kept the Secrets: Richard Helms and the CIA (Knopf, 1979; a finalist for the National Book Award in 1980 for General Non-fiction), and a novel The Confirmation (Knopf, 2000). Heisenberg’s War was published simultaneously in four countries – the United States, Germany, France and Britain, where it was widely reviewed and sparked a continuing controversy. More recently, Heisenberg’s War inspired British playwright Michael Frayn to write Copenhagen about the 1941 visit of Werner Heisenberg to Niels Bohr, which opened in London in 1998 and on Broadway in 2000, where it won a Tony Award as the year’s best play. Powers has also published three books of essays -- Intelligence Wars: American Secret History from Hitler to Al Qaeda (2004) a collection of essays written over the previous 25 years which originally appeared in the New York Times Book Review and the New York Review of Books; The Military Error: Baghdad and Beyond in America’s War of Choice (2008), and Thinking About the Next War (1982).
Powers won a Pulitzer Prize in National reporting in 1971 for a series of articles later turned into his first book Diana: the Making of a Terrorist (Houghton Mifflin, 1971). This was followed by The War at Home: Vietnam and the American People (Viking, 1973). At various times, Powers has been a contributing editor of The Atlantic, The Los Angles Times Opinion Section, and Rolling Stone, and has also published articles and reviews in many other periodicals, including the London Review of Books, the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, and The Nation. Powers has been a freelance writer since 1970. Previously he worked as a journalist for the New Haven Journal-Courier (1962), the Rome Daily American in Italy (1965-67), and for United Press International in New York City (1967-70). He is graduate of Yale University (1964) and for thirty years was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Since 1982 he has lived in Vermont where he is one of the four founding partners and editors of Steerforth Press, a literary trade publishing house, now based in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Sunday, June 19th
Vermont Reads for Vermont Writers - Gary Margolis, Elizabeth Powell & Kerrin McCaddin
Gary Margolis is Emeritus Executive Director of College Mental Health Services and Associate Professor of English and American Literatures (part-time) at Middlebury College. He was a Robert Frost and Arthur Vining Davis Fellow and has taught at the University of Tennessee, Vermont and Bread Loaf, and Green Mountain Writers’ Conferences. His poem, “The Interview” was featured on National Public Radio’s “The Story” and Boston’s ABC Channel 5 interviewed him on the Middlebury campus reading his poem, “Winning the Lunar Eclipse”, after the 2004 World Series. Dr. Margolis was awarded the first Sam Dietzel Award for Mental Health Practice in Vermont by the Clinical Psychology Department of Saint Michaels’ College and the Covey Community Award of the Counseling Service of Addison County. His clinical articles have appeared in the Journal of American College Health Association, Adolescence, the Ladies Home Journal, Runner’s World Magazine and he has been interviewed on his work with college students by Time Magazine, ABC and CBS News. His latest book is “Raking the Winter Leaves: New and Selected Poems”. “Runner Without a Number” (Wind Ridge Publishing,Voices of Vermonters) will be published, April 2016.
Elizabeth Powell is the author of "The Republic of Self" a New Issue First Book Prize winner, selected by C.K. Williams. Her second book "Willy Loman's Reckless Daughter: Living Truthfully Under Imaginary Circumstances" won the Robert Dana Prize in poetry, chosen by Maureen Seaton, and will be published by Anhinga Press in 2016. Her work has appeared in the Pushcart Prize Anthology 2013, as well as Alaska Quarterly Review, Barrow Street, Black Warrior Review, Ecotone, Harvard Review, Handsome, Hobart, Indiana Review, Missouri Review, Mississippi Review, Slope, Sugarhouse Review, Ploughshares, Post Road, and elsewhere. She is Editor of Green Mountains Review, and Associate Professor of Writing and Literature at Johnson State College. She also serves on the faculty of the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing and Publishing.
Kerrin McCadden is the author of Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes, inaugural winner of the 2015 Vermont Book Award, as well as the 2013 New Issues Poetry Prize, chosen by David St John. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Award. Her work has also received support from the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, Verse Daily, and in such journals as American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Collagist, Green Mountains Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Hunger Mountain, PANK, Poet Lore, and Rattle. A graduate of The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, she teaches English and Creative Writing at Montpelier High School. She lives in Montpelier, Vermont.
Sunday, July 31st
Susan Choi & Peg Boyers
Susan Choi is the author of four novels. Her first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction. Her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her third novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. In 2010 she was named the inaugural recipient of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award. Her most recent novel, My Education, received a 2014 Lammy Award. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, she teaches fiction writing at Yale and lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, Pete Wells, and their sons.
