Vermont Poetry Newsletter • Sept 10 2013

[The Vermont Poetry Newsletter is not produced by me but by Ron Lewis, by whose permission I post this. PLEASE NOTE: I have edited his newsletter so that links are provided rather than text. Please contact Ron Lewis if you would like to receive his Newsletter in full, have questions concerning its content, or if you have revisions or corrections.]


Vermont Poetry Newsletter

Your Poetry & Spoken Word Gateway
In The Green Mountain State

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

  1. About VPN
  2. Newsletter Editor/Publisher’s Note
  3. Writing Assignments/Suggestions/Exercises/Prompts
  4. Compass Music & Arts Center
  5. Writer’s Center of WRJ: Simply Time for Poetry
  6. Library Book Sales
  7. Seamus Heaney Passes Away
  8. Green Mountain Poets House
  9. Ruth Stone Trust/Foundation
  10. Poetz.com Discontinued
  11. New Books From Angela Patten & Daniel Lusk
  12. Burlington Book Festival
  13. Brattleboro Literary Festival
  14. Bread Loaf on iTunes U
  15. Poetry Magazine’s July/August Issue Stats
  16. John Hollander Passes Away
  17. The Magic of Touching the Text
  18. Man Returns Frost’s Bust 26 Years Later
  19. Guardians of Historical Memories
  20. Against Conceptualism, Calvin Bedient
  21. Towards a Conceptual Lyric, Marjorie Perloff
  22. PoetryZoo.com
  23. Vermont State Poet Laureate Sydney Lea’s 2013 Calendar
  24. Great Poetry Links: Afghan Women’s Writing Project
  25. Northeastern University Showcases Typewriter Exhibition
  26. Poetry Quote – Seamus Heaney
  27. American Life in Poetry Poem
  28. US Poets Laureate List
  29. Vermont Poet Laureates
  30. US Poet Laureates From Vermont
  31. New Hampshire Poet Laureates
  32. US Poet Laureates From New Hampshire
  33. Contact Info for Editor/Publisher of VPN: Ron Lewis
  34. Vermont Literary Journals
  35. Vermont Literary Groups’ Anthologies
  36. Vermont Poetry Blogs
  37. State Poetry Society (PSOV)
  38. Year-Round Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  39. Other Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  40. Year-Round Poetry Writing Centers in Vermont
  41. Other: By Correspondence
  42. Other Writing Groups in Vermont
  43. Poetry Event Calendar

1.) About the Vermont Poetry Newsletter Network

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

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

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

2.) Dear Friends of Poetry:

I hope you’ve all been chomping at the bit to read through another VPN, and to tell you the truth, I’ve been equally anxious to create one for you! With the conclusion of my favorite things: 1) a long visit in Oregon with my daughter and her family – and this time, my first grandchild; 2) Stellafane, the telescope-making and stargazing convention here in Vermont, the birthplace of amateur astronomy and; 3) the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, just a 13 mile drive through the forest from my home here in Brandon. Throw in some fly fishing, gold panning, poetry writing, gardening, yard sales, mountain biking, and helping my astronomy club with some stargazing events, and you pretty much have my life. Sixty-three years of refining hobbies into what I like to do best, and I’m quite satisfied with where it’s all gone.

But, I still have more things to accomplish. A Green Mountain Poets House is becoming more serious as we speak. After an Otter Creek Poets workshop and reading on Sunday afternoon, September 8th, I hope to begin turning the space being given for this project over to a Poets House. By National Poetry Month, April 2015, I hope to open a 10,000-volume poetry library, with poetry events and poetry workshops all year long. We’ll have free WiFi, to be used with your laptop or tablet (iPad, etc.) to create your own work, listen to poetry on tape, watch poetry videos, or feel free to walk around the 52,000 sq foot Compass Music and Arts Center to enjoy the artwork on display, the café, recording studio, radio station, and other things planned for the center. Looking into the future, I can see opportunities for internships and volunteering, and expanding the library into a multimedia archive.

