April is National Poetry Month, so it only seems fitting to host an event celebrating Vermont poets! Fortunately for us, the wonderful poet and anthologist James Crews has a new book coming out this month, The Path to Kindness: Poems of Connection and Joy, and has graciously agreed to gather some of his favorite Vermont poets for a reading and conversation around his work and theirs.
Please click HERE to complete your mandatory registration for this FREE Zoom event. Attendance is limited to 90, so do not hesitate. (If you register and later learn that you are unable to attend, please cancel so that someone else may have your space.)
Brief bios of the featured poets follow. Books available for purchase from us are listed at the bottom of this page.
James Crews is the editor of the best-selling anthology, How to Love the World, which has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, in the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post, and is the author of four prize-winning collections of poetry: The Book of What Stays, Telling My Father, Bluebird, and Every Waking Moment. His poems have been reprinted in the New York Times Magazine, Ploughshares, The New Republic, and The Christian Century, and in former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s weekly newspaper column, “American Life in Poetry,” and featured on Tracy K. Smith’s podcast, The Slowdown. Crews holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He lives with his husband on forty rocky acres in Shaftsbury, Vermont. To sign up for weekly poems and prompts, visit: www.jamescrews.net.
Julie Cadwallader Staub was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She grew up with her five sisters beside one of Minnesota’s lakes. She now lives and writes from her home near Burlington, VT. Her poems have been published in literary journals, featured on The Writer’s Almanac, and included in several anthologies, most recently in The Path to Kindness: Poems of Connection and Joy, edited by James Crews, and Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems by Grayson Books. Her poem “Milk” won Hunger Mountain Review’s 2015 Ruth Stone Poetry Prize, and her poem “Turning” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by The Potomac Review. Her first collection of poems, Face to Face, was published by Cascadia in 2010, and Paraclete Press published her second collection, Wing Over Wing, in 2019. Her website is www.juliecspoetry.com.
Ray Hudson has lived in Middlebury since 1992. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Ice-Floe: International Poetry of the Far North, The Ekphrastic Review, and our own local Zig Zag Lit Mag from Vergennes. His work on the history and art of Alaska has resulted in seven books and numerous articles including a memoir Moments Rightly Placed, listed by a reviewer in The Guardian among the ten best books on Alaska. He has recently completed a book on Alaska Native basketry, based on collections at the Smithsonian Institution. A study of art and the creation of identity over the last two-hundred years in rural Alaska has been accepted for publication by the University of Alaska Press.
Laura Budofsky Wisniewski is the author of the collection, Sanctuary, Vermont (Orison Books), which was recently written up in the New York Times, and the chapbook, How to Prepare Bear (Redbird Chapbooks). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Narrative, The Missouri Review, Image, Hunger Mountain Review, American Journal of Poetry, Pilgrimage, The Examined Life and others. She is winner of the 2020 Orison Poetry Prize, Ruminate Magazine’s 2020 Janet B. Mccabe Poetry Prize, the 2019 Poetry International Prize, and the 2014 Passager Poetry Prize. Laura lives quietly in a small town in Vermont.
Tricia Knoll lives in Williston, Vermont. Her poetry appears in many journals, anthologies, and five collections. How I Learned To Be White received the 2018 Human Relations Indie Book Award for Motivational Poetry. She has two new collections out -- Checkered Mates in 2021 and Let's Hear It for the Horses, 2022. Website: triciaknoll.com