2016 Poets

Pamela Ahlen is currently program coordinator for Bookstock (Woodstock, Vermont), the Green Mountain Literary Festival.  She organizes literary readings for Osher (Lifelong Education at Dartmouth).  Pam received an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.  She is the author of the chapbook “Gather Every Little Thing” (Finishing Line Press).

Ina Anderson grew up in England, but has lived in Sharon, VT for many years. She spent her professional life as a technical editor and as a community college educator. Now retired, she has time for her life-long love of poetry and fiber arts. Ina has led poetry groups at the Writers’ Center in White River Junction and at Baxter Library in Sharon. Some of her poems were published in the poetry group anthology, “Perhaps it was the Pie.” Her first collection, Before I Left, will be published by this fall.

Danny Dover lives with his wife Mary in a remodeled schoolhouse in Bethel. He received his B.A. from Antioch College in 1971 and also holds Associate Degrees in Surveying Technology and Keyboard Technology. Danny was the piano technician at Dartmouth College for seventeen years and continues servicing pianos part-time. Previously he worked as a folksinger, contradance musician, dulcimer maker, foundry patternmaker, and surveyor. Danny serves on the Board of Hands in Outreach, Inc., a small non-profit coordinating educational sponsorships for very poor children in Nepal. His poems have appeared in Blueline and numerous issues of Bloodroot Literary Magazine. He has published one chapbook, Kindness Soup, Thankful Tea (Dhotarap Press, 2006). Danny was a 2013 Pushcart nominee. His first full-length book of poetry, “Tasting Precious Metal,” was recently published by Antrim House Books.

Chard deNiord is Vermont’s newly-appointed Poet Laureate. Born in New Haven, CT and raised in Lynchburg, VA, he anticipated going into the medical profession until college professors introduced him to religious studies. After graduating from Lynchburg College, deNiord earned his MDiv from Yale Divinity School. Before pursuing ordination, he working as an inpatient psychiatric aide at the Connecticut Mental Health Center. Five years later, he left to pursue poetry, attending the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he received his MFA in 1985. Returning to New England, deNiord taught at private schools for over a decade while publishing his poems. In 1990, he published his first collection, “Asleep in the Fire” (University of Alabama Press), while teaching comparative religions and philosophy at the Putney School.

In 1998, deNiord began teaching at Providence College, where he was eventually named the tenth recipient of the Joseph R. Accinno Faculty Teaching Award. That same year, he founded the Spirit and Letter Workshop, a ten-day program of workshops and lectures in Patzquaro, Mexico, featuring faculty poets such as Thomas Lux, Gerald Stern, Jean Valentine and Ellen Bryant Voigt. In 2002, deNiord cofounded the New England College MFA program in poetry, which he directed until 2007.

In addition to several collections of poetry, he has authored a book of essays and interviews with renowned poets. He is currently a professor of English at Providence College. He lives in Westminster West with his wife, Liz.

Dick Drysdale grew up in Randolph and succeeded his father as editor and publisher of Randolph’s weekly newspaper, then the White River Valley Herald, in 1971, when he was 26. He sold the paper in June 2015, when he was rather older. Dick’s written output has mostly been newspaper stories and editorials, some of which have received statewide attention and he was inducted into the New England Press Association’s Hall of Fame a year ago. He has enjoyed writing poetry but hasn’t written much of it. He insists that he experienced a Fertile Period for about 15 months some 20 years ago and has been mired in a Fallow Period ever since. A few of his poems have been published in literary journals and 15 in his own book “Vermont Moments” published late last year.

Jamie Gage is a Vermonter, father and husband, poet and writer who has won fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center and Vermont Arts Council. His work has been published in dozens of periodicals and literary journals including Main Street Rag, Inkwell, Out of Line, Mountain Gazette, Powhatan Review, and others. His first book of poems “True If Destroyed” is now available from Finishing Line Press or by contacting him at jgagenow@gmail.com.

Aaron Marcus (piano, concertina, banjo, foot percussion, vocals) draws on a rich background of musical traditions including New England contra, classical piano, English country dance, West African, and old time. Aaron is well known throughout the Northeast for his performances with Giant Robot Dance, Gift of the Marcii, Frost and Fire, and The Turning Stile. In his non-musical life, he works as an endangered-species biologist.

Gary Margolis is the author of four books of poems. His poems speak from the heart of New England and our nation and speak across cultures. They’re characterized by thoughtful emotion, humor, curiosity and surprise. He is the Executive Director Emeritus of College Mental Health Services at Middlebury College where he was also a part-time Associate Professor of English and American Literatures. He is a recipient of Vermont Arts Council and Millay Colony Awards and a Robert Frost Fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. His poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, American Scholar, Poetry Northwest, and the Journal of the American College Health Association.

Lizzy Mandell is a Vermont singer/songwriter. Her album debut, Made for Flying, showcases eleven original songs. Lizzy’s soulful voice and compelling lyrics and melodies take the listener on a ride through the American landscape – through mountain farms, desert towns, to ocean shores, and home again.

Dorothy Robson is a founder of the White River Valley Players. The Hancock musician has composed and performed music for a number of WRVP Productions, including The Cherry Orchard, Second Chance, and most recently, Ransom, which was performed at Chandler in November 2014.

Gwyneth Walker’s music has been widely performed throughout the country and is beloved by performers and audiences alike for its energy, beauty, reverence, drama, and humor. Dr. Gwyneth Walker is a graduate of Brown University and the Hartt School of Music. She holds B.A., M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in Music Composition. A former faculty member of the Oberlin College Conservatory, she resigned from academic employment in 1982 in order to pursue a career as a full-time composer. For nearly 30 years, she lived on a dairy farm in Braintree. She now divides her time between her childhood hometown of New Canaan, Connecticut and the musical communities of Sarasota, Florida and Randolph, Vermont. Walker’s catalogue includes over 300 commissioned works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, chorus, and solo voice. A special interest has been dramatic works that combine music with readings, acting, and movement.

Chloe Viner has been writing poetry for fifteen years. Her first book of poetry “Naked Under an Umbrella” was published by Finishing Line press in 2011. Her second book of poetry, “What the Rain Said Last Night” was published in 2015 by Future Cycle Press. Her third book of poetry, “27 Apples” is forthcoming this July. Chloe lives in a large farmhouse in rural Vermont with her husband, cat, dog and a flock of hens. Chloe works as the Panel Manager at Franklin Grand Isle Restorative Justice Center and spends her spare time reading and hiking.