If you’re like me, a fellow of 63 and aging by the hour, you’ve probably been wondering what to do with your collection of poetry books. You might have considered selling them one by one on eBay, a tedious task to say the least, or donate them to your local library, which ends up selling 98% of them anyway. Why not donate them to a wonderful cause, Vermont’s own Poets House. Leave them for a new generation of poets, to explore and make a discovery in the peace and serenity of this new space in the Green Mountains of Vermont dedicated to poetry.

So, if you have a collection of poetry books that focuses on contemporary poetry during the past 50-60 years that you feel you would like to donate to the project of a Green Mountain Poets House, please contact me, and we can talk. I’ll be donating my entire collection of some 3,500 poetry books, and with any luck, we should be able to increase the library to 10,000 volumes. What we’ll be seeking are books, chapbooks, literary journals, tapes, DVD’s, CD’s (even old reel-to reel tapes) and broadsides (which will be framed and hung in the GMPH). If we can get to this 10,000-volume goal, we just might have the largest and most comprehensive independent poetry collection available to the public in New England. You can help — Be an advocate for the power of poetry to transform lives!

Your friend in poetry,

Ron Lewis
VPN Editor/Publisher
(802) 247-5913
vtpoet@gmail.com

3.) WRITING ASSIGNMENT • SUGGESTION EXERCISES PROMPTS

With all the traveling I’ve been doing, let’s write a poem about your experience in some type of vehicle used for long distance, such as a car, airplane or train. What was your destination? Did you ride in style? Who went with you, and who were you going to meet? Can you remember some of the conversations you had along the way? Did anything unusual happen to you? I would bet that this would make a nice poem.

From: Ron Lewis’ Huge Bag of Hellish Prompts ©

Previous Writing Assignment
Good Luck!

4.) Compass Music & Arts Center

The Compass Music and Arts Center (CMAC) is a new and developing arts venue. The purpose of CMAC is to help bring art in all its forms to the people of Vermont and beyond. Community and arts developments and activities are supported by
the non-profit organization, the Compass Music and Arts Foundation, Inc.

Eventual home of the Green Mountain Poets House!

Brandon — Compass Music and Arts Center (CMAC) officials announced the beginning of a series of monthly programs based around the center’s vision to bring a deeper appreciation of music and the literary, performing and visual arts to the people of Vermont and beyond. The activities are generously sponsored by the Compass Music and Arts Foundation.

Seven Days had a beautiful article this year about CMAC.

September

The program begins in September with a month devoted to Literature and Poetry.

  • Sunday, Sept. 8, 3:00-5 p.m. Otter Creek Poets Workshop and Member Reading. Members of the Otter Creek Poets read and critique verse, then share their insights about the creative process in this informative yet informal workshop. The Otter Creek Poets offer a weekly workshop for experienced readers and writers of poetry, as well as newcomers to the art, giving poetry newcomers an opportunity to explore various aspects of the writing process in greater depth. Find out too how you can join the group.

Tickets are $3.

  • Sunday Sept. 15, 3-5 p.m. Author and poet Paul Christensen, PhD, will talk about how he became hooked on writing and give readings from recent works including his most recent, “The Human Condition”. In 1991 he was given a fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts; and twice the Writer’s League of Texas gave him the “Violet Crown Award” for best books of poetry: Blue Alleys and Hard Country. Tickets are $5.
  • Sunday Sept. 22, 3-4:30 p.m. Award-winning poet, Jerry Johnson will speak about his creative process and read from his recent book, “Up the Creek Without a Saddle”, a universal memoir of life experiences in poetry. Tickets are $3.
  • Sunday Sept. 29, 1:30-2:15 p.m. Local author Marilyn Taylor McDowell will give two presentations—the first is intended for young children in which Marilyn will share some simple stories from Appalachia best known probably as Jack Tales. She will be using a flannel board and will encourage the children to participate.

