Audrey Batchelder

Audrey Batchelder is from Southern Vermont, where she works on a local dairy and vegetable farm, and as an editor at Green Writers Press.

Anthony Chase

Anthony Chase is a writer and a poet who has traveled the world writing features for Condé Nast Traveler. He has lived in rural Pennsylvania for many years, in a hut where he has worked as a laborer in fields and forests while writing and illustrating the world close by.

Greg Delanty

Greg Delanty’s Collected Poems 1986-2006 is out from the Oxford Poet’s series of Carcanet Press. Recent books are: The Greek Anthology, Book XVII (Carcanet Press and due from LSU Press), Loosestrife (Fomite Press, 2011), The Ship of Birth (Carcanet Press, LSU 2006), The Blind Stitch (Carcanet Press, LSU Press, 2003) and The Hellbox (Oxford University Press, 1998). He edited (with Michael Matto) The Word Exchange, Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation, (WW Norton, 2010). He has received many awards, most recently a Guggenheim for poetry. His poems are widely anthologized and have been broadcast on The Writer’s Almanac. He is the Poet-In-Residence at Saint Michael’s College, Vermont; an environmental activist with He lives in Vermont.

Catherine Dianich Gruver

Catherine Dianich Gruver is a social documentary photographer living in Southern Vermont. She has been the recipient of established artist fellowships and awards, and has exhibited nationally. Her body of work titled, “At Home,” in which she documented her family experience, has shaped and informed all subsequent work.

Peter Biello

Peter Biello is a producer and announcer at New Hampshire Public Radio, formerly at Vermont Public Radio. He holds an MFA in fiction from UNC- Wilmington and a BFA from U-Maine Farmington. His journalism has appeared on All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Day to Day, and This American Life. His creative writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Lowestoft Chronicle, The Drunken Odyssey, Busted Halo, Three Percent, and The Compulsive Reader. He’s was the founder of the Burlington Writers Workshop, northern Vermont’s largest and most active writing organization, and blogs at On Twitter: @PeterBiello

Joseph Bruchac

Joseph Bruchac is a writer and traditional storyteller whose work often reflects his American Indian (Abenaki) ancestry and the Adirondack Region of northern New York where he lives in the house that he was raised in by his grandparents. He and his two grown sons, James and Jesse, who are also storytellers and writers, work together in projects involving the preservation of Native culture, Native language renewal, teaching traditional Native skills and environmental education. Author of over 120 books in several genres for young readers and adults, his experiences include running a college program in a maximum security prison and teaching in West Africa.

Mathieu Cailler

Mathieu Cailler’s work has been widely published in national and international literary journals, including Ardor, Epiphany, and The Saturday Evening Post. A graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts, he has been a finalist for the Glimmer Train New Writers

Meredith Davies Hadaway

Meredith Davies Hadaway is the author of Fishing Secrets of the Dead, The River is a Reason, and At the Narrows (forthcoming from Word Poetry, 2015). Her poems currently appear or are forthcoming in Salamander, poemmemoirstory, and New Ohio Revew. She is poetry editor for The Summerset Review and was the 2013-14 Rose O’Neill Writer- in-Residence at Washington College. Hadaway was a contributor at the inaugural Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers’ Conference.

Tiffany Higgins

Tiffany Higgins is author of “And Aeneas Stares into Her Helmet” (Carolina Wren Press, 2009), selected by Evie Shockley as winner of the Carolina Wren Poetry Prize. She recently was a resident at Art Farm in Nebraska. Her poems appear in Poetry, Kenyon Review, Taos Journal of Poetry & Art, From the Fishouse, and other journals. She writes on ecocultural poetics and is a translator of the work of contemporary Brazilian poets, including Alex Simões.

Richard Jarrette

Richard Jarrette is the author of Beso the Donkey (MSU Press, 2010), Gold Medal, Poetry, 2011, Midwest Independent Publishers Association; Finalist, Book of the Year, Foreword Reviews, 2011, and it has been translated into Chinese by Yun Wang.Jarrette lives semi- reclusively in the Central Coast region of California after formative years in Los Angeles and Western North Carolina. His second poetry collection, A Hundred Million Years of Nectar Dances is forthcoming in April, 2015, from Green Writers Press.

