Vermont Humanities

Linda Quinlan: Words in the Woods

Elmore State Park 856 VT-12, Elmore, VT, United States

Linda Quinlan’s book of poetry “Chelsea Creek” was published by Brickhouse Press.  She won the “Wicked Women’s” poetry award and was Poet of the Year in Wisconsin.  She published in many journals some of which include Sinister Wisdom, New Orleans Review and Black Mountain Press. She cohosts a T V Show All Things LGBTQ and lives in Montpelier with her partner." 

The Hills of Home: Mountains and Identity in Vermont History

Craftsbury Public Library 12 Church St, Craftsbury Common, VT, United States

Vermonters have strong ideas about the importance of their mountain topography. Where did our pride in Vermont’s landscape come from, and why is it that we see our shared identity as rooted in the land? This lecture by historian Jill Mudgett is timely and relevant in its relationship to current interdisciplinary scholarship, and offers us tools to understand the origins and meaning of our own strongly-held attachments to the Vermont landscape.

Monica Ferrell: Words in the Woods

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

Monica Ferrell is the author of a novel and two books of poetry, most recently the collection You Darling Thing, which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award and the Believer Book Award. She has taught fiction and poetry for the MFA programs at Columbia University and Bennington College, and is Professor of Creative Writing at Purchase College (SUNY). 

The Many Meanings of Maple

Pawlet Town Hall 122 School St, Pawlet, VT, United States

This presentation examines the many meanings of maple sugaring. Maple is enormously important to Vermont’s economy, ecology, and heritage. Champlain College professor Michael Lange will discuss sugaring ethnographically, based on over five years of research among sugarmakers all over the state, to learn from them what sugaring really means to Vermont.

Based on a Real Life: All The King’s Men

Cabot Public Library 3084 Main Street, Cabot, VT, United States

One biography each year is awarded a Pulitzer Prize, but these character studies wouldn't count - each is a Pulitzer-winning work of fiction, with portions based on one person's real life story. All the King's Men is a 1946 novel by Robert Penn Warren. Its title is drawn from the nursery rhyme "Humpty Dumpty".

From Homebrew to the House of Fermentology

Greensboro Free Library 53 Wilson St, Greensboro, VT, United States

Bill Mares began making his own beer 45 years ago, when home brewing was illegal and there were no microbreweries in America. In this presentation, he offers a short history of beer itself and discusses Vermont’s small but significant contribution to the American beer revolution.

Bianca Stone: Words in the Woods

Branbury State Park 3570 Lake Dunmore Rd, Salisbury, VT, United States

Bianca Stone author of the poetry collections What is Otherwise Infinite (Tin House, 2022), The Möbius Strip Club of Grief (Tin House, 2018), Someone Else’s Wedding Vows (Octopus Books and Tin House, 2014) and collaborated with Anne Carson on the illuminated version of Antigonick (New Directions, 2012). Her work has appeared in many magazines, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic and The Nation. She teaches classes on poetry and poetic study at the Ruth Stone House (501c3) where she is editor-at-large for ITERANT magazine and host of Ode & Psyche Podcast.

From Skiffs to Sail Ferries: The Story of Vermont’s Small Boat Traditions

Greensboro Free Library 53 Wilson St, Greensboro, VT, United States

The stories of Vermont naval history and commercial shipping have been well documented by generations of historians. However, the traditions of small boat building from throughout our state have remained untold. In this slide presentation, Douglas Brooks shares his research on these traditions, and his work in recreating some of these historic vessels.