Entries by Shin Yu Pai


This year, all of us MFA W&P students got to go down to DC and take over a train car, an Air BnB, and eventually a city block-sized convention center. Some highlights include: a panel on women of color’s responses to Emily Dickinson that made me cry, Sam Sax casually walking by while I was in line for a […]

Rauner Special Collections Library

As part of Trinie Dalton’s Fairy Tale class, we took a field-trip to the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth to view some old, kick-ass illustrated books. Above is a collage of some of my favorites. I have a bit of an obsession with both libraries (my mom was a children’s librarian; I’ve done 5 years […]

Halloween in Vermont

Or, Everywhere is Haunted and You Should Know About It Or, The Median Age is Under Fifty After All Or, How strong did you make this Russian drink? Montpelier is very into Halloween, and there’re all sorts of stories about hauntings in the area, including our very own Anna. It’s also the only time of year […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]