Vermont Poetry Newsletter • May 15 2010

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Vermont Poetry Newsletter

Your Poetry & Spoken Word Gateway in the Green Mountain State
May 12, 2010 (Previous issue: 04/20) – In This Issue:

  1. About VPN/How To Print
  2. Newsletter Editor’s Note
  3. Writing Assignment/Suggestion/Exercise/Prompt
  4. One in 8,700: Leonard Gibbs
  5. Hunter, Fargnoli & Mayo reading: RSVP!
  6. Burlington Poetry Journal: Mud Season Issue Available
  7. Angela Patten’s Writing Memoir Course
  8. Joni Cole’s Workshops
  9. April Ossmann’s Workshop
  10. Poetry Advice Column: How can you be a poet every day?
  11. Haijinx: The Quarterly is back!
  12. Haijinx: Do Metrics Matter? Notes on Renku.
  13. Haijinx: About John Carley
  14. Robert Hass: On Whitman’s ‘Song of Myself’
  15. Song of Myself by Walt Whitman
  16. In a Small Town, the Giants of Poetry for 20 Years
  17. Poetic Connections: Art as Aphrodisiac
  18. Metapoetry
  19. It’s Only Rhyming Quatrains, But I Like It
  20. Did You Know? Bread Loaf Poet Jennifer Grotz
  21. Ponderings: Greetings from Robert Frost
  22. Poetry Quote – Margaret Atwood
  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. Other Writing Groups in Vermont
  41. 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:

Many of you are now receiving my email that alerts you to when a new Vermont Poetry Newsletter is ready for viewing, along with a fully updated calendar of events. This procedure seems to be working beautifully, and seems to have had an invigorating effect on Vermont’s poetry “scene” as well as for Patrick Gillespie’s poetry blog:

Well, that was one great National Poetry Month! I did not go to nearly the number of readings that I had planned on, but I did go to some memorable ones, nonetheless. The greatest gift of poetry that I gave to myself over this month of madness was a go hear Donald Hall in the small setting of Arlington High School’s Mack Performance Arts Center. For those of you who still don’t believe that big things can happen in small venues, then this would have been an eye-opener for you. This tiny high school, with the leadership of Hank Barthel, an English teacher with foresight and determination, coupled with the school’s supportive Principal, Kerry Csizmesia, bringing the talents of big-name poets has become reality. From the first invitee, Robert Creeley, who read before a dozen people in the cafeteria, to Donald Hall, who packed a new performance center, Hank has brought 13 renowned poets to this setting in rural Vermont. Unfortunately, Hank is retiring in June, after 28 devoted years to the teaching of English literature. He will be sorely missed, but not forgotten, as Kerry made sure of that – he had a huge framed display erected in the hallway, just outside the doors of the performance center, that had photos of each of the 13 poets, plus that of Hank’s, along with brass plaques of their bio’s. From all of us who love poetry here in Vermont, thank you, Hank!

Ron Lewis
VPN Publisher



I was involved this past month with the Great Poetry Book Giveaway. 55 poets across the nation offered either their newest chapbooks or their latest books of poetry or in some cases their favorite book of poetry (not theirs) to a lucky person who signed up on their blogs. As it turned out, I won at least 4 new books!

Your assignment this week is pretty much what I’m faced with now: reviewing a new book of poetry, and writing that review. This is a great test in looking strongly at poems individually and collectively. So, take a book off your shelf that you haven’t read yet (we all have them), and take the plunge. I think you’ll learn a lot more about poetry than you think!

Good Luck!


One in 8,700 – 4/22


The first present Leonard Gibbs remembers getting from his father was Louis Untermeyer’s anthology of poetry. Born in Georgia, Gibbs moved to Great Valley, Va. at the age of five. The Blue Ridge Mountains inspired Gibbs, and when he and his wife settled in Panton, Vt. seven years ago, he was glad the mountains moved, too.

“We have 10 acres of land and live right next to a dairy farm,” said Gibbs. “The Vermont smell surrounds me.”
A retired minister, Gibbs now spends his time writing poetry. He worked with the Presbyterian Church for 30 years and believes he fell into the position, inheriting the job from his ancestor after earning a doctorate in theology from Boston University. Poetry is now his occupation, and Gibbs wakes up at four each morning to write. He stares out his kitchen window and watches the sun rise over Snake Mountain, and he has found this to be his favorite time and place to work.
“A poet is someone who writes poetry,” said Gibbs. “Some people are doctors, some people are septic tank cleaners and some, like me, choose to be poets.”
Although Gibbs has not memorized much of his poetry, he can still recite the first one he wrote because it has lived with him for over 60 years. Gibbs says he has written 1,500 poems throughout his career, but only 10 of them are quality pieces. He believes the style and the message of a poem must match and only when the two work together is an effective poem born.
“A poet has to combine his personality, make-up and mindset in order to write,” said Gibbs(….)

  • Special Note: Leonard is currently at the Helen Porter Rehab Center in Middlebury (Room 138), recovering from a fall whereby he broke six ribs on his right side. Leonard will be rehabbing here until May 20th, so if you’d like to send him a get well card, mail it to him at Helen Porter Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, 30 Porter Drive, Middlebury, VT 05753. If you’d like to call him, he can be reached at 385-3864.


So We Can Hear Prose & Poetry Reading for WOOL-FM

Only 35 seats available for this reading, so if interested, contact now!

