Vermont Poetry Newsletter • August 17 2010

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Vermont Poetry Newsletter

Your Poetry & Spoken Word Gateway
In The Green Mountain State

August 17, 2010 (Previous issue: 06/08) – In This Issue:

  1. About VPN/How To Print
  2. Newsletter Editor’s Note
  3. Writing Assignment/Suggestion/Exercise/Prompt
  4. Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Schedule of Events
  5. ”I Write Like” Writing Analyzer
  6. Lucia Perillo
  7. 2010 Burlington Book Festival
  8. 2010 Brattleboro Literary Festival
  9. Morrie Yohai, 90
  10. Middlebury Poetry Workshop, Gary Margolis
  11. Poetry Pairings
  12. The Bowery Poetry Club and Café
  13. Workshop Slamchops
  14. Jane Hirshfield Interview
  15. Quibbles.org
  16. New Book by Geof Hewitt
  17. Book Review: Rachel Hadas
  18. Book Review: Frederick Seidel, “ A Poet of Great Innocence”
  19. Lilliput Review Chapbooks
  20. 17 Literary Journals That Might Survive the Internet
  21. Ponderings: Comedic Poetry
  22. Poetry Quote – Anaïs Nin
  23. Failbetter Poem
  24. Linebreak Poem
  25. Copper Canyon Press Poem
  26. American Life in Poetry Poems
  27. US Poets Laureate List
  28. Vermont Poet Laureates
  29. US Poet Laureates From Vermont
  30. New Hampshire Poet Laureates
  31. US Poet Laureates From New Hampshire
  32. Contact Info for Publisher of VPN: Ron Lewis
  33. Vermont Literary Journals
  34. Vermont Literary Groups’ Anthologies
  35. Vermont Poetry Blogs
  36. State Poetry Society (PSOV)
  37. Year-Round Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  38. Other Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  39. Year-Round Poetry Writing Centers in Vermont
  40. Poetry Event Calendar

1.) About the Vermont Poetry Newsletter Network

The Vermont Poetry Newsletter Network is made up of people of all backgrounds, ages and skills who appreciate the craft of poetry and want to promote it in the beautiful state of Vermont. The network consists of a free e-mail list, an eventual web site, workshops, open mics, poetry performances and other literary events.  The network provides opportunities to meet local poets, talk about and enjoy poetry, and motivate and inspire yourself in whatever writing projects you are involved.

The mission of the Vermont Poetry Newsletter is to foster the poetry arts community in the Green Mountain State.  Its goals are to serve as a resource for and about VT poets; to support the development of individual poets; and to encourage an audience for poetry in Vermont.

2.) Dear Friends of Poetry:

As you may be aware, the Vermont Poetry Newsletter & Poetry Event Calendar is now archived on Patrick Gillespie’s poetry blog.  This way, you can go back and find interesting items that I brought to your attention, long after they’ve been delivered to you the first time around.  An index would also be helpful, so perhaps you might see that tool in a few years.

Well, I’m stuck in the middle of my personal heaven, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.  I’m up on the mountain every day, listening to some wonderful, shake-your-head poets, checking out the bookstore (no used books like they had for the Middlebury School of English!!), picking up some handouts that I’m sure will pay dividends to me later, and getting a few of my books signed by their authors.  Ruth Stone was a no-show unfortunately, but forgiven; I had made the trip up there just to see and hear her.  I’m slowly putting together a Poet Laureate Program for the greater Brandon area (which I may expand), with Ruth as its first recipient.  With her age and health an issue, I keep telling myself to make this a top priority, and I will, just as soon as Bread Loaf has concluded.  If you have any thoughts on a Poet Laureate Program, feel free to email them to me.

Please note that the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson will be upgrading its list of readers in 2011.  In so doing, they’ve given Bread Loaf a run for its money, for bringing notable poets to Vermont.  Look at this list, for readings from August 2010 through December 2011:

Carol Moldaw, Carl Phillips, Adam Zagajewski, Rikki Ducornet, Forrest Gander, Susan Mitchell, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Ilya Kaminsky, Rosanna Warren, Stephen Dunn, David Ferry, Jane Hirshfield, Natasha Trethewey, Ray Gonzalez, Marie Howe, Tim Seibles, Patrizia Cavalli, D.A. Powell and Cyrus Cassells.  For God’s sake, I feel like pitching a tent in the town of Johnson and wait for each reading!

Before I head up the mountain again, I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to email either Patrick Gillespie or myself with comments, showing their pleasure with the VPN, that comes free to their doorstep every 3-5 weeks.  Speaking for Patrick and myself, we’re delighted that you’re appreciative of our efforts.

Ron Lewis
VPN Publisher
247-5913

3.) WRITING ASSIGNMENT • SUGGESTION EXERCISES

CURRENT WRITING ASSIGNMENT SUGGESTION EXERCISE PROMPT:

Assignment: Three Things That Never Come Back.
 
There are three things in life that, once gone, never come back. They are

1)Time
2)Opportunity
3)Words

No matter how rich or clever we are, we can never move the clock back and regain time already past.

An opportunity lost will never come back in the same form. Of course we can either slump into regrets and self-hatred or try to gain solace by reasoning that this was not to be and an even better opportunity will come.

Words, which have left our mouth, can never be taken back. There is no magical “undo” button as on computer keyboards. You don’t have to be a politician to know that promises made and not kept or angry words spoken without control cause hurtful feelings or resentment. You can apologize, make amends and blame it on others but rather often, once the wrong words have left our mouths and have been heard, the damage is done. I still remember an elderly lady saying to another person twenty-five years ago “With my mouth I forgive, but in my heart I will not forget”.  John F Kennedy said once “Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names”.

  • So watch out for your time, opportunity and words!

PREVIOUS WRITING ASSIGNMENT • SUGGESTION • EXERCISE • PROMPT:

See the Vermont Poetry Newsletter • July 14 2010

4.) Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference 2010

(Click on the PDF Icon to download a schedule of events.)

  • Note: Personally, the poets that I’ve like the most so far I’ve heard so far are Nick Lantz, the Katharine Bakeless Nason Fellow in Poetry, Carl Phillips, Linda Gregerson and Stanley Plumly.  I fully expect Michael Collier, Yusef Komunyakaa and (the graceful words of) Jane Hirshfield to be in that group when the Conference has concluded.

5.)

“I Write Like”
Computer Algorithm Recognizes Your Inner Faulkner
Friday, 07/16/10 3:00pm – NPR’s All Things Considered

A new writing “analyzer” has become all the rage on the Web. “I Write Like” analyzes your prose and tells you what famous author your writing most resembles. Turns out Robert Siegel’s wordsmithing resembles that of David Foster Wallace. And Michele Norris’ prose? Would you believe she writes like Mark Twain? Robert and Michele talk with Dmitry Chestnykh, programmer and founder of the site.Check which famous writer you write like with this statistical analysis tool, which analyzes your word choice and writing style and compares them with those of the famous writers.

Any text in English will do: your latest blog post, journal entry, comment, chapter of your unfinished book, etc. For reliable results paste at least a few paragraphs (not tweets).

Go to: http://iwl.me/ and try your hand!

My first two attempts ended in “badges” of Margaret Atwood and James Fenimore Cooper!  Great fun!

6.)

The Second Slaughter
BY LUCIA PERILLO

Achilles slays the man who slayed his friend, pierces the corpse
behind the heels and drags it
behind his chariot like the cans that trail
a bride and groom. Then he lays out
a banquet for his men, oxen and goats
and pigs and sheep; the soldiers eat
until a greasy moonbeam lights their beards. (….)

For an interview with Ms. Perillo.

7.)

2010 Burlington Book Festival
September 24-26

83 year old Sheffield poet Galway Kinnell is the dedicatee of the 6th Annual Burlington Book Festival.  Kinnell, who has received a Pulitzer Prize, a MacArthur grant and a National Book Award, gained notice in the 1970’s for his dark lyrics inspired by the struggles for civil rights and against the Vietnam War.  In 2006 he published his latest collection, Strong Is Your Hold.  Kinnell will read and sign books at the fest’s Friday night kickoff. (….)

8.)

2010 Brattleboro Literary Festival

October 1-3

9.)

  • In his later years, Morrie Yohai studied Torah and Jewish mysticism. He took up writing, and penned more than 500 poems and published two books of poetry.  Here’s more to contemplate when eating your dish full of Cheez Doodles (God forbid!):

Morrie Yohai, 90, the Man Behind Cheez Doodles, Is Dead
By DENNIS HEVESI
Published: August 2, 2010

The millions of snackers who can’t stop munching Cheez Doodles, those air-puffed tubes of cheddar-flavored corn meal, owe all that pleasure to Morrie Yohai — although he insisted on spreading the credit.

Mr. Yohai, who always said it was “we” who “developed” rather than invented the snack — sharing the acclaim with colleagues at the factory he owned in the Bronx — died on July 27 at his home in Kings Point, N.Y., at the age of 90, his son, Robbie, said.
“Is this Mr. Cheez Doodles?” a cashier once asked Mr. Yohai’s wife, Phyllis, when he accompanied her to a local supermarket. Mrs. Yohai liked to let everyone know of her husband’s contribution to between-meal crunchies, according to a 2005 Newsday profile. Their sumptuous home overlooking Long Island Sound was “the house that Cheez Doodles bought,” she liked to say. (….)

10.)

Elderly Services, Inc.
Middlebury, VT

ESI College Promotes Lifelong Learning: Curiosity Never Retires!

