Vermont Poetry Newsletter • November 19 2011

[The Vermont Poetry Newsletter is not issued by me but by Ron Lewis, by whose permission I post this. PLEASE NOTE: I have edited his newsletter so that links are provided rather than text. If I cannot find a link, I will either omit the relevant portion of the newsletter to avoid copyright violations, or I will provide an alternate link. Please contact Ron Lewis if you would like to receive his Newsletter in full. All images are linked.]

Vermont Poetry Newsletter

Your Poetry & Spoken Word Gateway
In The Green Mountain State

November 19, 2011 (Previous issue: 09/20) –

In This Issue:
  1. About VPN
  2. Newsletter Editor/Publisher’s Note
  3. Writing Assignments/Suggestions/Exercises/Prompts
  4. 100 Thousand Poets for Change
  6. Poetry Editing by Wyn Cooper
  7. The Joy of Writing Conference
  8. Book of American Slang
  9. Vermont’s Literary Magazines
  10. Nothing Gold Can Stay, Frost Poem
  11. Following Words Through a Labyrinth
  12. An Interview With Annie Finch
  13. Bellowing Ark Literary Journal
  14. Wallace Stegner Literary Weekend Canceled
  15. Lighght Verse, Poet Aram Saroyan
  16. American Poets Added to British Poetry Archive
  17. Humorous Children’s Poetry
  18. Guidelines for Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest
  19. Walden Pond State Reservation
  20. Site Lets Writers Sell Digital Copies
  21. NYC’s Police Athletic League Poetry Contest
  22. The Roustabout, Clive James
  23. Poetry Contest Watchdog
  24. Jerry Johnson/Jon Gailmor/Pete Sutherland Collaboration CD
  25. The Prose-Poem Project
  26. of Voices
  27. PennSound
  28. The Poetry of Herman Cain
  29. Everything Moves To Live
  30. Great Poetry Links: Noun Project
  31. Poetry Quote – Charles Baudelaire
  32. Linebreak Poem
  33. Copper Canyon Press Poem: Taha Muhammad Ali
  34. American Life in Poetry Poem
  35. US Poets Laureate List
  36. Vermont Poet Laureates – Updated!
  37. US Poet Laureates From Vermont
  38. New Hampshire Poet Laureates
  39. US Poet Laureates From New Hampshire
  40. National Book Critics Circle
  41. Contact Info for Editor/Publisher of VPN: Ron Lewis
  42. Vermont Literary Journals
  43. Vermont Literary Groups’ Anthologies
  44. Vermont Poetry Blogs
  45. State Poetry Society (PSOV)
  46. Year-Round Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  47. Other Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  48. Year-Round Poetry Writing Centers in Vermont
  49. Other Writing Groups in Vermont
  50. 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, home to more writers and poets per capita than any other state in the nation. 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.

Dating from 2009, the Vermont Poetry Newsletters are being archived on a blog maintained by poet Patrick Gillespie at PoemShape.

2.) Dear Friends of Poetry:

I felt a great honor in being on the Nominating Committee/Poet Laureate Advisory/Selection Panel that combed through 22 poets that were originally nominated by the public. There were so many poets deserving of our attention, but unfortunately there could only be one left, standing high among his peers.

Let the Vermont Poetry Newsletter be the first place you’ve learned of this: the next Vermont Poet Laureate has been selected, and he has accepted the position, and that person is . . . Sydney Lea.

So, the Vermont Arts Council is pleased to announce that Governor Peter Shumlin has appointed Sydney Lea of Newbury, VT as Vermont’s next Poet Laureate to succeed Ruth Stone, whose four-year term ends in 2011. A public ceremony honoring Mr. Lea will be held on November 4 at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Montpelier. The ceremony will be attended by Governor Shumlin as part of an evening celebrating the arts in Vermont.

Congratulations, Sydney Lea!

Ron Lewis
VPN Editor/Publisher
(802) 247-5913


Turn to the personal ads in large newspapers, like Seven Days, and write about that trampy “Single 21 and ready to learn, looking for older gentleman who knows the way” by writing your own personal ad, in the form of a poem, of course.

Previous Writing Assignment: See previous Vermont Poetry Newsletter
(Exercise given by David Weinstock, Otter Creek Poets)

Good Luck!

4.) MAC: 100 Thousand Poets for Change a Big Success

October 3, 2011
The Newport Daily Express
By Deb Smith

The poet’s dreams shall have the capacity to defeat the actual at any point.
— William Butler Yeats

NEWPORT, VT – Years ago, when asked about the power of poetry in today’s society, poet Galway Kinnell responded, “(While) poetry is rather invisible publicly, it exerts a quite powerful influence on a very large number of individuals. In this way, it percolates up through the populace and, over time, may have a profound effect on who we are as a people and how we relate to each other and to other peoples and to other creatures.”
On Sept. 24, poets worldwide gathered to carry forth a new vision for the world forged from the poetry, dreams and visions of impassioned citizens everywhere. Led by executive director Jim McKimm, The Memphremagog Arts Collaborative (MAC) in Newport enthusiastically joined in and hosted a “100 Thousand Poets for Change” event at the Gallery MAC as part of the greater event that by day’s end, ultimately included 700 poetry readings in 550 cities in 95 countries. (….)

5.) Calendars Galore!

Poetz presently maintains calendars in seven locations: NYC, Hudson Valley, Long Island, Colorado, Connecticut, Vermont and Pittsburgh. Each calendar has its own Curator, a local poet who donates their time.
Over time, various calendars have come and gone as Curators have moved on to other projects. The New Jersey calendar is most missed — more than five years after its retirement, people still write to ask where it can be found.

Poetz would be delighted to host a new New Jersey calendar — or just about any calendar for which a willing Curator emerges. Interested? Check the guidelines and take our test calendar for a spin: new locations can be set up quickly, and you’ll get all the hand-holding you need to hit the ground running.

NYC is the longest-running (established Y2k!) and most active calendar on the site. And the latest upgrade makes it possible to display several areas in a single calendar, like this rollup version that incorporates listings from NYC, Long Island, Hudson Valley and Connecticut.

NYC – Curated by Jackie Sheeler (
Long Island – Curated by Barb Reiher-Myers (
Hudson Valley – Curated by Bob Wright (
–(The Hudson Valley calendar covers Albany, Greene, Ulster, Orange, Rockland, Rensselaer, Columbia, Dutchess, Putnam, and Westchester counties.)
Connecticut – Curated by John Jeffrey (
Vermont – Curated by Ronald Lewis (
Colorado – Curated by Lynn Wagner (

6.) Poetry Editing by Wyn Cooper

I provide editing services for poets. I mainly work with chapbook and full book manuscripts, but will also work on smaller groups of poems. I will be honest with you about your poems, and will help you make your book as good as it can be. I also offer advice on how and where to look for publishers. I’m willing to work via email, regular mail, telephone, or a combination thereof.

My students and clients have had their poems published in The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, The New England Review, AGNI, Verse, Denver Quarterly, and dozens of other magazines. My clients’ books and chapbooks have been published by presses such as Slope Editions, Akron University Press, Salmon Press, Black Ocean Press, and others. I served as editor-in-chief of Quarterly West for two years, where I edited and published poets such as Stephen Dunn, Larry Levis, and Elizabeth Spires. I have frequently spoken about publishing at literary conferences and festivals.

I have published four books of poems and a chapbook, and my poems have appeared in over 60 magazines and 25 anthologies of poetry. I have taught poetry at Bennington and Marlboro colleges, the University of Utah, in the MFA program at UMASS/Amherst, and at the Frost Place Festival of Poetry. For the past ten years I have helped organize the Brattleboro Literary Festival.

I charge far less than most freelance editors, have a quick turnaround time, and charge on a sliding scale. For more information, or for references, email me at wyncooper@ To learn more about me and my work, visit my website,


  • In case you missed it, or weren’t even aware of it:

The Joy of Writing

Presented by The Green Mountain Writing Project @ UVM

November 11, 2011

1. Jennifer Albright workshop description:

Painting Pictures with Words: Photographs as a Springboard for Writing

Is a picture worth a thousand words? Photographs are evocative; many complex ideas can be conveyed in a single image. Using images and visual literacy in the writing classroom can help students awaken their senses, open windows on the lives of other people or cultures, and tap into ideas and feelings that may help them to write about the world in new and interesting ways. This practice of writing what one would like others to see provides opportunities for collaboration and individual artistic expression. We’ll explore some techniques for painting pictures with words and creating images from the words of others.

