Lucy Terry Prince Historical Marker Dedication

The Brattleboro Words Trail is collaborating with community partners to host an official unveiling of a state historic marker recognizing the achievements of Lucy Terry Prince, considered the nation’s first African American poet, and her husband Abijah Prince, early Black Vermont landowners in Guilford and Sunderland and advocates for civil rights.

A drummer and special speakers will commemorate the placement of the sign in the parking lot of the Guilford Welcome Center (Interstate 91 near Exit 1) Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 11:00 am.

The event, hosted by the Brattleboro Words Trail and the Town of Guilford, will feature reflections from author Gretchen Gerzina, poet and artist Shanta Lee Gander, and executive director of Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity Curtiss Reed, Jr.  The event will be called with traditional African drumming by Sayan Camara.

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2021 Pandemic Update

September 14, 2021
Brattleboro Literary Festival Update: A Change of Plans

 As the Delta variant continues to spike across the United States, and in light of the dramatic increase in Vermont of the number of cases from the Delta variant, the 2021 Brattleboro Literary Festival will now be presented as an all-virtual event.

We have arrived at this decision out of an abundance of caution, because we do not want to risk endangering the health of the authors, audience-members, or volunteers.

 We had so been hoping to gather in person again this fall as part of our 20th anniversary, but we look forward to connecting with you online in what will be our second virtual Festival.

Over the next several weeks, we will share more information, including the schedule, the program, and links to register.  

Festival Survival Guide now updated for 2019!

 Because we know you don’t want to miss a minute of the 18th annual festival, here are some tips to make it easier:





Parking in long term (10 hour) parking areas is always better-it eliminates the worry of an expired meter. The two long term lots closest to the festival venues are the High Grove lot (near the Robert H. Gibson River Garden and Centre Congregational Church) and the Transportation Center (near 118 Elliot and NEYT). Parking in these lots is only $.40 per hour so you can park all day for around $3.00. Short term parking at meters is limited to 2 hours and is $1.00 per hour. On Friday and Saturday, parking regulations are enforced from 9-6. Parking is free on Sunday.

If you are running from Centre Church to 118 Elliot, consider going through the Brooks House lobby to the Harmony Lot to save a few steps.


  • Bring a small umbrella if the weather is inclement.
  • Dress comfortably.
  • We love our phones, too but please turn off all ringers and alerts at events- nothing is more embarrassing or annoying.
  • Absolutely no food or drink at the Centre Church.
  • All venues are fully accessible.
  • No flash photography but we absolutely encourage you to take photos with your mobile devices and share them on social media.


For a quick snack, breakfast or lunch:

The Works– large cafe with sandwiches, bowls, wraps, panini, breakfast sandwiches and bagels. Free WiFi. 6:00 am- 8:00 pm. On Main Street between High St and Elliot St.
Amy’s Bakery Arts Cafe– the best baked goods downtown along with soup, gourmet sandwiches, salads and drinks. Free WiFi. On Main St. near Elliot. 8:00 am- 6:00 pm.
Tulip Cafe– Great sandwiches, salads, crepes, panini, breakfast until 11:00 am, drinks. Free WiFi. On Main St. in the Brooks House. 9:00 am- 4:00 pm.
Superfresh Organic Cafe– located at the bottom of Main Street next to the Latchis, has great healthy options including vegan or gluten free. Open 10:00 am-9:00 pm.
Brattleboro Food Coop at Main and Canal Street has a large cafe and all sorts of healthy options for breakfast, lunch or dinner from smoothies to sandwiches and salads. Also a large food bar. Saturday 7:00 am-9 pm, Sunday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. Free parking on site while you are there, Wi-Fi.
If you are downtown early and want a full brunch, consider Duo at the corner of Main and High for brunch Saturday and Sunday between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. Or if you just want great coffee or expresso and a pastry, Mocha Joe’s at the corner of Main and Flat Street is an excellent choice-they roast their own coffee. Amy’s Bakery Arts Café is another great coffee and pastry option. And the Tulip Café and the Works both offer a variety of coffee and good breakfast sandwiches and wraps.
Lunch & Dinner
At the end of the day, you can relax over dinner or drinks at one of many fine restaurants:
Whetstone Station and Brewery overlooks the CT River and has great food plus a brewery on site- also open for lunch. Located at the bottom of Main Street next to the bridge. Open from 11:30 am till late.
Echo – Brick oven pizza, pasta, specialty drinks, On Main Street near Elliot St. Lunch Thursday-Sunday 11:30-3:00 pm Bar open at 4:00 dinner 5:00 – 11:00 Friday and Saturday, 5:00 – 10:00 on Sunday.
Shin La (Korean, Japanese and sushi). Located on Main Street for over 30 years-a Brattleboro institution. Open from 11:00 am-9:30 pm. Closed Sunday.
Turquoise Grille – Turkish offerings including kebabs. 11:00 -3:00 pm lunch 5:00-9:00 pm dinner.
Blue Moose Italian Bistro – 39 Main Street. Open at 5:00 pm  for dinner only. Pasta, flatbreads, salad
Yalla Israeli-inspired street food- homemade hummus, fresh-baked pita sandwiches, and other Middle Eastern specialties.
Hazel– Handcrafted pizza, applewood smoked barbecue, signature cocktails. Located on Elliot St across from the transportation center. Dinner only- Open from 5:00 pm-close
Elliot Street Fish and Chips -Small restaurant with truly eclectic menu with something for everyone- kids, vegans, vegetarians, comfort food seekers, fish & chip lovers. 50 Elliot Street 11:30 am-8:00 pm
Upscale dinner options include:
Peter Haven
T.J. Buckley’s
Reservations are recommended for these locations
Late night
Arkham 16 Harmony Place (on the Harmony Lot behind the Brooks House at the opposite end of the lot)
Latchis Pub (near the Latchis Hotel)-50 Main Street
McNeill’s Brewery and Pub90 Elliot
Kipling’s Restaurant and Pub78 Elliot




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Writer’s Circle named the Brattleboro Literary Festival one of top five upcoming Writing and Literary Festivals!

Writer’s Circle named the Brattleboro Literary Festival one of top five upcoming Writing and Literary Festivals!

Writer’s Circle is bringing you a list of the best writing and literary festivals lined up for fall 2013. If you’re in the area or can spare a plane ticket, we highly recommend checking out these events.