Start: Thu, 05/13/2010 – 6:00pm
End: Thu, 05/13/2010 – 8:00pm
Timezone: Etc/GMT-4


Community radio station, WOOL, Black Sheep Radio, today announces a reading by Edith Hunter, Patricia Fargnoli, and Tim Mayo, on May 13, 2010 in Bellows Falls, Vermont. The event is titled, “…so we can hear…”
This exclusive event is a fundraiser for the volunteer-operated radio station. WOOL is non-profit and community-owned. Organized in response to a challenge grant from an area donor, this event will feature reading by some of the area’s most esteemed literary figures. The goal of the challenge grant is $2000.00 (….)

6.) Dear Poets and Readers

We are happy to announce the release of the newest BPJ!

Burlington Poetry Journal
Volume IV Edition I
Mud Season 2010

Available at Uncommon Grounds, Muddy Waters, and Radio Bean in downtown Burlington! We are 8 whole days early!  We will also be heading to Middlebury next week to distribute to Carol’s Hungry Mind Cafe.

Happy Spring,
Willow, Editor

7.) Poet Angela Patten writes:

Dear Friends,

I’m writing to you know about the UVM summer course I’ll be teaching in July (see below). If you know anyone who might be interested, please pass the word.

Thanks so much,
Angela Patten

English ENGS 114 Z2: (CRN: 61073) 3 Credits

July 6 – 30, 9:00 – 11:30 am, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Writing Memoir is an intensive four-week course that will focus on the reading and writing of essays and stories based on personal experiences and family histories. Students will read and discuss the work of outstanding writers such as Frank McCourt, Mary Karr, Maxine Hong Kingston, Tobias Wolff and Laurie Lee. In-class exercises will help students generate ideas and practice techniques that will enhance the quality of their writing and broaden its appeal. Students will write several short pieces that will be revised to produce a series of connected essays leading to a final portfolio. This class will provide a ready audience for sharing new work and a supportive atmosphere for building skills and confidence.

8.) Joni Cole writes:

Greetings! Below and posted on the Writer’s Center website are the upcoming writing workshops for May and June. Pre-registration is required for all classes. Some workshops start in early May, so contact the instructor ASAP.

Oh—and THIS THURSDAY, don’t miss the “Page Producer Readings” at Revolution Clothing Store in WRJ. Starts at 7:30 p.m. Powerful prose. Free admission, and wine and cheese. And set in a really cool store. What’s not to love?

And now…

Below are the May-June workshops at the Writer’s Center of WRJ. (Please spread the word to the writers you know and love.)

Page Producer Workshops

Instructor: Joni Cole; Thursdays, May 6 – June 10. $175

This 6-week workshop (fiction and creative non-fiction writers welcome) is a great way to push your writing forward thanks to quality feedback and writing within a supportive community. Daytime class meets from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Evening class (FULL!) meets from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Info or to register: (802) 295-5526.

Thinking like a Poetry Editor: How to Be Your Own Best Critic 

April Ossmann; Wednesday, May 12, 6:30-9:00 p.m.; $50

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. Participants will receive written editorial suggestions for both poems from the instructor. Info or to register: (802) 333-9597 or

Four Weeks. Four Deadlines.

Instructor: Joni Cole; Wednesdays, May 19 – June 9; 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. $125

In this fun, interactive workshop for writers of short fiction or creative nonfiction, you’ll share work every week for verbal feedback. This month of motivation is a great way to get started and keep going. Info or to register: or (802) 295-5526.

And the Plot Thickens

Instructor: Deborah McKew; Tuesdays, May 25 – June 29, 6:30-9:00 p.m. $175

Are your characters stuck on the page? Is there a dam in your narrative flow? How can you make sure your plot thickens in a way that makes readers keep reading? Open to writers of fiction and non-fiction narratives (such as memoir)—this workshop will help you push your plot—and your project—forward. Info or to register: or (603) 724-3609.

Your Authentic Business: Journaling to Success!

Instructor: Joanna Tebbs Young; Saturday, June 26; 10 a.m. – noon. $50

Use your journal as a creative business tool for self-discovery, self-confidence, organization, and stress reduction. Info or to register: or 802.747.0761. Register for both journaling workshops scheduled for June 26th and get $20 off ($80 total).

Journaling for Writers: Unblock Your Creativity

Instructor: Joanna Tebbs Young; Sat., June 26; 1 – 3 p.m. $50

Drawing on the wisdom of experts such as Natalie Goldberg (Writing Down the Bones) and Julia Cameron (The Artist’s Way), learn how to use your journal to unlock creativity and gain confidence in your talents. For info or to register: or (802) 747-0761. Register for both journaling workshops scheduled for June 26th and get $20 off ($80 total).

9.) Poet April Ossmann writes:

Saturday, May 8, 2010
2:00 pm
April Ossmann
Brooks Memorial Library
“Ask an Editor: Q & A on Getting Your Poetry Published”
224 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT
Contact Info:

10.) poetry advice column: how can you be a poet every day?

by Robert Peake

Ask a poet a question, get a flurry of questions in reply. At least, that’s what my mind did when I read this month’s question “How do you write poetry every day?” I came up with more questions, such as:

1)How do you not write poetry every day?
2)How do you write good poetry every day?
3)How dare you write poetry every day?
4)How does poetry write you every day?
5)How do you be a poet every day?

