Opportunities and Announcements: Week of May 9, 2016

Support the Burlington Writers WorkshopWe’re making great progress toward our May fundraising goal of $6,000. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far to help us raise $1,981 in our first week!

This great start is a true testament to how much our community means to its members. If you haven’t donated yet, we hope you’ll consider making a contribution in any amount to help us to continue producing high-quality literature like Mud Season Review, providing forums for authors to read their work at events like Saturday’s print issue launch party, and bringing accomplished authors like Julia Shipley to our workshops.

And remember: If you become a sustaining member at $12/month or a one-time donation of $150, we’ll thank you with a pair of BWW pint glasses, so you can raise a toast to this awesome community anytime you want!


Don’t miss your chance to workshop your poetry with Julia Shipley.

Julia Shipley with the Burlington Writers Workshop

Julia Shipley will lead The Monday Workshop on May 16 in Burlington

We still have spots open in the Monday Workshop with Julia Shipley, Monday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Burlington. And, we’re looking for two poets to submit their work for review. This is a wonderful opportunity to get feedback on your work from an award-winning poet—as well as your fellow BWW members.

Julia Shipley is the author of a full-length poetry collection, The Academy of Hay, (Bona Fide Books, 2015) winner of the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize, and a long-form lyric essay, Adam’s Mark, (Plowboy Press, 2014), which was selected as a Boston Globe Best New England Books of 2014. She is also the author of four poetry chapbooks, including the limited edition, letterpress printed One Ton Crumb (CC&B, 2014), First Do No Harm(Honeybee Press, 2014), Herd (2010), winner of the Sheltering Pines Press Chapbook Award, and Planet Jr. (2012) winner of the Hazel Lipa Environmental Chapbook Award from Flyway Journal of Writing and Environment. Winner of the Ralph Nading Hill Award, and finalist for the Curt Johnson Prose Award in Creative Nonfiction and the Teachers and Writers Bechtel Award, she’s also received grants from the Vermont Community Foundation and the Vermont Arts Council (Featured grantee 8/4 /2011), and received fellowships to The Frost Place (NH), The Center for Book Arts (NYC) and The Studios of Key West (FL).

Send a request to submit your work for this workshop. And don’t forget to RSVP to save your spot!


Mud Season Review launch partyThank you to everyone who came out for the Mud Season Review print issue vol. 2 launch party at Hotel Vermont on Saturday. It was a wonderful evening full of words, art, and good company…and really, what could be better for a group of writers? As our editor-in-chief, Rebecca Starks, said during her introductions on Saturday, Mud Season Review started as an idea on a member survey in 2014 and has just continued to grow in an amazing way, both in terms of involvement and reach, over the past two years. Congratulations to the entire staff on another beautiful print issue. I highly encourage you to buy a copy. You can pick one up at our Burlington workshop space, or purchase one online starting tomorrow (5/10).

And a huge thank you to those who helped to make the evening possible:

—Our generous hosts for the event: John Abair and the staff at the beautiful Hotel Vermont

—Our excellent printing partner: Brian Applebery and the staff at Queen City Printers

—Our MSR speakers for the evening: Rebecca Starks, editor-in-chief, Margaret Grant, managing editor of projects & communications, Cynthia Close, co-editor of art, Chris LaMay-West, co-editor of poetry, Natasha Mieszkowski, co-editor of fiction, Erin Post, co-editor of poetry, and Brett Sigurdson, co-editor of nonfiction

—Our invited readers and artists: Ralph Culver, Robin McLean, Riki Moss, Sean Prentiss, and Alison Prine

—Our volunteers who helped create the festive atmosphere, provide the food, and staff the book sales table: Cathy Beaudoin, MSR fiction reader, Cynthia Close, JAAXMargaret Grant, and Lee-Ann Wilder, MSR managing editor of art & design (and the designer of this beautiful book!)

Our hours

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.

Thursday: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. 

Friday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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