Poet David Budbill Honored
David Budbill (poet, playwright, author, and musician) was the keynote speaker and honorary degree recipient during the Founders' Day celebration at New England College and later offered a reading of his work in the NEC Gallery.
David Budbill’s association with New England
College encompasses more than 20 years. During the 1980s, he
participated in an annual summer session poetry workshop that ran for
more than ten years. The Vermont Repertory Theatre launched its tour of
Mr. Budbill’s play, Judevine, at New England College in 1986, and the
College has produced the play several times, most recently in 2005. He
is the author of seven books of poems, eight plays, a novel, a
collection of short stories, a children’s book, essays, book reviews, a
libretto, and two CDs. Mr. Budbill is the recipient of a National
Endowment for the Arts Play Writing Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship
in Poetry, and the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award for Fiction. In 2002
he received the Walter Cerf Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts
from the Vermont Arts Council.
“David Budbill has been an inspiration to the students of New England College,” remarked Dr. Michele Perkins, President. “His extraordinary accomplishments in several genres have provided our students with a wealth of literature to explore. It is a great pleasure to welcome to our community one who has taken such a keen interest in the educational experience of our students.”