The Mosquito Coast

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The Mosquito Coast is a new Apple TV Plus television series based on the 1981 best-selling novel of the same name by Paul Theroux. The seven-episode series stars Justin Theroux as Allie Fox, a radical idealist and inventor who uproots his family to Mexico when they find themselves on the run from the U.S. government.

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Writers Speak Wednesday With Elizabeth McCracken

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“It was sodden daylight. The rain had stopped, but she could hear water dripping off things.” In this Stony Brook University virtual event, Elizabeth McCracken reads from her new story collection, The Souvenir Museum (Ecco, 2021), which is featured in Page One in the May/June issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Index of Experience

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Amy Gerstler’s book of poems Index of Women, published last week by Penguin Books, depicts experiences of womanhood through a number of forms and perspectives, including a dramatic monologue from an aging opera singer, an ode to a head of lettuce, and prose poems recounting personal memories. The second poem in the collection, “Virginity,” builds an atmosphere around the experience of having sex for the first time, without ever naming the act itself. Through subtle details that hark back to adolescence—“passing notes rather than speaking” and “reading secret magazines a cousin stuffed / into the bottom of his sleeping bag”—Gerstler avoids cliché and develops the speaker’s voice using the oft-mythologized moment of losing one’s virginity, offering instead a sense of the speaker’s life that isn’t defined by sex. Write a series of scenes that study a character experiencing a key life moment without ever explicitly naming the experience itself. What is revealed or emphasized by gesturing to details that surround the experience?

Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers

The 34th annual Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers will be held from July 12 to July 18 at the Wallowa Lake Lodge in Wallowa Lake, Oregon. In the event that the workshop cannot safely convene in person, the gathering will pivot to a virtual event; any decision to move the event online will be announced no later than May 1. The program features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as panel discussions, craft talks, and readings. The theme for the 2021 conference is “Resilience” and features a keynote from nonfiction writer Craig Childs.

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CONFERENCE
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July 12, 2021
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yes
Application Deadline: 
April 16, 2021
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no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
April 16, 2021
Free Admission: 
no
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Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers, P.O. Box 38, Enterprise, OR 97828. (541) 426-3623. 

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Wallowa Lake
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OR
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97828
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US

Green Mountain Writers Conference

The 23rd annual Green Mountain Writers Conference will be held from August 2 to August 6 at the historic Brandon Inn in Brandon, Vermont, a walkable Vermont village. The program features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as discussions, one-on-one consultations, and readings. The faculty includes poets Justen Ahren, Joan Aleshire, and Verandah Porche; fiction writers Jensen Beach, Elizabeth Inness-Brown, and Stephen P. Kiernan; creative nonfiction writer Chuck Clarino; and poet and nonfiction writer Yvonne Daley.

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CONFERENCE
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no
Event Date: 
August 2, 2021
Rolling Admissions: 
yes
Application Deadline: 
April 16, 2021
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
April 16, 2021
Free Admission: 
no
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Green Mountain Writers Conference, 47 Hazel Street, Rutland, VT 05701. (802) 236-6133. Yvonne Daley, Director.

Yvonne Daley
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Brandon
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VT
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05701
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US
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