Vermont Poetry Newsletter • January 10 2013

[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

January 10, 2013 (Previous issue: Sept 23, 2012) –

In This Issue:

  1. About VPN
  2. Newsletter Editor/Publisher’s Note
  3. Writing Assignments/Suggestions/Exercises/Prompts
  4. Robert Frost’s Christmas Cards
  5. Vermont-Iraq Poetry Alliance
  6. Poetry at Farmer’s Markets
  7. Mind The Gap: On Reading American Poetry
  8. UVM’s The Painted Word Poetry Series
  9. Brigit Pegeen Kelly Poem: Dead Doe
  10. Broadside Contest, Deadline Feb 1st
  11. PoemCity 2013 Call for Submissions
  12. Forensic Evidence Re New Emily Dickinson Photo
  13. Yusef Komunyakaa Poem: Rock Me, Mercy
  14. The Poetry of Science
  15. Al Young’s Poem Says Goodbye to 2012
  16. Poetry Reading in WRJ
  17. Gary Margolis’ New Memoir
  18. Mushroom Mix-Up Taints Swedish Academy
  19. NH Poet Cleopatra Mathis Authors New Book of Poetry
  20. Los Angeles Names Its First Poet Laureate
  21. April Ossmann Receives VAC Creation Grant
  22. Vermont Reads 2013: Poetry 180
  23. Birchsong: Poetry Centered in Vermont
  24. Taking Root, Poem by Alice Wolf Gilborn
  25. Vermont State Poet Laureate Sydney Lea’s 2013 Calendar
  26. What to Make of It, Poems by Pamela Harrison
  27. DADA DATA, Poems by Jeff Bender
  28. SF Student Suspended Over CT Poem
  29. Commentary: The Clarifying Power of Poetry
  30. Drawn Into a Circle of Poetry Giants
  31. Rejection Letter to Gertrude Stein
  32. Massachusetts Poetry Festival
  33. New England Poetry Club
  34. What’s Going On Here? Can Anyone Tell Me?
  35. Great Poetry Links: Tom Hanks Reading Performance Poetry
  36. Poetry Quote – Robert Frost
  37. American Life in Poetry Poem
  38. US Poets Laureate List
  39. Vermont Poet Laureates
  40. US Poet Laureates From Vermont
  41. New Hampshire Poet Laureates
  42. US Poet Laureates From New Hampshire
  43. Contact Info for Editor/Publisher of VPN: Ron Lewis
  44. Vermont Literary Journals
  45. Vermont Literary Groups’ Anthologies
  46. Vermont Poetry Blogs
  47. State Poetry Society (PSOV)
  48. Year-Round Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  49. Other Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  50. Year-Round Poetry Writing Centers in Vermont
  51. Other Writing Groups in Vermont
  52. 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.


Dear Friends of Poetry:

Well, I just came back from the hospital again, this time they implanted a spinal cord stimulator so that I can get some relief from the pain I have from a peripheral neuropathy; I’ve had numb feet, yet with excruciating pain, for about ten years now, caused by, we believe, taking Lipitor, a cholesterol-lowering drug. Many other people have had similar symptoms resulting from their Lipitor medication as well, but as we all know, it’s difficult to prove something like this, and even more difficult to fight the big drug companies. So far, the spinal cord stimulator has been a godsend.

With that, I’ve had more time and inclination to prepare a new newsletter for you. There’s been a lot happening in the world of poetry, I’ll tell you that! I recently stepped down from two administrative positions that I held with the Poetry Society of Vermont (PSOV), so I have even more time to devote to writing and editing this newsletter for the Vermont poetry community. My plan is to join the Poetry Society of New Hampshire, which has benefits far out-weighing those of the PSOV, and perhaps bring some of those ideas to the new leadership of the PSOV so that they can mull them over and perhaps incorporate them into their future membership offerings.

With that, I hope I’ve uncovered some stories or items of interest for all of you this month. Here’s hoping that you meet or exceed your new year’s resolutions!

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


It’s the time of year for new year’s resolutions. List a few (we all have more than one, don’t we?), and write a poem about one of them, how you intend to keep or break it, what happens to you (do you go to Hell or what?) or others after you either succeed or fail, etc.

From: Ron Lewis’ Huge Bag of Hellish Prompts ©

Previous Writing Assignment

Good Luck!


Collection of Robert Frost’s Christmas cards show poet’s personal touch

HANOVER, N.H. – Take heart, holiday procrastinators: Famed poet Robert Frost once waited until July to get his Christmas cards in the mail.

Unlike the flimsy, forgettable cards of today, however, Frost’s cards arguably were worth the wait. For the past 28 years of his life, he teamed up with a boutique printer to send beautifully illustrated booklets featuring a different poem for each year.

Dartmouth College, which Frost briefly attended as a student and later returned as a lecturer, has collected more than 500 of the cards, including the first installment, which was sent without Frost’s knowledge.
In 1929, Joseph Blumenthal of the New York-based Spiral Press, who was setting type for one of Frost’s poetry collections, decided the poem

“Christmas Trees” would make an attractive greeting card. With permission from Frost’s publisher, he printed 275 copies, one of which eventually made its way to Frost. The poet liked it so much, he decided to collaborate with Blumenthal on cards starting in 1934. The resulting series lasted until 1962, the year before his death.


Mountain’s shape inspires Vt.-Iraq poetry alliance

BROWNSVILLE, Vt. (AP) — Mount Ascutney is unusual among Vermont’s oddly shaped hills for its symmetry. From Peter Money’s window, it looks like a pyramid.

Money, a published poet and teacher, says that’s enough to establish a connection between his rural home on a Vermont hillside and the Middle East. It’s a connection that has borne fruit in the form of a new volume of poetry, translated from Arabic: “Nostalgia, My Enemy,” by the prize-winning Iraqi poet Saadi Youssef, published by Greywolf Press.

Money’s interest in Youssef’s work was kindled in the months after Sept. 11 as the United States prepared for war with Iraq. He was aware that Youssef had translated Walt Whitman into Arabic and that a volume of Youssef’s work had been translated into English in 2002.
Through a friend in England, Money was put in touch with Youssef, who fled his native country in 1979 after Saddam Hussein’s rise to power and now lives near London. The two began corresponding. Money also met Sinan Antoon, another poet born in Iraq, who was then teaching at Dartmouth College and now is at New York University.


New acquaintance Alice Eckles (Middlebury area) has presented what I believe is a most interesting idea for the 40 or so members of the Otter Creek Poets!

Wanted: Otter Creek Poets with published and self-published books and chapbooks to sell. Contact organizer Alice Eckles if you are interested in pooling resources to have an Otter Creek Poets book-selling booth at the farmers market in the summer. Alice can be reached by email or phone: or 802-310-9364.