2. Eve Berinati workshop description

Revolutionaries in the Classroom: The Writer’s Manifesto

In this inquiry-based demonstration, participants will seek to answer the question: How does creating and posting a writer’s manifesto affect self, subject and society? The Writer’s Manifesto first appeared in my Advanced Composition class in the spring of 2009, occurring as a spontaneous response to text-formative assessment. Sustained student pride and interest in the project convinced me that there was more to the manifesto than I first assumed. In this workshop we will delve into the theoretical basis for such a practice and discuss possible extensions for our classrooms. We will explore the manifesto as a basic writer’s initiation, and we will write, post and reflect on our own manifestos in the process. Viva la revolucion!

3. Jim DeFilippi workshop description

E-Publishing: The Inmates Have Taken Over the Asylum

For centuries writers have been frustrated by the mechanics of publishing: dealing with publishers, publishing houses, acquisition editors, agents, and other middlemen. The Internet has changed all of that; the entire world of readers is now immediately accessible to any writer.
It is easy to learn: how to format your book or written work for E-publication; where to sell or simply display it; how to get your work reviewed; how to publicize it; where to join communities for advice and support.
E-publishing is the best thing to happen to writers since the invention of the printing press.

4. Marty Gephart workshop description:

How the Common Core Standards Should Affect Curriculum and Instruction

Common state standards in English Language Arts (and mathematics) are in place in 48 states? Yes, indeed! The Common Core State Standards, adopted by the State Board and slated for implementation for the 2013 school year, will signal a major shift for education in Vermont schools. What changes can we make now in our curriculum and instruction to ease the transition as we prepare all students to be college and career-ready? This workshop will focus on an interactive look and thoughtful discussion of the instructional shifts implicit in the Common Core Standards in Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening, and Language.

5. Geoff Gevalt workshop description

Welcome to the Digital Classroom!

Participants in this 90-minute session will learn what some of Vermont’s best teachers are doing with online classrooms and will experience an online classroom first-hand. Geoffrey Gevalt, an award-winning journalist and director of the Young Writers Project, will give a multi-media presentation of some of the things teachers are doing to engage students to write, create multi-media, blog on the news and give each other authentic feedback in safe, civil online spaces. These examples will show how teachers have conquered fears, survived inadequate equipment and used digital technology to extend their classrooms. Participants should bring laptops in order to engage in a writing exercise online that will include giving and receiving comments. This exercise will show participants what it’s like to be a student in this online space. Participants will walk away amazed at the potential of digital learning and at what students are creating—now—online in school!

6. Geof Hewitt workshop description:

Write It and Slam It!

It’s important to recognize that “slam” is hype. Tender poems often do as well as hip-hop rants; the idea is to engage the audience with a “poem” (stand up comedy to mournful epic and anything else using words or human sound) that lasts three minutes or less. In this workshop, we’ll all write, and volunteers will present their work while others serve as judges in a light-hearted slam that will generate joyful buzz: just right for the classroom! Work written in advance of the workshop is welcome, as long as the slammer is its author. Very modest prizes for the top two slammers!

7. Nelson Jaquay workshop description:

Above Ground Archeology

A box of Aunt Mary’s childhood treasures found in a closet after her death will find us asking questions about the artifacts we all pass around and, ultimately, leave behind. In this workshop, we’ll write about such artifacts, and briefly discuss applications for inspiring students of all ages to write.

8. Charlie Rathbone and Lisa H. Italiano workshop description

Ten Things Every Teacher Should Know About the Brain

This workshop highlights the connections between learning and the brain and how we can improve our teaching practice with greater understanding. We’ll explore the geography as well as the mechanics of the brain and provide some images and facts that you won’t soon forget!


  • Here’s an interesting book you might consider for your poetry resource library. – Ron

OMG! Local Author Writes, Like, Actual Book on Slang


With so many ways to connect in our communication-obsessed world, the casual kickiness of slang creeps into daily life via many avenues. Laid-back lingo fills text messages, blog posts, Tweets and emails, as well as conversation. Who has time to pen formal prose in an e, even to the boss? LOL! But where do you turn when you come across an unfamiliar term? Asking someone might mark you as hopelessly unhip.

Essex author Mary Elizabeth has crafted a handy and entertaining solution: Barron s American Slang Dictionary and Thesaurus. Elizabeth privately calls her hybrid reference guide a “dictionasaurus.” It defines words and phrases and provides synonyms for them. (….)


  • Help support your Vermont Literary Magazines!  Yes, we’re indeed fortunate to have 16 lit mags published in our tiny state!
Subscribe to any of these:


Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature’s first green is gold
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

— Robert Frost


  • Congratulations to Tomas Tranströmer, long-awaited and much-deserved winner of The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2011. Read the NY Times article here:

Following Words Through a Labyrinth

When the Swedish Academy bestows the Nobel Prize on a Scandinavian poet, it is hard not to be skeptical. After all, the academy has managed to award the prize to three Swedish poets alone, and the last such poet — Harry Martinson in 1974 — was actually a member of the academy at the time. But it would be wrong to scold the Swedes for elevating their countryman Tomas Transtromer. Mr. Transtromer is not only a first-rate artist, but his selection, announced Thursday, corrects an almost 15-year drought for poetry. (The last Nobel laureate to be known mostly for poetry was Wislawa Szymborska, who won in 1996.)

The typical Transtromer poem is an exercise in sophisticated simplicity, in which relatively spare language acquires remarkable depth, and every word seems measured to the millimeter. It is no surprise that his chiseled body of work over a nearly 60-year career comes in at only 200 pages or so (….)


A Journal of Poetry

  • Annie Finch is the author of numerous books of poetry, including Eve, The Encyclopedia of Scotland, and Calendars (for which there is a free study guide); a book of translations of the French Renaissance poet Louise Labé; a book on poetics, The Ghost of Meter; editor of After New Formalism and the anthology, A Formal Feeling Comes: Poems in Form by Contemporary Women; and co-editor (with Kathrine Varnes) of An Exaltation of Forms: Contemporary Poets Celebrate the Diversity of Their Art. Her most recent book is The Body of Poetry: Essays on Women, Form and the Poetic Self. She is currently the director of the Stonecoast Masters of Fine Arts program in creative writing at the University of Southern Maine. To learn more about Annie Finch please visit her website.

When did you begin writing formal verse? What is it about formal verse that appeals to you?

I began writing formal verse as a young child, around age 8, out of the sheer pleasure of it. A few years later I switched to free verse but eventually I returned mostly to form again for the original reason: I like how it feels, physically and mentally.

In writing formal verse, is there always an inherent danger that “form” may be confused with “format”? What sets the two apart?

If format means a kind of predictable or stereotyped quality, so-called free verse can be just as formatted as so-called formal verse—sometimes I think it tends to be more so. Form feels as if it helps me keep my poetry fresh and unformatted, since formal structures make every single word so important. (…)


  • A great, newspaper-format literary journal. – Ron

About Bellowing Ark

Look: I build my Bellowing Ark to the best of my love, as the flood begins ―Dylan Thomas Prologue to Collected Poems

Bellowing Ark was launched in 1984 to remedy a dearth: no market existed for the kind of literature that we wanted to read and wanted to see published. We set out to create such a market, and, by example, encourage others to do the same. We believe that there is more to art than the desire to shock — the glib and facile expression of nihilism and despair. We are convinced that artists, particularly literary, have a responsibility to their audience and are required to present the world as meaningful, for, if the world has no meaning, how can life? The material we publish is the best expression of that responsibility that we can command.

Standing solidly in the Romantic tradition which passes from Blake and Wordsworth through the American Transcendentalists, to Whitman, Frost, Roethke and Nelson Bentley, then on to current writers such as Jacqueline Hill, Len Blanchard, Tanyo Ravicz and others, Bellowing Ark is now the cutting edge in art. How many times can ee cummings or Alan Ginsburg be reiterated? (We shall leave the other question, Why bother reiterating them? unaddressed.) While we are in the Romantic tradition, we also take pride in being one of the most eclectic magazines ever published. Although we consider novels only by invitation, there are essentially no restrictions on genre, length, or style. We have published serialized novels, plays, short stories, poems, long-poems, epic poems (Nelson Bentley’s Tracking the Transcendental Moose— in 14 books, serialized over two years— ran to 20,000 lines), essays, memoirs, drawings, photographs, all forms of self expression, in fact, that we consider to meet our single, and sufficient criterion: everything that we publish demonstrates, to our satisfaction, that life is both meaningful and worth living.

We are biased toward the narrative, both in poetry and fiction; that is, stories should have a plot, characterization, a beginning, a middle, and an end. We have not, in our years of publication, ever published a fiction, nor anything pointlessly minimalist or surrealist—it seems to us that practitioners of those elegantly academic art forms have deliberately cut themselves off from an audience. We are interested in audience; we believe that art must be shared, to be art.

Bellowing Ark
P.O. Box 55564
Shoreline, WA 98155


As concerns the “Sense of Place In the Northeast” 2nd Annual Wallace Stegner Literary Weekend, featuring Jay Craven, Leland Kinsey, Natalie Kinsey-Warnock and Charlie Morrissey:

We are sorry to report that, due to low registrations, we have canceled the Wallace Stegner Weekend. We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your interest.



