Vermont Poetry Newsletter • April 20 2013

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Vermont Poetry Newsletter

Your Poetry & Spoken Word Gateway
In The Green Mountain State

April 20, 2013 (Previous issue: January 10, 2013) –
In This Issue:

  1. About VPN
  2. Newsletter Editor/Publisher’s Note
  3. Writing Assignments/Suggestions/Exercises/Prompts
  4. Jerry Johnson, Up the Creek Without a Saddle
  5. First Annual PSOV Poetry Reading, with Daniel Lusk
  6. Richard Blanco coming to Vermont
  7. Healing Art & Writing Courses at Hope Lodge
  8. Poetic History of Shakespeare’s Sonnets
  9. UVM Painted Word Poetry Series
  10. PoemCity 2013
  11. Ralph Culver Awarded Chapbook Prize
  12. Al-Mutanabbi Street, Site of Iraq’s Literary Community
  13. Daniel Hoffman, U.S. Poet Laureate, 1923-2013
  14. 7th-Grader Writes Unusual Spelling Bee Poem
  15. Charles Wright Interview
  16. Allen Ginsberg’s LSD Poem Up For Bid
  17. Diane Swan – The Other Wish
  18. Get Your Poem On!
  19. Stephen Dunn, The (Not-So) Accidental Poet
  20. William Faulkner Poetry Book on the Auction Block
  21. Poet’s Kinship With the President, Richard Blanco
  22. Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, 2013 Faculty & Guests
  23. New VT Lit Journal: The Cause Arts Quarterly
  24. Navajos Confront Life’s End With Poem
  25. Vermont State Poet Laureate Sydney Lea’s 2013 Calendar
  26. How Does a Poem Mean?
  27. Simon Armitage – Walking Home: A Poet’s Journey
  28. D.H. Lawrence, Uncensored
  29. Insomnia and the Poet
  30. Ted Kooser and His Valentines: Be Mine, Mine, Mine
  31. At the Last Minute, Remembering Grace Paley, the Poet
  32. Massachusetts Poetry Festival
  33. New England Poetry Club
  34. Full Circle Festival, Burlington, April 2014
  35. Great Poetry Links: Boloji
  36. Poetry Quote – Anne Sexton
  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: By Correspondence
  52. Other Writing Groups in Vermont
  53. Poetry Event Calendar

1.) About the Vermont Poetry Newsletter Network

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

The mission of the Vermont Poetry Newsletter is to foster the poetry arts community in the Green Mountain State, home to more writers and poets per capita than any other state in the nation. Its goals are to serve as a resource for and about VT poets; to support the development of individual poets; and to encourage an audience for poetry in Vermont.

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

2.) Dear Friends of Poetry:

It’s been some time since the last VPN, but now that all the events in life since the new year began are now behind us, it’s time to move on to poetry. And let’s face it, we all need something else to think about, after the April 15th tax deadline earlier this week.

With the birth of our first grandchild in March, I’ve had poetry on the back burner, and it actually feels wonderful in a rather guilty sort of way. I’ve been looking at poetry for kids a little differently lately, although I don’t intend to try my hand at that brand of poetry. It won’t be long, however, before I bring out my children’s poetry books and start marking some clever poems to read sometime in the future to my new grandson.

As I write this, my wife is out in Oregon, spending a couple of weeks with our daughter’s new son. She’ll be going out there again to be a live-in nanny for two months this summer. This will give me more than enough time to organize my poetry library, which has gotten out of hand again. At the moment, I have notes and clippings all over the floor of our house, in an attempt at trying to organize all my interests, and put another VPN together for you. Believe me, it’s a good lesson in “keeping it simple,” a lesson I’ll never learn.

While my wife was out along the west coast, I was asked to do an interview for NBC TV. That’s right, NBC! Seems they are considering me for a reality show on gold panning in Vermont and/or New England. Seems someone knew about me, that I have a hobby of gold panning, among many other interests, they asked me to come in for a full day of filming and interviewing. We even went down to the stream, and right along a stream that bordered a covered bridge, we found gold – in the first panning! What timing! All my wife could say was, “I hope you didn’t give them your real name!” She shudders at the thought of me on television, obviously. There is a million to one shot that you’ll be seeing me on TV, but stranger things have happened!

Your gold panning poet,

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


Remember your favorite childhood game or puzzle? How you played it, assembled it? Focus on this, the pieces, the rules, the GAME. Write on!

From: Ron Lewis’ Huge Bag of Hellish Prompts ©

Previous Writing Assignment

Good Luck!