Although this is an offer strictly for OCP members, this could be a “delicious” great grass roots idea to sell poetry books at many of the Vermont Farmer’s Markets! Go Alice! — R.L., VPN Editor


Mind The Gap: On Reading American Poetry

Yet words are not the end of thought, they are where it begins.
– Jane Hirshfield

Not so long ago, a highly-esteemed British poet, someone I hugely admire, described, to a company of which I was part, how he couldn’t read a poem by Jorie Graham without laughing out loud. What he wanted to say, he went on, was that her oeuvre, with the possible exception of a handful of earlier works, was risible, all smoke and mirrors, a pointless and self-indulgent exercise in experimental twaddle. To say I was
taken aback is an understatement and, as a devoted reader of Graham’s work, I took issue with this, looking to the rest of the company for support; the rest of the company was, however, peculiarly British and, though each was in his or her own way professionally engaged with poetry, all more or less casually agreed with the sentiments expressed. From there, the conversation moved on to the work of other American poets – by American, here, I mean: originating in the United States – and a consensus was soon reached that America was in a bad way, poetically speaking. The American poem was thin, overly-expansive, self-regarding, pseudo-intellectual and – most grievous of sins – sentimental (the mind boggles, trying to conceive of a sentimental poem by Jorie Graham, but then the work of this astonishingly rigorous artist probably fell into the pseudo-intellectual category). It was also far too bloody long. As a devoted reader of American poetry, and as one who values the contemporary American scene very highly indeed, I cast around for names to counter the general mood of dismissiveness. Charles Wright? A polite, but cool response. John Ashbery? Oh, God, no; he’s worse than Graham, though at least he’s funny on occasion. Robert Wrigley? Rodney Jones? Linda Gregerson? Eric Pankey? Jennifer Atkinson? Like so many other fine American poets, not really known here. And Brigit Pegeen Kelly? The table was silent. There was, at this point, very little I could say other than to offer that standard, utterly pointless, and – no matter how smug it may sound – far from satisfying riposte.


University of Vermont’s
The Painted Word Poetry Series
Fleming Museum
61 Colchester Avenue
Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m

Penelope Cray
6:00 – 7:00: Readings

Marie Elizabeth Mali
6:00 – 7:00: Readings

Ben Aleshire
6:00 – 7:00: Readings

The Painted Word 1st Annual Student Reading and Reception
6:00 – 7:00: Readings


Dead Doe (Brigit Pegeen Kelly)

The doe lay dead on her back in a field of asters: no.

The doe lay dead on her back by the school bus stop: yes.

Where we waited.
Her belly white as a cut pear. Where we waited: no, off

from where we waited: yes


10.) Call for Submissions: Chickadee Chaps & Broads First Annual Letterpress Broadside Contest

Chickadee Chaps & Broads welcomes poetry submissions by Vermonters for their first Broadside Contest. The winner will receive five copies of their poem as a handset-letterpress printed and illustrated, limited edition broad, as well as a complimentary four-night stay at the Craftsbury Writer’s Retreat. The winning broad will also be on public display in downtown Montpelier during the month of April as part of PoemCity’s month-long poetry festivities.

Entry Deadline: February 1, 2013

Submission Guidelines: Submit up to three poems (30 line limit, please). Postmark deadline: February 1, 2013. Entry Fee: $15.

To enter: Email brief bio along with your name, address and phone, and attach three poems as a single pdf to: Entry fee is payable via PayPal to same email address. Items may also be submitted via snail mail May Day Studio, 190 River Street, Montpelier VT 05602. Checks should be made to May Day Studio. Please include SASE. Items mailed will not be returned. Please do not send originals or your only copy. All submissions will be acknowledged.

Winner will be notified via mail/email by March 1, 2013, and announced on our website.

Chickadee Chaps and Broads is a small spirited effort to inspire, promote and produce letterpress printed literary ephemera, founded in 2011 by Kelly McMahon of May Day Studio in Montpelier, VT and Julia Shipley, caretaker of the Craftsbury Vermont Writer’s Retreat,

For more information:, or visit us online at

For more information about PoemCity:


PoemCity 2013 Call for Submissions

  • It’s time again for PoemCity submissions! This is a great way to get your work out there in an increasingly popular venue. Just imagine walking down State Street in our state’s capitol city, and seeing your poem in the window of a building, with people crowded around, reading it! P.S. The attached guidelines don’t mention that you can submit poems published previously in journals or magazines, but you can; just make sure to include the acknowledgment.

MONTPELIER, VT — The Kellogg Hubbard Library and Montpelier Alive will reprise PoemCity 2013 with a text display and new programming for a month-long National Poetry Month celebration in Montpelier, Vt in April 2013.

The project, now in its fourth year, will feature contemporary Vermont poetry displayed in shop windows throughout downtown Montpelier, as well as poetry/art installations and a variety of poetry-related programming. The kick-off event will feature a reading with Ellen Bryant Voigt. Other features include an exhibit of broadsides from New England presses, writing workshops, readings, and a poetry slam led by Slam Master Geof Hewitt.

“We’re so happy to be able to bring PoemCity to downtown Montpelier again,” said Phayvanh Luekhamhan, Executive Director of Montpelier Alive, the downtown organization. “We strive to bring quality cultural offerings to
Montpelier and help visitors to discover our historic district and unique marketplace.”

Last year’s text display featured poems from over 200 Vermont poets “We had audiences with people from Enosburg Falls, Duxbury and Bennington,” Luekhamhan said. “This is a state-wide project concentrated in Montpelier.”

“PoemCity’s philosophy is that everyone is a poet. We work to offer opportunities for our community’s poets to publish, disseminate, learn and love poetry,” said Rachel Senechal, Program and Development Coordinator at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, which jointly presents the project.

PoemCity 2013 is a joint presentation of Kellogg-Hubbard Library and Montpelier Alive. It is supported in part by Vermont College of Fine Arts, The Vermont Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Montpelier Arts Fund, the Vermont Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. This funding allows PoemCity to be offered free of charge to the community. This year’s coordinator is Brandy Pombar.

PoemCity 2013 Submission Guidelines

If you are a Vermonter who would like to submit your work for consideration, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. Deadline: February 2, 2013.
  2. Please send 1-3 poems as MS Word attachments. Each poem must be no longer than 24 lines.
  3. Please include in your email, your name, city/town of residence and phone.
  4. Please do not re-submit work that was sent for previous Poetry Alive! displays, please submit new works.
  5. If you are school-aged please let us know your age and where you go to school, or let us know if you are home-schooled. (optional)
  6. Please submit your poems via our online form:

If you do not use a computer, we will accept handwritten or typed poems.

Please send to: Montpelier Alive, 39 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602

By sending your work to PoemCity 2013 you agree to the following: PoemCity may use any poem in the text display, in promotional materials, and associated online, print and other media avenues.


Phayvanh Luekhamhan, Executive Director (802) 223-9604,

Brandy Pombar, PoemCity 2013 Coordinator,


  • I know that I presented two separate articles in the last issue of the Vermont Poetry Newsletter dealing with the new photo that emerged of (perhaps) Emily Dickinson. However, now there is additional forensic evidence coming forward about the photo. – Ron Lewis, Editor

a new Emily Dickinson emerges
September 5, 2012

Every so often a project comes our way that is so fascinating we can barely contain our excitement. With facebook and Twitter just finger tips away we were anxious to reveal our participation in what could be a significant historical find!

We can now reveal one such project that started for us three years ago.

One of our clients came to us with a daguerreotype he felt could be a long lost photo of the reclusive American author, Emily Dickinson. To date, there is only one authenticated photograph of Emily Dickinson—one that was taken when she was young and sickly. In fact, it has been stated by some of Emily’s contemporaries that this photo did not capture the true Emily.

Over the years various photos have surfaced, each claiming to be of Emily Dickinson, but none have been universally accepted by Dickinson experts. Until perhaps now…

13.) “Rock Me, Mercy”: A Poem Written In Mourning

The heartbreaking loss of lives in Newtown, Conn., moved the Louisiana-born poet Yusef Komunyakaa to put his emotions into words. The global distinguished professor of English at New York University knows too well how it feels to lose a child and poetry’s power to calm and heal.


