Board of Directors

The Burlington Writers Workshop (BWW) is run by a volunteer board of directors.

Members of the board work together with the Leadership Team to develop and oversee the scope and mission of the organization. It also provides fiscal oversight and develops appropriate policies and procedures and monitors the BWW’s programs and overall performance.

The BWW Board of Directors:

Nancy Hayes Kilgore, Co-chair
…is the author of two novels, Wild Mountain (Green Writers Press, 2017) and Sea Level (RCWMS, 2011). She is winner of the Vermont Writers Prize 2016 and a ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award. She has published in a She Writes Press Anthology, in literary journals including Bloodroot Literary Magazine, Vermont Magazine, The Bottle Imp, and on Vermont Public Radio. Nancy, a former parish pastor, is a psychotherapist, a writing coach, and leads workshops on creative writing and spirituality. She lives with her husband, dog, and cat in Burlington’s Old North End.
Nancy Hayes Kilgore
Elaine Pentaleri, Co-chair
..a feminist, teacher, writer, and outdoor adventurer, Elaine lives on 23 acres of field, woodland, and stream in rural Vermont. An active reader and writer of poetry, she has a particular interest in performance poetry and exploring poetry with children. Several of her poems have been included in small press publications or online journals, such as “Still Life,” which won first place prize and appeared in the Midwest Writing Center’s 2009 poetry anthology, Off Channel, where “The Last of the Winter Laundry” also appeared. “Crepes” was a finalist on “Metamorphosis of Grief” was awarded third place by PhatSalmon. “Buddhist School of Cosmetology: Lesson One” appeared in New Millennium Writings 25th Anthology. “Apples” was featured in ZigZag magazine. Two poems, “Centrifugal Force” and “Yoj,” appeared in The Burlington Writers Cold Lake Anthology, 2018 edition. Poetry is forthcoming in Black Mountain Press Best 64 of 2019
Elaine Pentaleri Burlington Writers Workshop
Dick Matheson, Treasurer
…survived a one-room schoolhouse with four grades to one teacher; a childhood with an unheated bedroom in an uninsulated, all woodstove farmhouse; UVM; Vietnam; a Masters in Management earned nights and weekends while an Air Force officer getting deployed around Germany in a mobile radar unit; active, committed fatherhood; and starting and running his own retail furniture and design business for a third of a century. He is a lifelong writer, the author of several fiction books, poetry collections, and a portfolio of songs, none of which has he ever submitted for publishing . . . yet, as he continues to learn to write while wearing a variety of hats at BWW.
Dick Matheson
Millie Eidson, Secretary
……is retired as a public health veterinarian with CDC and state health departments, although she continues as a part-time epidemiology faculty member at the University at Albany and the University of Vermont where she teaches a course on zoonoses (diseases from animals) and climate change. After a career writing scientific publications, she now lives in Burlington,
Vermont and brings these zoonotic diseases to life in short stories and an alphabetic mystery series (Anthracis and Borrelia are the first two). In addition to BWW, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and the International Women’s Writing Guild. A short story, El Chinche, received honorable mention in the 2020 Jim Martin Mystery Story Contest sponsored by the Arizona
Mystery Writers.
Millie Eidson - Burlington Writers Workshop Secretary
Dennis Bouldin
…has been an active member of the BWW for more than 5 years as the workshop submissions coordinator, a regular Creative Nonfiction workshop participant, and sometimes workshop leader. Dennis writes somewhat humorous personal essays and vignettes, with the same intent as stated by his somewhat more accomplished predecessor Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592): “dedicated …to the private convenience of my relatives and friends, so that when they have lost me, they may recover some features of my habits and temperament.” Besides writing, Dennis enjoys travel, golf, watching Jeopardy with an evening cocktail, and planning to clean up his basement. Dennis is a retired IBM scientist, engineer, and manager. He lives in Essex Junction with his poodle (sometimes the subject of an essay) and his wife (never!).
Dennis Bouldin Burlington Writers Workshop
Nancy Volkers
…still has her first written work, an untitled Halloween-themed tale of redemption written in crayon, which cemented her love of the written word. Her short stories and poems have appeared in several periodicals and she has published two novels, A Scottish Ferry Tale and Scotland by Starlight. Nancy is a professional medical and science writer for the International League Against Epilepsy, and has written features and news articles for journals, magazines, universities, government agencies, professional associations, and secret societies. (Okay, not the last.) When not writing, she’s outside getting muddy, spending time with her kids, or looking for cheap flights to far-off lands. She lives in Westford with her family and a ridiculous number of animals.
Nancy Volkers

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