BRATTLEBORO -- Regional authors Muriel Wolf, Arlene Distler, Kate Gleason, Toni Ortner, Barbara Benoit and Julia Crane will read from their work on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m., at The Little City Baking Company, 30 Main St. The reading is free and open to the public.

For more information, call Barbara Benoit at 802-275-6185.

Following two decades as a visual artist, Wolf has been devoting herself to writing fiction, in addition to providing bereavement support and counseling for Brattleboro Area Hospice. Her short story, "The Chocolate Errand," won first prize in Vermont Studio Center’s statewide Fiction Fellowship Competition, as well as first prize in Boulevard Magazine, and was a finalist in Crazy Horse Literary Journal’s short fiction competition. Her first completed novel, "The Book of Gone," recently received agent representation, and is making the rounds in New York. She is currently at work on another novel.

Distler is co-founder of Write Action. Her poetry has appeared in Kalliope, North American Review, New Millennium Writers, Chrysalis Review, Birchsong: Poetry Centered in Vermont. She has received grants from the Vermont Council on the Arts and Vermont Studio Center. Distler’s first collection of poetry, a chapbook, is slated to be published with Finishing Line Press next year.

Gleason is the author of a poetry collection, "Measuring the Dark" (First Book Award at Zone 3 Press).


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Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Verse Daily, Los Angeles Times Book Review, Green Mountains Review, Crab Orchard Review, Cimarron Review and elsewhere. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has received fellowships from the NEA/Ragdale Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. She leads writing workshops and seminars in Keene, N.H., and also runs Writers Submit, a literary submitting and editing service. Visit www.kategleason.net

Ortner has had 14 books published, including "Summoned" (Goose River Press), "Writing with Our Blood" (Moon Publishing Company), "A White Page Demands Its Letters" and "Traveling, a Perspective" (a book of poems with photographs by Janet Zimmer), the latter two forthcoming from unboundcontent.com. Her work has been published in more than 100 literary magazines, most recently in Soundings, Vermont Literary Review, vermontviews.com, The Commons and Mudfish. She lives in Brattleboro, where she is vice president of the Write Action Board and has a monthly show on the Write Action Radio Hour featuring interviews with writers about their work. Visit www.toniortner.com

Benoit is the author of a chapbook, "Waiting for the Thoroughness of Winter" (Finishing Line Press). She is a 2009 graduate of New England College’s MFA in Poetry Program and is studying for a second MFA at Ashland University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in many journals and reviews, She served as poetry judge for New Hampshire’s 2012 national competition and received a Vermont Council Artist in Residence Grant.

Crane is the author of "Twisted Little Love Stories" (Finishing Line Press, 2012), available from the press and on Amazon. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals. She holds an MFA in Writing and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars and has been an affiliate professor of Liberal Studies at Union Institute & University and an English instructor at Granite State College. In addition to her writing and teaching work, Crane is a classical cellist, with a tangential focus in baroque repertoire. She lives in Vermont. Visit www.juliacrane.info.