[The Vermont Poetry Newsletter is not issued by me but by Ron Lewis, by whose permission I post this.]
Vermont Poetry Newsletter
Your Poetry & Spoken Word Gateway in the Green Mountain State
April 1, 2009
- Newsletter Editor’s Note/Notes to Otter Creek Poets
- Writing Assignments/Suggestions/Exercises/Prompts
- Poem-a-Day, Knopf Style
- 30 Poets/30 Days, Kids’ Style
- Manchester Writers’ Weekend
- Literary Publishing Program – Emerson College
- Burlington Poetry Journal – Mud Season 2009 Issue
- Red Hen Reading
- Burlington Poetry Journal – Seven Days Article
- Great River Arts Institute Writing Programs
- “poet.” T-Shirt
- April 18th Poetry Party!
- Collected Poets Series
- Did You Know? Children’s Literacy Foundation
- Ponderings – Writing as Refuge
- Poetry Quote (Gustave Flaubert)
- US Poets Laureate List
- Failbetter Poem
- Linebreak Poem
- Copper Canyon Press Poem
- American Life in Poetry Poem
- Vermont Poets Past and Present Project
- Vermont Poet Laureates
- Contact Info for Publisher of VPN: Ron Lewis
- Vermont Literary Journals
- Vermont State Poetry Society
- Writer’s Prompts Anyone?
- Year-Round Poetry Workshops in Vermont
- Other Poetry Workshops in Vermont
- Year-Round Poetry Writing Centers in Vermont
- Poetry Event Calendar
- 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.
Dear Friends of Poetry:
National Poetry Month is finally here! This is the month that generally receives the most interesting of events, so I haven’t had to dig as deeply as I usually do in finding the excitement of poetry happenings around the state. Be sure to take in the smell of spring, the smell of words tumbling from every corner of the state. If April 09 is anything close to what April 08 was, you should all be in for some pleasant surprises.
The first April surprise for me was that the Rutland Co-op and I have parted ways, leaving me more time to get my poetry life on track, I suppose. All I can say about that month’s worth of experiences, including a burglary, is that I wish the next General Manager the best of luck, because they’ll definitely need it! Working 55 hours a week was going to kill me anyway, so it’s best I’m no longer there, answering to a dozen Board members and a dozen employees, 2 of which I can only guess had it in for me. When you walk in, 1st day mind you, and you hear your bookkeeper say to you, “Oh you’re that hotshot accountant that wants to be a general manager!,” then you know you’re in trouble. And the relationship went downhill, if that’s possible, from there!
THIS WEEK’S WRITING ASSIGNMENT/SUGGESTION/EXERCISE:
Epistolary Poetry. Writer John McPhee has said that every one of his books began with the phrase “Dear Mother” – although those words do not actually appear in the books. Letter writing reframes us, puts us into a different part of our writerly brains. In letters often we can or may say what we cannot say otherwise. Letters can be chatty, or seductive, or loving, or angry, or deceptive.
Assignment: Write an epistolary poem, a poem in the form of a letter, or an exchange of letters.
LAST WEEK’S WRITING ASSIGNMENT/SUGGESTION/EXERCISE:
Believe it or not, your assignment is to write one poem about every human being you have ever met. (This may require two weeks. Extensions will be granted.)
Poem-a-Day, Knopf Style, Dedicated for 2009 to John Updike
Check out the Knopf site (http://poem-a-day.knopfdoubleday.com/) for a poem each day during National Poetry Month, starting a few hours early with today’s offering of “Half Moon, Small Cloud” from John Updike. Sign up on the site to have each day’s poem sent to you via e-mail!
30 Poets/30 Days — Kids’ Style
Check out the blog of Gregory K. Pincus, GottaBook, where there will be a previously unpublished poem aired on each day of April from the top folks in children’s poetry. The series starts with one from Jack Prelutsky on April 1. I’m expecting some memorable poems, as well as plenty of giggles and gasps.
Manchester and the Mountains 2nd Annual Emerging Poets and Writers Weekend
April 24 – 26, 2009
A note from Clemma Dawsen, board member of The Greater Manchester Arts Council, and co-founder of The Annual Manchester and the Mountains Poets and Writers Weekend: A couple of winters ago I called Jay Hathaway, executive director of The Manchester and the Mountains Chamber of Commerce, and asked what he thought of forming an arts council to serve our community. Turns out, the idea had been on Jay’s mind for quite some time. And so it was that the Greater Manchester Arts Council—GMAC–came into being, with Beth Meachem as president of the board. As a writer, my own interest in an arts council was support for the founding of a yearly literary festival. As president, Beth turned out to be not only a mover and shaker, but a visionary as well. While others cautioned us to wait a year, Beth was willing to go forward with just a few weeks of planning. Together, we envisioned a small, high quality weekend of classes, readings, panels and events with an emphasis on new work, small house publishing and the writer’s craft. We hoped as well to enliven the business community at a slow time of year. We geared our offerings towards unknown or unpublished writers, and had as our theme, The Emerging Writer. The First Annual Manchester and the Mountains Poets and Writers Weekend was launched in April of 2008.We were astounded by our success. We are indebted to our local businesses, as well as the well-known poets, writers, agents and publishers, who loved our ideas and helped us get started. Their support inspired others to join us this year in offering our second annual weekend, appropriately titled, Building Momentum. Special thanks to writer Gretel Ehrlich, author of many books including Islands, The Universe, Home and The Solace of Open Spaces for her endless good humor and invaluable advice.
