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Arlene Distler co-founded Write Action, a not-for-profit organization based in Brattleboro, which seeks to "strengthen a community of writers" in the southern Vermont and tri-state region. She has been a freelance writer on the visual arts for seventeen years, publishing feature stories in local, regional, and national publications.
Her poetry has appeared in Kalliope, New Millenium Writing, Chrysalis Journal, Raging Dove (on-line), and North American Review (as a finalist for the James Hearst Poetry Prize), among other journals; and in the anthology, "Birchsong: Poetry Rooted in Vermont."
Her background as a painter informs her poetry (she has been told).
In 2014 Arlene Distler published a chapbook with Finishing Line Press, Voices Like Wind Chimes. She is currently sending out a full-length poetry manuscript, Just This BodyArlene Distler was born and raised in New York. She moved with her family to Miami Beach at the age of 12. She attended high school in Miami Beach; and a year of college at the University of Florida, then attended four years at the Rhode Island School of Design, earning a BFA.
She raised a family of four children in Readsboro and Brattleboro, Vermont. She has one stepdaughter.
After spending ten years homesteading in Readsboro, she moved with her husband and children to Brattleboro, where she eventually became a para-instructor for the elementary grades.
She started writing poetry seriously in the 80's, giving readings in the Brattleboro area throughout the 80's and 90's.
In 1999 she and her partner, Marty Jezer, started a non-profit writers' group called Write Action, formed "to strengthen a community of writers in the Brattleboro area", and "to encourage, nurture, and promote the literary arts in the at-large community." It is still an important part of her community life.
In 2000 she started working as a freelance writer on the arts, particularly the visual arts.
She has published in several literary journals, including Chrysalis Journal, North American Review (as a finalist in the James Hearst Poetry Contest), Kalliope, and as a finalist in New Millenium Writings.