Alexis Lathem

Alexis Lathem is an environmental journalist, editor, and writing instructor. She is the recipient of the Chelsea Award for Poetry, a Vermont Arts Council Grant, and a Bread Loaf scholarship. Her poems have appeared in Hunger Mountain, Chelsea, Spoon River, Saranac Review, Beloit, and other journals. She lives on a small farm in Vermont.

Sydney Lea

Sydney Lea is poet laureate of Vermont, and author of eleven collections of poetry, a novel, and three books of naturalist essays. In 2015, his twelfth poetry volume, No Doubt the Nameless (Four Way Books) will appear, as will What’s the Story: Reflections on a Life Grown Long (Green Writers Press).

Jenny Morse

Jenny Morse completed her PhD at the University of Illinois—Chicago and currently teaches at Colo- rado State University. Her poetry has been published in Notre Dame Review, Wilderness House, Quiddi- ty, Yemassee, and Terrain. Her critical work has appeared in Seismopolite, The Montreal Review, The Ofi Press, and the Journal of Contemporary Thought.

Desmond Peeples

Desmond S. Peeples is a Vermont-based writer whose work has appeared in theNewerYork, Squawk Back, Five [Quarterly] and elsewhere. He is the founding editor of Mount Island Magazine. Visit to find out more.

Shona MaDonald

Shona Macdonald received her MFA in 1996 in studio arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her BFA in 1992 from Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. She has had selected solo shows at Ebersmoore, Chicago, (2012), the Roswell Art Museum, Roswell, NM, (2011), Engine Room, Wellington, New Zealand, (2010), Proof Gallery, Boston, MA (2009), Reeves Contemporary, NY, NY (2008), Den Contemporary, LA, CA, (2007), Skestos-Gabriele, Chicago IL, (2005), Galerie Refugium, Berlin, Germany, (2002), and Fassbender Gallery, Chicago (1998 and 2000). She has shown in numerous group shows. Her work has been reviewed in Art in America, Art News, the LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Sacramento Bee and New American Paintings. She has been a Visiting Artist at over forty institutions, including Wimbledon College of Art, London, (1998), Georgia State University, Atlanta, (2007), Cornell University (2006), the University of Alberta, and the University of Calgary, Canada, (2002). Shona Macdonald was the recipient of a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, NY, (2009), a Fellow at Roswell Artist-in-Residence in Roswell, New Mexico, (2010-11), Can Serrat, Barcelona, Spain, (2012), and the Cromarty Arts Trust in Scotland. She is a Professor of Studio Art and Graduate Program Director at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Tony Magistrale

Tony Magistrale is professor of English at the University of Vermont. His most recent book of poems is entitled Entanglements, published by Fomite Press.

Gary Margolis

Gary Margolis is Emeritus Executive Director of College Mental Health Services and Associate Professor of English and American Literatures (part- time) at Middlebury College. He was a Robert Frost and Arthur Vining Davis Fellow and has taught at the University of Tennessee, Vermont and Bread Loaf, and Green Mountain Writers’ Conferences. His third book, Fire in the Orchard, was nominated for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, as well as Raking the Winter Leaves: New and Selected Poems. His poem, “The Interview” was featured on National Public Radio’s “The Story” and Boston’s ABC Channel 5 interviewed him on the Middlebury campus reading his poem, “Winning the Lunar Eclipse,” after the 2004 World Series. His latest book is Seeing the Songs: A Poet’s Journey to the Shamans in Ecuador. His new book of poems, Raking the Winter Leaves: New and Selected Poems, is recently published.

Jeremy Marks

Jeremy Marks is a poet, writer and amateur photographer who also works as a self-employed teacher/tutor. His poetry and photography have appeared in numerous publications including Lake: a journal of arts and environment, Up The Staircase Quarterly, Electric Windmill Press, The Blue Hour, the Proost Poetry Anthology and Wilderness House Literary Review. He lives with his wife, infant daughter and two rescue dogs in London, Ontario.

Mike Minchin

Mike Minchin earned his MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2014. His fiction has received Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train. His stories are forthcoming in Vermont Magazine and Mud Season Review. He lives in Vermont with his wife and two children.

