Wednesday, June 3 at 7:00PM
First Wednesdays - The Shina-Sunni Divide in Islam
Former Iranian Ambassador to the UN Mansour Farhang examines the origin and contemporary revival of the 1300-year-long divide and explores how contemporary challenges facing states and societies in the Middle East.
Underwriter: Vermont Council on World Affairs.
Wednesday, June 10 at 7:00PM
Arts and Culture Series - Pumpkin Hill Singers
For over forty years, the Pumpkin Hill Singers have been singing a wide variety of music including sacred harp, contemporary, world, early, and folk. Hear them perform and discuss their work. The Pumpkin Hill Singers will be joined by Pipe and Slippers, a folk band specializing in both traditional and contemporary music, as well as band originals.
Thursday, June 11 at 7:00PM
Readings in the Gallery - An Evening with Neil Shepard & Peggy Sapphire
Neil Sheppard has published a chapbook of poems, Vermont Exit Ramps (Big Table Publishing, 2012), as well as five full collections of poetry—Scavenging the Country for a Heartbeat (First Book Award, Mid-List Press, 1993); I'm Here Because I Lost My Way (Mid-List, 1998); This Far from the Source (Mid-List, 2006); (T)ravel/Un(t)ravel (Mid-List, 2011); and most recently, Hominid Up (Salmon Poetry Press, 2015). His poems and essays appear in several magazines and online publications including Poem-A-Day (from the Academy of American Poets). He has been nominated several times for the Pushcart Prize. Shepard has been a fellow at the MacDowell Arts Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Centre d'Art Marnay (France), and Tyrone Guthrie Arts Center (Ireland); and he has been a visiting writer at The Frost Place. He founded and directed for eight years the Writing Program at the Vermont Studio Center.
Peggy Sapphire has written two books of poetry A Possible Explanation (Partisan Press, 2006) and In the End a Circle (Antrim House, 2009). She is also the co-editor of the book The Disenfranchised: Stories of Life and Grief When an Ex-Spouse Dies (Baywood Publishing Co., Inc., 2013). Her poetry has since appeared in numerous journals including Connecticut River Review, Flipside, The Country & Abroad, Caduceus and others. They have been anthologized in The Circle Continues (Innisfree Press), Poets Against The War (Thunder’s Mouth/Nation Books) and Hurricane Blues: Poems about Katrina and Rita (Southeast Missouri State University Press), Anthology of New England Writers, '01, '06. Her short fiction has appeared in The Underwood Review. She has served on the Board of Trustees for The Frost Place, Franconia, NH, and as Editor of the Connecticut River Review, published by Connecticut Poetry Society.
Thursday, June 18 at 7:00PM
Readings in the Gallery - “Los Lorcas: Poetry in Performance” - Partridge Boswell & Peter Money. Music by Whit Van Meter
Author Peter Money writes and performs for people of all ages. He writes fiction, poetry and hybrid works such as the prose-poem sequence with Saadi Youssef, To day- minutes only (2004); the poetry/music collaboration Blue Square (2007); Che: A Novella In Three Parts (2010); and a book of translations, with Sinan Antoon, of the Arab Modernist Saadi Youssef (2012). His most recent book is American Drone: New and Select Poems (2013). The novella Che is led by images and a theme of seeking friendship. His other books include These Are My Shoes (1991), A Big Yellow (1996), Between Ourselves (1997), Instruments (1998), and Finding It: Selected Poems (2000). His poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, the Sun, the Berkeley Review, the Hawaii Review, Solo, among others, and in the City Lights' anthology Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sound, as well as on Garrison Keillor's “The Writer's Almanac.” His work has also been translated into Spanish in Ultramar Literatura.
Woodstock Poet Partridge Boswell’s first book of poetry, Some Far Country (Grolier Poetry Press, 2013), was the winner of the Grolier Discovery Award. His poem “and pigs may fly” was published in the literary magazine, Rattle and his work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Smartish Pace, Hayden’s Ferry Review and Poetry East, and on Vermont Public Radio Boswell has worked as an arts administrator at both Pentangle Council for the Arts in Woodstock and the Lebanon Opera House and is also one of the organizers of Bookstock, the annual literary festival in Woodstock.
Thursday, June 25th at 7:00PM
Readings in the Gallery - Vermont poet Ralph Culver and writer Jack Pulaski
Vermont poet Ralph Culver’s work has appeared in many magazines and journals over the years, and he is the author of the highly praised chapbook collection Both Distances (Anabiosis Press, 2013). His poetry has been awarded grant funding from the Vermont Arts Council, nominated for a Pushcart Prize, is anthologized in the Green Writers Press collection So Little Time, and his poem “Signed Self-portrait: February” was selected by state poet laureate Sydney Lea as the first letterpress broadside to appear in the annual competition sponsored by Chickadee Chaps & Broads of Montpelier.
Jack Pulaski grew up in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, NY. His stories have appeared in The Iowa Review, Ohio Review, Tikkun, Ploughshares, The New England Review, among others. His first book of short stories (The St. Veronica Gig Stories) was published by Zephyr in 1986. He has written two novels, Courting Laura Providencia and Chekhov was a Doctor. His latest compilation, Love’s Labors, comprised of four stories and two novellas was published in 2012. He has received the Pushcart Prize, the Fiction Award from The Coordinating of Literary Magazines and the Special Merit Award from the Nelson Algren Short Story Competition.Pulaski currently lives in Vermont.
Wednesday, July 8 at 7:00PM
Arts and Culture Series - Suspended Worlds
Chris Hadsel will discuss her new book, Suspended Worlds, a visually brilliant celebration of historic state scenery from northern New England. Painted between 1890 and 1940, these stage curtains can be as glorious as a Hudson Valley Landscape, or as simple as a cluster of local advertisements surrounding a generic farm scene.
Wednesday, August 12 at 7:00PM
Membership Libraries in America
Athenaeum Librarian Bryn Hoffman will speak on American membership libraries, also called subscription or social libraries, and their role in contemporary library and information science. There will be a particular focus on the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum and the way in which its unique institutional model - it is both a membership library and the public library for the town of St. Johnsbury - might help offer a new perspective on the relationship between communities and their libraries in the digital age.