Vermont Poetry Newsletter · September 18 2010



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Vermont Poetry Newsletter

Your Poetry & Spoken Word Gateway
In The Green Mountain State

September 18, 2010 (Previous issue: 07/14) – In This Issue:

  1. About VPN/How To Print
  2. Newsletter Editor’s Note
  3. A Note from PoemShape
  4. Writing Assignment/Suggestion/Exercise/Prompt
  5. Save Ink and Cash, Go Century Gothic!
  6. Poet Galway Kinnell
  7. 2010 Burlington Book Festival
  8. 2010 Brattleboro Literary Festival
  9. Middlebury Poetry Workshop, Gary Margolis
  10. Jeffrey M. Bernstein’s New Book: Interior Music
  11. Dinner with Norman Dubie
  12. Vermont Poem by Norman Dubie
  13. Poet Profile: Norman Dubie
  14. Poetry Workshop @ Village Square Booksellers
  15. Poetry as Anthropology
  16. Quibbles.org
  17. New Book by Geof Hewitt
  18. Book Review: The Best American Poetry 2010
  19. Book Review: Donald Hall’s next book, Interlude
  20. Poetry Citizenship and Reading Fees
  21. Crazyhorse Quick-Quote Contest Results
  22. Impressing the Prospective Boss (Memorize a poem!)
  23. Blank Verse Definition
  24. Ponderings: All Things Kerouac
  25. Poetry Quote – Percy Shelley
  26. Failbetter Poem
  27. Linebreak Poem
  28. Copper Canyon Press Poem
  29. American Life in Poetry Poems
  30. US Poets Laureate List
  31. Vermont Poet Laureates
  32. US Poet Laureates From Vermont
  33. New Hampshire Poet Laureates
  34. US Poet Laureates From New Hampshire
  35. Contact Info for Publisher of VPN: Ron Lewis
  36. Vermont Literary Journals
  37. Vermont Literary Groups’ Anthologies
  38. Vermont Poetry Blogs
  39. State Poetry Society (PSOV)
  40. Year-Round Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  41. Other Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  42. Year Around Poetry Writing Centers in Vermont
  43. Poetry Event Calendar

1.) About the Vermont Poetry Newsletter Network

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

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

2.) Dear Friends of Poetry:

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

Well, Bread Loaf is over with and I’m already feeling the withdrawal of live poetry from my life. At least I have many additional poetry books in my library that I hope to read through by this time next year; I have more than enough books for my lifetime, but my fantasy with them is intense. I hope to someday establish a Vermont’s Poets House located in Brandon or Middlebury which will be an entrée into the ageless, borderless conversation that is poetry, so that everyone who has an interest can experience the breadth and diversity of poetry.

Ron Lewis
VPN Publisher
247-5913

3.) Dear Friends of PoemShape:

Yours truly,  Patrick Gillespie, author of PoemShape, will be giving a poetry reading (and discussing poetry) on the evening of September 28th, at Left Bank Books, Hanover, New Hampshire.


4.) WRITING ASSIGNMENT • SUGGESTION EXERCISES

CURRENT WRITING ASSIGNMENT SUGGESTION EXERCISE PROMPT:

OTTER CREEK POETS EXERCISES & ASSIGNMENTS

For September 9: Assignment: Write on the theme “When sleep is not an option.”

For September 16: Blank Verse. Blank verse (unrhymed iambic pentameter) has deep roots in English, but is actually quite similar to modern free verse. It offers a wide range of musical effects, varied rhythms, and unlimited emotional scope. It can be used for short passages, like most of the dialogue in Shakespeare’s plays, or for extended works. Milton’s Paradise Lost runs to 10,000 lines of blank verse. Assignment: Write in blank verse, but in your own voice. Resist the enormous temptation to use 16th or 17th century language. It should sound like you.

For September 23: WTF. Current slang in text messages and the Internet uses the abbreviation WTF. It is used as an all-purpose expostulation with meanings ranging from mild surprise to utter bafflement to outraged fury and everything in between. (Nobody knows what WTF stands for. “Well, that’s funny”?) Assignment: Write a poem expressing any feeling on the WTF spectrum.

For September 30: The Palinode. In Greek drama, verses sung by the chorus as it moved from right to left across the stage were called strophes. Moving from left to right, they chanted antistrophes. Often the antistrophe would disagree with or dispute the things said in the strophe. A palinode is a poem in which alternate verses or stanzas contradict each other. The term is also used for a poem in which the poet retracts something said in an earlier poem. It’s like the “answer songs” from the pop charts in the 1950s and 60s.  Assignment: Write a palinode.