That last question is one I am answering in my own life by living it. And the ways I have found to answer it involve addressing all the previous questions, fanciful though they first may seem. (…)


  • How’s this for a submission guideline: haijinx quarterly (hai-Q) publishes around the solstices and equinoxes each year. In 2010, those are March 20, June 21, September 23, and December 21. Sound like you’re submitting to an astronomy magazine? No, it’s an online literary journal that focuses “on putting the hai back in haiku.” Haijinx suspended operations from 2003 through 2009, due to faulty external and internal links, but it’s back stronger than ever. Even the haijinx archive of original journal issues has returned.

The hai found in the word haiku (and haikai) means “playful” or “humorous” and haijinx highlights this particular feature of haikai poetry.

There is simply no hai in haiku without some sense of humor, lightness, or playfulness. (….)


Do Metrics Matter?
Notes on Renku

By John Carley (*See below)
April 2010

There’s nothing that can quite prepare you for giving a concerto in a salon in the Vatican. Except perhaps for Deep Space Nine: all those ranks of creatures in the most alien of robes, multifarious headgear obscuring what you feel should be basically humanoid features, but are reluctant to enquire about too closely, just in case.  Lots of billowing. Lots of enveloping. The silence that goes with being in thrall to the Dark Lord.

I’d got quite good at the bongos. Well, riq, bendir, tar, darbuk  – all of which are Arabic for ‘bongo’ – and was there to play a form of  13th century Christian devotional music which flourished, in the 13th century, thanks to the indulgence of the Muslim overlords of Moorish Spain. That was before smart bombs.
In truth getting good at bongos had taken a long, long time. In the end I achieved it by the simple ruse of giving up on the beat. Or the primary one anyway. Finally I learnt that all good bonghisti phrase their playing in a set of metres which are underpinned by the basic pulse of the music, but float above it. What you don’t do is go: boom, da-boom, da-boom. Well rarely. And when you do – it is deliberate. (….)

13.) About the author, John Carley, of Renku Reckoner

In association with others in his locality he worked to raise the profile of poetry in minority languages, establishing a series of Mushairas of national significance which featured Bengali, Hindi and Pashtun as well as the more usual Urdu and Farsi. His translations from the Bangla and Sylheti of the work of  the late Hagsar Mohammed Ala Miah was published as Light of Keshob Pur (Big Lamp – 2000). Throughout this time he was compiling editor of the regional poetry magazine Pennine Ink.

His developing interest in haikai led to the Young Renga project – an initiative involving school students of  all ages in the composition of a simplified form of linked verse. He also responded to the fierce debate surrounding haikai prosody with the proposal of the ‘zip’ – a two line fifteen syllable stanza combining elements of fixed and free form. (….)


  • Here’s an NPR Fresh Air story that I happened to hear on my car radio on 4/29. You can podcast the interview of former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Haas with Terry Gross, which is 24-1/2 minutes long, by going to the site listed below.

Robert Hass: On Whitman’s ‘Song Of Myself’

Walt Whitman wrote one of his most famous poems, Song of Myself, in 1855, but according to former United States poet laureate Robert Hass, it wasn’t until much later that the poem acquired the name by which it’s now known.

“In the first edition, it had no name and in the second, he called it ‘Walt Whitman’ and then I think he called it ‘Poem of Walt Whitman, an American’ for a while,” Hass tells Terry Gross. “And it really wasn’t until the end of his life that he called it by the name that all schoolchildren know it by, Song of Myself.”

Hass is the editor of the new collection Song of Myself and Other Poems by Walt Whitman. Along with Paul Ebenkamp, he annotated each word of Whitman’s epic 52-part poem, one of the first ever to be written in extended free verse. (Read an excerpt from Hass’ introduction to the poem.)

Hass notes that Whitman made several changes to the text throughout his lifetime, altering phrases here and there to reflect different phases in his own life. For example, the last phrase in Verse 8, “I mind them or show or resonance of them — I come and depart” was originally written as “I mind them or show or resonance of them — I come again and again” in Whitman’s first edition. (….)


Song of Myself


I celebrate myself;
And what I assume you shall assume;
For every atom belonging to me, as good belongs to you.

I loafe and invite my Soul;
I lean and loafe at my ease, observing a spear of summer grass.

Houses and rooms are full of perfumes—the shelves are crowded with perfumes;
I breathe the fragrance myself, and know it and like it;
The distillation would intoxicate me also, but I shall not let it.

The atmosphere is not a perfume—it has no taste of the distillation—it is odorless;
It is for my mouth forever—I am in love with it;
I will go to the bank by the wood, and become undisguised and naked;
I am mad for it to be in contact with me. (….)


In a small town, the giants of poetry
For 20 years English teacher Hank Barthel has lured the best to tiny Arlington

By Josh O’Gorman STAFF WRITER – Published: April 25, 2010

ARLINGTON – This small town, nestled between the Green and the Taconic mountains, has long been known as the former home of Norman Rockwell and as a Mecca for fly-fishing enthusiasts who flock to the banks to the Battenkill.

For the past two decades, the town has also slowly become a magnet for world-class poets and fans of poetry.

Tuesday night, poet Donald Hall will take the stage of the Mack Performing Arts Center and Wes Carlson Studio for Dance and Theater for the 20th annual Friends of Poetry. (….)



