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Putney Public Library Hosts Writer in Residence for 2018: Michelle Blake Introductory Event: Literary Longings

The Putney Public Library is pleased to introduce our Writer in Residence for 2018, poet and author Michelle Blake. Blake is the author of three critically acclaimed novels—The Tentmaker, Earth Has No Sorrow and The Book of Light (Putnam Penguin). In addition, she’s published poetry and essays in Tin House, The New York Times, Ploughshares, Southern Review, Solstice Literary Magazine, MORE Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, Parents and others. Her essay “A Fable for Our Times” won the Solstice Nonfiction Award for 2015. Her chapbook of poems, Into the Wide and Startling World, was awarded publication in the New Women’s Voices competition in 2012 (Finishing Line Press).
In 2014, her collaborative project with photo-montage artist Fran Forman, Escape Artist, was published by Schiffer. In 2017 she was a Resident Writer at the Siena Arts Institute, and she has residency grants at Vermont Studio Center and The Hambidge Center.
In addition, she has taught writing at Goddard College, Stanford University and Tufts University and directed both the Goddard MFA and Warren Wilson MFA Programs. She lives in Westminster West with her husband, novelist Dennis McFarland, and an assortment of dogs and family members.
Please join us for our first session in this year’s series– Sunday, January 21st from 1-3pm at the Putney Public Library.

First Session: LITERARY LONGINGS* FOR 2018

Do you have…..

—A poet whose work you long to read?

—A writer you long to discuss?

—A poem you long to write?

—A novel you long to finish?

—An idea you long to refine

Join Emily Zervas, Director of the Putney Library and Michelle Blake, Putney Library Writer in Residence 2018 for tea, cider, cake and a festive planning session on Sunday, January 21st from 1-3pm. Snacks will be served!
Help us design classes, workshops, readings and discussions for 2018.
Together we’ll develop ideas about writers and topics, days of the week, times of day, lengths of time
and formats.

It’s your library.
Make it work for you!
* Literary Longings is inspired by The Longings Project, created by master coach Lyedie Geer, MS, IMC, PCC, a project designed to help women fulfill their personal, professional and creative longings. “Longings are a deeply felt, full-bodied conversation that is always going on between self and the world, self and others, self and spirit. Your longings are a yearning toward wholeness…”
Putney Public Library is located at 55 Main St in Putney, VT. This event is free and open to the public.