Join artist Alexis Kyriak as she reads from her writings to celebrate the closing of her exhibit at the Athenaeum Hall Gallery.
"The purpose of life is healing, and taking our origins to a new place, beyond what we've begun with. All the stuff, the physical manifestation and works, completed in the Interim between our first day and our maturation, have documented the struggle."- Alexis Kyriak
Raised in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, Raphel is currently a PhD student at Harvard, where she's working on a book about crossword puzzles. Adrienne Raphel's debut full-length poetry collection, What Was It For, was published in 2017 by Rescue Press. (http://www.rescuepress.co/shop/what-was-it-for). Here is the publisher’s description of the book, "In her debut collection What Was It For, Adrienne Raphel revitalizes the topsy-turvy lyric and its evergreen sagacity. Through playground doggerel, charm, and riddle, these poems cry fair and foul to a world where pâté geese dabble in fields of lavender, crises get wallpapered over, hot air balloons stalk pleasurably, cash changes for gold, and the moon sinks into the sea to the thrum of the metronome. That world is this, our own and only, so reader, climb aboard: like a carousel, each poem loops round and round, granting dizzying vistas. All the while, these poems spill over with wonder—as in query, as in jubilee—just as a child chants why, but why, but why. By way of answer, What Was It For offers an immortal, resounding question." Poet Cathy Park Hong selected it as the winner of the Black Box Poetry Prize.
Christina Hutchins’ poetry has been published in The Antioch Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Denver Quarterly, The New Republic, Prairie Schooner, Salmagundi, The Southern Review, The Women’s Review of Books and other journals and anthologies, and her scholarly essays appear in volumes by Ashgate, Columbia UP, and SUNY. Literary awards include The Missouri Review Editors’ Prize, National Poetry Review’s Annie Finch Prize, two Barbara Deming/Money for Women Awards, the James D. Phelan Award, and fellowships to Villa Montalvo Center for the Arts in Saratoga CA and Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia.Tender the Maker won the 2015 May Swenson Award (Utah State University Press). Her other books of poetry are The Stranger Dissolves (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2011), a finalist for the Lambda Poetry Award and Publishing Triangle’s Audre Lorde Prize, and the chapbooks Radiantly We Inhabit the Air (Robin Becker Prize, 2011) and Collecting Light (Acacia Books, 1999).
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Sydney Lea was Poet Laureate of Vermont (2011-15). His twelfth collection of poems, No Doubt the Nameless, is available from Four Way Books. His fourth collection of lyrical essays, What’s the Story? Short Takes on a Life Grown Long, appeared in 2015. A former Pulitzer finalist a winner of the peer-reviewed Poets’ Prize, Lea founded and for thirteen years edited New England Review. Before his retirement, he had taught at Dartmouth, Yale, Middlebury, Franklin College (Switzerland), Eotvos Lorand University (Budapest), and elsewhere. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and all the major U.S. literary journals. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, Fulbright, and Rockefeller Foundations. His thirteenth book of poems, Here, will appear in 2018. He and his successor as Vermont state poet Chard deNiord have recently published Roads Taken, an anthology of contemporary Vermont poetry.
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Kerrin McCadden is the author of Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes, inaugural winner of the 2015 Vermont Book Award, as well as the 2013 New Issues Poetry Prize, chosen by David St John. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Award. Her work has also received support from the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, Verse Daily, and in such journals as American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Collagist, Green Mountains Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Hunger Mountain, PANK, Poet Lore, and Rattle. A graduate of The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, she teaches English and Creative Writing at Montpelier High School. She lives in Montpelier, Vermont.
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Tim Mayo holds an ALB, cum laude, from Harvard University and an MFA from The Bennington Writing Seminars. His first full length collection The Kingdom of Possibilities (Mayapple Press, 2009) was a semi-finalist for the 2009 Brittingham and Pollock Awards and a finalist for 2009 May Swenson Award. His second volume of poems, Thesaurus of Separation, was published in 2016 by Phoenicia Publishing (Montreal) and was twice a finalist for the Quercus Review Poetry Book Award, twice a semi-finalist for the Word Works Press Washington Prize and, recently, a finalist for the Montaigne Medal. Mayo has also been the recipient of two Vermont Artists & Writers Fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center. He lives in Brattleboro, VT, where he was a founding organizer and a former member of the Brattleboro Literary Festival.