For October 7: Write the Vermontiest Possible Ralph Poem. The deadline for entering the Ralph Nading Hill competition is November 15. Several members of this workshop have won or placed high in the contest, which features a $1500 cash prize, very large for a single poem.  To quote from the rules: “The focus of the work must be ‘Vermont — Its People, the Place, Its History or Its Values.’ Entries must be unpublished and less than 1,500 words long..”  Assignment: Let’s all enter the contest this year. Write a new poem or prepare an existing one for submission to the Ralph Nading Hill competition. Deadline, Nov. 15, 2010.


These Prompts brought to you by:
David Weinstock / 240 Woodland Park / Middlebury, VT 05753
Phone 802-388-6939

PRVIOUS WRITING ASSIGNMENT SUGGESTION EXERCISE PROMPT:

See previous Vermont Poetry Newsletter

5.) Here’s a legal way to print money: change the font

  • I realize the following article seems out-of-the-ordinary, but for those of you who print countless versions or copies of poems, this article could save you a lot of cash! Ron

6.) Poet Galway Kinnell

Northeast Kingdom poet Galway Kinnell has won a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and has served as Vermont’s Poet Laureate. NPR reporter Jane Lindholm interviewed the longtime Sheffield resident in 2009, which was rebroadcast on August 17, 2010. He discusses his life in verse and explains why poetry matters.

7.) 2010 Burlington Book Festival
September 24-26

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

8.) 2010 Brattleboro Literary Festival
October 1-3

  • I recently received this email from their organizers:

The 9th annual festival Brattleboro Literary Festival will take place September 30-October 3, 2010 in downtown Brattleboro, VT. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Maxine Kumin will read from her new book Friday evening, October 1st at 7:30 pm. Saturday, October 2nd will feature Cynthia Zarin, three-time National Book Award finalist Marilyn Nelson, Vermont poets David Budbill and Geof Hewitt and area poets Wyn Cooper, Kate Gleason and GennaRose Nethercott. Sunday, October 3rd will showcase U.K. poet Josephine Dickinson, here on a rare U.S. tour and Ravi Shankar. For reading times and locations, please visit our website.

9.) Elderly Services, Inc.
Middlebury, VT

ESI College Promotes Lifelong Learning: Curiosity Never Retires!
At Elderly Services, Inc. an important part of our mission is to promote and encourage life long learning. In 2005 we started ESI College as a way to bring topics and information of interest to independent adults over age 60. ESI College requires only a thirst for knowledge and a curiosity about our world. Participation in our classes and seminars gives you the chance to learn from highly qualified professionals whose expertise in a subject makes learning interesting and entertaining. There are no tests, papers or grades at ESI College. There is a lot of informed discussion, camaraderie and fun. 

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

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

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

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

10.) Interior Music

Jeffrey M. Bernstein

  • Vermont Poet Jeffrey Bernstein wishes to let us know about his new chapbook, “Interior Music,” which was published by FootHills Publishing of Central New York this spring.  If you are interested in this very moving book of poetry (about the memories he has of his father), click on the image.

11.) My Dinner with Dubie
Secrets from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop cookbook

BY MATTHEW GAVIN FRANK

Recently my wife, Louisa, and I had our friend, the poet Norman Dubie, over for dinner. Knowing Norman’s eclectic literary tastes, I assumed that his culinary cravings would be demanding and, likely, strange. So I set about cooking a complex meal I thought would rival his poetic quirkiness. (….)

12.) Oration: Half-Moon in Vermont

BY NORMAN DUBIE
A horse is shivering flies off its ribs, grazing
Through the stench of a sodden leachfield.

On the broken stairs of a trailer
A laughing fat girl in a T-shirt is pumping
Milk from her swollen breasts, cats
Lapping at the trails. There’s a sheen of rhubarb
On her dead fingernail. It’s a humid morning. (….)

13.) POET PROFILE
Norman Dubie (1945 – )
BIOGRAPHY

Norman Dubie was born in Barre, Vermont in 1945, the son of a radical minister and a nurse. Dubie began writing poetry at age eleven and was influenced by both his father’s Sunday sermons and his mother’s tales of hospital life. Acknowledging his debt as a writer to his parents, Dubie noted in an interview with Poets & Writers magazine that “I got the weirdest introduction to writing from them—my mother, because she would come home from the hospital with the most grisly and grim, detailed stories about people dying, children dying. And she had to unload it, so she’d unload it at the supper table. We all had a love of detail, so we understood…I really learned not to blink, not to look away, from some of those things in life that are ugly and involve suffering.” After graduating from Goddard College in Vermont, Dubie attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he wrote his first collection, Alehouse Sonnets (1971), during a blizzard. (….)


