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State of the Arts: Burlington Book Festival, VSA Arts Vermont


Rick Kisonak has been turning out press releases every week, announcing one after another notable author scheduled for the third annual Burlington Book Festival, September 14-16. The latest? Brand-new State Poet Ruth Stone will join Vermont's David Budbill, Greg Delanty and Major Jackson for the fest's inaugural Sunday-afternoon poetry reading. Also on the bill is PEN USA Poetry Award winner Susan Rich . . . Renowed art historian-critic John K. Grande is the guest lecturer for the opening of a new exhibition at Stowe's West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park. The aptly named - and timed - "Live Earth" explores the human relationship to the environment in works by 21 painters and sculptors. Grande speaks during the reception on July 21, 6-9 p.m.

. . . Our condolences to the family, friends and students of Alex Chirelstein, the founder and former executive director of VSA Arts Vermont. A devoted local arts impresario, Chirelstein was going to start teaching at the Charlotte Central School next month. A heart attack felled him last Thursday, July 12, at the age of 48.