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Virtual VSC: Writer to Writer: Chris Martin & Rowan Riggs

December 18, 2023 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Virtual VSC: Writer to Writer: Conversations on Craft & Featured Readings series pairs writers together to read from their work and to discuss all aspects of being a working writer. These live virtual events are a window into a writer’s life and also provide access to, and a platform for, diverse voices and writing talent across genres. Conversations may touch on craft, literary friendship, publishing, sustaining a writing practice, and more.

Chris Martin is a tilted listening animal languaging. He teaches and learns at Unrestricted Interest and is the curator of Multiverse, a series of neurodivergent writing from Milkweed Editions. His most recent book of poems is Things to Do in Hell (Coffee House, 2020) and his first book of nonfiction is May Tomorrow Be Awake: On Poetry, Autism, and Our Neurodiverse Future (HarperOne, 2022). He lives on the edge of Bde Maka Ska in Minneapolis, among the mulberries and bur oaks, with Mary Austin Speaker and their two bewildering creatures.

Rowan Riggs was born in 2004 in Austin, TX. At the age of two he was still not speaking and diagnosed with Autism. When he was three years old, he moved to his mother’s home state and familial property in Huntington, VT, and has been peacefully living there ever since. Rowan’s sadness and frustration with being unable to communicate was extinguished by hope when he saw a film called Wretches and Jabberers, about two non speaking autistic advocates who typed on iPads to communicate; Vermont’s own Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette. Rowan then started working with Pascal Cheng, Larry Bissonnette’s communications assistant, and found his voice through typing one letter at a time. He has been writing poetry since he was eight years old and it has been his passion ever since. Rowan currently is a high school student at the New School in Montpelier, an avid Special Olympics alpine skier and swimmer, European football fan, and self proclaimed “peace maestro”. Rowan is working with poet and author Chris Martin who lives in Minneapolis, MN on publishing his work.


December 18, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Vermont Studio Center
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Creative Zone
Four-County Zone (Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, and Washington Counties)


Vermont Studio Center
80 Pearl Street
Johnson, VT 05656 United States
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