14.) Poetry Workshop Fall 2010: Poetry Workshop with James Fowler

Start: Mon, 11/01/2010 – 9:30am
End: Mon, 12/20/2010 – 12:30pm

6 Week Workshop starting Sept 13th  postponed to November
$100 payable to James Fowler (no relation to owners Pat & Alan Fowler)
Jim gives a short lecture on some aspect of poetry and give examples, then everyone critiques the student’s poems for that week.

The workshop meets in the cafe. Coffee and tea are available for sale.

Please note that Free Parking on the Square is only for two hours. Students & instructors must park in the Town’s long term parking lots (Bridge St, or at the Waypoint Center on Depot Street, each is one-two blocks from the bookstore). Moving a car during the break is NOT acceptable as license plate numbers are written down by the parking officer.

Tickets are $20, so it’s not worth taking the “risk”.

Location:

Village Square Booksellers
32 The Square
Bellows Falls, Vermont 05101-0245

15.) Poetry as Anthropology

By Robert Peake
September 6, 2010

I curled open the first pages of The Penguin Book of Contemporary British Poetry [1] expecting to find an introduction like so many others to this type of book–full of generic exuberance for the editors’ generation. Instead, Blake Morrison [2] and Andrew Motion [3] (I assume the introduction was written by both) made the following observations in 1982, which still seem directionally interesting nearly thirty years on. They wrote that, “…as a way of making the familiar strange again, they [contemporary British poets] have exchanged the received idea of poet as the-person-next-door, or knowing insider, for the attitude of the anthropologist or alien invader or remembering exile.”
While the enthusiasm for Martian persona poetry by Craig Raine and Christopher Reid seems like a hyperbolic extension of this principle, the idea of poet-as-anthropologist I find not only fascinating, but useful in understanding contemporary poetry on both sides of the Atlantic. (….)

16.)

Quibbles

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

Dear Poet friends,

A request.

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

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

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

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

Thank you.

Len

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17.) Geof Hewitt has finally published a new book!

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

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

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

Signed, if you request, and guaranteed!

18.) Book Review: THE BEST AMERICAN POETRY 2010

Criticism’s Crisis by Brian Henry

“Les jugements sur la poésie ont plus de valeur que la poésie.” (“Judgments on poetry are more valuable than poetry.”) —Comte de Lautréamont

“It is easy to treat poetry as if it were engaged in the language-game of giving information and thus to assume that what is important about a poem is what it tells us about the external world.” —Veronica Forrest-Thomson

“The ambiguity of poetic language answers to the ambiguity of human life as a whole, and therein lies its unique value. All interpretations of poetic language only interpret what the poetry has already interpreted.” —Hans-Georg Gadamer

Poetry criticism seems to be in a perpetual state of crisis. It’s not just that critics cannot agree on which poets or kinds of poetry are the best, but that poetry critics often have no common ground. They do not share the same aesthetic values, they cannot agree on common approaches. Critical writing about other art forms—say, visual art—is, or has been, in a similar position, but I’m not sure that art critics are constantly publicly worrying (in journals, on blogs and in comment fields) about art criticism. If they are, then maybe all critics (at least those who aren’t paid) should listen to Elvis Costello: “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it’s a really stupid thing to want to do.” (….)

19.) Book Review:
Interlude: Poet Donald Hall and His Next Book

Last night we traveled to Plymouth State University to enjoy an evening with Donald Hall and his poetry — the 13th time in a row that Hall has brought forth the Eagle Pond Author Series at this lovely campus. It was a hard drive, especially on the way home, through driving rain, wind, and the mountain wilds of Franconia Notch. But it was worth it.

Hall read entirely new work, from a book of poems he has just completed: MEATLOAF. The opening poem for the book (and the evening), “The Things,” came out in The New Yorker earlier. It explores the presence of “stuff” in the farmhouse where this poet lives, the one where his grandparents lived before him. (….)

