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Fall Reading Series Presents Hailman, Clark and Parms

Jericho Parms

CALAIS — “Words Out Loud” marks the eighth year of Sunday afternoon readings by Vermont writers at the historic 1823 meetinghouse, the Old West Church, presented in tandem with the annual Art at the Kent exhibition at the Kents’ Corner State Historic Site in Calais.

Six Vermont writers will present from their work across genres, including poetry and prose, podcasting, and songwriting. Writers include, on September 25, M. T. Anderson and Erica Heilman; and October 2, Brian Clark and Jericho Parms.

Book and CD sales and a chance to meet the presenters will follow the readings. Donations suggested. No tickets required. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to allow time for parking and seating ahead of the 3 p.m. start.

For more information about “Words Out Loud” and other programs of this year’s Interplay exhibit, visit the Art at the Kent website.

Vermont musician and songwriter Brian Clark and essayist Jericho Parms will each present their work for the final presentation in this year’s reading series, “Words Out Loud: Where Text Meets Sound, Vermont Writers Across Genres,” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Old West Church, 7 Old West Church Road.

Brian Clark

Brian Clark is a guitarist and songwriter with the Vermont-based band Anachronist. He also performs as a side musician for a variety of Central Vermont artists and creates music for Erica Heilman’s Rumble Strip Vermont podcast. His solo record, solo duo trio, includes finger-style instrumentals set alongside indie rock songs and traditional influences, with the heart of the record focused on song. His band, “Anachronist,” incorporates Angela Paladino’s vocals and percussion, Phil Carr on drums, and Mike Donofrio on bass. A woodworker in addition to being a musician, Clark lives in Calais with his wife and two sons.

Jericho Parms is the author of “Lost Wax” (University of Georgia Press). Her work has appeared in The Normal School, Hotel Amerika, American Literary Review, Brevity, and elsewhere, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, noted in Best American Essays, and anthologized in “Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction,” “Waveform: Twenty-First-Century Essays by Women,” and “Don’t Look Now: Things We Wish We Hadn’t Seen.” Parms holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is a consulting editor at Fourth Genre.

Art at the Kent strives to create exhibitions of contemporary works that engage and challenge visitors within and around a unique historic structure by providing unusual exposure to mid-19th-century architecture enhanced by art of our time. The museum is a state-owned historic site, administered by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.

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