Light Verse

This book collects nearly all the poems Aram Saroyan wrote in the 1960s, when he was in his early 20s and, as he put it, “the only person available at a typewriter who didn’t have some predetermined use in mind for it.” The resulting pages, tapped in Aram Saroyan by his typewriter, were succinct. Saroyan was the master of the one-word poem. But his works were as musical and meaningful as more conventional poetry, too, and a lot more amusing. The minimal poems were eye openers, ear openers and mind openers, and no one else was doing anything much like them at the time, and no one has since.

Granted — as Saroyan has — he was smoking a lot of grass at the time. But every second person in the United States was, and is, on something or other often enough. The grass factor is interesting because: 1) it’s typical of the era, always an interesting dimension of art; 2) one realizes it couldn’t be an unfair advantage, since no one else wrote like he did; and 3) the reader’s knowledge of it confers a nice extra little psychedelic ting to the pages. (….)

16.) Poetry Archive: American Poets Added to British Archive

Compiled by JULIE BLOOM

Gwendolyn Brooks and Theodore Roethke are among the 14 influential 20th-century American poets whose recordings have been added to Britain’s free online poetry archive, the BBC reported. A total of 61 recordings are being added to the archive as part of a collaboration between the Poetry Archive and the Poetry Foundation in Chicago. The project, which also includes Robert Pinsky, Ted Kooser, Philip Levine and Yusef Komunyakaa, will consist of more than 100 American poets reading their own work. The archive was started in 2005 by Andrew Motion, the British poet laureate, and the recording producer Richard Carrington.

Go to:


Humorous Children’s Poetry: (Ted Scheu)

18.) Guidelines for the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Now in its eleventh year. We seek today’s best humor poems. Total cash prizes of $3,600 will be awarded, with a top prize of $1,500. This contest is free to enter. Click here to read winning entries from the past.

Submission Period

Entries accepted August 15, 2011-April 1, 2012

How to Submit Your Entry

We accept entries online. Click here to submit your entry now. There is no fee to submit to the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. Poets of all nations may enter. Your poem must be in English (inspired gibberish also accepted). Please enter only one poem during the submission period. Your poem may be of any length. Both published and unpublished work are welcome.


Want to increase your chances of winning a prize? Read the judge’s comments on the previous contest.


First Prize of $1,500 and publication on (over one million page views per year)
Second Prize of $800 and publication on
Third Prize of $400 and publication on
Twelve honorable mentions will receive $75 each and publication on

Announcement of Results

The winners of the eleventh contest will be announced in our free email newsletter and on on August 15, 2012.

Simultaneous Submission Allowed

You may submit your poems simultaneously to this contest and to other contests and publishers.


We respect your privacy. Winning Writers does not rent customer or contestant information to third parties. Please click here for our full privacy policy.


You retain the copyright to your submission. If you place as finalist or better, Winning Writers only requests permission to publish your work on, in our email publications and in our press releases. Any other use will be negotiated with you.

Final Judge of the Wergle Flomp Poetry Contest – Jendi Reiter

Ms. Reiter is vice president of Winning Writers and the editor of Poetry Contest Insider, our online database of poetry contests. She is the author of the poetry collection A Talent for Sadness (Turning Point Books, 2003) and the award-winning poetry chapbooks Swallow (Amsterdam Press, 2009) and Barbie at 50 (Cervena Barva Press, 2010). In 2010 she received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artists’ Grant for Poetry. Other awards include the 2011 OSA Enizagam Award for Fiction, first prize in the 2010 Anderbo Poetry Prize, second prize in the 2010 Iowa Review Awards for Fiction, first prize in the 2009 Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Prize from Quarter After Eight, first prize for poetry in Alligator Juniper’s 2006 National Writing Contest, and two awards from the Poetry Society of America. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Iowa Review, The New Criterion, Mudfish, Passages North, American Fiction, The Adirondack Review, Cutthroat, The Broome Review, FULCRUM, Juked, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Clackamas Literary Review, Alligator Juniper, MARGIE: The American Journal of Poetry, Phoebe, Best American Poetry 1990 and many other publications. Visit her blog at



  • Who hasn’t wanted to dip their toes in Walden Pond? – Ron

Depth and Purity: Communing With Thoreau at the Pond

NY Times

I ARRIVE at Walden Pond State Reservation here just after sunrise, recalling that a certain local resident named Thoreau once wrote that “morning brings back the heroic ages.” Only a few cars are scattered across the lot — funky foreign rustbuckets adorned with yoga stickers or a little plastic hula girl perched on the dashboard. A thermometer attached to one of the outbuildings records the temperature at 55 degrees. Beside a dented brown Toyota a lean man with a wetsuit rolled down to his waist is performing a handstand, his body straight and still, feet pointed at the lightening sky. On this brisk late-summer morning, it seems I’ve entered the world of alt exercise, where the iron will of the endurance athlete merges with flights of Thoreau-like contemplation.

Just off Route 2, 18 miles west of Boston, Walden Pond’s public beach, walking trails and reproduction of Thoreau’s cabin and cairn teem with tourists in the summer. But when the calendar — and the weather — turns in September and October, the 462-acre state park is nearly deserted. Early in the morning the half-mile expanse of Henry David Thoreau’s favorite watering hole is a great spot for open-water swimming, and open-minded thinking. (….)


  • Read about selling your work through Scibd, encrypted against piracy.Ron

Site Lets Writers Sell Digital Copies

NY Times

SAN FRANCISCO — Turning itself into a kind of electronic vanity publisher, Scribd, an Internet start-up here, will introduce on Monday a way for anyone to upload a document to the Web and charge for it.

The Scribd Web site is the most popular of several document-sharing sites that take a YouTube-like approach to text, letting people upload sample chapters of books, research reports, homework, recipes and the like. Users can read documents on the site, embed them in other sites and share links over social networks and e-mail.

In the new Scribd store, authors or publishers will be able to set their own price for their work and keep 80 percent of the revenue. They can also decide whether to encode their documents with security software that will prevent their texts from being downloaded or freely copied. (….)


  • Were you aware that NYC’s Police Athletic League has an annual Illustrated Poetry Contest? Look here. – Ron


The Roustabout

Over the past 50 years, Clive James has worked as a British television personality; a radio broadcaster; a travel writer; a trainee bus conductor; a book reviewer for major publications in the United States, Britain and his native Australia; a flunky in a machine shop; a recording artist (the six albums he wrote in the 1970s with the singer-songwriter Pete Atkin are cult classics); a sports­writer; a book shelver; an art critic; a prose elegist for Diana, Princess of Wales (“I am appearing ridiculous now, but it is part of the ceremony, is it not?”); and, naturally, a circus roustabout. He has also, all along and not entirely coincidentally, been a poet. While that last fact is well known in Britain and Australia, James’s new book, Opal Sunset: Selected Poems, 1958-2008 (Norton, $25.95), is the first volume of his poetry to be published in the United States.

It isn’t necessarily an advantage in the poetry world, especially the American poetry world, to be known for writing things that aren’t poetry. We’re suspicious of dabblers; we’d prefer for the poet to have, as Emerson put it, “only this one dream, which holds him like an insanity,” and we sometimes view single-minded devotion to poetry’s institutions as evidence of that larger dedication. (….)


  • I’m not a contest person, but if you are, you might find this “Poetry Watchdog” resource indispensable. – Ron


Jerry Johnson CD

I got “my start” in writing poetry by writing song lyrics for a rock band (consisting of teenage friends). While I have one lyric left from those days that I’d like to have attached to a permanent melody (although I’ve had three friends try their hand at it), I have been watching a dear poetry friend of mine have several of his lyrics put to music by a couple of Vermont’s most beloved troubadours.

Poet Jerry Johnson is in the final preparation phase of having three books of his poetry being readied for publication. Over the past several months he has collaborated with Vermont singer/songwriters Jon Gailmor and Pete Sutherland, putting a number of his interesting poems to music. A CD of Jon’s and Pete’s songs will accompany Jerry’s books when published, giving each volume added life. Jerry gave both artists free rein to come up with, as they saw fit, their own interpretations and complete lyrical nuances, thus bringing musical life to the pieces while still holding to their basic integrity. From the songs I’ve heard so far, there is no mistaking that the CD’s, at least, are a huge success.

Howard Mosher said, “Jerry Johnson’s poems and the music of Jon Gailmor and Pete Sutherland are a lyrical celebration of the ‘Vermont Tradition’ at its best.”

