Make Believers! | Spring Showcase

Storytellers! Poets! Performers! Friends! Montpelier’s newest lit event is back:

  • 7:30 PM at VCFA’s Cafe Anna. Street parking around the VCFA green.
  • Open mic sign-up is from 7:30 to 8:30 at the door. Slots are 5 minutes max; headliner acts are showcased between lineups. Show starts around 7:50.
  • No cover charge; food and drink aplenty.
  • All ages are welcome, but performances may contain adultish content.

About the Show

Make Believers! is a monthly literary performance series in central Vermont. Part cabaret and part open mic, Make Believers! invites writers and artists of all stripes to bring writing to life. Intrepid open micers and showstopping headliners have free reign to share the words they love however they like.

It’s a night of surprise, laughter, obsession, fervor, and encouragement. All are welcome—all genres, ages, colors, and identities. Come show your stuff, or just come on over.

May Headliners

MacLean Gander is a professor of English and Journalism at Landmark College, where he has worked in various roles for thirty years and teaches courses in journalism, education, and creative writing. Before joining Landmark, he worked as a researcher, reporter, and writer for Newsweek in Manhattan and then as a free-lance journalist in Manila during the 1986 revolution. He studied writing at Harvard with Seamus Heaney and Robert Fitzgerald, and with George Starbuck at Boston University, where he was a Hoyt Fellow in Creative Writing in 1981. His first collection of poems, The New City, was published by 21st Editions in 2007. A collaborative work of literary journalism and photography, The Ghosts of Cuba, co-authored with his wife, Shanta Lee Gander, is forthcoming from Green Writers’ Press in May, 2019.

Shanta Lee Gander is an artist and multi-faceted professional in leadership, marketing, management, event planning, and other areas. She currently serves as a Brattleboro Selectboard member and sits on the Sandglass Theater board. Shanta has also served as the president of the Arts Council of Windham County and currently co-designs their creativity forums, Nourishing the Inner Artist: Conversations about Art, Creativity, and Imagination.

Shanta Lee’s prose has been incorporated into weekly radio segments, Ponder This, for Green Mountain Mornings 100.3 FM/1490 AM WKVT. Her writing has also been featured in Rebelle Society, on the Ms. Magazine Blog, in recent dispatches about Cuba as a guest writer in Vermont Views, and in VOICES, a mixed-media show that she has co-created with her husband.  Shanta Lee Gander’s passion for storytelling and history are being explored in her involvement with the Peoples, Places, and the History of Words, a project that is a part of an 3.5 year grant through the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Michael Brosnan‘s poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Confrontation, Borderlands, Prairie Schooner, Barrow Street, New Letters, The Moth, and Rattle. He is the author of Against the Current, a book on inner-city education that served as a basis for the award-winning documentary Accelerating America. He also edited The Inclusive School, a collection of essays on issues of equity and justice in education. For years, he was editor of Independent School, an award-winning quarterly magazine on precollegiate education. Now he serves as senior editor for the blog Teaching While White and writes often on issues in education. He lives in Exeter, New Hampshire, runs in all directions, and plays the Irish tenor banjo. His latest book is THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE ACCIDENTAL (Harbor Mountain Press, 2017). Learn more at

Shani Stoddard is a Vermont-based performance artist and the 2017 winner of Outright Vermont’s annual Drag Idol competition.


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