At Elderly Services, Inc. an important part of our mission is to promote and encourage life long learning. In 2005 we started ESI College as a way to bring topics and information of interest to independent adults over age 60. ESI College requires only a thirst for knowledge and a curiosity about our world. Participation in our classes and seminars gives you the chance to learn from highly qualified professionals whose expertise in a subject makes learning interesting and entertaining. There are no tests, papers or grades at ESI College. There is a lot of informed discussion, camaraderie and fun.

We offer five sessions per year: Fall 1, Fall 2, Winter, Spring and Summer. Classes range from two hour lectures to a 6 week program. Subjects cover a full spectrum of interests from arts and foreign languages to cooking, movies, history, politics, religion, travel, etc. A popular offering is our Seminar and Supper Series, which includes a delicious meal served after a talk. 

Most classes take place at our beautiful facility located at 112 Exchange St in Middlebury, Vermont. 

You can see a full listing of our current offerings at ESI College on this site or call Scott at 388-3983 or e-mail college@elderlyservices.org for a brochure, to register for a class or simply for more information.

Call 802-388-3983 and ask for Joanne or Pat
 e-mail: outreach@elderlyservices.org

  • (Mouse click on PDF to download flyer.)

11.)

  • The NY Times has a new, interesting feature called Poetry Pairings.  See the details below:

Poetry Pairing | August 12, 2010
By KATHERINE SCHULTEN

In our weekly “Poetry Pairing” series we collaborate with the Poetry Foundation to feature a work from its American Life in Poetry project alongside content from The Times that somehow echoes, extends or challenges the poem’s themes. Each poem is introduced briefly by former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser.

This week we pair “One September Afternoon” with an excerpt from the Times selection,“But Will It Make You Happy?”.

Read both and tell us what you think — or suggest other Times content that could be paired with the poem instead. (….)

12.)

The Bowery Poetry Club & Café
Where Poetry and Art Meet Entertainment, Technology and Commerce

“serving the world poetry”

We’re proud to announce the happy, kicking birth of a new species – a Home for Poetry.

13.)

  • The Bowery Poetry Club also hosts something new for you slammers:

WORKSHOP SLAMCHOPS

Mayhem Poets Present SLAM CHOPS offers inspirational performance poetry shows tailored to youth elementary through high school and held at the famous Bowery Poetry Club! In addition, our professional teaching artists have developed and implemented fun and motivational curriculum to teach and motivate youth of all ages to craft and perform their very own original poetry. Our artist are available for shows & show/workshop combinations at the Bowery Poetry Club and custom in-school workshops & residencies. (….)

14.)

  • Here’s a truly wonderful little interview with Jane Hirshfield, who was in attendance at this year’s Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Take just 4 minutes of your lifetime to listen to her words, especially the little poem she leaves us with:

Read Tree by Jane Hirshfield.

15.)

Quibbles

  • Leonard Gibbs, a member of the Otter Creek Poets and Poetry Society of Vermont, is the Magister Ludi of The Dead Creek Poets’ Society. Len offers this to poets (through a handout):

Dear Poet friends,

A request.

Would you be interested in sharing your poems with me, so that I may spend my time with them at leisure at my home?

This would allow me the opportunity to appreciate your art more deeply. I am slow in the group and often find myself not adding some, possibly, useful insights.

This is self-serving. I must spend much of my time sitting and thinking poetry. What better way than to “walk in beauty” with your poetry, and continue the great conversation we begin in the Group?

I promise not to intrude in your lives, except for doing the above!

Thank you.

Len

  • In other words, Len will critique a poem of yours for free. I have known Len for a number of years now, and welcome his expertise in poetry, and good-natured humor. He has had some health issues recently, so taking on something like this is great for him and for his fellow poets. This is a win/win relationship you can have with a Master Poet. Here is something Len handed out to our group (the Otter Creek Poets) last week:

I will have my standards, my dreams and desires, and my insistence that poetry is hard work, that it doesn’t get poured in one ear by the Muse and fall out the other into chapbooks. To me, poetry demands, at the very least, the following:

At least one poetic line, if not a combination of several of them. A poetic line is one that introduces music, feeling, beauty or some high-value description, a vocabulary of well chosen and possibly multi-meaning words, a general knowledge of the art, fearlessly used, and evidence that effort has gone into its structure.

A willingness to work through difficult issues. Eliot’s demand that a poem be difficult was a bit of his and Pound’s snobbery, but a demand that a poem must be well-done, and therefore difficult to compose, is quite fair. I don’t believe in natural-born poets. There are too many of them around to believe in.

A largeness of spirit and an ability to celebrate all the aspects of life, though not all in the same opus. Life, everything in between, and death are the only things worth singing about. A single flower and a collection of galaxies have the same possibilities.

A condensation. Not a few scattered remarks about the book of Romans. One topic, and rich comments on that topic.

Can be multilevel. Good ones frequently are, but this may be the work of the reader, who is always involved in the production of the poem’s final effect (a poem must be shared and read by another to be complete, y’know).

Rhythm is important . . . I would say vital. Rhyme is not good only if it comes “naturally” and smoothly. But rhythm makes the poem . . . it is the sine qua non. Moving without rhythm is staggering. A poem should not stagger.

These are some of my ideals for poetry. You are allowed to disagree, but I won’t budge, and I’ll look at your work in these lights. In passing . . . I haven’t written a poem yet that meets these standards, I’m still trying.

What else? Just this, for the moment . . . prose poetry is not poetry. It may not even be prose! Why mix up a good novel with a good poem? Plenty of ink and paper. Do one or the other, or both but on separate sheets.

Leonard Gibbs can be reached at: lenpoet@gmail.com

16.)

Geof Hewitt has finally published a new book!

Announcing The Perfect Heart: Selected & New Poems by Geof Hewitt: 104 Pages from Mayapple Press. 100+ poems, 1965-2010: Attached flyer has details.

Special offer: Send a check for $15 (includes 1st-class postage) to:

Geof Hewitt
P.O. Box 51
Calais, VT 05648

Signed, if you request, and guaranteed!

17.)

Book Review:

New Rachel Hadas Book: Tip of the Hat to a Visiting Poet

The cool nights of August have arrived, and I’ve seen a few tree branches parading festive colors. Autumn’s on its way.

Another pleasure of late summer: Rachel Hadas is in the neighborhood. Anchored in New York City (and Greece!), Hadas has occasionally offered readings of her work while vacationing in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Her publicist just reminded me about the latest and greatest that Hadas has contributed to: an early 2010 volume called Greek Poets, Homer to the Present, edited by Peter Constantine, Rachel Hadas, Edmund Keeley, and Karen Van Dyck. (….)

18.)

Weekend Read: Frederick Seidel, “A Poet of Great Innocence”
By Wyatt Mason

Every day in America, on public radio stations across the land, a short program airs called “The Writer’s Almanac.” Hosted by the writer, musician and impresario Garrison Keillor, the show’s five minutes begin and end with a ceremonious progression of melancholic piano chords. Between these bookending strains, in his lulling baritone, Keillor catalogues the high-points of the date in literary history: which writer was born, what book appeared, who passed away. And then, before bidding us adieu (“Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.”), Keillor reads a poem. (….)

19.) BARGAIN CHAPBOOKS

LILLIPUT REVIEW has 21 chapbooks for sale, at only $3 each, or all 21 for $55.  That’s quite a bargain for poets looking for something new and different to add to their collections.

Lilliput also has a “Modest Proposal Chapbooks” offer.

The Modest Proposal Chapbook series is a spinoff of the parent magazine, Lilliput Review.  The chapbook series is intended to give poets an opportunity to stretch out beyond the normal constraints (i.e. size and line, both length & number) of a magazine such as Lilliput.  The series is by invitation only.  Typically, invitations are extended to poets who have a publication history in the magazine and, so, therefore, the best way to receive an invitation is to be published regularly in Lilliput Review.

Follow up on that, and you might be #22 on their chapbook listing!  (Same URL as above.)

20.)

  • Here’s an interesting topic for you, since the New England Review is in its final hardcopy stages (their comments are listed here).  Would you still subscribe to your favorites if they cost a bit more?  To me, there’s nothing like the feel of a book, the smell, the weight of words.

17 Literary Journals That Might Survive the Internet
Anis Shivani

Literary journals are one of America’s most precious institutions. Emerging writers typically make their mark first in the literary journals. Unlike commercial publishers, literary journals tend to push the boundaries of writing, and don’t get as carried away by literary fashions. Their long perspective is indispensable in maintaining a necessary balance. We have more of them in this country than probably the rest of the world combined. Some of them have maintained stellar reputations for decades, while new ones, adventurous and refreshing, crop up every day.

How are the literary journals faring amidst the rise of the Internet? Are they suffering from the current cost-cutting mania in higher education? Can this venerable American literary institution survive–or even thrive–despite new technologies? (….)

The respected editors of some of America’s most venerable little magazines answered these questions for us.

21.)

“Ponderings”

  • Comedic Poetry is something I’m sure has crossed all our minds.  Here in Vermont we have funny poet Ted Scheu.  Visit Robert Pottle’s web site for ideas on making poetry fun for kids, or just for laughs.

Mistletoe Millie
A funny poem about not getting kissed.

The whole family’s gathered
and Mistletoe Millie
is kissing and smooching
and acting all silly.
She got Grampie Zeke
and kissed him on the cheek (….)

See also LOLPoetry!

22.)

“The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.”

Poetry Quote by Anaïs Nin

23.)

