Vermont Poetry Newsletter • September 23 2012

[The Vermont Poetry Newsletter is not produced 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. Please contact Ron Lewis if you would like to receive his Newsletter in full, have questions concerning its content, or if you have revisions or corrections.]

Vermont Poetry Newsletter

Your Poetry & Spoken Word Gateway
In The Green Mountain State

September 23, 2012 (Previous issue: 07/01) –

In This Issue:

  1. About VPN
  2. Newsletter Editor/Publisher’s Note
  3. Writing Assignments/Suggestions/Exercises/Prompts
  4. Fall Into Poetry! League of VT Writers Workshop & Slam
  5. UVM’s The Painted Word Poetry Series
  6. Thailand: US Blogger Jailed for Insulting King
  7. New England College’s MFA Degree in Poetry
  8. Creating in Flow, Where Do Poems Come From?
  9. Poetry Festival: A Celebration of Literary Journals
  10. The Personal Heresy
  11. David Budbill’s New Book
  12. The One, C. Dale Young
  13. Gary Margolis’ New Memoir
  14. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Jubilee Poems
  15. Russia: Online Poetry’s Vehement, Apolitical Politics
  16. Natasha Trethewey, U.S. Poet Laureate, New Book: “Thrall”
  17. ”Thrall” — 2nd Book Review
  18. Natasha Trethewey’s Inaugural Reading
  19. Lee Upton on Revision
  20. Vermont State Poet Laureate Sydney Lea’s Calendar
  21. The Sound of a Sentence
  22. Modern & Contemporary American Poetry
  23. Emily Dickinson, A 2nd New Photograph Discovered
  24. Emily Dickinson, 1st Photograph
  25. Great Poetry Links: Bomono
  26. Poetry Quote – Lee Upton
  27. American Life in Poetry Poem
  28. US Poets Laureate List
  29. Vermont Poet Laureates
  30. US Poet Laureates From Vermont
  31. New Hampshire Poet Laureates
  32. US Poet Laureates From New Hampshire
  33. Contact Info for Editor/Publisher of VPN: Ron Lewis
  34. Vermont Literary Journals
  35. Vermont Literary Groups’ Anthologies
  36. Vermont Poetry Blogs
  37. State Poetry Society (PSOV)
  38. Year-Round Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  39. Other Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  40. Year-Round Poetry Writing Centers in Vermont
  41. Other: By Correspondence
  42. Other Writing Groups in Vermont
  43. Poetry Event Calendar

1.) About the Vermont Poetry Newsletter Network

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

The mission of the Vermont Poetry Newsletter is to foster the poetry arts community in the Green Mountain State, 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:

In the Editor’s Note of the last newsletter, I mentioned that I’d be more timely getting the next newsletter out to you. Unfortunately, I had a couple things happen to me that interfered with the timeliness of this issue. My apologies.

First, in July, I was struck down by some gall stones that, according to medical personnel, had me 3-4 hours from visiting the Great Beyond. As it was, my wife just happened to come home early on the day of my troubles, at which time I passed out for several hours, waking up in an emergency room. There, I was stabilized, and soon made the trip by ambulance to Fletcher Allen in Burlington, where approximately 10 doctors worked on my case, taking a good guess that I had an infection from some gall stones that refused to be passed through the duct and on to my pancreas. The infection had poisoned my blood (sepsis) and some of my organs (liver, heart, etc.) were actually shutting down. I spent the week battling the infection. After that, it became high priority to have my gallbladder removed, so on 9/14, I underwent laparoscopic surgery and had it taken out. So, that’s why your newsletter was late. It nearly became VERY late.

So, I’m no longer making promises as to when your next VPN will be available. I’ll just be doing the best I can to prepare a new one for you!

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


Here’s one for you: Body Identification. Write a poem on how you would identify a body. Make it even more interesting by changing it slightly to identifying your OWN body. This should lead you to forensic identification techniques, documents that support personal identification, and so forth. I think this should be a lot of fun to draw up as a poem and give you a “reality check” on how you perceive yourself!

From: Ron Lewis’ Huge Bag of Hellish Prompts ©

Previous Writing Assignment

Good Luck!

4.) Saturday, September 29, Fall Into Poetry, Workshops and a Slam!

(It’s a Slam!)

Join us for our September Program: “Fall into Poetry”

At River Arts, 74 Pleasant Street, Morrisville, VT! A Day of Writing and Sharing that includes Workshops and a Slam! From 9:00 am until we’re done (or 4:00 pm, whichever comes first) Workshops will offer something for everybody, not just poets —a morning packed with learning and fun!

