Opportunities and Announcements: Week of September 26, 2016

11-12-16-3This past weekend was an inspiring one for this BWW organizer.

On Saturday, I got to spend the day with 14 dedicated BWW workshop leaders (and future workshop leaders) as we discussed how to continually improve the inclusiveness and depth of our workshops, how to make sure newer writers feel welcomed into workshop conversations while ensuring that experienced writers continue to feel challenged, how to keep discussions dynamic with craft exercises and prompts, and all kinds of other ideas both practical and philosophical. Under the excellent guidance of Nora Mitchell, an experienced local writer and creative writing professor, we also explored ways to deepen our own reading experiences so that we can bring those techniques and exercises to BWW workshops.

On Sunday, I got to hear several of our members read their beautiful poetry at The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2016 book tour stop at Shelburne Vineyard. What a lovely, cozy environment for a reading (and the great wine was a bonus too)! Thanks to Michelle Watters, Best of 2016 poetry reader, for bringing us there. I hope we’ll be back soon.

And now, I have the privilege of inviting you—our members—to the first-ever Burlington Writers Workshop Annual Member Meeting on Saturday, November 12 at Main Street Landing in Burlington.

This event is your opportunity to hear firsthand about all the BWW has accomplished this past year to meet member goals—and to help shape the future of our shared community. It’s also a time to connect with other members you may not see regularly in workshops or on the Mud Season Review staff, help to recognize and celebrate our many dedicated volunteers, share your talents with the BWW community, and support the funding that makes everything we do possible (while picking up some great holiday gift-giving items through our auction & book raffle).

Here’s the plan:

4 p.m.: Board presentation of 2016 activities and survey results & open member forum. Bring your thoughts, questions, and ways you can volunteer to share.

5 p.m.: Member reception and auction. Bring your enthusiasm, your friends, and your donations to purchase some excellent gift-giving items to give to friends and family while supporting the BWW. Look for more information coming soon.

6 p.m.: Member open mic. Bring your stories, songs, and poems for our member open mic night. We’re hoping this is the kickoff of many more BWW open mic nights to come.

And don’t forget to take the member survey before you arrive! The 2016 member survey will be open from October 1 – October 14, 2016. Survey results will inform the framework of the open member forum. Check back here, or look for upcoming Opportunities & Announcements emails, for the link to the survey on October 1.

If you’re looking for ways to get more involved in the BWW—or if you’re already a dedicated member and want to continue helping to shape our direction—this is the time. RSVP to save your spot now >

Opportunities


call-for-subsCall for submissions:
 The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2017

This is an exciting year to be part of the anthology, as 2017 marks our 5-year anniversary of publishing the work of BWW members. We’re looking for your best work in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—and we’d love to hear from voices both known and new to us.

Deadline for submissions is October 31, 2016. Submit your work now >

Workshops

Elizabeth Powell

Poet Elizabeth Powell

Workshop your poetry with Elizabeth Powell

We have an excellent opportunity for the poets in the group coming up on Monday, October 10 in Burlington. Guest poet Elizabeth Powell will be joining us to lead the Monday Night Poetry Workshop.

Elizabeth 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. In 2013, she won a Pushcart Prize. Powell has also received a Vermont Council on the Arts grants and a Yaddo fellowship. Her work has appeared in 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. Born in New York City, she has lived in Vermont since 1989 with her four children.

Save your spot now >

And sign up to have your work reviewed by Elizabeth >

Readings & Events

Four Poets Read at the BCA
Sunday, October 2, 4 p.m.

kerrins-eventFrequent BWW guest poet Kerrin McCadden is reading at an event hosted by another supportive BWW partner, Burlington City Arts (BCA). “Four Poets Read” features Kerrin along with poets Paige Ackerson-Kiely and Justin Boening (winner of the National Poetry Series for his debut collection, Not on the Last) as well as fiction writer Tom Paine. Learn more > 

Best of 2016 Book Tour: Reading in Middlebury
Saturday, October 22, 4:30 p.m.

Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2016 anthologyThe next stop on the Best of 2016 book tour takes us to Middlebury! Hosted by our Best of 2016 fiction editor, Elizabeth Gaucher, and BWW Middlebury members Ann Fisher and David Weinstock, this event will feature readings from some of the anthology’s talented writers: Zoe Armstrong, Dennis Bouldin, and Cynthia Close. Writers from the Middlebury Chapter will also read. RSVP now >

 

Announcements

Meet our new Mud Season Review editor-in-chief

Lauren Bender, editor-in-chief, Mud Season Review

Lauren Bender, editor-in-chief, Mud Season Review

On September 20, Rebecca Starks, our founding co-editor of Mud Season Review, passed on the leadership of the journal to Lauren Bender, a dedicated BWW volunteer, Burlington poet, and former co-editor of Green Mountain College’s literary journal, Reverie. I recently had the chance to talk with Lauren about her background and her goals for the journal. Check out our conversation and get to know Lauren a bit. Read the interview >

Flynn Blog

BWW members regularly write for the Flynn Center’s blog. Check out these recent posts:

Lorraine Ryan previews Ifrikya Spirit, coming to FlynnSpace on September 30 >

Colleen Ovelman previews Ben Folds, who recently performed on the Flynn MainStage >

Congrats…

Congratulations to Bill Torrey, whose debut collection of short stories, The Ta Ta Weenie Club, was recently published by Green Writers Press. Bill will be holding his book launch at Phoenix Books on October 5 at 7 p.m. You can learn more about the book at billtorreyvt.com.

Joan Furchgott and Brad Sourdiffe founded Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery 25 years ago in the heart of Shelburne Village. BWW member Cynthia Close provides some history and surveys the three 25th anniversary exhibitions that celebrate the gallery’s 25 years in a recent article for Vermont Art Guide. Read the article >

and thanks…

Thank you to the dedicated workshop leaders (and future workshop leaders) who attended Saturday’s workshop leader retreat: Barbie AlsopKarin Ames, Wendy AndersenCathy BeaudoinMartin Bock, Dennis BouldinRosa CastellanoAnn FisherDeena FrankelEtiane GeorgeEva GumprechtWalt MahanyNatasha Mieszkowski, and Amanda Vella. And thank you to our retreat facilitator, Nora Mitchell.

Thank you to Michelle Watters for coordinating and hosting The Best of 2017 book tour reading at Shelburne Vineyard. And thank you to the poets who read at the event: Zoe Armstrong, Mark Hoffman, Spencer Smith, and Jimmy Tee.

Meet our new Mud Season Review editor-in-chief

An interview with Lauren Bender

I recently had a chance to talk with Lauren Bender, our new editor-in-chief for Mud Season Review. As I get to know her more, I’m ever more sure the journal is in very good hands. Here’s what Lauren had to say about how she got involved with the BWW, how she started writing poetry, and how she sees the journal’s future taking shape.

Lauren Bender, editor-in-chief, Mud Season Review

Lauren Bender, editor-in-chief, Mud Season Review

You’re relatively new to Burlington and I remember meeting you at your first BWW event, The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2016 launch party. You were so helpful and willing to jump right in and volunteer. Can you share with your fellow members a little bit about what drew you to Burlington in general and to volunteering with the BWW specifically?

I really fell in love with Burlington after my wife and I attended the Burlington Pride parade/festival for the first time in 2012. I grew up in a large city in Virginia but had spent the last several years living in a small town, which felt limiting to me after a while.

As soon as we knew we were going to move, I started scoping out the writing community, mostly through Facebook. One of the upcoming events I saw was the BWW Best of 2016 launch party. That led to me heading over to the BWW website and joining so that I could RSVP to that event, and then I saw the call for volunteers and thought that would be the perfect way to meet people.

You joined the staff of Mud Season Review shortly after joining the BWW. What drew you to the journal? 

The Mud Season Review Vol 2 launch party happened about a week after the Best of 2016 launch party; that was another event I spotted on Facebook. There were also copies of MSR for sale at the Best of launch, and I was impressed by the design and the quality of work included. I remember immediately wanting to get involved and emailing Rebecca soon after that to ask about any volunteer opportunities.

Can you share some of your favorite pieces from the Mud Season archives?