Tickets are $3.50.

The second presentation, 3-3:45 p.m., is for young people 10 years and up, parents and adults. Marilyn will be focusing on her acclaimed debut novel, “Carolina Harmony”. Tickets are $5.

Refreshments, including cat biscuits and jelly, as featured in Carolina Harmony, will be served at the close of each session.

For the complete fall-winter schedule, contact the Center in Brandon.

5.) Greetings Writers…. Here’s the latest from the Writer’s Center of WRJ. Sign up asap so you don’t miss out.

Simply Time for Poetry
Sundays, September 15, October 20, November 17, December 15
3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Ina Anderson
$10 per session

Join us for an afternoon of writing the first draft of a poem and sharing your work. These are writing sessions, not workshops—simply time and space to generate new work and share it with other poets. At each session, an optional writing prompt is offered. Or some participants bring their own ideas that they’ve been waiting for a chance to try out. We write for about 45 minutes, and then, after a brief break, we share what we’ve written with the group. As these are first drafts, feedback tends to be simply the listeners’ first thoughts and reactions on hearing each piece, sharing what resonates with them, or perhaps what puzzles them. Participants are also encouraged to ask for specific kinds of commentary on their drafts. Registration is limited to 8 for each session. To register or learn more, contact Ina at inacanderson@gmail.com.

6.) Library Book Sales

Interested in going to some library book sales in Vermont? Did you know that there’s a web site dedicated to the posting of such sales?

7.)

The great Poet Laureate Seamus Heaney passed away this week. Read the nice New York Times article about the man. A 2nd New York Times article on Heaney.

8.)

Green Mountain Poets House
Vermont’s Poetry Library and Literary Arts Center
A Home For All Who Read and Write Poetry & A Place for Poetic Inspiration @ the Compass Music & Arts Center
Brandon, Vermont

Help us make a viable Poets House in Vermont, A Place for Poetry, having the largest and most comprehensive independent poetry collection available to the public in New England!

Looking for:

  • Poetry books (even handmade books, or books by vanity presses, self-published titles, anthologies, biographies, critical studies, essay collections, etc.)
  • Chapbooks
  • Literary Journals
  • Any audio-visual media (DVD’s, CD’s, VHS, cassette, reel-to-reel)
  • Broadsides
  • Other materials and/or resources (e.g., correspondence between literary luminaries, photos of poets and/or their gravestones, etc.)
  • Ideas for programs and activities, exhibitions, etc. to bring poetry to its audience

Contact your Vermont Poetry Newsletter Editor, Ron Lewis, vtpoet@gmail.com, 247-5913

This is not a solicitation for money. This is simply a solicitation for resources and ideas, all that we feel is needed to make this dream possible, in a place of peace and serenity, a place to think, to meditate, to read, to refresh the spirit in the way that poetry can.

Of course, after the library has been established, we can get started on putting in place many of our other ideas, in order to make the Poets House a far-reaching literary center and eventually one of Vermont’s best-kept cultural secrets. So, if you have a good idea for this literary arts center, we invite you to tell us, to brainstorm with us!

Here’s where the GMPH will be –

Outside: http://www.addison-eagle.com/news/2013/aug/22/brandons-compass-music-arts-center-launches-new-ar/
Inside: http://www.7dvt.com/2013brandon-couple-hopes-their-new-arts-center-will-be-true-north-local-artists
Web site: http://www.cmacvt.org/

9.)

The Ruth Stone Trust/Foundation (Fractured Atlas)
c/o Bianca Stone
(802) 349-5021
626 Park Place, Apt. 4R
Brooklyn, NY 11238
ruthstonefoundation@gmail.com

http://ruthstonefoundation.org/contact/

$20 — Benefit Reading — $20

  • Poets from the Middlebury area, Ruth’s relatives and friends, and Trust/Foundation Board members gather to read Ruth Stone’s work and discuss the legacy and future of The Ruth Stone House in Goshen, VT.