5.) University of Vermont’s The Painted Word Poetry Series

Fleming Museum
61 Colchester Avenue
Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m

  • Sep 26 – Cathy Park Hong and Neil Shepard
  • Oct 31 – Brenda Shaughnessy and Jon Woodward
  • Nov 28 — Prageeta Sharma and Jeffrey McDaniel

6.) Thailand: US blogger jailed for insulting king

A blogger has been jailed for two and a half years after posting excerpts of a biography online deemed offensive to the Thai monarchy. Joe Gordon, a Colorado resident who was born in Thailand, translated excerpts of a locally banned biography of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and posted them on his US blog. Gordon pleaded guilty to disseminating information that insulted the monarchy. In November, government minister’s warned that Thailand’s notoriously tough lese-majeste law could even affect “liking” a page on Facebook.

  • Take this further, how do you think the monarchy would feel about a poem written unfavorably toward its King? If you’re thinking of moving to a far-off island to write poetry, cross Thailand off your list! ~ Ron Lewis


The College’s MFA degree in poetry is the only single-genre program of its kind in the country. This degree program features a summer and winter residency each year with an online component in between allowing students to participate from any location. Studying with a faculty drawn from the country’s leading contemporary voices in poetry, graduates of the program have met with great success. Carey Salerno, a 2006 graduate from Boston, Massachusetts, received the Alice James Books 2007 Kinereth Gensler Award. Her book of poetry, Shelter, will be published next year. This summer, recent graduate Christopher Goodrich also had his first collection of poems published by Finishing Line Press. Goodrich, who lives in New Jersey, received the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize and has been published in The New York Quarterly, 5AM, Kestrel, The Sycamore Review, The Worcester Review, and numerous other publications. A 2004 graduate of the MFA program, Mary Walker Graham was the featured poet in the publication Poetry Daily which has earned a solid reputation for its ability to publish the work of the next generation of leading poets. Ira Joe Fisher, also a 2004 MFA graduate and CBS’s The Saturday Early Show weatherman, published his first book of poetry in 2006.

8.) Creating in Flow

  • Where do poems come from, other than from hard work? Former Vermont State Poet Laureate Ruth Stone once said: “You can encourage (writing), but you can’t teach it; it has to come from the person,” Stone said. “It has to well up out of them.” It’s a talent that had welled up out of Stone as long as she could remember. Indeed, many of Stone’s poems seem to “flow” from her in a virtual stream of consciousness. Capturing it was the hardest part. “I’ve lost 99 percent of what I’ve created because I didn’t get it down and it’s gone out the window,” Stone once said. She’d tried to keep a pen and a pad of paper handy, but that didn’t always work out for the lady from Goshen. How about Phillip Levine, the former US Poet Laureate? Here’s an article about the state of mind one gets into when writing poetry. ~ Ron Lewis

How a Poet Laureate Flows

When he’s “firing,” Philip Levine’s poetry comes from his total self.
Published on August 10, 2011 by Susan K. Perry, Ph.D. in Creating in Flow

Philip Levine won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1995 for his 15th collection of poetry, The Simple Truth, and now, at age 83, he has been named the next U.S. Poet Laureate. Levine is widely known for his poems about working-class people and the need for economic and social justice.

He and I exchanged letters while I was researching celebrated writers and poets (when he was a mere 68), for what eventually turned into the book Writing in Flow.

What follows is Levine’s part of our conversation about his creative process. My initial question was whether, while writing, he had ever entered flow, a state of mind in which time seems to stop. Responded Levine:

  • Listen and watch Phillip deliver this talk. ~ Ron Lewis

9.) Poetry Festival: A Celebration of Literary Journals

  • This is an annual West Caldwell, NJ event. It regularly features dozens of literary journals and poets. You can select actual videos of the Festivals anywhere from 2007 through 2012.


  • Noting the current debate on who should rule this country, perhaps it’s time to re-read The Personal Heresy, a series of articles, three each by C.S. Lewis and E.M.W. (Eustace Mandeville Wetenhall) Tillyard.

The Personal Heresy is a series of articles, three each by C.S. Lewis and E.M.W. (Eustace Mandeville Wetenhall) Tillyard, first published on April 27, 1939 by Oxford University Press and later reprinted, also by Oxford University Press, in 1965. The book has been reprinted in 2008 by Concordia University Press with an Introduction by Lewis scholar Bruce L. Edwards and a new Preface by the editor, Joel D. Heck. The central issue of the essays is whether a piece of imaginative writing, particularly poetry, is primarily a reflection of the author’s personality (Tillyard’s position) or is about something external to the author (Lewis’s position). The two positions may be summarized briefly as the subjective position (Tillyard) and the objective position (Lewis). In general, Lewis attempts to keep poetry within the reach of the common person, while Tillyard thinks of the poet as a person who is “a cut above the common person.”

