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Teen Poetry, Prose and Pizza Slam

April 22, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Calling all Teen Writers!
Brattleboro Literary Festival Presents: Teen Poetry, Prose and Pizza Slam
The Brattleboro Literary Festival is hosting a teen poetry, prose and pizza slam at the Boys and Girls Club on Saturday April 22, at 7:30. Writers 18 and under are encouraged to sign up to read their original poem or prose. The winner will receive a cash prize of $100 and will be published online at Green Mountains ReviewThe runner-up will receive a $50 cash prize. Door prizes and a raffle will feature gift certificates from local businesses Duo Restaurant, J.D McCliments Pub, Vermont Country Store, Buzzy’s Pizza, Amy’s Bakery, Brown and Roberts, Baskin Family Farms, Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters, and more. Fabulous pizza from Ramunto’s Brick Oven Pizza will be served during the intermission. 

To participate, please sign up by emailing Sophie Guerrina at sophie.guerrina@compass-school.org by April 20th. 

This is a free event, but donations of any amount are welcome!

Winners will be chosen by judges Tim Weed (author of Will Poole’s Island and A Field Guide to Murder and Fly Fishing), Heather Wells Peterson (Brattleboro author whose writing has been published in American Short Fiction, Marie Claire, Subtropics, Bellevue Literary Review, Lit Hub, Lucky Peach and The Collagist, among others), and Chard deNiord, (Poet Laureate of Vermont  and the author of 5 books of poetry and a book of essays).

Major Sponsors are Chroma Technology and Ramunto’s Brick Oven Pizza. Also sponsored by Silver Forest, New Chapter, Harlow Farm, Vermont Country Store, the Brattleboro Food Co-op, Howard Printing, Guilford Sound, and the Boys & Girls Club.

Event Details

WhenApril 22, @7:30

Where: The Boys & Girls Club on Flat Street, Brattleboro

How Much: FREE

About the Brattleboro Literary Festival:

The Brattleboro Literary Festival is a three-day celebration of authors, books, and the power of the written word that includes award winning authors including winners of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. Founded in 2002, this year marks the 16th annual festival which will be held October 12-15, 2017. Past Brattleboro Literary Festivals have featured Julia Alvarez, Jami Attenberg, Russell Banks, Andrea Barrett, Saul Bellow, Roy Blount Jr., Chris Bohjalian, Ken Burns,  Augusten Burroughs, Teju Cole,  Anthony Doerr, Mark Doty, David Ebershoff, Deborah Eisenberg, Joseph Ellis, Anne Fadiman, David Hackett Fischer, Nick Flynn, Julia Glass, Charlotte Gordon, Annette Gordon-Reed, Stephen Greenblatt, Ann Hood, Leslie Jamison, Jamaica Kincaid, Galway Kinnell, Phil Klay, Yusef Komunyakaa, Victor Lavalle, Philip Levine, Lois Lowry, Paula McLain, Gregory Maguire, Megan Marshall, Colum McCann, David Means, Sue Miller, Paul Muldoon, Katherine Paterson, Grace Paley, Jay Parini, Tom Perrotta, Robert Pinsky, Vijay Seshadri, Dani Shapiro, Dana Spiotta, Robert Stone, Ruth Stone, Elizabeth Strout, Luis Alberto Urrea, Laura van den Berg, Isabel Wilkerson, and many, many more. In addition to the festival in October, we host other events throughout the year. For more information, visit our website at www.brattleboroliteraryfestival.org

About the Judges:

Chard deNiord is the current Poet Laureate of  Vermont Vermont. He earned a BA in religious studies from Lynchburg College, a Masters of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. A cofounder of the New England College MFA program in poetry, he is the author of the poetry collections Asleep in the Fire (1990), Sharp Golden Thorn (2003), Night Mowing (2005), The Double Truth (2011) and Interstate(2015). His book Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs (2011) is a collection of interviews with American poets, including Robert Bly, Lucille Clifton, Jack Gilbert, Donald Hall, Galway Kinnell, Maxine Kumin, and Ruth Stone. A professor of English at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island, deNiord lives in Putney, Vermont.
Heather Wells Peterson has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Florida. Her work has appeared in American Short Fiction, Marie Claire, Subtropics, Bellevue Literary Review, Lit Hub, Lucky Peach and The Collagist, among others. She lives in Brattleboro.

Tim Weed’s first novel, WILL POOLE’S ISLAND (2014), was named one of Bank Street College of Education’s Best Books of the Year. He is the winner of Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction and Solas Best Travel Writing awards, and his work has appeared in The Millions, Colorado Review, Talking Points Memo, The Rumpus, Talking Writing, Fiction Writers Review, Writer’s Chronicle, and elsewhere. Tim teaches at Grub Street in Boston and in the MFA Writing program at Western Connecticut State University and is the co-founder of the Cuba Writers’ Program. His new short fiction collection, A FIELD GUIDE TO MURDER & FLY FISHING (Green Writers Press, 2017) has been shortlisted for the New Rivers Press Many Voices Project, the Autumn House Press Fiction Prize, and the Lewis-Clark Press Discovery Award. Read more at www.timweed.net


April 22, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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