  • Jerry has made available a CD with all of the poems-to-music which Jon and Pete have performed. I have a valued copy myself, and I must admit, these collaborative efforts are absolutely terrific! I have attached here the song “Old Friend” which is one of the poems to which Jon Gailmor has put his songwriting talents. I am certain that you will enjoy it!Ron Lewis, VPN Editor

To listen to a sample track, press below:

How to order:

A single CD is $12. Two or more CDs, $10 each. Send check payable to Jerry Johnson and mail it to him at PO Box 44, Irasburg, VT 05845. Please include your shipping address.


The Prose-Poem Project

This literary journal/website exists in the hope that readers and writers — whether those new to prose poetry or those already enamored/wary of the genre — will appreciate the prose poems posted here, and, better still, will add to the collective definition of this bullied but resilient form by writing their own. We welcome submission of prose poems, whole essays/reviews or briefer observations about the prose poem, as well as Letters to the Editor; all will be considered for publication. —The Editor

Go to:

26.) of Voices

Welcome to the Book of Voices

The Book of Voices is e-poets’ new media library of poetry in spoken word, performance, and text. It’s a portal into aural poetry culture gathered from some of the more interesting voices of our day, with readings from the USA, Canada, Australia, and Europe. If it’s spoken or watched and we keep it online at, we’ve catalogued it here. (….)


An extensive archive of recorded poetry

PHILADELPHIA – The recording industry may not want anyone downloading music without paying for it, but a new project at the University of Pennsylvania encourages downloading right to MP3 players and hard drives all the poetry a listener might want. And it’s all free for the asking.

PennSound (, launched January 1, 2005, is a Web-based archive for noncommercial distribution of the largest collection of poetry sound files on the Internet. PennSound offers a large variety of digital recordings of poems — currently 1,500 and fast growing — mostly as song-length singles.

“This has never been done before,” said Al Filreis, PennSound co-director, English professor and director of Penn’s Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing. “Most of the electronic sound files available to the public are of entire poetry recordings, 30 or more minutes long, with no tracking of individual cuts or poems. (….)

28.)Red State Poets Society

The Poetry of Herman Cain
By Hunter Walker

Herman Cain isn’t just the Republican Presidential frontrunner and former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, he’s also a motivational speaker and poet. Archived versions of Mr. Cain’s official website reveal his life lessons and multiple poems bylined to “The Hermanator.”

Mr. Cain began working as an author, political columnist, pundit and public speaker in the late 1990′s. In mid 2007, he launched a new version of his web site that had sections featuring Mr. Cain’s “Motivational Moments,” Inspirational Moments” and “Pearls of Wisdom.” He used this version of his website up until January of this year when he launched a spiffy new page for his Presidential exploratory committee. The content on these pages is a mix of famous quotes, corporate platitudes, personal stories and Mr. Cain’s poems. (….)

29.) Everything Moves To Live

BoingBoing on poetry.

Sometimes reality is too complex for oral communication. But legend embodies it in a form which enables it to spread all over the world.
 —Alpha 60, the IBM mainframe villain, Alphaville

Alphaville is my favorite film. It has become more of a personal totem than a favorite film, really. It’s a code I carry around with me, like the encryption strings my hacker friends store on USB key fobs and wear around their necks. I first saw it in the early nineties, around the same time I started working with computers. I grew up in a family of painters, poets, and musicians, so aligning with machines felt like a thrilling “fuck you” to my family at the time.
But Alphaville merged those seemingly opposing realms in a way that mirrors my life now, and the way I have come to understand what life is: there is poetry in the network. There is math in music. Metal dreams of becoming a spaceship. And the spaceship dreams of flying toward stars.

The film follows the tale of Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine), a hard-boiled, trench-coat-wearing film noir detective sent to the city of Alphaville to rescue its citizens (many of whom, conveniently, happen to be total babes) from the techno-totalitarian clutches of an evil IBM mainframe computer. (….)


Great Poetry Links:

“Noun Project”

Tools for Writers: Noun Project

The NounProject‘s mission statement is: The Noun Project collects, organizes and adds to the highly recognizable symbols that form the world’s visual language, so we may share them in a fun and meaningful way.
The site is a collection of free-to-download images and symbols available for use at your discretion. We think you could use this to make a wordless image poem on a t-shirt or sign, or as a piece to stimulate a writing prompt in your writing workshop, classroom, or private poetry-cave.


“sharing, celebrating and enhancing the world’s visual language”

The Noun Project collects, organizes and adds to the highly recognizable symbols that form the world’s visual language, so we may share them in a fun and meaningful way.




“Which of us, in his ambitious moments, has not dreamed of the miracle of a poetic prose, musical, without rhyme and without rhythm, supple enough and rugged enough to adapt itself to the lyrical impulses of the soul, the undulations of the psyche, the prickings of consciousness?.”

~ Charles Baudelaire (Little Poems in Prose, 1869)



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

Police Report

All those who can have turned their windows dark.
Nobody wants to look into the sleepless gaze
of the house where things ran out. I mean to say,
the things that carried him. Or so they said,
who witnessed all that noise, a tea-colored moon (….)


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

Dear Friends,

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Taha Muhammad Ali, poet and person of exceptional powers. Taha was born July 27, 1931 in the village of Saffuriyya, Palestine, and died October 2, 2011 in Nazareth, Israel. He will be sorely missed.

As all who encountered the man and his work know, Taha’s imagination was expansive, and several years back he had, as it happens, already conjured his final hours as he’d liked them to have been: “Tea and Sleep” is one of his later poems, from So What: New & Selected Poems, 1971-2005, translated by Peter Cole, Yahya Hijazi, and Gabriel Levin, and published by Copper Canyon Press in 2006.

Tea and Sleep

If, over this world, there’s a ruler
who holds in his hand bestowal and seizure,
at whose command seeds are sown,
as with his will the harvest ripens (….)


American Life in Poetry: Column 342

Your high school English teacher made an effort to teach you and your bored classmates about sonnets, which have specific patterns of rhyme, and he or she used as an example a great poem by Keats or Shelley, about some heroic subject. To counter the memory of those long and probably tedious hours, I offer you this perfectly made sonnet by Roy Scheele, a Nebraska poet, about a more humble, common subject.

Woman Feeding Chickens

Her hand is at the feedbag at her waist,
sunk to the wrist in the rustling grain
that nuzzles her fingertips when laced
around a sifting handful. It’s like rain,
like cupping water in your hand, she thinks,
the cracks between the fingers like a sieve, (….)

34.) 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


Historical List of Vermont Poets Laureate

November 4, 2011-Present: Sydney Lea, Newbury (b. December 22, 1942)
July 26, 2007-November 3, 2011:
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


All Past National Book Critics Circle Award Winners and Finalists

Every year, the National Book Critics Circle presents awards for the finest books published in English. Below are the past winners and finalists for all National Book Critics Circle annual awards, from 1975 to present.

40.) 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

The QCR is also on FacebookBurlington 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 3) 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 2010 and upcoming 2011 issues. Copies can also be purchased in the Writing Center or at the front desk. They accept cash, check, and credit cards (Visa and Mastercard). 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 Sadler
Faculty, Interdisciplinary Studies
Coordinator, The Writing Center
Editor, The Queen City Review
Burlington College
95 North Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401

If you have any further questions, you can contact Heidi at:
T: 802-862-9616

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: $10 for a single current 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. One of two literary journals published by the college, the other being The Gihon River Review (below).

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. The Burlington Poetry Journal is an independent publication that is dedicated to the concept that art should be free and accessible to everyone. In a world with so many voices we believe in a community based, eclectic approach to the publication of poetry. Therefore, the BPJ will always welcome any form or style within its pages.

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. They are currently working towards achieving a non-profit 501(c)3 status.

9) 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, and the magazine continues to publish new work both online and in print. In addition to these issues, Tarpaulin Sky publishes work by individual authors in its “chronic content” section, as well as online-only book reviews

Tarpaulin Sky focuses on cross-genre / trans-genre / hybrid forms as well as innovative poetry and prose. The journal is not allied with any one style or school or network of writers; rather, we try to avoid some of the defects associated with dipping too often into the same literary gene pool, and the diversity of our contributors is evidence of our eclectic interests (….)

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

The Honeybee Press is a brand-new writer’s cooperative based in Burlington, Vermont. The first book from the press is 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. To submit to The Salon, see the guidelines listed on its web address.

  • Click on link 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 Subscriptions

Vermont 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. (….)

15) Vantage Point

Vantage Point is the arts and literary journal at the University of Vermont. VP is a student-run journal, supported by generous funding from the Student Government Association at UVM, which allows them to circulate the journal to students and the general public for free. They also receive funding from the Mary Brigham Buckham Fund, through UVM’s English Department.

Vantage Point was established in 2002 by a group of students in the Honors College who felt that UVM needed a literary journal. In the past, they have published strictly student work, however this past semester they opened up the submission pool to faculty and to the general public. They are continuing to go that route this semester as well.