Up the CreekMy friend, Creek Road Poet and Irasburg resident Jerry Johnson, has just had another book of poetry published, “Up the Creek Without a Saddle.” This book marks the fulfillment of an 8-year labor of love for Jerry. Don’t I know it, as I think Jerry and I have talked every day of this 8-year stretch! The book contains 99 pages of poetry, plus artwork, making it 150 pages in length. To top it off, it also comes with a free CD.

The book and CD can be ordered directly through Jerry’s web site at: The CD is something every mom and dad should have in their car; the poems that are put to music by Vermont’s best troubadours, Jon Gailmor and Pete Sutherland, are simply terrific. It won’t be long before you’ll find yourself singing to the CD’s best offering, “Noah’s Song.”

Jerry, Jon and Pete will be together reading and singing at Brandon Music on Sunday, April 28th. Enjoy a nice evening of food, drink, poetry and song; Jerry’s books and CD’s will be available on-site. Brandon Music is just a few doors down from my home, so Jerry will be staying over at my Poetry House. You can make your reservation to this event by going to the Brandon Music web site. Don’t miss it!


First Annual PSOV Poetry Reading
Featuring Daniel Lusk
(PSOV = Poetry Society of Vermont)

Saturday, April 20, 2:00 p.m.

  • Help support your state poetry society! The latest collaboration between Vermont poet Daniel Lusk and the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum has produced the audio book Inland Sea: Reflections. “The Inland Sea” evokes the connection the poet hopes to make between what lies beneath the waters and our inner selves. Daniel Lusk is the author of Lake Studies: Meditations on Lake Champlain, Kissing the Ground, and other books. A Senior Lecturer of English Emeritus at UVM, he lives near the lake with his wife, poet and teacher Angela Patten.Info, 448-3350,.


  • Richard Blanco, who read his long poem, One Today, at President Obama’s Inauguration, will be coming to Bookstock, Woodstock, Vermont’s literary event, in July. If you’d like to read the text of this poem, and hear Mr. Blanco read it, here it is. And here are some interesting opinions about the poem.


  • Patricia Fontaine holds some Healing Art & Writing courses in Burlington, at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. Patricia has taught expressive art and writing courses for many years. Visit her web site at:


  • For the love of Shakespeare, you’ve just got to visit Alan Tarica’s web site, which deals with the poetic history (and more!) of Shakespeare’s sonnets.


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

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

10.) PoemCity 2013

For information:

For day-by-day events: or

A nice article on Norwich University student participation:


Ralph Culver of Burlington, Vermont has been awarded the 2012 Anabiosis Press Poetry Chapbook Prize for his collection Both Distances. The chapbook will be released early in 2013 and may be preordered online at the Anabiosis Press website, The announcement of the award and a sample poem are available here:

Your VPN Editor (Ron Lewis) has read Ralph’s chapbook, and it has my complete blessing as one of the better chapbooks I’ve had the opportunity to obtain. It now shares a special place in my poetry library, a rarified air, if you will. I’m not one to read poetry collections twice, but I know I’ll be going back to this splendid collection. It reminds me of Diane Swan’s chapbook, Jewelweed, for those of you familiar with that little gem.

Mr. Culver’s work appears in many literary magazines and journals, and he is a past grantee in poetry of the Vermont Arts Council. Earlier this year, The Worcester Review nominated his poem “For the Last Catamount” for a 2013 Pushcart Prize. He is a popular reader of his work, and over the years has given many poetry readings in public libraries, bookstores, and other venues throughout the Northeast.
Contact Ralph at 802-658-2657 for more information, or to arrange a poetry reading or lecture.

On another note, Ralph has been declared the Winner of the first Vermont Poetry Broadside Contest! His poem, “Signed Self Portrait: February” was selected by Vermont Poet Laureate, Sydney Lea.

Mr. Lea said of Culver’s work that he particularly relishes “moments in reading poetry when something comes at me that seems at once so completely surprising and so precisely appropriate.”

The broadside is illustrated by Craftsbury artist, Gabriel Tempesta, (, handset and published by Kelly McMahon of May Day Studio ( in Montpelier and available in a signed and numbered edition of 60.

The poetry broadside will be on display in the window of the Drawing Board on Main Street in Montpelier throughout April in celebration of National Poetry Month, as part of MontpelierAlive and the Kellogg Hubbard Library’s PoemCity programming. Copies are available for purchase at the Drawing Board throughout April 2013 and online while supplies last at our online store:

Ralph Culver received five copies of his broadside and a complimentary four- night stay at the Writer’s Retreat in Craftsbury, Vermont (

If you’re visiting Montpelier, you can hear Ralph read “Signed Self Portrait: February” and other poems from his award winning new chapbook, Both Distances recently published by Anabiosis Press, at 3:30pm on Saturday, April 27th in the Hayes Room of the Kellogg Hubbard Library.