Overview on Wikipedia.



My newest book PARK SONGS: A POEM/PLAY will be published on September 12th. It should be in bookstores now. This is an advanced notice for my email and Facebook friends. To learn more about the book, go to the Exterminating Angel Press page for PARK SONGS. I encourage you to buy a copy from an independent bookstore, like my favorite bookstore, the Galaxy Bookshop. The book is also available at your favorite independent bookseller, on Amazon, at Powell’s Books, and at Barnes and Noble. If you want to buy it as an ebook, the ISBN is: ISBN: 978-1-935259-17-6. I hope you enjoy PARK SONGS: A POEM/PLAY.

Sincerely, David


The garden is expansive,
verdant, out of control.
Every afternoon the air is full
of darning needles and dragonflies.
The tomatoes are beginning
to ripen.
The woodshed is loaded–
early this year.

Summer’s almost over.
And good riddance too.

I’ll be glad when it’s over.
No more fresh vegetables.
No more summer sun.
No more swimming in the pond.

I’m ready for it:
sweet, quiet, fall.

David Budbill

12.) The One

In conversations with many different poets, I have noticed, on many occasions, that many poets can trace back and name the poem that first took hold of them, excited them beyond anything they could remember before, the poem that elicited almost a conversion reaction. Of course, there are some who just slowly fell into poetry, but I am always fascinated by “the one” poem. And no, I don’t love the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and such things. But “the one” poem fascinates me. I can tell you exactly when and where I encountered “the one.” (….)


Gary Margolis’ New Memoir: “Seeing the Songs: A Poet’s Journey to the Shamans in Ecuador”
(Green Frigate Press, 128 pgs)


A journey to Ecuador’s rainforest, this memoir reflects upon the effects of environmental destruction in that nation while simultaneously recounting the author’s personal experiences as a psychologist and poet. From traditional healing ceremonies performed by Andean and rain forest shamans to the knowledge gained from Shuar and Quecha Indians regarding the degrading impact of oil-company drilling and local forest cutting, this account shares the lessons learned from an inspiring group of people. Step by step, mile by mile, the author and his friends find their way up and over the mountains, across the stone-sung Amazon rivers and further into the jungle, to find a love they had forgotten, a world with which they could return. (….)

14.) Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy Jubilee poems go online

A collection of 60 poems marking 60 years of the Queen’s reign compiled by Carol Ann Duffy have been put online for a new multimedia project. The poet laureate’s Jubilee Lines anthology comprises works by 60 contemporary poets, each inspired by an event of the past seven decades. (….)

15.) Russia: Online Poetry’s Vehement, Apolitical Politics

Russians proverbially have a soft spot for poetry. After reports appeared that Vladimir Putin planned to lead a flock of endangered Siberian Cranes on an annual migration, while hang-gliding and dressed as a bird, many bloggers responded [ru] with [ru] classic poems about cranes, along with photoshopped images (see above).

It’s no surprise that a result of Russians’ widespread interest in poetry is that there are plenty of online communities dedicated to its production and consumption. [ru] (‘stihi’ translates as ‘poems’), with a user base of almost half a million people, is the largest by far. In fact, this space, dedicated to writing, publishing, and sharing poems, is one of Russia’s largest online communities. Its founder, Dmitri Kravchuk, estimates [ru] that 1% of all users of the RuNet write poetry, and many of them use his website.

One example of RuNet photoshopping addressing Putin’s latest act. (An anonymous image widely circulated online.)

16.) ‘Thrall’ by Natasha Trethewey, the poet laureate of the United States

By Elizabeth Lund, Published: September 13, 2012

Natasha Trethewey’s “Thrall” is a must-read collection that equals the power and quality of her third book, “Native Guard,” which won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize . “Thrall” also demonstrates why this 46 -year-old writer is worthy of her recent appointment as poet laureate of the United States.
Trethewey, the daughter of an African American woman and a white man, explores racial attitudes and stereotypes throughout this slim volume, using both personal and historical lenses. The book opens with a gorgeous, understated poem about a fishing trip she and her father took years ago. That experience and their difficult relationship create an underlying tension that shapes the entire book. What readers notice first, though, is the poem’s engrossing imagery:

drizzle needling
the surface, mist at the banks like a net
settling around us —
everything damp
and shining. (….)

