Author Archives: Desmond Peeples

An Interview with Author and Artist Frances Cannon

An Interview with Author and Artist Frances Cannon

Posted: October 19, 2020

Frances Cannon is living proof you don’t need a New York agent to make a life in books. I first crossed paths with Frances in 2014, when I published a poem of hers in the first issue of Mount Island, my independent literary magazine. Her first poetry collection,… Read More
I am a Vermont Artist: Alexa Rivera

I am a Vermont Artist: Alexa Rivera

Posted: October 13, 2020

To hold something is harder than you might think. It takes preparation, motivation, ancient skill and technique. All through history, there have been people for whom holding is a calling: the weavers. Alexa Rivera of Burlington has been weaving since she was 10. It started with needle and thread bead… Read More
Composing the Rural Imaginary with Otto Muller

Composing the Rural Imaginary with Otto Muller

Posted: October 8, 2020

Step outside—into the yard or street, or the parking lot—and take note of as many boundaries as you can: where the grass meets the road, where private becomes public, where the radio station turns to static. This is what composer and educator Otto Muller has been doing to prepare… Read More
Art in the Time of Covid: Musicians Uncovered

Art in the Time of Covid: Musicians Uncovered

Posted: September 24, 2020

When the pandemic hit Vermont, musician and youth counselor Emily Musty Zanleoni was quick to adapt her work for a digital world. In fall 2019, Emily started working with a new program of the Upper Valley Music Center (UVMC), Musicians as Mentors (M2), to connect youth with professional musicians. Raised… Read More
Poetry in the Mail, From Mary Ruefle

Poetry in the Mail, From Mary Ruefle

Posted: September 2, 2020

Unless you subscribe to literary magazines or pen pal with writers, the last thing you might expect to receive in the mail is a poem—let alone one chosen and hand-mailed by such a nationally beloved writer as Mary Ruefle, Pulitzer Prize finalist and current Vermont Poet Laureate. Over the… Read More
Art in the Time of Covid: Bully No More!

Art in the Time of Covid: Bully No More!

Posted: August 31, 2020

Students across Vermont are returning to school in varying ways—from fully remote to fully in-person, and many variations between—but how are the arts returning with them? That question has been top of mind to the creators of Bully No More!, a musical that empowers young people to stand up… Read More