  • Kimiko Hahn happens to use the Tuesday Science section of the New York Times for her poetry ideas, which I have done for years as well. So, if you’re looking for new avenues of inspiration, why not pick up the NY Times on Tuesday, and give it a shot? — Ron Lewis, Editor

The Poetry of Science

Kimiko Hahn is the author of eight collections of poetry, Distinguished Professor of creative writing at Queens College, celebrated for work that is at once “sensual, lyrical, heartbreaking, intellectual and political.” So why are we writing about her on TierneyLab?

Because that eighth collection, “Toxic Flora,” to be published by Norton in 2010, is filled with poems inspired by articles in Science Times.
“I’m kind of a nut about clipping articles, a bit of a magpie,” she told me the other day. “Science Times, as well as current events in general, catch my eye.” She added, “I count myself lucky to have such an amazing supply of extraordinary material — every Tuesday!”

I heard Ms. Hahn read from her science poems last month at a weeklong writing workshop at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass. She is small and soft-spoken, but her poetry fills the room — partly because of the subject matter, which ranges over the cosmos, but mostly because it packs a punch.

15.) Al Young’s Poem of the Month Says Goodbye to 2012

  • About a year ago, California’s former Poet Laureate, Al Young, came up with an idea that he write an original poem for The California Report each month of 2012. Over the past year he’s provided memorable verses, weaving in unique California names and places with state history, references to the seasons and personal reflections. Go online and listen to him talk about the project and read his final piece for 2012. At the end of the page, you can find and listen to each of his monthly readings.


Poetry Reading in White River Junction

David Celone has told me that there’s going to be another poetry reading at The Lampscapes Store, 77 Gates Street in White River Junction, VT on Thursday, January 17th, at 7:00 p.m.

(Here’s a link for directions: ) This is a small, artsy venue that fits a group of 10-15. There’s easy parking on Gates Street right in front of the store. They’re ever so grateful to Ken Blaisdell, owner and artist, for letting the poets use the space for an evening of readings, getting chairs, and for his general sense of hospitality.

Dave would be happy to solicit your ideas via email so he can tailor the evening appropriately. Just let him know how you’d like to see this evening unfold, and he’ll try to make it work. You can reach Dave at; it’s VERY important that you contact Dave if you intend to read. He can discuss how future readings might be organized at the reading.

For now, the idea is for each person to bring enough poetry to read aloud to fill a 3-5 minute span of time. If there is extra time, you can read more. If there are more people than anticipated, you can read less. And, if we choose and time allows, you can have a conversation about poetry in general – trends, direction, form, your favorite place to find new work, where you get your inspiration to write, etc., to close the evening.

So, please take the next weeks to assemble whatever poems you wish to read aloud. It can be your own work or that of another. In the past, all people attending are adults, so subject matter should not be an issue.

One last thing, Dave has been asked about books. If you have a book to sell or share, feel free to bring some copies. He’ll try to have a table available for this purpose.


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.


“Gary Margolis has always been a poet, but, in Seeing the Songs, he emerges as a poet in the Emersonian sense: a Seer whose eyes are opened to the world and whose heart and mind sing back this wisdom in words. Margolis transforms memory into vision and vision into a call for action . . . to protect these tribal cultures and sacred forests on their own terms, not ours. — Rebecca Gould, author, At Home in Nature: Modern Homesteading and Spiritual Practice in America

“Gary Margolis masterfully describes both his inner and outer journeys, as only an accomplished poet can do. He invites us to materialize our dreams, quell our nightmares, and experience life with indigenous teachers. Seeing the Songs IS being there. When you enter this incredible book, you enter a world where dreams and reality weave each other and ‘fact becomes poetry, poetry becomes fact. — John Perkins, author, Confessions of an Economic Hitman

“Gary Margolis writes important poems about important subjects, which he understands in emotional and intellectual depth . . . Seeing the Songs, this fine book, now demonstrates in his lyrical prose. — Bill McKibben, author, Earth: Making a Life on a Tough, New Planet


Gary Margolis Ph.D, is the retired Executive Director of College Mental Health Services Emeritus and Associate Professor of English and American Literatures at Middlebury College. He was a Robert Frost and Arthur Vining Davis Fellow and has taught at the University of Tennessee, University of Vermont and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences. His third book, “Fire in the Orchard” was nominated for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. His poem, “The Interview” was featured on National Public Radio’s “The Story.” Boston’s ABC Channel 5 interviewed him on the Middlebury campus reading his poem, “Winning the Lunar Eclipse”, after the 2004 World Series.

He is the recipient of the Saint Michaels College Clinical Psychology Department Award for Mental Health Practice in Vermont. And the Wilton Covey Community Service Award from The Counseling Service of Addison County, Vermont.

His fourth book of poems, “Below the Falls” is a book that responds to the loss of Middlebury College student, Nicholas Garza, our country’s wars, and the things that sustain us.


Mushroom mix-up taints Swedish Academy

A Chinese poet says he is shocked and afraid after two members of the Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Literature Prize, agreed he should be annihilated.

The row took off after a Chinese translation of a poem written by last year’s literature prize winner.

Chinese writer Li Li’s version of a Tomas Tranströmer poem replaced the word “chanterelle”, a popular mushroom in Sweden, with the word “caramel”.

After Swedish academy member Göran Malmqvist, 88, criticized the translation, Li published a poem on his blog which Malmqvist became convinced was a personal attack. (….)


NH Poet Cleopatra Mathis Authors New Book of Poetry

Book of Dog: Poems by Cleopatra Mathis

[Paperback] Sarabande Books, 64 pp., $14.95
Editorial Reviews

“Animals dominate this humane and serious sixth collection from Mathis, at first in the chill forests of New England, and then in and around the sea…. Mathis’s pages show heart, observation, and thought; they also show a loneliness, and a sense of lost human connection assuaged by instinct, by ‘her own animal self.’”
—Publishers Weekly


Los Angeles Names Its First Poet Laureate

Los Angeles, you have a Poet Laureate. The first-ever wordsmith to hold this title is Eloise Klein Healy, a 69-year-old Sherman Oaks resident considered a veteran on the L.A. literary scene.

“Healy is the founding editor of Arktoi Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press dedicated to publishing high quality literature by lesbians,” explains Red Hen Press in an email. She is also a creative writing professor at Antioch University. Healy has penned seven poetry books, and has a number of awards and award nominations on her resume.

Texas-born and Iowa-raised Healy was chosen by a selection committee, appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, that included six poets and literary experts representative of the city’s diverse cultural communities and traditions.


Vermont Arts Council 2013

April Ossmann, Post Mills

$3,000 to support the creation of a new collection of poetry. We congratulate April!

April Ossmann was executive director of Alice James Books from 2000 – 2008, and left to launch her consulting business, helping poets to get published. She edits book manuscripts for and offers publishing advice to poets hoping to find a publisher (or to self-publish).

She is the author of Anxious Music (Four Way Books, 2007) and has published poetry in numerous journals including Prairie Schooner, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Harvard Review and Colorado Review, and in anthologies including From the Fishouse (Persea Books, 2009), and is the recipient of several awards for her poetry, including a 2013 Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant and a Prairie Schooner Readers’ Choice Award. She has also published essays including Thinking Like an Editor: How to Order Your Poetry Manuscript (Poets & Writers, March/April 2011), and a biography/critical study of poet Lynda Hull in American Writers Supplement XXI (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2011).

