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The First Time

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Shanta Lee Gander

Shanta Lee Gander is a multidisciplinary artist who was the 2020 recipient of the Arthur Williams Award for Meritorious Service to the Arts. She was named as Diode Editions’ full-length book contest winner for her debut poetry compilation, GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA: Dreamin of Mama While Trying to Speak in Woke Tongues and her second collection of poetry,  Black Metamorphosis, is forthcoming.  She holds an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction and Poetry from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, an MBA from the University of Hartford and an undergraduate degree in Women, Gender and Sexuality from Trinity College. For more on Shanta Lee’s photography and writing, visit

Friday, Oct 15, 7:00PM-8:15 & Sunday, 2:30-3:30-Panels- Register for A Creative Force &  Sunday, 2:30-3:30-Are We Having a Moment? Writing poetry in the time of the pandemic and poetry’s resurgence in the culture

Sunday, Oct 17, 11:30-12:30 -Register for  The First Time

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Alexandria Hall
Field Music

Alexandria Hall’s debut poetry collection, Field Music, was selected by Rosanna Warren as a winner of the National Poetry Series. She holds an MFA from New York University and is now a PhD student in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. Hall is the founder and editor-in-chief of Tele- Magazine. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in LARB Quarterly Journal, Narrative, BOAAT, The Bennington Review, Hobart, and The Yale Review, among others. She is from Vermont and lives in Los Angeles.


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What does it mean to move away from the shadow of one’s mother, parents, or family in order to come into being within this world? As collective memory within the Black diaspora has been ruptured, Shanta Lee Gander’s first poetry collection GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA time travels by creating and recapturing memory from a fractured past to survive in the present and envision a future. 

In her remarkable and assured debut collection Field Music, Alexandria Hall shows us daily life in rural Vermont, illuminating the beauty and difficulty inherent in the dichotomies of human language and experience.