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 and sold books.
After dinner, Tom Greene and last year’s winner Kerrin McCadden (another amazing poet) announced the winner: Major Jackson and his collection Roll Deep (I called it). The poets are rocking Vermont lately.
Another part of our job was to get the dancing started—this, I was all over, due in part to the fantastic literary-themed cocktails: my favorite was the Emily Dickinson. We even convinced the deejay to play some Bey.