20.) A Call for Poetry Citizenship And a Dust Up Over Reading Fees—Jason Schneiderman
September 15, 2010

A minor blogosphere dust-up over reading fees has made me think a lot about the economy of money and attention—particularly as it relates to poetry. The blog battle went something like this—The New England Review had announced that it would be charging $2 to read submissions that were sent via the internet. The NER has been struggling financially, and I daresay institutionally. I responded to a call to write letters in the summer of 2009 asking the administration of Middlebury College not to withdraw their funding, and Middlebury College did not close the doors… but it did demand that The New England Review find a way to become solvent. (….)

21.) Crazyhorse Quick-Quote Contest 
Results

Thank you! We received over 500 entries of favorite short quotes about writing, the creative process, or the writing life.

The quotes were judged by Crazyhorse Editorial Intern team Laura Folkerth, Alison Filosa, Matthew Ahmadi, and Kimberly Driggers. The top-20 winners will be contacted to receive a free subscription to Crazyhorse and their winning quotes will be featured within the perpetual quote-display box at http://www.crazyhorsejournal.org We present to you the winning 20 below, plus about 80 more of our favorites.

The Top-20 Quotes

“What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.”
—Logan Pearsall Smith
“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” 
—Ernest Hemingway
“The poet: would rather eat a heart than a hambone.” 
—Theodore Roethke
“If there is a special Hell for writers it would be in the forced contemplation of their own works.” 
—John Dos Passos
“I only write when I feel the inspiration. Fortunately, inspiration strikes at 10:00 o’clock every day.” 
—William Faulkner

Etc…

22.) A quote from UC Berkeley Newsroom:

“In another course, a Freshman Seminar in Comparative Literature, students can learn how to read and recite poetry.

Steve Tollefson, who is teaching the course Tuesday afternoons, said he thinks everyone should be able to recite one or two favorite poems. His own personal list of more than a hundred favorites even includes a few poems of none other than Wallace Stevens.

“In addition to its purely personal benefits, knowing some poetry by heart has practical applications,” Tollefson said.

“In a tough job interview, you can impress the prospective boss by reciting just the right line, say, from Dylan Thomas: ‘do not gentle into that good night / rage rage against the dying of the light,'” he said. “Or at a party some time, you’ll be able to show off with a bit of T.S. Eliot: ‘in the room the women come and go, talking of Michelangelo. ‘””

23.) Blank Verse

Definition of Blank Verse:

Blank Verse is Poetry that is written in unrhymed iambic pentameter. Blank verse is often unobtrusive and the iambic pentameter form often resembles the rhythms of ordinary speech. William Shakespeare wrote most of his plays in blank verse.

Example of Blank Verse

Excerpt from Macbeth 
by
 William Shakespeare

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Example of Blank Verse

The Ball Poem by John Berryman

What is the boy now, who has lost his ball,
What, what is he to do? I saw it go
Merrily bouncing, down the street, and then
Merrily over-there it is in the water!

24.) “Ponderings”

For all things Kerouac

25.)

“Poetry is a mirror
which makes beautiful
that which is distorted.”

Poetry Quote by Percy Shelley,
A Defence of Poetry, 1821

26.) In West Virginia: By Maggie Glover

Each morning was a fresh, blue breakdown.
I perfected my skills of isolation among those hills,
the splash back of creeks and muddied snow drifts.
I had enough money, but not enough money. (….)

27.) In The Flesh

A rustle. All they got of him was cloth.
He ran till he lost them, ran till he was lost,
Hands low across his shame, the forearms crossed.
A city blocked his way. He scraped its stones
Like Adam in the briars. His King enthorned,
Nailed to the flesh, no easy robe to slip,
His skin began to crack at the heels and lips. (….)

28.)

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

Tung-Hui Hu

Early Winter, After Sappho

Some say the air
of
early winter moving through
windows. For some, black ships

coming towards the city
are the quietest sounds on earth.
But I say it is with whomever one loves. (….)

29.)

American Life in Poetry: Column 283
BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE, 2004-2006

I’ve read dozens of poems written about the events of September 11, 2001, but this one by Tony Gloeggler of New York City is the only one I’ve seen that addresses the good fortune of a survivor.

Five Years Later

My brother was on his way
to a dental appointment
when the second plane hit
four stories below the office (….)
American Life in Poetry: Column 284
BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE, 2004-2006

I’d guess there are lots of people, like me, who sometimes visit places which in memory are hallowed but which, through time, have been changed irreparably. It is a painful experience but it underlines life. Here Carl Little, who lives in Maine, returns to a place like that.