As part of their spirited effort to promote letterpress printed literature, Chickadee Chaps & Broads will be offering the Vermont Poetry Broadside contest annually over the next decade to build a Vermont letterpress printed and illustrated broadside archive.

The Vermont Poetry Newsletter wants to congratulate Ralph on this wonderful award! You can view the broadside at:


  • This looks to be a wonderful, heartfelt anthology, that we all need to support. This list of contributors is long, and includes Peter Money, of Vermont, who recommends it for history classes, writing classes, neighborhood libraries, and individuals. – Editor, VPN

“Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here” – $20

Poets and Writers Respond to the March 5th, 2007, Bombing of Baghdad’s “Street of the Booksellers”

“Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here has brought together a stellar group of authors to write about a time and place: the destruction of Baghdad’s famed al-Mutanabbi Street, when on March 5, 2007, the cultural spaces of bookstores, libraries, and cafes frequented for centuries by the Iraqi literary community were bombed. This is a wonderful and exceptionally moving anthology and a compelling collection of poetic and historical merit.” 
—Susan Slyomovics, professor of anthropology and Near Eastern languages, UCLA

Read about and order here.


  • One of our U.S. Poet Laureates has passed away: Daniel Hoffman. Mr. Hoffman was U.S. Poet Laureate from 1973-1974 (see list below). He is said to have looked much like Edgar Allan Poe.


  • Now, this is amazing. Here’s a story about a 7th-grader who wrote a poem incorporating all the words she spelled correctly during her run to victory at the Suburban Cook County Spelling Bee. And, what were you doing in the 7th grade?

War of the Words
By Alia Abiad

we are facing off at the start of the war
lights are dimming, theater doors closing
phones flickering flickering out
from the balcony surges one last cheer
and then it’s just me
and the words.

the first word edges forward
then pulls back
a recalcitrant child unwilling to move
she calls in speech after speech
to precede her
stalling stalling for time.
she finally emerges
takes her place on the battlefield
not for long, though – i cut her down
just like that…

  • Note: The bolded, italicized words are the ones Alia spelled Feb. 21 at the Suburban Cook County Spelling Bee.



  • Perhaps you’d like to bid on the original manuscript of the famous poem of Allen Ginsberg’s below, one that was claimed to have been written while he was on LSD. Well, it’s for sale! I can’t even write a good poem while drinking coffee! — Editor, VPN

Wales Visitation


The Other Wish
Diane Swan

I have not had the opportunity yet to purchase Diane’s latest work, but as soon as I can save enough cash, I fully intend to fulfill my wish of having another effort of one of my favorite people, who just happens to be a very fine poet.

For those of you who want to both hear her read AND want to purchase AND sing her book for you, please note that she will be at Bear Pond Books on April 23rd.

Tue, Apr 23: Bear Pond Books, 77 Main Street, Montpelier, 7:00 p.m. Diane Swan. Diane, one of this editor’s favorite poets, will be reading from her new book, The Other Wish. This is her first full-length collection, her chapbook Jewelweed having been published in 1994. Swan’s elegantly crafted work has appeared in such diverse publications as Alaska Quarterly Review and Yankee Magazine. Info, 229-0774.


Get Your Poem On!
poetry and art workshop for kids at Sheldon Museum

Middlebury poet (and Founder of the Otter Creek Poets) David Weinstock will lead a poetry and art workshop, titled “Get Your Poem On!” on Friday, April 26th, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sheldon Museum at 1 Park St. in Middlebury. The workshop is open to kids ages 9 and older.

Weinstock will engage participants by reading poems, old and new, and by helping the participants write their own poems. Kids will also create wearable art featuring their poem or a poem from Weinstock’s selections. Participants will need to bring a T-shirt, hat or other piece of clothing to decorate; art supplies will be provided.

The cost is $5 per person; space is limited. The registration deadline is April 19th.

For more information call the museum at 388-2117 or visit


The (Not-So) Accidental Poet
Stephen Dunn

  • Let’s get this out there right now; I like Stephen Dunn. I like his poetry, I like how he reads poetry, I liked talking to him, a few years ago at Bennington College. And, he’s a table tennis player! That later item sews it up for me! — Editor, VPN

Here’s a little article on this ‘regular guy’ back in March.


  • There’s a June auction coming up with William Faulkner items to be bid on, including a hand-bound poetry book, among other interesting items.


Poet’s Kinship With the President

  • Richard Blanco was a Bread Loaf (Writer’s Conference) Ciardi Fellow in Poetry in 2000. Talk about a quick success! Only 13 years later, he’s chosen as President Obama’s inaugural poet! Here’s an interesting article on Mr. Blanco.


Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference
The 2013 Faculty and Guests listing is now available.