Mimi Morton

Mimi Morton is a Guilford, Vermont writer. Her most recent work is a collection of interlinked stories set in Vermont.

Shiela Post

A former university associate professor and academic specialist in transcendentalism, Sheila Post is a novelist and essayist who writes about the simple, the natural, the local, and the transcendental in the worlds of New England and Atlantic Canada. Visit her website at

CP Surendran

CP Surendran has written two novels, An Iron Harvest, and Lost and Found. At present he is the Editor-in-Chief of DNA, India’s third largest selling newspaper. Earlier, he was a senior editor and a well- known columnist with the Times of India. Surendran’s columns in print and in social media elicit a great deal of response, but, gratifyingly, most of it is negative. His poems have been internationally anthologized, and his awards for writing and journalism include Reuters International Fellowship at Oxford, Wolfson Press Fellowship at Cambridge, and British Council Literature Fellowship at Cambridge.

Cindy Veach

Cindy Veach’s poems have appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Poet Lore, North American Review, Chicago Review, Prairie Schooner, Sou’wester and are forthcoming in The Journal and others. She was a finalist for the Ann Stanford Prize, and the recipient of honorable mentions in the Ratner-Ferber-Poet Lore Prize and Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize. Her collection, Thimbleful, was the runner up for the 2014 Zone 3 first book prize.

Namia Wade

Naima K. Wade lives in Southern Vermont: a poet, performance artist of spoken word, humanities educator and international minority and woman business owner. She has performed throughout New England, New York, and the Caribbean. She recently was a featured poet with other Caribbean poets and writers living abroad and in the USVI. Naima read f rom a collection of poetry West-Indian-Alien-Yankee Times and Select Spirits. She is the director of the Journey’s End Program Series (JEPS) National Parks Service Underground Railroad Network To Freedom Program, which is a Vermont Living History and Cultural Literary Program. In the JEPS program series, Naima retells—wearing period costume—the renowned and memorialized life story of the Jessie Daisy Turner Family 1845–1988) who lived in Grafton, Vermont. “Attuned to Non-Interference” is from Autumn Poems, a new collection of poetry written in 2013.

Tim Weed

Tim Weed is the winner of a Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Award and a featured expert for National Geographic Expeditions in Cuba, Spain, and Patagonia. His fiction and essays have appeared in Colorado Review, Gulf Coast, Talking Points Memo, Writer’s Chronicle, Backcountry Magazine, National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel, and elsewhere. Tim teaches at GrubStreet in Boston and in the MFA Writing program at Western Connecticut State University. Kirkus Reviews has called his debut novel, Will Poole’s Island (2014), a “riveting portrayal of early Colonial New England.” Read more at

Lynne Jaeger Weinstein

Lynne Weinstein has worked as a photo editor at Life Magazine. Her photography has been shown in galleries in New England and published nationally. She is the recipient of grants from the Vermont Arts Council and The Vermont Community Foundation. Lynne lives in Putney, Vermont, and teaches photography at the Putney School.

Russ Weis

Russ Weis teaches Writing, Education, and Environ- mental courses at Johnson State College in Johnson, VT. He also advises two student environmental clubs, and runs an annual summit where teenagers compete for funding to green up their middle and high schools. His family, friends, students, and colleagues continually inspire him to keep sustainability issues in mind.

Diana Whitney

Diana Whitney’s first book of poetry, Wanting It, was released in August 2014 by Harbor Mountain Press and became a small-press bestseller. Her personal essays and poems have appeared in The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Crab Orchard Review, The Rumpus, Numero Cinq, and many more. A yoga teacher and a lifelong athlete, Diana blogs about motherhood and sexuality for The Huffington Post and runs Core Flow Yoga in Brattleboro, Vermont. Visit

Ariel Williams

Ariel Williams is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently lives in California, where she continues her artistic practice, research, and writing.

Christopher Williams

As a former associate professor at Cornell and UCLA, Christopher Williams has published two books; Origins of Form is now in its fourth printing. He is an architect, writer and careful observer of our environment with a powerful desire to communicate his concerns about our future. “The Island,” is one in a collection of forty fables and parables which employ old forms of storytelling to grab the attention of a distracted modern audience.