Click Here for Details
The Rice House and Old Forge
Located Directly Behind Ye Olde Tavern
Main Street, Historic Route 7A, Manchester Center, Vt
Certificate in Literary Publishing
[Extract] Have you been thinking or dreaming about starting your own literary magazine, or founding a press to publish books? Do you have a vision of what works you would like to bring to life? Or would you like to work for a literary magazine or small press? The Department of Professional Studies and Special Programs at Emerson College offers the Literary Publishing Program, which is open to poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and individuals who would like to learn the publishing skills needed to start and run their own literary magazines or their own book publishing ventures, or work for a larger literary publishing enterprise. The program in Literary Publishing is held as a two-week intensive during Emerson College’s May intersession (5/11-5/22). Outside of classroom instruction, participants will work on a business plan on their press or magazine. Participants who complete the intensive and submit a rough business plan for their literary magazine or press will earn the Literary Publishing Certificate. This program is non-credit. This non-credit program provides five two-day modules and a half-day panel designed to give the basics in starting and running a literary magazine or small press, giving those enrolled a way to avoid common, and costly, mistakes…
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Burlington Poetry Journal
Mud Season Issue 2009
On Mar 3, 2009, at 10:15 PM, Editors wrote:
The Mud Season issue of the Burlington Poetry Journal is out. Copies are in the usual Burlington locations now: Uncommon Grounds, Muddy Waters, and Radio Bean. We’ll be making runs to other locations, including Montpelier and Middlebury, later this week and will e-mail exact locations when we know them. We hope that you enjoy this issue. Thanks again to each one of you.
Burlington Poetry Journal
- PUBLISHER’S NOTE (RON): Congratulations to the rather exclusive list of poets who made it into this little lit journal. These poets include Crow Cohen, Jesse Wide (2 poems), Emily Eschener, Caylin Capra-Thomas (2 poems), J.L. McCoy, Johanna Hiller, Ann Day, Suzanne Lunden, Elizabeth Melcher, Sarah Carpenter, Heather Tuck, David Weinstock, Ben Aleshire, Mike Wheeler, Ray Hudson (2 poems), and even Ron Lewis (me!)
National Poetry Month: April
Celebrate with Us at the Red Hen Bakery & Café
Sunday, April 26, 7:00 pm
Middlesex Village, off of Route 2
Come and read poetry — your own or your favorites — or listen to others.
More info? Call Earline at 223-6777
An article in Seven Days:
POSTED BY MARGOT HARRISON ON JANUARY 15, 2009
[Extract] Unless you’re a poet or a hardcore poetry geek, it’s kind of hard to decide to sit down and read poetry, because it seems so removed from everyday language. But when you do, you usually find something cool — a turn of phrase you won’t forget, a snappy refrain, or just a clever way of using the space on the page…
Read more at the Burlington Poetry Journal
Great River Arts Institute 2009 Courses
Newsense Collage Poetry Lesle Lewis June 6 – 7, 2009
This will be two days of writing and sharing poems using the principles of “new sense.” We’ll make poems with collage techniques. We’ll investigate a variety of materials (subject matter and language and forms) and a variety of glues that hold a poem together. Participants will be expected to do a read a small packet of materials before the workshop weekend, to bring a poem of their own to share, and to bring an open, curious mindset.
The workshop will be led by Lesle Lewis, author of Small Boat, a collection of poetry that was awarded the 2002 Iowa Poetry Prize, and Landscapes I & II (2006). Lesle has also published in numerous journals, and she currently teaches writing at Landmark College in Vermont….
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EXPRESS YOUR LOVE OF POETRY!
For those duotrope fans, or for poets in general, duotrope has a great shirt that has the design “poet.” on the shirt face. If you’re interested, go to: http://www.zazzle.com/duotrope
THIS WEEK’S REVIEW
National Poetry Month: Calendar Alerts
Kingdom Books is hosting our annual POETRY PARTY on Saturday April 18 — full details tomorrow. Meanwhile, here’s some great news from Leah Banks and the Collected Poets Series in Shelburne Falls, MA:
PRIMER & KICK OFF FOR NATIONAL POETRY MONTH
Please come to help celebrate with these four fine fierce poets!
On Sunday, March 29th, at 7:30 pm, prizewinning poets Martha Collins, author of five books of poetry including the recent Blue Front, and Lynne Thompson, author of the poetry collection Beg No Pardon, will read from their work. This program is a Primer for National Poetry Month and sponsored by the Collected Poets Series and Mocha Maya’s.
Also, to help kick off National Poetry Month, poets Anne Marie Macari with her latest collection, She Heads Into Wilderness will read along with Carey Salerno, author of Shelter on Thursday, April 2nd, at 7:30 pm. Free. Mocha Maya’s Coffee House, 47 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370, 413-625-6292. Wheelchair accessible. See www.collectedpoets.com or www.mochamayas.com for more information.
The Collected Poets Series highlights the work of established and emerging poets. Every event showcases the remarkable local poets of Western Massachusetts and the finest regional, national, and international talent. The series is usually held every first Thursday of the month.
MORE FROM THE COLLECTED POETS 2009 SERIES
May 7 Genie Zeiger, Dorianne Laux, and Kerry O’Keefe
May 24 Maxine Kumin and Sydney Lea
June 4 Two Massachusetts Poet Laureates: Gertrude Halstead of Worcester and Lesléa Newman of Northampton
July 2 Dara Wier, Lesle Lewis, and Elizabeth Hughey
— no CPS for August and Sept.—
Oct. 1 Annie Finch and Special Guest
Nov. 5 April Ossman, Peter Waldor, and Pamela Stewart
Dec. 3 Mary Koncel and Kate Greenstreet
POSTED BY BETH KANELL; for more Blogs, go to http://kingdombks.blogspot.com
- (Beth Kanell is from Kingdom Books, which is a specialty mystery, poetry and fine press shop in Vermont. Beth Kanell, Co-Owner with her husband Dave, is a published author and regularly reviews books for the Vermont Review of Books. Kingdom Books offers mostly first editions, many signed, and often hosts author events.)
Did You Know about CLiF?
Children’s Literacy Foundation
Nurturing a love of reading and writing among children throughout New Hampshire and Vermont
The Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to nurture a love of reading and writing among children throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. Since 1998 CLiF has served more than 75,000 children in more than 320 communities across every region of the Twin States.