I Was the One Reading Andrew Marvell. You Were . . .


“Art is the sex of the imagination,” said the drama critic George Jean Nathan, and no one can deny that creativity and carnality are closely linked. Perhaps there is a sexual charge placed in every artwork at its making; perhaps the mere act of looking at art itself is erotic. The following poems about the romantic effects of art (and artists) were “found” last week in the Missed Connections section of They are printed verbatim with only line and stanza breaks added; their titles are the subject headings.

MoMA PS1 Long Island City

You were dancing close to the steps.
I was standing on the steps
wearing a blue jersey,
smoking a cigarette
and drinking coffee (of all things).
You were (and probably still are)
a brunette with long hair, big eyes  (….)


  • Sometimes I find it useful to read a poem or quote about poetry itself, to center myself or an audience, if I’m reading to a group. It’s very effective. This centering activity is called “Metapoetry.” Here’s a web site that has collected a few of these choice poems.

Metapoetry: Self-aware poetry about poetry and /or writing poetry.


It’s Only Rhyming Quatrains, But I Like It
By John Leland

July 8, 2001

In the last days of the Beatles, as things were starting to come apart, the band formed a record label called Zapple. The idea — or lark, really — was to record experimental music and spoken word, starting with the poets who had become the band’s friends. The orbits of rock and poetry were pushing at each other: musicians like Bob Dylan or Joni Mitchell were starting to claim the mantle of poets, and the Beats were hanging with rock stars, enjoying a small piece of the reflected adulation. Why not merge the two in one grand goof? It got off to a promising start. Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Richard Brautigan and Charles Olson put themselves on tape, and Michael McClure, the West Coast poet, volunteered to play his autoharp — a gift from Bob Dylan — behind the verses of a Hell’s Angel named Freewheelin’ Frank. But Zapple folded after just two albums, and within a year, the Beatles disbanded.

Paul McCartney, who had been the push behind Zapple, finally invoked his own poetic license earlier this year with the publication of ”Blackbird Singing: Poems and Lyrics 1965-1989.” Always considered less writerly than John Lennon, McCartney joins a procession of pop stars who have loosed their song lyrics on the poetry sections of bookstores in recent years. Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Suzanne Vega and Robert Hunter of the Grateful Dead have all published big collections of their song lyrics and other writings. A volume of Richard Hell’s work is due out in the fall. Henry Rollins, Jewel and Tupac Shakur have published volumes of their poetry. (….)


Did You Know?

  • That a fine poet works as the Assistant Director of the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference every year? Read about Jennifer Grotz here, as she gave a reading at Middlebury College in April, and is coming out with her 2nd book of poems.

Bread Loaf poet Grotz reads new work


On Friday, April 30 Assistant Director of the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference Jennifer Grotz gave a reading of her work in the Abernethy Room of the Axinn Center at Starr Library.

The event was sponsored by The New England Review, Cook Commons and the Department of English and American Literatures. Grotz, an alumnus of the writer’s conference herself, entertained her audience with witty interjections dispersed between poems of cool meditations and introspective connections.

After completing her BA at Tulane Univerity in 1993, Grotz continued her education, receiving her MA in English from Indiana University and then her PhD in literature and creative writing at the University of Houston. Since then, a seemingly never ending series of fellowships and grants have allowed her to work abroad, translating poetry from the French and exploring Polish writing. (….)



Seasons Greetings From Robert Frost

Few writers are as thoroughly associated with any place as Robert Frost is with New England. In the American imagination, his poems define the rural precincts north of Boston: wood piles and stone walls, lonely romps through snowy woods, diverging roads taken and not taken.
And while Frost’s career has been closely documented, a new exhibition at Poets House — one of the first held in its gleaming new Battery Park quarters — focuses on a curious aspect of his legacy: Christmas “cards” sent out as holiday greetings by the Spiral Press in limited release from 1929 to 1962. (….)


“The main thing is to keep yourself awake [on writing].”

Poetry Quote by Margaret Atwood


Ode to Continual Loss
Paula Cisewski

Finally, this plainness
I play host to. Play inside.

I could have sworn my
true purpose was to silently

lug the remnants of a city
around the world with me. (….)

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

Robinson Sends a Letter to Someone

Cento V

“When in doubt, do nothing.”
—Marcus Aurelius.

To do it week after week, & keep one’s sanity,
is quite a trick.
I am in doubt.
Cocktail parties with martinis & uninteresting guests—
nobody much gives a damn whether you write
or take dope or read the American Magazine. (….)


  • Here’s a poem from Copper Canyon Press, in its “Reading Room”

Cold Mountain (Han Shan)
Red Pine

Song #303

Cold Mountain’s remoteness
suits my mind
pure white rocks
no yellow gold (….)


American Life in Poetry: Column 266

The great American poet William Carlos Williams taught us that if a poem can capture a moment in life, and bathe it in the light of the poet’s close attention, and make it feel fresh and new, that’s enough, that’s adequate, that’s good. Here is a poem like that by Rachel Contreni Flynn, who lives in Illinois.

The Yellow Bowl

If light pours like water
into the kitchen where I sway
with my tired children (….)

American Life in Poetry: Column 267

Here’s a poem by Susan Meyers, of South Carolina, about the most ordinary of activities, washing the dishes, but in this instance remembering this ordinary routine provides an opportunity for speculation about the private pleasures of a lost parent.