She is among the inaugural faculty members for the new, low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Sierra Nevada College at Lake Tahoe. and teaches guest poetry workshops regionally, using a non-traditional workshop method she developed intended to teach poets to revise their work more objectively (as an editor would), and has taught creative writing and literature courses at Lebanon College and at the University of Maine at Farmington.

April’s web site:

Receiving a Creation Grant is certainly not easy. The criteria alone are enough to send one home! Look here:

Criteria for Selection
Applications are reviewed and scored by a multi-disciplinary panel consisting primarily of artist peers and curators according to three criteria.

  • Artistic Quality

Sixty percent of the total score is based upon evidence that:

  • The work is of high quality based upon artistic support materials,
  • The artistic support materials are relevant to the proposed activity.

Impact and Project Management
Twenty-five percent of the total score is based upon evidence that:

  • The project is clearly presented,
  • The budget is reasonable and the grant amount requested is reasonable,
  • Applicant has demonstrated a history of presentation of past work or has demonstrated a plan for a public presentation of the new work,
  • The project has the potential for community/audience to interact with the artist either during creation or at the time of presentation,
  • The application conforms to the requirements stated in the guidelines.

Evaluation and Promotion
Fifteen percent of the total score based upon evidence that:

  • The applicant articulates measurable goals that are appropriate to the size and scope of the project,
  • The applicant has given serious consideration to promoting public awareness of the project using a means of communication that is appropriate to the size and scope of the project and has agreed to give appropriate credit to the Vermont Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts if funded.
  • Again, congratulations to April Ossman. I know we all look forward to reading your completed book of poems. — Ron Lewis, VPN Editor


A Statewide, One-Book Community Reading Program
Vermont Reads 2013
Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry

A poem “begins in delight and ends in wisdom.”Robert Frost

Poetry 180 is a poem-a-day anthology created by Billy Collins to make poetry less daunting, an assembly of “clear, contemporary poems which any listener could basically‘get’ on first hearing — poems whose injection of pleasure is immediate.” Students and adults of all ages will enjoy poetry in this book.

Vermont Reads brings communities together around stories, ideas, and activities that are important to the life of towns of all sizes. In 2012, nearly eighty communities took part in Vermont Reads Bull Run/The Red Badge of Courage.

Involve Your Community

  • RECEIVE FREE copies of Poetry 180 and programming support for your community.
• HOST poetry readings and slams, poem-a-day projects, poetry writing contests, events with Vermont poets, and more.
• LISTEN to Vermont Public Radio features about the book, its themes, and its author.

Your Community Also Receives

  • Program ideas, discussion guides, recommended books for all ages, and links to Web resources.
• Vermont Reads stickers and bookmarks.
• Poster templates for promoting events.
• Publicity assistance through the VHC media calendar, press releases, and website.
• Publicity via VPR on its website.
• Contact names upon request of prior Vermont Reads project directors who are happy to share tips for making your project successful.

Angelica Caterino or call 802.262.2626 x304 to borrow a copy.

Application and Resources

Applications are due December 7, 2012 (winter/spring participation) and May 15, 2013 (summer/fall participation)

How Does My Community Qualify?

To qualify, the community must have:

  • A nonprofit organization willing to be the primary sponsor/coordinator—libraries, schools, historical societies, and social service organizations are possibilities.
  • 1-2 representatives of that organization willing to act as project director(s).
  • At least two other organizations to join the project team and help develop and carry out the program plan. Involve as many partners as possible. The more partners, the better.

In addition to schools and libraries, potential local partners might include bookstores; museums and historical societies; church groups; local businesses; service organizations; afterschool/summer programs; teen centers; senior centers/assisted living facilities; and adult education and literacy services centers.

Strong applications ideally will include at least one local school and the public and school libraries. No application, however, will be denied outright for lack of participation from one of these entities.

Organizations must develop strong collaborations, plan creative and diverse humanities-based activities that support community-wide reading and discussion of the book and the themes it contains, and undertake vigorous publicity in the months leading up to the activities.


Birchsong: Poetry Centered in Vermont
Blueline Press, 2012

It’s simple enough, it’s my opinion that Birchsong: Poetry Centered in Vermont, belongs in every Vermont poet’s library. The list of contributing poets are a list of who’s who in Vermont poetry, though some are conspicuously left out, leaving me to believe that a Birchsong II should be strongly considered. With a collection of over 3,300 poetry books in my personal library, I also have a gigantic chest overflowing of poetry books that were authored by Vermont poets, including numerous anthologies. Birchsong is certainly at the top of the list of my collection of Vermont anthologies. Believe me, I relegate the top of my nightstand to just a half dozen poetry books at a time, but I leave Birchsong among the always-rotating remainder. Priced reasonably at only $15, I have to consider it one of the few bargains in life. I love it, and so should you.

You will also find a nice April 2012 review of Birchsong in PoemShape, written by my good friend Patrick Gillespie, who is its Editor. The review can be found at:


Taking Root
By Alice Wolf Gilborn

Finishing Line Press Announces Poetry Publication by Alice Wolf Gilborn

Mount Tabor resident Alice Wolf Gilborn has just published her first chapbook collection of poetry, Taking Root, with Finishing Line Press of Kentucky.

Alice Wolf Gilborn was born and raised Colorado. She received her undergraduate degree in English from Wellesley College, a master’s degree in English and American Literature from the University of Delaware, and attended the Bread Loaf School of English in Vermont for one summer. For over twenty years she lived in New York’s central Adirondacks, where she was Editor of Books and Publications for the Adirondack Museum and where she founded the literary magazine Blueline, now published by Potsdam College. She is the author of numerous essays and articles, and her poetry has appeared in anthologies such as The Woman in the Mountain (Albany), Rooted in Rock (Syracuse), and A North Country Quartet (Potsdam). She is publisher and an editor of the anthology Birchsong: Poetry Centered in Vermont (The Blueline Press, 2012). Her non-fiction book, What Do You Do With a Kinkajou?, originally published by Lippincott, will be reprinted in 2012 by The Blueline Press, as well as her Blueline essays by Potsdam College Press. She lives with her husband Craig in Mount Tabor, Vermont.

The backdrop for the poems in Taking Root are the three mountain ranges where she has spent most of her life—the Rockies, the Adirondacks, and now, the Green Mountains of Vermont. Noted writer and poet Joseph Bruchac calls Taking Root “…memorable for…[Gilborn’s] precise awareness of the nature outside and the landscape within as she deals with the issues of love and loss.” Poet Daniel Lusk, professor at the University of Vermont, most recently author of Lake Studies: Meditations on Lake Champlain, writes that Gilborn’s “empathetic portrayals connect for her readers wild nature and the human condition.”

Finishing Line Press is an acclaimed poetry publisher based in Georgetown, Kentucky. In addition to the Chapbook Series, it publishes The New Women’s Voices Series and sponsors the Finishing Line Press Open Chapbook Competition.

Taking Root is available at the Northshire Bookstore ( or may be ordered directly from Finishing Line Press ( You can also contact the author at

  • Taking Root has one customer review, which I’ll share with you here:

Alice Gilborn’s “Taking Root” is a chapbook of poems that capture moments, scenes, emotions, and will catch and move you before you leave the world of each poem. There are poems in this book that I keep rereading and wanting to read aloud to others. (Disclosure: we are old friends. But as a former English teacher, then lawyer, I am particular about words and the magic they can make. There is some magic in this collection.)

Source and bookcover.