If Poems Were Children
Margaret Sullivan

The Great Drying-Up is coming.
I can feel it in
the way I’m beginning
to flicker
and calcify.
Like suddenly I don’t care (….)

24.)

linebreak

  • Linebreak is an online journal with a bias for good poetry. Here is a poem from their web site this week:

Leviathan

WRITTEN BY JOE WILKINS

An inmate at the Winnebago County Jail escaped for a number of hours before north Iowa authorities captured him.
— KTTC, NBC affiliate, February 12, 2010

When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone?
— Job, 7:4

There was a time along the river,
in the snow and cold. I didn’t know
where I was going. I had come crashing
through river birch, willows,
sumac that tore my feet.
I had no shoes. My pants were a problem. Baggy, striped. (….)

25.)

Here’s a poem that was available at the Copper Canyon Press, in its “Reading Room”.

By Kay Boyle
Dreams Dreamed
Spring birds wing to the feeding tray
As Bowery bums wing to a bar. Their wings
Are slick as worn-out sleeves. They sing,
Both birds and bums, melodiously and grievously.
Their feet are thin. Both species wing
To seed and drink with lidless eyes. (….)

26.)

American Life in Poetry: Column 277
BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE, 2004-2006
Here’s hoping that very few of our readers have to go through cardiac rehab, which Thomas Reiter of New Jersey captures in this poem, but if they do, here’s hoping that they come through it feeling wildly alive and singing at the tops of their lungs.

Rehab

We wear harnesses like crossing guards.
In a pouch over the heart,
over stent and bypass, a black
box with leads pressed onto metal (….)
§

American Life in Poetry: Column 278
BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE, 2004-2006

Peter Everwine is a California poet whose work I have admired for almost as long as I have been writing. Here he beautifully captures a quiet moment of reflection.

Rain

Toward evening, as the light failed
and the pear tree at my window darkened,
I put down my book and stood at the open door,
the first raindrops gusting in the eaves,
a smell of wet clay in the wind. (….)

§

American Life in Poetry: Column 279
BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE, 2004-2006

Rhyming has a way of brightening a poem, and a depressing subject can become quite a bit lighter with well-chosen rhymes. Here’s a sonnet by Mary Meriam, who lives in Missouri. Are there readers among you who have felt like this?

The Romance of Middle Age

Now that I’m fifty, let me take my showers
at night, no light, eyes closed. And let me swim
in cover-ups. My skin’s tattooed with hours
and days and decades, head to foot, and slim
is just a faded photograph. It’s strange (….)

§
American Life in Poetry: Column 280
BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE, 2004-2006

Marilyn Kallet lives and teaches in Tennessee. Over the years I have read many poems about fireflies, but of all of them hers seems to offer the most and dearest peace.

Fireflies

In the dry summer field at nightfall,
fireflies rise like sparks.
Imagine the presence of ghosts
flickering, the ghosts of young friends,
your father nearest in the distance. (…..)
§

American Life in Poetry: Column 281
BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE, 2004-2006

Anton Chekhov, the master of the short story, was able to see whole worlds within the interactions of simple Russian peasants, and in this little poem by Leo Dangel, who grew up in rural South Dakota, something similar happens.

One September Afternoon

Home from town
the two of them sit
looking over what they have bought
spread out on the kitchen table
like gifts to themselves. (….)
§

American Life in Poetry: Column 282
BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE, 2004-2006

Because I’m a senior citizen I’m easily attracted by poems about my brothers and sisters meandering into their golden years. Here’s a poem by Edward Hirsch, who lives in New York, that offers our younger readers a look at what’s to come.

Early Sunday Morning
I used to mock my father and his chums
for getting up early on Sunday morning
and drinking coffee at a local spot
but now I’m one of those chumps. (….)

27.)

Poets Laureate of the U.S.A.

A Net-annotated list of all the poets who have served the Library of Congress as Consultant (the old title) or Poet Laureate Consultant (the new title). Biographies & general reference sites are linked to the poets’ names — for the recent Laureates these are our own poet profiles with book-buying links at the bottom. Many of the other linked biographies are pages from the Academy of American Poets’ Find a Poet archive, a growing & invaluable resource. If there is no general information site about the poet, we have searched the Net for sample poems or other writings or recordings & listed those below the poet’s name.

Joseph Auslander 1937-41
Allen Tate 1943-44
Robert Penn Warren 1944-45
Louise Bogan 1945-46
Karl Shapiro 1946-47
Robert Lowell 1947-48
Leonie Adams 1948-49
Elizabeth Bishop 1949-50
Conrad Aiken 1950-52 (First to serve two terms)
William Carlos WilliamsAppointed to serve two terms in 1952 but did not serve — for more on this & other Laureate controversies see the history in Jacket magazine.
Randall Jarrell 1957-58
Robert Frost 1958-59
Richard Eberhart 1959-61
Louis Untermeyer 1961-63
Howard Nemerov 1963-64
Reed Whittemore 1964-65
Stephen Spender 1965-66
James Dickey 1966-68
William Jay Smith 1968-70
William Stafford 1970-71
Josephine Jacobsen 1971-73
Daniel Hoffman 1973-74
Stanley Kunitz 1974-76
Robert Hayden 1976-78
William Meredith 1978-80
Maxine Kumin 1981-82
Anthony Hecht 1982-84
Robert Fitzgerald 1984-85 Appointed and served in a health-limited capacity, but did not come to the Library of Congress
Reed Whittemore 1984-85 Interim Consultant in Poetry
Gwendolyn Brooks 1985-86
Robert Penn Warren 1986-87 First to be designated Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry
Richard Wilbur 1987-88
Howard Nemerov 1988-90
Mark Strand 1990-91
Joseph Brodsky 1991-92
Mona Van Duyn 1992-93
Rita Dove 1993-95
Robert Hass 1995-97
Robert Pinsky 1997-2000
Stanley Kunitz 2000-2001
Billy Collins 2001-2003
Louise Glück 2003-2004
Ted Kooser 2004-2006
Donald Hall 2006-2007
Charles Simic 2007-2008
Kay Ryan 2008-2010
M.S. Merwin 2010-Present

28.)

Historical List of Vermont Poets Laureate

July 26, 2007-Present: Ruth Stone, Goshen (b. June 8, 1915)
March 5, 2003 – July 25, 2007: Grace Paley, Thetford (b. December 11, 1922, d. August 22, 2007 of breast cancer)
1999-2002: Ellen Bryant Voigt, Cabot (b. May 9, 1943)
1994-1998: Louise Glück, Cambridge, MA (b. April 22, 1943)
1989-1993: Galway Kinnell, Sheffield (b. February 1, 1927)
July 22, 1961-1963: Robert Frost, Ripton (b. March 26, 1874, d. January 29, 1963 of pulmonary embolism)

Position History:
 According to a February 7, 2003 press release from the Vermont Arts Council, “Robert Frost was declared Poet Laureate in 1961 [upon the adoption of Joint House Resolution 54 by the General Assembly]. In 1988 Governor Kunin re-established the position. (Reference: Executive Order No 69, 1988) Galway Kinnell was the first State Poet named for a term of 4 years as a result of this order in 1989.” The Arts Council further notes that “at the direction of the Governor [it] conducts the selection process for the State Poet by convening an advisory/selection panel. The Vermont State Poet is a person whose primary residence is in Vermont; whose poetry manifests a high degree of excellence; who has produced a critically acclaimed body of work; and who has a long association with Vermont.”

29.)

Historical list of United States Poets Laureate from Vermont

1958-1959: Robert Frost, Ripton (b. March 26, 1874, d. January 29, 1963 of pulmonary embolism)
August, 2003-2004: Louise Glück, Cambridge, MA (b. April 22, 1943)

30.)

Historical List of New Hampshire Poets Laureate

March 2004 – Present: Charles E. Butts
January 2006 – March 2009: Patricia Fargnoli
March 2004 – December 2005: Cynthia Huntington
October, 1999 – March 2004: Marie Harris, Barrington
December 1995 – March 1999: Donald Hall, Wilmot
January 1995 – March 1999: Jane Kenyon, Wilmot
March 1989 – March 1994: Maxine Kumin, Warner
June, 1984 – January 1989: Donald Hall, Danbury
January 1979 – January 1984: Richard G. Eberhart, Hanover
August 1972 – December 1978: Eleanor Vinton, Concord
September 1968 – July 1972: Paul Scott Mowrer

31.)

Historical list of United States Poets Laureate from New Hampshire

2007-2008: Charles Simic, Strafford
2006-2007: Donald Hall, Wilmot
1981-1982: Maxine Kumin, Warner
1959-1961: Richard Eberhart
1958-1959: Robert Frost, Derry

32.) If you ever have a need to contact me, here’s how to go about doing so:

Ronald Lewis:
Phone: 802-247-5913
Cell: 802-779-5913
Home: 1211 Forest Dale Road, Brandon, VT 05733
Email: vtpoet@gmail.com

33.) VERMONT LITERARY JOURNALS

1) The Queen City Review

Burlington College’s The Queen City Review is a yearly journal of art and literature and accepts the work of new and established writers and artists in the areas of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, memoir, photography, and fine art, as well as essays and criticism on all aspects of the aforementioned. They seek to publish high quality work that ranges broadly in topic and genre.