Lit Update: New Journal The Cause and Books From Honeybee Press

  • Yes, Vermont has another literary magazine, its 17th, by my count: The Cause Arts Quarterly. I’ve waited until a 2nd issue was in publication before releasing the news that it’s serious, and that it seems to be here to stay. Here’s a Seven Days article about this literary magazine, submission possibilities, and who’s behind it.


Navajos Confront Life’s End With Poem

  • For a not-so-comfortable topic, poetry seems a good fit. Here’s an interesting article from 2011 that I cut out and saved for myself; it’s time I share it with my readership. – VPN Editor


Vermont State Poet Laureate
Sydney Lea
Go to:

Calendar 2013

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.

May 2 – Vermont Studio Center
………….,4:30 p.m. craft talk
………….,8 p.m. reading
………….,Johnson, VT,

May 9 – Readsboro Library
………….,Readsboro, VT, 6:30 p.m.

May 14 – Jeudevine Library
………….,..Hardwick, VT, 7 p.m.

May 15 – The Wilder Club
………….,..Wilder, VT, 7 p.m.

May 16 – (Rescheduled event)
………….,..Wake Robin Retirement Community
………….,..Shelburne, VT, 7:30

May 20 –  Jericho Center Library
………….,…Jericho Center, VT, 6:30 p.m.

May 22 – Morristown Public Library
…………….Morristown, VT, 7 p.m.

May 30 – Flood Brook School
………….,..Londonderry, VT, 7 p.m.

June 2 – Groton Public Library
………….,.Groton, VT, 3 p.m.

June 23 – Backroads Reading Series (with Reeve Lindbergh)
…………….,Brownington Congregational Church
…………….,Brownington, VT, 3 p.m.

August 14 – Middlebury ESI College
………….. . .,..Middlebury VT, Talk and reading 1:30 p.m.

August 27 – Cabot Free Library
.. …………  . ,..Cabot, VT, 7 p.m.

October 6 – Shelburne Museum
…………………Talk and reading
……………….,.Shelburne, VT, 2:00 p.m.


How Does a Poem Mean?
Five consecutive Thursdays:
Apr 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23.

Thu, Apr 25: ESI College, Elderly Services, Inc., 112 Exchange Street, Middlebury, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. How Does a Poem Mean? Five consecutive Thursdays: Apr 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23. Cost is $110, which includes a binder of poems. How Does a Poem Mean? Our title comes from a book of that name by John Chiardi, one-time director of the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. We’ll consider how it is that so many techniques at the poet’s disposal – meter, rhyme, word choice, imagery, figurative language, and structure – combine to yield poems that speak to us through the ages. Likely poets include Chaucer, Petrarch, John Donne, Shakespeare, Keats, Emily Dickinson, Marianne Moore, Frost and T.S. Eliot. Instructor: Charles “Chuck” Burdick, who earned his B.A. in English from Middlebury College and his M.A. from Rutgers. He taught English and writing at Milton, Exeter, and Princeton Day School. Info and registration, 388-3983,

27.) Walking Home: A Poet’s Journey,’ by Simon Armitage

  • For you Simon Armitage fans (Goalkeeper With a Cigarette, or I Say I Say I Say), he has a new book, created from a hike he took along the 260 miles of the Pennine Way, Britain’s equivalent of our Appalachian or Long Trail. – Editor, VPN


D.H. Lawrence, Uncensored

  • On April 30th, a sequence of 31 World War I poems by D.H. Lawrence will appear in their entirety for the first time in a two-volume critical edition of verse.

29.) Poetic Hyper-arousal?

Insomnia and the Poet
By Lisa Russ Spaar


  • Over the years, Ted Kooser has been sending Valentines cards to his favorite ladies, a list that has expanded to some 2,500 women! Being a collector of antique Valentine’s Day cards, I had to share this article with you! — Editor, VPN

Be Mine, Mine, Mine
By Emily Nussbaum


At the Last Minute
By Mary Jo Salter

  • With this collection, Grace Paley ends as she began, as a poet.

32.) 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


  • 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: And see them on Facebook.

34.) Full Circle Festival

  • Just a heads-up, there is going to be a spoken word poetry event in Burlington during April 2014; it appears that I’m going to be a judge. The event’s web site is in design, the organizers are deep into fundraising, the programming is set, and venues reserved. Both young and elder poets will be participating as readers, based on juried poems for the event. I will provide all of you with additional details in the next VPN. I will tell you this, to get you all hyperventilating: poet Mary Oliver has accepted an invitation to speak and read at the event! Stay tuned!

35.) Great Poetry Links: “Boloji”

  • There’s poetry, opinions, news, essays, you name it at this site. Heck, this might even become one of your favorite stop-overs!