CLiF targets two groups of children from birth to age 12:
- Children in rural communities where resources are limited
- Children who are at high risk of growing up with low literacy skills
Through 15 free programs, CLiF serves young readers and writers who have the greatest needs including: children in shelters; children in low-income housing; children of prison inmates; refugee children; migrant children; children from low-income families; children in Head Start; children in communities undergoing severe economic challenges; and many other at-risk youth.
CLiF does not receive any state or federal funds. Our programs are supported entirely by donations from individuals, companies, foundations, and social organizations. We hope you will support CLiF’s important work. Thank you!
Since 1998, CLiF has touched the lives of 75,000 children in 312 towns across New Hampshire and Vermont. CLiF provides sponsorships to rural public libraries as well as to children served by homeless shelters, women’s shelters, low-income housing, and bookmobiles. CLiF works with children’s book authors and illustrators to provide presentations to children in rural areas. We send writer-in-residence to elementary schools, award Rainy Day sponsorships to towns facing severe economic challenges, and provide new books and literacy support to children of prison inmates, migrant children, refugee children, children in poverty, Head Start children, daycare children and families with newborns.
WRITING AS REFUGE, ART AS STORY
In this two-hour drop-in session, we’ll explore art and writing that reduces stress. Using simple exercises, we will draw and write stories that carry us through the challenges of healing, and share them.
No writing or art experience necessary!
Free and open to all those touched by cancer or chronic illness.
Tuesdays, 10 am-12 noon
Frymoyer Community Resource Center
Main Floor, Fletcher Allen HealthCare, 847-8821
Wednesdays, 10 am-12 noon
237 East Avenue, Burlington, 658-0649
MARCH 10-APRIL 28
(No classes 3/18, 3/24-25, 4/7-8)
Patricia Fontaine has taught expressive art and writing course for many years. With Masters in Counseling Psychology and Transformative Language Arts, she loves this work. She survives a medley of cancers.
Please try 985-5691 or email@example.com if you have questions.
Language is a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity.
Poetry Quote by Gustave Flaubert
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 Williams Appointed 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-Present
The Last Ever Ventriloquist Poem
Mark DeCarteret for Charles Simic
[Extract] He hated those openings so much
usually sat slumped in his dressing room
throwing his voice at the black sock called Beast
while a red light forewarned him of the hour…
Linebreak is an online journal with a bias for good poetry. Here is a poem from their web site this week:
This week’s poem from Linebreak
by Christina Olson
[Extract] Already what I knew to be true
is all tenses: has changed, is changing,
will change. No more planet
Pluto. Welcome Nunavut….
Here’s a poem from Copper Canyon Press, in its “Reading Room” (http://www.coppercanyonpress.org/).
[Extract] For last night, in your faded photograph album of a voice,
you sang us both to sleep.
Then I scratched your back for you
this morning, slowly, listening to your little grunts…
American Life in Poetry: Column 208
BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE, 2004-2006
To have a helpful companion as you travel through life is a marvelous gift. This poem by Gerald Fleming, a long-time teacher in the San Francisco public schools, celebrates just such a relationship.
You’re worried, so you wake her
& you talk into the dark:
Do you think I have cancer, you
say, or Were there worms
in that meat…
American Life in Poetry: Column 209
BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE, 2004-2006
I’ve gotten to the age at which I am starting to strain to hear things, but I am glad to have gotten to that age, all the same. Here’s a fine poem by Miller Williams of Arkansas that gets inside a person who is losing her hearing.
[Extract] No matter how she tilts her head to hear
she sees the irritation in their eyes.
She knows how they can read a small rejection,
a little judgment, in every What did you say?…
American Life in Poetry: Column 210
BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE, 2004-2006
My father was the manager of a store in which chairs were strategically placed for those dutiful souls waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting for shoppers. Such patience is the most exhausting work there is, or so it seems at the time. This poem by Joseph O. Legaspi perfectly captures one of those scenes.
The gowns and dresses hang
like fleece in their glaring
the ruffled matrimonial love in which the brides…
KEEP PAST VERMONT POETS ALIVE! I’M SOLICITING YOUR HELP:
POETS OF VERMONT PAST AND PRESENT PROJECT
I’m looking for a copy of:
1) The Literature of Vermont: A Sampler – FOUND!
2) Poets and Poetry of Vermont, by Abby Maria Hemenway, 1858
3) “Driftwood,” a poetry magazine begun in 1926 by Walter John Coates
- If you have any books of poetry, chapbooks, or just poems written by Vermont poets, dating 1980 and earlier, famous or not, I’d like to know about them. I’m beginning a project that deals strictly with Vermont poets, from Vermont’s past, with summaries of the poets themselves, a portrait photo or drawing of the poet, along with a small sampling of poems. If you think you can help, you probably can! Please contact me by replying to this newsletter.
VERMONT POET LAUREATES
1) Robert Frost – 1961
2) Galway Kinnell
3) Louis Glück
4) Ellen Bryant Voigt
5) Grace Paley
6) Ruth Stone
If you ever have a need to contact me, here’s how to go about doing so:
Home: 1211 Forest Dale Road, Brandon, VT 05733
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
95 North Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401
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
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
Middlebury, VT 05753
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
5) Burlington Poetry Journal
A low-tech literary journal of only 20 pages, but it seems to be gaining speed and popularity. You can find it free at small cafés, etc.
VERMONT 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.
Membership in PSOV Benefits:
- 2 luncheon/ workshops a year where a professional poet critiques your poems
- one hands- on writing workshop and reading under the direction of a professional poet
- the opportunity to enter contests judged by professional poets and to win awards
- fellowship with appreciative readers and writers of poetry
- opportunity for publication in the PSOV chapbook, The Mountain Troubadour
- opportunity for publication in upcoming anniversary anthology
How to join:
mail dues of $20.00 to
P.O. Box 1215
Waitsfield, VT 05673
include your name, mailing address, telephone, and e-mail address for Membership List
memberships are renewed by January 1 of each year
The PSOV has 2 current books available for sale:
1) The Mountain Troubadour – 2008 – Curl up with 44 pages of interesting, award-winning poetry from a wonderful group of poets. This book is only $8 (+$1 to mail). To get yourself a copy, call or write to Betty Gaechter, 134 Hitzel Terrace, Rutland, VT 05701, 773-8679. This little booklet may be just the thing to get you involved with the PSOV for a lifetime of friendships.