Readers:
Karin Gottshall
David Weinstock
Paige Ackerson-Kiely
Jay Parini
Bianca Stone
Gary Margolis
Chard DeNiord

Thursday, September 19th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Twilight Auditorium, Middlebury College
Tickets online or at the door

It has been estimated that it will take at least $500,000 to maintain the Ruth Stone House and land, to restore the letterpress printer at the house, and to establish a residency for poets and artists to devote time to their craft. Ruth passed away penniless toward her wishes.

Here is how the house looked just a week ago, which is right along the main dirt road. It had been abandoned for several years: https://www.facebook.com/TheRuthStoneFoundation

10.) NOTE: Poetz.com is no longer functional.

  • Please take note that the 2nd poetry calendar that this editor uses for telling everyone about Vermont’s poetry readings and other poetry-related activities, is no longer a working database. Here’s the message from poet Jackie Sheeler, of New York City, who was the Webmaster for Poetz.com:

hi Ron,

that site is down & I’m not bringing it back. I copied you on an email about this last month.

sorry – but the technology is too outdated to keep alive at this point.

thanks for all your work for the poetry community!

jaxx

…life is HUGE
(said the little iPhone)

However, we’re still using the chonological listing found at the tail end of each Vermont Poetry Newsletter, the Poetry Event Calendar. This calendar has the identical information that was found on Poetz.com, but in a different format. Perhaps, just perhaps, this will simplify matters for everyone!

11.)

  • We should all be delighted to learn that both Angela Patten and Daniel Lusk have released new titles! See notification below:

Dear Friends & Family,

We are delighted to announce the simultaneous publication of our new books—HIGH TEA AT A LOW TABLE, Angela’s memoir about growing up in Dublin, and KIN, Daniel’s new collection of poems inspired by the wildlife of rural Vermont. Both books are now available for pre-order at Wind Ridge Books of Vermont and will be officially published on September 15th.

Wind Ridge is a small, independent publisher so we hope you’ll consider ordering directly (click the links below) rather than through Amazon.

Since this is a local publisher, we would be happy to autograph copies if you request it with your order.
And thanks so much for your support!

Angela & Daniel

High Tea at a Low Table:
http://windridgebooksofvt.com/product/high-tea-at-a-low-table-angela-patten

Kin:
http://windridgebooksofvt.com/product/kin-daniel-lusk/

Angela Patten is author of two poetry collections, Reliquaries and Still Listening, both from Salmon Poetry, Ireland. Her poems have appeared in many literary journals including The Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Michigan Quarterly Review, Poetry Ireland Review; and in anthologies including Cudovista Usta (Marvellous Mouth) Slovenia, and The White Page/An Bhileog Bhan: Twentieth Century Irish Women Poets. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, she teaches poetry and creative writing at the University of Vermont.

Daniel Lusk is also author of Lake Studies: Meditations on Lake Champlain and a companion audiobook, The Inland Sea, of Kissing the Ground: New & Selected Poems, and other books. Winner of a Pablo Neruda Prize for poetry from Nimrod International Journal and a former Writing Fellow at Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony, he has been Visiting Poet at Stranmillis University College-Queens in Belfast, N.I., and The Frost Place, Franconia, N.H.. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Ireland, and many other journals. He is a Senior Lecturer Emeritus of English at the University of Vermont.

12.) Burlington Book Festival

The Queen City’s annual celebration of the written word offers readings, signings, panels, workshops, demos, family activities, and special events featuring literary luminaries from around the world and just around the corner. All events are free of charge and open to the public.

The 9th annual Burlington Book Festival will take place September 20-22, 2013!