The Queen City Review can be purchased by 2-year subscription or individually. The price of one issue is $8 plus shipping charges ($1) for a total of $9. Subscriptions can be purchased for #$14 plus shipping charges $2) and includes the Fall 2008 and upcoming 2009 issues. They accept cash, check, and credit cards. You can mail your payment to them or by calling (802) 862-9616 ext. 234 to place your order over the phone. If mailing your payment, mail details to:

ATTN: Heidi Berkowitz
Burlington College
95 North Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401

2) Bloodroot

Bloodroot is a nonprofit literary magazine dedicated to publishing diverse voices through the adventure of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. Their aim is to provide a platform for the free-spirited emerging and established writer.

The price of a single issue is $8.

Editor, “Do” Roberts
Bloodroot Literary Magazine
PO Box 322
Thetford Center, VT 05075
(802) 785-4916
email: bloodroot@wildblue.net

3) New England Review

A publication of Middlebury College, a high quality literary magazine that continues to uphold its reputation for publishing extraordinary, enduring work. NER has been publishing now for over 30 years.

Cost: $8 for a single issue
$30 for a single year (4 issues)
$50 for two years (8 issues)

New England Review
Attn: Orders
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753

NEReview@middlebury.edu
(800) 450-9571

4) Willard & Maple

A Literary and Fine Art Magazine of Champlain College, Burlington.

Willard & Maple
163 South Willard Street
Freeman 302, Box 34
Burlington, VT 05401

email: willardandmaple@champlain.edu

5) Vermont Literary Review

A Literary and Fine Art Magazine of Castleton State College, Castleton.

The first issue of Vermont Literary Review was published in 1994. The review is published once a year. Work featured in the review includes poetry, fiction, drama, and personal essays from and about New England.

From its inception until 2006, students and professors reviewed the work submitted and selected work to be published. They used to jointly edit and design the review as well. After a brief lapse, the Vermont Literary Review has resumed publication in 2008 as a journal edited and designed solely by English Department faculty. The Literary Club, which used to help create this journal, is now putting out a publication of student work. (….)

6) Green Mountains Review

A Literary and Fine Art Magazine of Johnson State College, Johnson; in publication since 1987.

The Green Mountains Review is an international journal publishing poems, stories, and creative nonfiction by both well-known authors and promising newcomers. The magazine also features interviews, literary criticism, and book reviews. Neil Shepard is the general editor and poetry editor of the Green Mountains Review. The fiction editor is Leslie Daniels.

The editors are open to a wide range of styles and subject matter. If you would like to acquaint yourself with some of the work that we have accepted in the past, then we encourage you to order some of our back issues (….)

7) The Gihon River Review

“The name of the second river is Gihon. No sooner has it come out of Paradise than it vanishes beneath the depths of the sea . . .” -Moses Bar Cepha

The Gihon River Review, published biannually, was founded in the fall of 2001 as a production of the BFA program at Johnson State College. Issues are $5 each. Submissions in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction are read from September to May. Poetry submissions may not exceed five poems; fiction and nonfiction may not exceed twenty-five pages. Send all correspondence to The Gihon River Review, Johnson State College, Johnson, Vermont 05656. Please enclose a SASE. For further info by email, grr@jsc.vsc.edu.

8) Burlington Poetry Journal

The Burlington Poetry Journal is a new nonprofit publication interested in creating a means for provoking opinions, ideas, and thoughtful responses for poets in the Greater Burlington area. While there are numerous outlets for writers to gather and share privately in Vermont, there is no publication that brings together poetry of all styles and writers of all ages for the enjoyment of the general public. It is our hope that this journal will inspire writers to share their work with others who may be unaware of their talent, and for those who have never considered themselves writers to try their hand at poetry. We invite you to submit your work and share with others your thoughts and abilities with the Burlington community. The work you share will produce a dialogue as writers become aware of each other and begin to expose themselves and others to new poetry. The eclectic nature of the Burlington Poetry Journal will serve to stimulate its readers and authors.

8) Tarpaulin Sky

Founded in 2002 as an online literary journal, Tarpaulin Sky took the form of 12.5 internet issues (see the archive) before its first paper edition in November 2007. The magazine continues to publish new work both online and in print, often curated by guest-editors.

Tarpaulin Sky focuses on cross-genre / trans-genre / hybrid forms as well as innovative poetry and prose. The journal emphasizes experiments with language and form, but holds no allegiance to any one style or school or network of writers (….)

10) The Mountain Review

Colchester High School’s English Department has been publishing an interesting literary magazine: The Mountain Review. The Mountain Review is sponsored by the Vermont Council of Teachers of English Language Arts (VCTELA). Generally, the mission is to publish work from Vermont students, K-12. The Mountain Review has published poems, essays, short stories, excerpts from larger works, and art work. Wayland Cole and Katie Lenox have been the editors for several years; both teach at Colchester. Before them, Shelia Mable, a South Burlington teacher, was the editor for many years.

2009’s Mountain Review is over 100 pages long!

Students at all Vermont schools can enter the competition to be published in the Mountain Review. If you have questions, feel free to call them at (802) 264-5700 or email at colew@csdvt.org or lenoxk@csdvt.org. Send orders for copies of The Mountain Review to Katie Lenox at: Colchester High School, PO Box 900, Colchester, VT 05446. Send $5 per book; $2 postage to ship 1-3 books. Checks payable to the VCTELA.

11) The Salon: A Journal of Poetry & Fiction

WELCOME to the temporary on-line home of the Honeybee Press, a brand-new writer’s cooperative based in Burlington, Vermont. The first book from the press will be the debut issue of its bi-annual literary magazine, The Salon: A Journal of Poetry & Fiction. The goal of the press is to produce high-quality local literature and make it more affordable and visible to the public. [….]

  • Go to web site for submission guidelines.

12) Hunger Mountain

Hunger Mountain is both a print and online journal of the arts. We publish fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, visual art, young adult and children’s writing, writing for stage and screen, interviews, reviews, and craft essays. Our print issue comes out annually in the fall, and our online content changes on a regular basis. (….)

Hunger Mountain SubscriptionsVermont College of Fine Arts
36 College Street
Montpelier, VT 05602

Subscription Prices
One Year $12.00
Two Year $22.00
Four Year $40.00 (Save $8!)
Back issues $8.00

13) The Onion River Review

The Onion River Review is a literary journal whose annual edition features poetry, prose, and visual arts. The Onion River Review is edited by the students of Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, and is committed to publishing work from students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the greater community.

The Onion River ReviewWilliam Marquess, Advisor
One Winooski Park #171
Colchester, VT 05439

14) Route Seven – The St. Albans Literary Guild Magazine

The first issue of the Saint Albans Literary Guild’s magazine, Route Seven: A Vermont Literary Journal, is a 56-page publication featuring new and established writers and artists with an emphasis on Northwestern Vermont writers. Strong literary and non-fiction voices from other regions are also featured and are encouraged to submit to future issues.

ST. ALBANS: The Saint Albans Literary Guild is proud to announce the release of the premiere issue of Route 7, a new Vermont literary journal, on Sat., Feb. 20, at the STAART Gallery in St. Albans. The event will feature readings from contributing authors, as well as hors d’oeuvres and beverages.
Route 7 is a 56-page magazine featuring fiction, non-fiction, humor, poetry, and artwork. The first issue includes a wide range of moods, from the introspective and idyllic to the offbeat and humorous. The more than 20 contributors included hail from Franklin County, and across Vermont and New Hampshire. The magazine aims to highlight creative voices from across the region.

“Our hope is to enliven and nurture the writing and reading community in Northwestern Vermont by featuring writers and artists from the Guild’s backyard. But the magazine exists to promote writers, not just a specific zip code,” said Co-Editor Jedd Kettler.
 Contributors include new and established writers and artists: Gillian Ireland, Carolyn Eno, Janet Hayward Burnham, Krystal Vaughn, Jess River, Karen Day-Vath, Mathias Dubiler, Stephen Russell Payne, Rebecca Hamm, Shawna Cross, Leon Thompson, Heidi Mosher, Em Frappier, Jay Fleury, Pat O’Shea, Tammy Flanders Hetrick, Joy Perrino Choquette, Al Salzman, Jonathan Billings, Walt McLaughlin, Cynthia Messier, Barbara Beskind, Lisa Judge, and Melvin Harris.

“It’s a 56-page salon — you provide the refreshments,” said Co-Editor Launie Kettler.
 The release party for the new publication will be held at the STAART Gallery on Sat., Feb. 20 from 4-6 p.m. Copies of the magazine will be available for sale at the event, online at http://www.route7magazine.org, and at bookstores across Vermont.
 Proceeds from the $5 cover price will go to support future outreach programs of the Saint Albans Literary Guild. Even as they celebrate the release of this first issue, editors continue to accept submissions for future issues on an ongoing basis.

The Saint Albans Literary Guild organizes readings, author appearances, classes and many other book-related activities for both authors and book lovers of all kinds. To learn more about the guild or to join, check our website, http://www.SaintAlbansLiteraryGuild.org, or call 527-7243.

Submission guidelines

Route Seven: A Vermont Literary Journal, the St. Albans Literary Guild magazine, is currently accepting submissions of non-fiction, fiction, journalistic feature writing, theatrical writing, historical writing, and poetry for its premier issue. We welcome submissions from all genres.
 Writers from all regions are encouraged to submit. One of the Guild’s goals is to support and nurture the literary community in northwestern Vermont and weight will be given to northwestern Vermont writers. However, Route Seven is not looking only for writing that seeks to express the region and its history. Editors will primarily look for original voices and perspectives, and powerful writing and storytelling.
 Submit up to three poems and two prose pieces. Feature writing should be 500-1500 words in length. Short fiction should not exceed 3500 words. Excerpts from longer works and previously published works are also welcome. Submissions will be accepted for future issues on an ongoing basis.
 Send submissions to magazine@saintalbansliteraryguild.org in .rtf, .txt, .odt, or Word format. Please include “Route 7 literary magazine submissions” in the subject line. Hard copy submissions may be sent to Route 7 Magazine co/Launie and Jedd Kettler, PO Box 101, St. Albans, VT 05478. Submissions will not be returned. Provide email or SASE for results.