Alice W. Gilborn
414 Brooklyn Rd.
Mt. Tabor, VT 05739

Finishing Line Press
PO Box 1626
Georgetown, KY 40324


Vermont State Poet Laureate
Sydney Lea
Calendar 2013

January 8 – Chittenden Public Library
Chittenden, VT, 6 p.m.

January 13 – Baldwin Memorial Library
Wells River, VT, 3 p.m.

January 14 – Jeudevine Memorial Library
Hardwick, VT, 7 p.m

January 15 – Bear Pond Book Store,
(Reading from A North Country Life)
Montpelier, VT, 7 p.m.

January 19 – The Inn At Maplemont Farm
Barnet, VT, 7 p.m.

January 26 – Westford Public Library
Westford, VT, 12 noon

February 1 – Vershire Public Library
Vershire, VT, 7 p.m.

February 7 – Wake Robin Retirement Community,
Shelburne, VT, 7 30 p.m.

February 12 – Southern Vermont College ­ Lecture,
“Poetry: Another Way of Knowing.”
Bennington, VT, 2:10-3:30 p.m.

February 16 – Williston Public Library
Williston, VT, 11 a.m.

February 17 – Town Center
Vershire, VT, 7 p.m.

February 21 – Brown Public Library
Northfield, VT 3:30 p.m.

March 22 – Brandon Inn
Brandon, VT, 7 p.m.

Reading & used book & silent auction sale
Live band, Ten Rod Road
Benefit for the Brandon Free Public Library

March 28 – Weathersfield Public Library
Ascutney, VT, 7 p.m.

March 30 – Peacham Public Library
Peacham, VT, 7 p.m.

April 1 – Rockingham Free Public Library
Bellows Falls, VT, 6 p.m.

April 3 – Bradford Public Library
Bradford, VT, 6:30 p.m.

April 9 – Manchester Public Library
Manchester, VT, 7 p.m.

May 1 – Brooks Memorial Library
Lecture on “Frost and Wordsworth: Romantic Poetry in the Light of Common Day.”
224 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT, 7 p.m.

Mr. Lea has been very busy in his post as Vermont Poet Laureate, and plans to maintain what appears to be an even busier schedule. Personally, I would like to see Sydney provide three or four school visits annually, as well as his regular public readings, of either original works appropriate to the occasion and to the audience, or even historic works by past Vermont poets, all across the state, top to bottom. He might even consider tailoring his poetry readings to special community events, public building dedications, public art installations, etc. I believe the position’s job is to educate Vermont residents, its young people, adults and seniors (even tourists), about the value of poetry and creative expression. This can be accomplished through self-coordinated or even community-partnered events and activities, or cross pollination of art forms. And, while doing all this, I would like to see an occasional, commemorative poem about Vermont, celebrating the spirit and special qualities of its people or, if he’s really gung ho, he could create a new body of literary work that commemorates the diversity and vibrancy of our state. The whole idea is, I believe, to inspire an emerging generation of literary artists, to those with few opportunities to be exposed to the literary arts, to encourage the reading and writing of literature, particularly poetry, and to raise awareness in literature, poetry, and the spoken word.

  • Whew! Sorry about the soapboxing, Sydney! I guess I can’t help it, having been on the panel that selected you. — Ron Lewis, Editor of the Vermont Poetry Newsletter


What to Make of It, Poems by Pamela Harrison

What to Make of It is a tour through personal and external history, tracing the development of a relationship against the backdrop of the later 20th century. Pamela Harrison’s powerful poems give narrative and lyric voice to larger forces, tracing how they intertwine through individual lives.

Praise for What to Make of It

“This collection gives voice in haunting, acute language to the wages of experience. The tones run a great gamut—from ruefulness to awe to misery to loving joy—but they are all convincing. Quite literally this is a book that covers the planet as it imaginatively records the narrator’s coming and going in diverse societies and climes. Pamela Harrison braids hard outcomes and beautiful moments, the nonchalance of the natural world and the yearning of the human one. These poems do not moralize yet they offer genuine, at times profound, lessons from a thoroughly lived life.”—Baron Wormser


By Jeff Bender
Paperback, $15

“In these prose poems and stories, poet Bender rightly identifies with the traditions of Dada and Surrealism as he explores spontaneity, apparent improvisation and incongruity. If you think this is not your fur-lined cup of tea, I say give it a try, you’ll find it very tasty: sublime, exotic, infernal, oddly familiar.” -Tom Smith

Review (by his wife, Sibyl Bender)

Mar 1, 2012

Rolling Stone gave this book 5 Stars! ***** This book is not in Oprah’s Book Club. It is included in the Anti-Oprah’s Book Club! The best 15 bucks you ever spent & please burn this book after reading, or just pass it on to a dear friend. THANKS! –SIBYL

  • I know Jeff, and have read with him several times, and can tell you that this is probably 134 pages well worth purchasing. He is a wonderful poet, who can “perform” poetry as well as anyone I’ve heard. He can scare you to death one second, then lull you in with talk of love. I hope everyone gets a chance to experience Jeff’s poetry at some time before we’re all on feeding tubes. — Ron Lewis, Editor of the Vermont Poetry Newsletter


  • I would think that school administrations would have a larger concern about their poor quality of teachers, they being a bigger threat to students. – R.L., VPN Editor

SF student suspended over Connecticut poem

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — A San Francisco high school senior is suspended because of a poem she wrote which dealt with the school shooting in Connecticut. What she wrote has left officials with a dilemma.
It was a dark poem and in the wake of the Connecticut tragedy, it raised red flags and triggered a quick response by school officials. Now the student is facing the possibility of being expelled.
“I understand the killings in Connecticut. I know why he pulled the trigger,” said Courtni Webb, the suspended student.
Those words in Webb’s poem prompted school officials at the Life Learning Academy on Treasure Island to suspend the 17-year-old senior until further notice. (….)


Commentary: The clarifying power of poetry

The recent tragedy in Newtown, Conn., brings forth, understandably, questions about poetry.

Why poems?
Because poetry, particularly traditional rhymed and metered poetry, is at its best a heightened use of language. It’s a form of art that can “lock” a realization into place, seemingly for all time.
Being occasional, written in the heat and sorrow of the moment, sadly most often these terribly sincere poems are not very good. Why not?
Poetry, wrote William Wordsworth in his famous “Preface to Lyrical Ballads,” is “the spontaneous overflow of powerful emotions recollected in tranquility.” I’d argue that “recollected in tranquility” is what provides poetry’s greatest use: perspective.
In addition to containing considered, crafted and revised and uniquely put language, one does not likely have perspective when responding immediately to a situation.
Can one find solace or an answer in poetry?
I think so.


Drawn into a circle of poetry giants

By Michael Dirda

Well, there are poetry-writing classes, and then there’s the 1959 poetry-writing class taught by Robert Lowell at Boston University, with Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton among the students. Kathleen Spivack was there, too, and she re-creates those heady days in her memoir, “With Robert Lowell and His Circle.” She also recalls her subsequent encounters with Elizabeth Bishop (with whom she regularly played ping-pong) and Adrienne Rich; the mentorship of Stanley Kunitz and John Malcolm Brinnin (author of the classic “Dylan Thomas in America”); her friendship with Lowell’s wives, the writers Elizabeth Hardwick and Caroline Blackwood; and the early brilliance of the critic Helen Vendler. There are, as well, strobe-light glimpses of several contemporary poets in their youth, including Robert Pinsky and Frank Bidart.