2) Brighten the Barn – 60th Anniversary Anthology – 1947-2007 – An Anthology of Poems by Members of the Poetry Society of Vermont. 99 pages of quality poetry; that’s a lot of beautiful poetry for only $12. If you get it through me (Ron Lewis), it’s only $12. If you want it shipped to you, the PSOV wants an extra amount to cover tax and shipping ($0.72 + $3.00). This book retails for $15, but a reduced price is now in play to unload the few remaining copies.
WRITER’S PROMPTS, ANYONE?
Looking for more writer’s prompts? Go to The Young Writers Project web site: http://youngwritersproject.org/node/17417
YEAR-ROUND POETRY WORKSHOPS IN VERMONT
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 (9:30-12:30 I believe)- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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.
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.
This group meets on the first Sunday of every month at the Norwich Library, 6:30 p.m.
The Wayside Poets share their poetry publicly from time to time. They meet at the Cutler Memorial Library, 151 High Street, Plainfield. Members include Diane Swan, Sherry Olson, Carol Henrikson and Sarah Hooker. You can contact them through Sherry Olson at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 454-8026.
There is another poetry workshop happening in Stowe, but unfortunately I know nothing much about this group. If you do, contact me!
The Mad River Poets consists of a handful of poets from the Route 100 corridor. More on this group in the future.
OTHER POETRY WORKSHOPS IN VERMONT
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.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION
Thinking Like a Poetry Editor: How to Be Your Own Best Critic – Note: Course is Filled!
(“The Ossmann Method” Poetry Workshop – Crash Course)
Instructor: April Ossmann (author of Anxious Music, Four Way Books, 2007, writing, editing and publishing consultant, and former Executive Director of Alice James Books)
The Writer’s Center
58 Main Street, White River Junction, Vermont
1pm – 3:30pm, Saturday, March 14th OR Saturday, April 11th
$45 (for each workshop date–you may attend one or both)
Learn how to think like a poetry editor! In this workshop we’ll turn the usual workshop model on its head and not only allow the poet being critiqued to speak, but to speak first and critique their own poem, discussing correlations between the criticisms s/he has for other participants’ poems and her/his own before group discussion begins. This will offer a taste of what it means to be both poet and poetry editor, a position in which it becomes easier to objectively assess your own work; to spot dull vs. energetic syntax, generic vs. original imagery and other strengths and weaknesses you may have overlooked. It also empowers the poet in the process, and engenders an unusually positive and congenial workshop atmosphere. Participants are invited to send two poems (no more than two pages total) prior to the workshop and will be provided with preparation instructions. We will address one or both poems in the class (depending on time constraints/number of participants). Participants will receive written editorial suggestions for both poems from the instructor.
The following event has already happened, but I’ve listed it here because it will probably be held again in 2010.
The Ossmann Method Poetry Workshop: Building Your Tool Kit
Instructor: April Ossmann
The Writer’s Center, 58 North Main Street, White River Jct., VT 05001
Sundays, 8 weeks, January 18th – March 8th (2009)
2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Build or improve your poetic techniques tool kit and learn how to think like a poetry editor! In this workshop we’ll turn the usual workshop model on its head and not only allow the poet being critiqued to speak, but to speak first and critique their own poem, discussing correlations between the criticisms s/he has for other participants’ poems and her/his own before group discussion begins. This will offer a taste of what it means to be both poet and poetry editor, a position in which it becomes easier to objectively assess your own work; to spot dull vs. energetic syntax, generic vs. original imagery and other strengths and weaknesses you may have overlooked. It also empowers the poet in the process, and engenders an unusually positive and congenial workshop atmosphere. This workshop will be both critical and generative, so I will assign reading and generative exercises meant to teach or improve writing skills. Pre-registration required; enrollment limited to 8 (minimum enrollment for the course to proceed is 4). Info: (802) 333-9597 or email@example.com and www.aprilossmann.com
- Note: If you know of any others, or have personal information about the workshop in Stowe and Guilford, please send me that information. I realize that there are several smaller groups or workshops around the state. However, because of their intimacy, they are not posted above, allowing them to offer “memberships” to close friends or acquaintances that they feel would be most appropriate.
YEAR-ROUND POETRY WRITING CENTERS IN VERMONT
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/.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Wed, Apr 1: Monkey House, 30 Main Street, Winooski, 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Poetry Reading. A new place for poets to read and hear new work. This is a continuing series happening on alternate Wednesdays.
Thu, Apr 2: Ilsley Library, 75 Main Street, Middlebury, 1:00 p.m. Marta Finch reads from her soon-to-be published translations of French trobaritz (female troubadour) Pernette du Guillet.
Thu, Apr 2: Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street, Montpelier, 7:00 p.m. James Facos. In honor of National Poetry month, Vermont author, playwright and award-winning poet James Facos will give a reading of his work. For info, 223-3338, email@example.com.
Thu, Apr 2: Parima, 185 Pearl Street, Burlington, 8:45 p.m. -10:00 p.m. Poetry Jam. This is a continuing series, happening on alternate Thursdays.
Thu, Apr 2: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, exact time not yet determined. Poet Rosanna Warren to read. Rosanna Warren was born in Connecticut in 1953. She was educated at Yale (BA 1976) and Johns Hopkins (MA 1980). She 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, Lamont Poetry Award from the Academy of American Poets), and Departure (Norton, 2003). 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. 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 is Emma MacLachlan Metcalf Professor of the Humanities at Boston University.