Contributors retain all rights to work included in Route Seven.

Artwork submissions

Route Seven: A Vermont Literary Journal, the St. Albans Literary Guild magazine, is also accepting submissions of full-color and black-and-white artwork for its premier issue.

We welcome submissions in all mediums. Color artwork will be considered for the journal’s front cover and should be vertically oriented. Black-and-white line art, illustrations, and photography will be considered for inside layout and display. There are no theme requirements for submissions. Route Seven hopes to feature the varied talents of Vermont’s visual artists. Editors will look primarily for visually compelling images to include.

Submissions should be received by December 15, but will be accepted for future issues on an ongoing basis.

Send email submissions to magazine@saintalbansliteraryguild.org in .jpeg, .tiff, .png, or .psd formats. Contact us you if you prefer sending work in other formats. Please include “Route 7 literary magazine submissions” in the subject line. Hard copy submissions may be sent to Route 7 Magazine co/Launie and Jedd Kettler, PO Box 101, St. Albans, VT 05478. Please do not send original work as submissions will not be returned. Provide email address or SASE for results.

Contributors retain all rights to work included in Route Seven.

34.)

VERMONT LITERARY GROUPS’ ANTHOLOGIES

1) Vermont Voices, An Anthology

Published by the League of Vermont Writers periodically. They have just published their 3rd anthology.

  • Vermont Voices I (published in 1991)
  • Vermont Voices II (published in 1995)
  • Vermont Voices III (published in 1999)

2) *See Below

Published by the Otter Creek Poets periodically. They have just published their 3rd volume.

  • By the Waterfall (published in 1999)
  • Maps and Voyages (published in 2004)
  • Line By Line (published in 2006)

No web site to date. All editions and issues out of print and no longer available.

3) League of Vermont Writers

Published by the Mad River Poets periodically. They have just published their 3rd volume.

  • Pebbles from the Stream (published in 2002)
  • Maps and Voyages (published in 2004)
  • Line By Line (published in 2006)

4) The Mountain Troubadour

  • Published by the Poetry Society of Vermont annually.

35.) VERMONT POETRY BLOGS

1) PoemShape

Patrick Gillespie maintains a bright, intelligent blog. There is a decided bias in favoring poetry that is written in meter, that uses form, or that plays with language in ways that separate poetry from prose – rhetoric, imagery, simile, metaphor, conceit, rhyme, meter — Traditional Poetry.

PoemShape is now the home of the Vermont Poetry Newsletter & Poetry Event Calendar.

One can subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new postings by email.

http://poemshape.wordpress.com/

36.)

STATE POETRY SOCIETY

The Poetry Society of Vermont, founded in 1947, is an association of poets and supporters who join in promoting an interest in poetry through meetings, workshops, readings, contests, and contributions to the society’s chapbook. Anyone may join the society including high school and college students and non-residents of Vermont. We welcome both writers and appreciative readers.

In September 2007, The Poetry Society of Vermont will celebrated its 60th Anniversary. (….)

37.)

YEAR-ROUND POETRY WORKSHOPS IN VERMONT


BELLOWS FALLS

1) Great River Arts Institute – See details elsewhere in this newsletter

2) Poetry Workshop at Village Square Booksellers with Jim Fowler (no relation to owner Pat). The goal of this course is to introduce more people to the art of writing poetry and will include a discussion of modern poetry in various forms and styles. Each week, the course will provide time to share and discuss participant’s poetry. Poetry Workshops on Monday mornings (9:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.)- Jim Fowler’s sessions continue, with periodic break for a few weeks between sessions. Students should bring a poem and copies to the first class. The course will be limited to 5 to 8 students to allow adequate time to go through everyone’s poetry contributions and will meet in the cafe at Village Square Booksellers. James Fowler, of Charlestown, New Hampshire, has a Masters Degree in Environmental Science with a major in Nature Writing. He was the editor of Heartbeat of New England, a poetry anthology. Fowler has been widely published since 1998 in such journals as Connecticut Review, Quarterly of Light Verse, and Larcom Review. Fowler is a founding member of the River Voices Writer’s Circle, and a regular reader at Village Square Booksellers-River Voices Poetry Readings. The fee for this 6 week Workshop is $100, payable to Mr. Fowler at the first class. Pre-registration for the Poetry Workshop is suggested and may be made by calling Village Square Booksellers at 802-463-9404 or by email at vsbooks@sover.net or jfowler177@comcast.net.

3) InkBlot Complex Poetry Workshop runs through the Vermont Independent Media’s Media Mentoring Project and is held at the Rockingham Public Library at 65 Westminster Street in Bellows Falls. No previous writing or journalism experience or even class attendance is required. Participants are invited to bring a project or share successful techniques. The workshop aims to lift poetry from the page and reveal how it is a living force in daily life. Originally taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago to great acclaim, its interactive nature and inclusion of multiple art forms leaves dry, academic notions of poetry behind. It functions through three tenets: 1) Presentation of the art form as a living element of our daily world, 2) individualized, personal enrichment and free range of expression for each student, and 3) artistic ecultivation through unexpected means. Taught by seasoned arts journalist, cultural critic and poet Clara Rose Thornton, this free event explores the poetry we encounter all around us – in songs we hear, the ways we express ourselves, even the advertisements we see. In the final session students then create their own works with an increased sense of connection to the way words construct meaning. All materials are provided. Instructor Clara Rose Thornton is an internationally published film, wine and visual arts critic, music journalist, poet and former book and magazine editor. Her writings on culture and the arts have appeared nationally in Stop Smiling: The Magazine for High-Minded Lowlifes, Honest Tune: The American Journal of Jam and Time Out Chicago. Currently residing in an artists’ colony in Windham County, she acts as the biweekly arts columnist for the Rutland herald, staff writer for Southern Vermont Arts && Living and a regular contributor to The Commons. A portfolio, bio and roster of writing and editing services can be found at http://www.clararosethornton.com. For more information about the Media Mentoring Project, visit http://www.commonsnews.org or call 246-6397. You can also write to Vermont Independent Media at P.O. Box 1212, Brattleboro, VT 05302.

BERLIN

The Wayside Poets, who share their poetry publicly from time to time, have been meeting irregularly for the past 25 years. They used to be called The Academy Street Poets. Membership is by invitation only. They meet now at the Wayside Restaurant & Bakery in Berlin. Members include Diane Swan, Sherry Olson, Carol Henrikson and Sarah Hooker. You can contact them through Sherry Olson at: solsonvt@aol.com or 454-8026.

BURLINGTON

The Burlington Poets Society, a group of “stanza scribblers” that express their love of verse, made up of UVM students and professors, have recently organized, meeting at the Fleming Museum at UVM in Burlington for their periodic “The Painted Word” series of poetry readings. I hope to have additional information on this group in the coming months.

GUILFORD

The Guilford Poets Guild, formed in 1998, meets twice a month to critique and support each other’s work. Their series of sponsored readings by well-known poets which began at the Dudley Farm, continues now at the Women and Family Life Center.

MIDDLEBURY

The Otter Creek Poets offer a poetry workshop every Thursday afternoon, from 1:00 to 3:00 in the basement meeting room of the Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main Street, Middlebury. This workshop, the largest and oldest of its kind in the state, has been meeting weekly for 13 years. Poets of all ages and styles come for peer feedback, encouragement, and optional weekly assignments to get the poetry flowing. Bring a poem or two to share (plus 20 copies). The workshops are led by David Weinstock. There is considerable parking available behind the library, or further down the hill below that parking lot. For more information, call David at 388-6939 or Ron Lewis at 247-5913.

PANTON

This town is the home of Leonard Gibbs and his Dead Creek Poets Society. Leonard invites visitors to his web site, Quibbles.com, and subsequent comments for discussion. Leonard’s email address is: ML_Len@Quibbles.org. Interesting responses to items Leonard has posed on his site, may end up on the site itself.

NORWICH

This group meets on the first Sunday of every month at the Norwich Library, 6:30 p.m.

STOWE

There is another poetry workshop happening in Stowe, but unfortunately I know nothing much about this group. If you do, contact me!

WAITSFIELD

The Mad River Poets consists of a handful of poets from the Route 100 corridor. More on this group in the future.


38.)

OTHER POETRY WORKSHOPS IN VERMONT

BURLINGTON

Scribes in the making put pen to paper as part of an open verse-writing session at the Fletcher Free Library, 235 College Street. Three consecutive Thursdays, starting January 8, 2009, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Free. Contact information: 862-1094.

SAXTONS RIVER

Introduction to the Writing of Poetry – Instructor: John Wood- 7 week class
Begins January 14, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

This course is designed for older adults through younger adult high school students who might be interested in learning how poetry is made and how to make it. It will involve an intensive study of poetry’s nuts and bolts (assonance, alliteration, metaphor, meter, forms, and so forth) in conjunction with reading a good bit of poetry that demonstrates these devices. If there is time toward the end of the course, and there may not be [or in a second course if there is interest], you will put what you have learned into practice. At that point it will function like a graduate-level poetry workshop with the poems submitted anonymously for critique by the instructor and the students who will by then have developed their critical skills well-enough to make useful critical comments from having been exposed to the form and theory of poetry.