  • Somehow, the following makes me feel just a bit better, in the event I ever begin submitting my own poetry for publication. — R.L., VPN Editor

Rejection Letter to Gertrude Stein


Announcing the Next Massachusetts Poetry Festival

I realize this is not Vermont, but many of you might want to make the short trip to Salem, Mass for this annual event:

The next Massachusetts Poetry Festival will be
May 3-5, 2013
in Salem, Massachusetts

And here is a list of poets we have engaged for headliners so far:

1) Sharon Olds
2) Terrance Hayes
3) Tracy K. Smith
4) Nick Flynn
5) Jill McDonough
6) Maria Mazziotti Gillan
7) Erica Funkhouser
8) Kevin Goodan

Go the the MPF web site:


The NEW ENGLAND POETRY CLUB was founded in 1915 by Amy Lowell, Robert Frost and Conrad Aiken. The Club sponsors the oldest poetry reading series in the country.

See their web site at:

See them on Facebook at:


What’s going on here? Can anyone tell me?

Who Killed Poetry?” (Joseph Epstein, 1988)
Death to the Death of Poetry” (Donald Hall, 1989)
Can Poetry Matter?” (Dana Gioia, 1991)
After the Death of Poetry” (Vernon Shetley, 1993)
Dead or Alive? Poetry at Risk” (Stephen Goode, 1993)
Why Poetry Is Dying” (J. S. Salemi, 2001)
Poetry Is Dead. Does Anybody Really Care?” (Bruce Wexler, 2003)
Let Poetry Die” (Patrick Gillespie, 2010)
Beautiful & Pointless, A Guide to Modern Poetry” (David Orr, 2011)


Great Poetry Links:

“Tom Hanks Reading Performance Poetry”

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that before he started winning lots of Oscars, Tom Hanks was primarily known as a funny man — something he reminded viewers of Tuesday on “Late Night.”

During a visit to promote his latest high-minded, Oscar-baiting film, “Cloud Atlas, Hanks performed a spot-on slam poem about “Full House,” the late ’80s/early ’90s sitcom that unleashed the Olsen twins on the world.


“Poetry begins with a lump in the throat.”

~ Robert Frost


American Life in Poetry: Column 406


Another winter is upon us, and Barton Sutter, a poet who lives in Duluth, knows all about cold and snow. Here’s a preview to get us thinking about what’s in store for us.

A Little Shiver

After the news, the forecaster crowed
With excitement about his bad tidings:
Eighteen inches of snow! Take cover!
A little shiver ran through the community. (….)

38.) 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: Walter 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

43.) 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.


The Northshire Poetry Reading Group usually meets at the Northshire Bookstore, in their Conference Room, on the 4th Thursday of every month, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

  • For further info, contact Claire Longtin North at or 362-2346 (or Nancy Scheemaker at They just started meeting in January 2013, and already have a very enthusiastic and committed following!


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!

  • 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 following the link below and clicking “like”.Write on!
51.)OTHER: BY CORRESPONDENCEPoetry 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.

Poetry Event



  • 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.

Sat, Jan 12: 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.

Sun, Jan 13: Baldwin Memorial Library, 33 Main Street North, Wells River, 7:00 p.m. Sydney Lea, Vermont’s Poet Laureate. Info, 472-5948.

Mon, Jan 14: Jeudevine Memorial Library, 93 North Main Street, Hardwick, 3:00 p.m. Sydney Lea, Vermont’s Poet Laureate. Info, 757-2693.

Tue. Jan 15: Bear Pond Books, 77 Main Street, Montpelier, 7:00 p.m. Sydney Lea, Vermont’s Poet Laureate, will be here with his new book of essays. A North Country Life: Tales of Woodsmen, Waters and Wildlife is his third volume of outdoor essays. In this one he shares a soulful account of the blending of the human and natural worlds. Lea is widely known and adept in several genres. He founded New England Review in 1977 and edited it till 1989. Of his ten poetry collections, Pursuit of a Wound (University of Illinois Press, 2000) was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Info, 229-0774.

Thu, Jan 17: The Lampscapes Store, 77 Gates Street, White River Junction, 7:00 p.m. Poetry Reading.

David Celone has told me that there’s going to be another poetry reading at The Lampscapes Store. (Here’s a link for directions: ) This is a small, artsy venue that fits a group of 10-15. There’s easy parking on Gates Street right in front of the store. They’re ever so grateful to Ken Blaisdell, owner and artist, for letting the poets use the space for an evening of readings, getting chairs, and for his general sense of hospitality.

Dave would be happy to solicit your ideas via email so he can tailor the evening appropriately. Just let him know how you’d like to see this evening unfold, and he’ll try to make it work. You can reach Dave at He can discuss how future readings might be organized at the reading.

For now, the idea is for each person to bring enough poetry to read aloud to fill a 3-5 minute span of time. If there is extra time, you can read more. If there are more people than anticipated, you can read less. And, if we choose and time allows, you can have a conversation about poetry in general – trends, direction, form, your favorite place to find new work, where you get your inspiration to write, etc., to close the evening.

So, please take the next weeks to assemble whatever poems you wish to read aloud. It can be your own work or that of another. In the past, all people attending are adults, so subject matter should not be an issue.

One last thing, Dave has been asked about books. If you have a book to sell or share, feel free to bring some copies. He’ll try to have a table available for this purpose.

Sat, Jan 19: The Inn At Maplemont Farm, 2742 U.S. Route 5, Barnet, 7:00 p.m. Sydney Lea, Vermont’s Poet Laureate. Info, 633-4880.

Fri, Jan 25: Northshire Bookstore, 4869 Main Street, Manchester Center, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. The Northshire Poetry Reading Group invites translator David Hinton, who will be joining the group for a discussion of selected readings from, Mountain Home: The Wilderness Poetry of Ancient China (Hinton). Info, 362-2200 or 800-437-3700.

Sat, Jan 26: Double Tree Hotel, Williston Road, S. Burlington. League of Vermont Writers Annual Meeting and Winter Program. Former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin (on her new book from Chelsea Green, The New Feminist Agenda), poet Jim Ellefson (with a mini-workshop on writing), and Barb Dozetos (on how to reach and build your audience). Keep abreast of coming details on the LVW web site,

Sat, Jan 26: Westford Public Library, 1717 Vermont 128, Westford, 12:00 noon. Sydney Lea, Vermont’s Poet Laureate. Info, 878-5639.

Wed, Jan 30: University of Vermont, Fleming Museum, 61 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The Painted Word Poetry Series, featuring Penelope Cray. 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. (

Fri, Feb 1: Vershire Community Library, located in the Church-Orr House, Vershire, 7:00 p.m. Sydney Lea, Vermont’s Poet Laureate. Info, 685-9982.

Thu, Feb 7: Wake Robin Life Care Retirement Community, 200 Wake Robin Drive, Shelburne, 7:30 p.m. Sydney Lea, Vermont’s Poet Laureate. Info, 264-5100.

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.

Sat, Feb 9: 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.

Tue, Feb 12: Southern Vermont College, 982 Mansion Drive, Everett Theatre, Bennington, 2:10 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sydney Lea.

Examining the interaction of the left brain and right brain in the making of poems, Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea will deliver a lecture, entitled “Poetry: Another Way of Knowing.” Part of Southern Vermont College’s “Look Within, See Beyond: Stories of Empowerment and Change” lecture series. Free and open to the public, the lecture will be followed by a reception and book signing with Lea, in the College’s Burgdorff Gallery.