16) est

est is a publication of literary and visual art.

It serves as an outlet for creative people to share their work freely with others.

With technology affirming its ever-present role in media and communication, it can be difficult to find an alternative that is as accessible and timely. Contrary to the endless supply of self proclaimed material from bloggers and youtubers, est works to sustain the precious art form of a handmade publication. All issues are of a limited edition and offer a unique perspective on the fears, humor and sensitivities of our world. Peer revision and interactive projects at the release events also help introduce and network contributors with each other. Past issues of est feature poetry, short fiction, drawing, photography, comics, DIY instructions and interactive projects. Each edition of 100 zines are hand numbered and bound by a pamphlet stitch.

Hard copies are available at select retailers as well as online via mail order. 
Subscriptions are also available.

est is available for viewing and purchase at these locations:

Speaking Volumes – Burlington, VT
Boutilier’s – Burlington, VT
Battery Street Jeans – Burlington, VT
Earth Prime Comics – Burlington, VT
Village Wine & Coffee – Shelburne, VT
Brown Dog Books – Hinesburg, VT

Direct correspondence to Heather Bischoff, Solicitor/Editor, at



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.Membership in PSOV

  • 2 luncheon/ workshops a year where a professional poet critiques your poems
  • one hands- on writing workshop and reading under the direction of a professional poet
  • the opportunity to enter contests judged by professional poets and to win awards
  • fellowship with appreciative readers and writers of poetry
  • opportunity for publication in the PSOV chapbook, The Mountain Troubadour
How to join:
mail dues of $20.00 to Membership Chairman, P.O. Box 1215, Waitsfield, VT 05673
include your name, mailing address, telephone, and e-mail address for Membership List
memberships are renewed by January 1 of each year
The PSOV has 2 current books available for sale:
1) The Mountain Troubadour – 2010 – Curl up with interesting, award-winning poetry from a wonderful group of poets. This book is only $8 (+$1 to mail). To get yourself a copy, call or write to Betty Gaechter, 134 Hitzel Terrace, Rutland, VT 05701, 773-8679. This little booklet may be just the thing to get you involved with the PSOV for a lifetime of friendships.
2) Brighten the Barn – 60th Anniversary Anthology – 1947-2007 – An Anthology of Poems by Members of the Poetry Society of Vermont. 99 pages of quality poetry; that’s a lot of beautiful poetry for only $12. If you get it through me (Ron Lewis), it’s only $12. If you want it shipped to you, the PSOV wants an extra amount to cover tax and shipping ($0.72 + $3.00). This book retails for $15, but a reduced price is now in play to unload the few remaining copies.



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 café 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 cultivation 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.

For more on the InkBlot Complex Poetry Workshop, see description under Other Poetry Workshops in Vermont (Anywhere, VT).


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 Cherry Lane Poets are a small group (7-8) of poets that meet on the first Thursday of every month. The membership has been kept to a minimum so that poets will have all the time they need during critiques. Each poet has been or is a member of another poetry critiquing group, so the information passed to each other is more professional than that of most poetry groups. The primary goal of this group is to polish their work, get it submitted, and have it published. Each member brings a new poem with them, with enough copies to pass around, and reads it aloud to the group; it gets critiqued by each member during the following month, and those critiques are presented at the next meeting. Regina Brault is the contact person, (802) 860-1018; membership is by invitation only.

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.


The Johnson Writer’s Group, newly formed on January 26, 2011, meets weekly on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00, at the Johnson Public Library on Railroad Street, in the front room. This is a free drop-in prompt writing group modeled after the Burlington Writing Group that’s been going strong for many years now. The writers themselves decide on a prompt and write for 20 minutes, followed by a go-around reading. They usually get in two writes depending on the group’s size. All genres and experience levels are welcomed and there really are no rules other than not interrupting folks while they are writing. They don’t really do much critiquing though some spontaneous reactions do occur! This group believes that it’s just good practice to show up and write for 40 minutes and share the writing if so inclined… Feel free to join this group on a perpetual basis or whenever you’re in town. Contact is Cynthia Hennard at (802) 363-5541 or (802) 730-8125.


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.


1.) 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.

2) The Spring Street Poets. This group is by invite only and consists of six members, Jennifer Bates, Janet Fancher, Karin Gottshall, Ray Hudson, Mary Pratt and David Weinstock.

MONTPELIER: Vermont College of Fine Arts

Established in 1981, the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing Program was one of the first low-residency programs in the country. The Atlantic named it one of the top five low-residency programs nationwide. At each MFA in Writing residency, a renowned poetry or prose writer joins the program for a substantial portion of the residency. The author gives a reading and/or talk, meets with numerous students individually, and is available in many informal ways throughout the residency to interact with students. The College publishes Hunger Mountain: the VCFA Journal of the Arts and writers may choose to attend a summer residency in Slovenia, in lieu of Vermont.


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,, and subsequent comments for discussion; send him some of your poetry for free critiques! He’s really very good. Leonard’s email address is: Interesting responses to items Leonard has posed on his site may end up on the site itself.

Leonard also publishes the Poet’s Corner, a regular monthly column in the Addison Independent. The newspaper has recently informed Len that they would like to have more poetry published in their newspaper, so Len is asking poets from anywhere in Vermont to send him material for him to review for future articles in Poet’s Corner.


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


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 or through Jay Fleury, Guild President.


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.


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. Contact information: 862-1094.


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 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




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


Vermont Studio Center

Founded by artists in 1984, the Vermont Studio Center is the largest international artists’ and writers’ Residency Program in the United States, hosting 50 visual artists and writers each month from across the country and around the world.

The Vermont Studio Center offers four-to-twelve-week studio residencies year-round to 600 painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographers, and writers (50 residents per month). VSC’s 30-building campus is set on the banks of the Gihon River in rural Johnson, Vermont, a town of 3,000 located in the heart of the northern Green Mountains. Each Studio Center residency features undistracted working time, the companionship of fifty artists and writers from across the country and around the world, and access to a roster of prominent Visiting Artists and Writers. All residencies include comfortable housing, private studio space, and excellent food. Two Visiting Writers per month are in residence for one week each to offer readings, a craft talk, and optional conferences with each of the 10-14 writers in residence each month.


Vermont College of Fine Arts

Established in 1981, the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing Program was one of the first low-residency programs in the country. The Atlantic named it one of the top five low-residency programs nationwide. At each MFA in Writing residency, a renowned poetry or prose writer joins the program for a substantial portion of the residency. The author gives a reading and/or talk, meets with numerous students individually, and is available in many informal ways throughout the residency to interact with students. The College publishes Hunger Mountain: the VCFA Journal of the Arts and writers may choose to attend a summer residency in Slovenia, in lieu of Vermont.


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


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!

  • 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?!!!)

The Writer’s Center website is at‭ ‬

  • 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!



1.) The League of Vermont Writers.

The 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.

2) Write Action
Greater Brattleboro Area

Write Action is a community-based, grass-roots writer’s organization formed in 1999 “to strengthen a community of writers in Brattleboro and the surrounding area; and to nurture, encourage, and promote the literary arts in the at-large community”.

We exist because of an activist, vibrant base of writers in southeastern Vermont, and because of an engaged community of readers. In this, we feel very fortunate – Vermont is fertile ground for writers!

An important part of “strengthening a community of writers” is Write Action’s email newsletter. Now going out to over 300 people, the newsletter highlights literary events in the tri-state region. There are also updates on writing groups, and writer’s opportunities. Intrinsic to this effort are the open readings, held in various venues throughout the downtown, that take place several times a year. (….)

Contacting Write Action:

Write Action
P.O. Box 822
Brattleboro, Vt 05302

Or email us at:

Write Action Email Newsletter
If you are not now part of our email network, but would like to be, enabling you to receive notices about area readings, writing groups, and other literary opportunities and events, please send your email address to Eric Blomquist at, and you will be added to the subscriber list.


  • 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.

Thu, Nov 17: 51 Main, 51 Main Street, Middlebury, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Arabic Poetry. Reading. Students enrolled in Middlebury College in their fourth year of Arabic will present readings of selected modern Arabic poems accompanied by their translations of them. Info, 388-8209,

Thu, Nov 17: 51 Main, 51 Main Street, Middlebury, 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Verbal Onslaught. Drawing from our Middlebury community of faculty, staff, students, local community members and other special guests, Verbal Onslaught adds dynamic poetic and cultural diversity to our vibrant town nestled between the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks. Shy and Outspoken Poets, Storytellers, Writers, Artists, and Listeners are more than welcome. Info, 388-8209,

Fri, Nov 18: Champlain Mill, Winooski, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Young Writers Project Slam. YWP Slams are All-Ages, PG-13 slams held, generally, at YWP, Champlain Mill, Winooski. Kim Jordan, poet and theater artist, organizes these events with a youth organizing group; often she has a workshop before hand. Open Mic at 6; Slam begins at 7 p.m.; ALL slammers must register by 6:30. THIRD Friday of every month….Nov. 18, Dec. 16, Jan. 20, Feb. 17, March 16, April 20 and final event to be held in Montpelier May 12. For more information on all events, and workshop times, go to

Sat, Nov 19: Bear Pond Books, 77 Main Street, Montpelier, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Donald Hall. The Back Chamber, Hall’s latest book of poetry, is classic Hall, touching on baseball, the family farm, love, sex and friendship. It is an artist’s look at a long life, as he confronts-with fierce pitiless poignancy-that life’s end coming into view. He turned 83 in September. DONALD HALL, poet laureate of the United States from 2006 to 2007, has received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in poetry, the Lenore Marshall Award, the 1990 Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America, and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. Don’t miss this event! Info, 229-0774.

