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Words in the Woods with Abenaki Musician Bryan Blanchette

Words in the Woods

Bryan Blanchette is a singer-songwriter who brings more than ten thousand years of Abenaki tradition to his contemporary compositions. He began powwow drumming more than two decades ago and soon after began writing Abenaki language songs. Bryan also studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

In this Words in the Woods event, Bryan is joined at Elmore State Park by a small electrified group to perform original and contemporary songs, some sung in the Abenaki language.

To learn more about Passaconaway and read the story Bryan references in his interview visit https://sidis.net/Passaconaway/PASSChap1.htm

Thanks to Vermont State Parks and the Vermont Arts Council for their support of Words in the Woods! Words in the Woods events are generously sponsored by a Northeast Kingdom donor in honor of poet Judy Chalmer.

Words in the Woods Recordings

Words in the Woods with Abenaki Musician Bryan Blanchette

Video: In this Words in the Woods event, Abenaki singer-songwriter Bryan Blanchette is joined at Elmore State Park by a small electrified group to perform original and contemporary songs, some sung in the Abenaki language.

Geof Hewitt at table

Words in the Woods with Geof Hewitt

Video: Join writer Geof Hewitt in an entertaining video shot at Elmore State Park as he recites several of his poems and leads a fast-paced writing workshop. The video features a seven-minute interlude of scenery taken at the park, designed to inspire you to write!

Poet James Crews

Words in the Woods with Poet James Crews

Video: Poet James Crews, author of “Bluebird,” reads from and discusses his poetry at Jamaica State Park for our Words in the Woods series. He also shares writing prompts for those inspired by his words.

Poet Judith Chalmer

Words in the Woods with Poet Judith Chalmer

Enjoy the fall colors of New Discovery State Park and the poetry of Judith Chalmer in this Words in the Woods video, recorded when foliage was near its peak. Chalmer reads from her latest collection, “Minnow,” including some poems that were inspired by visits to Vermont state parks.

Poet Sarah Audsley in a black dress in front of a large gray rock.

Words in the Woods with Poet Sarah Audsley

Join poet Sarah Audsley in a video recorded at the Taconic Mountains Ramble in Hubbarton, Vermont for the latest installment of “Words in the Woods.” Sarah reads six poems from her manuscript-in-progress and reflects with Vermont Humanities staffers Rachel Edens and Sahra Ali on the power of place and the influence of identity.

Poet Shanta Lee leaning against a tree

Words in the Woods with Poet Shanta Lee

Join poet Shanta Lee in a video recorded at Sweet Pond State Park in Guilford, Vermont for the latest installment of Words in the Woods. Shanta reads from her collection, GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA: Dreamin of Mama While Trying to Speak Woman in Woke Tongues, and reflects with Vermont Humanities staffers Rachel Edens and Sahra Ali on the craft of poetry.

Vermont Humanities*** July 5, 2022