Speakers BureauTalks and Living History Presentations for Your Community
Talks with the Literature theme:
Adventures in Poetry: “Efficient Novels,” New England Style - Geof Hewitt leads a group discussion challenging perceptions of poetry, featuring works by contemporary New England writers.
Poems in Performance: A Cure for Poemphobia - Geof Hewitt offers poems that defy stereotype, discussing the magical loosening of "poetry" in the past fifty years that has opened doors for reluctant readers.
Song of the Vikings: The Making of Norse Myths - Nancy Marie Brown brings 13th-century Icelandic chieftain Snorri Sturluson’s life into focus, drawing on newly available sources and illuminating the folklore and pagan legends of medieval Scandinavia.
Transmedia: Storytelling as World Building - Erik Esckilsen discusses the tradition of world-building storytelling, exploring how technology has inspired new ways of defining, crafting, and sharing stories.
Vermont Nature and Environmental Poetry: From Ancient China to Today - Sean Prentiss highlights Vermont-based nature and environmental poetry, drawing connections to the birthplace of the nature poetry movement in ancient China.
Who Was Robert Frost and Who Are We? - Geof Hewitt discusses several of Robert Frost's poems, comparing how Frost portrayed Vermont and its people to how he might see the state today.
Why Are We Still Reading Jane Austen? - Deborah Lee Luskin discusses the continuing global appeal of Jane Austen’s drawing room dramas among readers and moviegoers.