17.) A student of poetry: Thrall, by Natasha Trethewey

  • A 2nd, deserving book review. ~ Ron Lewis

Interrupting Infinity Exclusive Commentary. © 2012 by David St.-Lascaux


….It seems to me that the U.S. Poet Laureate ought to be a distinguished, or at least an outstandingly talented poet. Candidly stated (the previously-published “best of” credentials of some of the included poems and the several mandarins with skin in her game notwithstanding), Trethewey’s poetry doesn’t make either cut. Perhaps this reflects a decline in literacy in America, a country in which the Library of Congress illiterately and illiterarily designates the laureateship as the “Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry” (we were expecting, maybe, that she would be the “Poet Laureate Consultant in Politically Correct and Uncontroversial Appointments that Won’t Offend the Great White Ghost of William F. Buckley, Jr., Poet Laureate Consultant in Cruciverbalism”?). And what’s with the C word? Oh, I know, it’s lobbyspeak; having met a few (consultant persons, although, so far, no mythic corporate ones), I find the notion of Kay Ryan or Charles Simic as consultants to America, Inc., darkly malhumorous. (….)

18.) The Poet Laureate’s Inaugural Reading
By Katy Waldman
Posted Friday, Sept. 14, 2012

Natasha Trethewey, the new poet laureate of the United States, knows how to end a poem. Her work runs along two tracks—the personal and the historical—that converge somewhere around the last line. The moment’s a revelation because while she’s reading you get the sense she’s feeling her way, worrying charged words like father, blood, light, and dark, nervous about what she’ll find. When she finds that our grand historical narratives are made up of people who feel intensely—and that these stories are not always kind to the human beings acting them out—you’re left feeling sad and connected, which is a pretty good way for poetry to make you feel.

On Thursday night, Trethewey addressed a packed crowd in the Library of Congress’s Thomas Jefferson building. She was opening the 2012-13 literary season. So many fans came to celebrate that a group of us had to watch her on TV in an “overflow room.” The audience was younger than I expected, and more diverse. I saw kids in lanyards snapping pictures on their iPhones, scruffy loners in thick glasses, girls in leggings, women in headscarves, married couples in jackets and heavy jewelry. In line for a seat, I spoke to a researcher at NIH who studied false zeroes in data sets and wrote poetry on the side. Her favorite author was Louise Glück. Behind us stood an English professor at a nearby university, who said he was looking forward to the wine at the reception afterward.  (….)

19.) Lee Upton on Revision

Sometimes poems fail because the poet is being diligent in all the wrong places; the poet patches over any open spaces that might have allowed the unfamiliar to enter. The poem that results is static, a small, obedient poem, sadly “complete” in a limited sense. The poem is a clumsy solid. (….)

To read more, visit Diane Lockward’s blog.

20.) Vermont State Poet Laureate Sydney Lea

Go to:

Calendar 2012

  • September 21 – Burlington Book Festival
  • September 26 – Newfane Library 7 p.m.
  • November 9 – Next Stage Theater (w/Victoria Redel) 7 p.m. Putney, Vermont

20.) The Sound of a Sentence


At the top of my list of favorite children’s books is “Goodnight Moon,” with its soft lines and easy rhymes (Goodnight stars/ Goodnight air/ Goodnight noises everywhere). I never tire of the story, no matter how many children I read it to. My other favorite is “Green Eggs and Ham,” with its topsy-turvy sentences (I am Sam. Sam I am.) and subversive humor (And I will eat them in the rain. And in the dark. And on a train.).

The playful language found in children’s books comes naturally to us when we are young. We start with “Bye, Bye!” and progress to sing-songy clapping games:

A sailor went to sea sea sea
To see what he could see see see
And all that he could see see see
Was the bottom of the deep blue sea sea sea.

As we mature, our delight in sounds becomes less visceral. We study the couplets of Robert Frost, send the subversive punctuation of E.E. Cummings to paramours and contemplate the “widening gyres” of William Butler Yeats. However, we often lose the child’s love of chaotic vowels and knocking syllables. Even when writing about poetry, we bog down in the language of academia. Our sentences get longer as we pile up clauses and struggle to state a thesis. Then, in our professional lives, we get tangled up in bureaucratese and forget our innate ability to play with sound and sense.

22.) Modern & Contemporary American Poetry

This course is a fast-paced introduction to modern and contemporary U.S. poetry, from Dickinson and Whitman to the present. Participants (who need no prior experience with poetry) will learn how to read poems that are supposedly “difficult.” Sign up, it’s free! It started on September 10th, 2012, and is 10 weeks long. The workload is 5-8 hours per week.

It’s given through the University of Pennsylvania, by Al Filreis.