I really love Lisa Beech Hartz’s art-focused poetry (Issue 19) and Aimee Nezhukhumatathil’s poem “The Smallest Commotion” from our Volume 2 print issue. Lori White’s nonfiction piece “Mapquest to Auntie Iryne’s” (Issue 17) is brilliant with form without any sacrifice to the quality of the writing. With fiction, I’m usually drawn to magical realism and strangeness, so one of my favorites is Jacob Guajardo’s “We Have Commandeered Our Bodies to Science” (Issue 14). And there are a few art pieces that I feel I could stare at for hours: Dr. Ernest Williamson III’s “Regardless of What You Face” (Issue 4) and Jessica Nissen’s “Red Storm” and “Purple Storm” from our Volume 1 print issue.

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Opportunities and Announcements: Week of September 19, 2016

Check out issue #23 at www.mudseasonreview.com

Check out issue #23 at www.mudseasonreview.com

Mud Season Review Issue #23 launched today—and it’s a special issue on 2 fronts.

For the first time, we’ve invited guest editors to select or solicit work for an issue of MSR. Thank you to our guest editors, Aimee Nezhukumatathil (poetry), Sean Prentiss (nonfiction), and Robin McLean (fiction), all of whom were featured authors in our 2016 print issue. I’m looking forward to digging into the work they’ve chosen for this issue.

Issue #23 also marks a turning point in the journal. A point where we move forward in our vision of a collaborative and dynamic experience that allows for many different members of the Burlington Writers Workshop to gain the experience of editing a literary journal and to lend their voices to this community-led creation. After 2 full years of publishing, we have come to our first 2-year editor term limit turnover.

Many, many thanks to the MSR staff members who have been with the journal from the beginning and are moving on from their current positions: Wendy Andersen (copy editor), Cynthia Close (art co-editor), Emily Ferro (associate nonfiction editor), and Brett Sigurdson (nonfiction co-editor). These staff members have made many contributions during their time with the journal and I look forward to seeing their continued contributions to the BWW and the wider literary world.

And last, but certainly not least, Rebecca Starks, our founding editor-in-chief, whose beautiful sense of language, incredible generosity in editing, and tireless dedication to quality has been at the heart of this journal since long before we opened the first call for submissions. Having worked closely with Rebecca, first as managing editor of MSR and then as BWW organizer, I’ve seen firsthand just how much of herself she has given to this journal, its staff, and all of the many writers we have featured—and I will be forever grateful to have had the opportunity to take this journey with her.

Like many of you I’m sure, I will also miss reading the works of art that are Rebecca’s monthly letters-from-the-editor, but I look forward to working with her on new projects for MSR and the wider BWW—and I know we both are very much looking forward to seeing where this journal goes next under an expanded team and new leadership. Look for an introduction to Lauren Bender, our incoming MSR editor-in-chief, and other new staff members soon!

Check out the writing of Christina Mun-Lutz (poetry), Jonathan Rovner (nonfiction), and Nathan Leslie (fiction), and the artwork of Troy Simmons in Issue #23.

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An interview with Vermont writer Spencer Smith

Spencer Smith will be reading her poetry at the upcoming Best of 2016 book tour event in Shelburne

Spencer Smith will be reading her poetry at the upcoming Best of 2016 book tour event in Shelburne

Our poetry editor, Michelle Watters, recently had this exchange with Spencer Smith, who will be reading her poetry at the upcoming The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2016 book tour event at Shelburne Vineyard. Here’s what Spencer had to say about her poetry and fiction writing and the inspirations behind her work.

How long have you been a BWW member?

About three years.

Do you think it has helped you grow as a writer?

I have been writing since 1977 so I don’t know about growing, but I like it. It has been helpful to me as a writer.

When did you start writing poetry?

I was living in NYC, working as a freelance writer. A friend of mine who wrote promos at ABC told me about a Haiku group she’d heard of called The Haiku Society of America. They met once a month at Columbia University.

I never felt like I could write poetry. I had never studied poetry and was very insecure about it, but I thought maybe I could do Haiku because it was a shorter form. We went, I liked it, and I continued to go to the group.

Later, I came to Vermont for a writers retreat in Adamant and I wrote my first poetry that was not Haiku. The poems were about nature. Then I wrote poetry off and on for the next ten years. This poem, “June Heat,” [featured in The Best of 2016] was one of a couple I was working on about Ukraine and Russia.

