What a fun and inspiring evening we enjoyed at Friday’s The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2016 launch party at the BCA! As I said at the conclusion of the evening’s program, after all the reading and re-reading you do as an editor, looking to help fine-tune and find any errors, it’s so refreshing to hear the authors and poets read their work and once again be taken in by the pure magic of their words. Thank you to everyone who came out for the event. And, if you’re looking to hear more great work, please join us this coming Saturday, May 7, 7 p.m. at Hotel Vermont for the launch party to celebrate Mud Season Review‘s second annual print issue. RSVP now >
We have two exciting opportunities for BWW poets this month!
First up is a poetry workshop with guest poet Kerrin McCadden on Monday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m. in Burlington.
Kerrin McCadden is the author of Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes, winner of the 2013 New Issues Poetry Prize, judged by David St. John. A 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Poetry, she was also awarded a 2013 Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Award, as well as support from The Vermont Arts Endowment Fund and The Vermont Studio Center. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, Verse Daily, American Poetry Review, Rattle, Green Mountains Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Poet Lore and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from The Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and lives in Plainfield, Vermont.
Become a sustaining member and get your own BWW pint glasses. It’s time for our May fundraiser! Twice a year, we embark on a month-long fundraiser to secure the funds the BWW needs to keep the doors open at our space in Burlington, to keep producing The Best of series and Mud Season Review, to keep bringing in guest poets like Kerrin McCadden and Julia Shipley—and to keep all of our programming free for all Vermont writers. If you’d like to help us reach our goal, please consider becoming a sustaining member today. That means a monthly recurring donation of $12/month or a one-time donation of $150. And we’ll thank you with a pair of BWW pint glasses! Donate now >
Flynn Center Blog
Burlington Writers Workshop members regularly blog for the Flynn Theater:
Lorraine Ryan wrote this review of fado singer Ana Moura’s April 29 performance on the Flynn MainStage.
Josh McDonald recently wrote this review of the Maria Schneider Orchestra’s April 20 performance on the Flynn MainStage.
Colleen Ovelman recently wrote this preview of Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s upcoming performance Wednesday, May 4 on the Flynn MainStage.
Congrats and thanks
A huge thank you to the sponsors, editors, readers, and volunteers who made The Best of 2016 launch party such a success.
—Thank you to our generous sponsors of the event: Sundog Poetry, Windridge Books, and Jerry Johnson.
—Thank you to our editing team for producing this stellar book: Elizabeth Gaucher, E.T. Perry, Michelle Watters, Terry Cleveland, Jess Dudley, Elizabeth Izzo, Martin Bock, and Deena Frankel.
—Thank you to our readers who inspired and entertained us with their work: Ashleigh Ellsworth-Keller, Natasha Mieszkowski, Cardy Raper, Deb Sherrer, and Linda Quinlan.
—Thank you to Seth Cronin, our songwriting workshop leader, who entertained us with great music during the evening’s cocktail hour.
—Thank you to Patricia Jackson for taking such gorgeous, professional quality photos of the event (soon to be posted on our Facebook page!).
—Thank you to the BCA for the gorgeous space and Fluid Bar Service for the excellent bar service.
—And thank you to our volunteers who made the night possible: Barbie Alsop, Lauren Bender, Martin Bock, Sarah Chiappinelli, Cynthia Close, Rose Eggert, Alexey Finkel, Mike Sweeney, Pete Taylor, Patricia Thierry, and Amanda Vella.
Thank you, as well, to our recent guest workshop leaders, Partridge Boswell, Gary Margolis, and Joseph Hurka. All of our guests got rave reviews. As a sample, here’s what one participant had to say about the workshop with Gary Margolis:
“Gary shared so much in this one workshop: a few of his newly published poems, his genuine curiosity about us and our writing challenges, an ‘experiment’ in expanding our poetic vocabulary, thoughtful suggestions for the two poets whose work we read. The two hours flew by! Today I’m already at my desk, jotting words and lines for a new poem and getting back to some older ones I set aside.”
Stop into our Burlington space (110 Main Street, Studio 3C) during the following times this week to get some quiet writing or reading time in, or to find out more about the BWW:
Monday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.