The Bioregional Imagination, a collection of essays from the University of Georgia Press, edited by Tom Lynch, Cheryll Glotfelty, and Karla Armbruster, featured Prof. Laird Christensen's article entitled “Teaching Bioregional Perception—at a Distance.” Science magazine reviewed the volume and called special attention to Laird's article, referring to it as one of the "most useful of all." Laird wrote the article based on his experience with the “online master of science in environmental studies at Green Mountain College," as noted in the review. Laird’s chapter describes the process of designing the environmental studies graduate program at GMC, and more specifically focuses on how an online education based in rural Vermont can help students throughout the country (and beyond) become more familiar with the natural character of the places they call home.
In celebration of National Poetry Month, the English and writing programs at GMC will be hosting a student/staff/faculty poetry reading this Wednesday, April 18 from 7 – 9 p.m. in the Moses Coffeehouse. Come and read a short selection of your original poems! Readers may sign up ahead of time at the Moses Coffeehouse or contact Laird Christensen or Amy Murphy for more information.
This Tuesday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gorge, award-winning poet Jason Kirkey will be sharing his poetry. As a poet, author, and founder of Hiraeth Press, Jason seeks to engage the ecological crisis through poetry as a transformative art. In addition to three collections of poems, he is the author of The Salmon in the Spring: The Ecology of Celtic Spirituality, which was a winner of a 2010 Independent Publisher Book Awards silver medal.
Prof. Laird Christensen (English, Environmental studies) has an essay included in The Bioregional Imagination, just released from the University of Georgia Press, and edited by Tom Lynch, Cheryll Glotfelty, and Karle Armbruster. Laird’s chapter, “Teaching Bioregional Perception—at a Distance,” describes the process of designing the environmental studies graduate program at GMC, and more specifically focuses on how an online education based in rural Vermont can help students throughout the country (and beyond) become more familiar with the natural character of the places they call home.
Prof. Mitch LesCarbeau (English, Writing) recently had two poems accepted for publication. “After Balthus” has been accepted into Ekphrasis, and “Mowing” has been accepted into the Connecticut Review.
Prof. Laird Christensen (English, Environmental Studies) had an article accepted for publication in the forthcoming issue of Whole Terrain: Reflective Environmental Practice. “A Tree Falls in the Forest” is a work of creative nonfiction drawn from field research Laird conducted while serving as a writer in residence at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in the Oregon Cascades. Laird’s time at the Andrews Forest was part of a long-term environmental reflection project that invites nature writers to produce work inspired by visits to selected observation sites over a 200-year period.
Andrea Gibson is not gentle with her truths. It is this raw fearlessness that has led her to the forefront of the spoken word movement – the first winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam – Gibson has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love, and spirituality. Make sure to join Andrea Monday, February 27 at 8 p.m. in the Gorge.
Prof. Mitch LesCarbeau (English, Writing) recently had two poems accepted into Avocet: A Nature Journal, entitled “Hummingbird” and “Night, Narragansett Bay.”
Green Mountain College will host Ms. magazine co-founder Jane O'Reilly for a talk on women's rights and the feminist movement on February 7, 2012, at 9:30 a.m., in the Gorge. The event is free and open to the public. A coffee reception will follow.
Green Mountain College will host award-winning author and environmental activist Rick Bass for a public talk on January 30 at 6 p.m. in the Gorge (in Withey Hall). His talk will be based on his 2010 book The Heart of the Monster: Why the Pacific Northwest & Northern Rockies Must Not Become an ExxonMobil Conduit to the Alberta Tar Sands co-authored by David James Duncan.
Bruna Lobato '15 Featured in Capricho
Student Bruna Lobato '15 (Writing) was recently featured in Capricho, a magazine catered towards young adults in Brazil. The story, “The Incredible Story of the Brazilian Girl Who Met Michelle Obama” told the story of how Bruna found out online about an opportunity to become a youth ambassador to Brazil, and how it led to her receiving a scholarship to attend a summer program at Philips Exeter Academy in N.H. and her eventual path to GMC. Through the program, Bruna attended workshops at the Voice of America head office in D.C., went to conferences in the World Bank, and was named an honorary citizen of Tulsa, Ok. Click here to see the article (PDF)
Vogler '09 Publishes Essay
Amanda M. Vogler (Writing), class of 2009, has published an essay in the journal, Perspectives on Administration and Supervision (October 2011). Her article, "Telepractice: Its Place in Our Technology-Driven World," was co-authored by Mary Beth Mason-Baughman. Amanda is currently a graduate student in speech-language pathology at Clarion University.
