Two Vermont Book Award Finalists to Kick Off Norwich University Writers Series

Vermont Author Jessica Hendry Neslon
Norwich University Office of Communications

October 1, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University’s 2015-16 Writers Series will bring acclaimed memoirist Jessica Hendry Nelson and short story writer Gary Lee Miller to campus for a double bill reading on Monday, Oct. 12, at 4:30 p.m. in Kreitzberg Library’s Multipurpose Room.

Nelson and Miller were both finalists for the inaugural Vermont Book Award. The event is free and open to the public.

Born in Philadelphia, Burlington resident Jessica Hendry Nelson is a professor at Burlington College and Champlain College. Her nonfiction essays appear in The Best American Essays, The Threepenny Review, The Carolina Quarterly, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.

Her debut collection of essays, “If Only You People Could Follow Directions,” explores experiences and themes surrounding her dysfunctional family, including her drug-addicted father, alcoholic mother, and a younger brother tormented by drug-addiction and jail time.

Writing in the Boston Globe, book reviewer Judy Bolton-Fasman described Nelson’s essays as “fresh and startling.”

Vermont short story writer Gary Lee MillerAlso reading at Norwich will be Montpelier-resident Gary Lee Miller, a Pushcart Prize-nominated short story writer and the creative director of Writers for Recovery, a writers’ workshop, which helps people overcome addiction.

Miller’s short story collection, “Museum of the Americas,” is also a finalist for the Vermont Book Award. His fiction appears in national literary magazines, including The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Florida Review, and Washington Square.

Miller has co-produced two documentary films and been nominated for a New England Emmy Award for documentary scriptwriting at WGBH/PBS Boston. He has been named a finalist in the James Jones Novel Fellowship Contest.

The Norwich University Writers Series is produced by the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of English & Communications. All events in the series are free and open to the public.

Books by Nelson and Miller will be on sale at the 2015-16 Writers Series event on October 12, and a book signing will follow the reading.

For more information, please visit the Writers Series website:

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