Fri, Apr 3: Misty Valley Books, On The Green, Chester, 7:00 p.m. Celebrate Poetry Month with Two Celebrated Poets: Wendy Mnookin and Baron Wormser. In her book, The Moon Makes It’s Own Plea, Mnookin explores the idea of self and how that self is strengthened and abraded by relationships. Anchored in everyday life, the narrative is fluid and the poems coalesce around the condition of mortality. Her poems probe this question with bravado, defiance, fear, anger, humor and hope. Mnookin graduated from Radcliffe College and the Vermont College MFA Program. She lives in Newton, Massachusetts. For info, 875-3400.
Sun, Apr 5: Plymouth State University, Smith Recital Hall, Johnson, NH, 7:00 p.m. Poet Wesley McNair. 2008 – 2009 Eagle Pond Author’s Series. Wesley McNair is the recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller, Fulbright, and Guggenheim Foundations and a United States Artists Fellowship to “America’s finest living artists.” Other honors include the Robert Frost Prize; the Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry (for Fire); the Theodore Roethke prize from Poetry Northwest; the Pushcart Prize and the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal. McNair is currently Professor Emeritus and Writer in Residence at the University of Maine at Farmington. Free. (603) 535-5000 to reserve spaces.
Tue, Apr 7: Aldrich Library, Milne Community Room, 7:00 p.m. Poets at the Aldrich. Paul Paparella, educator, world traveler – On Waking Up All Over the World. For info, 476-7550, www.aldrich.lib.vt.us.
Wed, Apr 8: Middlebury College, Axinn Center Abernathy Room, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Reading by Major Jackson. Sponsored by Creative Writing Program, The Office for Institutional Planning and Diversity and The Academic Enrichment Fund. For info, 443-5276.
Thu, Apr 9: Ilsley Library, 75 Main Street, Middlebury, 1:00 p.m. Jay Parini reads poems and discusses his book Why Poetry Matters.
Sat, Apr 11: Village Square Booksellers, 32 The Square, Bellows Falls, In the Café, 2:00p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Open Mic River Voices Poetry Reading on the second Saturday of each month. The session is open mic, with individuals reading their own poetry or poems from their favorite poet. Listeners are welcome to attend. Light refreshments are served. To reserve a place at the table, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (802) 463-9404.
Tue, Apr 14: Bear Pond Books, 77 Main Street, Montpelier, 7:00 p.m. 12th Annual Open Poetry. Yes, we have been doing this for twelve years, and the event never fails to draw a lively crowd of bards. You do need to sign up, and you do need to limit your poetry to five minutes. Sign up by phone (802) 229-0774 or come into the store and put your name on the list.
Tue, Apr 14: Aldrich Library, Milne Community Room, 7:00 p.m. Poets at the Aldrich. Granite City Poets. Poets of Barre: Pat Belding, Diane Swan and friends. Welcome Spring! For info, 476-7550, http://www.aldrich.lib.vt.us.
Tue, Apr 14: Bear Pond Books, 77 Main Street, Montpelier, 7:00 p.m. 12th Annual Open Poetry Reading. Yes, we have been doing this for twelve years, and the event never fails to draw a lively crowd of bards. You do need to sign up, and you do need to limit your poetry to five minutes. Sign up by phone (802) 229-0774 or come into the store and put your name on the list.
Wed, Apr 15: Vermont Humanities Council, 11 Loomis Street, Montpelier, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Robert Frost’s poetry is known, among other things, for its ability to evoke the seasons of New England in all their complexity. Join Peter Gilbert, the Vermont Humanities Council’s executive director and the executor of Frost’s estate, in reading and discussing some of Frost’s spring poems. Participants are invited to either read the poems in advance or upon arriving. Refreshments served. RSVPs are encouraged at 802.262.2626 x307. Walk-ins welcome.
Wed, Apr 15: Monkey House, 30 Main Street, Winooski, 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Poetry Reading. A new place for poets to read and hear new work. This is a continuing series happening on alternate Wednesdays.
Thu, Apr 16: Ilsley Library, 75 Main Street, Middlebury, 1:00 p.m. Tom Smith reads poems from Cow’Sleap: A Nightbook.
Thu, Apr 16: Parima, 185 Pearl Street, Burlington, 8:45 p.m. -10:00 p.m. Poetry Jam. This is a continuing series, happening on alternate Thursdays.
Fri, Apr 17: Carol’s Hungry Mind Café, 24 Merchant’s Row, Middlebury, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Burlington Poetry Journal is hosting a poetry reading. Support independent art–come and read your poetry!
Sat, Apr 18: Cutler Memorial Library, 151 High Street, Plainfield, 11:00 a.m. Poetry Morning. Poems with Phyllis Larabee. For info, Mary Wheeler, Librarian, email@example.com, 454-8504.
Sat, Apr 18: Kingdom Books, 283 East Village Road, Waterford, 11:00 a.m. Poetry Party. Award-Winning Poet Laura Davies Foley Salutes National Poetry Month. April is National Poetry Month, when lilacs begin to blossom and mud season finally dries up and vanishes.
At Kingdom Books, award-winning New Hampshire poet Laura Davies Foley will read her work for the annual Poetry Party, on Saturday April 18, starting at 11 a.m. Introducing Foley will be Vermont poet and editor of poetry April Ossmann.
Foley is the author of two books of poetry: “Syringa” and “Mapping the Fourth Dimension.” She lives and writes on the wide banks of the Connecticut River in Cornish, New Hampshire, and was recently awarded the grand prize in the “Atlanta Review” international poetry competition. Foley holds graduate degrees in English Literature from Columbia University. In addition, she does chaplaincy work in hospitals and prisons, and has completed a training course at the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care.
Her poems offer an acute eye for the poignant and powerful in the natural world and in ourselves. Here is the opening of “It Is Time”: “It is time to gather sticks of wood / so we can cook the sap that / we have drawn from the earth. / We will bore holes into the maple trees / collect buckets, stir the froth as it boils. / Then we’ll finish it on the stove in the barn.” From this quiet opening, Foley tests the strength of love and life, and the forces of time and aging.
April Ossmann, long the director of Alice James Books in Maine, brought her passion for teaching and editing with her in her recent relocation to Vermont. Her work in shaping poetry collections continues to connect her with New England’s poets.