Mother, Washing Dishes

She rarely made us do it—
we’d clear the table instead—so my sister and I teased
that some day we’d train our children right
and not end up like her, after every meal stuck (….)


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.


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.”


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)


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


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


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

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
(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


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,

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 or 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.



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.


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.



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. (….)




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 or

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 For more information about the Media Mentoring Project, visit or call 246-6397. You can also write to Vermont Independent Media at P.O. Box 1212, Brattleboro, VT 05302.


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: or 454-8026.


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.


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


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


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.




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.


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:… 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


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 and


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…




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…


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 or contact Sarah Bartlett at either 899-3772 or


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.


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 (  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,



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.



  • 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, but there is usually additional information that is typed here that would be cumbersome to place on  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, May 12: Misty Valley Books, On the Green, Chester, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Michael Palma presents a four-week seminar on the poetry of W.H. Auden. Info, 875-3400,, (4th week)

Thu, May 13, Sanborn Library, Dartmouth College, 4:00 p.m. Poet Wesley McNair. Though not a Vermont poetry event, close enough! This is the culmination of a competition at Dartmouth and will feature Wesley McNair reading his work. A good chance to enjoy meeting this Maine poet, as well as connecting with the new poets at the college. Here’s the invitation:

Please join us on Thursday, May 13 at 4 pm in Sanborn Library for our annual creative writing awards ceremony.  Our guest reader and prize judge, is Wesley McNair. Wesley McNair’s latest book is “Lovers of the Lost: New and Selected Poems.”  Also reading will be this year’s student winners of the creative writing prizes.

Wesley McNair is the recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller, Fulbright, and Guggenheim Foundations, a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship in literature, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships for Creative Writers, and in 2006 a United States Artists Fellowship of $50,000, fifty of which were awarded across the arts to a selection of “America’s finest living artists.” Other honors include the Robert Frost Prize; the Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry (for Fire); the Devins Award for poetry; the Eunice Teitjens Prize from Poetry magazine; the Theodore Roethke prize from Poetry Northwest; the Pushcart Prize, and the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal (also awarded to Robert Frost, Donald Hall, Maxine Kumin, Robert Lowell, May Sarton, Arthur Miller, Richard Wilbur, et. al.) for his “distinguished contribution to the world of letters”. Wesley McNair has served four times on the Nominating Jury for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry, and is a two-time recipient of residencies at the Bellagio Center of the Rockefeller Foundation in Italy. A television series aired over affiliates of PBS on Robert Frost for which he wrote the scripts received an Emmy Award. Featured on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition (Saturday and Sunday programs) and several times on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac, his work has appeared in the Pushcart Prize Annual, two editions of The Best American Poetry, and over fifty anthologies and textbooks.

Directions at the Dartmouth College website:

(Source: Beth Kanell of Kingdom Books at

Thu, May 13: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Poet Fanny Howe. Fanny Howe has written numerous books of poetry including Gone, (University of California Press, 2003), Selected Poems (UC Press, 2000), On the Ground (Graywolf Press, 2004), and The Lyrics (Graywolf, 2007). She has also written novels, five of them collected in one volume called Radical Love. At seventeen Howe left her home in Boston for California and has since spent her life there and in England, Ireland, and Massachusetts. In recent years she has won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, and an award from the Academy of Arts and Letters. She has written two collections of essays, The Wedding Dress (UC Press, 2003) and The Winter Sun (Graywolf, 2009). Howe has three grown children and six little grandchildren; she currently lives on Martha’s Vineyard.

Fri-Sun, May 14-16: McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 4:00 p.m. Counterpoint. A professional 12-voice Vermont ensemble celebrates the Bard’s poetry in “Darling Buds of May: Choral Settings of Shakespeare and His Contemporaries.” Recital Hall. Cost: $5-$20. Info, 540-1784.

Fri, May 14: The Art House in Middlebury’s Marble Works, 99 Maple Street, #202, Middlebury, 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.. The Art House is sponsoring a “Poet Tree” for the May 14th Arts Walk in support of Hospice. “We are asking everyone to bring a poem or piece of writing that has given them Solace.” explains Mary Swanson. “As the poems arrive we’ll display them on a tree designed just for that purpose. At the end of the month we’ll put them together in book form for Hospice to have as a resource.” For info, Mary Swanson, 458-0464 or

Mon, May 17: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, 21 Library Lane, Williston, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Poetry Writing Workshop. Creators of verse improve their work. Free. Preregister: 878-4918. 1st of 3 consecutive Mondays.

Wed, May 19: Vermont Humanities Council, 11 Loomis Street, Montpelier, 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. VHC’s You Come Too Robert Frost series was a great success. Now examine selected works of twelve great British poets with Vermont Humanities Council Executive Director Peter Gilbert. The May 19 discussion will include the poems of Alfred Lord Tennyson. (Go to for a list of the 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. Info, 262-2626 x304.

