2014-15 Series

Thank you all for helping us welcome the authors who joined us in the 2014– 15 series. Learn a little bit about them here:

Ben Hewitt

Ben Hewitt


Thursday, October 16
4:00 p.m.
Kreitzberg Library Multipurpose Room

A native Vermonter, Ben Hewitt is the author of the books Making Supper Safe, The Town that Food Saved, and Saved, all dealing with our connection with nature, the life-sustaining food that the earth provides, and a simplistic lifestyle. Living in Cabot, Vermont on a small farm, Hewitt is indeed connected to nature in more ways than most members of society. Nature not only provides him and his family with food—it is also their source of income and education. Hewitt and his wife educate their two boys at home through nature.

A conversation with graphic artist Andy Belanger
Friday, November 7
4:00 p.m.
Chaplin Hall Gallery

And … a theatrical performance based on Kill Shakespeare by Norwich University’s Pegasus Players
Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8
8 p.m.
Dole Auditorium, Webb Hall

On Friday afternoon, Andy Belanger, the graphic artist for Kill Shakespeare, will be talking about creating art and being a comic artist at the Chaplin Hall Gallery. On the evenings of Friday and Saturday, November 7-8, the Norwich Pegasus Players will perform a production of Kill Shakespeare.

Kill Shakespeare is a twelve-issue comic book that deals with William Shakespeare’s characters and Shakespeare himself. These famous characters are brought to life and they either long to kill Shakespeare or to protect him. This comic book series was drawn by Andy Belanger. The first issue was published in 2010. A second series, the five-issue The Tide of Blood, was released in 2013. A third series, The Mask of Night, was announced on March 10, 2014. The first twelve issues of Kill Shakespeare were adapted into a live staged reading format in 2011, and this is what Pegasus Players will be bringing to life.

Joe Wilkins

Joe Wilkins

Monday, November 17
4:00 p.m.
Kreitzberg Library Multipurpose Room

Joe Wilkins was born and raised in eastern Montana, the site and subject of his memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers (2012). This memoir was named a 2012 Montana Book Award Honor Book and a 2013 Orion Book Award Finalist, and is the winner of the 2014 GLCA New Writers Award in Nonfiction. Wilkins is also an award-winning poet and has published two books of poetry, Killing the Murnion Dogs and Notes from the Journey West. He is the co-editor of The Far Edges of the Fourth Genre, an anthology about creative nonfiction, with Norwich University creative writing professor Sean Prentiss.


Monday, March 2
6:00 p.m.
Cabot 085
Norwich University Campus

A versatile writer of plays, screenplays, an upcoming short story collection, and nonfiction, Austin Bunn grew up in New Jersey and teaches at Cornell University. His work has been featured in The Atlantic Monthly and New York Times Magazine, among many others. Bunn’s original screenplay, Kill Your Darlings, is a 2013 biographical about the college days of some of the earliest members of the Beat Generation (Lucien Carr, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac and David Kammerer), their interactions, and a killing in Riverside Park. The movie premiered at Sundance in 2013 and stars Daniel Radcliffe from Harry Potter fame.

On April 1, the first day of National Poetry Month, we welcomed acclaimed poet Ellen Bryant Voigt. April also marked the return of PoemCampus to the NU community.

Norwich University Poem Campus 2015
PoemCampus is a month-long celebration of poetry across Norwich University during the month of April, National Poetry Month. PoemCampus hosts poetry-related events and exhibits in buildings across campus. PoemCampus is open to all: students, faculty, staff, and our local community members.

Come explore the poetry of Norwich University throughout April and see what great poems and poetry readings you can find. Feel free to join us in celebrating poetry by sending us your poems—we’d love to display them around campus.

PoemCampus Events

Wednesday, April 1
3:00 p.m.
Question and Answer with Ellen Bryant Voigt
Webb Hall, Room 307, Norwich University
Come spend forty five minutes talking with Ellen Bryant Voigt. The room will be turned over to students and community members asking Voigt about her poems, her process, or any other writing related questions.

4:00 p.m.
Ellen Bryant Voigt Reading
Milano Ballroom, Norwich University
Come spend forty minutes listening to former Vermont Poet Laureate give a reading. This reading is free and open to all. Q&A and book signing afterwards. Books will be for sale.

Voigt, originally hailing from Virginia but now long settled in Vermont, was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critic’s Circle Award. She also received a Guggenheim grant and was Vermont Poet Laureate from 1999-2003. Her latest collection of poetry, Headwaters: Poems was published in 2013.

Monday, April 6

4:00 p.m.
Read Like a Spoken Word Poetry Champion with Geof Hewitt
Webb Hall, Room 303, Norwich University
Vermont’s reigning spoken word champion, Geof Hewitt, will teach students and the community how to bring their poems to life during a reading. Spend an hour practicing the art of spoken word poetry.

Wednesday, April 15

7:00 p.m.
Open Mic Poetry Reading MC’ed by Geof Hewitt
The Mill, Wise Campus Center, Norwich University
Come to Norwich’s second annual open mic night poetry reading. This reading is open to all high school or college students and all community members. Last year 65 people packed the venue. This year will be even better with host Geof Hewitt running the mic and sharing his poems.

Tuesday, April 21

4:00 p.m.
A reading by Iraq War veteran and memoirist, Kayla Williams
Chaplin Hall Gallery
Kayla Williams is the author of Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love & Recovery in the Aftermath of War (2014) and Love My Rifle More than You: Young & Female in the U.S. Army (2006). Kayla is a 2013 White House Woman Veteran Champion of Change, Truman National Security Project Fellow, and member of the Army Education Advisory Committee, and a former member of the VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans.

(This event was presented by the Center for Peace and War, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Department of English & Communications.)