Bios for 2017 presenters forthcoming. Bios below were 2016 Presenters

Rolf Diamant, Nora Mitchell

Rolf Diamant and Nora Mitchell, residents of Woodstock, have enjoyed multifaceted careers working with national parks across the United States and abroad. They are co-editors and co-authors of A Thinking Person’s Guide to America’s National Parks Read more


Acclaimed for his accessible style celebrating the mundane, the typical, and the minutia of middle class American life, Stephen Dunn is the author of fifteen books of poetry, including the National Poetry Series Prize winning Local Time, Read more

Kerrin McCadden

Kerrin McCadden is the author of Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes, inaugural winner of the 2015 Vermont Book Award and the 2013 New Issues Poetry Prize. Read more

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas will read from her autobiography, Dreaming of Lions: My Life in Wild Places, a book about a life lived fearlessly and fiercely. Read more

Marianne Leone

Marianne Leone is an actress, screenwriter and essayist. She had a recurring role on HBO’s “Sopranos” as Joanne Moltisanti, (Christopher’s mother) and has appeared in films by John Sayles, Martin Scorsese, the Farrelly Brothers, and Larry David, among others. Read more

Kenneth W. Mack

Kenneth W. Mack is the inaugural Lawrence D. Biele Professor of Law at Harvard University. His book, Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer (Harvard University Press), was selected as a Top 50 Non-fiction Book of the Year by the Washington Post, Read more

Leland Kinsey

Leland Kinsey was born and raised on a farm in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, where his ancestors settled in the early 1800s. He has published six collections of poetry, and, with Vermont’s Green Writers Press, released his latest book, Galvanized: New and Selected Poems. Read more

Tim Weed

Tim Weed’s first novel, Will Poole’s Island (2014), which Kirkus Reviews called “immersive . . . a riveting portrayal of early Colonial New England,” Read more

Mary Holland
Naturalist, nature photographer, environmental educator and author Mary Holland resides in Hartland, Vermont. She has worked for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, the Vermont Institute of Natural Science and the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. Read more

Cardy Raper

As an honorary Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and author of numerous scientific writings, Dr. Cardy Raper stands as a fantastic role model for young women. In her memoir, A Woman of Science: Read more

photo by Steph Stevens

photo by Steph Stevens

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that women have long been left out of history books. Consider the elite group of young women who broke the boundaries of both gender and science at NASA in the mid-twentieth century. Read more

Jorie Graham

Hailed by the Times Literary Supplement as “one of the most intelligent poets in the language,” Jorie Graham is the author of numerous books of poetry, including From the New World: Poems 1976-2014, Read more

Julia-ShipleyJulia Shipley is the author of a debut poetry collection, The Academy of Hay, winner of the 2014 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize, Read more

Richard Blanco

In the keynote presentation at Bookstock 2016, Richard Blanco will reflect via poetry, prose and personal anecdote on his own Cuban heritage, Latin American migration, and what connects us all across social, political and cultural gaps Read more

Brian Staveley
After teaching literature, philosophy, history, and religion for more than a decade, Brian Staveley began writing epic fantasy. His first book, The Emperor’s Blades, the start of his series, Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Read more

Anastacia Marx de Salcedo
One day, by looking closely at something completely ordinary, Anastacia Marx de Salcedo stumbled upon the deep involvement of the American army in our food system. That realization led to three years of research and a book, Read more

Howard Axelrod

Howard Axelrod‘s memoir, The Point of Vanishing, describes his two years of solitude in a small house in the Vermont woods. It was named one of the best books of 2015 by Slate, the Chicago Tribune, and Entropy Magazine Read more

Jeffrey Amestoy
Jeffrey Amestoy’s Slavish Shore: The Odyssey of Richard Henry Dana Jr (Harvard Univ. Press) is the “superb biography” of one of the most extraordinary Americans of the nineteenth century. Read more

Megan Mayher Bergman
Megan Mayhew Bergman is the Associate Director of Bennington’s Masters in Fine Arts program and the author of two books with Scribner, Birds of a Lesser Paradise and Almost Famous Women. Read more

James Sturm and Sonny Saul
Birdsong is a unique performance celebrating the art of comics and music featuring the images of cartoonist James Sturm and sounds of composer and pianist Sonny Saul. Read more

Bess O'Brien

Gary Lee MillerFounded in 2013 by Bess O’Brien and Gary Lee Miller, Writers for Recovery provides free writing workshops, public readings, and print and online publication for people recovering from or affected by addiction. Read more

Writing our Way into the Natural World: This workshop is designed to help us think about new ways of writing about the natural world. We’ll work with writing prompts and emphasize thinking about the environment Read more


Sara Dillon has deep family roots in northeastern Vermont and during her many years spent in Ireland, she did important work in linking cultural values to landscape preservation. Read more

