Friday, May 24, 4:30 p.m.
It's Bob Dylan's birthday.
It's Gary Margolis' birthday.
Must be time to celebrate Gary's new book of poetry, Time Inside, with a poetry reading, book signing, and more.
Time Inside, Gary Margolis' seventh book of poems, takes us behind the walls, through the metal gates of his experience leading a poetry workshop for inmates in a maximum security correctional facility, and back out to the surrounding worlds of love's nature and memory's hold and release of us. Each poem finds its centering image that arrests the heart.
Joining Margolis, warming up the crowd, will be Tal Birdsey, whose book, Hearts of the Mountain will be published in October. In it, he sketches an utterly unique entity: an independent and virtual one-room middle school in the Green Mountains of Vermont.
ABOUT THE POET AND AUTHOR
An award-winning poet and counselor, Gary Margolis is Emeritus Executive Director of College Mental Health Services and Associate Professor of English and American Literatures at Middlebury College. He was a Robert Frost and Arthur Vining Davis Fellow and has taught at the University of Tennessee, Vermont, Bread Loaf, and Green Mountain Writers' Conferences. His recent books include Seeing the Songs: A Poet's Journey to the Shamans in Ecuador, a memoir, and Runner Without a Number, a book of poems.
Tal Birdsey is the head teacher, co-founder, and director of North Branch. He teaches writing, literature, social studies, art, student government, and ethics and serves as the school counselor, soccer coach, and newsletter and literary magazine editor. In 2008, he published a book about the founding and first year of North Branch School, entitled A Room for Learning. His new book, Hearts of the Mountain: Adolescents, a Teacher, and a Living School (available to pre-order from the Vermont Book Shop) takes a deep look into an intimate, wild, and unpredictable year of learning, in and out of the classroom, with a diverse collection of funny, profound, troubled, and hopeful adolescents. (Please note: we will celebrate the launch of Birdsey's new book in October, 2019, date TBD)