Read more about this class and sign up at:

23.) Emily Dickinson gets a new look in recovered photograph

A daguerreotype appearing to show the famously reclusive poet is only the second photo we have of her

Emily Dickinson (left) and Kate Scott Turner in 1859, Photograph: Amherst College Archives

A photograph believed to be an extremely rare image of Emily Dickinson has surfaced in her home town of Amherst, Massachusetts, showing a young woman in old-fashioned clothes, a tiny smile on her lips and a hand extended solicitously towards her friend.

There is, currently, only one authenticated photograph of Dickinson in existence – the well-known image of the poet as a teenager in 1847. But Amherst College believes an 1859 daguerreotype may well also be an image of the reclusive, beloved poet, by now in her mid-20s and sitting with her recently widowed friend, Kate Scott Turner. If so, it will shed new light on the poet who, by the late 1850s, was withdrawing further and further from the world.
The college’s archives and special collections department has subjected the 1859 daguerreotype, owned by a New England collector, to multiple tests, including an ophthalmological report, and says that all of the current evidence is in favour of the woman on the left of the image being Dickinson. (….)


Emily Dickinson. Photograph: Hulton Getty

25.) Great Poetry Links:


waxing poetic with a few keystrokes,
when you mind needs a short resting period


As for writing poetry, it’s self-reinforcing; it’s exciting to work intensively with patterns of sound and meaning. I don’t understand why almost everybody isn’t writing poetry as often as they can; poetry is a great rescuer and redeemer, and it can give us an almost-immediate experience of imaginative freedom. I think of poetry as a pocket of breath in an avalanche.

Poetry Quote by Lee Upton

American Life in Poetry: Column 390


David St. John is a California poet whose meticulous care with every word has always impressed me. This poem is a fine example of how clarity can let us see all the way to the heart.

From a Bridge

I saw my mother standing there below me
On the narrow bank just looking out over the river

Looking at something just beyond the taut middle rope
Of the braided swirling currents

Then she looked up quite suddenly to the far bank
Where the densely twined limbs of the cypress (….)

28.) 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 2010-2011
Philip Levine 2011-2012
Natasha Trethewey Sep 2012-2013


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.

34.) 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 $10. 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  802-310-1770 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!  For more info,

  • 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?!!!) Below is a list of summer writing workshops at The Writer’s Center of White River Junction. Please pre-register (asap) with the instructor to reserve your space at the writing table. (These classes are also listed at The Writer’s Center website at And more big news! “The Writer’s Center” has a new Facebook Page that we’re now using to spread the word about workshops, offer writing tips, share publishing news, etc. If you haven’t already, be a part of the page by clicking here and clicking “like”. Write on! ~ Ron Lewis

Writing Memoirs

Wednesdays, September 5 – 26 (four weeks)
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Katharine Britton

Have a great life-story to tell? In this four-workshop series we will apply the building blocks of fiction to your memoir, so you create dynamic characters and infuse your work that all-important dramatic tension. Capture your life stories in a supportive environment and in a fun, meaningful, and productive way. Pre-registration required. Please contact Katharine at or (802) 649-1873.

Simply Time to Write

Sundays,  September 9,  October 14
2 – 5  p.m.
Instructor: Ina Anderson

Poets, if you’re finding it hard to make time to write, or miss the company of fellow poets, join us for an afternoon dedicated to writing and sharing our work. These are writing sessions, not workshops—simply time and space to generate new work and share it with other poets. At each session, an optional writing prompt will be offered. We will all write for at least an hour, and then, after a brief break, those who wish to share what they’ve written can do so. Because the work shared will be in its earliest form, feedback will simply be the listeners’ initial thoughts on what resonates and is working best. This will not include the kind of constructive criticism expected in a workshop focused on more finished work. While beginners are welcome, there will be no instruction, so writers will need enough experience to generate material on their own. The sessions are being coordinated by a local group of poets, and one of them, Ina Anderson, will serve as a convener to explain the protocol, offer the prompt, and keep track of time. Cost is $10 for each session to cover the use of the Writer’s Center. Registration is limited to 8 for each session. To register for one or more sessions, or to learn more, contact Ina at

Women’s Writing Circle

Evening workshop
Mondays, September 10 – October 1
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Facilitator:  Joni Cole
Cost: $100 for the 4-week session

Join this women’s writing circle as a way to deepen our understanding of ourselves and others through writing our personal stories.  We’ll gather to write from a prompt as a means of discovering and exploring our themes, ideas, passions, and all those things that matter most to us.  Writers will then share what they’ve written with the group. The goal is to nurture one another and our ideas, bring lovingkindness to the process of discussing each other’s truths, and ultimately to be agents of social activism…because that is the very definition of writing from the heart and sharing our words with others!  No writing experience required at all. Registration, however, is required. Minimum enrollment 5; max. 10.  To confirm your place in the circle or for more information, contact

Creative Collective

Tuesdays, September 11 and/or September 25
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Joni Cole
$30 per session

Are you looking for quality feedback on a work-in-progress, but have no time for a weekly class? No worries. Here’s a one-session workshop for a quick fix of feedback, sharing, and collective inspiration. Participants are invited to submit ahead of time up to (about) 8 double-spaced pages. Your manuscript will be emailed to all the group members for review. During the meeting, you’ll receive verbal feedback on your work, and are required to return the favor by thoughtfully reading and responding to the work of your fellow participants. Fiction and nonfiction submissions are welcome. For more info or to pre-register (required) contact: or (802) 295-5526.