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Opportunities and Announcements: Week of September 12, 2016

best-of-2017-5Want to have your short story, essay, or poems included in The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2017?

Our call for submissions is now open! This is an exciting year to be part of the anthology, as 2017 marks our 5-year anniversary of publishing the work of BWW members. We’re looking for your best work in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—and we’d love to hear from voices both known and new to us. Deadline for submissions is October 31, 2016. Submit your work now >

Or, would you like to be a Best of editor?

We’re also putting together our editing team for this year’s anthology. Whether you’re an experienced editor or a writer looking to learn more about the editing process or the marketing and book sales side of publishing, we have a role for you to consider. Working on the Best of is an excellent way to build connections with other writers and editors in the community while also building your editing and publishing experience—and credentials—in an open and collaborative learning environment. Deadline for applications is September 30, 2016 or until positions are filled. Apply now >
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Say hello to Mark Hoffman’s “Saying Goodbye”

Best of the BWW 2016 poet Mark Hoffman

The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2016 poet Mark Hoffman

Our poetry editor, Michelle Watters, recently had this exchange with Mark Hoffman, who will be reading his poetry at the upcoming The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2016 book tour event at Shelburne Vineyard. Here’s what Mark had to say about his poetry and the inspiration behind it.

How long have you been a member of the BWW?
A couple of years.

Do you think the workshop has helped your writing?

Absolutely. It’s expanded my perspective on writing technique and the nature of craft, while giving me a real sense of the process of writing, helping me to understand my own process so I can use it more effectively. Of course all of these things only have value when you practice; you can’t learn to walk just by talking or thinking about it, and writing is the same way. The workshop gives you lots of incentive to keep writing, as well a safe place to trot out new stories and try them out.

Your poem “Saying Goodbye,” which is in this year’s anthology, is simply put a classic love poem reminiscent of W.B Benton’s book of poems This is my Beloved. When writing this poem, did you intend to leave the reader with a sense of loss and time?

Yes, it was written to a specific person. I’d had a three-year relationship with someone; the poem in last year’s anthology was written near the beginning of that relationship. “Saying Goodbye” was written near the end. I often use poems as a way to clarify my feelings; when I hurt or something’s bothering me, poems help to embody those feelings, so I can understand them better and let them go.

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Opportunities and Announcements: Week of September 5, 2016

Well, September is here! And it’s bringing with it many opportunities to get more involved in the BWW—as well as much excitement for what’s ahead.

best of 2017 (3)The first opportunity is a call for editors for The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2017. This year will be a milestone for us, as 2017 will be the 5th annual Best of anthology.

Working on the Best of is an excellent way to build connections with other writers and editors in the community while also building your editing, publishing, and book sales & marketing skills in an open and collaborative learning environment. We’ve expanded the available roles this year—including roles for lead editors, assistant editors, and a marketing & events coordinator—and I’m very much looking forward to working with this year’s team. If you’re interested in being part of Best of 2017, please consider applying.

Deadline for applications is September 30 or until positions are filled. Apply now >

If you’re interested in submitting your poems, stories, or essays for consideration, look for our call for submissions to go out next week!
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Filling the need for lightness and brevity in local poetry

An interview with Vermont poet Jimmy Tee

Our poetry editor, Michelle Watters, recently had this exchange with Jimmy Tee, who will be reading his poetry at the upcoming The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2016 book tour event at Shelburne Vineyard. Here’s what Jimmy had to say about his poetry.

How long have you been a BWW member?

Best of the BWW 2016 poet Jimmy Tee

Best of the BWW 2016 poet Jimmy Tee in his home writing space. 

I have been involved with the BWW since January 2014.

Do you feel that it has helped your writing?

Yes. I have learned to use the language and some techniques to better communicate my jumbled thoughts.

When discussing “”Meow Cat”” [Jimmy’s poem in Best of 2016] with my fellow editors, some felt that it could really be about a woman. Is that true?

It starts out that way. I was aiming to fill the need for lightness and brevity in local poetry.

 So is it about a woman or a cat?

It’s about a cat. I believe an author must work hard to approach the level of the subject. In this case, I lay prone on the floor staring deeply into her napping eyes.

Can you describe this cat for our readers a bit?