Peg Boyers was born in Venezuela but lived her childhood and adolescent years in Italy, Spain, Cuba, Nigeria, Indonesia and Libya before settling in the United States. She is an American citizen, but grew up as a kind of middle-class gypsy, adept at moving through different cultures and languages with ease, adding to her cultural bounty with each move. At a time when identity is something Americans are more and more thinking about in a singular way, she is desperate to remain plural in her many identities. Her father was an Irishman from Pennsylvania; her mother a Cuban descended from Basque and Catalan Spaniards who very likely were originally Jewish. The many places she has lived, the books she has read, the people she has known, as well as her genetic endowment, have all left their mark on her.
She lives in the United States with her husband of 40 years in the little city of Saratoga Springs, NY. There she teaches poetry workshops at Skidmore College and the New York State Summer Writers Institute and edits, with her husband, the journal, SALMAGUNDI. She is author of HARD BREAD, HONEY WITH TOBACCO, and, most recently, TO FORGET VENICE.
Sunday, August 21st
Alice Lyons & Cammy Thomas
Alice Lyons’s poems have appeared in publications such as Tygodnik Powszcheny (Kraków) and Poetry (Chicago), as poetry films, public artworks and in gallery contexts. She likes to work across artistic disciplines and with filmmakers, visual artists and other creative thinkers/ makers. Three books have been published: The Breadbasket of Europe (Veer Books, London, 2016); speck: poems 2002-2006 (Lapwing, Belfast 2015); Staircase Poems (The Dock, 2006).
Her recent critical writing/research/making has been focused on filmmaker/critic/photographer Hollis Frampton—on his films and his relationship with poet Ezra Pound. A recent essay on Frampton appears in Poetry. She teaches and curates, too. Currently, she directs Poetry Now, Dublin’s international poetry festival. Among the honours she has received are the Radcliffe Fellowship in Poetry & New Media,Harvard University; the Patrick Kavanagh Award; the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary;and an IFTA (Irish Film and Television Award) nomination for 'The Polish Language,’ a poetry film she wrote and co-directed. She works between the the West of Ireland and the US.
Cammy Thomas’ first book of poems, Cathedral of Wish, received the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. Both it and her second book, Inscriptions, are published by Four Way Books. A fellowship from the Ragdale Foundation helped her complete Inscriptions. Her poems have recently appeared in Appalachia, Bateau, The Classical Outlook, The Healing Muse, and Spillway. Cammy grew up on Long Island, and was educated primarily in California, writing her PhD dissertation at Berkeley on Tennyson's poetry. A degree in poetry followed, from the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, and teaches literature and creative writing at Concord Academy.
Sunday, September 4th
David Huddle & Sue Miller (rescheduled)
David Huddle holds degrees from the University of Virginia, Hollins College, and Columbia University. Originally from Ivanhoe, Virginia, he taught for 38 years at the University of Vermont, then served three years as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Hollins University. He also held the 2012-2013 Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. Huddle has continued to teach at the Bread Loaf School of English in Ripton, Vermont, and the Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, Washington. In 2014 he will join the faculty of the Sewanee School of Letters. Huddle’s work has appeared in The American Scholar, Esquire, Appalachian Heritage, The New Yorker, Harper’s, Shenandoah, Agni, and The Georgia Review. His novel, The Story of a Million Years (Houghton Mifflin, 1999) was named a Distinguished Book of the Year by Esquire and a Best Book of the Year by theLos Angeles Times Book Review. His novel, Nothing Can Make Me Do This, won the 2012 Library of Virginia Award for Fiction and his collection, Black Snake at the Family Reunion, was a finalist for the 2013 Library of Virginia Award for Poetry and won the 2013 Pen New England Award for Poetry.
Sue Miller has written a collection of short stories, a memoir, and ten novels, including WHILE I WAS GONE, THE GOOD MOTHER, and THE SENATOR’S WIFE. Her latest, THE ARSONIST, was published in June, 2014. Her work has been widely translated and published in twenty-two countries around the world. She has won a Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, the Carl Sandburg Prize from the Chicago Public Library, the Kate Chopin Prize, and she has been short-listed for a National Book Critics Circle Award and long-listed for The Orange Prize. She was on the Board of PEN New England for ten years, and was its Chair for four. She has taught fiction at Amherst, Bennington, Tufts, Smith, and MIT, among other places. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.