Sun, Nov 20: Tune in on Sundays at 5:00 for the Write Action Radio Hour. The program is broadcast from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. over WVEW FM-LP, 107.7. If you are outside of the broadcast area, you can listen on your computer through Internet streaming which is available at

Wed, Nov 23: Burlington City Arts Center, 135 Church Street (side door, 2nd floor), Burlington, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. PoeJam. The Burlington Poetry Jam is an open mic, mostly-poetry/spoken word event, with a little music, hosted by dug Nap, that takes place every other Wednesday night. Created by Dug Nap.

Sat, Nov 26: Norman Williams Library, 10 The Green/South Park Street, Woodstock, 3:00 p.m. Woodstock artist Peggy Kannenstine and poet Ann McGarrell talk about their collaborative work From Luminous Shade. Info, 457-2295,

Sun, Nov 27: Tune in on Sundays at 5:00 for the Write Action Radio Hour. The program is broadcast from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. over WVEW FM-LP, 107.7. If you are outside of the broadcast area, you can listen on your computer through Internet streaming which is available at

Sun, Nov 27: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Lorna Goodison.

Lorna Goodison was born in Jamaica, and has received much recognition and many awards for her writing in both poetry and prose, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Americas Region), the Musgrave Gold Medal from Jamaica, and most recently one of Canada’s largest literary prizes, the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction for From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and Her People. Her work has been included in the major anthologies and collections of contemporary poetry published in the United States, Europe and the West Indies over the past fifteen years, most recently in the Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry (2003) as well as the HarperCollins World Reader, the Vintage Book of Contemporary World Poetry, and the Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces. Her work has also been translated into several languages, and published widely in magazines from the Hudson Review to MS Magazine. Her paintings have been exhibited throughout the Americas and in Europe; and she has published three collections of short stories, including Baby Mother and the King of Swords (Longman,1990) and Fool-Fool Rose is Leaving Labour-in-Vain Savannah (Kingston: Ian Randle Publishers, 2005). Her books of poetry include Tamarind Season (Kingston: Institute of Jamaica,1980), I Am Becoming My Mother (London: New Beacon, 1986), Heartease (London: New Beacon, 1988), Selected Poems (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1992), To Us, All Flowers Are Roses (Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1995), Turn Thanks (Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1999), Guinea Woman: New and Selected Poems (Manchester: Carcanet, 2000), Travelling Mercies (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 2001), Controlling the Silver (Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2005), Goldengrove: New and Selected Poems (Manchester: Carcanet, 2006). Her latest book, From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and her People, was published in Canada by McClelland and Stewart in 2007, in the United States by Harper Collins/Amistad, and in the United Kingdom by Atlantic Books. Her latest book is a collection of short stories, By Love Possessed (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 2011)

She has been a central figure at festivals such as Poetry International at the South Bank Centre in London, England; the Harbourfront International Poetry Festival in Toronto; the Poetry Africa Festival in Durban, South Africa; the National Black Writers Conference in New York; the Interlit International Conference in Erlanger, Germany; Poetry International in Rotterdam; the Cuirt Literary Festival in Galway and the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival in England. In the past couple of years, she has given readings at Cambridge University and the Sorbonne, Paris; delivered the Dame Nita Barrow Memorial Lecture at the University of the West Indies and the Frank Collymore Lecture in Barbados; and participated in a celebration of Fifty Years of Poetry at Radcliffe at the Bunting Institute in Harvard University. She has also read at schools, cultural centres, hospitals–in rural as well as urban communities–throughout the world.

Lorna Goodison has taught at the University of Toronto, as well as at the University of Miami Caribbean Summer Institute, the University of the West Indies Caribbean Writers Program, the Sitka Summer Institute in Alaska. She has also conducted special workshops in the United States, Canada, Europe and the West Indies. She divides her time between Kingston, Jamaica; Toronto and Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia; and teaches in the Department of English and the Centre for African and Afroamerican Studies at the University of Michigan, where she is the Lemuel A. Johnson Collegiate Professor.

Wed, Nov 30: Ilsley Library, Main Street, Middlebury, 3:00 p.m – 6:00 p.m. Ted Scheu, That Poetry Guy! Ted, a children’s writer and teacher, provides his usual (unusual!) youth program, with wonderful juvenile poetry. Don’t miss this event! Info on Ted:

Wed, Nov 30: Fleming Museum, 61 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The Painted Word Poetry Series presents Andrea Cohen and Quraysh Ali Lansana.

Andrea Cohen’s books include Kentucky Derby (2011) and Long Division (2009), both from Salmon Poetry. She directs the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Andrea Cohen’s poems and stories have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Threepenny Review, Glimmertrain, The Iowa Review, Memorious and elsewhere. Her first poetry collection, The Cartographer’s Vacation, received the Owl Creek Poetry Prize; other honors include a PEN Discovery Award and Glimmertrain’s Short Fiction Award. She writes about marine research at MIT. “”…an ideal and recommended introduction for those new to her poetic style, and a welcome update for those previously familiar with her work…””–Midwest Book Review. “”For a poet with Cohen’s gift, it must require immense control to stop once she starts. When cohen turns to a topic like ‘Current Events,’ she swerves away from the expected meditation on today’s headlines and begins to catalog a simpler kind of current event instead.””-Rain Taxi Review Summer 2010

Quraysh Ali Lansana is the author of They Shall Run–Harriet Tubman Poems (Third World Press, April 2004) and the poetry collection southside rain (Third World Press, 2000); a children’s book, The Big World (Addison-Wesley, 1999); and a poetry chapbook, cockroach children: corner poems and street psalms (nappyhead press, 1995). He is the editor of Glencoe/McGraw-Hill’s African American Literature Reader (Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 2001), and I Represent and dream in yourself, which are two anthologies of literary works from Chicago’s award-winning youth arts employment program, Gallery 37 (Tia Chucha Press, 1996 and 1997, respectively). He is also co-editor of Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art (Third World Press, 2002). He is currently Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing and an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Chicago State University.

He is also a former faculty member of The Juilliard School’s Drama Division. Quraysh also serves as Poetry Editorial Review Board Director for Third World Press, Associate Editor-Poetry for Black Issues Book Review, and serves on the Editorial Board of Tia Chucha Press. Passage, his poetry video collaboration with Kurt Heintz, won the first ever Image Union/Bob Award from WTTW-TV (PBS). He is the recipient of other awards, including: the 2000 Poet of the Year Award, presented by Chicago’s Black Book Fair; the 1999 Henry Blakely Award, presented by Gwendolyn Brooks; and the 1999 Wallace W. Douglas Distinguished Service Award, presented by Young Chicago Authors, Inc. Quraysh earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree at the Creative Writing Program at New York University, where he was a Departmental Fellow.

His most recent publication credits include Blood and Bone: An Anthology of Black Southern Writing, Off the Cuffs: A Police Poetry Anthology, Illinois Voices: An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Poetry, and Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam. His poetry has been performed as theatre with Chameleon Productions and Carving Mahogany, and broadcast on National Public Radio. He is an original member of the Funky Wordsmyths, a “hardhittin blak poetry and music” ensemble, which featured the late Oscar Brown III. He has collaborated extensively with musicians in jazz, blues, reggae, and traditional West African idioms. He has been a literary teaching artist and curriculum developer for over a decade, and has led workshops in prisons, public schools and universities in over thirty states.

The Painted Word poetry series, organized by Major Jackson, Professor, UVM Dept. of English, highlights established and emerging New England poets; the program is a collaboration of the Fleming Museum of Art and the UVM Department of English with support from the James and Mary Brigham Buckham Fund. For directions to the Fleming Museum, go to:

Fri, Dec 2: St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, West Church Street, Hardwick, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. A Harvest of Words: Benefit for Hardwick Food Pantry. The Galaxy Bookshop is pleased to co-sponsor this special evening of writers to benefit the Hardwick Food Pantry. Featuring several local writers (more information to come), and followed by a reception at Claire’s Restaurant, this will be a feast for the mind and the body. Please note that the reading portion of the evening takes place at the Episcopal Church, behind the Jeudevine Library. Many thanks to poet Julia Shipley for her work in organizing this event!

