Frontmatter

Liz Powell and David Huddle

It’s sometimes nice to escape the gravitational pull of Montpelier, and one of my favorite places to escape to is Phoenix Books in Burlington. It’s especially nice when I also get to see one of my favorite professors/poets/people Liz Powell read from a her new book, Willy Loman’s Reckless Daughter and snag a copy and […]

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Graphic Design Residency

My favorite program to cohabitate with is Graphic Design. I majored in design in undergrad; they’re my people. When they’re on campus for a residency, they have two student exhibitions as well as a bunch of lectures, including “lecture bombs” that happen without notice. Last year, I went to one that was about the history and […]

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Music for Barns

Music for Barns was an event curated by M.T. Anderson and held in the chapel of College Hall. Tobin (the T in M.T.) crafted a combined concert/reading that centered around Americana and the pastoral, the rural and the rustic. Tobin was joined on stage by Gregory Maguire (author of Wicked!) and The Aurea Ensemble, a […]

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Vermont Book Award Gala

All the W&P students had the opportunity to volunteer at the Vermont Book Award Gala, which took place on campus in Alumni Hall. I was part of the set-up crew the day before and got to see the place transform into a magical moss bed of purple and gold, then during the event I hid in a corner […]

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Synezoma and Trailhead

Last year, my cohort put together a publication called Synezoma (formed from synesthesia and rhizome) from our own writing and art, outside submissions, and images found in the Gary Library archives. We fashioned ourselves into a curatorial team: handling outside submissions, checking image DPIs, working on publicity and social media. One of the main images we […]

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Mary Ruefle and Michael Burkard

Our first reading this year featured Mary Ruefle (my poetry goddess/mama) and Michael Burkard (her husband). They asked if they could adopt me. I said yes! The reading was held on campus, in Cafe Anna, and I’ve never seen it more packed with students, faculty, and members of the community. Standing room only, folks. Mary read new, unpublished poems and the […]

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How We Got Here

One of the coolest things about this program is that we all come from very different places—geographically, socially, and philosophically. We’re from New York and California, from Alaska and Iowa. We’re from the Mississippi delta, from the border of Texas, from a temperate rainforest. We’ve been in the military and we’ve been in the theatre; we’ve been […]

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Welcome

We’re back, and we’ve grown! One of the new cohort members remarked, “This can’t be everyone! We can fit in this tiny room,” but it seemed so overcrowded compared to the six people I’d become accustomed to. There’s lots of new energy, lots of new voices, and the campus feels a lot more active. Our first day […]

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