List of participants:

Julia Alvarez
Anne Averyt
Eric Bates
Harry Bliss
David Blistein
Partridge Boswell
Tim Brookes
Burlington Writers Workshop
Abigail Carroll
Rachel Carter
Tina Chang
Eileen Christelow
Howard Coffin
Brian D. Cohen
Caitlin Corless
Jim Ellefson
Jennifer Cody Epstein
Erik Esckilsen
Robin Fawcett
Genese Grille
Jeff Hastings
Laban Carrick Hill
David Hinton
Major Jackson
Reuben Jackson
Hillary Jordan
Stephen Kiernan
James Kochalka
Yusef Komunyakaa
Ed Koren
Madeleine Kunin
Dave Landers
Cleopatra Mathis
Jack Mayer
Millennial Writers on Stage
Don Mitchell
Riki Moss
Marilyn Webb Neagley
Erika Nichols
Maung Nyeu
Janice Obuchowski
Greg Pahl
Angela Palm
Jay Parini
Angela Patten
Stephen Russell Payne
Tracey Campbell Pearson
Cardy Raper
Renegade Writers Collective
John Elder Robison
Eileen Rockefeller
Bill Schubart
Neil Shepard
Silver Screen Submarine Poetry Jazz Messengers
Barbara Slate
James Sturm
Jessica Maria Tuccelli
Chris Ware
Sharon Webster
Tony Whedon
Chris Wright

Venues:

Main Street Landing
Performing Arts Center
Fletcher Free Library
Phoenix Books
Speeder & Earl’s Coffee
ArtsRiot Gallery
Church Street Marketplace
Magic Hat Brewery
Skinny Pancake
Manhattan Pizza & Pub
Radio Bean

13.) Brattleboro Literary Festival

  • THE 2013 FESTIVAL WILL TAKE PLACE OCTOBER 3-6, 2013!

The Festival is a four-day celebration of those who read books, those who write books, and of the books themselves. Located in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont, the Festival includes readings, panel discussions, and special events, featuring emerging and established authors. All events are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Participating Poets:
James Arthur
Sophie Cabot Black
Tina Chang
Patrick Donnelly
Amy Dryansky
Patricia Fargnoli
Ross Gay
Rigoberto Gonzalez
Kimiko Hahn
Joan Larkin
Ada Limon
Anne Marie Macari
Cleopatra Mathis
Richard Michelson
Meghan O’Rourke
Patricia Smith

Web site: http://brattleboroliteraryfestival.org/
Schedule at a glance: http://brattleboroliteraryfestival.org/schedule/

14.) Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference Lectures & Readings

Now that the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference has come to a close, I have some great news to tell. In their infinite wisdom, the administrators of the conference have decided to finally put the readings, lectures and workshops online, on iTunes U. I recall the day, not too long ago, when they tried scalping the participants for an extra $200+ for the CD’s of the readings! If you have a Mac computer, you already have iTunes, but if not, don’t despair, and you can still obtain the iTunes app. It appears from my brief review that readings from as far back as 2008 are online, but prior to 2013, not all the readings are available.

Here’s the link: http://www.middlebury.edu/blwc/bread_loaf_community/listen_to_lectures_and_readings

15.) Poem stats! Wouldn’t ‘ya know it! R.L., VPN Editor

Poetry Magazine’s July/August Issue
By Alexander Landfair

The latest issue of Poetry features 33 poems by 21 poets, two-thirds of whom are male.

The longest poem, James Logenback’s Allegory is 572 words long, while the shortest poem, Fanny Howe’s Yellow Goblins, has only 30 words. This issue’s average poem has 166 words, though poems by females average about 15 words shorter. The average Poetry poem has 24 lines, each having about seven words per line.

Of flora, this issue contains elk-sedge, pine, rosewood, wheat, conifers, more wheat, clover, more conifers, a fern, a cedar, a fir, a Lodgepole, a blue spruce, an iris, evergreens, and plenty of plain old grass. (….)

 

16.) John Hollander, Poet at Ease With Intellectualism and Wit, Dies at 83, in August

17.)