Wed, May 19: Fletcher Free Library, 235 College Street, Burlington, 7:00 p.m. Sara London. This Burlington native reads lyrical poems from her newly published collection, The Tyranny of Milk (2010, Four Way Books). Sara London was born in San Francisco, grew up in California and Vermont, and attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has worked as an editor in New York, and as a journalist on Cape Cod. Currently she teaches creative writing and literature at Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges, and has previously taught at Amherst College. Her poems have appeared in such venues as The Iowa Review, Poety East, Hudson Review, the Poetry Daily anthology, AGNI Online, Salamander, Mid-American Review and elsewhere. She is also the author of two children’s books (pub. by HarperCollins and Scholastic). She lives with her husband, writer Dean Albarelli, in Northampton, Massachusetts.. Info, 865-7211.

Thu, May 20: Briggs Carriage Bookstore, 16 Park Street, Brandon, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.. Otter Valley Open Mic. Come join us at the Ball and Chain Cafe and share your poetry and stories! For info, Matthew Gibbs, 247-0050 or

Sun, May 23: T.W. Wood Gallery & Arts Center, Vermont College of Fine Arts, College Hall, 36 College Street, Montpelier, 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Conversations with Nature – Piano & Poetry by Cody Michaels & WordStage Vermont. Award-winning piano soloist and composer Cody Michaels’ unique, passionate musical expressions inspire comparisons to the likes of Keith Jarrett, and George Winston. In “Conversations with Nature”, Cody performs five of his original compositions which will be interspersed with the reading ( by members of WordStage Vermont) of four sonnets written by the Italian Baroque Composer Antonio Vivaldi. $20 General admission, discounts to seniors & students or pay what you can. For info, Tim Tavcar at 828-8743 or

Mon, May 24: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, 21 Library Lane, Williston, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Poetry Writing Workshop. Creators of verse improve their work. Free. Preregister: 878-4918. 2nd of 3 consecutive Mondays.

Mon, May 31: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, 21 Library Lane, Williston, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Poetry Writing Workshop. Creators of verse improve their work. Free. Preregister: 878-4918. 3rd of 3 consecutive Mondays.

Mon, May 31: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Poet and writer Anne Waldman. Waldman has written more than 40 books, including the legendary Fast Speaking Woman, the innovative Marriage: A Sentence; and the meditative Structure of the World Compared to a Bubble. Her most recent is Manatee Humanity (2009), a hybrid-poem that explores the nuances of inter-species communication and compassion. It draws on animal lore and encounters, dreams, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and Buddhist ritual. Outrider, a collection of poems, essays, and interviews, is a look at what poetry and the role of the poet can be. Waldman is cofounder, with Allen Ginsberg, of the celebrated Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. Recipient of many awards, she is the Artistic Director for Naropa’s Summer Writing Program, and teaches in New England College’s MFA program.

Thu, Jun 3: The Hub Teen Center & Skatepark, 110 Airport Drive, Bristol, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Open Mic Night. Wordsmiths of all trades — songwriting, poetry, theater and more — contribute their audible expressions. Info, 453-3678 or

Thu, Jul 1: The Hub Teen Center & Skatepark, 110 Airport Drive, Bristol, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Open Mic Night. Wordsmiths of all trades — songwriting, poetry, theater and more — contribute their audible expressions. Info, 453-3678 or

Sun, Jul 11: BigTown Gallery, Rochester, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Summer Reading Series – Terri Ford and David Huddle. Free; info, 767-9670 or

Terri Ford is a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She’s been a fellow at Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, a summer resident of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown through the Ohio Arts Council, and the recipient of several grants. She is the author of “Why the Ships Are She” (Four Way, 2001) and “Hams beneath the Firmament” (Four Way, 2007). Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Conduit, Forklift Ohio and many other journals.

“Terri Ford ….seems to me someone who’s right down in it, like a healthy poetic dog, a setter, lovely bird dog, sniffing, dashing back and forth, finding everything out.”
—Richard Silberg, in a review of her first book in POETRY FLASH (No. 188)

David Huddle is an American multi-genre writer and professor. His most recent book is Glory River: Poems (Louisiana State University Press, 2008). His poems, essays, and short stories have appeared in Esquire, Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Story, The Autumn House Anthology of Poetry, and The Best American Short Stories. His work has also been included in anthologies of writing about the Vietnam War. He is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and currently teaches both creative fiction, poetry, and autobiography at the University of Vermont and at the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. Having grown up in Ivanhoe, Wythe County, Virginia, he is sometimes considered an Appalachian writer. Huddle has lived in Vermont for the past thirty-eight years.

Thu, Jul 15-Sun, 7/18: Summer 2010 Retreat: “Creating Sanctuary.” Take the time — make the time — to nurture your creativity. Give yourself the gift of exploration, connection,  writing, reflection – sharing with others and enjoying your solitude. During  four days in the inviting mountains of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, rediscover what nourishes you. Re-connect with the sacred within; create your sanctuary;  capture it in word and memory. Return home renewed, remembering who you are and what is important.

This annual July retreat is for any woman interested in exploring/playing with imagery and the written word, regardless of experience. Women new or returning to our community; women new to writing or wishing time and space to deepen into their words; the curious, the dedicated, neighbors, the far-distant – all  are welcome!

To reserve your place, download, complete and mail the  registration form at, along with a $50 deposit to the address on the form.

Cost: $375 [room & board – $225; fees, materials, weekend anthology – $150]  Space is limited to 16.

Facilitated by Sarah Bartlett, director of Women Writing for (a) Change – Vermont.

