Arlene Iris Distler has long been an advocate for the literary and visual arts in southern Vermont, where she lives and works as a freelance writer. She is co-founder and board member of the non-profit organization, Write Action, founded with a small cadre of fellow writers in 2000, to “strengthen a community of writers in the Brattleboro area; and to encourage, nurture, and promote the literary arts in the at-large community.” She further participates in the literary community through her work on the Brattleboro Literary Festival Committee, organizing poetry readings ( her own poetry and others’); and through her journalism work ,writing artist profiles and reviews for various publications such as Art New England, Artscope, the Brattleboro Reformer, The Brattleboro Commons, and Southern Vermont Arts & Living. Her work for the town of Brattleboro has included being active on the boards of Brattleboro Community Television (where she also was a producer and cameraman), The Arts Council of Windham County; Alliance for the Arts (an alliance of the various town arts organizations), and the Brattleboro Tree Board (which she co-founded); she has been a Town Meeting representative for 15 years.