Poetry at the Writer’s Barn

Ben Aleshire. p. Raychel Severance

Monday, Mar. 18. 7 p.m. Free

Poetry reading with Daniel Lusk and Angela Patten.

Join local gems of the literary scene, Daniel Lusk and Angela Patten at The Writers’ Barn as they read from past collections and current work. Both Lusk and Patten are Vermont Arts Council Juried Artists and members of the Poetry Society of America; both are listed in the national directory of Poets & Writers, Inc. and teach at the University of Vermont. Irish-born Angela Patten received the prestigious Kroepsch Maurice Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012. She is the author of two poetry collections, Reliquaries and Still Listening, and she is also included in several anthologies. Daniel Lusk is author of Lake Studies: Meditations on Lake Champlain and Kissing the Ground: New & Selected Poems. His weekly reviews and commentaries on books have been broadcast by 160 affiliate stations of National Public Radio and have appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer and Chicago Sun-Times. In 2009 he received an innovative research grant from the University of Vermont to work on a cycle of poems about Lake Champlain.

Thursday, Mar. 28, 7:30 p.m. Free

Poetry reading with Honeybee Press poets Ben Aleshire and Robert McKay

Burlington’s Honeybee Press currently produces The Salon, a handbound literary magazine of poetry and prose that aims to make local literature more affordable and visible to the public. In founder Benjamin Aleshire’s own words, The Salon is “a publication that bridges the divide between the gutter and the ivory tower.” Join Aleshire and colleague Robert McKay for an evening of innovative and provocative original poetry. Aleshire’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry East, Green Mountains Review, Seven Days, and Barrow Street. His play, “Gauvain the Good Knight,” won the 2009 Nor’Easter Playwright Competition. He is a recent recipient of a Vermont Arts Council grant in publishing, and was in residence at the BCA Center during the summer of 2012. Robert McKay’s first collection, Cities of Rain (Honeybee Press, 2012), was celebrated at the Burlington Book Festival last year. Robert teaches high school in Saratoga Springs, but home is the Old North End of Burlington. His poetry has recently appeared in OccuPoetry, Siren, Measure and others, and has been set to music in the Vermont Poetry and Song Project. His criticism has appeared in Visions of Joanna Newsom (Roan Press, 2009) and The Occupied Oakland Tribune. He was an undergraduate fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in 2008.

The Writers’ Barn mission is to build a supportive space for writers of all ages to develop writing skills, whether for pleasure or profession, and to build communities that share and celebrate the written or spoken word. 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne, VT. (802)985-3091