Meow Cat belongs to my daughter, Grace. Her official name is ‘Untitled Cat’ and she has also gone under the alias of ‘Rock Steady’. She is calm, affectionate, full of random surprises (as in ‘climbing boxes like Everest’ ), content to just be in the same room with you, but sometimes tribute must be paid and she demands attention.

How long have you been writing poetry?

Maybe ten years or so.

 Do you write in other genres?

Once in a while an essay or short tale. I’m beginning to write a cookbook.

Where do you see yourself as a writer in five years?

I enjoy creating my works in words, so I hope things stay about the same.

Who are your favorite authors?  Have you drawn inspiration from them?

Henry Miller is second to none; his vision of vitality through experience has followed me most of my life. Vonnegut for clear, human sense. Twain for his humor. I have been enjoying the poems of Sappho, Blake, and Hafiz lately.

What was your childhood like?

Lots of smiles and good times.

 What is your favorite place to write? 

At my desk under a Marc Chagall print. I am writing this at the beach, which is nice.

 What are some of the names of pets you have had throughout the years? Any sage wisdom you have picked up from interacting with them?

I had a dog named Bonzo, but he was difficult in many ways. Meow Cat is a gentle soul, untroubled with just a few desires. That’s for me!

To hear Jimmy and others read their work from this year’s anthology, join us for the upcoming The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2016 book tour event at Shelburne Vineyard. Enjoy a glass of local wine while listening to local poets read their work: a perfect pairing for any Vermonter. RSVP now >

About Jimmy

Jimmy Tee, resident poet from Milton, Vermont is a BWW member since 2014. Born and raised in Buffalo NY a very long time ago, he tells himself to keep it light and his cat agrees.

About The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2016

This book is the fourth installment in the Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop series. Founded in 2013, the annual anthology features work that is written, selected, and edited by BWW members. The mission of the anthology is to showcase the work of new, emerging, and established Vermont writers while offering Vermonters the opportunity to learn first-hand about the editing, publishing, and book marketing process. The 2016 edition is available for purchase on our website or in the BWW space at 110 Main Street in Burlington. Buy your copy now > 

Opportunities and Announcements: Week of August 22, 2016

Tony Whedon

Tony Whedon will lead the 2016 Burlington Writers Workshop Guided Creative Nonfiction Retreat

The Lottery for the October 2016 Guided Creative Nonfiction Retreat with Tony Whedon is now open

This full-day retreat will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Treleven Farm Annex in New Haven, Vermont. Last year’s participants reported an amazing time of learning and growth with poet and essayist Tony Whedon.

The retreat lottery will be open through midnight, September 1. All active BWW members and volunteers are encouraged to enter.

Enter the lottery >

Opportunities

Retreat opportunities

September 2016 Guided Poetry Retreat with Baron Wormser
Saturday, September 17, 2016

In addition to the October 2016 Guided Creative Nonfiction Retreat mentioned above, we also have a few spaces left in our September 2016 Guided Poetry Retreat with Baron Wormser. This full-day retreat will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Adamant Music School in Adamant, Vermont. The remaining spaces will now be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Enter the lottery now >

Current volunteer opportunities

Help staff the Burlington Book Festival table
September 17 – 18, 2016

The Burlington Book Festival is coming up fast and the BWW will be hosting a table at the event. Staffing the table is a great way to help support the BWW while connecting with other writers at the festival. If you’re interested, please contact us.

Introduce your favorite writer at the Book Festival

We also have an opportunity for BWW members to help introduce their favorite writers at the upcoming Burlington Book Festival on Saturday, September 17.

If you’d like to help introduce one of the writers listed below, please contact festival director Rick Kisonak directly at burlingtonmag@gmail.com.

M.T. Andersen│Jennifer Armstrong│Jensen Beach│Chard deNiord│Tina Escaja│Amy Hassinger│Ann Hood│Leland Kinsey│Meg Little Reilly│Graham Macindoe│Elizabeth Marshall Thomas│Vi Kha Nao│Jay Parini│John Elder Robison│Elizabeth Powell│Mario Susko│Susan Stellin│Z.G. Tomaszewski│Teri Youmans Grimm

Join the staff of Mud Season Review

We’re filling positions fast for Mud Season Review, but there are still some open.

