Middlebury College Students Will Present Selections from the New England Review
Middlebury, VT—In the tradition of Public Radio International’s “Selected Shorts,” students from Oratory Now will read selections from the New England Review (NER) literary magazine in this third annual live performance of “NER Out Loud,” Friday, February 24 at 8:00 P.M. at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. The event will be followed by a “S’more Readings” reception with representatives of several student literary magazines who will read from their work. Both events are free and open to the public. Sign language interpretation will be offered.
This year’s readers and selections will include: Ellen Colton ’19 reading “Midnight” by Alison Stagner; Josh Espy ’17 reading “The Week of German Cinema” by Maciej Miłkowski; Jabari Matthew ’17 reading “Still Life with Young Black Woman’s Face Etched into a School Desk” by Cortney Lamar Charleston; Steven Medina ’17 reading “Endure” by Alex McElroy; Melanie Rivera ’19 reading “Chasing Arrows” by Alia Volz; and Nia Robinson ’19 reading “The Price of Rain” by Franny Choi. All of the selections were originally published by New England Review in 2016.
Editors and contributors to the student literary magazines Blackbird, Frame, MiddGeo, and Translingual will also be on hand at the post-show reception to discuss their publications and give sample readings from their pages. Attendees will be invited to enjoy s’more-themed treats while listening to the readings in the lobby.
NER Out Loud is the result of a partnership between the Mahaney Center for the Arts, the student group Oratory Now, and the New England Review. Literary arts programs are a growing part of the overall offerings at the Mahaney Center for the Arts, and Middlebury College enjoys a rich tradition of literary prominence, thanks in part to the Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English and Writers’ Conference and the New England Review. Vermont is home to more writers per capita than any other state in the country and the Middlebury community boasts many prominent writers, both on- and off-campus. NER Out Loud has been organized by New England Review Editor Carolyn Kuebler, playwright and Oratory Now director Dana Yeaton, and Mahaney Center for the Arts Director Liza Sacheli.
NER Out Loud will take place on Friday, February 24, 2017, at 8:00 P.M. in the Dance Theatre of the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts. The reception will take place in the downstairs lobby immediately following the performance. Admission is free and the public is welcome. The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south, on the campus of Middlebury College. Free parking is available. For more information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://go.middlebury.edu/arts.
(top right) Double Violin Concerto by Anna Dibble, cover artwork from the New England Review Vol. 37. No. 4.
(top left) The live reading event NER Out Loud will bring stories and poems to the stage Feb. 24 at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Photo by Robert Keren
(bottom left) Alexander Burnett ’16 in 2016’s NER Out Loud, photo by Robert Keren