Short on Shorts – Aimee Picchi

The Dooryard has interviewed Aimee Picchi about her fiction:

Happy glorious late springtime Monday, admirers of great literature. Meet Aimee Picchi, an established journalist and fiction writer whose speculative fiction is causing people to whisper words that might sound like “up-and-coming superstar.”  If you want to know from what people those words were whispered,  I was sworn to secrecy, but trust me.   My sources are reliable.

Read her interview here.

Best of Burlington Writers Workshop 2014 Reading

The Burlington Writer’s Workshop recently released their 2014 anthology. Now, they’re headed to Phoenix Books in Burlington with several of its authors to read from it. The event will be held on May 1st, and starts at 7:00pm.

Here’s the lineup:

Peter Biello is a Vermont Public Radio producer/announcer. His work has appeared in Lowestoft Chronicle, The Drunken Odyssey, Three Percent, and several NPR programs. He has an MFA in fiction from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He lives in Essex.

Martin Bock, Lic. Ac. is an author, sculptor, and specialist in complimentary treatments for cancer. He lives with his wife Melly in Burlington.

Paul Hobday is a native Vermonter. Since completing a B.A. in Literature at Burlington College, he has concentrated on writing long and short fiction. He lives in Burlington.

Amanda Vella is a poet, painter, singer, guitarist, and songwriter who enjoys writing short fiction and poetry on her manual typewriter. She has led numerous workshops for the Burlington Writers Workshop and lives in Burlington.

RSVP here.

Paul Hobday read his story for the Vermont SF Writer’s Series a couple of weeks ago, and it’s a good one!

Strange as Night, Dark as Fiction #4: Jeanne Beckwith

Hosted by the Renegade Writers’ Collective and Geek Mountain State, Strange as Night, Dark as Fiction featured Vermont writers delving into the unnatural and fantastic last year. We had a camera on hand to capture those moments for you. In this second installment, Jeanne Beckwith stages her short play “Mission to Mars” with Joe Lasten and Vince Broderick.

This reading and others from that night are cablecasting on VCAM, Channel 15 on Comcast in the greater Burlington area, at 10:00am and 10:30pm on Fridays for the next eight weeks or so, moving into sporadic rotation after that. You can also find them on Geek Mountain State’s YouTube channel. as they are released.

Strange as Night, Dark as Fiction #3: Patrick Dodge

Hosted by the Renegade Writers’ Collective and Geek Mountain State, Strange as Night, Dark as Fiction featured Vermont writers delving into the unnatural and fantastic last year. We had a camera on hand to capture those moments for you. In this second installment, Patrick Dodge reads his story “A Toast to Tom Macready.”

This reading and others from that night are cablecasting on VCAM, Channel 15 on Comcast in the greater Burlington area, at 10:00am and 10:30pm on Fridays for the next eight weeks or so, moving into sporadic rotation after that. You can also find them on Geek Mountain State’s YouTube channel. as they are released.

StoryHack Invitation: The Future of The Book

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Nate Herzog, the guy behind the StoryHack competition, wants to figure out what comes after the book, and is inviting all interested parties to join them in the Future of the Book competition coming up:

We want you to participate in the Future of the Book event.
We are asking book lovers, artists, creatives, and storytellers of all types to submit their vision for how they think books may evolve in the next 100 years. Answers can vary between “not at all” to “embedded chips in our brains.”
Either way, we are asking participants to submit a short video clip where they read to us from a book written 100 years in the future. Participants can win up to $500.00 in gift certificates at Northshire Bookstore, redeemable at either of their locations or online at http://www.northshire.com
There are two prizes. One is determined by a panel of guest judges. One is determined by a public vote. Each prize is a $250.00 gift certificate. We keep all polling results private. We want to prevent that awkward feeling of being judged online, so we’re not going to show who’s ahead or behind in the polls. Also, if you independently happen to win both the judge’s award and the people’s choice award, we’ll award you both prizes.
We have posted a sample submission at http://youtu.be/ZFBZViKPNRk so you get an idea of what we’re after. We’re collecting submissions and posting them at http://storyhackfotb.com/showcase. Also if you need some ideas to get started, we have a range of book inspirations at http://storyhackfotb.com/inspiration
For those who feel awkward about being in a video, we recommend that you make your video with a friend. It’s way more fun to feel slightly dorky with someone else than all by yourself. Or you can get someone else to star in your video. It doesn’t have to be you doing the acting.
More information about the contest, including information on how to enter, can be found at http://storyhackfotb.com

Vermont Adult Learning hiring Literary Specialist

This looks interesting: Vermont Adult Learning is looking for a full-time position for a Literary Specialist in Burlington. Here’s the full description:

Full Time Position Available: Vermont Adult Learning has a position available for a Literacy Specialist at the Cherry Street Learning Center located in Burlington Vermont. This position is responsible for the delivery of reading and writing instruction to low-skilled adult students based upon assessment. This position demands a commitment to exceptional performance and working successfully within a team environment. It also offers health and dental insurance, flexible spending plan, a retirement plan with organizational match and paid time off.

