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News David Budbill and William Parker perform "Happy Life" at Marlboro College, November 14

MARLBORO, VT – (October 26, 2011) – Poet David Budbill and bassist William Parker come together again to perform an evening of poetry and music called “Happy Life” on Monday, November 14, at 7:30p.m. The performance will take place at Marlboro College’s Ragle Hall, and is free and open to the public.

From New York City and the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, old friends poet-playwright David Budbill and world-renowned composer and bassist William Parker meet at Marlboro College to collaborate on a project based on Budbill’s new collection of poetry, Happy Life. Parker’s music, spontaneous and improvised as usual, provides the foundation and inspiration for the series of Zen-inspired, serious and funny poems.

In Happy Life, published by Copper Canyon Press in 2011, David Budbill continues his popular poetic ruminations on life in remote New England. Inspired by classical Chinese and Japanese poets, Budbill contemplates the seasons, ambition and simple, focused contentment.

David Budbill is the author of numerous books and collections of poetry and plays. He has served as an occasional commentator on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Among his prizes and honors are a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in playwriting, a Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry, and a Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award for fiction. Wendell Berry calls Budbill’s work, “a delight and a comfort.”

William Parker has been a celebrated jazz musician, improvisor and composer in New York City for nearly 30 years. In 1995, Village Voice characterized Parker as “the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time.” He began recording in 1994 and leading his own bands on a regular basis. Most notable among many recent projects is his new album, The Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield. He has taught at Bennington College, NYU, The New England Conservatory of Music, Cal Arts, New School University and Rotterdam Conservatory of Music.

For more information, contact the Marlboro College public relations department at 802-251-7644 or In case of inclement weather, call the Marlboro College Events line at 802-451-7151.

Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts for 60 years, with 300 undergraduate students enjoying an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro College Graduate School offers master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of education, internet technologies, health care administration, non-profit administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability, with courses designed around small classes at the downtown Brattleboro campus complemented by online work and collaboration.



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