Author Megan Mayhew Bergman to Speak at Southern Vermont College

March 6, 2012

Megan Mayhew Bergman, author of the newly released Birds of a Lesser Paradise, will speak and read from the book at Southern Vermont College (SVC) on Thursday, May 3, at 2:15 p.m. in the Everett Mansion Theatre. Following her talk, guests will have an opportunity to meet Bergman at the book-signing and reception in the Burgdorff Gallery. The College invites the general public to this free event. 

A former SVC adjunct professor, Bergman’s short stories have twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her stories have appeared in The New York Times, Best American Short Stories 2011, New Stories from the South 2010, Oxford American, Narrative, Ploughshares, One Story, and elsewhere. About Birds of a Lesser Paradise, the New York Times stated, “. . .Bergman provides alluring glimpses into the strangeness, the ruthlessness, of the animal kingdom,” and the Boston Globe stated, “Megan Mayhew Bergman is a top-notch emerging writer. Bergman possesses a crisp and often poetic voice and wily, intelligent humor.” 

Raised in Rocky Mount, N.C., Bergman now lives on a small farm in Shaftsbury, Vt., and teaches literature at Bennington College. In 2007, Bergman received a fellowship from the Millay Colony for the Arts, and she has been a fiction scholar at Bread Loaf. After writing Birds of a Lesser Paradise, Bergman said, “I wanted to explore modern motherhood, the pull of biology on our lives, and our relationship with animals. The stories take place in urban gardens, veterinary clinics, Southern diners, prison farms, swamps, and the coast of Maine. It’s a book for animal lovers, people with a sense of humor, mothers and daughters.” 

For more information on Bergman’s presentation, contact SVC’s Office of Communications at 802-447-6389/6388 or e-mail