“All I am is the trick of words writing themselves.”

Poetry Quote by Anne Sexton


American Life in Poetry: Column 409


It’s wonderful when a very young person discovers the pleasures of poetry and gives it a try. Here’s a poem by a first grader, Andrew Jones of Ferndale, Washington, who, if we’re lucky, will go on to write poems the rest of his life.

The Softest Word

The softest word is leaf
it zigzags
in the air and
falls on the yellow ground

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

17)  The Cause Arts Quarterly

“The Cause for Unbound Art”

The Cause is a Literary and Arts Magazine based in Burlington, Vermont. It is a quarterly presentation of multi-regional American artists transcribed from its initially untamed conversational assemblage into a tactfully curated format. We do not ask for themes—we are bestowed them through the cohesion of our constituents’ voices, which converse amongst themselves to bear a climate. It is this climate that reflects the thematic yearnings of each issue of The Cause. All we ask from our constituency is truth, and if that is not readily available, we ask for soul.

The Cause is the product of dirty hands shaking freshly washed ones. It is the product of artisanship in representation of visual media—specifically, with respect to print quality. This is one reason why The Cause does all fine art printing independently from our private studio. Each issue’s selected visual art piece is printed in a 5×7” format on Fine Art Archival Inkjet paper in editions of 200, and signed by the represented artist. The prints are then slipped into an archival glassine envelope within the magazine, additionally including an artist statement and presentation suggestions. It is this process that allows us to ensure the quality of the work we display whilst providing our audience with the piece on a detached paper, thus freeing them from the certain constraints of binding, and promoting the autonomy of the art buyer and his or her freedom of choice to display the work as desired.

The format of our magazine reflects the type of quality we aim to make readily available to the public: each copy of The Cause includes a collection of 40-60 pages of any written or documented media, coupled with our featured fine art print, that affirms “the cause” of each issue in total. It is the sum of every work in conversational harmony and placement that molds itself into completion. It is our view that the only existent form of perfection is this very type of artistic conversation, and that this type of perfection is instantaneous and momentary, found only on paper.

Editors: Eric Bieber, Vincent Marksohn, Taylor Morse



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!
Poetry Editing by Wyn Cooper
Wyn Cooper provides editing services for poets. He mainly works with chapbook and full book manuscripts, but will also work on smaller groups of poems. He will be honest with you about your poems, and will help you make your book as good as it can be. He also offers advice on how and where to look for publishers. He’s willing to work via email, regular mail, telephone, or a combination thereof.Wyn’s students and clients have had their poems published in The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, The New England Review, AGNI, Verse, Denver Quarterly, and dozens of other magazines. His clients’ books and chapbooks have been published by presses such as Slope Editions, Akron University Press, Salmon Press, Black Ocean Press, and others. He has served as editor-in-chief of Quarterly West for two years, where he edited and published poets such as Stephen Dunn, Larry Levis, and Elizabeth Spires. He has frequently spoken about publishing at literary conferences and festivals.Wyn Cooper has published four books of poems and a chapbook, and his poems have appeared in over 60 magazines and 25 anthologies of poetry. He has taught poetry at Bennington and Marlboro colleges, the University of Utah, in the MFA program at UMASS/Amherst, and at the Frost Place Festival of Poetry. For the past ten years he has helped organize the Brattleboro Literary Festival.Wyn charges far less than most freelance editors, has a quick turnaround time, and charges on a sliding scale. For more information, or for references, email Wyn at To learn more about Wyn and his work, visit his website,


1.) The League of Vermont Writers.

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

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

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

2) Write Action
Greater Brattleboro Area

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

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

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

Contacting Write Action:

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

Or email us at:

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

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.


Wed, Apr 17: Arts Riot Gallery, 420 Pine Street, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Burlington Poetry Slam. The Burlington Poetry Slam will be hosted monthly at Arts Riot (420 Pine St.). Lizzy Fox will be organizing it with Matt Hollar from Champlain College.

The event is technically 18+ (since there will be a bar), but they are creating a guest list of 10 or so teens who they’ll let in the door. Those of you who work with young folks, please send along recommendations for any that you think should be added to their list. (They’ll mark their hands.) There is a $3 suggested donation.
6:30 Workshop by Lizzy Fox
7:30 Feature by Bless the Child
8:00 Slam Sign Up
8:15 Let the Slam Begin!

Thu, Apr 18: Ilsley Public Library, Community Meeting Room, Middlebury, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Lene Gary, meeting with the Otter Creek Poets. Recent and forthcoming publications include Watershed, SAGE, Silkworm, Crash, Grandmother Earth, Vermont Nature, KNOCK, The Poet’s Touchstone, and M Review.