After the reading, there will be time for questions and discussion, and light refreshments will be served. The event is free; books will be on hand for purchase. Kingdom Books is a poetry and mystery specialty shop at 283 East Village Road, Waterford, Vermont.
Mon, Apr 20: Sherburne Memorial Library, River Road, Killington, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Spring Gathering of Poets. The Killington Arts Guild presents its annual reading of friends of the Arts Guild. Jeff Bender will lead the group. Readers may recite their own poetry of that of others. “Poetry in Your Pocket” (very short poem) invited. Listeners welcomed! Open to the public. Refreshments served. Call to inquire or register at 422-3824.
Mon, Apr 20: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, exact time not yet determined. Poet Eric Pankey to read. Eric Pankey is the author of six books of poetry: Reliquaries, Cenotaph, The Late Romances, Apocrypha, Heartwood and For the New Year. Among his awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, a NEA Fellowship, the Academy of American Poets’ Walt Whitman Award, and an Ingram Merrill Grant. His work has appeared in many journals, including Partisan Review, The New Yorker, Triquarterly, DoubleTake and The New England Review. He teaches at George Mason University and lives in Fairfax, Virginia.
Tue, Apr 21: Aldrich Library, Milne Community Room, 7:00 p.m. Poets at the Aldrich. Pete Sutherland, poet, musician, songwriter – The Wilderness Road. For info, 476-7550, http://www.aldrich.lib.vt.us.
Thu, Apr 23: Ilsley Library, 75 Main Street, Middlebury, 12:00 p.m – 3:30 p.m. David Weinstock leads a creative writing marathon. Bring brown-bag lunch, pen and paper, or your laptop.
Thu, Apr 23: Middlebury College, Robert A. Jones ’59 Conference Room, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. A talk by Adina Hoffman, on her new book, My Happiness Bears no Relation to Happiness: Poet Taha Muhammad Ali and the Palestinian Century, (Yale University Press), the first biography of a Palestinian poet, and the first portrayal of Palestinian literature and culture in the 20th Century. Sponsored by the Program in Jewish Studies, Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and the Middle East Studies Program. For info, 443-5151, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sat, Apr 25: Village Square Booksellers, 32 The Square, Bellows Falls, In the Café, 2:00p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Open Mic River Voices Poetry Reading on the second Saturday of each month. The session is open mic, with individuals reading their own poetry or poems from their favorite poet. Listeners are welcome to attend. Light refreshments are served. To reserve a place at the table, e-mail email@example.com or call (802) 463-9404.
Sun, Apr 26: Red Hen Bakery & Café, Middlesex Village, Route 2, 7:00 p.m. Poetry Reading. Come and read poetry – your own or your favorites – or listen to others. For info, call Earline at 223-6777.
Tue, Apr 28: Aldrich Library, Milne Community Room, 7:00 p.m. Poets at the Aldrich. Patricia Belding, poet, historian. – Slide presentation, Emily Dickinson of Amherst: A Poet’s Life. For info, 476-7550, http://www.aldrich.lib.vt.us.
Wed, Apr 29: Monkey House, 30 Main Street, Winooski, 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Poetry Reading. A new place for poets to read and hear new work. This is a continuing series happening on alternate Wednesdays.
Thu, Apr 30: Ilsley Library, 75 Main Street, Middlebury, 1:00 p.m. Stephen Donadio talks about editing the New England Review and the role of literary journals.
Thu, Apr 30: Parima, 185 Pearl Street, Burlington, 8:45 p.m. -10:00 p.m. Poetry Jam. This is a continuing series, happening on alternate Thursdays.
Thu, Apr 30: Borders Bookstore, Church Street, Burlington, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. PSOV POETRY READING. If you’re a member of the PSOV, then you’re invited to read. Please contact Yvette Mason at (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are wishing to read. Also, if you have books that have been published and the contact at Borders can order some from your publisher, let Yvette know ASAP as they need turn-around time to make sure they can get books IN THE STORE in time. Note to PSOV members: you are not allowed to SELL your own books, but you can have a display.
Wed, May 6: Shoreham Historical Society, Shoreham. David Weinstock, Director of the Otter Creek Poets, will be reading from his collection of poetry. More details as I learn them.
Sat, May 9: Village Square Booksellers, 32 The Square, Bellows Falls, In the Café, 2:00p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Open Mic River Voices Poetry Reading on the second Saturday of each month. The session is open mic, with individuals reading their own poetry or poems from their favorite poet. Listeners are welcome to attend. Light refreshments are served. To reserve a place at the table, e-mail email@example.com or call (802) 463-9404.
Tue, May 12: The Galaxy Bookshop, 7 Mill Street, Hardwick, 7:00 p.m. Poet Jody Gladding will be at The Galaxy Bookshop to read from and sign copies of her new book, Rooms and Their Airs.Drawn from the environments of northern Vermont and the South of France, the poems in “Rooms and Their Airs” explore the interface of the human and natural worlds, further eroding that distinction with each poem. The verse here merges subject and object, often giving voice to natural phenomena — a vernal pool, a fossil, a beam of light. These poems sparkle with humor, sophisticated word play, and intellectual examination, reflecting an elegant and contagious curiosity about history, language, and the world. Linked poems give voice to garden vegetables while drawing inspiration from the archival illustrations in “The Medieval Handbook.” A mother and daughter’s trip to see France’s cave paintings uncovers living vestiges in prehistoric depictions and reaffirms the enduring nature of art. With this collection, Jody Gladding cements her reputation as the literary heir to A. R. Ammons, Gustaf Sobin, and Lorine Niedecker.
Wed, May 13: Vermont Humanities Council, 11 Loomis Street, Montpelier, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Robert Frost’s poetry is known, among other things, for its ability to evoke the seasons of New England in all their complexity. Join Peter Gilbert, the Vermont Humanities Council’s executive director and the executor of Frost’s estate, in reading and discussing some of Frost’s spring poems. Participants are invited to either read the poems in advance or upon arriving. Refreshments served. RSVPs are encouraged at 802.262.2626 x307. Walk-ins welcome.
