Three Notable Authors to Lecture on "Art for Art's Sake, or Art as Social Change" at Southern Vermont College

February 6, 2014


Southern Vermont College (SVC) will host a lecture panel, entitled “Art for Art’s Sake, or Art as Social Change,” with three notable authors. They are Alexandria Peary, Author and Associate Professor and First-Year Writing Coordinator at Salem State University; Megan Mayhew Bergman, Author and Adjunct Professor; and Andre Dubus III, Author and Professor at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell on Thursday, February 13. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 2:25 p.m. in the Everett Mansion Theatre. Please note that space is limited.

This event is part of SVC’s 2013-2014 lecture and performance, entitled “Look Within, See Beyond: Nurturing Growth and Resilience.” Following the lecture, guests will have an opportunity to meet with the authors at a reception in the Burgdorff Gallery.

A returning lecturer at SVC, Professor Peary’s research in rhetoric appears in “College Composition and Communication” and in “Engaging Audience” (2009). Her poetry has been published in “The Gettysburg Review,” “New American Writing,” and “The Denver Quarterly.” She has published two books of poetry: “Fall Foliage Called Bathers & Dancers” (2008) and “Lid to the Shadow” (2011). Her third poetry collection, “Control Bird Alt Delete,” won the Iowa Poetry Prize and will be published this spring by the University of Iowa Press. Peary is the recipient of the Joseph Langland Award and the 2010 Slope Editions Book Prize, as well as being nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

A former SVC and Bennington College adjunct professor, Bergman is the author of a collection of short stories, “Birds of a Lesser Paradise” (2012). The “Boston Globe” has stated, “Megan Mayhew Bergman is a top-notch emerging writer. Bergman possesses a crisp and often
poetic voice and wily, intelligent humor.” Her 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.

Also a returning lecturer at SVC, Dubus III is the award-winning author of “The Cage Keeper and Other Stories,” “Bluesman,” “House of Sand and Fog,” “Garden of Last Days,” and “Townie.” His most recent book is entitled “Dirty Love,” an ambitious and riveting connected collection of four novellas. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for fiction, The Pushcart Prize, and was a Finalist for the “Prix de Rome” Fellowship from the Academy of Arts and Letters. A member of PEN American Center and Executive Board of PEN New England, Dubus III has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts.

In 2009, Dubus III received an Honorary degree in Humane Letters from SVC and addressed the class at the College’s commencement ceremony.

The SVC series will conclude on Thursday, April 10, with Maggie Dietz, Author and Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, offering an afternoon presentation on poetry and joining the public in a later session entitled “A Community Reads Favorite Poems.”

For more information on the lectures, contact SVC’s Office of Communications at 802-447-6388 or