  • Rebecca Kneale Gould, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religion and Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, gave me permission to show us her interesting article this spring in the Addison County Independent. I’ve had the same experience she’s retold, with a signed Frost book in Middlebury College Library’s Special Collections section. – R.L., VPN Editor

The Magic of Touching the Text

One of Middlebury College’s best-kept secrets is its fabulous archive in the Special Collections rooms of the library. And one of the best-kept secrets in Special Collections is a copy of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden that Thoreau himself owned and used. Although his emendations are relatively few, they show us the Writer in Action, combing through his own work with care. Depending on what you count, there are about 18 adjustments that Thoreau makes to this edition, all of which appear in the multiple later editions of Walden that grace my bookshelves.

But without having seen these changes – most likely made with the very “new-fashioned” pencil that he helped design for the family business – I would have never known the nature of Thoreau’s precision in editing. Sometimes Thoreau is simply correcting a matter of punctuation, or a printer’s error. The most interesting marginal comments, however, have to do with Thoreau’s scientific scrupulousness. In the “Sounds” chapter, for instance, Thoreau crosses out “single spruce” and changes it to “double spruce.” And in “Baker Farm” where he writes of the usnea lichen “that hangs in festoon from the white-spruce tree,” Thoreau has crossed out “white” and penciled in “black” (thus sprucing up his text in more than one way!).

In addition to being precise about trees, Thoreau seems fond of getting it right about mice. At one moment in the text, he points out that a mouse-neighbor of his is “a wild and native kind, not found in the village,” a careful observation in itself. But clearly Thoreau has gone off and done some research, for the note in the right-hand margin adds the Latin genus and species. Later, Thoreau changes “meadow mouse” to “deer mouse.” While I, too, am fond of mice, I can assure you that I wouldn’t – indeed, couldn’t have spotted this difference. I wonder, would it matter to a reader (who wasn’t present at the time) whether Thoreau had got it right about the mouse? But that isn’t the issue. It mattered to Thoreau.

What is unexpectedly fascinating, however, is the extent to which Thoreau’s careful accounting of the flora and fauna of the Concord woodlands is pragmatically useful today. Dr. Richard Primack and his colleague Dr. Abraham Miller-Rushing have used Thoreau’s records to map changes in Concord’s plant species since the mid-nineteenth century. What Primack and Miller-Rushing have been able to do with Thoreau’s records is to map the likely effects of climate change on the timing of the flowering of plants. They’ve also identified the loss of almost 30 percent of the plant species that used to flourish in Concord. In this case, Thoreau’s extensive journals (kept from 1837 to 1861) are the primary source of this historical data, but it is in Walden that we see the early emergence of the naturist-in-training.

Who knew that we would have Thoreau to thank for contributing to contemporary scientific research? I imagine that Thoreau would be pleased, especially if these scientists did not therefore dismiss his radical spiritual exhortations, his defense of contemplative practice or his un-yielding abolitionist politics. For Thoreau, every aspect of his life and work are deeply intertwined. Which leads me back to the copy of Walden in Special Collections. Despite the new “relevance” of Thoreau’s scientific writing, that’s not what excites me the most. For me, reaching back into history has profound value for its own sake. I was nearly rhapsodic several weeks ago when in my “Nature’s Meanings” class I spoke of the thrill of holding Thoreau’s copy of Walden in my own hands. “What a nerd!” I imagined my students thinking when they didn’t collectively burst into a chorus of “wow!” But a few days later I bumped into a student who was barreling out of the library with a huge grin on his face, “I just looked at that copy of Walden,” he exclaimed, “wow!” Later, when I asked him to elaborate, Noah sent me an email: “[It] was an extremely powerful experience . . . . Thoreau seemed so much more of a person when I envisioned him holding the very book that was in my hands. Experiencing this vicarious sensation added a whole new level of depth and importance to the book that was already special to me.” Thoreau would be happy to hear that, I think. I certainly was.