Questions? email

Sun, Jul 18: BigTown Gallery, Rochester, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Summer Reading Series – Janie Fink and Jay Parini. Free; info, 767-9670 or

Janie Fink was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia, and educated at the University of Virginia and Columbia University. Her poetry has appeared in Antaeus, Margie, Poetry East, and the Virginia Quarterly Review and her essays and reviews have appeared in The Journal and Verse. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughter.

“Janie Fink’s is a world closely observed, a world well lived in. Her poetry sparks with the details of the everyday, of the mundane, of the extraordinary sense of being alive.” 
—Daniel Halpern

Jay Parini, a poet and novelist, teaches at Middlebury College in Vermont. His novels include The Apprentice Lover, Benjamin’s Crossing, and The Last Station (soon to be a motion picture). His fifth volume of poetry was The Art of Subtraction: New and Selected Poems (2005). He has written biographies of John Steinbeck, Robert Frost, and William Faulkner, in addition to The Art of Teaching (2005) and Why Poetry Matters (2008). His reviews and essays appear frequently in major periodicals, including The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Guardian.

Sun, Jul 25: BigTown Gallery, Rochester, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Summer Reading Series – Jody Gladding and Cynthia Huntington. Free; info, 767-9670 or

Jody Gladding is a translator as well as poet. Her translations from French to English include Sylviane Agacinski’s Time Passing (2003, Columbia University Press), Michel Pastoureau’s The Devil’s Cloth (2001, Columbia University Press), and Pierre Moinot’s As Night Follows Day (2001, Welcome Rain). Her translation of Jean Giono’s The Serpent of Stars (Archipelago, 2004) was a finalist for the 2004 French–American Translation Prize. She is the author of Stone Crop, which was the 1993 Yale Younger Poets award winner, and she has also received a Whiting Writers Award in poetry. In 2000, Gladding was selected by then Vermont State Poet Ellen Bryant Voigt to participate in a Readers Digest Foundation-funded program called “The Poet Next Door,” working directly with Vermont high school students in person and through an interactive television network. Gladding also teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College. Her most recent book is The Moon Rose (Chester Creek Press, 2006), with accompanying woodcuts by Susan Walp. She lives in Vermont.

“In cadences uncannily imbued with the exaltations, strivings, and hesitancies of human thought, Jody Gladding limns interior and exterior worlds like no other. Words atomize on the page; pacing itself becomes a radical and spiritual force, elemental as the trees, stones, landscapes, skies, which infuse these meticulously exploratory and wondrous poems. Gladding paints with great grace ‘the broken / surface where business / must go on’ and the inexplicable universe that contains it, the textures and intricacies of the human mind that strives to grasp while knowing it can only partly understand.”
—Laurie Sheck, author of Captivity

Cynthia Huntington is a poet, memoirist and a professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College. She has published several books of poetry, most recently The Radiant (Four Way Books, 2003). In 2004 she was named Poet Laureate of New Hampshire. She has published poems in numerous literary journals and magazines including TriQuarterly, The Michigan Quarterly Review, Harvard Review, Cimarron Review, AGNI, Ploughshares, and Massachusetts Review, and in anthologies including The Best American Erotic Poems: From 1800 to the Present (Sribner, 2008) and Contemporary Poetry of New England (Middlebury College Press, 2002).Huntington has received grants from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, as well as two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Other awards include: the Robert Frost Prize from The Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire, the Jane Kenyon Award in Poetry, and the Emily Clark Balch Prize. She was born in Meadville, Pennsylvania, and received her M.A. from The Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. She lives in Vermont.

“Cynthia Huntington’s poems do what the best poems do–they move us profoundly and stir our deepest longing for beauty.”
—Annie Dillard

Mon, Jul 26: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Poet Marilyn Hacker. Marilyn Hacker is the author of a dozen collections of poems, including ESSAYS ON DEPARTURE (Carcanet, 2006) , DESESPERANTO, (Norton, 2003) and WINTER NUMBERS which received the Lenore Marshall Award of the Academy of American Poets.  NAMES will be published by W.W. Norton in the fall of 2009. She has also published ten collections of translations from the French, including Marie Etienne’s KING OF A HUNDRED HORSEMEN (Farrar Strauss and Giroux 2008) which received the Robert Fagles Translation Prize and the 2009 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. She was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2008.

Sun, Aug 1: BigTown Gallery, Rochester, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Summer Reading Series – Galway Kinnell. Fee not yet determined, but probably between $10-$15; info, 767-9670 or

