The Wednesday Poets began when the Barton Public Library received a grant from the Vermont Council of the Humanities providing free copies of Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry, an anthology by Billie Collins. Following an initial three sessions the group decided to keep writing together as long into autumn as they could and to begin again each following summer. Since the autumn of 2018, the group meets through the winter months as well.
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Steve Cahill, our very own, now renown for The Vermont Writers' Prize!
Read all about it:
Our Steve Cahill, aka S.J.
COLCHESTER, Vt. – S.J. Cahill is the winner of the 2019 Vermont Writers’ Prize for his short story
“Family Ground,” which explores the moral dilemma of the Vietnam War and its impact on a
Vermont community. The Vermont Writers’ Prize is awarded annually by Green Mountain
Power and Vermont Magazine, and “Family Ground” is published in the March/April issue
of Vermont Magazine which is on newsstands now.
“Cahill’s ‘Family Ground’ is a captivating story and very touching,” said Phil Jordan, editor
of Vermont Magazine. “He writes with clarity that draws out the emotion in this personal story
while Vermont remains a central feature, which is a wonderful tradition for winners of this
S.J. Cahill was a Vermont Writers’ Prize finalist in 2014. Now, the
East Burke resident will receive a $1,500 prize for this short
story, which was fueled by his own life experiences. "I'm thrilled
to win this award and to win it for this story," Cahill said. "As a
military veteran who didn't serve in Vietnam, I was intrigued
with the moral dilemma. Most people have forgiven those who
refused to go but there are some who never will.”
“Family Ground” tells the story of a young man returning to
Vermont after fleeing to Canada to avoid the Vietnam draft. He
is worried whether he will be welcomed home, aware of his
father’s own military service and the death of a neighbor’s son in
The story opens with a clear demonstration of Tommy’s relationship with his father:
“They argued about everything. His father was a Holstein man, Thomas favored Jerseys.
They debated tractors and balers, cover crops, dry hay and silage, and had disputes over
milkers and beef. They never agreed about the rotation of Winter Rye and Clover or the
best forage grasses for pasture land. But their biggest battles were over life styles.
Thomas liked playing his horn in a local blues band; his father said milking time came
early and he needed to settle into running the family farm. They argued constantly.
[from NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 4, 2019
GMP: Kristin Kelly, (802) 318-0872]
(No argument from us about whether or not Steve is a wonderfully talented writer.)