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    Poetry Workshop

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    Thu., Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m.

    Wordsmiths analyze creative works-in-progress penned by Burlington Writers Workshop members. at 110 Main St., Suite 3C in Burlington (map). Free; preregister at meetup.com; limited space.

    All Our Black Voices

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    Thu., Feb. 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

    Books in hand, lit lovers join local poet Toussaint St. Negritude for an open reading-in-the-round of favorite African American poets. at Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier. Barre/Montpelier (map). Free.

    David Schein

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    Thu., Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m.

    The Burlington writer and theater artist excerpts his novel The Adoption, which fictionalizes the lives of children growing up in Ethiopia and the United States over a 20-year span. at Ahavath Gerim Synagogue in Burlington (map). Free.

    SoundCheck

    SoundCheck

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    Thu., Feb. 21, 6-8 p.m., Thu., March 21, 6-8 p.m. and Thu., April 18, 6-8 p.m.

    Slam poet Rajnii Eddins leads teen wordsmiths in a writing workshop followed by an open mic. Pizza fuels the fun. at BCA Center in Burlington (map). Free.

    Friday Morning Workshop

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    Fri., Feb. 22, 10:30 a.m.

    Wordsmiths offer constructive criticism on works in progress by Burlington Writers Workshop members. at 110 Main St., Suite 3C in Burlington (map). Free; preregister at meetup.com; limited space.

    Writer's Block

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    Fridays, 10-11:30 a.m.

    Scribes bring essays, short stories, one-act plays and poems to be critiqued by a supportive audience. at Barre Area Senior Center in Barre. Barre/Montpelier (map). Free; preregister.

    Writers’ Wertfrei

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    Sat., Feb. 23, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Authors, both fledgling and published, share what they have written in a nonjudgmental, value-free atmosphere. at Waterbury Public Library in Waterbury. Mad River Valley/Waterbury (map). Free; preregister.

    Fiction Craft Workshop

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    Sat., Feb. 23, 2 p.m.

    Burlington Writers Workshop members examine particular tools that are central to the art of writing. at 110 Main St., Suite 3C in Burlington (map). Free; preregister at meetup.com; limited space.

    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.

    Tracy K. Smith

    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.

    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.
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