The Clearing

The sunbox lies in pieces,
its strips of aluminum foil
flaking away to the wind,
tanning platform broken up
for kindling. (….)

American Life in Poetry: Column 285
BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE, 2004-2006

In our busy times, the briefest pause to express a little interest in the natural world is praiseworthy. Most of us spend our time thinking about other people, and scarcely any time thinking about other creatures. I recently co-edited an anthology of poems about birds, and we looked through lots of books and magazines, but here is a fine poem we missed, by Tara Bray, who lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Once

I climbed the roll of hay to watch the heron
in the pond. He waded a few steps out,
then back, thrusting his beak under water,
pulling it up empty, but only once.
Later I walked the roads for miles, certain
he’d be there when I returned.(….)

American Life in Poetry: Column 286
BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE, 2004-2006

One of my friends told me he’d seen a refrigerator magnet that read, PARENTING; THE FIRST 40 YEARS ARE THE HARDEST. Here’s a fine poem about parenthood, and about letting go of children, by Chana Bloch, who lives in Berkeley, California.

Through a Glass
On the crown of his head
where the fontanelle pulsed
between spongy bones,
a bald spot is forming, globed and sleek
as a monk’s tonsure. (….)

30.)

Poets Laureate of the U.S.A.

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

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

31.)

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.”

32.)

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)

33.)

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

34.)

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

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

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

36.) VERMONT LITERARY JOURNALS

1) The Queen City Review

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

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

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

2) Bloodroot

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

The price of a single issue is $8.

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

3) New England Review

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

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

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

NEReview@middlebury.edu
(800) 450-9571

4) Willard & Maple

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

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

email: willardandmaple@champlain.edu

5) Vermont Literary Review

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

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

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

6) Green Mountains Review

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

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

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

7) The Gihon River Review

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

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

8) Burlington Poetry Journal

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

8) Tarpaulin Sky

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

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

10) The Mountain Review

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

2009’s Mountain Review is over 100 pages long!

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

11) The Salon: A Journal of Poetry & Fiction

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

  • Go to web site for submission guidelines.

12) Hunger Mountain

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

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

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

13) The Onion River Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submission guidelines

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

Contributors retain all rights to work included in Route Seven.

Artwork submissions

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

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

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

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

Contributors retain all rights to work included in Route Seven.

37.)

VERMONT LITERARY GROUPS’ ANTHOLOGIES

1) Vermont Voices, An Anthology

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

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

2) *See Below

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

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

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

3) League of Vermont Writers

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

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

4) The Mountain Troubadour

  • Published by the Poetry Society of Vermont annually.

38.) VERMONT POETRY BLOGS

1) PoemShape

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

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

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

https://poemshape.wordpress.com/

39.)

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. (….)

40.)

YEAR-ROUND POETRY WORKSHOPS IN VERMONT


BELLOWS FALLS

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

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

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

BERLIN

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

BURLINGTON

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

GUILFORD

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

MIDDLEBURY

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

PANTON

This town is the home of Leonard Gibbs and his Dead Creek Poets Society. Leonard Gibbs is a member of the Otter Creek Poets and Poetry Society of Vermont, is the Magister Ludi of The Dead Creek Poets’ Society. Leonard invites visitors to his web site, Quibbles.com, and subsequent comments for discussion; send him some of your poetry for free critiques! He’s really very good. Leonard’s email address is: ML_Len@Quibbles.org. Interesting responses to items Leonard has posed on his site, may end up on the site itself.

NORWICH

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

STOWE

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

WAITSFIELD

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


41.)

OTHER POETRY WORKSHOPS IN VERMONT

BURLINGTON

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

SAXTONS RIVER

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

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

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

About the Instructor:

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

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

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

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION

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

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

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

ANYWHERE, VERMONT

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

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

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

42.)

YEAR-ROUND POETRY WRITING CENTERS IN VERMONT

BURLINGTON

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

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

BURLINGTON

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

SAINT ALBANS

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

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

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

SPRINGFIELD

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

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION

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

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

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

43.)

OTHER WRITING GROUPS IN VERMONT

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

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

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

44.)

POETRY EVENT CALENDAR

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

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.

Wed, Sep 22: Misty Valley Books, 58 The Common, Chester, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.. Professor and Poet Michael Palma will discuss the poems of celebrated World War I poets Wilfred Owen and Philip Larkin. Discussion will be held weekly, for 4 consecutive Wednesdays; this is Week 2. Professor Palma will suggest selected books of poetry for purchase. Reservations encouraged. Free. Info, 875-3400, mvbooks@vermontel.net.

