33rd Annual NOFA Vermont Winter Conference
February 14-16, 2015
University of Vermont, Burlington
Inspired by the revitalization of storytelling in Vermont and beyond, we’re opening our keynote stage on Sunday morning for a Story and Poetry Slam.
We invite you (yes, you!) to submit a story or poem to be considered for inclusion in the slam.
The theme for stories and poems is Growing the Good Food Movement. Tell us a specific story or read us a poem about how you have experienced or are addressing farm or food equity, race, class, farm worker rights, or food sovereignty in your work or life.
To submit your story or poem, call the NOFA Vermont office at 802-434-4122 and ask to be connected to extension 30. Leave a message telling us your story or poem (be sure to include your name and how we can reach you)!
Laura Brown-Lavoie, farmer, poet, performer, and youth mentor
Stories and poems must be 5 minutes or shorter.
Deadline for submissions is January 15.
Submissions will be reviewed by our winter conference planning team and the 5 storytellers will be notified by February 1.
Hosting the Story and Poetry Slam (and performing, as well) will be Laura Brown-Lavoie. Laura is a farmer, poet, performer, and youth mentor in Providence, RI, who describes herself as, “A farmer with a pen clipped to her beltloop. A poet with leaves in my hair… Out in the field between rows of tomatoes, the sun is past noon and there is a poem coming. Poems, they get sweated out of me. Born, like we all are, of physical labor, of sunlight and rain.”
You can follow Laura’s blog at http://lauralambbrownlavoie.wordpress.com/