Thu, May 14: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, exact time not yet determined. Poet Michael Harper to read. Michael S. Harper was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1938. He earned a B.A. and M.A. from what is now known as California State University, and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. He has taught at Brown since 1970. Harper has published more than 10 books of poetry, most recently Selected Poems (ARC Publications, 2002); Songlines in Michaeltree: New and Collected Poems (2000); Honorable Amendments (1995); and Healing Song for the Inner Ear (1985). A new poetry collection, Use Trouble, is forthcoming in fall 2008 from The University of Illinois Press. His other collections include Images of Kin (1977), which won the Melville-Cane Award from the Poetry Society of America and was nominated for the National Book Award; Nightmare Begins Responsibility (1975); History Is Your Heartbeat (1971), which won the Black Academy of Arts and Letters Award for poetry; and Dear John, Dear Coltrane (1970), which was nominated for the National Book Award. Harper edited the Collected Poems of Sterling A. Brown (1980); he is co-editor with Anthony Walton of The Vintage Book of African American Poetry (2000) and Every Shut Eye Ain’t Asleep: An Anthology of Poetry by African Americans Since 1945 (1994), and with Robert B. Stepto of Chant of Saints: A Gathering of Afro-American Literature, Art, and Scholarship (1979). Harper was the first poet laureate of Rhode Island (1988-1993) and has received many other honors, including a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation and a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Award. Harper is also a Phi Beta Kappa scholar, an American Academy of Arts and Sciences fellow, and the recipient of numerous distinctions, including the Robert Hayden Poetry Award from the United Negro College Fund, the Melville-Cane Award, the Claiborne Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts, and the Black Academy of Arts and Letters Award.
Mon, Jun 1: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, exact time not yet determined. Poet Eamon Grennan to read. Eamon Grennan was born in Dublin in 1941 and educated at UCD, where he studied English and Italian, and Harvard, where he received his PhD in English. His volumes of poetry include What Light There Is & Other Poems, (North Point Press, 1989), Wildly for Days (1983), What Light There Is (1987), As If It Matters (1991), So It Goes (1995), Selected and New Poems (2000) and Still Life with Waterfall (2001). His latest collection, The Quick of It, appeared in 2004 in Ireland, and in Spring 2005 in America. His books of poetry are published in the United States by Graywolf Press, and in Ireland by Gallery Press. Other publications include Leopardi: Selected Poems (Princeton 1997), and Facing the Music: Irish Poetry in the 20th Century, a collection of essays on modern Irish poetry. His poems, reviews, and essays have appeared in many magazines both in Ireland and the US. Grennan has given lectures and workshops in colleges and universities in the US, including courses for the graduate programs in Columbia and NYU. During 2002 he was the Heimbold Professor of Irish Studies at Villanova University. His grants and prizes in the United States include awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Leopardi: Selected Poems received the 1997 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, and Still Life with Waterfall was the recipient of the 2003 Lenore Marshall Award for Poetry from the American Academy of Poets. His poems have been awarded a number of Pushcart prizes. Grennan has taught since 1974 at Vassar College where he is the Dexter M. Ferry Jr. Professor of English.
Wed, Jun 10: Vermont Humanities Council, 11 Loomis Street, Montpelier, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Robert Frost’s poetry is known, among other things, for its ability to evoke the seasons of New England in all their complexity. Join Peter Gilbert, the Vermont Humanities Council’s executive director and the executor of Frost’s estate, in reading and discussing some of Frost’s spring poems. Participants are invited to either read the poems in advance or upon arriving. Refreshments served. RSVPs are encouraged at 802.262.2626 x307. Walk-ins welcome.
Sat, Jun 13: Village Square Booksellers, 32 The Square, Bellows Falls, In the Café, 2:00p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Open Mic River Voices Poetry Reading on the second Saturday of each month. The session is open mic, with individuals reading their own poetry or poems from their favorite poet. Listeners are welcome to attend. Light refreshments are served. To reserve a place at the table, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (802) 463-9404.
Thu, Jul 9: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, exact time not yet determined. Poet Michael Ryan to read. Michael Ryan has published three collections of poetry, including In Winter, Threats Instead of Trees, has been a finalist for the National Book Award, and God Hunger, as well as A Difficult Grace: On Poets, Poetry, and Writing, and the memoir Secret Life. His work has appeared in Antaeus, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, New Republic, and elsewhere. Ryan has been honored by the Lenore Marshall Prize, a Whiting Writers Award, the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, and a Guggenheim. Ryan is Professor of English and Creative Writing at UC, Irvine.
Sat, Jul 11: Village Square Booksellers, 32 The Square, Bellows Falls, In the Café, 2:00p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Open Mic River Voices Poetry Reading on the second Saturday of each month. The session is open mic, with individuals reading their own poetry or poems from their favorite poet. Listeners are welcome to attend. Light refreshments are served. To reserve a place at the table, e-mail email@example.com or call (802) 463-9404.
Mon, Jul 27: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, exact time not yet determined. Poet Doreen Gilroy to read. Doreen Gilroy’s first book, The Little Field of Self (The University of Chicago Press, 2002), won the John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares. Her second book, Human Love, was published by the University of Chicago Press in October 2005. Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Slate, TriQuarterly and many other magazines.
Sat, Aug 8: Village Square Booksellers, 32 The Square, Bellows Falls, In the Café, 2:00p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Open Mic River Voices Poetry Reading on the second Saturday of each month. The session is open mic, with individuals reading their own poetry or poems from their favorite poet. Listeners are welcome to attend. Light refreshments are served. To reserve a place at the table, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (802) 463-9404.