Fri, Dec 2: Champlain Mill, Winooski, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Young Writers Project Slam. YWP Spoken Word series FIRST Fridays of every month (except for Nov.)… Music Jam — poetry and music, Dec. 2, 7 p.m. at YWP, Champlain Mill, Winooski. ….Jan. 6, 7 p.m., Louder than a Bomb screening and open Mic. …. Feb. 3, 7 p.m., Lonely Hearts Rant Night …. March 2, 7 p.m. Theme TBA … April 6, Theme TBA … May 4, Theme TBA. For more information on all events, and workshop times, go to

Sun, Dec 4: Tune in on Sundays at 5:00 for the Write Action Radio Hour. The program is broadcast from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. over WVEW FM-LP, 107.7. If you are outside of the broadcast area, you can listen on your computer through Internet streaming which is available at

Wed, Dec 7: Burlington City Arts Center, 135 Church Street (side door, 2nd floor), Burlington, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. PoeJam. The Burlington Poetry Jam is an open mic, mostly-poetry/spoken word event, with a little music, hosted by dug Nap, that takes place every other Wednesday night. Created by Dug Nap.

Sat, Dec 10: Village Square Books, 32 The Square, Bellows Falls, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 2nd Saturday Open Mic Poetry.

  • Hear local poets from the River Voices Writing Group
  • Bring your own original work to share or read from a favorite author
  • Listen to poetry

Once a month, we schedule Poetry readings. These might be Open Mic Sessions, or Readings by published authors. The tables in the cafe are gathered together as each member of the group takes a turn reading poetry aloud in a fun environment. Call (802-463-9404) or email us to participate as a reader or let us know that you’ll be attending as a listener. Village Square Booksellers provides light refreshments during the event.

Sat, Dec 10: Shiretown Books, 9 Central Street, Woodstock, 4:00 p.m. Open poetry reading. Bring your own poems, or a favorite you’d like to read, or just come to listen and enjoy. These readings will take place regularly, and a friendly group of poetry lovers is forming at Shiretown Books. Come join us! Info, 457-2996,

Sun, Dec 11: Tune in on Sundays at 5:00 for the Write Action Radio Hour. The program is broadcast from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. over WVEW FM-LP, 107.7. If you are outside of the broadcast area, you can listen on your computer through Internet streaming which is available at

Mon, Dec 12: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, 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.

Tue, Dec 13:  Ilsley Library, Main Street, Middlebury, 2:00 p.m – 3:00 p.m. Poetry reading, “Alien.” Info,

Tue, Dec 13: Vermont Humanities Council office, 11 Loomis Street, Montpelier, 5:30 p.m. You Come Too: Thomas Gray (1716-1771). VHC’s popular You Come Too series returns this fall. Explore the work of influential poets with VHC Executive Director Peter Gilbert. Refreshments served. RSVPs and walk-ins welcome.

Sun, Dec 18: Tune in on Sundays at 5:00 for the Write Action Radio Hour. The program is broadcast from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. over WVEW FM-LP, 107.7. If you are outside of the broadcast area, you can listen on your computer through Internet streaming which is available at

Wed, Dec 21: Burlington City Arts Center, 135 Church Street (side door, 2nd floor), Burlington, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. PoeJam. The Burlington Poetry Jam is an open mic, mostly-poetry/spoken word event, with a little music, hosted by dug Nap, that takes place every other Wednesday night. Created by Dug Nap.

Sun, Dec 25: Tune in on Sundays at 5:00 for the Write Action Radio Hour. The program is broadcast from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. over WVEW FM-LP, 107.7. If you are outside of the broadcast area, you can listen on your computer through Internet streaming which is available at


Mon, Feb, 27: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Evie Shockley. Evie Shockley is the author of two poetry collections, the new black (Wesleyan University Press, 2011) and a half-red sea (Carolina Wren Press, 2006), and two chapbooks, 31 words * prose poems (2007) and The Gorgon Goddess (2001). Also a scholar, she has written a critical study entitled Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (forthcoming, University of Iowa Press). Since 2007, she has co-edited the journal jubilat. Shockley teaches African American literature and creative writing (poetry) at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Visit her site on Red Room at

Tue, Mar 6: Middlebury College. Poet C. Dale Young. C. Dale Young is the author of three collections of poetry: The Day Underneath the Day (2001); The Second Person (2007); and Torn (2011). He practices medicine full-time as an oncologist and teaches creative writing in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program. He serves as poetry editor of New England Review, and his poems have appeared in many anthologies and magazines, including The Best American Poetry. He lives in San Francisco.

Wed, Apr 4: Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main Street, Brattleboro, 7:00 p.m. An Evening of Latin American Poetry. Amherst College professor Ilan Stavans considers poems by Rubén Darío, Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda, Octavio Paz, and others—parts of a tradition in which words are mechanisms of resistance against oppression.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Brooks Memorial Library. Info, Jerry Carbone, (802) 254-5290 x101.

Wed, Apr 4: Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St, Montpelier, 7:00 p.m. They Do Still Write Them the Way They Used To. Refuting the notion that modern poetry is formless and self-absorbed, poet Michael Palma considers contemporary poets who use rhyme, meter, and figurative language to explore timeless, universal themes.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Info, Rachel Senechal, (802) 223-3338.

Wed, Apr 4: Rutland Free Library, 10 Court St, Rutland, 7:00 p.m. Poetry’s Spiritual Language. Using the poetry of Dickinson, Kenyon, Rumi, and Kabir—poets from diverse religious traditions—poet Nancy Jay Crumbine examines poetry’s language of spirituality. A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Rutland Free Library. Info, Paula Baker, 773-1860.

Thu, May, 17: Sun, Nov 27: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Bernadette Mayer. Bernadette Mayer’s poetry has been praised by John Ashbery as “magnificent.” Brenda Coultas calls her a master of “devastating wit.” Mayer is the author of more than two dozen volumes of poetry, including Midwinter Day, Sonnets, The Desires of Mothers to Please Others in Letters, and Poetry State Forest. A former director of the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery and co-editor of the conceptual magazine 0 to 9 with Vito Acconci, Mayer has been a key figure on the New York poetry scene for decades.

Thu, May, 31: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Donald Revell. Donald Revell has authored six collections of poetry, the most recent of which is There Are Three. His poems have appeared widely in journals and reviews, as have his essays. He has also published ALCOOLS, a translation of poems of Guillaume Apollinaire. His awards include two NEA Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Ingram-Merrill Fellowship, and several appearances in the Best American Poetry anthologies. Revell has taught at the Iowa Writers Workshop and currently teaches at the University of Utah.

Thu, Jun 14: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Srikanth Reddy. Srikanth Reddy grew up in Chicago. He is the author of two books of poetry, Facts for Visitors and Voyager, both published by the University of California Press. A scholarly study, Changing Subjects: Digressions in Modern American Poetry, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Reddy earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Iowa and a PhD in English Literature from Harvard University, and he has received fellowships from the Whiting Foundation, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and the Mellon Foundation. Hi is currently an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Chicago.

Mon, Jul 2: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Matthea Harvey. Matthea Harvey is the author of Sad Little Breathing Machine (Graywolf, 2004) and Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the HumanForm (Alice James Books, 2000). Her third book of poems, Modern Life (Graywolf, 2007) was a finalist for the National Book Critics CirlcleAward and a New York Times Notable Book. Her first children’s book, TheLittle General and the Giant Snowflake, illustrated by ElizabethZechel, was published byTin House Books in 2009. An illustrated erasure, titled Of Lamb, with images by Amy Jean Porter, will be published byMcSweeney’s in 2010. Matthea is a contributing editor to jubilat, Meatpaper and BOMB. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence and lives in Brooklyn.

Thu, Jul, 26: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Chris Abani. Chris Abani is the author of two novels: GraceLand and Masters of the Board. His poetry collections include Dog Woman, Daphne’s Lot and Kalakuta Republic. Abani is the recipient of the 2001 PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, the 2001 Prince Claus Award and a 2003 Lannan Literary Fellowship. He teaches in the MFA Program at Antioch University, and is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of California, Riverside.

Thu, Aug, 9: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Jean Valentine. Jean Valentine is the author of nine books of poetry, most recently Door in the Mountain, New & Collected Poems (Wesleyan University Press, 2004) which won the National Book Award for 2004. Earlier books are Dream Barker, winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets in 1965, The River at Wolf (Alice James Books, 1992) and The Cradle of the Real Life (Wesleyan, 2002). Valentine has taught at Barnard College, Columbia U., Sarah Lawrence College, NYU, Hunter College, and the 92nd Street Y. She lives and works in New York City.

