The Vermont SF Writer’s Series is a collaborative reading event between Geek Mountain State and local writing organizations, businesses and libraries, designed to promote and encourage local talent writing by engaging in speculative fiction.
This series features a rotating slate of authors every other month, often to a theme, split between Bear Pond Books of Montpelier and other select locations.
Authors range from professionally published to those well on their way to seeing their words in print. We’re continually on the lookout for authors of every type, and if you are or know someone who should be featured, please let us know!
In addition to authors, this series is also designed to engage with the local arts community and businesses which support it. Our readings typically draw 30-60 attendees, and we’re continually looking forward to our next readings. If you know of or own a location that would be interested in hosting a reading, please drop us a line.
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- Travis L. Barrett
- Brandon Barrows
- Jeanne Beckwith
- Sean-Patrick Burke
- Rachel Carter
- F. Brett Cox
- Kristin Dearborn
- Patrick Dodge
- Pat Esden
- Rob Friesel
- Kane Gilmour
- Margot Harrison
- Paul Hobday
- Andrew Liptak
- Mike Luoma
- Ryan Meath
- Daniel Mills
- Rachel Mullis
- Erika Nichols
- Aimee Picchi
- Brian Staveley
- Ginger Weil
- Dean Whitlock
Locations & Partners:
- Renegade Writer’s Collective, September 2013
- Quarterstaff Games, November 2013
- Phoenix Books, February 2014, October 2014
- Quarterstaff Games, April 2014
- Burlington Writer’s Workshop, September 2014
- Fletcher Free Library, November 2014, April 2015
- Vermont History Museum, January 2015
- Center for Cartoon Studies, February 2015
- Quarterstaff Games, March 2015
- Fletcher Free Library, April 2015
- Quarterstaff Games, May 2015
- Fletcher Free Library, June 2015
- Everyone’s Books, July 2015
- Phoenix Books, August 2015
Author readings in Vermont tend to spotlight “literary” fiction, the kind of realistic, contemporary work that appears in journals thick with MFAs. But, as fans of science fiction and fantasy will be quick to point out, stories about time travel and postapocalyptic living can be just as artfully told as tales of time-shares and divorces. These days, those once-disrespected genres run the gamut from pulpy space operas to the literary sophistication of China Miéville or Margaret Atwood.
With its Vermont SF Writer’s Series, local blog Geek Mountain State is establishing opportunities for serious fans of science fiction, fantasy and horror to meet and, well, geek out.
Meanwhile, Geek Mountain State is gearing up for another of its popular readings, this one devoted to fantasy. Among the six writers at “Cold Mountain Stories: A Night of the Fantastic” will be Brian Staveley of Marlboro, whose novel The Emperor’s Blades was published in January by Tor Books. Already getting enthusiastic reviews from genre fans, it’s the first in an epic fantasy series called Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne.
Picture of the Day: Vermont Science Fiction at Phoenix Books
Vermont blog Geek Mountain State and Phoenix Books in Burlington, Vt., held the third event in the Vermont SF Writer’s series, Vermont Science Fiction, last Saturday.
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Local writers got a chance to read their original works aloud Thursday. The “Geek Mountain State Speculative Fiction Writers Series” event was held at Phoenix books in Burlington on Thursday evening. Local writers read passages of their books, or novels, out loud to local patrons and family members.