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A special thanks to our listeners and readers

Thank you, listeners, for your attention and kind words these past few years as we’ve built Writers@WRUV on 90.1, WRUV-FM. We’ve been all about Vermont fiction, essays and poetry. Your calls and emails tell us that you have been, too.

We launched The WRUV Reader in Fall 2012. Readers included (clockwise from left) Nancy Welch, Ben Aleshire, Aaron Smith, Antonello Borra, Major Jackson, Phillip Baruth, Abby Paige, Zoe Lewis, Theodora Ziolkowski and Tina Escaja.

We launched The WRUV Reader in Fall 2012. Readers included (clockwise from left) Nancy Welch, Ben Aleshire, Aaron Smith, Antonello Borra, Major Jackson, Phillip Baruth, Abby Paige, Zoe Lewis, Theodora Ziolkowski and Tina Escaja.

We’re going on indefinite hiatus. Doubtless we’ll be unable to resist hosting and posting the occasional reading from WRUV, so please do stay tuned. In the meantime, you can use this site to listen to our archived shows and use the list below to locate your own copy of The WRUV Reader, our 2012 anthology of the best writing heard on Writers@WRUV.

Find your copy of The WRUV Reader in Burlington and online.

Finally, thanks so much to our authors, who donated their time and their work. All proceeds from The WRUV Reader benefit media education at The University of Vermont, and your work allows us to make that education happen.

Listeners, if there’s any writer who you would like to hear on the radio, you can still reach us at Writers@WRUV.org.

Till then, keep it locked to your better alternative, WRUV-FM, 90.1 in Burlington.


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The WRUV READER book launch: Because WRUV does books now

On Sept. 20, WRUV-FM will release its first-ever book, a collection of stories and poems by the many Vermont writers heard on Writers@WRUV.

The WRUV Reader will premiere Thursday, Sept. 20, in the John Dewey Lounge, on the third floor of UVM’s Old Mill. Reading their own work from the book will be Major Jackson, Suzi Wizowaty, Greg Bottoms, Philip Baruth and more. Reception begins at 6:30 with snacks, followed by readings at 7 p.m.

Questions? Answers can be found by writing to Writers@wruv.org.

We hope to see you there.


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NaNoWriMo: The Victory Lap

NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month—took place throughout the month of November as writers around the globe sought to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. On Thursday, Dec. 3, we chatted with participants Aaron Smith and Mary Elizabeth, and we heard updates about four more.

Listen to the show.

Read Aaron Smith’s novel excerpt.

Read Mary Elizabeth’s novel excerpt.

Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith was born and raised in Fair Haven, Vt. After spending the past 10 years running various Internet businesses in Boston, Aaron left his job, sold his condo, got married and moved back home to the Green Mountains. Dividing his time between writing, historical research and looking out the window waiting for snow, he is currently on a six month honeymoon traveling throughout the great state of Vermont and writing about his experiences with his wife Laura on their blog VermontOrBust.com.

Mary Elizabeth

Mary Elizabeth has written an impressive number of non-fiction and educational books, but she’s doing her first fiction reading ever (!!!) as part of our show. Her most recent book is the newly-published Barron’s American Slang Dictionary and Thesaurus. She has also written books on poetry, public speaking and spelling for Barron’s Painless series, and six Garlic Press Literature Teaching Guides for works such as To Kill a Mockingbird, The Odyssey, and The Lord of the Flies.

Mary Elizabeth is the librettist for the children’s opera Kiravanu, which premiered in Sydney, Australia in 2008. Mary Elizabeth is also a composer, whose setting of

W. H. Auden’s “For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio” was premiered by the Otter Creek Choral Society and Champlain Brass Quintet in 2003. She was responsible for researching and creating the nearly 1,700 international music education worksheets for the Sibelius Music Notation program, and she has recently created the music illustrations and piano tracks for Barron’s AP Music Theory with Audio Compact Discs, due out in February 2010.

Mary Elizabeth teaches technology-related courses at University of Vermont through Continuing Education. You can follow her on her blog, Voice of the Phoenix, and read some of her thoughts on fiction, non-fiction and audience that came up after appearing on the show.


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Philip Baruth reads “American Zombie Beauty”

Philip Baruth

Philip Baruth

Our first guest, Philip Baruth, reads from an unpublished story, “American Zombie Beauty,” in a show first broadcast on Oct. 15, 2009.

In the story, written for inclusion in an upcoming collection of writings about the Grateful Dead, Baruth imagines a world in which the Grateful Dead and the, well, simply dead have a lot more in common than you might think.

In an interview before and after his reading, the author speaks about his writing life, his political blog and what he’s reading now.

Listen to the show.

Visit the author’s political blog, Vermont Daily Briefing.

Philip Baruth is a novelist and a regular commentator for Vermont Public Radio. His commentary series, “Notes from the New Vermont,” has focused since 1998 on both the national and the local, the deeply political and the undeniably absurd.

“Birth Rate Blues,” his satirical take on Vermont’s low fertility stats, shared a 2009 Edward R. Murrow Award in the Overall Excellence category, then won a Public Radio News Directors Award several months later.

Baruth lives in Burlington, Vermont, and has taught at the University of Vermont since 1993.  His most recent novel, The Brothers Boswell (Soho Press), is a literary thriller, tracing the famous friendship between James Boswell and Samuel Johnson, author of the first modern dictionary.


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