Brattleboro Literary Festival
A night of mischief, joymaking, and word games to celebrate the launch of Mount Island, the new magazine for rural LGBTQ+ and POC writers and artists!
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for mingling and a variety of word games until 7 p.m., when the main event begins: Touche! A Tournament of Words.
Touche is a tournament-style game show pitting emerging writers and intrepid laypeople against unique takes on word games and writing exercises.
Contestants compete in five kooky and thought-provoking rounds for the love and mercy of the judges panel and a tyrannical audience, and for the grand prize: $100 and the title of Archbraggadocio.
Tickets are $5 online, and $5-10 suggested donation at the door. Purchase your ticket online to guarantee a seat. No one will be turned away for lack of funds!
1. Talent Show: Each contestant has a chance to charm the judges and audience with a talent. Any talent.
2. Category is…: A take on Scattergories in which the judges crowdsource 3 categories for the categories to write within.
3. The Dreaded Spandrel: Contestants scavenge words and phrases from the audience to write the best sentence.
4. Exquisitest Corpse: The beginning of a story is read, and contestants must write the end.
5. Compliment Battle: The two finalists compete for the grand prize in a battle of compliments.
Frances Cannon is a writer and artist currently living in Vermont, where she teaches at Champlain College, the Shelburne Craft School, and the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is the author and illustrator several books of hybrid text and artwork: Walter Benjamin: Reimagined, MIT Press, The Highs and Lows of Shapeshift Ma and Big-Little Frank, Gold Wake Press, Tropicalia, Vagabond Press, and Uranian Fruit, Honeybee Press. She was born in Utah and has since lived in Oregon, Vermont, California, Maine, Iowa, Italy, Guatemala, France, and Mexico making art and writing books. She has an MFA in creative writing from Iowa and a BFA from the University of Vermont.
Donald Mutebi was born in Uganda and pursued his education in the British-based educational system in Kenya. He has lived in Brattleboro for more than a decade, where he works as a psychiatric nurse and home health-care provider. His song, Aniakumanyi, was a number one hit in Kampala for six months when he was in his twenties, where his nickname was Paragon.
GennaRose Nethercott‘s book The Lumberjack’s Dove (Ecco/HarperCollins) was selected by Louise Glück as a winner of the National Poetry Series for 2017. She is also the lyricist behind the narrative song collection Modern Ballads, author of Lianna Fled the Cranberry Bog: A Story in Cootie Catchers (Ninepin Press 2019), and is a Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellow. Her writing has appeared widely in journals and anthologies including BOMB, The Massachusetts Review, The Offing, and PANK. A born Vermonter, she tours nationally and internationally performing from her works and composing poems-to-order for strangers on an antique typewriter.
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