september, 2021

03sep6:30 pm6:30 pmPoetry Reading by Shanta Lee Gander and Pablo Medina6:30 pm - 6:30 pm 118 Elliot Gallery

Event Details

Brattleboro’s legacy of words is ever evolving. Join us for a Gallery Walk poetry reading featuring multi-disciplinary artist Shanta Lee Gander and Cuban-born novelist and poet Pablo Medina, both prolific writers within the Brattleboro area.

SHANTA LEE GANDER is a multidisciplinary artist whose work has been featured on Vermont Public Radio, in The Massachusetts Review, PRISM, ITERANT Literary Magazine, Palette Poetry, BLAVITY, DAME Magazine, The Crisis Magazine, Rebelle Society, and she is one of the writers for the Ms. Magazine Blog. Shanta Lee is the 2020 recipient of the Arthur Williams Award for Meritorious Service to the Arts and she was named as Diode Editions’ full-length book contest winner for her debut poetry compilation, GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA: Dreamin of Mama While Trying to Speak in Woke Tongues. She has an MFA Creative Non-Fiction and Poetry from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, an MBA from the University of Hartford, and an undergraduate degree in Women, Gender and Sexuality from Trinity College. To see Shanta Lee’s photography and writing, visit

PABLO MEDINA is a novelist, translator, and poet. Born in Havana, Cuba, Medina moved to New York City with his family at the age of twelve and later studied at Georgetown University. His memoir, Exiled Memories: A Cuban Childhood, appeared in 1990 and several novels followed, most recently The Cuban Comedy (Unnamed Press, 2019). His work in translation includes The Weight of the Island: Selected Poems of Virgilio Piñera, Federico García Lorca’s Poet in New York (with poet Mark Statman), Alejo Carpentier’s The Kingdom of This World, and Everyone Will Have to Listen by Tania Díaz Castro (with Carolina Hospital). His poetry collections include The Island Kingdom, Soledades and, most recently, The Foreigner’s Song: New and Selected Poems (Tiger Bark Press, 2021). His work has appeared in many journals and periodicals, among them Poetry, American Poetry Review, Copper Nickel, Five Points, Zyzzyva, On the Seawall. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund, among other honors. Medina served on the board of directors for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs from 2001 to 2007 and as its president from 2005 to 2006. He is currently a faculty member at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and lives in Williamsville, Vermont.

Everyone’s Books will be selling books for signing at the event. Delicious mocktails will be sold outside to complement the event.

Also on display will be painter Roxcell Bartholomew’s “Melting Pot” exhibition, which opens the same night.


(Friday) 6:30 pm - 6:30 pm


118 Elliot Gallery

118 Elliot St

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