Positions open now include:

  • Managing Editor, Project and Communications
  • PR/Marketing Manager
  • Fiction Co-editor (*new)

Positions opening in September (but still accepting applications now!) include:

  • Nonfiction Co-editor
  • Art Co-editor
  • Copyeditor

Learn more about the responsibilities, desired qualifications, and estimated time commitment for these positions. Get more info and apply now >

Announcements

Read some Faulkner with us

Come read with us on Tuesday nights this fall in Burlington

Come read with us on Tuesday nights this fall in Burlington

In case you missed last week’s Opportunities & Announcements, a reminder that the winner of the 2016 Fall Literature Reading Series poll is William Faulkner’s Absalom! Absalom!

The reading series kicks off with its first meeting on Tuesday, October 4th at 6:30 p.m. in Burlington. It’s a wonderful group that keeps regulars coming back each season and is always ready to welcome newcomers. RSVP now >

Also, the full September schedule is up now on Meetup.com. Find your favorite workshop >

Upcoming events

We have 2 exciting events coming up in September:

Writers in the Round at the Burlington Book Festival
Saturday, September 17, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Hotel Vermont

As part of the Burlington Book Festival, join the Burlington Writers Workshop and Mud Season Review for an evening of “writers in the round,” where poets alternate reading short poems that play off what has just been read. This event will feature: Vermont Poet Laureate Chard deNiord, accomplished Vermont poets Partridge Boswell and Julia Shipley, and our own Lauren Bender and Michelle Watters from Mud Season Review.

Location: Hotel Vermont, 41 Cherry St in Burlington

RSVP now >

Book Tour: Best of the BWW 2016 Poetry Reading at Shelburne Vineyard
Sunday, September 25, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Shelburne Vineyard

Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop poet Zoe Armstrong

Zoe Armstrong will read her poetry at the upcoming Best of 2016 book tour event

Join us for a poetry reading at Shelburne Vineyard, hosted by Michelle Watters, poetry editor of The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2016.

Enjoy a glass of local wine and delicious, perfectly paired appetizers while listening to the readings of four Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2016 poets: Zoe Armstrong, Mark Hoffman, Spencer Smith, and Jimmy Tee.

Location: Shelburne Vineyard,  6308 Shelburne Rd in Shelburne

RSVP now >

Read an interview with Best of 2016 poet Zoe Armstrong >

Congrats…

Repeating last week’s congrats & thanks as well due to a mailing list issue that kept us from mailing out last week’s Opportunities & Announcements post:

Congrats to Riki Moss, whose artwork was recently featured as part of the “Adept Pursuits – Accomplished Work” exhibit at the Fourth Corner Foundation Gallery in Windham, Vermont and is currently on display as part of the “Women In The Men’s Room” exhibit at The Men’s Room Salon, located right downstairs from the BWW space at 110 Main Street in Burlington. You can check out Riki’s work there through September.

Congrats to Amanda Vella, who was recently selected as part of the Wall to Canvas Live Art Competition, sponsored by the Magic Hat Brewing Company.

…and thanks

Thanks to JD Fox, who is moving on from his role as co-editor of fiction for Mud Season Review, for all he’s done for the journal.

Thanks to Sam Hughes, who is moving on from his role as our Monday night workshop host, for all of the many wonderful workshops he’s led for the BWW.

Welcome to new workshop leader Rosa Castellano, who will be leading a monthly Monday night poetry workshop beginning in September. And thank you to Martin BockAmanda Vella, and Michelle Watters—existing workshop leaders who will each also be hosting monthly Monday night workshops starting this fall.

Have you recently been published, won an award, taught a writing seminar, or accomplished something else you’d like to share with your fellow BWW members? If yes, please let us know so we can help share the good news!

An interview with Vermont poet Zoe Armstrong

Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop poet Zoe Armstrong

Zoe Armstrong will read her poetry at The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2016 book tour event at Shelburne Vineyard, Sunday, September 25, 2016

Our poetry editor, Michelle Watters, recently had this exchange with Zoe Armstrong, who will be reading her poetry at the upcoming The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2016 book tour event at Shelburne Vineyard. Here’s what Zoe had to say about her poetry and the inspiration for her writing.

How long have you been a member of the Burlington Writers Workshop?

Since June of 2014.

Do you feel it has helped your writing?

