Putney Public Library hosts virtual writers salon

PUTNEY — Putney Public Library hosts a Writers Salon via Zoom, 7–8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, November through March, and features writers of fiction and poetry from Vermont and other parts of the United States.

Host Toni Ortner welcomes Diane Frank and Castle Freeman Jr. as February's writers.

Diane Frank is the author of eight books of poems, three novels, and a photo memoir of her 400-mile trek in the Nepali Himalayas. White Listening to the Enigma Variations, New and Selected Poems was published in 2021 by Glass Lyre Press.

Frank is the editor of two bestselling anthologies: Fog and Light: San Francisco through the Eyes of Poets Who Live Here and Pandemic: Puzzle Poems. She lives in San Francisco where she dances, plays cello in the Golden Gate Symphony, and creates her life as an art form. Blackberries in the Dream House, her first novel, won the Chelson Award for Fiction and was nominated for the Pulitzer.

Castle Freeman Jr. is a well-known writer from Newfane. He was born in Texas and raised and educated in Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia. He came to southeastern Vermont with his wife, Alice, on a whim and is still here 45 years later.

He is the author of seven novels, 80 short stories, two story collections, and more than 100 essays, historical articles, op-ed journalism, nature writing, and other nonfiction, most of it related in one way or another to the life of Vermont and its people.

This event is free and open to the public. You can access the Zoom link by emailing [email protected].

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