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Writers Night Out in June

June 6, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Writers Night Out in June with Shanta Lee

Writers Night Out in June with Shanta LeeJoin us on Tuesday, June 6, 6:00-8:00pm for Writers Night Out with featured writer Shanta Lee Gander at Forbes Library.

No registration required. If you want to participate in Open Mic and read, please sign up by 5:50pm. Ten names will be randomly selected. Each reader will have five minutes. The second half of the evening showcases our Featured Reader.

Masks are not currently required for indoor events. Please wear a mask if you would like to exercise caution.

Hosted by Jacqueline Sheehan, Rick Paar and Beth Filson.

GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA: Dreamin of Mama While Trying to Speak in Woke Tongues book coverBio: Shanta Lee is also the author of the poetry collection, GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA: Dreamin of Mama While Trying to Speak Woman in Woke Tongues, winner of the 2020 Diode Press full-length book prize and the 2021 Vermont Book Award. Black Metamorphoses, 2023, has been named a finalist in the 2021 Hudson prize, shortlisted for the 2021 Cowles Poetry Book Prize and longlisted for the 2021 Idaho poetry prize. Shanta Lee is the 2020 recipient of the Arthur Williams Award for Meritorious Service to the Arts and the 2020 gubernatorial appointee to the Vermont Humanities Council’s board of directors. Her work within the humanities includes Shanta Lee giving lectures on the life of Lucy Terry Prince (c. 1730-1821) — considered the first known African-American poet in English literature — as a member of the Vermont and New Hampshire Humanities Council Speakers Bureaus. Shanta Lee also serves on the advisory for Jay Craven’s film, Lost Nation which prominently features the life of Lucy Terry Prince. She is also a regular contributor to Ms. Magazine and Art New England. Her contributing work on several investigative journalism pieces for The Commons received a number of New England Newspaper & Press Association (NENPA) awards. Shanta Lee teaches poetry at Wilkes University and media studies at The Putney School. She has an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction and Poetry at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, an MBA from the University of Hartford and an undergraduate degree in Women, Gender and Sexuality from Trinity College.


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