A Prompt and A Pinot (Not Necessarily in that Order)

Friday, September 14
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Joni Cole

Need a little writing inspiration? Here’s a more laid back yet productive one-session workshop that uses the time-tested device of a writing “prompt” (and a glass of Pinot or fizzy water or both) to stimulate your creativity, tap into your story ideas, and release your unique writing voice. You’ll also pick up tips on technique and experience first-hand how motivating and fun it can be to be part of a community of other writers. Open to anyone who wants to imbibe in the creative process. Minimum enrollment 4; maximum 11.  Registration required: or (802) 295-5526.



Poetry Editing by Wyn Cooper

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

Wyn’s 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. His clients’ books and chapbooks have been published by presses such as Slope Editions, Akron University Press, Salmon Press, Black Ocean Press, and others. He has served as editor-in-chief of Quarterly West for two years, where he edited and published poets such as Stephen Dunn, Larry Levis, and Elizabeth Spires. He has frequently spoken about publishing at literary conferences and festivals.

Wyn Cooper has published four books of poems and a chapbook, and his poems have appeared in over 60 magazines and 25 anthologies of poetry. He has 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 he has helped organize the Brattleboro Literary Festival.

Wyn charges far less than most freelance editors, has a quick turnaround time, and charges on a sliding scale. For more information, or for references, email Wyn at To learn more about Wyn and his work, visit his website,



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.

Sun, Sep 23: Shiretown Books, 9 Central Street, Woodstock, 5 p.m. Shiretown Poets Group. Join local writers and lovers of poetry in a friendly and supportive environment for sharing and listening.

Mon, Sep 24: Middlebury College, Axinn Center 229, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Brazilian Poet Salgado Maranhao’s Blood of the Sun: A Bilingual Reading.

Salgado Maranhao is one of Brazil’s leading contemporary poets. His collected poems, The Color of the Word, won Brazil’s highest award, the Premio de Poesia da Academia Brasileira de Letras, for the year 2011. An earlier collection, Mural of Winds, won the prestigious Prêmio Jabuti in 1999. In addition to eight books of poetry, he has written song lyrics and made recordings with some of Brazil’s leading jazz and pop musicians.
Salgado’s white father was descended from a wealthy family whose plantations in the past had been worked by slaves. His mother was an intelligent, determined black field laborer who sang to him from a folk tradition tracing back to the lyric poetry of the troubadors. As he says, “The Mansion” and “The Shanty” flow together in his veins. Info, 443-5565.

Tue, Sep 25: Bear Pond Books, 77 Main Street, Montpelier, 7:00 p.m.

Local poet and playwright David Budbill introduces his new book, Park Songs: A Poem/Play, an urban equivalent of Judevine. Park Songs is set in a down-and-out Midwestern park where people from all walks of life gather. Budbill is the author of seven books of poems, eight plays, and a novel. “David Budbill is a no-nonsense free-range sage.” New York Times

Wed, Sep 26: University of Vermont, Fleming Museum, 61 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The Painted Word Poetry Series, featuring Cathy Park Hong and Neil Shepard. The Fleming Museum presents The Painted Word poetry series, curated by Major Jackson, Richard Dennis Green & Gold Professor in UVM’s Department of English. Highlighting established and emerging 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. (

Wed, Sep 26: Moore Free Library, 23 West Street, Newfane, 7:00 p.m. Vermont State Poet Laureate Sydney Lea reading.

Thu, Sep 27: Middlebury College, The Bunker, 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Open Slam presented by Poor Form Poetry! The top three poets will qualify to compete in the Grand Slam in December. The top five poets from the Grand Slam will represent Middlebury in intercollegiate poetry slams during the spring semester.

Sat, Sep 29: River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant Street, Morrisville, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Fall Into Poetry — & Slam!

The League of Vermont Writers and the PSOV have teamed up to co-sponsor a lively day of learning and activity for writers. As always, the day is an opportunity for writers to meet and greet, practice their craft, and have fun in the company of their peers.