Galway Kinnell was born in Providence, Rhode Island, on February 1, 1927. In his youth, he was drawn to both the musicality and hermetic wisdom of poets like Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Dickinson. In 1948, he graduated from Princeton University, where he was classmates with W. S. Merwin. He later received his Master’s degree from the University of Rochester. After serving in the United States Navy, he spent several years of his life traveling, including extensive tours of Europe and the Middle East, especially Iran and France. His first book of poems, What a Kingdom It Was, was published in 1960, followed by Flower Herding on Mount Monadnock (1964). Upon his return to the United States, Kinnell joined CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) as a field worker and spent much of the 1960s involved in the Civil Rights Movement. His many experiences with social activism during this time, including an arrest while participating in a workplace integration in Louisiana, found their way into his collection Body Rags (1968), and especially The Book of Nightmares (1971), a book-length poem concerned with the Vietnam War. Kinnell has published several more volumes of poetry, including Strong Is Your Hold (Houghton Mifflin, 2006); A New Selected Poems (2000), a finalist for the National Book Award; Imperfect Thirst (1996); When One Has Lived a Long Time Alone (1990); Selected Poems (1980), for which he received both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; and Mortal Acts, Mortal Words (1980). He has also published translations of works by Yves Bonnefroy, Yvanne Goll, François Villon, and Rainer Maria Rilke. Prose works by Kinnell include collection of interviews, Walking Down the Stairs (1978), a novel, Black Light (1966), and children’s book, How the Alligator Missed Breakfast (1982). About his work, Liz Rosenberg wrote in the Boston Globe: “Kinnell is a poet of the rarest ability, the kind who comes once or twice in a generation, who can flesh out music, raise the spirits and break the heart.” Kinnell’s honors include a MacArthur Fellowship, a Rockefeller Grant, the 1974 Shelley Prize of the Poetry Society of America, and the 1975 Medal of Merit from National Institute of Arts and Letters. He has served as poet-in-residence at numerous colleges and universities, including the University of California at Irvine, Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence, and Brandeis, and divides his time between Vermont and New York City, where he was the Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Creative Writing at New York University. He served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2001 to 2007. He is now retired and resides at his home in Vermont.

Thu, Aug 5: The Hub Teen Center & Skatepark, 110 Airport Drive, Bristol, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Open Mic Night. Wordsmiths of all trades — songwriting, poetry, theater and more — contribute their audible expressions. Info, 453-3678 or

Sun, Aug 8: BigTown Gallery, Rochester, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Summer Reading Series – Vijay Seshadri. Fee not yet determined, but probably between $10-$15; info, 767-9670 or

Vijay Seshadri was born in Bangalore, India, in 1954 and came to America at the age of five. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where his father taught chemistry at Ohio State University, and has lived in many parts of the country, including the Pacific Northwest, where he spent five years working in the fishing and logging industries, and New York’s Upper West Side, where he was a sometime graduate student in Columbia’s Ph.D. program in Middle Eastern Languages and Literature. His collections of poems include James Laughlin Award winner The Long Meadow (Graywolf Press, 2004) and Wild Kingdom (1996). His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in AGNI, The American Scholar, Antaeus, Bomb, Boulevard, Lumina, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Shenandoah, The Southwest Review, The Threepenny Review, Verse, Western Humanities Review, The Yale Review, the Times Book Review, the Philadelphia Enquirer, Bomb, The San Diego Reader, and TriQuarterly, and in many anthologies, including Under 35: The New Generation of American Poets, Contours of the Heart, Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times, and The Best American Poetry 1997 and 2003. Seshadri has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and has been awarded The Paris Review’s Bernard F. Conners Long Poem Prize and the MacDowell Colony’s Fellowship for Distinguished Poetic Achievement. He holds an A.B. degree from Oberlin College and an M.F.A. from Columbia University. He currently teaches poetry and nonfiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College, and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.

Thu, Aug 5: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Poet Arthur Sze. Arthur Sze is the author of nine books of poetry, including The Ginkgo Light (2009), Quipu (2005), The Silk Dragon: Translations from the Chinese (2001), and The Redshifting Web: Poems 1970-1998 (1998), all from Copper Canyon Press. He is also the editor of Chinese Writers on Writing (forthcoming from Trinity University Press in 2010). His poems have been translated into Albanian, Bosnian, Chinese, Dutch, Italian, Romanian, Spanish, and Turkish. He is a professor emeritus at the Institute of American Indian Arts and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he served, from 2006-2008, as the city’s first poet laureate.

Mon, Aug 9: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main Street, Burlington, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Speak Up! Slam Theater 101. Ages 11-16. Unite with other young writers and performers to rise above silence, speak for yourself, and make your words heard! Brave and creative self-expression is the goal as we delve into the craft of performance poetry, expanding our instinctual poetic voices and minds with new skills and ideas. Experiment, explore, and ultimately explode your work from the page to the stage. Cost: $160. Info, Suzanne Lowell, 652-4537 or

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.

Sun, Aug 15: BigTown Gallery, Rochester, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Summer Reading Series – Cynthia Morrison Phoel. Free; info, 767-9670 or

Cynthia Morrison Phoel served as a Peace Corps volunteer in a Bulgarian town not unlike the one in her stories. She holds degrees from Cornell University and the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. Her work has appeared in The Missouri Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Harvard Review, and Cerise Press. She lives near Boston with her husband and three children.

“The writing is pitch-perfect; the stories are powerful and heartbreaking. There won’t be many books published this year of the same quality.” 
—Robert Boswell, author of The Heyday of Insensitive Bastards.

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

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, 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.

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.

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,

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.

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.

  • 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

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

Bye until next month!

One response

  1. Dear , dear Patrick,

    Thanks you so much for such a wealth of resources for poets, would-be poets, fools masquerading as poets or vice-versa, writers of lines pretending to be verses,and whoever else walks full of none but images like tattered petals and down feathers in a whirlpool that end by a road bank of last season’s leaves turned earth and where dusk seeps deeper and deeper in the cypress hedge, aspiring for that perfect line, awaiting as in this my favorite line from Earle Birney’s “Bushed” (1951):

    “And now he could only
    bar himself in and wait
    for the great flint to come singing into his heart”

    It will take me time but I’ll comb through each of these you shared.I miss your oh, so inspiring visits to my site.



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