Lea’s poetry collections include his most recent “Six Sundays Toward a Seventh: Selected Spiritual Poems” (Wipf and Stock) and, in 2011, “Young of the Year” (Four Way Books). A sample of his critical work spanning four decades, “A Hundred Himalayas,” will soon be issued by the University of Michigan Press. In 2013, “A North Country Life: Tales of Woodsmen, Waters and Wildlife” (Skyhorse Publishing), a third volume of outdoor essays, will be published to be followed by “I Was Thinking of Beauty” (Four Way Books). Lea has also written “Ghost Pain,” a book of poems, and a second nonfiction volume, “A Little Wildness: Some Notes on Rambling.”

A resident of Newbury, Vt., Lea has been described as “a man in the woods with his head full of books, and a man in books with his head full of woods.” Experienced in several genres, Lea founded the “New England Review” in 1977 and continued to edit the publication until 1989. One of his nine previous poetry collections, “Pursuit of a Wound” (University of Illinois Press, 2000), was among three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. He was co-winner of the 1998 Poets’ Prize for the preceding volume, “To the Bone: New and Selected Poems.” His other writings are “A Place in Mind” (Scribner) and “Hunting the Whole Way Home” (University Press of New England, 1994).

A recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller, Fulbright, and Guggenheim Foundations, Lea has taught at Dartmouth, Yale, Wesleyan, the University of Vermont, and Middlebury Colleges in addition to Franklin College in Switzerland and the National Hungarian University in Budapest. Lea’s works have appeared in “The New Yorker,” “The Atlantic,” “The New Republic,” “The New York Times,” “Sports Illustrated,” and periodicals and anthologies.

For more information on the lecture, contact the College’s Office of Communications at 802-447-6389/6388 or

Sat, Feb 16: Williston Public (Dorothy Alling Memorial) Library, 21 Library Lane, Williston, 11:00 a.m. Sydney Lea, Vermont’s Poet Laureate. Info, 878-4918.

Sun, Feb 17: Vershire Town Center, Vershire, 7:00 p.m. Sydney Lea, Vermont’s Poet Laureate. Info, 685-2227.

Thu, Feb 21: Brown Public Library, 93 South Main Street, Northfield, 3:30 p.m. Sydney Lea, Vermont’s Poet Laureate. Info, 485-4621.

Mon, Feb 25: 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.

Wed, Feb 27: University of Vermont, Fleming Museum, 61 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The Painted Word Poetry Series, featuring Marie Elizabeth Mali. 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. (

Thu, Mar 7: 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.

Sat, Mar 9: 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, Mar 11: Middlebury College, Axinn Center 229, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Reading by Chinese poet Xi Chuan.

A reading by renowned Chinese Poet Xi Chuan, author most recently of Notes on the Mosquito: Selected Poems (New Directions, 2012), translated by Lucas Klein of the Department of Chinese, Translation, and Linguistics at the City University of Hong Kong. Xi Chuan will read in Chinese, and Professor Klein will read his English translations. Xi Chuan, who teaches classical Chinese literature at the Central Academy for Fine Arts in Beijing, and Professor Klein will both participate in an English-language question and answer session after the reading. Info, 443-5870 or

Fri, Mar 22: Brandon Inn, Brandon, 7:00 p.m. Sydney Lea, Vermont’s Poet Laureate.  Sydney will be reading, along with a used book sale, silent auction of Vermont-authored, signed books, and a live band, Ten Rod Road.  Info, Janet Mondlak, 247-3236.

Thu, Mar 28: Weathersfield Proctor Library, 5181 Route 5, Ascutney, 7:00 p.m. Sydney Lea, Vermont’s Poet Laureate. Info, 674-2863.

Sat, Mar 30: Peacham Public Library, 656 Bayley Hazen Road, Peacham, 7:00 p.m. Sydney Lea, Vermont’s Poet Laureate. Info, 592-3216.

Mon, Apr 1: Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster Street, Bellows Falls, 6:00 p.m. Sydney Lea, Vermont’s Poet Laureate. Info, 463-4270.

Wed, Apr 3: Bradford Public Library, 21 South Main Street, Bradford, 6:30 p.m. Sydney Lea, Vermont’s Poet Laureate. Info, 222-4536.

Thu, Apr 4: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Eamon Grennan.

Eamon Grennan is from Dublin, and taught for many years at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, and currently teaches in the graduate writing programs of Columbia University. Among his collections are Still Life with Waterfall (Gallery and Graywolf, 2002), which won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize of the American Academy of Poets, The Quick of It (Graywolf, 2005), Matter of Fact (2008), and Out of Sight: New & Selected Poems (2010). In 2005 Oxford University Press published his co-translation (with Rachel Kitzinger) of Oedipus at Colonus (reissued in The Complete Sophocles, Oxford, 2011). He divides his time between Poughkeepsie and the west of Ireland.

Tue, Apr 9: Manchester Public Library (Mark Skinner Library), 48 West Road, Manchester, 7:00 p.m. Sydney Lea, Vermont’s Poet Laureate. Info, 362-2607.

Sat, Apr 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, Apr 22: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. D.A. Powell. D. A.

Powell is the author of five collections of poetry. His books Cocktails and Chronic were both finalists for the Publishing Triangle and the National Book Critics Circle Awards. Along with David Trinidad and a cast of hundreds, he is the co-author of By Myself: An Autobiography (Turtle Point, 2009). Powell’s honors have included fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the James Michener Foundation, as well as a Pushcart Prize, the Lyric Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America and an Academy of American Poets Prize. In 2010, he received the Kingsley Tufts Prize from Claremont University. D. A. Powell’s work appears in numerous anthologies, including Norton’s American Hybrids, Legitimate Dangers: Poets of the New Century and Best American Poetry 1998. His recent poems appear in Kenyon Review, Granta, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares and Virginia Quarterly Review. Powell has taught at Columbia University, the University of Iowa’s Iowa Writers’ Workshop and New England College, as well as serving as Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Poetry at Harvard University. Powell’s most recent book is Useless Landscape, or a Guide for Boys.

Wed, Apr 24: University of Vermont, Fleming Museum, 61 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The Painted Word Poetry Series, featuring Ben Aleshire. 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, May 1: Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main Street, Brattleboro, 7:00 p.m.

Frost and Wordsworth: Romantic Poetry in the Light of Common Day. The poetry of Robert Frost and William Wordsworth depends heavily on the natural world and the “language really used by men.” Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea explores the poets’ similarities, differences, and influence on other poets. This is a First Wednesday program sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. Supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries. Additional sponsors are (for the VHC) Crosby-Gannett Fund of Vermont Community Foundation; (for Brooks Memorial Library) the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library; Brattleboro Savings and Loan; Downs Rachlin Martin, PLLC; Windham World Affairs Council of Vermont; The Vermont Country Store, and New Chapter, Inc. Info, contact Jerry Carbone, 802-254-5290 fax 802-257-2309,

Wed, May 1: Ilsley Library, Middlebury, 75 Main Street, 7:00 p.m. How Does Bach Say It?

UVM Professor Emeritus Philip Ambrose shows how Johann Sebastian Bach translates Scripture and poetry into the formal musical language of the Baroque. This is a First Wednesday program sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. Supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries. Additional sponsors are (for the VHC) The Lodge at Otter Creek and The Lodge at Shelburne Bay. Info, contact Jerry Carbone, 802-254-5290 fax 802-257-2309,

Sat, May 11: 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, Jun 3: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Fanny Howe.

