Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Happy 220th Birthday Vermont!

On March 4, 1791 Vermont became our 14th state.  It is called the Green Mountain state and has been ranked the most healthful place to live more times than any other state.  It is the 2nd least populated state in the Union and is our biggest producer of maple syrup.  What is so great about Vermont you ask?  Well besides lots of fresh air, no big crowds, and a huge appetite for pancakes (this is just a guess by the way)?  Vermont is the birthplace, home, and workplace of a lot of talented people.  Ben Affleck attended the University of Vermont.  Captain Kangaroo (Bob Keeshan) spent the last fourteen years of his life in Vermont. Writer Shirley Jackson ("The Lottery") lived in North Bennington Vermont until her death in 1965. Try some books by these other literary "Vermonters":

Julia Alverez--This Dominican-American poet, novelist, and essayist is the Writer-in-Residence at Middlebury College.
Piers Anthony--this prolific Science Fiction/Fantasy author graduated from Goddard College in Plainfield.
Chris Bohjalian--author of Midwives and The Double Bind among others has lived in Lincoln since 1986.
Robert Frost--this world famous poet was a teacher for 42 years at Middlebury College in Ripton.
John Irving--this novelist and Oscar winning screenwriter has a home in Vermont.
Katherine Paterson--this celebrated children's author best known for Bridge to Terabithia is a long-time resident of Barre, Vermont.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

And for those with a taste of the macabre, check out the works of Joseph Citro, described by some as "Vermont's Stephen King."