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About LVW Board Members

Board Members

President: Alyssa Berthiaume

Alyssa has a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts consortium program with a concentration in nonfiction. She has a modest list of publications, including a book review published in Radical Teacher (2010); a contributed chapter in Sketches at Home and Abroad By N.P. Willis published by the University of Akron Press (2010); and Creation Station: An Interactive Literacy Activity Book with Tak, Trini, and Ollie (2010) which she produced and co-authored with Sandra Philipson (of Chagrin River Publishing) the author of the Max and Annie books. She regularly contributes to the League of Vermont Writers quarterly newsletter, League Lines. During the day, Alyssa works as an editorial assistant for Ashgate Publishing.  During her lunch breaks and after-work hours she writes (recently trying her hand in children’s picture books) and juggles League responsibilities.

Vice-President: Mary Muncil

M y primary motivation for joining the League, and my desire to be a board member, both stem from a deep desire to connect with other writers in our magnificent state of Vermont. I initially joined just because I thought it would motivate me to write more often if I was a member of a writing organization. I also loved the thought that LVW was the oldest, continually operating, writing organization in the state, and I wanted to be involved with that energy and do my part in keeping it going. My background is diverse (which is a nice way of saying that I’ve gone all over the place in my almost-60 years of life, trying to find where I “fit in”). I have a B.A. in Economics, graduating Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of New Hampshire. I finished one half of a Master’s Degree in Economics, before realizing that I didn’t want to be an economist, then completed one half of an M.Div. at Harvard Divinity School before realizing that I didn’t want to be a traditional minister, and set out on my own journey to find the divinity within. I currently work as a spiritual counselor, painter, blogger, and writer— of several books for which I am in the process of deciding whether or not they are worthy of publication. One of my favorite quotes about writing is: “There are three rules for the writing of a novel. Unfortunately no one knows what they are.” —Somerset Maugham

Secretary: Julia Hoover

I have always had a wide variety of interests, but they tend towards three things: science, history, and child development. I therefore received BA's at Wellesley in European History and Biology and went on to Harvard to get a Master's in Cognitive Development / Mind, Brain & Education. Throughout my studies, I always enjoyed writing. My interests in brain development led me to apply to medical school, so I studied for the examinations while teaching science at a rural high school in Arkansas. There, I met my current husband. I was accepted at UVM and came to VT to pursue a path towards pediatric neuroradiology. I worked in my residencies in both pediatrics and radiology for several years, but medical concerns forced me from medicine last year; I have since completed the first novels in a historical fantasy series that takes place in Europe and focuses on power and love within an unusual family with Angelic and time-traveling abilities — and rather unusual responsibilities. I am now addicted to writing and look forward to working with the LVW!

Treasurer: Elizia Meskill

Bio to come soon.

Past-President: Deb Fennell

B io to come soon.

Committees and Ongoing Volunteers

The board is always grateful for extra hands. If you can help with one of the four yearly member meetings, the Burlington Book Festival each fall, and occasional publishing projects, we'd love to hear from you!

The board would like to thank the following League members, who have stepped down from the board, but continue to serve the League of Vermont Writers:

  • Membership: Tommy Walz
  • Burlington Book Festival Liaison: Deb Fennell

Please contact a board member if you can donate your time and/or expertise. An active membership makes LVW a better organization.


Critique Service

The League maintains an on-going Critique Service for members, through which we can access experienced readers to help us in the process of writiing and revising our work.

To find out more about the service and to arrange for a reading of your work, contact our Critique Service Coordinator, Sharon Putnam, by dropping a note to our email address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please specify, Inquiry, Critique Service, in the subject line.




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THE VERMONT TRADITION grapples energetically with the basic problem of human conduct...how to reconcile the needs of the group, of which every man or woman is a member,..with the craving for individual freedom to be what he really is.

—Dorothy Canfield Fisher, 1953