Marlboro College

NewsPress Release: 9/06/01Marlboro College Hosts Sixth Annual Staff Reading

Sunny Tappan at Staff ReadingMARLBORO, VT - Marlboro College staff members will read poetry, fiction and short stories as part of the sixth annual staff reading "Write Staff Redux," on September 27.

Seasoned "Write Staff" participants will include Sunny Tappan and Kevin Kennedy, both of Marlboro, Vermont. Tappan, Marlboro College's receptionist, will read selections of poetry. "My poetry is poetry of place," she says, "poetry that deals with my natural surroundings and my interaction with them." Tappan, who started composing poetry seven years ago, says she always wanted to write, but never got the nerve until a colleague suggested that poetry might be the right form for her. "I started taking classes and I've never looked back," says Tappan.

Kennedy, the college's communications director, is in the midst of working on a novel and a collection of short-stories based in Vermont. He will read a recent short story, "Jackin," which explores issues of menace and control as a Vermont man contemplates high-jacking a bus full of Japanese tourists as it winds its way through the Northeast Kingdom.

Kristine Lemay joins the Write Staff as the new assistant director of student activities. Lemay, a native Vermonter and currently a resident of Brattleboro, graduated from Marlboro in May. She will read excerpts from a children's novel she wrote as part of her Plan of Concentration. "Tacking" centers around an 11-year-old girl named Jenny who lives on Lake Champlain with her father. "It's a story both about sailing and about the intricacies of family," says Lemay, who plans on reading the novel's revelatory chapter.

The reading will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Marlboro College's Drury Gallery, which is fully accessible. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information on this or other events at Marlboro, call (802) 257-4333 or visit the college online at

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