Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022 Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022

Saturday, October 15, 2022

Write Action Spotlight Reading

Terry Hauptman will be reading from her seventh full length new poetry collection, FALLEN ANGELS. She reads her poetry rhapsodically and exhibits her luminous Songline Scroll paintings nationally . 


Julia Ferrari, a  poet, printmaker and painter, brings all those fields into her profession in the book arts. Ferrari will read from her new book, Like Rivers with a prose poem expressing the endless movement of our lives, as well as a poem about the impact of personal loss.


Toni Ortner has had 29 books published by small presses/ In 2022 Blue Lyrics by  Adelaide Books, Daybook IV by Deerbrook Editions, Daybook V Change of Season by Ardent Writer Press, and Shadows and Silhouettes by Kelsay Books.


Naima K. Wade, poet and author, educator, certified health/ wellness instructor, holistic and meditation coach and lead consultant for Wade Consulting Teacher Services International. Wade will read from WAR IS OVER WE ARE UNBOUND : POETRY ARMOR FOR THE TIMES WE LIVE IN AMERICA NOW!, a volume of poetry and creative prose in Naima’s all inclusive voice….This is a journey into her transformational awakened/ dream states and her extraordinary healing from past racial traumas that freed her poetic voice.


Susan Mills ran an immigration law firm in the Providence and the Boston areas as a Spanish-speaking attorney. She prepared asylum cases for thousands of immigrants from Central America, with a focus on unaccompanied teenagers. Central Americans have been an intimate part of her life for some forty years. Members of her family also came from a war-torn village in El Salvador.  

On the Wings of a Hummingbird was published in May of this year. At 15 years old, Petra must grow into the lessons of the Mayan hummingbird as she carves her future out of a childhood scarred by gang violence. "There is poetry and hardship to spare in Mills's mesmerizing novel … a profound meditation on the human capacity for repair, for regeneration," writes Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Díaz. 

Sunday, October 16, 2022

The Vast Library of the Female Mind: The Poetry of Ruth Stone--Film screening and discussion
Nora Jacobson
Nora Jacobson
Film: The Vast Library of the Female Mind: The Poetry of Ruth Stone

Film director, Nora Jacobson, will be present for the screening of her award winning documentary on Vermont poet, Ruth Stone.

Stone appeared at the Brattleboro Literary Festival in 2002, its inaugural year. Jacobson's film, recently acquired for distribution by Icarus Films and slated for PBS broadcast in 2023, is an intimate view into the life and work of poet Ruth Stone. In addition to priceless archival footage of Stone in the 70s, the film incorporates candid footage of Ruth when she was 94, her family, and heartfelt and enlightening interviews with poets who knew her and know her work, including Sharon Olds, Toi Derricotte, Edward Hirsch, Major Jackson, Verandah Porsche and Chard DeNiord. 

The film also features hand made animation by Stone's granddaughter Bianca Stone, also a poet.

Chard DeNiord, former Vermont Poet Laureate, says this about Stone: 

Ruth Stone (1917-2011) was a self-educated American original who possessed a formidable poetic gift. Blessed with both an eidetic memory and genius for crafting memorable poetry that chronicled her courageous life as a widow and mother of three daughters while living in poverty throughout most of her life, Stone grew steadily as a poet, ultimately winning a National Book Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, NEA Fellowships, and the honor of poet laureate of Vermont.