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The Genius of His Own House

The Genius of His Own House

Posted: April 13, 2017

For Alex Aldrich “Tis pity if the case require (Or so we say) that in the end We speak the literal to inspire The understanding of a friend”, wrote Robert Frost, Vermont’s first poet laureate, in 1913 as a caveat to himself and his readers alike. Live in a town without a bakery or cake on the grounds that they aren’t necessary and see what it’s like; possible, yes, but so damned ordinary. Read More
Howard Mosher’s Imagination of Vermont

Howard Mosher’s Imagination of Vermont

Posted: February 2, 2017

Vermont writer Howard Mosher died on January 29th. Filmmaker Jay Craven worked closely with Mosher since 1985 when he optioned the story rights to his book “Where the Rivers Flow North.”  Craven has made five films based on Mosher’s stories. This is his tribute. Read More
The People’s Poet

The People’s Poet

Posted: September 29, 2016

Tribute to David Budbill, the People’s Poet Burlington Book Festival September 16, 2016 Thank you for inviting me to introduce my poet-friend of 45 years as he receives this richly deserved tribute. I raise my voice so it may reach David on Murray Hill in Montpelier. When I speak David’s name I want to say in one loving breath “David and Lois.” They came to northern Vermont over four decades ago and found their true home, taking many kinds of jobs — from logger to teacher — to hold life together and to live with integrity, raising Nadine, writing, and making art. Read More
Belonging

Belonging

Posted: September 29, 2016

For Leland Kinsey May 2, 1950 – September 14, 2016 Leland Kinsey and I loved to fish for brook trout in the Northeast Kingdom. Not just trout. And not just anywhere. Brook trout in the Kingdom. I suppose that there are good, trouty brooks in Orleans, Essex, and Caledonia counties that Lee and I never discovered. Not many, though. At least once a week during fishing season, for nearly half a century, Lee and I would strike out early in the morning and follow a brook miles up through cedar bogs, upland meadows, hardwoods and softwoods, to its source at an icy spring high on some Kingdom mountain. Read More
Galway Kinnell: An Appreciation

Galway Kinnell: An Appreciation

Posted: October 30, 2014

By Executive Director of the Arts Council, Alex Aldrich I once had a small argument with Galway Kinnell. We were in a panel meeting to select the next Vermont State Poet and there was a momentary misunderstanding about process that required some clarification. Galway misunderstood my clarification, meaning that my … Read More
Remembering Jim Jeffords

Remembering Jim Jeffords

Posted: August 20, 2014

Alex Aldrich, Vermont Arts Council executive director, wrote the following remembrance after hearing of the death of beloved Vermont Senator James Jeffords. It is impossible NOT to join the chorus of so many others in celebrating the life and career of Senator Jim Jeffords. He was a thoughtful leader in … Read More