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State of the Arts: Lili Taylor, Hayden Carruth, Grannis Gallery


Published November 12, 2008 at 6:21 a.m.

She’s had standout roles in films ranging from I Shot Andy Warhol to Say Anything . . . plus a regular one on “Six Feet Under.” He’s an acclaimed poet who wrote a memoir about his relationship with his homeless father called Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, soon to be a film. Lili Taylor and Nick Flynn are a power couple, and this Thursday, November 13, they’re coming to the University of Vermont for two talks that are free and open to the public. From 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., Taylor will speak about her film career in the Davis Center’s Litvak Ballroom; at 5:30 p.m., Flynn will read his poetry and prose in the Waterman Building’s Memorial Lounge. The talks are sponsored by the English Department’s Writers’ Workshop and Film and Television Studies Program.

English professor and poet Major Jackson says that “Nick and I are old friends . . . We’ve wanted to get [him] at UVM for a while. Since he was coming up, I asked Lili if she was interested.” Film and Television Studies Director Hilary Neroni will conduct a Q&A with Taylor.


This Sunday, November 16, local writers and readers gather to honor the memory of poet Hayden Carruth, who died on September 29 at the age of 87. Though Carruth moved to Syracuse in 1979, he spent the two previous decades in Johnson, and his poetry drew so strongly on the Vermont landscape that, as Paula Routly wrote in a 2002 Seven Days profile, he was often “considered to be the natural, f-word-slinging successor to Robert Frost.”

Wolcott poet David Budbill helped organize the event scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. in the Vermont College of Fine Arts’ College Hall Chapel at 36 College Street in Montpelier. About a dozen poets will read Carruth’s work, and community members are encouraged to bring short poems, too. Music (“Hayden loved jazz and the blues,” says Budbill) and a reception from NECI will round out the celebration of the life of this “tough-bird author,” as The New York Times once called him. For more info, call 828-8556.


Frequent patrons of Burlington’s Grannis Gallery were shocked to find a flyer in their mail earlier this week announcing a going-out-of-business sale. On Tuesday and Wednesday, husband-and-wife co-owners Timothy Grannis and Susan Hurd are offering first-dibs discounts to “friends and valued customers” on nearly $2 million worth of fine designer jewelry, along with “our entire inventory of fine diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires,” reads the flyer. (The sale will be announced to the general public on Thursday.) On Tuesday as the store opened, a line already stretched out the door, Hurd reported. Remarkably, she sounded upbeat. “We’ve been wanting to do this for a long time,” she revealed. Rather than a concession to the recession, she said, the move is about “de-stressing” from the rigors of retail. The business, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, is for sale too, Hurd noted. The gallery, also a bright spot on the monthly art-walk circuit, will be sorely missed, as much for its proprietors and staff as for its beauteous bling.