Vermont Humanities

Bryan Blanchette: Words in the Woods

Elmore State Park 856 VT-12, Elmore, VT

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.

Toussaint St. Negritude: Words in the Woods

Boulder Beach State Park 2278 Boulder Beach Rd, Groton

Toussaint St. Negritude describes himself as “Black, queer, artist, mountaineer, devout congregant of the wilderness.” He frequently intersperses his words with compositions on his bass clarinet. His work has been published in journals such as The Michigan Quarterly Review, The Savannah Literary Journal, and The San Francisco Bay Guardian.

Carol Potter: Words in the Woods

Wilgus State Park 3985 Connecticut River Rd, Springfield

Carol Potter is a teacher, editor, and author of five books of poetry. Some Slow Bees won the Field Poetry Prize from Oberlin College Press in 2014. Her poems have been published in The American Poetry Review, Poetry, The Green Mountains Review, The Kenyon Review, among others.

Keiselim (Keysi) Montás: Words in the Woods

Lake Shaftsbury State Park 262 Lake Shaftsbury Rd, Shaftsbury, VT

Keysi Montás was born in the Dominican Republic and migrated to New York at the age of 16. He has published five poetry books, two collections of short stories, and two collections of essays.