Prof. Laird Christensen (English, environmental studies), spent October 22-24 at the Glen Brook Writers Retreat in Marlborough, NH. Now in its 26th year, Glen Brook draws together nature writers and editors from around the Northeast for a weekend of discussions, workshops, and readings. This year Laird read from a new essay, “If a Tree Falls in the Forest” — a reflection on federal attempts to manage logging practices in ways that attempt to maintain endangered species habitat.
LesCarbeau Featured in The Providence Journal
Prof. Mitch LesCarbeau recently had a poem titled “Papa: Key West, 1958” featured in The Providence Journal. The poem, started over 20 years ago and abandoned, was recently finished this summer. Inspired by the 50th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s death, LesCarbeau began again on the poem. See the article and poem here.
Davidson Publishes Full-Length Poetry Collection
Ryan Davidson ’04, a writing major from Clinton, N.J., recently published a full-length poetry collection titled Under What Stars through Ampersand Press, based out of St. Petersburg, Fla. Davidson currently lives in New York City and went on to receive his MFA in creative writing at the City College of New York. He is working at Housing Works Bookstore, and is an adjunct lecturer at City College of New York.
Grimbol Publishes Book on Black Coffee Press
Justin Grimbol, an English major from Sag Harbor, N.Y., recently published a book titled Drinking Until Morning through Black Coffee Press, based out of Garden City, Mich. Grimbol is currently writing and living in Astoria, Ore.
Prof. Laird Christensen spoke on the topic of narrative pedagogy to an audience at the 126th Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association in Los Angeles, California, on January 8, 2011. His presentation was one of the 2011 Presidential Theme Sessions, entitled “Where Are We Now? Ecocriticism and Narrative Scholarship,” which included a response from Dr. Lawrence Buell of Harvard University, author of The Environmental Imagination.
Lauren DiSessa '09, a writing major from Westfield, Ma., has had several pieces of creative writing accepted for publication. Her story, "Tomato Hornworms" is due to appear in the Summer 2011 issue of the Vermont Literary Review. She also had two poems accepted for the Spring 2010 issue of the Common Ground Review: "Fall in Desolation Canyon" and "The Cradle" (which was part of her senior writing portfolio). Lauren is currently finishing massage therapy school in Western Massachusetts and working on a piece of creative non-fiction that explores the ways hands-on healing can create a meaningful impact on individuals and communities, and ultimately serve to elevate environmental consciousness.
Mary Pernal Joins Loyola University to Teach Buddhist Literature Course in India
This past summer, Mary Pernal spent the month of July in India with a group of college students from Loyola University in New Orleans. She was invited by Loyola University to join the group to teach a course in Buddhist Literature. She joined Professor Timothy Cahill, chair of the religious studies department at Loyola University who taught a course on the religions of India. The group arrived in New Delhi and then traveled to Dharmsala, the residence of the Dalai Lama, and visited many Tibetan refugees and the Tibetan Government in exile. The group also visited surrounding regions such as Bir, Tso Pema, and Amritsar. Read the story from a GMC student's perspective in The Mountaineer.
Professor Mitch LesCarbeau recently had a handful of poems published in four different literary publications. The titles are:
Prof. Paul Stuewe (English) hosts a faculty colloquium titled "Selecting Hugh Garner's Letters: Author, Editor, Implicit Autobiography" on Wed., October 27 at noon in Terrace 124. This presentation is about the experience of making a selection of letters that accurately reflects Hugh Garner's life. There are many decisions that have to be made throughout this process, such as the "whats" and "whys" of selection, as well as what sort of overarching narrative--in effect, a biography in letters--is being crafted. Colloquiums are open to all members of the campus community.
Lauren Wilcox ’10 has had another poem accepted for publication, this one in Issue 41 of the Berkeley Poetry Review. It is titled "Summer of 1988." Lauren, an English major at GMC, has also recently had poems published in issues of Barbaric Yawp and The Storyteller. In addition, she has been voted second-place for the Storyteller Reader's Choice Award in poetry.
