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    Tracy K. Smith

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    Wed., Feb. 27, 7 p.m.

    At 46 years old, poet Tracy K. Smith already has achieved an epic list of accomplishments. Born in Massachusetts and raised in California, the wordsmith is the author of four books of poetry, including 2011’s Life on Mars, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and the 2018 collection Wade in the Water. Her 2015 memoir, Ordinary Light, was a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction. Director of Princeton University’s Program in Creative Writing, Smith is currently serving her second term as the U.S. poet laureate. The celebrated scribe regales lit lovers with selections from her works. at E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh in Plattsburgh. Outside Vermont (map). Free.

    Monthly Book Group for Adults

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    Mon., Feb. 25, 7 p.m.

    The Wind in My Hair: My Fight for Freedom in Modern Iran by Masih Alinejad sparks conversation. at Jaquith Public Library in Marshfield. Barre/Montpelier (map). Free.

    Faith Examined

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    Tue., Feb. 26, 10:15-11:30 a.m.

    A faith-based discussion of the testimonial collection Coming Out in Faith: Voices of LGBTQ Unitarian Universalists focuses on the church's role in embracing the LGBTQ community. at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Plattsburgh in Plattsburgh. Outside Vermont (map). Free.

    Book Launch

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    Tue., Feb. 26, 4:30-6 p.m.

    Nonfiction fans and members of the Vermont Historical Society fête the publication of The Law of the Hills: A Judicial History of Vermont by Paul Gillies. at Vermont Supreme Court in Montpelier. Barre/Montpelier (map). Free.

    Search for Meaning Adult Discussion Group

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    Tue., Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m.

    Readers reflect on Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Plattsburgh in Plattsburgh. Outside Vermont (map). Free.

    Painted Word Poetry Series

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    Wed., Feb. 27, 6 p.m.

    Stephanie Burt, author of eight published books including the collection Advice From the Lights, showcases original work. at Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont in Burlington (map). Regular admission; $3-10; free for members, faculty, staff, students and kids 6 and under.

    Fiction Workshop

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    Wed., Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m.

    Readers focus on elements of the craft when responding to work by Burlington Writers Workshop members. at 110 Main St., Suite 3C in Burlington (map). Free; preregister at meetup.com; limited space.

    Williston Library's Writing Series

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    Thu., Feb. 28, 1-2:30 p.m.

    Aspiring authors join educator Steven Shepard for "Session Four: Open Forum (Bring Your Questions!)." at Dorothy Alling Memorial Library in Williston. Chittenden County (map). Free; preregister.

    'Feminist Journeys: The Personal and the Political'

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    Thu., Feb. 28, 4:30 p.m.

    Former state legislator Kesha Ram moderates a discussion with Gov. Madeleine May Kunin and associate professor of gender, sexuality and women's studies Felicia Kornbluh. Readings and book signings are also on the agenda. at Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building, University of Vermont in Burlington (map). Free.

    'Dare and Truth: Stories Directed by the Audience'

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    Thu., Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m.

    In a unique twist on first-person storytelling, this series allows audience members to suggest the theme. at FlynnSpace in Burlington (map). $12.

    Extempo

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    Fri., March 1, 8-10 p.m.

    Local raconteurs tell first-person true stories before a live audience. at Dog River Brewery in Berlin. Barre/Montpelier (map). $5.

    Poetry Workshop Series: What if You Could Only Say Things Once?

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    Sat., March 2, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Writer Laurie McMillan offers guidance on selecting words, lines and rhythm during a five-week course. at Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier. Barre/Montpelier (map). Free.

    Book & Media Sale

    Book & Media Sale

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    Sat., March 2, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

    Lovers of the written word bag bargain titles. at Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury. Middlebury Area (map). Free.

    Poetry Experience

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    First and Third Saturday of every month, 1-3 p.m.

    Writers share original work and learn from others in a supportive environment open to all ages and experience levels. at Fletcher Free Library in Burlington (map). Free.

    Burlington Women's Poetry Group

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    First Sunday of every month, 3 p.m.

    Female writers seek feedback from fellow rhyme-and-meter mavens. Email for details. at Private residence in Burlington (map). Free.
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