It is important to keep in mind that this is not a class in which the primary or even secondary concern is reading each other’s poetry and talking about it. This is a course in learning how to write poetry, which like any other art involves mastering the craft. But learning the craft of poetry is great fun in its own right because each major element of the craft reflects something about the workings of the human mind.
A text book is required, John Frederick Nims’ Western Wind: An Introduction to Poetry. Multiple copies at $1.00 each are available on line through Abe Books. Go to: http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchEntry?cmid=hp-search-advancedsearc… and type in Nims under author and Western Wind under title. This is a great book and you will love it for all the many wonderful things it will teach you, in addition to how to make a poem. Do not buy a new copy from Amazon because it is nowhere near as good as the older edition; that new edition (co-edited by David Mason) costs over $45.00 and is not worth the money. Please buy one of the cheap 1974 or 1983 editions solely edited by Nims.

About the Instructor:

John Wood, who holds both the MFA in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in English literature, lives in Saxtons River and is a poet and art critic whose books in both fields have won national and international awards. For 25 years he was the Director of the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at McNeese University where he taught the writing of poetry. Several of his students have received the $20,000 NEA Poetry Fellowship, others the Ruth Lilly Fellowship in Poetry, still others a MacDowell Residency, an Amy Clampitt Fellowship, and a variety of other awards. And many of his former students have published books from leading presses. John and his teaching were the subjects of a Los Angeles Times front page article in 1999 and a full page article in 2005 in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Intro. to the Writing of Poetry John Wood Thursday 6—7:30 PM 7 weeks
$60 Members / $80 Non-Members
Basic introduction to the writing of poetry. See website for additional details.

Main Street Arts, Main Street, P.O. Box 100 Saxtons River, VT 05154
(802) 869-2960 msa@sover.net www.MainStreetArts.org

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION

The Writer’s Center
58 Main Street, White River Junction, Vermont

Instructor: April Ossmann (author of Anxious Music, Four Way Books, 2007, writing, editing and publishing consultant, and former Executive Director of Alice James Books)

Info: (802)333-9597 or aprilossmann@hotmail.com and http://www.aprilossmann.com.

ANYWHERE, VERMONT

Revived for the 2009 academic year is the InkBlot Complex Poetry Workshop, designed for upper-elementary and high-school-age students, grades 7-12. The curriculum functions through three tenets:

  • Innovative presentation of the art form as a living element of our daily world
  • Individualized, personal enrichment and free range of expression for each student
  • Artistic cultivation through unexpected means

The workshop debuted at the University of Illinois at Chicago, during a three-week summer program, entitled Project C.H.A.N.C.E., for underprivileged sophomore and senior students from area high schools. It was a fantastic success, and the program director requested its return. With this encouragement, I decided to expand and adapt the workshop for various age levels, as an educational/arts supplement for after-school programs and enrichment programs and an arts elective for more traditional academic settings. The response has been wonderful. (…) Click on Typewriter for more…

38.)

YEAR-ROUND POETRY WRITING CENTERS IN VERMONT

BURLINGTON

The Burlington Writer’s Group (BWG) meets on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 PM and has a new home at the Unitarian Church in the church’s little white house off of Clark St., 2nd floor. They’d like to let people know and also invite anyone interested to join them whenever folks are in town or as often as they’d like.

The Burlington Writer’s Group is a free drop-in group. They decide on a prompt and write for 20 minutes, followed by a go-around reading. They can usually get in two writes depending on group size. All genres and experience levels are welcome and there really are no rules other than demonstrating courtesy while people are writing (don’t interrupt). They don’t do much critiquing though some spontaneous reactions occur. Mainly it’s good practice to just show up and write for 40 minutes and share the writing, if so inclined…

BURLINGTON

Women Writing for (a) Change supports the authentic experience of women who honor themselves through creative writing. Our community supports reflection as we move into our questions and awaken to change. Participants enhance expressive skills, strengthen their voices, deepen themselves as women as writers for positive change in all spheres of life. Creative writing in all genres is our shared vehicle. Women Writing for (a) Change is for women who, 1) dream of writing for self-discovery, for personal or social healing, 2) hunger for creative process in their lives, 3) yearn to explore their feminine voice, 4) crave reflective, space, and 5) are in transition. For more information, go to their web site at http://www.womenwritingVT.com/ or contact Sarah Bartlett at either 899-3772 or sarah@womenwritingvt.com.

SAINT ALBANS

The Saint Albans Literary Guild organizes author readings, classes on writing and literature, and other book related events. The Guild is sponsoring a new literary magazine featuring local writers. Finally, it promotes Vermont authors, book groups, writing groups, and literary events held in Franklin County and northwestern Vermont. Contact us for more information or join the Guild to become involved with literary endeavors in your area.

The first issue of the Saint Albans Literary Guild’s magazine, Route Seven: A Vermont Literary Journal, is a 56-page publication featuring new and established writers and artists with an emphasis on Northwestern Vermont writers. Strong literary and non-fiction voices from other regions are also featured and are encouraged to submit to future issues.

Contact them through their web site at: or through Jay Fleury, Guild President.

SPRINGFIELD

A Writer’s Group has started to meet at the Springfield Town Library on the fourth Monday of each month, from 7 to 8 pm. For more information, call 885-3108.

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION

The Writer’s Center is for serious writers and nervous beginners. It’s for procrastinators who could benefit from regular deadlines – and for the prolific who could benefit from quality feedback. It’s for anyone with a manuscript hidden in a drawer, or a life story or poem waiting to be written. It’s for people who don’t know where to start or how to end. And for writers who are doing just fine on their own, but would like the company of other writers. The Writer’s Center is for anyone who is writing or wants to write. One of the Center’s consultants is April Ossman (www.aprilossmann.com). Founded by Joni B. Cole and Sarah Stewart Taylor, the Writer’s Center offers instruction and inspiration through a selection of workshops, discussions, and community. We would love to see you – and your writing – at The Writer’s Center! For more info, http://www.thewriterscenterwrj.com/.

  • Prose! Poetry! Journaling! Pitching! (I know! I know! F. Scott Fitzgerald said that using exclamation points is like laughing at your own joke… but what’s wrong with that?!!!)

And more big news! “The Writer’s Center” has a new Facebook Page that we’re now using to spread the word about workshops, offer writing tips, share publishing news, etc. If you haven’t already, be a part of the page by following the link below and clicking “like”. Write on!

39.)

OTHER WRITING GROUPS IN VERMONT

The League of Vermont WritersThe League is open to all who make writing a part of their lives. We offer encouragement, motivation, and networking opportunities to writers with a broad range of writing experience.
You do not need to be published to join. Visit their Membership Page for more information about benefits and fees.
Founded in 1929, LVW’s mission is to:

  • Help writers develop their skills
  • Promote responsible and ethical writing and writing practices
  • Increase communication between professional writers and publishers
  • Promote an enduring appreciation for the power of the word

The LVW publishes Vermont Voices, An Anthology, at irregular times. They have published 3 separate volumes to date.

40.)

POETRY EVENT CALENDAR

  • Below please find the most current list of poetry happenings in Vermont for the near future.  Please be aware that these events can be found on Poetz.com, but there is usually additional information that is typed here that would be cumbersome to place on Poetz.com.  Please note all events are Vermont-based unless they are of extreme importance or happen to lie just outside our borders.  If you would like to save on paper and ink, please just highlight what you need, or perhaps only events for the coming month, and print that information.  All events are advertised as free unless indicated otherwise.

Wed, Aug 11 – Sat, Aug 21: Ripton. Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Bread Loaf is the oldest writers’ conference in America. Since 1926–a generation before “creative writing” became a course of study in educational settings–it has convened in mid-August at the Bread Loaf campus of Middlebury College. Faculty includes Marianne Boruch, Linda Gregerson, Jane Hirshfield, Carl Phillips, Alberto Rios, David Rivard, Stanley Plumly, Martha Rhodes and C. Dale Young.

Set in the Green Mountain National Forest in Ripton, Vermont, the land was acquired in the nineteenth century by Joseph Battell, breeder of Morgan horses, proprietor of the local newspaper, and spirited lover of nature. He added a cupola and three-story wings to an existing Victorian farmhouse, and built a series of cottages to house his summer guests. Ultimately, Battell purchased more than 30,000 acres of forest and farmland in the mountains, and in 1915, willed all of it to Middlebury College. The College established a graduate school of English and American literature-still in session for six weeks every summer-and housed it on the Bread Loaf campus.

The impulse to establish the “Conferences on Writing” came initially from Robert Frost, who loved the inspiring setting. Willa Cather, Katherine Lee Bates, and Louis Untermeyer–all of whom taught at the School of English in 1922–also suggested that the campus be used for a writers’ conference when it was vacant at the end of each August. The idea took hold. At Middlebury College’s request, the young editor John Farrar organized a teaching staff and program.

The writers John Farrar attracted to the campus in the first few years-among them Stephen Vincent Benet and Hervey Allen-helped established the reputation of what came to be called the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. They were followed by a long line of writers with established reputations, as well as writers in more formative years, for whom Bread Loaf was a source of encouragement.

The buildings at Bread Loaf have been modernized in the years since Joseph Battell stood near the horse-block, welcoming guests as they alighted from carriages. The old stage route up the steep pitches and hairpin twists of the Ripton Gorge has been paved. Despite concessions to convenience, the campus has changed little in the last half century. The old wood-shingled Bread Loaf Inn, the huge Barn with its fieldstone fireplace, the outlying buildings with their porches and wicker chairs, the stillness of the surrounding forest-all are much as they were in 1926 when the Conference began.