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Miriam Vincent is the Staff Attorney at the Office of the Federal Register. This event is co-presented by the League of Women Voters® and the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. Admission is free and everyone is welcome! The Athenaeum is handicapped accessible. For more information: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-748-6313. This event will also be available on KATV.
Ewa Chrusciel, Polish American poet and educator, will be reading from her collected works in celebration of National Poetry month and PoemTown St. Johnsbury. She currently teaches literature at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire.
St. Johnsbury Academy students will present TED X style talks in Athenaeum Hall. Come support their work.
To be alive is power,
Existence in itself,
Without a further function,
To be alive and Will—
‘T is able as a God!
The Further of ourselves be what-
Such being Finitude?
Brandon Mazur offers two critical views of several poems: from Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar’s 1979 book The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination and blogger Susan Kornfeld, who has undertaken the ambitious project of reading and commenting on all of Emily Dickinson's 1,789 poems in chronological order.
What we will do:
ㆍread folktales from each culture
ㆍmake unique crafts from each country :
Bahamas shell coloring
Korea paper masks
Vermont print making
ㆍenjoy traditional snacks from each culture!
Geared to elementary age, but all ages welcome!
Why we are doing this: We are Capstone students at the St. Johnsbury Academy. This project is to help the children in Vermont learn about other cultures.
In her new book Grace Gershuny argues for encouraging as many farmers as possible to convert to organic methods as quickly as possible as the most immediate route to reversing the increase in greenhouse gas emissions that now endangers communities everywhere. The food system contributes at least one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions, and can be part of the solution.
Students who have read 5 or more of the Dorothy Reads books are eligible to come vote for their favorite book at the Athenaeum. We will celebrate with a trivia challenge and an ice cream sundae party, with a topping for each book read. Must have an adult sign off on your books to enjoy all those toppings!
A moderated forum presented by the League of Women Voters of the Northeast Kingdom and the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, with panelists Dana Gray,Editor of the Caledonian-Record; Tim Lewis, Professor of Electronic Journalism Arts at Lyndon State College; and David Plazek, Associate Professor of Political Science at Johnson State College.
Come celebrate the customs and traditions of the Abenaki Tribe. Beth Champagne will share her native heritage through discussion and tales of how the Abenaki survived “Rogers Raid” in 1759 at Odanak, Quebec and the making of maple syrup--Abenaki style! A themed craft and refreshments to follow.
(This event has been rescheduled from March 14 due to the snowstorm.) In this fun and engaging memoir writing workshop, Reeve Lindbergh will walk us through the process of writing down thoughts and memories for ourselves, family, and others. This writing workshop is for all ages. Homeschoolers are encouraged to attend. Refreshments provided.
This activity is offered as Vermont Reads 2017 event.
In partnership with the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association, the Athenaeum will host a book discussion group on David Quammen's Spillover: Animal Infections & the Next Human Pandemic, a gripping investigation of animal to human pathogen transmission as it has played out in the past with diseases like Ebola, Sars, Avian Flu and Lyme disease, and as it may play out in the future with an as-yet-unknown pandemic. Copies of Spillover will be available for check out at the Athenaeum. Speak to a librarian to request one.
When a gruesome new tick-borne virus breaks out near a major US city and the outbreak is traced to an extremist group in Southeast Asia, the race to stop a global bioterrorism conspiracy is on. Government epidemiologist Mariah Rossi must leave the safety of her lab to help fellow scientist and covert CIA agent Curt Kennedy track the disease back to its source. Series sponsored by Philip and Marylou Meyer.
The National Education Association’s “Read Across America Day” is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2—Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate. Drop in at the Athenaeum any time from 2:00 – 6:30 p.m. and enjoy a Dr. Seuss book and a craft.