Fanny Howe has written numerous books of poetry including Gone, (University of California Press, 2003), Selected Poems (UC Press, 2000), On the Ground (Graywolf Press, 2004), and The Lyrics (Graywolf, 2007). She has also written novels, five of them collected in one volume called Radical Love. At seventeen Howe left her home in Boston for California and has since spent her life there and in England, Ireland, and Massachusetts. In recent years she has won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, and an award from the Academy of Arts and Letters. She has written two collections of essays, The Wedding Dress (UC Press, 2003) and The Winter Sun (Graywolf, 2009). Her most recent book, Come and See: Poems, was published by Graywolf Press in 2011.

Sat, Jun 8: 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, Jul 1: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Laura Kasischke.

Laura Kasischke has published eight collections of poetry and eight novels. For her most recent collection, she received the National Book Critics Circle Award. She has also been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, and several Pushcart Prizes. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, Best American Poetry and elsewhere. She teaches in the MFA program at the University of Michigan, and lives with her husband and son in Chelsea, Michigan.

Thu, Aug 8: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Harryette Mullen.

Harryette Mullen was born in Florence, Alabama (birthplace of W.C. Handy, self-proclaimed father of the blues). She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Cruz. She has been a visiting faculty member at Callaloo Writers Workshop, Cave Canem Poets Workshop, Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, Idyllwild Summer Arts, Napa Valley Writers Conference, and Naropa University. Her work has been selected twice for the annual Best American Poetry anthology. She is the author of seven poetry books, most recently Recyclopedia (Graywolf, 2006), Blues Baby (Bucknell, 2002) and Sleeping with the Dictionary (University of California, 2002). The latter was a finalist for a National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize. In 2004 she received a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and in 2005 she was awarded a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches courses in American Poetry, African-American Literature, and Creative Writing in English and African American Studies at UCLA.

Mon, Aug 26: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Dara Wier.

Born in Louisiana, Wier is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including: Selected Poems, Remnants of Hannah, Reverse Rapture, which received the 2006 SFSU Poetry Center Book Award, Hat On a Pond, Voyages in English, Our Master Plan, which received a Phi Beta Kappa Award Finalist Citation, Blue for the Plough, The Book of Knowledge, All You Have in Common, The 8-Step Grapevine, and Blood, Hook & Eye. You Good Thing is forthcoming in April 2013. Her awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, is a recipient of the Jerome J. Shestack Prize from the American Poetry Review. Wier is a former Director and on the permanent faculty of the MFA program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst . She co-founded and co-directs the Juniper Initiative for Literary Arts and Action and the annual Juniper Summer Writing Institute. She is a member of the arts and literary community center Flying Object in Hadley, Massachusetts. Recent poems can be found in The Nation, jubilat, not nostrums, Conduit, Make, American Poetry Review, skein, Fou, Maggy, Boston Review, Green Mountain Review, Salt River Review. With Emily Pettit and Guy Pettit she publishes and edits chapbooks, books and broadsides for Factory Hollow Press.

Thu, Sep 5: 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.

Thu, Oct 3: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Peter Cole.

A 2007 MacArthur Fellow, Peter Cole is the author of three books of poems, most recently Things on Which I’ve Stumbled (New Directions). His many volumes of translations from Hebrew and Arabic include The Poetry of Kabbalah: Mystical Verse from the Jewish Tradition (Yale), The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain, 950-1492 (Princeton), Aharon Shabtai’s War and Love, Love and War: New & Selected Poems (New Directions), and Taha Muhammad Ali’s So What: New & Selected Poems 1973-2005 (Copper Canyon). With Adina Hoffman, he is also the author of a book of non-fiction, Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza (Schocken/Nextbook). Cole has received numerous honors for his work, including fellowships from the NEA, the NEH, and the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as the National Jewish Book Award for Poetry, the PEN Translation Award for Poetry, the American Library Association Brody Medal for Jewish Book of the Year, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Thu, Oct 31: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Susan Mitchell.

Susan Mitchell is the author of three books of poems, most recently Erotikon and Rapture which won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and was a National Book Award Finalist. She has been honored with grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her poems have been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, American Poetry Review, Poetry London, and The New Republic and have appeared in several volumes of the Best American Poetry series and the Pushcart Prize anthologies. Mitchell holds the Mary Blossom Lee Endowed Chair at Florida Atlantic University and teaches in its MFA Writing Program.


Thu, Feb 6: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Baron Wormser.

Baron Wormser is the author/co-author of twelve full-length books and a poetry chapbook. His titles include The Road Washes Out in Spring: A Poet’s Memoir of Living Off the Grid, Scattered Chapters: New and Selected Poems, and a work of fiction entitled The Poetry Life: Ten Stories. In March 2011 his most recent book of poetry, Impenitent Notes, was published. He is a former poet laureate of Maine who teaches in the Fairfield University MFA Program and directs the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching. Wormser has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Visit his

Mon, Feb 24: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Marilyn Nelson.

Marilyn Nelson’s books include Carver: A Life in Poems (2001), The Homeplace (1991), Magnificat (1994), and The Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems (1997). Her honors include a Kent Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, two NEA Fellowships, and the 2012 Robert Frost Medal. The Fields of Praise was a finalist for the 1997 National Book Award, the PEN/Winship Award, and the Lenore Marshall Prize, and won the 1998 Poets Prize. Forthcoming is Faster Than Light: New and Selected Poems. She lives in East Haddam, Connecticut and is Professor Emerita of English at the U. of Connecticut.

Thu, Mar 6: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Eileen Myles.

Eileen Myles came to New York from Boston in 1974 to be a poet. Her Inferno (A poet’s novel) (2010), tells the story of that decision, and was described by John Ashbery as “Zingingly funny and melancholy.” Eileen’s books of poetry include Not Me, School of Fish, Skies, Maxfield Parrish and Sorry,Tree. Chelsea Girls (1994) was her first fiction book, followed by Cool for You, a nonfiction novel (2000). In San Diego she wrote the libretto for the opera Hell (composed by Michael Webster). She directed the writing program at the University of California at San Diego for five years, returning to New York in 2007. Eileen’s articles and columns have appeared in Art Forum, Art in America, Book Forum, Parkett, the Harriet blog, and the Brooklyn Rail. Her essays were collected in The Importance of Being Iceland (2009) for which she received a Warhol/Creative Capital Art Writers grant. In 2010, the Poetry Society of American awarded Myles the Shelley Memorial Award.

Mon, Mar 24: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Michael Dickman.

Michael Dickman is the author of The End of the West, and Flies, both published by Copper Canyon Press. He co-wrote 50 American Plays, also published by Copper Canyon. Dickman grew up with his mother and twin brother, poet Matthew Dickman, in Lents, a suburb of Portland. He earned a BA at the University of Oregon and an MFA at the University of Texas-Austin’s Michener Center for Writers. Dickman’s elegiac free verse poems explore the difficult, often violent spectacle of personal memory; voice, in Dickman’s work, is a character unto itself, at once hopeful and spare, speculative and warped. As Rebecca Mead noted in her 2009 New Yorker profile of the Dickman twins, “Michael’s poems are interior, fragmentary, and austere, often stripped down to single-word lines; they seethe with incipient violence.” Dickman’s poetry collections include The End of the West (2009) and Flies (2011), which won the Academy of American Poets’s James Laughlin Award. A former Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, Dickman won the 2008 Narrative Prize and has received residencies and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

  • 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

March 22 – Brandon Inn

…………..,…Brandon, VT, 7 p.m.

                    Reading & used book & silent auction sale

                    Live band, Ten Rod Road

                    Benefit for the Brandon Free Public Library

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