Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022 Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022
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Local Voices— Shanta Lee Gander & Arlene Distler

Epsilon Spires 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301

Shanta Lee

Shanta Lee is the 2020 recipient of the Arthur Williams Award for Meritorious Service to the Arts and 2020 and named as Diode Editions 2020 full-length book contest winner for her debut poetry compilation,  GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA: Dreamin of Mama While Trying to Speak Woman in Woke Tongues, was the winner of the 2021 Vermont Book Award in Poetry. 

Shanta Lee has an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction and Poetry from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.  She has an MBA from the University of Hartford and an undergraduate degree in Women, Gender and Sexuality from Trinity College. 

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In her first full-length collection GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA: Dreamin of Mama While Trying to Speak Woman in Woke Tongues, Shanta Lee Gander navigates between formal and vernacular styles to introduce the reader to a myriad of subjects such as scientific facts that link butterflies to female sexuality and vulnerability; whispers of classical Greek myth; H.P. Lovecraft’s fantastical creature, Cthulhu; and the traces of African mythmaking and telling. 

In Voices Like Wind Chimes, Arlene Distler’s parallax vision reveals both the visceral and emotional interiors of her subject matter, especially as it evanesces before her, whether it be an octopus getting cleaned or those she has loved and lost. These are moving lyrical poems that transcend mere experience with a distilled wisdom that’s resonates with spontaneous freshness.

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Tim Mayo
Tim Mayo
The Brattleboro Retreat, Teacher & Mental Health Worker
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