Thu, Apr 18: Carol’s Hungry Mind Café, Middlebury, 7:00 p.m. NER (New England Review) Vermont Reading Series. Four super awesome smart charming Vermont writers will read from their work.

When Eliza Gilmore was six years old she wrote a story called “The Girl and the Butterfly,” which her elementary school turned into a ballet. Convinced in her early stardom that she was a brilliant visionary, she continued writing throughout middle and high school. Now a senior at Middlebury College and alum of the 2012 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Eliza hopes her recent poems are more humble—and mature—than they used to be.

Major Jackson is the author of three poetry collections: Holding Company (Norton, 2010) and Hoops (Norton, 2006)—both finalists 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. A recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, and a Witter Bynner Fellowship, as well as several writing residencies, he teaches at the University of Vermont.

Thomas Kivney is a writer of fiction and film scripts. He was an intern at the New England Review this past January Term and attended the 2012 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He will graduate from Middlebury College this spring.
Henriette Lazaridis Power’s work has appeared in Salamander, the New England Review, the Millions, the New York Times online, and Narrative magazine. She is the founding editor of The Drum, a literary magazine publishing exclusively in audio form. She has been the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant and a finalist for the Glimmertrain Fiction Open contest. Her first novel, The Clover House, was published in April 2013 by Ballantine Books.
Sponsored by the New England Review, with support from the Vermont Book Shop, the NER Vermont Reading Series provides an opportunity for Vermont writers to read their work in front of an audience, and to acquaint local audiences with the talented writers who live and work among us. The series presents not only authors who’ve published in the New England Review and elsewhere, but also those just starting out, who may be unpublished and reading their work for the first time.

That Vermont is home to more writers per capita than any other state in the nation is a testament not only to the natural beauty of our surroundings and the possibilities for solitude and contemplation, but also to the great traditions and institutions that support our literary artists when the time comes to share their work. Published by Middlebury College since 1987, the New England Review is proud of its own tradition of advancing the literary arts, bringing both new and known writers to a national reading public, and endeavors through the NER Vermont Reading Series to help bring about a similar convergence of voices here in our home state.

Fri, Apr 19: Northshire Bookstore, 4869 Main Street, Manchester Center, 7:00 p.m. The Northshire Poetry Reading Group will celebrate Poetry Month in the Bookstore Event Space. The group will be doing The Favorite Poem Project, and invites the community to join them. Please bring a poem or two that is beloved to you, and be prepared to take a moment to share something about the poet, why the poem is a favorite of yours, and to read the poem. This event is free and open to the public. We encourage you to bring your family and friends to share this event! For further information or to join this group please contact Claire

Sat, Apr 20: Phoenix Books, 191 Bank Street, Burlington, 2:00 p.m. First Annual PSOV (Poetry Society of Vermont) Poetry Reading, with Daniel Lusk. Help support your state poetry society! The latest collaboration between Vermont poet Daniel Lusk and the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum has produced the audio book Inland Sea: Reflections. “The Inland Sea” evokes the connection the poet hopes to make between what lies beneath the waters and our inner selves. Daniel Lusk is the author of Lake Studies: Meditations on Lake Champlain, Kissing the Ground, and other books. A Senior Lecturer of English Emeritus at UVM, he lives near the lake with his wife, poet and teacher Angela Patten.Info, 448-3350,

Mon, Apr 22: Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street, Montpelier, 7:00 p.m. Writing Nature Poetry: Workshop and Readings. This workshop and reading with Andrew Hepburn requires participants to use their imaginations and senses to capture the natural world in verse. Hepburn will also read from his collection, The Loons of Holland Pond. Families are encouraged to attend, Please bring writing supplies with you. Limited to 30 participants; pre-register at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

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.

Tue, Apr 23: Capitol Grounds, 27 State Street, Montpelier, 6:30 p.m. Goddard Writers Read. Enjoy some coffee or tea while listening to Goddard College BFA faculty read their poetry. Wendy Call will read translations from the work of Mexican poets Irma Pineda and Jose Alfredo Escobar Martinez. Janet Sylvester will read poems from The Mark of Flesh (Norton) and Breakwater (forthcoming), her most recent books.

Tue, Apr 23: Bear Pond Books, 77 Main Street, Montpelier, 7:00 p.m. Diane Swan. Diane, one of this editor’s favorite poets, will be reading from her new book, The Other Wish. This is her first full-length collection, her chapbook Jewelweed having been published in 1994. Swan’s elegantly crafted work has appeared in such diverse publications as Alaska Quarterly Review and Yankee Magazine. Info, 229-0774.

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, Apr 24: Brooks Memorial Library, Library Meeting Room, 224 Main Street, Brattleboro, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Lyrics and Fictions –Authors Chard deNiord and Vincent Panella.