Noah Pappano '10 started off his summer with one week at the Norman Mailer Writers Colony in Provincetown, Mass. for Christopher Ricks’ “Good Poetry and Very Good Prose” Workshop. Noah was one of seven writers selected by merit out of 800 applicants. From May 23 – 30, the group met every day at Norman Mailer’s house, read poetry and short stories written the night before and discussed their writing in workshops. Christopher Ricks is a British literary critic and scholar. He is the William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities at Boston University (U.S.) and Co-Director of the Editorial Institute at Boston University, and has been, since 2004, Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford (England).
Jarrah, an Australian singer/songwriter, performs at Green Mountain College September 9 at 9 p.m. in the Gorge. Her music is “soulful acoustic, with a simple minimalist guitar style that touches deeply.” “Evolution’s Daughter” is her most recent album. Twenty percent of money raised from album sales will be donated to campaigns to save old growth forests and to Kupa Piti Kungka Tijuta, a group of women in South America campaigning to stop a nuclear waste dump on their traditional sacred lands. Jarrah’s performance is sponsored by the GMC Speakers Bureau and the English program.
Lauren Wilcox '11, an English major from Arlington, Vt., has had three poems accepted for publication in two literary journals. The summer 2010 issue of The Storyteller will feature her poem titled "Bayou Song." Her poems "Rabid" and "Ice Cream At the Dairy" will be featured in the July/August issue of Barbaric Yawp.
Green Mountain College welcomes Rahob Rinpoche to campus April 19 for a talk titled “The Heart of Buddhism.” It begins at 6:30 p.m. in the East Room. Rahob Rinpoche began his career as the reincarnated head of Rahob Monastery in Tibet at the age of three. In 1952 he began his seven years education at Drepung University in Lhasa. Later after graduating from Varanasi Sanskrit University in India, he spent ten years practicing in the Teravedan tradition in Thailand and seven years teaching and working with Zen and Shingon Masters in Japan. His talk is sponsored by the GMC English Program.
Lauren Wilcox '11, an English major from Arlington, Vt., has had a poem accepted for publication in this summer's issue of Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poetry. Lauren wrote and revised the poem, titled "Summer of 1988," in Prof. Laird Christensen's (English) Environmental Writing Workshop.
Prof. Paul Stuewe (English) has written an introduction to Hugh Garner's novel Storm Below for its reissue in Dundurn Publishing's "Voyageur Classics" classics. Stuewe's work on Garner, which includes a biography and a critical monograph, continues with an edition of the author's selected letters, which he is currently preparing for a probable 2012 publication.
Prof. Mitch LesCarbeau (English) had three poems accepted in the New Mexico Poetry Review. The titles are "God Will Save Me, if He Exists," "Country Matters" and "Toroweap Point, Northern Grand Canyon."
Prof. Mitch LesCarbeau (English) had a poem accepted in Avocet: A Journal of Nature. The title is "Beating the Storm," and it will be published next summer.
Prof. Mitchell LesCarbeau (English) has been chosen by GMC to lead a group of 15 students to Brunnenburg Castle, a 13th century castle in the north of Italy, for the spring semester, 2010. This will be the second time a GMC class has gone to Brunnenburg. Mitch will teach two courses: A creative writing class in poetry and creative nonfiction, on the landscape and art of Italy, and a course on mythic elements in Western literature, including Homer, Euripides, Shakespeare, Conrad, Beckett, and Ginsberg. Mitch also hopes to take the class on a tour of Venice and Florence, focusing on the variety of Renaissance art. Courses to be taught by professors residing in the castle include: Agroarchaeology, the culture of food in Europe, a class on the hero in Medieval literature and art, and a class on the influential Modernist poet, Ezra Pound, taught by his daughter. Students will be taking a full semester's worth of credits.
Prof. Mary Pernal (English & writing) and Prof. Jen Powers (education) attended the annual Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences Conference November 7 at Marlboro College. The topic of the conference was the G.I. Bill, and a panel presented a chronological history of its influence, particularly in the realm of higher education. Both Powers and Pernal sit on the VAAS board of trustees, and this year's induction of Fellows into the VAAS included playwright and poet David Budbill, Marlboro College President Ellen Lovell, and founder of the Bread and Puppet Theater, Peter Schumann.
Prof. Laird Christensen (English & environmental studies) delivered an address at the New Voices, New Visions Arts and Humanities Lecture Series at Keene State College on September 15. The topic was "Field Work: The Evolutions of Environmental Literature," and Laird was joined by Dr. Mark Long, one of his co-editors on Teaching North American Environmental Literature. Laird also discussed the bioregional pedagogy that informs GMC's Master of Science in Environmental Studies program, and described some of the place-based teaching experiments that are featured in his 2008 collection of essays, Teaching About Place: Learning from the Land , co-edited with Dr. Hal Crimmel.