Jim Sadwith

Chris Cooper

Jim Sadwith and Academy Award-winner Chris Cooper screen Coming Through the Rye and participate in a talk-back. Jim wrote, directed and produced the film in which Chris plays JD Salinger. This touching and funny coming of age/road trip film is based upon 16 yr. old Jim’s search for JD Salinger in 1969.  Read more

Brett Ann Stanciu. jpgBrett Ann Stanciu knows the soil of Vermont well. A sugarmaker and graduate of Marlboro College, she lives on Woodbury Mountain Read more

photo by Sarah Lavigne

photo by Sarah Lavigne

Joseph Mazur is the author of Fluke: The Math and Myth of Coincidence, an examination of the inevitability of the sublime and the unexpected. Read more

Justine O'Keefe
Justine O’Keefe first book, a historical novel, was based on her grandmother’s childhood. Scattered Pages is a new historical novel exploring a young woman’s struggle to discover the truth surrounding her childhood abandonment, Read more

Geza Tatrallyay

Geza Tatrallyay will talk about memoir writing with the focus on his series of memoirs, The Cold War Escape Trilogy, of which the first two books were published recently. Read more

Paul Hertneky

Just like the mill towns of New England that preceded them, the steel towns of the Rust Belt have set loose a diaspora that spreads across the country. Rust Belt Boy: Stories of an American Childhood portrays a moment in time: Read more

Harvey A. WhitfieldHarvey Amani Whitfield is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Vermont. His areas of research focus on the black population in both Atlantic Canada and New England, Read more

Tim MayoTim Mayo’s most recent collection of poems, Thesaurus of Separation (Phoenicia Publishing, Montreal), will make its reading debut here at Bookstock. Read more

Howard Frank Mosher

Where does fiction come from? Vermont author Howard Frank Mosher will read from his new novel, God’s Kingdom, and discuss the real-life places, people, and events that inspired the book. Mosher’s talk will focus on his writing process in general. Read more

Jonathan MingleIn a reading from his book Fire and Ice: Soot, Solidarity and Survival on the Roof of the World, Jonathan Mingle will explore the changes wrought by a warming climate in the Ladakh and Zanskar regions of India. Read more


Hailed by Times Higher Education as an “elegant and captivatingly interdisciplinary book,” Siena, City of Secrets is an engaging and practical guide for tourists and armchair travelers alike. Read more

Alice Eckles

After moving to Middlebury Alice Eckles shifted from teaching visual art to writing. She authored a Phrase Book for Spiritual Emergencies published in 2009 Read more

Mark-DotyMark Doty is the author of nine books of poetry, including Deep Lane (April 2015), Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, which won the 2008 National Book Award, and Read more

Chard deNiord
Chard deNiord is the Poet Laureate of Vermont. He is the author of five books of poetry, including Interstate (2015), The Double Truth (2011), which the Boston Globe named one of the top ten books of poetry in 2011, Read more

??????????????????Ellen Bryant Voigt has published eight volumes of poetry, most recently Messenger: New and Selected Poems (2007), and Headwaters (2013). Read more

Carol Dunne
Bunge, Eric Commonweal Theatre Lanesboro

Creating a New Season at Northern Stage. For three years, Carol Dunne, the Producing Artistic Director at Northern Stage, has assembled a six-play season, launched a successful new works program and reimagined Read more

Lisa Rogak
Lisa Rogak is the New York Times bestselling author of over 40 books. An independent journalist with over three decades of experience, she’s written about everything from high tech and cats to food and travel, Read more

Tom Perera

The German military used Enigma cipher machines to encode all of their important communications. The breaking of these Enigma codes (as depicted in the movie “The Imitation Game”) is credited with shortening the war by two years, Read more

Robin Gaby Fisher

Robin Gaby Fisher is a Pulitzer Prize winner and two time feature writing finalist and New York Times bestselling author of seven non-fiction books, including After the Fire: A True Story of Friendship and Survival, Read more

Jacob M. AppelJacob M. Appel is the author of the novels The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up, which won the 2012 Dundee International Book Award, and The Biology of Luck (2013). His story collection, Scouting for the Reaper (2014), won the Hudson Prize. Read more

??????????????????????????????All-Ages Anything Goes Slam with Vermont’s reigning Poetry Slam Champion, Geof Hewitt. Participants present one piece of work in under 5 minutes, with five random audience members judging in this “Anything Goes!” slam. Read more

Sheila PostIn The Road to Walden North, novelist Sheila Post has written an elegiac tribute to the spirit of Thoreau—a timely ‘Walden revisited.’ Read more

Chard deNiord
POETRY WORKSHOP with Chard deNiord, Poet Laureate of Vermont
10 am – Noon Friday / Woodstock History Center

“All Things Counter, Original, Spare, Strange” Read more