Karen Mittelman moved to Vermont in October 2017 to take on the job of executive director of the Vermont Arts Council. In her new role, she enjoys exploring art across Vermont – she has toured artist studios, sculpture gardens and museums, and attended dance performances, concerts and poetry readings in 72 towns so far. Karen’s 30-year career in public service includes leadership roles in the museum field and at the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is a poet and Pushcart Prize nominee, with poems in Red River Review, The Comstock Review, and other journals. Karen will be reading from her first novel, Gone Bolshevik (Shires Press, 2016) which won an award for literary fiction from the Maryland Writers’ Association. Charting the intertwined lives of a father and daughter as they face a terminal illness, Gone Bolshevik offers a fresh and insightful look at love, loss, and the troubled bonds of family.