Thu, Aug 19: Briggs Carriage Bookstore, 16 Park Street, Brandon, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m..  Walter Hess. Born in Germany, a retired film editor, Walter’s poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, and many others. A resident of New York City, Walter has summered in Vermont for many years. The American Book Review said of his poetry collection, The Jew’s Harp, “These are poems of an open spirit toward God and His people.” The obvious themes are love and survival.  Info, Peter Marsh, 247-0050, books@briggscarriage.com.

Sun, Aug 22: BigTown Gallery, Rochester, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Summer Reading Series – Rebecca T. Godwin and Sydney Lea. Free; info, 767-9670 or http://www.bigtowngallery.com/pages/reading.html.

Rebecca Godwin is the author of Private Parts. She received a National Endowment for the Arts grant for a portion of this novel: an excerpt also appeared in The Paris Review. A South Carolina native, she works in communications at Bennington College, and now lives in Poestenskill, New York.

“Keeper of the House is quite simply one of the most beautiful novels I have ever read. Lend your ear to the astonishing music of Minyon Manigault’s voice, yield your heart to her remarkable tale, and you will want to claim her as kin. Rebecca Godwin is a writer whose gifts go far beyond ‘talent.’ She is wise compassionate, daring; she has made a book of deep and lasting value.”
—Susan Dodd, author of Mamaw and The Mourner’s Bench

Sydney Lea’s most recent collection of poems is Ghost Pain (Sarabande Books, 2005). His second nonfiction volume, A Little Wildness: Some Notes On Rambling, was published in 2006. Lea has two collections of poetry scheduled for publication by Four Way Books: Young of the Year (2011) and I Was Thinking of Beauty (2013). He is widely known as an adept in several genres. He founded New England Review in 1977 and edited it till 1989. Of his seven previous poetry collections, Pursuit of a Wound, (University of Illinois Press, 2000), was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. The preceding volume, To the Bone: New and Selected Poems, was co-winner of the 1998 Poets’ Prize. In 1989, Lea also published the novel A Place in Mind with Scribner, and the book is still available in paper from Story Line Press. His 1994 collection of naturalist essays, Hunting the Whole Way Home, was re-issued in paper by the Lyons Press in 2003. Lea has received fellowships from the Rockefeller, Fulbright and Guggenheim Foundations, and has taught at Dartmouth, Yale, Wesleyan, Vermont and Middlebury Colleges, as well as at Franklin College in Switzerland and the National Hungarian University in Budapest. His stories, poems, essays and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated and many other periodicals, as well as in more than forty anthologies. He lives in Newbury, Vermont, where he is active in statewide literacy and conservation efforts.

“Sydney Lea is as fine a companion on the page as American writing about nature has to offer.”
—Michael Pollan, Harper’s

Mon, Aug 23: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Poet Carol Moldaw. Carol Moldaw’s lyric novel, The Widening, was published by Etruscan Press last spring. She is the author of four books of poetry, The Lightning Field (2003), which won the 2002 FIELD Poetry Prize, Through the Window (2000), Chalkmarks on Stone (1998), and Taken from the River (1993). A recipient of a Lannan Foundation Marfa Writer’s Residency, an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, and a Pushcart Prize, Moldaw was born in Oakland, California, and lives outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico. So Late, So New: New and Selected Poems is forthcoming from Etruscan Press in 2010.

Thu, Aug 26: First Congregational Church, Rte. 113, Thetford, 7:30 p.m. A night of readings by the authors of  Bloodroot Literary Magazine. The authors will read a selection of their poetry or an excerpt from their stories.  Info, http://www.bloodrootlm.com/readings.html.

Thu, Sep 2: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Poet Carl Phillips. Carl Phillips is the author of ten books of poetry, most recently Speak Low (FSG, 2009) and Quiver of Arrows: Selected Poems 1986-2006 (FSG, 2007).  His awards and honors include the Kingsley Tufts Award and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Academy of American Poets, to which he was named a Chancellor in 2006.  He teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.

Sat, Sep 11: Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square, Bellows Falls, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Open Mic Poetry.  Join the River Voices in their monthly Poetry Open Mic.  Read your own poetry, read from a favorite book or just listen.  Everyone sits around the table and takes turns reading – no podiums, no huge crowds.  A warm, friendly environment…  Info, Pat Fowler @ 463-9404, http://www.villagesquarebooks.com.

Mon, Sep 20: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Poet Adam Zagajewski. Adam Zagajewski was born in Lvov in 1945, a largely Polish city that became a part of the Soviet Ukraine shortly after his birth. A major figure of the Polish New Wave literary movement of the early 1970s and of the anti-Communist Solidarity movement of the 1980s, Zagajewski is today one of the most well-known and highly regarded contemporary Polish poets in Europe and the United States. Zagajewski’s most recent books in English are Eternal Enemies (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2008) and Without End: New and Selected Poems (2002), which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. He is also the author of a book of essays and literary sketches, Two Cities: On Exile, History and the Imagination (1995), and Solidarity, Solitude: Essays. When, after September 11, The New Yorker published his poem, “Try to Praise the Mutilated World,” on its back page—a rare departure from the cartoons and parodies that usually occupy that space—it resonated with many readers. He now spends part of the year in Krakow, the city he lived in during the 1960s and ’70s; and he teaches in Chicago.

Thu, Sep 30: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Poet Rikki Ducornet. Rikki Ducornet is the author of seven novels, three collections of short fictions including The One Marvelous Thing (Dalkey Archive 2008), a collection of essays and five books of poetry. She has received a Lannan Fellowship and a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction and an Academy Award from the American Adademy of Arts and Letters. Her paintings have been exhibited widely, most recently at the Museo de la Solidaridad in Santiago, Chile.

Sat, Oct 9: Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square, Bellows Falls, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Open Mic Poetry.  Join the River Voices in their monthly Poetry Open Mic.  Read your own poetry, read from a favorite book or just listen.  Everyone sits around the table and takes turns reading – no podiums, no huge crowds.  A warm, friendly environment…  Info, Pat Fowler @ 463-9404, http://www.villagesquarebooks.com.

Fri, Oct 15 – Sun, Oct 17: New York City, New York.  Poets Forum. The Academy of American Poets invites you to join them in New York City for the Poets Forum, a series of events exploring the ever-changing landscape of contemporary poetry in America. This year’s events will feature new in-depth discussions with an array of distinguished poets, readings, publication parties, and a new selection of literary walking tours, led by poets, throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.  Info, http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/380.

Sat, Nov 13: Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square, Bellows Falls, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Open Mic Poetry.  Join the River Voices in their monthly Poetry Open Mic.  Read your own poetry, read from a favorite book or just listen.  Everyone sits around the table and takes turns reading – no podiums, no huge crowds.  A warm, friendly environment…  Info, Pat Fowler @ 463-9404, http://www.villagesquarebooks.com.

Thu, Nov 25: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Poet Forrest Gander. A translator, essayist, and the editor of two anthologies of Mexican poetry, Gander is the author of more than a dozen books, including collaborations with notable artists and photographers. His many books include his first novel As A Friend (2008); the poetry collections Eye Against Eye (with photographs by Sally Mann), Torn Awake, and Science & Steepleflower; and the essay collection, Faithful Existence: Reading, Memory & Transcendence. Translations include Firefly Under the Tongue: Selected Poems of Coral Bracho and, with Kent Johnson, The Night by Jaime Saenz. Gander’s essays have appeared in many national magazines including The Nation, The Boston Review, and American Poetry Review. Gander is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim, Howard, and Whiting Foundations, and he has received two Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative Poetry. With poet C.D. Wright, Gander lives in Rhode Island, where he is professor of English and Comparative Literature at Brown University.

Sat, Dec 11: Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square, Bellows Falls, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Open Mic Poetry.  Join the River Voices in their monthly Poetry Open Mic.  Read your own poetry, read from a favorite book or just listen.  Everyone sits around the table and takes turns reading – no podiums, no huge crowds.  A warm, friendly environment…  Info, Pat Fowler @ 463-9404, www.villagesquarebooks.com.

Mon, Dec 13: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Poet Susan Mitchell. Susan Mitchell has won many awards for her poetry, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  She has authored three books, most recently Erotikon and Rapture, which won the Kingsley Tufts Book Award and was a National Book Award finalist.  Her poems have been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The American Poetry Review, The Yale Review, and Fence, as well as in seven volumes of the Best American Poetry series, and have been awarded three Pushcart prizes.  Mitchell lives in Boca Raton, and teaches in the MFA Writing Program at Florida Atlantic University.

2011

Fri, Jan 6: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8:00 p.m..  Brigit Pegeen Kelly.  Brigit Pegeen Kelly’s book The Orchard (BOA Editions, 2004) was named a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, a Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award in Poetry, and a Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. Kelly’s other poetry collections are Song (BOA Editions), the 1994 Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets and a Finalist for the 1995 Los Angeles Times Book Award, and To the Place of Trumpets (Yale University Press), selected by James Merrill for the 1987 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. She is a recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award and the Witter Bynner Prize for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Additional awards and honors include a Discovery/The Nation award, the Cecil Hemley Award from the Poetry Society of America, and fellowships from the Whiting Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Kelly teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Illinois, and has also taught at the University of California at Irvine, Purdue University, and Warren Wilson College, as well as numerous writers’ conferences in the United States and Ireland.

