The 2015–16 series begins October 12 with a joint reading by Vermont Book Award finalists, Jessica Hendry Nelson and Gary Lee Miller. (The award will be announced September 26, prior to our event.) Keep reading to learn more about them, and we look forward to seeing you there!
4:30 p.m. Monday
October 12, 2015
Kreitzberg Library Multipurpose Room
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Jessica Hendry Nelson earned a BA in English from the University of New Hampshire and an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Nelson is the author of the memoir, If Only You People Could Follow Directions, a collection of linked autobiographical essays about Nelson’s mother, Susan, her brother, Eric, and Jessica herself. The Boston Globe has described Nelson as “both brilliant and facile in her use of language.”
Nelson teaches at the low residency MFA program at the University of Nebraska in Omaha and at Burlington College and Champlain College in Vermont. She is also the nonfiction and managing editor of Green Mountains Review.
Gary Lee Miller is the creative director of Writers for Recovery, a series of writers’ workshops helping people overcome addiction. His short story collection, Museum of the Americas, was published in 2014 by Fomite Press. A co-producer of two documentary films, he received a nomination for a New England Emmy Award in the category of documentary scriptwriting, WGBH/PSB Boston. He is also a Pushcart Prize nominee for fiction and has been named a finalist in the James Jones Novel Fellowship Contest.
Jeanne Beckwith and her play Rodeo Gals
Play Date: March 31 – April 2, 7:30 p.m. in Dole Auditorium
Talk Back (Jeanne and actors talking to audience): after Saturday’s performance
Class Visit/Discussion: April 1 at 1:00 in Dole Auditorium
Bio: Jeanne Beckwith, who teaches at Norwich University, has been writing and producing plays since 1982. She received her doctorate from the University of Georgia. A director as well as a playwright, Beckwith has worked both in children’s theater and as a professional actor in summer repertory theater. Her plays have been produced around the United States and abroad, including a production of her play, A War Story at the Rialto by the State Theater in Turkey in Ankara and Istanbul.
Specialties: playwriting, drama, acting
The Crane Wives
Date: April 22, Time and Location to be determined
Bio: The Crane Wives are an indie-folk outfit from Grand Rapids, Michigan. They utilize three-part vocal harmonies, eclectic instrumentation, and a passion for song-craft to create organic music that is both accessible and innovative. Each live show features contagious energy as well as original music that ranges from whisper quiet ballads to danceable grooves. The band formed in 2010 and has released three full-length albums, entitled Safe Ship, Harbored, The Fool in Her Wedding Gown, and Coyote Stories. They are currently touring the country and completing their third full-length album, to be released in August of 2015. Lead singer, Kate Pillsubury graduated from college with a degree in writing, with an emphasis in creative nonfiction.
Specialties: Music, creative writing
Date: March 23, 4:30-5:30 in Multipurpose Room
Note: This event is presented in conjunction with the Norwich Peace and War Center and will include Walrath reading from her poems, as well as genocide experts (including Walrath) talking about the Armenian genocide.
Bio: Walrath, who was born in North Carolina, has lived in New York and Yemen and now Vermont, among other locations. She has a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in anthropology. Once in Vermont, she used stories and art to teach medical students at the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine. Then she earned an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Walrath is the author of the young adult novel-in-verse, Like Water on Stone, which details three children running from the Armenian genocide. Like Water on Stone was a finalist for the first annual Vermont Book Award.
Specialties: creative writing, poetry, young adult literature, genocide, art
Date: April 11, 4:30-5:30 in Multipurpose Room
Bio: Kerrin McCadden is the author of Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes, winner of the 2013 New Issues Poetry Prize and the 2015 Vermont Book Award. 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.
Specialties: creative writing, poetry
Listen to Kerrin McCadden get interviewed by Jacque Day on the WNUB program, Norwich Odyssey.
Date: April 20, Time to be determined in the Mill
Note: G will be performing at night and teaching a class on spoken word poetry earlier in the day. This event is in conjunction with the Campus Activities Board.
Bio: Raised by Japanese immigrants, George Masao Yamazawa, Jr. is widely considered one of the top young spoken word artists in the country. At 24 years old, “G” is the youngest poet to become a National Poetry Slam Champion, Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, and Southern Fried Champion, and has toured in over 40 American cities and 5 European countries. Winner of Kollaboration DC 2012, Audience Choice Award Recipient of the Inaugural Kollaboration Star and 2013 Kundiman Fellow, G has been featured at the Sundance Film Festival, Bonnaroo Music Festival, TV One’s Season 3 of Verses and Flow, the Pentagon, and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. G’s poetry has been published in Beltway Quarterly, Asian Fortune Magazine, and 27 Views of Durham. An advocate for youth empowerment, G also has extensive experience as a teaching artist facilitating writing/performance workshops for inner city youth in the Washington, DC public school.
Specialties: spoken word poetry, political poetry, Asian-American studies
Open Mic Poetry Event MC’ed by Geof Hewitt, Vermont Slam Poet Champion
Date: April 25, 7:00-8:00 in The Mill
Note: Norwich University’s third annual Open Mic Night Poetry Event will be held in The Mill. Last year we had more than 25 readers and over 75 members in the audience. And once again our event will be MC’ed by Geof Hewitt, Vermont’s reigning slam poet champion. Please tell your students to bring their poems and be ready to share them with the audience. Open to the public. This event is co-sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.
Specialties: creative writing, poetry