Geek Mountain State Presents: Young Adult Stories

Geek Mountain State is pleased to present the next installment of the Vermont SF Writer’s Series. This bimonthly reading event focuses on science fiction, fantasy and horror writers in Vermont, often with a theme to each set of stories. On November 16th, we will present Rachel Carter, Pat Esden, Margot Harrison and Dean Whitlock, who will each read from their young adult themed works. The event will take place at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington on November 16th at 2:00pm.

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Rachel Carter is a writer, a reader, and a lover of all things pop culture. She grew up in the woods of Vermont and graduated from Columbia University with an MFA in nonfiction writing. She is the author of the So Close to You series with HarperTeen, and her nonfiction has appeared in Booktrib, The New Republic, and The Faster Times.


Pat Esden writes young adult and new adult fantasy and suspense. Her new adult paranormal trilogy, MOONHILL, will be coming from Kensington Books, starting Spring 2016. Her short stories and novelettes have been published in a variety of venues, including Orson Scott Cards Intergalactic Medicine Show. She’s also an antique dealer, and was a multi-award winning florist and a regular contributor to Vermont Bride Magazine.

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Margot Harrison is the author of THE KILLER IN ME, a YA thriller to be published by Disney Hyperion. She is associate editor of Burlington’s alt-weekly paper SEVEN DAYS, where she reports on the local literary scene and writes movie reviews.


Dean Whitlock is a military brat who likes to think that living in so many different places naturally drove him into a fantasy world. Now he does most of his traveling through his stories (but only for want of money and time!). He is the author of two YA novels (Sky Carver and Raven, both from Clarion Books), three handfuls of short stories, and several plays and murder mystery events. A collection of short stories is in the work, along with a sequel to his YA novels. To pay the bills, Dean writes technical manuals, grant proposals, and magazine articles. And he visits schools and libraries to read and teach whenever he can. He believes that imagination is the key difference between humans and other animals, because his students can always envision such wonderful stories, no matter what grade they’re in or how much they know about commas.

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