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An Interview with National Book Award Winner William Alexander

An Interview with National Book Award Winner William Alexander

Posted: January 28, 2021

William Alexander’s books take middle-grade readers to extraordinary worlds—goblin kingdoms, intergalactic spaceships, and, in his next book, floating castles off the Cuban coast. Tentatively titled The Ingenious Towers, the fantasy novel-in-progress has earned Alexander an FY2021 Creation Grant. The story follows three Cuban-American siblings as they pursue a… Read More
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: Dr. François Scarborough Clemmons

I am a Vermont Artist: Dr. François Scarborough Clemmons

Posted: January 25, 2019

To many people, the name “Officer Clemmons” evokes the friendly police officer with the melodious voice on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, a PBS staple for fifty years. The role of Officer Clemmons was charming and it was groundbreaking: in 1968, François Clemmons was the first African American to have a recurring role… Read More
Reaching for Mastery

Reaching for Mastery

Posted: March 30, 2017

April Ossmann is an author, award-winning poet, editor, teacher, and consultant. She has taught creative writing and developed the workshop, “Thinking Like a Poetry Editor:  How to Be Your Own Best Critic.” April is also the proud recipient of an FY2013 Creation Grant from the Arts Council. The $3,000 award enabled her to take eighteen days off work to write new poems to add to an in-progress manuscript. In her grant application, April said she had three goals in mind. They were “to grow and improve as a poet; to complete and publish a book manuscript; and to share it with others by performing readings from it.” By the time she submitted her final report, she had met the first goal and half the second. Securing publication, waiting for publication, and performing readings, she said, would “likely take several years.” Read More