Please see below for poets’ bios.
Bucky Brandt has been teaching English at Mount Mansfield Union High School in Jericho for over twenty years, and has been coordinator of Poetry Out Loud since 2007. Born in New York City and raised in Rumson, New Jersey, he is a graduate of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. He brings a love of writing, reading and reciting poetry to his students, and does so with a musical touch from years spinning tunes as a disc jockey with Supersounds. An avid snow boarder, runner and mountain biker, he coaches lacrosse at MMU.
Rosa Castellano received an MFA in poetry from Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond VA. Locally she leads poetry workshops for the Underhill public library and will lead a poetry workshop for the Burlington Writers Workshop in the Fall. She lives in Underhill VT with her husband, four children and a bunny.
Stephen Cramer’s first book of poems, Shiva’s Drum, was selected for the National Poetry Series and published by University of Illinois Press. His second, Tongue & Groove, was also published by University of Illinois. From the Hip, which follows the history of hip hop in a series of 56 sonnets, and A Little Thyme & A Pinch of Rhyme, a cookbook in haiku and sonnets, came out from Wind Ridge Press in 2014 and 2015. Bone Music, his most recent collection, was selected by Kimiko Hahn for the Louise Bogan Award and was published in 2016 by Trio House Press. His work has appeared in journals such as The American Poetry Review, African American Review, The Yale Review, Harvard Review, and Hayden’s Ferry Review. An Assistant Poetry Editor at Green Mountains Review, he teaches writing and literature at the University of Vermont and lives with his wife and daughter in Burlington.
Bill Drislane is a Vermont singer, songwriter, fiddler, guitarist, poet and performer, with a love of reciting poetry and bringing the art of spoken word to audiences of all ages. He has been the long-time fiddler and band leader of the Zillionaires, and has performed with Toss the Feathers, the Mars Rovers, Social Band, Hannah Dennison’s The Neighborhood Project, and at Bread & Puppet, The Dance Flurry and the Old Songs Music Festival. He lives in a house of music, song and poetry in Jericho with his wife Liz Thompson (choral director of Anima) and their son Will (co-composer of “Mommy Was in the Shade”). Daytimes he makes a living as an attorney in Burlington.
Mary Jane Phillips Dickerson, born and raised in North Carolina, has spent most of her adult life in Vermont where she lives in Jericho Center. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she began her teaching career at Campbell University in North Carolina (then Campbell College). After moving to Vermont, Dickerson taught literature and writing in the English Department at the University of Vermont where she remained for more than thirty years, retiring as an Associate Professor of English. Dickerson also participated as writer and faculty member at the New England Young Writers’ Conference at Breadloaf, Vermont. Her scholarly work has taken her to Japan where she has given a series of lectures at two universities in Nagoya and to South Africa where she taught at the University of Fort Hare in South Africa for a semester. Dickerson continues to offer an annual workshop on reading and writing poetry, serves on several community boards in Jericho and University of Vermont boards, and is active in civic work, contributing her time to the Democratic Party and to the town of Jericho as Justice of the Peace on the board of Civil Authority. Dickerson has published several poems and has read her poetry in Vermont and North Carolina. Her book of poems, Tapping the Center of Things, was published by Tamarac Press in 2013, and her latest collection of poems, Water Journeys in Art and Poetry, was published in the fall of 2014.
Angela Patten is author of three poetry collections, In Praise of Usefulness (Wind Ridge Books), Reliquaries and Still Listening (both from Salmon Poetry, Ireland) and a prose memoir, High Tea at a Low Table: Stories from an Irish Childhood (Wind Ridge Books). Her work has been widely published in literary journals and anthologies including Birchsong: Poetry Centered in Vermont; Cudovista Usta (Marvellous Mouth), Drustvo Apokalipsa (Slovenia); The Breath of Parted Lips Volume II; Salmon: A Journey in Poetry, 1981-2007, Salmon Poetry; and The White Page/An Bhileog Bhan: Twentieth-Century Irish Women Poets, Salmon Poetry. Patten has received grants for poetry from the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Community Foundation. She has been Visiting Writer at Stonecoast in Ireland, Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland; Stranmillis University College-Queens, Belfast, Northern Ireland; and The Frost Place, Franconia, NH. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, she now lives in Burlington, VT and is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Vermont. More information is available at her website www.carraigbinn.com
Neil Shepard’s sixth and seventh books of poetry were both published in 2015: Hominid Up (Salmon Poetry, Ireland) and a full collection of poems and photographs, Vermont Exit Ramps II, (Green Writers Press, Vermont). His poems appear online at Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and Poem-A-Day (from the Academy of American Poets), as well as in several hundred literary magazines. He taught for many years in the BFA writing program at Johnson State College in Vermont and edited the literary magazine Green Mountains Review for a quarter-century. These days, he teaches in the low-residency MFA Program at Wilkes University (PA), as well as at Poets House in Manhattan.