Resume deadline: Monday April 28, 2014. Go to: http://www.vtadultlearning.org to view the job description and for instructions to apply.

Go here for more details.

 

Strange as Night, Dark as Fiction #2: Daniel Mills

Hosted by the Renegade Writers’ Collective and Geek Mountain State, Strange as Night, Dark as Fiction featured Vermont writers delving into the unnatural and fantastic last year. We had a camera on hand to capture those moments for you. In this second installment, Daniel Mills reads from his story “Isaac’s Room.”

This reading and others from that night are cablecasting on VCAM, Channel 15 on Comcast in the greater Burlington area, at 10:00am and 10:30pm on Fridays for the next eight weeks or so, moving into sporadic rotation after that. You can also find them on Geek Mountain State’s YouTube channel as they are released.

Strange as Night, Dark as Fiction #1: F. Brett Cox

Hosted by the Renegade Writers’ Collective and Geek Mountain State, Strange as Night, Dark as Fiction featured Vermont writers delving into the unnatural and fantastic last year. We had a camera on hand to capture those moments for you. In this first installment, F. Brett Cox reads from his story “The Serpent and the Hatchet Gang.”

This reading and others from that night are cablecasting on VCAM, Channel 15 on Comcast in the greater Burlington area, at 10:00am and 10:30pm on Fridays for the next eight weeks or so, moving into sporadic rotation after that. You can also find them on Geek Mountain State’s YouTube channel. as they are released.

Geek Mountain State Presents Cold Mountain Stories: A Night of the Fantastic

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We’re pleased to announce the details of our next installment of the Vermont SF Writer’s Series: Cold Mountain Stories: A Night of the Fantastic! This month’s theme is entirely fantasy, and the authors we’ve invited all bring a range of stories to the table. This reading is the fourth in series, and once again partners with Quarterstaff Games of Burlington.

As this endless winter comes to a slow and drawn out end, springtime will bring a certain flavor of magic to the Green Mountains. Whether it’s the fantastic setting of an entirely different world, or our own with a twist of the impossible, our six authors will read you their stories that delve into the unknown.

This month’s reading will take place on April 19th at Quarterstaff Games on Burlington’s Church Street Marketplace. The event will take place at 4:00 pm. RSVP here.

Here’s our fantastic lineup of authors:

 

Daniel Mills

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Daniel is the author of Revenants (Chomu Press, 2011) and The Lord Came at Twilight (Dark Renaissance Books, 2014). His short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of publications including Black Static, A Season in Carcosa, The Children of Old Leech, and The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 23. He lives in Hinesburg. Visit him online at http://www.daniel-mills.net

Aimee Picchi

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Aimee 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

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After teaching literature, philosophy, history, and religion for more than a decade, Brian began writing epic fantasy. His first book, The Emperor’s Blades, released earlier this  year from Tor, is the start of a series, The Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne. 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. He can be found on twitter at @brianstaveley, facebook as bstaveley and Google+ as Brian Staveley.

Pat Esden

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Pat is a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and League of Vermont Writers. Her short stories have appeared in number of magazines, including Challenging Destiny, Mythopoeic Society’s Mythic Circle and Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show. She’s also had a story in George Scither’s Cat Tales anthology. Check out her website http://patesden.com

Paul Hobday

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Paul is a native Vermonter. He received his BA in Writing and Literature from Burlington College in 2013. Since then he’s been tirelessly writing in his free time, working on short and long fiction. Paul is also an active member of the Burlington Writer’s Workshop, a group of Vermont writers who work together to hone their craft. Paul has a short story in the forth coming 2014 Burlington Writers Workshop Anthology

Erika Nichols

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Erika is a native of Stowe, Vermont and now lives in Burlington. 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 anthology, and elsewhere. Her short story Paper Plane will be printed in Please Do Not Remove, a collection of literature based on library card catalogues, forthcoming in the spring of 2014. Erika also co-authors a blog with Jess Mizzi called River Song Vagabonds.

Michael Stackpole on Conan

Former Vermont resident, Michael A. Stackpole, has a post up on his blog recounting his own history with the Conan series (which has now come full circle with his adaptation of the upcoming Conan film):

I have to start this adventure forty years ago, when I was thirteen. That’s when I first discovered Conan. I have to start there because the boy in Vermont reading those books, falling in love with Belît, thrilling to the adventures of the Cimmerian, never would have believed it possible that he’d have written a Conan novel, much less attend the World Premiere of the film Conan The Barbarian in Los Angeles.

Because I grew up in Vermont, Los Angeles was only slightly closer to my existence than was Howard’s Hyborean Age. It wasn’t that I was ignorant of where LA was, I just didn’t care. I knew I wanted to write, but back then it never really clicked for me that scripts had to be written. And novelizations of scripts, that was an almost unknown art. I guess it got done from time to time—technically the novel Thunderball is a novelization of the script—but all that was part of a process of which I was ignorant.

Read the rest of the post here.