Tue, Jan 24: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8:00 p.m.. Ilya Kaminsky.  Ilya Kaminsky was born in Odessa, former USSR and arrived in the USA in 1993, when his family was granted asylum by the American government. He is the author of Dancing In Odessa, which won Whiting Writers Awards, American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award, Ruth Lilly Fellowship from Poetry magazine, Dorset Prize and was named 2004 Best Poetry Book of the Year by ForeWord Magazine. He was also awarded Lannan Fellowship in 2008. He is also the translator of Polina Barskova’s Selected Poems (Tupelo 2010) and co-editor of Ecco Book of International Poetry (Ecco/Harper Collins, 2010). He teaches at San Diego State University.

Mar 31: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8:00 p.m..  Rosanna Warren.  Rosanna Warren is the author of one chapbook of poems (Snow Day, Palaemon Press, 1981), and three collections of poems: Each Leaf Shines Separate (Norton, 1984), Stained Glass (Norton, 1993), and Departure (Norton, 2003). Her new book of poems, Ghost in a Red Hat, is due out from Norton in 2011. Fables of the Self: Studies in Lyric Poetry, a book of literary criticism, appeared from Norton in 2008. She edited and contributed to The Art of Translation: Voices From the Field (Northeastern, 1989), and has edited three chapbooks of poetry by prisoners.She has won fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, ACLS, The Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the Lila Wallace Readers’ Digest Fund, among others. Stained Glass won the Lamont Poetry Award from the Academy of American Poets. She has won the Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Lavan Younger Poets’ Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and the Award of Merit in Poetry from The American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2004. She was a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1999 – 2005. You can view some of her published books on the Norton website.

Apr 18: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8:00 p.m..  Stephen Dunn.  Stephen Dunn is the author of sixteen collections of poetry, including Here and Now, which will be published by Norton in May, 2011. His Different Hours was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2001. Among his many other awards are The Paterson Prize for Sustained Literary Achievement, an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, but spends most of his time these days in Frostburg, Maryland, with his wife, the writer Barbara Hurd.

May 12: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8:00 p.m..  David Ferry.  David Ferry is Sophie Chantal Hart Professor of English, Emeritus, Wellesley College; Visiting Lecturer, Graduate Creative Writing Program, Boston University. His most recent book of poems is Of No Country I Know: New and Selected Poems (University of Chicago Press, 1999). His translations are (all of them published by Farrar Straus and Giroux): Gilgamesh: A New Rendering in English Verse (1992), The Odes of Horace (1997), The Eclogues of Virgil (1999), The Epistles of Horace (2001), The Georgics of Virgil (2005). Currently, he is completing a new set of collected poems and is translating The Aeneid of Virgil. Of No Country I Know received the Lenmore Marshall Prize, Academy of American Poets, and the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, Library of Congress. For The Epistles of Horace, Ferry was awarded the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Honorary Fellow, Academy of American Poets, and has received an Academy Award for Literature, American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has received an honorary degree, D.Litt, from Amherst College.

May 30: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8:00 p.m..  Jane Hirshfield.  Jane Hirshfield is the author six poetry collections, most recently After (HarperCollins), named a best book of 2006 by The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, and England’s Financial Times. Other honors include major fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations. Her seventh poetry collection will be published by Knopf in August, 2011. Hirshfield is also the author of a now-classic collection of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry and three equally classic books collecting the work of women poets of the past. Her work appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, the TLS, The New Republic, Poetry, and five editions of The Best American Poems. For more information on Jane Hirshfield, visit Barclay Agency’s website.

Jun 9: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8:00 p.m..  Natasha Trethewey.  Natasha Trethewey is author of Native Guard (Houghton Mifflin), for which she won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize; Bellocq’s Ophelia (Graywolf, 2002) which was named a Notable Book for 2003 by the American Library Association; and Domestic Work (Graywolf, 2000). She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. Her poems have appeared in such journals and anthologies as American Poetry Review, Callaloo, Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, New England Review, Gettysburg Review, and several volumes of Best American Poetry. At Emory University she is Professor of English and holds the Phillis Wheatley Distinguished Chair in Poetry.

Jun 27: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8:00 p.m..  Ray Gonzalez.  Ray Gonzalez is the author of twelve books of poetry including Faith Run (University of Arizona Press, 2009), Cool Auditor: Prose Poems (BOA Editions, 2009) The Hawk Temple at Tierra Grande (2003 Minnesota Book Award for Poetry), and Consideration of the Guitar: New and Selected Poems (2005). Turtle Pictures (Arizona, 2000) received the 2001 Minnesota Book Award for Poetry. His poetry has appeared in the 1999, 2000, and 2003 editions of The Best American Poetry. He is Director of the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

July 25: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8:00 p.m..  Marie Howe.  Marie Howe is the author of three volumes of poetry, The Kingdom of Ordinary Time (2008); The Good Thief (1998); and What the Living Do (1997), and is the co-editor of a book of essays, In the Company of My Solitude: American Writing from the AIDS Pandemic (1994). Stanley Kunitz selected Howe for a Lavan Younger Poets Prize from the American Academy of Poets. She has, in addition, been a fellow at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College and a recipient of NEA and Guggenheim fellowships. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, Agni, Ploughsahres, Harvard Review, and The Partisan Review, among others. Currently, Howe teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia, and New York University.

Aug 22: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8:00 p.m..  Tim Seibles.  Tim Seibles is the author of several poetry collections including, Hurdy-Gurdy, Hammerlock, and Buffalo Head Solos. He was the poet-in-residence at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania for the spring semester of 2010. Most recently, his poems were featured in the Cortland Review and Ploughshares. His work was also published in the newly released anthologies, Black Nature and Seriously Funny. His next collection, Fast Animal, will be released from Cleveland State University Press in spring 2011. He lives in Virginia where he teaches writing at Old Dominion University. He is also visiting faculty for the Stonecoast MFA program in Maine.

Sep 29: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8:00 p.m..  Patrizia Cavalli.  Patrizia Cavalli was born in Todi, Umbria, and lives in Rome. Since 1974, she has published five volumes of poetry with Einaudi, including Sempre aperto teatro, 1999 (Theatre Always Open) which won the prestigious Premio Viareggio Repaci and Pigre divinità e pigra sorte, 2006 (Lazy Gods and Lazy Fate) for which she received the Premio Internazionale Pasolini. Bilingual editions of her poems have been published in France, Canada, Mexico, and Germany. She has contributed to numerous magazines and reviews, including Poetry and The New Yorker. Describing her work in The Vintage Book of Contemporary World Verse (1996), J.D. McClatchy observed “her style is hard-bitten, on the edge. The circumstances of a poem, although private, are never merely personal, they reach out to larger, more abiding and vulnerable realities.” Giorgio Agamben has characterized her verses as “a prosody…expressed in the most fluent, seamless, and colloquial language of 20th century Italian poetry.” Cavalli also has translated Moliere’s Amphytrion, Wilde’s Salome, Shakespeare’s The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Othello.

Oct 17: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8:00 p.m..  D. A. Powell.  D. A. Powell is the author of Tea, Lunch and Cocktails. His most recent collection, Chronic, was a finalist for the Publishing Triangle and the National Book Critics Circle Awards. Along with David Trinidad and a cast of hundreds, he is the co-author of By Myself: An Autobiography (Turtle Point, 2009). Powell’s honors have included fellowships from the Millay Colony, the National Endowment for the Arts and the James Michener Foundation, as well as a Pushcart Prize, the Lyric Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America and an Academy of American Poets Prize. In 2010, he received the Kingsley Tufts Prize from Claremont University. D. A. Powell’s work appears in numerous anthologies, including Norton’s American Hybrids, Legitimate Dangers: Poets of the New Century and Best American Poetry 1998. His recent poems appear in Kenyon Review, Quarterly West, American Poetry Review, New England Review and Virginia Quarterly Review. Powell has taught at Columbia University, the University of Iowa’s Iowa Writers’ Workshop and New England College. A former Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Poetry at Harvard University, he now teaches full-time in the English Department at University of San Francisco.

Dec 12: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8:00 p.m..  Cyrus Cassells. Cyrus Cassells is the author of four acclaimed books of poetry: The Mud Actor, Soul Make a Path through Shouting, Beautiful Signor, and More Than Peace and Cypresses. His fifth book, The Crossed-Out Swastika, and a translation manuscript, Still Life with Children: Selected Poems of Francesc Parcerisas, are forthcoming. Among his honors are a Lannan Literary Award, a William Carlos Williams Award, a Pushcart Prize, two NEA grants, and a Lambda Literary Award. He is a tenured Professor of English at Texas State University-San Marcos and has served on the faculty of Cave Canem, the African American Poets Workshop. He divides his time between Austin, New York City, and Paris, and works on occasion in Barcelona as a translator of Catalan poetry.

  • Again, if you become aware of an event that isn’t posted above, please let me know. My apologies if I have left off anything of importance to any of you, but it can always be corrected in the next Vermont Poetry Newsletter.

La poesía
es la ruptura instantánea
instantáneamente cicatrizada
abierta de nuevo
por la mirada de los otros

Poetry
is a sudden rupture
suddenly healed
and torn open again
by the glances of the others

Octavio Paz

“One of the obligations of the writer, and
perhaps especially of the poet, is
to say or sing all that he or she can,
to deal with as much of the world as
becomes possible to him or her in language.”

Denise Levertov

Your fellow Poet,

Ron Lewis

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