Fri, Sep 24 thru Sun, Sep 26: Highland Lodge & XC Center, 1608 Craftsbury Road, Greensboro. Wallace Stegner Literary Weekend. A former Greensboro resident and writer inspires three days of art exhibits, panel discussions, film screenings, poetry readings and more. Young adult and children’s book author Natalie Kinsey Warnock, her brother and acclaimed poet Leland Kinsey, writer and oral history expert Charlie Morrissey, and arts and culture impresario and celebrated filmmaker Jay Craven have all agreed to join our weekend. Preregister. Friday, 3:30–10PM; Saturday, 8:30AM–8:30PM; Sunday, 8:30–11:30AM. $10-30 per day; residential rates available. Info, 533-2647, http://www.highlandlodge.com/.

Fri, Sep 24: The Big Picture Theater, Waitsfield, 8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.. Open Poetry Slam. Come out to listen or share with the locals. Sponsored by the Tempest Book Store. This event is in conjunction with Ivey Hardy’s month-long BW Photography exhibition “At the Shadow’s Edge”. Info, 496-8994.

Wed, Sep 29: Misty Valley Books, 58 The Common, Chester, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.. Professor and Poet Michael Palma will discuss the poems of celebrated World War I poets Wilfred Owen and Philip Larkin. Discussion will be held weekly, for 4 consecutive Wednesdays; this is Week 3. Professor Palma will suggest selected books of poetry for purchase. Reservations encouraged. Free. Info, 875-3400, mvbooks@vermontel.net.

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.

Wed, Oct 6: St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.. Poetry’s Spiritual Language. Using the poetry of Dickinson, Kenyon, Rumi, and Kabir—poets from diverse religious traditions—Dartmouth professor Nancy Jay Crumbine examines poetry’s language of spirituality. Part of the First Wednesdays series. A Vermont Humanities Council event. Info, 748-8291.

Wed, Oct 6: Misty Valley Books, 58 The Common, Chester, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.. Professor and Poet Michael Palma will discuss the poems of celebrated World War I poets Wilfred Owen and Philip Larkin. Discussion will be held weekly, for 4 consecutive Wednesdays; this is Week 4. Professor Palma will suggest selected books of poetry for purchase. Reservations encouraged. Free. Info, 875-3400, mvbooks@vermontel.net.

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

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

Sat, Oct 16: Poetry Society of Vermont’s Fall Luncheon-Workshop. Venue TBD. Their critic will be Gary Margolis, author of the recent book of poetry, Below the Falls. Gary Margolis is Executive Director of College Mental Health Services and Associate Professor of English and American Literatures at Middlebury College. He is on the board of the Vermont Humanities Council, is a former Frost Fellow, and is on the staff at Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. His poems have been featured on National Public Radio. Cost of the luncheon will be no more than $20.00, tax and tip included. For info, http://www.poetrysocietyofvermont.org/.

Sat, Nov 6: Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio, 18 Langdon Street, Montpelier, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.. Guest Artist Series: Improvisation: Movement-Storytelling with Lida Winfield. In this workshop, we will explore the world of talking, expressing and moving together, and look at theater/dance/art and spoken word in a creative and new way. We will explore the link between slam poetry, dance, storytelling and performance writing. Creativity and an open mind are all that are needed to enjoy this workshop; no prior experience necessary. Teens and adults of all sizes and abilities welcome. Please register by October 22nd or call studio for space availability. $18 per class, $36 per workshop. Info, Hanna Satterlee, 229-4676, hannasatt@gmail.com.

Sat, Nov 13: Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio, 18 Langdon Street, Montpelier, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.. Guest Artist Series: Improvisation: Movement-Storytelling with Lida Winfield. In this workshop, we will explore the world of talking, expressing and moving together, and look at theater/dance/art and spoken word in a creative and new way. We will explore the link between slam poetry, dance, storytelling and performance writing. Creativity and an open mind are all that are needed to enjoy this workshop; no prior experience necessary. Teens and adults of all sizes and abilities welcome. Please register by October 22nd or call studio for space availability. $18 per class, $36 per workshop. Info, Hanna Satterlee, 229-4676, hannasatt@gmail.com.

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

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

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

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

2011 – – –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Octavio Paz

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

Denise Levertov

Your fellow Poet,

Ron Lewis

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