On June 3, Prof. Laird Christensen (English and Environmental Studies) led a workshop in place-based pedagogy at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. This workshop—one of several that preceded the Eighth Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment--drew participants from around the world. At the conference, Laird chaired a panel on creative nonfiction, entitled “Facing the Forest." He also gave a reading from his essay, “The Other Side of the Clearcut,” which was based on his experience as Writer-in-Residence at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in the spring of 2008.
Prof. Mary Pernal (English & writing) has been accepted to the National Endowment on the Humanities (NEH) summer seminar on “Buddhist Traditions of Tibet and the Himalayas.” It will be held from June 22 – July 10 at the College of the Holy Cross. The seminar brings together leading scholars for an in-depth survey of Buddhist traditions, with special emphasis on how Buddhism has been a lived religion that affected Himalayan societies.
Prof. Laird Christensen (English & Environmental Studies) has published his essay, "The Other Side of the Clearcut," in the Forest Log of the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. Forest Log is an ongoing project designed to collect 200 years worth of reflections produced by environmental writers who have been invited to visit the Andrews Forest, a long-term ecological research site in the Oregon Cascades. This interdisciplinary project, which runs from 2003 to 2203, is sponsored by the Andrews Forest Long-Term Ecological Research Group; the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word at Oregon State University; and the U.S. Forest Service. Laird was writer in residence at the Andrews Forest in May of 2008. Click here to read his essay.
Prof. Mitchell LesCarbeau (English) recently had a new poem accepted in The Bryant Review. The poem is titled "Lyme Tick."
Prof. Mitchell LesCarbeau (English) has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his poem "Cycladic Solstice," by the journal Illuminations.
Maralys Wills, author of Damn the Rejections, Full Speed Ahead, visits Green Mountain College on Thursday, October 30. Her talk begins at 7 p.m. in the East Room of Withey Hall. Wills is the author of twelve books spanning a range of genres including romance novel, thriller and memoir. Her recent memoir, A Circus Without Elephants, was published by Ivy House, and a year later earned a national award from Writer"s Digest. In the spring of 2008, Stephens Press published the sequel, A Clown in the Trunk. Damn the Rejections, Full Speed Ahead, a book about writing, was published in August 2008. Her visit is sponsored by the GMC English Department.
Tom Chandler, poet laureate of Rhode Island emeritus, visits Green Mountain College for a reading today at 7 p.m. in the East Room of Withey Hall.
Chandler has been named Phi Beta Kappa Poet at Brown University and has been a featured poet at the Robert Frost homestead. His poems have been read by Garrison Keillor on National Public Radio on several occasions. His newest book of poems is Toy Firing Squad. Chandler’s visit is sponsored by the GMC English & Communications Department.
Prof. Laird Christensen (English and Environmental Studies) has published a new collection of essays, Teaching North American Environmental Literature, which he co-edited with Mark C. Long of Keene State College and Fred Waage of East Tennessee State University. As the latest in the Modern Language Association’s Options for Teaching series, this volume gathers together essays that provide a fundamental context for teaching interdisciplinary courses in literature and environment, as well as descriptions of a range of such courses from more than twenty leading figures in the field.
Laird’s essay introduces the portion of the book devoted to teaching approaches, describing the enormous growth in variety and sophistication of such courses since they began to appear in the early 1980s. Drawing on the ASLE Collection of Syllabi in Literature and the Environment, which he compiled and edited with Peter Blakemore in 1996, Laird traces the evolution of such courses past a pioneer stage of survey courses and tentative interdisciplinary adventures, observing that contemporary teaching in this field is typically characterized by a resistance to canonization, greater theoretical sophistication, and attempts to engage literature students with their own physical environments.
Prof. Mitchell LesCarbeau (English) had a poem accepted in SeaStories, an online publication put out by the Blue Ocean Institute. Its title is "The Poet who Mistook the Sea for a Mirror." Last year he had a prose piece about sailing accepted, entitled "End of Summer."
