Presenter Bios

FreemanCastle Freeman, Jr., was born in Texas, raised and educated in Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia. He came to southeastern Vermont with his wife, Alice, on a whim and is still here 45 years later. Read more

SarahPragerSarah Prager (www.sarahprager.com) is the author of Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World (HarperCollins, May 2017). In what a starred Kirkus review called a “breezy, conversational tone that will engage teens and make them laugh while they learn,” Sarah profiles both famous and obscure heroes from history while looking at their genders and sexualities as important pieces of their lives. Read more

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A hurricane will never surprise us again. But that’s what happened to the people of New England on September 21, 1938. Without any warning, the most destructive weather event ever to hit the Northeast pummeled the coast and blasted its way to Vermont and New Hampshire Read more

KevinDannThe Respectable Folks: A Riddle:  Born in “the most estimable place in the world, and in the nick of time, too,” Henry Thoreau loved puns, riddles, and wordplay. Buried in a triptych of poems, he playfully left a riddle for the future to discover, as he was too shy to speak it out to his neighbors. Read more

GaryShattuckGary Shattuck is a former Vermont state police officer and state and federal prosecutor, with thirty years’ experience in the investigation and prosecution of drug offenses. He recently received his master’s degree in military history and is currently pursuing a second masters in historical archaeology at the University of Leicester (UK). In his third book, Green Mountain Opium Eaters, Read more

Tracy bio photo from bookSafeArt, a healing arts non-profit located in Chelsea, Vermont, has released a new resource for those seeking to promote healing and healthy growth for children, adults, and communities. A Curriculum of Courage: Making SafeArt, by SafeArt founder and Chelsea resident Tracy Penfield, builds on SafeArt’s 17-year history working in the territory of abuse, trauma, and healing. Read more

Photography by: ©Michael B. LloydNonhuman animals have long been considered legal “things” that lack capacity for legal rights.This has allowed them to be mercilessly exploited by legal “persons” who possess legal rights. At one time millions of humans were also “things” and much civil rights work since has been to change their legal status from “things” to “persons.” The Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) Read more

Jabari Asim photo by Shef Reynolds IIJabari Asim is an associate professor of creative writing at Emerson College. He has written 13 books, including The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn’t, And Why; A Taste Of Honey: Stories; and Only The Strong, a novel. Read more

Joni ColeThe time has come to honor the origins of our stories and ideas, and to expose the creative process in all its glory. To that end, join acclaimed author and writing instructor Joni B. Cole as she shares the wit and wisdom of her new book Good Naked: Reflections on How to Write More, Write Better and Be Happier (“joyful, tough-minded, and heartening,” Cynthia Huntington, National Book Award finalist). The presentation will be followed by a quickie workshop that invites participants to uncover their own creative potential. 

DeSantoMichael DeSanto has enjoyed a rich and varied life. Including service in the U.S.Army, earning an MFA in Theater, working as an actor, and a career as a government affairs manager and lobbyist before ending up as a bookstore owner in Vermont in 1995 Read more

MarianneLeoneMarianne Leone is an actress, screenwriter and essayist. Her essays have appeared in the Boston Globe, Post Road, Bark Magazine, and Coastal Living. Her memoir, Jesse, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2010. Read more

JeanHanffKorelitzJean Hanff Korelitz is the author of the novels You Should Have Known, Admission (adapted as the 2013 film starring Tina Fey), The White Rose, The Sabbathday River, and A Jury of Her Peers. She has also written a novel for children, Interference Powder, and a collection of poetry, The Properties of Breath. Read more

Garden photos, Met photos, etc 043Baron Wormser is the author/co-author of fourteen books and a poetry chapbook. His books include Scattered Chapters: New and Selected Poems (Sarabande Books), The Road Washes Out in Spring: a Poet’s Memoir of Living Off the Grid (University Press of New England), and The Poetry Life: Ten Stories (CavanKerry Press). His novel Tom o’ Vietnam, about a Vietnam veteran who is obsessed with King Lear, will be published by New Rivers Press in the fall of 2017. Read more

HeffernanIn 1979, when I was nine, I joined the Internet. My parents believed I was learning to program; actually I was playing an adventure game. At school, I was an awkward child; online I was a wise warrior genius. Only as a teenager did I worry that computers were making me a nervous wallflower. To become a normal teen, I quit. I resolved to study literature. Eventually I got a Ph.D. in English from Harvard.