Poet Chard deNiord will read from his new collection of poems, Interstate, and Vincent Panella will read from his novella and story collection, Disorderly Conduct. DeNiord is a Professor of of English at Providence College and author of The Double Truth (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011) and Night Mowing(University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005). Panella is also the author of a memoir, The Other Side, Growing up Italian in America, which was published in 1979, and his novel, Cutter’s Island, which won a ForeWord Magazine award in 2000. The American Library Association’s Booklist said of Cutter’s Island: “Panella crafts an alternately rousing and touching adventure tale that offers an intriguing glimpse into the future dictator’s psyche. Throughout, Panella honors the sparse prose of the ancient epic, and this stirring account should be of interest to readers with even a passing interest in ancient history.”

Thu, Apr 25: ESI College, Elderly Services, Inc., 112 Exchange Street, Middlebury, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. How Does a Poem Mean? Five consecutive Thursdays: Apr 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23. Cost is $110, which includes a binder of poems. How Does a Poem Mean? Our title comes from a book of that name by John Chiardi, one-time director of the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. We’ll consider how it is that so many techniques at the poet’s disposal – meter, rhyme, word choice, imagery, figurative language, and structure – combine to yield poems that speak to us through the ages. Likely poets include Chaucer, Petrarch, John Donne, Shakespeare, Keats, Emily Dickinson, Marianne Moore, Frost and T.S. Eliot. Instructor: Charles “Chuck” Burdick, who earned his B.A. in English from Middlebury College and his M.A. from Rutgers. He taught English and writing at Milton, Exeter, and Princeton Day School. Info and registration, 388-3983,

Thu, Apr 25: Ilsley Public Library, Community Meeting Room, Middlebury, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Claire Sibley, meeting with the Otter Creek Poets. Claire Sibley received the Middlebury Student Scholarship to Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

Thu, Apr 25: Norwich Public Library, 368 Main Street, Norwich, 7:00 p.m. Poetry and Dessert Potluck. April is National Poetry Month and they’re celebrating with a night of poetry and dessert! Bring a poem to shre (yours or a favorite) and a dessert. All ages are welcome.

Fri, Apr 26: Storefront Gallery, 6 Barre Street, Montpelier, 7:00 p.m. Transformations. Jon Turner will read from his newest collections of poems, Voicing Place/Placing Voice, and Death Bed. He will also discuss the healing transformation that occurred from writing after his time at war in Iraq.

Sat, Apr 27: Vermont Historical Society, Snelling Room, 109 State Street, Montpelier, 10:00 a.m. – Noon. The Chapbook: Reading and Writing the Slender Book with Jim Schley and Julia Shipley. In this hands-on class, they’ll cover a brief history of chapbooks as well as examine and handle a variety of chapbooks. They will consider production techniques, from photocopiers and staplers to letterpresses and hand-sewn bindings, and will discuss and participate in the process of assembling a chapbook manuscript and finding a venue for publishing it (from small presses and contests to do-it-yourself options). A chapbook is a book of fewer than 50 pages, an ideal vessel for a group of related poems, an essay, or a short story. Class limited to 15 participants; pre-register at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

Sat, Apr 27: Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Hayes Room, 135 Main Street, Montpelier, 2:00 p.m. Chapbook Publishing Roundtable. Why publish a chapbook? How are they designed and marketed? How do chapbooks serve their readers? Come hear Vermont chapbook publishers and authors: Ann Aspell of Chapiteau Press, Benjamin Aleshire of Honeybee Press, Andrew Miller-Brown of Plowboy Press and poet Neil Shepard, whose chapbook was recently published by Big Table Press. They will discuss their love of writing, designing, and selling the slender book. The panel will be moderated by Julia Shipley, poet and cofounder of the Montpelier-based Chickadee Chaps and Broads.

Sat, Apr 27: Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Hayes Room, 135 Main Street, Montpelier, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Three Chaps Reading. A trio of Burlington, Vermont-based poets reading from their chapbooks, featuring Ben Aleshire, Ralph Culver, and Nicholas Spengler.

Sun, Apr 28: Storefront Gallery, 6 Barre Street, Montpelier, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Thinking Like a Poetry Editor: How To Be Your Own Best Critic. Join April Ossmann to learn to objectively identify strengths and weaknesses in your poetry. This workshop empowers the poet in the process and engenders a collegial atmosphere. Participants receive editorial suggestions for their one-page poem from the instructor and typed comments from participants. Pre-registration required; space is limited. $25 per person. Register at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library or email Registration deadline is Thursday, April 11. More info at

Mon, Apr 29: Brooks Memorial Library, Library Meeting Room, 224 Main Street, Brattleboro, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Poetry Readings with Wyn Cooper and Ken Hebson.

