Join Literary North for an afternoon of poetry & pie! Readings by Didi Jackson, Julia Shipley, and Ocean Vuong, will be followed by Q&A and an open mic. To participate in the open mic, just sign up at the door; reading order will be assigned randomly. You can read for up to five minutes. Original work only, please.
During the afternoon, you can commission custom poems from Vermont poet-for-hire, Taylor Mardis Katz, written on a portable Remington typewriter. This one-of-a-kind poetry artifact will be yours to keep as a remembrance of all the poetry that summer in Vermont has to offer.
Barn doors open at 2:30 pm
Readings and Q&A from 3:00 to 4:00 pm
Open mic from 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Sliding scale donation of $6 to $10, includes readings, cool beverages and pie - savory and sweet - along with a souvenir pencil. Custom poems are offered on a sliding sale of $10 to $25.
Please let Literary North know if you're coming so they can bake you pie! Click for form to reserve a seat.
Didi Jackson's poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and The Common,among other publications. Her manuscript, Almost Animal, (now Killing Jar) was a finalist for the Alice James Book Award, the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize by Persea Books, and the Autumn House Press first book award. Didi's first collection of poems, Killing Jar, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press. Her chapbook, Slag and Fortune, was published by Floating Wolf Quarterly (2013). Currently, she teaches Poetry and the Visual Arts, 20th C. Poetry of War and Witness, Creative Writing at the University of Vermont and serves as the poetry editor for Green Mountains Review.
Julia Shipley is the author of The Academy of Hay, which won the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the 2016 Vermont Book Award. A recipient of fellowships from The Frost Place and The Studios of Key West, she has also received support from the Vermont Community Foundation and the Vermont Arts Council. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous publication. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the Bennington College Writing Seminars and is a contributing editor and columnist for Yankee Magazine, as well as a contributing writer to Seven Days: Vermont's Independent Weekly, and Nieman Storyboard, a publication of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.
Ocean Vuong is a poet and essayist and the author of the best-selling, Night Sky with Exit Wounds. A New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016, the debut won numerous awards. His honors include fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, and the Pushcart Prize. Vuong's writings have been featured in prominent journals. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he serves as an Assistant Professor in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at UMass-Amherst and is currently at work on his first novel.https://www.literarynorth.com/poetry-pie-2018/
One of the most celebrated poetry books of the year:
Poetry. Julia Shipley's luminous debut collection lingers in the liminal spaces where transition and connection occur. With intelligence and compassion, THE ACADEMY OF HAY delivers a feminist response to our world straight from the earth.