Mon, Aug 17: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, exact time not yet determined. Poet Cole Swensen to read. Cole Swensen is the Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Denver. She is the author of five collections of poems, including Try (University of Iowa Press, 1999), winner of the 1998 Poetry Prize; Noon (Sun and Moon Press, 1997), which won a New American Writing Award; and Numen (Burning Deck Press, 1995) which was nominated for the PEN West Award in Poetry. Her translations include Art Poetic’ by Olivier Cadiot (Sun & Moon Press, Green Integer Series, 1999) and Natural Gaits by Pierre Alferi (Sun & Moon, 1995). She splits her time among Denver, San Francisco and Paris.
Thu, Sep 3: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, exact time not yet determined. Poet Marge Piercy to read. Marge Piercy has published 17 books of poetry, including What Are Big Girls Made Of, Colors Passing Through Us, and most recently her 17th volume, The Crooked Inheiritance, all from Knopf. She has written 17 novels, most recently SEX WARS in Perennial paperback now. Her memoir Sleeping With Cats is also in Harper Collins Perennial. Last spring, Schocken published Pesach for the Rest of Us. Her work has been translated into 16 languages. Her CD Louder We Can’t Hear You Yet contains her political and feminist poems. She has been an editor of Leapfrog Press for the last ten years and also poetry editor of Lilith.
Sat, Sep 12: Village Square Booksellers, 32 The Square, Bellows Falls, In the Café, 2:00p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Open Mic River Voices Poetry Reading on the second Saturday of each month. The session is open mic, with individuals reading their own poetry or poems from their favorite poet. Listeners are welcome to attend. Light refreshments are served. To reserve a place at the table, e-mail email@example.com or call (802) 463-9404.
Thu, Oct 1: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, exact time not yet determined. Poet Pattiann Rogers to read. Pattiann Rogers has published ten books of poetry, a book-length essay, The Dream of the Marsh Wren, and A Covenant of Seasons, poems and monotypes, in collaboration with the artist Joellyn Duesberry. Her 11th book of poetry, Wayfare, will appear from Penguin in April, 2008. Rogers is the recipient of two NEA Grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2005 Literary Award in Poetry from the Lannan Foundation, and five Pushcart Prizes. In the spring of 2000 she was in residence at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy. Her papers are archived in the Sowell Family Collection of Literature, Community and the Natural World at Texas Tech University. She has taught as a visiting professor at various universities, including the Universities of Texas, Arkansas, and Montana, Houston University, and Washingon University. She is currently on the faculty of Pacific University’s MFA in Writing Program. Rogers has two sons and three grandsons and lives with her husband in Colorado.
Sat, Oct 10: Village Square Booksellers, 32 The Square, Bellows Falls, In the Café, 2:00p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Open Mic River Voices Poetry Reading on the second Saturday of each month. The session is open mic, with individuals reading their own poetry or poems from their favorite poet. Listeners are welcome to attend. Light refreshments are served. To reserve a place at the table, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (802) 463-9404.
Tue, Oct 20: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, exact time not yet determined. Poet Major Jackson to read. “Jackson knows the truth of black magic. It is a magic as simple as the belief in humanity that subverts racism, or the esoteric and mystical magic of making jazz, the music of hope and love.” —Aafa Weaver. Major Jackson is the author of two collections of poetry, Hoops (Norton: 2006), a finalist for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature-Poetry. and Leaving Saturn (University of Georgia: 2002), winner of the 2000 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award. Poems by Major Jackson have appeared in the American Poetry Review, Boulevard, Callaloo, Post Road, Triquarterly, The New Yorker, among other literary journals and anthologies. He is a recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and has been honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress. He has received critical attention in The Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Parnassus, Philadelphia Inquirer, and on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Jackson is an Associate Professor of English at University of Vermont and a faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars. In 2006-2007, he was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.
Sat, Nov 14: Village Square Booksellers, 32 The Square, Bellows Falls, In the Café, 2:00p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Open Mic River Voices Poetry Reading on the second Saturday of each month. The session is open mic, with individuals reading their own poetry or poems from their favorite poet. Listeners are welcome to attend. Light refreshments are served. To reserve a place at the table, e-mail email@example.com or call (802) 463-9404.
Tue, Nov 17: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, exact time not yet determined. Poet Sebastian Matthews to read. Sebastian Matthews is the author of the poetry collection We Generous (Red Hen Press) and a memoir, In My Father’s Footsteps (W. W. Norton). He co-edited, with Stanley Plumly, Search Party: Collected Poem s of William Matthews. Matthews teaches at Warren Wilson College and serves on the faculty at Queens College Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing. His poetry and prose has appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Georgia Review, New England, Review, Poetry Daily, Poets & Writers, Seneca Review, The Sun, Tin House, Virginia Quarterly Review and The Writer’s Almanac, among others. Matthews co-edits Rivendell, a place-based literary journal, and serves as poetry consultant for Ecotone:
Sat, Dec 12: Village Square Booksellers, 32 The Square, Bellows Falls, In the Café, 2:00p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Open Mic River Voices Poetry Reading on the second Saturday of each month. The session is open mic, with individuals reading their own poetry or poems from their favorite poet. Listeners are welcome to attend. Light refreshments are served. To reserve a place at the table, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (802) 463-9404.
Mon, Feb 22: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, exact time not yet determined. Poet David Shapiro to read. David Shapiro (born January 2, 1947) is an American poet, literary critic, and art historian and . Shapiro has written some twenty volumes of poetry, literary, and art criticism. He was first published at the age of thirteen, and his first book was published at the age of eighteen. Shapiro has taught at Columbia, Bard College, Cooper Union, Princeton University, and William Paterson University. He wrote the first monograph on John Ashbery, the first book on Jim Dine’s paintings, the first book on Piet Mondrian’s flower studies, and the first book on Jasper Johns’ drawings. He has translated Rafael Alberti’s poems on Pablo Picasso, and the writings of the Sonia and Robert Delaunay. Shapiro has won National Endowment for the HumanitiesNational Endowment for the Arts fellowships, been nominated for a National Book Award, and been the recipient of numerous grants for his work. Shapiro lives in Riverdale, The Bronx, New York City, with his wife and son.
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.
our finitude as human beings
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