Wyn Cooper is the author of four books of poems, most recently Chaos is the New Calm (BOA Editions, 2010), and Postcards from the Interior (BOA Editions, 2005). His poems appear in more than 25 anthologies of contemporary poetry and more than 100 magazines. He has written song lyrics for Sheryl Crow, Madison Smartt Bell, and David Broza, among others. He works as a freelance editor of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction from his home in Vermont. More information is at Ken Hebson has lived in the area for over twenty years. Before moving to Vermont he lived and worked in Japan, Mexico, Venezuela, and Spain. While living in Japan he traveled in Asia and saw Europe and North Africa by motorcycle and VW bus in the1960’s. In the early 70’s he and his wife became substincence farmers for four years in the mountains of southern Spain. Both the travel and the farming experience are subjects of a memoir in progress. His new book is South from Istanbul.

Mon, Apr 29: Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Hayes Room, 135 Main Street, Montpelier, 7:00 p.m. Until Nothing More Can Break.

Kate Fetherston of Montpelier reads from her latest book of poems, Until Nothing More Can Break (Antrim House). Kate Fetherston’s poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals, including North American Review, Hunger Mountain, Nimrod, and Third Coast. Co-editor of Manthology: Poems on the Male Experience and Open Book: Essays from the Postgraduate Writers’ Conference, Fetherston has received several Pushcart nominations and was a finalist for the Pablo Neruda Prize in 2008 and 2010. A psychotherapist in private practice in Montpelier, VT, she holds an MFA from Vermont College.

Tue, Apr 30: Bear Pond Books, 77 Main Street, Montpelier, 7:00 p.m. Annual Open Poetry Reading. Calling all poets! Come out for a night of encouragement, frun and friendship. Please sign up ahead of time at the store, and limit your reading to 5 minutes. Info, 229-0774.

Wed, May 1: Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main Street, Brattleboro, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 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,

Thu, May 2: Ilsley Public Library, Community Meeting Room, Middlebury, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Paige Ackerson-Kiely, meeting with the Otter Creek Poets. Paige Ackerson-Kiely’s most recent book is My Love Is a Dead Arctic Explorer.

Thu, May 2: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 4:30 p.m. craft talk, 8:00 p.m. reading. Sydney Lea, Vermont’s Poet Laureate.

Thu, May 9: Readsboro Library, 6:30 p.m. Sydney Lea, Vermont’s Poet Laureate.

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.

Tue, May 14: Jeudevine Library, Hardwick, 7:00 p.m. Sydney Lea, Vermont’s Poet Laureate.

Wed, May 15: The Wilder Club, Wilder, 7:00 p.m. Sydney Lea, Vermont’s Poet Laureate.

Thu, May 16: Wake Robin Retirement Community, Shelburne, 7:30 p.m. Sydney Lea, Vermont’s Poet Laureate.

Mon, May 20: Jericho Center Library, Jericho Center, 6:30 p.m. Sydney Lea, Vermont’s Poet Laureate.

Wed, May 22: Morristown Public Library, Morristown, 7:00 p.m. Sydney Lea, Vermont’s Poet Laureate.

Thu, May 30: Flood Brook School, Londonderry, 7:00 p.m. Sydney Lea, Vermont’s Poet Laureate.

Sun, Jun 2: Groton Public Library, Groton, 3:00 p.m. Sydney Lea, Vermont’s Poet Laureate.

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.

Sun, Jun 23: Brownington Congregational Church, Brownington, 3:00 p.m. Backroads Reading Series: Sydney Lea, Vermont’s Poet Laureate reads with Reeve Lindbergh.

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.

Fri-Sun, Jul 26-28: Woodstock. The Green Mountain Literary Festival (Bookstock). Three days of workshops, author presentations, live music, mammoth second hand and vintage book sales, art exhibits, all free! Info,

Friday July 26: Second hand book sale starts, workshops and festival opening at ArtisTree.

Saturday, July 27: Keynote speakers followed by 20-plus authors covering fiction, history, poetry, drama, nature, children’s literature and more. Events for young children throughout much of the day. Second hand book sale continues with large exhibitor tent, live music and food court.

Sunday, July 28: Special attraction.

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.

Wed, Aug 14: ESI College (Elderly Services, Inc.), 112 Exchange Street, Middlebury, 1:30 p.m. Sydney Lea, Vermont’s Poet Laureate (talk and reading). Info, 388-3983.

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.

Tue, Aug 27: Cabot Free Library, Cabot, 7:00 p.m. Sydney Lea, Vermont’s Poet Laureate.

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.

Sun, Oct 6: Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, 2:00 p.m. Sydney Lea, Vermont’s Poet Laureate (talk and reading).

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

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