Brattleboro Literary Festival 2017 Authors

  • Jacob M Appel
    Jacob M Appel
    Jacob M. Appel's first novel, The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up, won the Dundee International Book Award in 2012. His short story collection, Scouting for the Reaper, won the 2012 Hudson Prize and was published by Black Lawrence in November 2013. He is the author of five other collections...
  • Katherine Arden
    Katherine Arden
    Born in Austin, Texas, Katherine Arden spent a year of high school in Rennes, France. Following her acceptance to Middlebury College in Vermont, she deferred enrollment for a year in order to live and study in Moscow. At Middlebury, she specialized in French and Russian literature. After receiving her...
  • Kerri Arsenault
    Kerri Arsenault
    Kerri Arsenault is a writer, editor, photographer, and National Book Critics Circle Board member. Her writings have appeared in Freeman’s, Kirkus Reviews, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and other publications. She is also a columnist at and Editor for Jewels of the North Atlantic (coming...
  • Avi
    Avi and his twin sister were born in New York City to Joseph Wortis, a psychiatrist, and Helen Wortis, a social worker. When he was a year old, his sister gave him the nickname "Avi." Two of Avi's grandfathers were writers, and one grandmother was a playwright. In...
  • Jill Bialosky
    Jill Bialosky
    Jill Bialosky was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She studied for her undergraduate degree at Ohio University and received a Master of Arts degree from the Writing Seminars at The Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. Bialosky has published several...
  • Molly Booth
    Molly Booth
    Molly Booth is the author of Shakespeare-inspired Young Adult novels SAVING HAMLET (2016) and NOTHING HAPPENED (spring 2018), both published by Disney Hyperion. Her books use Shakespeare to tell stories that she hopes will empower young people. She also directs the All the World’s a Stage Players, a Shakespearean...
  • Michelle Burford
    Michelle Burford
    Michelle Burford Michelle Burford, a celebrity ghostwriter and story surgeon, grew up in Phoenix, AZ. Before she moved to New York, she sold stilettos during the night shift at Sears in Colorado’s Chapel Hill Mall. Eventually, she became the founding Senior Editor of O, The Oprah Magazine. She has helped to...
  • Steph Burt
    Steph Burt
    Steph (also Stephen and Stephanie) Burt is a poet, literary critic, and professor with eight published books, including two critical books on poetry and three poetry collections. Her essay collection Close Calls with Nonsense (Graywolf Press, 2009) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her next...
  • Tom Callahan
    Tom Callahan
    Tom Callahan is a former senior writer at Time magazine and sports columnist at the Washington Post. He is the author of Johnny U, In Search of Tiger, The Bases Were Loaded (and So Was I), The GM, and His Father’s Son: Earl and Tiger Woods. His latestbook is...
  • Olivia Kate Cerrone
    Olivia Kate Cerrone
    Olivia Kate Cerrone’s historical novella, The Hunger Saint (Bordighera Press, 2017), about the child miners of Sicily, was praised by Kirkus Reviews as "a well-crafted and affecting literary tale." SPD Books also listed The Hunger Saint as a Fiction Bestseller for May & June 2017. Her writing has appeared...
  • Christopher C. Child
    Christopher C. Child
    Christopher C. Child Chris Child has worked for various departments at NEHGS since 1997 and became a full-time employee in July 2003. He has been a member of NEHGS since the age of eleven. He has written several articles in American Ancestors, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, and...
  • Maggie Dietz
    Maggie Dietz
    Maggie Dietz’s most recent collection, That Kind of Happy, was published in 2016. She is also the author of Perennial Fall and coeditor of Americans’ Favorite Poems, Poems to Read, and An Invitation to Poetry. She teaches at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
  • Andrea Cohen
    Andrea Cohen
    Andrea Cohen’s poems and stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Threepenny Review, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, Glimmer Train, The Hudson Review, etc. Her poetry collections include Unfathoming (Four Way Books, 2017), Furs Not Mine (Four Way, 2015), Kentucky Derby (Salmon Poetry, 2011), Long...
  • James Dodson
    James Dodson
    James (Jim) Dodson is currently Writer-in-Residence for The Pilot newspaper and Editor of award-winning PineStraw Magazine the arts and culture magazine of the Carolina Sandhills. He also serves as Founding Editor of O.Henry Magazine, the arts and culture sister publication in Greensboro, and Salt Magazine in Wilmington. Over the course...
  • Dede Cummings
    Dede Cummings
    Dede Cummings is a writer, literary agent/publisher and commentator for Vermont Public Radio. Her collection, To Look Out From, is the winner of the 4th annual Homebound Publications Poetry Prize, and was published by Homebound Publications in April, 2017. In 2013, she was a poetry contributor at the Bread...
  • Denise Duhamel
    Denise Duhamel
    Denise Duhamel received a BFA degree from Emerson College and a MFA degree from Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including: Blowout (University of Pittsburgh, 2013), Ka-Ching! (University of Pittsburgh, 2009), and Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems (University of Pittsburgh,...
  • Carolyn Forché
    Carolyn Forché
    Carolyn Forché’s first volume, Gathering the Tribes, winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, was followed by The Country Between Us, The Angel of History, and Blue Hour. She has translated Mahmoud Darwish, Claribel Alegria, and Robert Desnos. Her famed international anthology, Against Forgetting, has been praised...
  • Julia Foulkes
    Julia Foulkes
    Julia Foulkes’s most recent book, A Place for Us: West Side Story and New York, examines what this legendary musical and film reveal about mid-20th century New York. Her first book, Modern Bodies: Dance and American Modernism from Martha Graham to Alvin Ailey (2002), explores how gender, sexuality, race,...
  • Ruth Franklin
    Ruth Franklin
    Ruth Franklin is a book critic and former editor at The New Republic. Her biography, Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life (Liveright/W.W. Norton, 2016), won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography and was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2016, a Time magazine top nonfiction...
  • John Freeman
    John Freeman
    John Freeman is the editor of Freeman's, a literary biannual of new writing, and executive editor of Lit Hub. His books include "How to Read a Novelist" and "The Tyranny of E-mail," as well as "Tales of Two Cities," an anthology of new writing about inequality in New York...
  • Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina
    Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina
    Gretchen Gerzina is a dean of the Commonwealth Honors College at UMass Amherst, and was named the Paul Murray Kendall Chair in Biography there in 2016. Previously, Gerzina was a professor at Dartmouth College where she held the Kathe Tappe Vernon Professorship in Biography, and served as chair of...
  • John Freeman Gill
    John Freeman Gill
    John Freeman Gill is a native New Yorker and longtime New York Times contributor whose work has been anthologized in The New York Times Book of New York and More New York Stories: The Best of the City Section of The New York Times. His writing has appeared in...
  • María José Giménez
    María José Giménez
    María José Giménez is a Venezuelan-Canadian poet and translator. Her publications include original and translated poetry, short fiction, essays, screenplays, a mountaineering memoir by Edurne Pasaban, and Alejandro Saravia’s novel Red, Yellow and Green (Biblioasis, 2016), winner of 2016 Translation Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Awarded...
  • Bill Goldstein
    Bill Goldstein
    Bill Goldstein, the founding editor of the books site of The New York Times on the Web, reviews books and interviews authors for NBC's "Weekend Today in New York." He is also curator of public programs at Roosevelt House, the public policy institute of New York's Hunter College. He...