Reminder: Fantastic Vermont Panel and Reading


September is just flying by. This coming weekend, Geek Mountain State will be holding a panel at the Burlington Book Festival called Fantastic Vermont, in which we’ll talk about Vermont and speculative fiction:

Vermont has a long history of fantastic literature, from Rudyard Kipling to H.P. Lovecraft. Under the surface, Vermont is home to a number of genre authors and has been used as a location for more than a couple of genre stories. In this panel, representatives from Geek Mountain State will examine just what makes Vermont special and how it and New England are particularly ripe with fantastic stories. Andrew Liptak will moderate.

On the panel are the following authors:

F. Brett Cox:

F. Brett Cox‘s fiction, poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications. With Andy Duncan, he co-edited the anthology Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic (Tor, 2004), and appears in War Stories: New Military Science Fiction. A native of North Carolina, he is Associate Professor of English at Norwich University.

Kristin Dearborn:

If it screams, squelches, or bleeds, Kristin Dearborn has probably written about it. She revels in comments like “But you look so normal…how do you come up with that stuff?” A life-long New Englander, she aspires to the footsteps of the local masters, Messrs. King and Lovecraft. When not writing or rotting her brain with cheesy horror flicks (preferably creature features!) she can be found scaling rock cliffs or zipping around Vermont on a motorcycle, or gallivanting around the globe. Her first novel, Trinity, was released in 2012. A novella, “Sacrifice Island” was released in October 2013.

Andrew Liptak (Moderator):

Andrew Liptak is the co-founder and editor of Geek Mountain State, a local blog about all things Geek in Vermont. He is the editor of War Stories: New Military Science Fiction and author of Fragmented, which appeared in Galaxy’s Edge Magazine in May 2014. His column on the history of Science Fiction appears twice a month at Kirkus Reviews and his forthcoming history of the genre, The Future Machine: The History of the Editors, Writers and Readers who Built Science Fiction, is due out in 2015 from Jurassic London.

Erika Nichols :

Erika Nichols is a native of Stowe. She writes poetry as well as short stories, nonfiction essays and the eternal novel-in-progress. Her work has been published in Runaway Parade, Storyteller, The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2013/2014 anthologies and elsewhere. Her short story Paper Plane will be printed in Please Do Not Remove, a collection of literature based on library card catalogs. Erika also co-authors a blog with Jess Mizzi called River Song Vagabonds.

Aimee Picchi:

Aimee Picchi is a freelance writer for CBS MoneyWatch and has been published in the Boston Globe, Bloomberg Markets, MSN Money and Seven Days among other publications. Before freelancing, she worked as a media reporter for Bloomberg News in New York. Her fiction has been published in The Colored Lens and is forthcoming in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. She also slush reads for the Hugo-award winning Clarkesworld Magazine. A classically trained violist, she is a graduate of the Juilliard pre-college program and the Eastman School of Music.

Brian Staveley:

Brian Staveley‘s first book, The Emperor’s Blades, was published by Tor in January 2014, the start of his series, Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne. His next entry in the series, Providence of Fire, is due out in January. He lives on a steep dirt road in the mountains of southern Vermont, where he divides his time between fathering, writing, husbanding, splitting wood, skiing and adventuring, not necessarily in that order.

The panel discussion will take place on Sunday, September 21st at the Fletcher Free Library’s Fletcher Room at 3:30pm. RSVP here.

Following the discussion, we’ll be holding a reading event at the Burlington Writer’s Workshop Headquarters at 266 South Champlain Street in Burlington. Each of our authors will bring a story with them that they’ll read. We’re anticipating that this will start around 5:00, depending on how long it takes for us to walk down from the Library. RSVP here.

We hope that you’ll join us!