Workshops offer something for all writers, not just poets — a morning packed with learning and fun!

First up, Julia Shipley opens the day with a mini-workshop on Brevity’s Gift: Exploring Literature’s Shortest Forms. In this hands-on workshop we’ll be raiding the cookie jar of all sorts of short forms: (epigrams, jokes, tweets, haiku, status updates, sijo, tanka, personal ads and sapphic stanzas — to name just a few) and examine their power to invigorate both poetry and prose writing.

Next on the program, Geof Hewitt leads a workshop, All About Slam!, in which we’ll push the boundaries of the very concept ofpoetry, playing with the form and writing extemporaneously! Here’s a chance to use what we learned with Julia! Plenty of hands-on practice for writers of all genres to hone their skills with language and expression and write something new. And we’ll learn what a slam is really all about, because it’s about way more than rhyming couplets.
Register Now!

Fees: $30 for League Members; $40 for Nonmembers: $15 Student rate, with full-time student ID

To register online using PayPal, visit the League’s web site at and use the “Sign Up Today” button in the right hand column. (And don’t forget to order your lunch! You can send your choices by email to (subject like Slam Lunch!), or call the registrar at (802) 644-6549 to order your lunch!)

To register by snail mail, call the number below and a downloadable registration form can be mailed or emailed to you.

For more information, call the registrar at (802) 644-6549 or contact Deb Fennell, Board President, at

The League of Vermont Writers
PO Box 172
Underhill Center, VT 05490

(For additional information, see description written earlier in this Newsletter.)

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 11: Middlebury College, Axinn Center Abernathy Room, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Bianca Stone is the author of several poetry chapbooks, including “I Want To Open The Mouth God Gave You Beautiful Mutant ” (Factory Hollow Press) and “I Saw The Devil With His Needlework” (Argos Books 2012). She is also illustrator of “Antigonick”, a collaboration with Anne Carson (New Directions). Her poems have appeared in such magazines as Best American Poetry 2011, Conduit, and Tin House. She lives in Brooklyn NY. Info, Anna Harlan, 443-5276.

Thu, Oct 11: Middlebury College, The Bunker, 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Open Slam presented by Poor Form Poetry! The top three poets will qualify to compete in the Grand Slam in December. The top five poets from the Grand Slam will represent Middlebury in intercollegiate poetry slams during the spring semester.

Sat, Oct 13: Village Square Booksellers, 32 the Square, Bellows Falls, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Open Mic – Poetry & Prose; 2nd Saturday Open Mic. Open Mic hosted by the River Voices. Read your own poetry or short story (1-2 pages), read from a favorite book or just listen to poetry. Refreshments. Call for a reservation, 463-9404.

Mon, Oct 15: Middlebury College, Axinn Center 219, Abernathy Room, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Poor Form Open Planning Meeting. An open meeting for anyone interested in helping plan poetry slams, bringing featured poets and running workshops. You don’t have to be a performer to participate!

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, Oct 18: 51 The Main at The Bridge, 51 Main Street, Middlebury, 9:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Verbal Onslaught.

Verbal Onslaught is a FREE monthly Spoken Word/Poetry Open Mic Lounge at 51 Main. Drawing from our Middlebury community of faculty, staff, students, local community members and other special guests (such as Staceyann Chin, Sonia Sanchez, Aja Monet, Kelly Zen-Yei Tsai, Roxy Azari, Maria Aponte, and Bobby Gonzalez), Verbal Onslaught adds dynamic poetic and cultural diversity to our vibrant town nestled between the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks. Info, Jennifer Herrera, 443-5743.

Mon, Oct 22: Middlebury College, Axinn Center Abernathy Room, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The Poetry of Kabbalah. “The Kabbalah of Poetry, the Poetry of Kabbalah.” Reading and lecture by Peter Cole.

Peter Cole, poet, translator, scholar and MacArthur Fellow, will speak on and read from his new book, The Poetry of Kabbalah (Yale University Press, 2012), seeking the connection between poetic creation and mystical experience. Booklist has praised this latest work of Cole’s as “a dazzling treasury of verse spanning more than 1,500 years and accompanied by fascinating, illuminating commentary rich in history, biography, and literary expertise.” A book-signing will follow. For further information:… Abernethy Room Axinn Center at Starr Library Sponsored by the Program in Jewish Studies (Aquinnah Fund), the Department of Religion and the Department of English and American Literature. Contact: Vijaya L. Wunnava, 443-5009.

Thu, Oct 25: Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, 6:00 p.m. Northshire Poetry Reading Group.

Would you like to bring a bit of poetry into your life?
 Experiment with reading poetry?
 Explore a broader range of poetry?
 Discover and discuss poetry in a group of like-minded readers?