Mon, Aug 27: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Emmanuel Moses.

Emmanuel Moses was born in Casablanca in 1959, the son of a French-educated German Jew and a French Jew: an historian of philosophy and a painter. He spent his early childhood in France, lived in Israel from the ages of ten to eighteen, and then returned to Paris, where he still lives. He is the author of eight collections of poems, most recently L’Animal (Flammarion, 2010) and D’un perpetuel hiver (Gallimard 2009), and of six novels. He is a translator of contemporary Hebrew fiction and poetry, notably of Yehuda Amichai. He also translates from the German and from the English. Last News of Mr. Nobody, a collection of Moses’ poems translated into English by Kevin Hart, Marilyn Hacker, C. K. Williams and others, was published by The Other Press in 2005. He and I, a collection translated by Marilyn Hacker, was published by the Oberlin College Press FIELD Translation Series in 2009.

A polyglot whose experience of the world comes as much from travel and human intercourse as from books, from an interrogation of the past which coexists with his experience of the present, Emmanuel Moses is a kind of Poète sans frontières. While some contemporary French poets eschew geographical specificity, a perennial subject of Moses’ poems is the crossing and the porosity of actual borders, geographical and temporal. A (Proustian?) train of thought set in motion by the placement of a park bench, the stripe of sunlight on a brick wall, will move the speaker and the poem itself from Amsterdam to Jerusalem, from a boyhood memory to a 19th century chronicle, from Stendhal to the Shoah. A subtle irony permeates Moses’ work, even (or especially) at moments meant to be self-reflective or romantic, an irony applied to the events of history as readily as to the events of a single young or aging man’s life. It is clear in Moses’ poems as in his fiction that the macro-events of “history” are made up of the miniscule events individual existence, or must be perceived as such to be understood. The breadth of the poet’s reading and his intimate relationship with architecture, music and painting inform his work and populate it with unexpected interlocutors: Chopin, Buxtehude, Fragonard, Breughel – or a London barman, or a woman pharmacist in Istanbul.

Sep (TBA): Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Kwarne Dawes. Dawes has published fifteen collections of poetry. His most recent titles include Back of Mount Peace (2009); Hope’s Hospice (2009); Wisteria, finalist for the Patterson Memorial Prize; Impossible Flying (2007); and Gomer’s Song (2007). Progeny of Air (Peepal Tree, 1994) was the winner of the Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection in the UK. Other poetry collections include Resisting the Anomie (Goose Lane, 1995); Prophets (Peepal Tree, 1995); Jacko Jacobus, (Peepal Tree, 1996); and Requiem, (Peepal Tree. 1996), a suite of poems inspired by the illustrations of African American artist, Tom Feelings in his landmark book The Middle Passage: White Ships/Black Cargo; and Shook Foil (Peepal Tree, 1998), a collection of reggae-inspired poems. His book, Midland, was awarded the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize by the Ohio University Press (2001). In 2001, Dawes was a winner of a Pushcart Prize for the best American poetry of 2001 for his long poem, “Inheritance.”

Thu, Oct, 4: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Robert Wrigley. Robert Wrigley has published six collections of poetry including his latest, Earthly Meditations. He has published widely in anthologies and journals, including the Georgia Review, Shenandoah, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, and The Partisan Review. Among his many awards are a Guggenheim, two Pushcart Prizes, and two NEA Fellowships. He is Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence at Lewis and Clark State College. He lives in Idaho.

Thu, Oct 18: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Claudia Rankine. Rankine co-edited the anthology American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Lyric Meets Language, and her work is included in several anthologies, including Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present, Best American Poetry 2001, Giant Step: African American Writing at the Crossroads of the Century, and The Garden Thrives: Twentieth Century African-American Poetry. Her work has been published in numerous journals including Boston Review, TriQuarterly, and The Poetry Project Newsletter. She lives and teaches in California.

Thu, Nov 1: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Edward Hirsch. Edward Hirsch was born in Chicago in 1950 and educated both at Grinnell College and the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Ph.D. in folklore.

His first collection of poems, For the Sleepwalkers, was published in 1981 and went on to receive the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets and the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award from New York University. His second collection, Wild Gratitude (1986), received the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Since then, he has published several books of poems, most recently Special Orders (Alfred A. Knopf, 2008); Lay Back the Darkness (2003); On Love (1998); Earthly Measures (1994); and The Night Parade (1989).

He is also the author of the prose volumes The Demon and the Angel: Searching for the Source of Artistic Inspiration (Harcourt, 2002), Responsive Reading (1999), and the national bestseller How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry (1999), which the poet Garrett Hongo called “the product of a lifetime of passionate reflection” and “a wonderful book for laureate and layman both.” Most recently, he published Poet’s Choice (Harcourt, 2007), which collects two years’ worth of his weekly essay-letters running in the Washington Post Book World.

Mon, Nov 19: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Alice Noltey. Alice Notley is the author of more than twenty books of poetry including The Descent of Alette and Mysteries of Small Houses. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the L.A. Times Book Award for Poetry. In 2001, she received an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Poetry Society of America’s Shelly Memorial Award. Born in Arizona, Notley grew up in California. She was an important force in the eclectic second generation of the New York school of poetry.

Thu, Dec 13: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Simon Ortiz. On May 27, 1941, Simon J. Ortiz was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He attended Fort Lewis College and the University of New Mexico for undergraduate studies.

He received his MFA as an International Writing Fellow at the University of Iowa’s Writer’s School in 1969.

His books of poetry include: Telling and Showing Her: The Earth, The Land (Just Buffalo Literary Center, 1995); After and Before the Lightning (1994); Woven Stone (1992); From Sand Creek: Rising In This Heart Which Is Our America (1981), for which he received a Pushcart Prize; A Good Journey (1977); Going for the Rain (1976); and Naked in the Wind (1971).

He has also published children’s books, memoirs, non-fiction, and short stories, and served as editor of various books and anthologies.

Ortiz is a recipient of the Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award, the New Mexico Humanities Council Humanitarian Award, the National Endowment for the Arts Discovery Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and was an Honored Poet at the 1981 White House Salute to Poetry. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Returning the Gift Festival of Native Writers.

Ortiz lives in the Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico, where he was lieutenant governor and a consulting editor of the Pueblo of Acoma Press. He has taught writing and Native American literature at various institutions, and currently teaches at the University of Toronto.


Thu, Feb, 7: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Major Jackson. “Jackson knows the truth of black magic. It is a magic as simple as the belief in humanity that subverts racism, or the esoteric and mystical magic of making jazz, the music of hope and love.” – Aafa Weaver

Major Jackson is the author of two collections of poetry, Hoops (Norton: 2006), a finalist for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature-Poetry. and Leaving Saturn (University of Georgia: 2002), winner of the 2000 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award.

Poems by Major Jackson have appeared in the American Poetry Review, Boulevard, Callaloo, Post Road, Triquarterly, The New Yorker, among other literary journals and anthologies. He is a recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and has been honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress. He has received critical attention in The Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Parnassus, Philadelphia Inquirer, and on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

Jackson is an Associate Professor of English at University of Vermont and a faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars. In 2006-2007, he was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Thu, Feb, 21: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. B. Fritz Goldberg. Beckian Fritz Goldberg holds an MFA from Vermont College and is the author of several volumes of poetry, Body Betrayer(1991), In the Badlands of Desire (1993), Never Be the Horse(1999), winner of the University of Akron Poetry Prize selected by Thomas Lux, and Twentieth Century Children/, a limited edition chapbook, (1999). Her work has appeared widely in anthologies and journals including The American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry 1995, Field, The Gettysburg Review, Indiana Review, The Iowa Review, New American Poets of the 90’s, and The Massachusetts Review. She has been awarded the Theodore Roethke Poetry Prize, The Gettysburg Review Annual Poetry Award, The University of Akron Press Poetry Prize, and a Pushcart Prize. Her newest volume of poems, The Book of Accident, will appear in fall, 2002, from Invisible Cities Press. Currently, Goldberg directs the MFA Creative Writing Program at Arizona State University.

Fri, Mar 8: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Sebastian Mathews. Sebastian Matthews is the author of the poetry collection We Generous (Red Hen Press) and a memoir, In My Father’s Footsteps (W. W. Norton). He co-edited, with Stanley Plumly, Search Party: Collected Poem s of William Matthews. Matthews teaches at Warren Wilson College and serves on the faculty at Queens College Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing. His poetry and prose has appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Georgia Review, New England, Review, Poetry Daily, Poets & Writers, Seneca Review, The Sun, Tin House, Virginia Quarterly Review and The Writer’s Almanac, among others. Matthews co-edits Rivendell, a place-based literary journal, and serves as poetry consultant for Ecotone:
Re-Imagining Place.

  • 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

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