Angela Williams Palm ’04 is the creator, curator, editor, and a contributor of “Please Do not Remove,” a book that celebrates a love for literature and public libraries, specifically in Vermont.
In 2012, Palm, an English and Criminal Justice graduate, began collecting and studying library checkout cards.
“I studied the cards in hand,” said Palm. “[I looked at] the names of the library patrons who had checked out the books across five or more decades and grew curious about who those people had been and what their handwriting and reading choices said about them.”
The checkout cards inspired a few short stories from Palm. In April 2013, Palm shared her prompt with the writing community and started accepting submissions. “Please Do Not Remove”includes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction works by 20 Vermont writers and will be released in early September 2014.
Palm, who has resided in Vermont since 2011, owns Ink + Lead Literary Services and is the co-founder of the Renegade Writers’ Collective in Vermont. Her writing has appeared or will soon appear in Paper Darts, Midwestern Gothic, ARDOR Literary Magazine, Little Fiction, Sundog Lit, Prick of the Spindle, and Tampa Review Online. Her essay "The Devolution of Cake," published in “Little Fiction, Big Truths,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Palm is currently working on two books, one of which is a novel.
“As readers flip through the pages of “Please Do Not Remove,” . . . my hope is that readers will be transported, not only by the stories, poems, and essays, but by the images that depict tiny slices of life, frozen moments in time, and worlds-away places,” said Palm. “I hope that [readers] will remember fondly the libraries that nurtured a lifelong love of books . . . I hope that they will help keep libraries alive, so that they may inspire others in the same way.”
To purchase “Please Do Not Remove,” visit http://www.windridgebooksofvt.com/shop-our-books/please-do-not-remove.
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