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A Way with Words: A Conversation with Jensen Beach and Kerrin McCadden

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It seems like everywhere you look, people are talking about storytelling. But what about STORYMAKING?

What does it take to craft a great story, on paper, on stage, on the air, and on camera? How do story makers organize their ideas, edit their work, create habits and practices, and find inspiration? We want to know, and figure you do, too.

RETN partnered with local media, literary, and arts organizations to bring insightful conversation and practical resources together, in this series of conversations. Listen to talks with Vermont story makers, facilitated by Gin Ferrara of Spindle & Widget, with Burlington Writers Workshop, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, VCAM, Vermont International Film Foundation and WBTV-LP.

This program features Jensen Beach and Kerrin McCadden.

Jensen Beach is the author of the forthcoming Swallowed by the Cold, as well as a previous collection of stories, For out of the Heart Proceed. His fiction has appeared or soon will appear in The New Yorker, Paris Review, A Public Space and online at Tin House, American Short Fiction, and N+1. He teaches in the BFA program at Johnson State College, where he is the fiction editor at Green Mountains Review. He lives in Jericho, Vermont with his family.

Kerrin McCadden is the author of Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes, winner of the 2013 New Issues Poetry Prize and the 2015 Vermont Book Award. She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Vermont Studio Center, The Frost Place, The Sustainable Arts Foundation, The Vermont Arts Council, and The Vermont Arts Endowment Fund. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, Verse Daily, and in such journals as American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Collagist, Green Mountains Review, Poet Lore, and Rattle, among others. A graduate of The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, she teaches at Montpelier High School.