New England Review Announces New Reading Series

April 12 , 2011—Middlebury, VT—The New England Review is pleased to announce the first event in the NER Vermont Reading Series. On April 19, 2011, at 7 pm, four Vermont writers—Kellam Ayres, Castle Freeman Jr., Ted Gilley, and Kathryn Kramer—will read from their work at 51 Main in Middlebury.

Sponsored by the New England Review, with support from the Vermont Book Shop, the NER Vermont Reading Series provides an opportunity for Vermont writers to read their work in front of an audience, and to acquaint local audiences with the talented writers who live and work among us. The series presents not only authors who’ve published in the New England Review and elsewhere, but also those just starting out, who may be unpublished and reading their work for the first time.

That Vermont is home to more writers per capita than any other state in the nation is a testament not only to the natural beauty of our surroundings and the possibilities for solitude and contemplation, but also to the great traditions and institutions that support our literary artists when the time comes to share their work. Published by Middlebury College since 1987, New England Review is proud of its own tradition of advancing the literary arts, bringing both new and known writers to a national reading public, and endeavors through the NER Vermont Reading Series to help bring about a similar convergence of voices here in our home state.

Kellam Ayres (Middlebury) is a librarian at Middlebury College and a graduate of the Bread Loaf School of English.

Castle Freeman Jr. (Newfane) is the author of four novels, most recently All That I Have, and a regular contributor to Vermont Life.

Ted Gilley (Bennington) is a freelance editor and writer. His book, Bliss and Other Short Stories, won the 2009 Prairie Schooner Fiction Prize.

Kathryn Kramer (Corinth) is the author of three novels, most recently Sweet Water. She has taught at Middlebury College since 1997.

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contact: Christopher Ross, Reading Series Coordinator

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