Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022 Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022
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Michael Fleming & Camille Guthrie


Michael Fleming
Bags and Tools

Michael Fleming was born in San Francisco, raised in Wyoming, and has lived and learned and worked all around the world, from Thailand, England, and Swaziland to Berkeley, New York City, and now Brattleboro. He’s been a teacher, a grad student, a carpenter, and always a writer; for the past fifteen years he has edited literary anthologies for W. W. Norton.

 His debut collection of poetry, Bags and Tools, was the winner of the 2021 Sundog Poetry Prize.

Camille Guthrie
Diamonds

Camille Guthrie is the author of four books of poetry, including her newest collection  Diamonds. Her poems have appeared in such journals as Boston Review, The Iowa Review, The New Republic, and Tin House, as well as in several anthologies including the The Best American Poetry 2019 & 2020

She has been awarded fellowships from MacDowell and the Yaddo Foundation; she holds an MFA from Brown University and a BA from Vassar College. From 2009-2017, Guthrie was a visiting faculty member at Bennington, and in Fall 2017, she became the Director of Undergraduate Writing Initiatives


About the winning selection of Sundog Poetry’s yearly Vermont poetry book contest  Benjamin Aleshire wrote the following about Bag of Tools in Seven Days: “This unusually rich variety of lived experiences makes Bags and Tools a pleasure to read." 

Divided into four sections, the author confronts the dread of the pandemic, recounts personal adventures from his wild years, and muses about subjects global and local. Composed almost entirely in rhyme and meter, the book is also an impressive feat of formalism — especially since the gorgeous musicality in Fleming's poems never gets in the way of what the author is communicating.” 

Camille Guthrie's new book Diamonds abounds with witty resilience. In these irreverent poems about grief and desire—in which the poet meditates upon gender roles, history, pop culture, and academia. Guthrie subverts and teases traditional forms in an elegy about Sylvia Plath’s prom dress, a dating profile for Hieronymus Bosch, a sestina about beauty and power—with radical dramatic monologues in the voices of Madame du Barry, a Pict Woman, and more. 

Unlike Virgil, who refuses to guide this poet through her journey at midlife, Guthrie leads readers by the hand into a provoking, affecting journey of a break-up and a reconciliation with love.


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