It features faculty member and essayist Jericho Parms, visiting playwright Stephen Aubrey, and visiting poet Diana Norma Szokolyai. Szokolyai will be accompanied by saxophonist Dennis Shafer for a special presentation of their collaborations in music and poetry.

Cafe Anna will be open for drink service, but for the best acoustics, we’ll hold this reading in the Chapel (on the second floor, right above the cafe), 36 College Street, Montpelier.


About Our Guests


Jericho Parms is the author of Lost Wax (University of Georgia Press). Her essays have appeared in Fourth Genre, The Normal School, Hotel Amerika, American Literary Review, Brevity, and elsewhere. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, noted in Best American Essays, and anthologized in Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction, and Waveform: Twenty-First-Century Essays By Women.




Stephen Aubrey is a Brooklyn-based writer and theater-maker. His fiction and essays have appeared in Electric Literature, Publishing Genius, Commonweal, and The Brooklyn Review. His plays have been produced at The New Ohio Theater, The Living Theater, The Ontological-Hysteric Theater, The Flea Theater, The Collapsable Hole, and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He is an instructor of English at Brooklyn College and has taught workshops at Williams College, Wesleyan University, and Stella Adler Studio.



Diana Norma Szokolyai is an author, educator, interdisciplinary artist and artistic director. Her books include CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos & Sourcebook for Creative Writing (edited anthology), Parallel Sparrows (poetry + photography), Roses in the Snow (poetry + photography), and Blue Beard, Remixed (poetry + short story + visual art). Her poetry was shortlisted for the 2018 Bridport Prize and received honorable mention in the 87th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition (2018). She is the Executive Artistic Director of Cambridge Writers’ Workshop and Co-Director of Chagall Performance Art Collaborative.


Dennis Shafer is a saxophonist, director, and live-composer based in Boston and New York City. His playing has been reviewed as “brilliant” by The Boston Globe, and he has engagements around the world as a soloist, educator, and live-composer. He conducts and directs Boston University Saxophone Ensemble, Chagall Performance Art Collaborative, and Brooklyn Soundpainting Ensemble. As a commercial musician, Shafer works for Honey Train Music Services.



Previous Spring 2020 Readings

  • February 7 — Sonali Chanchani, Amahl Khouri, Jeff Kleinman