Prof. Laird Christensen (English and Environmental Studies) published an article entitled “Writing Home in a Global Age” in the July/August issue of World Literature Today. Laird's article, which introduced the journal's special issue on "Literature Goes Green," explores the persistence of local and bioregional writing in a time increasingly defined by the forces of globalization. Developing a bioregional intimacy with the places we live, he writes, can help us understand how a global economy obscures the impacts that our daily choices have on someone else's habitat.
Denise Hill, reviewing the issue for NewPages.com, writes that, "This essay, as well as the whole issue, would be a powerful addition to any curriculum that includes nature, environmental, or place-based writing."
Clare Walker Leslie, an artist and author nationally renowned for her work teaching nature journaling, will present "The Artist's Perception of Nature Throughout Art History" on Thursday, September 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Gorge. Leslie, the author of eight books, was the 2004 winner of the John Burroughs Award for Nature Literature for Young Readers.
Her presentation is sponsored by the GMC English Department, the ELA program and the GMC Speakers Bureau.
Prof. Mitchell LesCarbeau (English) recently had several poems accepted for publication in Hidden Oak. They are titled “Hot Night," "Narragansett Bay," "God Will Save Me, if He Exists," and "Temporarily Jejune in June."
Prof. Mitchell LesCarbeau (English) has had two poems accepted for publication in Timber Creek Review. They are titled “Sketches of Jazz” and “Penelope Alone.”
Prof. Mitch LesCarbeau (English) had two poems recently accepted for publication: "Athena," in Albatross, and "The Northern Renaissance," in The Iconoclast. Both will come out in the next few months.
Prof. Paul Stuewe (English) has had reviews of two new biographies of Canadian literary stalwarts published in Canadian Notes & Queries. While waxing enthusiastic over Ormond and Barbara Mitchell's W.O. Mitchell: The Years of Fame, 1948-1998, Stuewe was far more severe with Robert Thacker's Alice Munro: Writing Her Lives, even suggesting that if the publisher had "paid to have this book copyedited, it should ask for its money back."
Photographer, poet, journalist, and author Marjorie Ryerson will give a reading from her works on Thursday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the East Room of Withey Hall. Ryerson, who will be a visiting writer at Green Mountain College in 2007-08, is the author of Water Music and Companions for the Passage: Stories of the Intimate Privilege of Accompanying the Dying. Marjorie Ryerson is an award-winning professor, photographer, poet and journalist. Her photographs have appeared in such diverse publications as Vermont Life, The Boston Globe, Yankee, Country Living, and the photography books, The Vermont Experience, Vermont for Every Season and Water Music. As an art photographer, Ryerson has had numerous one-woman shows of her work. Her feature stories, news stories, photography and poetry have been published by magazines and newspapers across the Northeast for the past 25 years.
Ryerson taught writing and photography at Castleton State College from 1991 until 2005. She was selected as the Vermont State Colleges Faculty Fellow for the academic year 2000-2001, the highest honor awarded to a professor in the Vermont State College system.
Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of the bestselling memoir She's Not There, gave a talk entitled "A Life in Two Genders" on Thursday, Feb. 1 in The Gorge of Withey Hall. The public was invited to attend this free event.
Boylan is a widely praised author and professor at Colby College in Maine. She's Not There; published by Doubleday in 2003, was the first bestselling work by a transgendered American. Her writing has been described by Edward Albee as "observed carefully and with love, and her levitating wit is wisely tethered to a humane concern." Boylan has been a frequent guest on national television and radio programs, including three visits to the Oprah Winfrey Show. She has also appeared on the Larry King Show, The Today Show and been the subject of a documentary on CBS' 48 Hours. She has also appeared on NPR's Marketplace and the Diane Rehm Show.
"Mighty" Mike McGee, an international spoken word artist, writer, performer, speaker, slam poet and comic, performed in the Gorge of Withey Hall on Wednesday, January 24. In 2006, Mike was crowned the 2006 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion, besting over 70 of the world's best-ranked slam poets. McGee’s performance was free and open to the public.
Prof. Paul Stuewe (English) had his review of a new collection of writings by Roland Barthes, "The Neutral," published in the 2006 edition of Magill's Literary Annual. Stuewe notes that Barthes, one of the major figures in contemporary literary theory, supplies a useful antidote to deconstructive excesses in his engagement "with what had in effect become a kind of tyranny of the binary opposition, as he returns to his earlier interest in searching for signs that there are in-between, unappropriated, and essentially neutral places that have escaped the domination of discourse by dichotomous thinking."