 We wish to announce the newly forming Northshire Poetry Reading Group which will 
begin meeting on a monthly basis, Thursday, October 25th, at 6pm in our conference room. 

The anthology, Poetry Speaks: Expanded Edition, by Elise Paschen has been chosen to initiate
 the group and is now on reserve for new members. Poetry Speaks will be the focus 
of discussion and discovery for the October, November, and December meetings. 

We are proud and excited to have our dear friend and ever present customer
 Claire North to lead and moderate this group as poetic form is reviewed, old favorites recalled, 
and new poems discovered. 

Claire North holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, participates in a variety
 of Poetry forums regionally, including Rensselaerville’s annual Festival of Writers, and has
 been a minister for 20 years, 17 of them here in Vermont. She makes poetry a part of every ceremony,
 service and day of her life. 

Please register or inquire by emailing Nancy,, or Claire, .

“It is difficult to get the news from poems,
yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.”

~ William Carlos Williams

Mon, Oct 29: Middlebury College, Axinn Center 219, Abernathy Room, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Poor Form Open Planning Meeting. An open meeting for anyone interested in helping plan poetry slams, bringing featured poets and running workshops. You don’t have to be a performer to participate!

Wed, Oct 31: University of Vermont, Fleming Museum, 61 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The Painted Word Poetry Series, featuring Brenda Shaughnessy and Jon Woodward. The Fleming Museum presents The Painted Word poetry series, curated by Major Jackson, Richard Dennis Green & Gold Professor in UVM’s Department of English. Highlighting established and emerging 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. (

Wed, Oct 31: Bennington College, Tishman Lecture Hall, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Mark Doty. Mark Doty’s Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008. He has published eight books of poems and four volumes of nonfiction prose.

Doty’s work has been honored by the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Whiting Writers Award, two Lambda Literary Awards, and the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction. He is the only American poet to have received the T.S. Eliot Prize in the U.K.Info, Mark Winderlich, 440-4599.

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 5: Middlebury College, Axinn Center 219, Abernathy Room, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Poor Form Open Planning Meeting. An open meeting for anyone interested in helping plan poetry slams, bringing featured poets and running workshops. You don’t have to be a performer to participate!

Thu, Nov 8: Middlebury College, The Bunker, 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Open Slam presented by Poor Form Poetry! The top three poets will qualify to compete in the Grand Slam in December. The top five poets from the Grand Slam will represent Middlebury in intercollegiate poetry slams during the spring semester.

Fri, Nov 9: Next Stage Theater, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, 7:00 p.m. Vermont State Poet Laureate Sydney Lea reading with Victoria Redel. Info, 387-8500.

Sat, Nov 10: Middlebury College, McCullough Crossroads Café (The Juice Bar), 10:00 p.m. – 11:55 p.m. Verbal Onslaught. Contact: Doug Adams, 443-3103.

Mon, Nov 12: Middlebury College, Axinn Center 219, Abernathy Room, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Poor Form Open Planning Meeting. An open meeting for anyone interested in helping plan poetry slams, bringing featured poets and running workshops. You don’t have to be a performer to participate!

Mon, Nov 19: Middlebury College, Axinn Center 219, Abernathy Room, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Poor Form Open Planning Meeting. An open meeting for anyone interested in helping plan poetry slams, bringing featured poets and running workshops. You don’t have to be a performer to participate!

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.

Mon, Nov 26: Middlebury College, Axinn Center 219, Abernathy Room, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Poor Form Open Planning Meeting. An open meeting for anyone interested in helping plan poetry slams, bringing featured poets and running workshops. You don’t have to be a performer to participate!

Wed, Nov 28 University of Vermont, Fleming Museum, 61 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The Painted Word Poetry Series, featuring Prageeta Sharma and Jeffrey McDaniel. The Fleming Museum presents The Painted Word poetry series, curated by Major Jackson, Richard Dennis Green & Gold Professor in UVM’s Department of English. Highlighting established and emerging 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. (

Wed, Nov 28: Bennington College, Tishman Lecture Hall, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Brenda Shaughnessy & Craig Teicher.

Brenda Shaughnessy’s most recent collection of poetry is Our Andromeda. She’s the author of Human Dark with Sugar, which was a finalist for the 2008 NBCC Award. Her poems have appeared in Harpers, McSweeney’s, The Nation, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. Craig Teicher is a poet, critic, and freelance writer. He is the author of Brenda is in the Room and Other Poems, as well as a collection of short stories and fables called Cradle Book. Info, Mark Winderlich, 440-4599.

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.

Yours in ink,
Ron Lewis

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