Yes, the BWW has helped me gain more confidence to be bold, silly, and controversial with my writing in a public forum. It has helped me think strategically about editing both of my own work and other people’s work. I have gained skills in hosting writing events and work-shopping.

In this year’s anthology, your poem “Wooly Worms” describes the narrator as “a huge alien in a big blue space ship.” Has there been a time in your life when you felt like an alien? 

Most days I generally feel modern humans have a disconnect with nature as much as we are connected to it. When I am on a highway in my car, a.k.a my spaceship, I observe the other space ships swirling around me on our tar pathways and I think the wild life would experience us as we would experience an actual alien in the sky from a space shape.

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Opportunities and Announcements: Week of August 15, 2016

Come read with us on Tuesday nights this fall in Burlington

Come read with us on Tuesday nights this fall in Burlington

Thank you to everyone who voted in our poll to choose the novel for the 2016 Fall Literature Reading Series. The winner is William Faulkner’s Absalom! Absalom! The reading series kicks off with its first meeting on Tuesday, October 4th at 6:30 p.m. in Burlington. It’s a wonderful group that keeps regulars coming back each season and is always ready to welcome newcomers. RSVP now >

The full September schedule is also up now on Meetup.com. Find your favorite workshop >

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Opportunities and Announcements: Week of August 1, 2016

This week brings a few new opportunities to get more involved in the Burlington Writers Workshop!

Baron Wormser, BWW guided poetry retreat leader

Baron Wormser, 2000 Poet Laureate of Maine, founder of the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching, and award-winning poet, will host the BWW’s 2016 Guided Poetry Retreat

First up:

Our September 2016 Guided Poetry Retreat with Baron Wormser

This full-day retreat will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the beautiful Adamant Music School in Adamant, Vermont.

The retreat lottery is open now through midnight, August 15, 2016. All active BWW members and volunteers are encouraged to enter!

Enter the lottery now >

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Opportunities and Announcements: Week of July 18, 2016

Mud Season Review

View Issue #22 at www.mudseasonreview.com

A stunning new issue of Mud Season Review went live today. Issue #22 features the artwork of Ken Hohing, the fiction of Caitlin Hamilton Summie, the nonfiction of Barry Maxwell, and the poetry of Bruce Alford. I highly encourage you to check out Issue #22 >

Opportunities

Speaking of Mud Season Review…we are opening up several positions on the MSR staff so if you’d like to get involved—or if you’re already on staff and would like to try something new—now’s the time.

Positions open now include:

  • Managing Editor, Project and Communications
  • Managing Editor, Print Issue
  • Interview Editor
  • PR/Marketing Manager
  • Events Coordinator
  • Proofreaders

Positions opening in September include:

  • Editor-in-chief
  • Nonfiction Co-editor
  • Art Co-editor
  • Copyeditor

Learn more about the responsibilities, desired qualifications, and estimated time commitment for these positions. Get more info and apply now >

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Opportunities and Announcements: Week of July 11, 2016

May Fundraiser UpdateThe May fundraising numbers are in. And they are impressive. Together, we raised a total of $7,802 in Maycombining our regular sustaining member donations and one-time donations coming in as part of the May fundraiser (including Mud Season Review manuscript reviews). This is exciting, as it will allow us to continue supporting the many high-quality, accessible literary workshops, programs, events, and publications that enrich all our livesand the larger Vermont creative community.

In fact, as we speak, your board is working hard on a workshop leader training program that will help our workshop leaders continue to grow in their roles and provide practical tools they can use to keep enhancing the workshop experience for all members. And that’s just one among many efforts to keep the BWW moving forward.

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Opportunities and Announcements: Week of July 4, 2016

BWW poet Deb Sherrer

Poet Deb Sherrer reads at the Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2016 launch party

If you missed the Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2016 launch party earlier this spring, you can now check out the podcast from the evening! Listen to readings by Linda Quinlan, Ashleigh Ellsworth-Keller, Cardy Raper, Natasha Mieszkowski, and Deb Sherrer—all of whom have work featured in the anthology. And, if you like what you hear, consider picking up your own copy to read more.

Copies are $12 each and can be purchased in our Burlington space (by cash or check made payable to “Burlington Writers Workshop”) or online through our digital store.
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