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BruceCoffinpic1Bruce Coffin was born and raised in Woodstock, and has maintained a close connection to the village since going away for college and graduate studies and a career of teaching English in independent schools in England and in this country. In his evocative memoir, The Long Light of Those Days, Read more

GundersenChuck Gundersen will be reading from You Never Can Tell, his newly published collection of columns of the same name from The Vermont Standard in Woodstock, Vermont. He will speak about meeting a weekly deadline and how he comes up with ideas for the column each week. Read more
SaraWidnessThe Dusky Afternoon: An Oregon Childhood immerses readers in a post-World War II rural Oregon where logging trucks laden with timber rumbled along gravel roads and moonshine was secreted in nearby shadows. Read more

BaruthPhilip Baruth’s  Senator Leahy: A Life in Scenes takes us deep into the blockbuster life of America’s most senior Senator.  Read more

ben aleshire poet for hireBenjamin Aleshire is an artist based in New Orleans, Louisiana. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Boston Review, Crab Orchard Review, Barrow Street, and many others. He makes his living as a poet for hire in the French Quarter, writing poems for strangers on a manual typewriter.  Read more

Harrison001Winner of PEN’s Discovery Poet Award for Northern New England and adjunct professor in Creative Writing at Dartmouth College, Pamela Harrison is the author of Stereopticon (2004), Okie Chronicles (2005), Out of Silence (2009), and What to Make of It (2012). A new memoir-in-poems, entitled Glory Bush and Green Banana, Read more

Elizabeth_Powell_jpg_1Elizabeth A. I. 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, and was a 2016 ‘Books We Love’ in The New Yorker and a Small Press Bestseller.  Read more

Sean PrentissSean Prentiss is the author of the memoir, Finding Abbey: a Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave, which won the 2015 National Outdoor Book Award for History/Biography. The book was also a finalist for the Colorado Book Award Read more

Sisters in Crime LogoAuthors from Sisters in Crime, a national organization of mystery and thriller authors, will talk about how great fiction starts in the real world.

 

 

 

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LauraBeachLaura Foley is the author of six poetry collections, including, most recently, WTF and Night Ringing. Her poem “Gratitude List” won the Common Good Books poetry contest and was read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac. Her poem “Nine Ways of Looking at Light” won the Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest, judged by Marge Piercy. Read more

BruceHartmanYou Don’t Need a Barn Anymore! Bruce Hartman owned The Allegory Book Shop in Woodstock in the 1980s before moving on to other pursuits. One of his goals was to start a small publishing company. Read more

April Author Photo 2015 High Res Full SizeApril Ossmann is the author of Event Boundaries (Four Way Books, 2017), and Anxious Music (Four Way Books, 2007) and recipient of a 2013 Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant. She is a publishing and editing consultant www.aprilossmann.com, a faculty editor for the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Sierra Nevada College, and was executive director of Alice James Books from 2000 – 2008. Read more

RichardHawleyRichard Hawley’s The Three Lives of Jonathan Force explores the experience of its protagonist from his first sense impression to his last breath. In the course of that journey the youthful Jonathan’s vivid spiritual connectedness to the natural world and to intimate others is nearly chafed out of him by prevailing cultural expectations. Improbably—and impressively—Jonathan emerges as a famous and widely published interpreter of cultural events. Read more

Cerrone Author PhotoOLIVIA KATE CERRONE’s The Hunger Saint is a story of hope and survival set in post-WWII Italy. Hailed by Kirkus Reviews as “a well-crafted and affecting literary tale,” this historical novella sheds light on the little-known practice of child labor abuse in the sulfur mines of rural Sicily. Read more

DeliaRobinsonA Shirtwaist Story by Montpelier, Vermont artist, illustrator, and writer Delia Robinson examines the haunting memories of Peter, descended from owners of a notorious sweatshop, The Triangle Shirtwaist Company. Colorful, evocative art explores Peter’s relationship to his family and their response to the factory fire in 1911, a highly visible and deadly tragedy. Read more

Bill SchubartIn my seventy years on earth I’ve seen and learned much. I can track and feel the changes wrought over time to my body and intellect, but must retreat into silence to appreciate the subtle change in social culture over these years. Read more

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Jack Mayer is a Vermont writer and pediatrician who established Rainbow Pediatrics in Middlebury in 1991 where he continues to practice pediatrics. His  first non-fiction book was Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project. His new novel, Before the Court of Heaven, explores how Germany’s Weimar Democracy became the Third Reich – a cautionary tale. Read more

MerulloRoland Merullo is the author of 13 novels and 6 books of non-fiction, as well as numerous articles, stories, essays, and Op Ed pieces in the NY Times, Boston Globe, Newsweek, Yankee, and many other publications. He has won Massachusetts Book awards in both fiction and non-fiction, and his work has been translated into Spanish, German, Portuguese, Korean, Croatian, Chinese, and Turkish. His 2005 novel, Golfing with God is under film option with Gem Films. Read more

JayBragdonJay Bragdon, author of Companies That Mimic Life, is a seasoned investment manager and a pioneer in the emerging field of corporate bio-mimicry. His book explains why companies that lead in this new field are more profitable, long-lived and sustainable than conventionally managed (bottom-line- first) companies. Read more