18.)

  • Shouldn’t this fellow reap the same fate as the Middlebury High School students who trashed the Frost home, i.e., a Frost class taught by Prof. Jay Parini, Middlebury College? R.L., VPN Editor

Man apologizes for stealing poet’s bust from Wichita State in 1987

Mitchel Potter admits he stole a bronze bust of American poet Robert Frost from Wichita State University in 1987.

Back then, he was a 19-year-old fraternity pledge, he said, aided by alcohol and adolescence.

In retrospect, he said, he should have left the sculpture alone. If he had, there would have been no consequences and no 25-year-old crime.

“It’s a hard, hard lesson,” said Potter, 45. “It’s embarrassing to have something come back after years.” (….)

19.) Guardians of Historical Memories

  • Here’s an effort that I suspect I will encounter, while progressing with the Green Mountain Poets House. What’s happening in Boulder, Colorado, is an effort to save valuable tape archives, of some forty years of poetry readings. Archival treasures such as these are everywhere, but there’s a need for people to take charge, come up with a proper and systematic plan, commit to it, and as technology changes, be prepared to transfer what’s been done to the newest archival system. Rest assured that I’ll be contacting these activists, and pick their brains on what they’re doing, and how it can transfer to what we’ll be doing at the GMPH. R.L., VPN Editor

Anne Waldman on her book, Gossamurmur, and keeping the world safe for poetry

It was the urgency of preserving art that inspired Anne Waldman’s newest book. The visionary poet, activist, and co-founder of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University was working on transferring the school’s collection of fragile tapes of performances by artists like John Cage, Allen Ginsberg, and Diane di Prima to an online archive to preserve them for future generations when she got the idea to write Gossamurmur, which explores ideas of repression of historical memory through sci-fi imagery.

Waldman will read and sign books Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue. We caught up with the iconic poet and activist via email about to talk about Gossamurmur, the power of preserving artistic legacy, and keeping the world safe for poetry. 

See also:
- Poet Noah Eli Gordon on his wild new collection, The Year of the Rooster
- Poet Serena Chopra on contemporary loneliness and her first full-length book, This Human
- Erica Walker Adams on fantasy, Tarot and the existence of faeries
Westword: What was the process of writing Gossamurmur? What was it inspired by? (….)

20.) Against Conceptualism

Defending the Poetry of Affect

Calvin Bedient

The under-examined bone of contention in today’s poetry is the value of affect in art. More and more poets are suspicious of lyrical expression and devote themselves to emotionally neutral methods. The representation of affects—feelings that are often either transports or afflictions—has been increasingly muted in American and European art since the 1960s. Vehemence of feeling nonplusses the modern personality, a hostage to ambiguity and irony.

This turn against strong emotion leaves much at stake. Writers who pride themselves on conceiving projects and executing them according to plan—thus relatively indifferent to the intrinsic value of what is produced and to the quality of the production itself—neglect life values, which include a trembling web of receptivity, sharply interested observation, the ability to make instant adjustments, and organic developments within a constantly changing context, all properties as important to lyric poets as to cats. The new cerebral writing implies that the conceiving head is superior to the intuitive heart, to use the old words. It reinstates the ages-long assumption of the supremacy of culture over biology, the scheme that modern art and thought, as José Ortega y Gasset argued in The Modern Theme (1931), set out to overturn with pagan gusto.

But this cerebral poetry does its work in a period when the old assumption that culture could be progressive is dead. It is thus devoted to ruins. It is reactionary at the same time that its alliance with digital technologies—technologies that facilitate copying, sampling, and remixing; that “float” documents and make them seem up for grabs—gives it the lure of being very “now.” As an effort to form an avant-garde, “head” poetry thus diverges sharply from the disruptive-to-revolutionary aesthetic and political aims that characterized the early 20th century avant-gardes. (….)

21.) Towards a conceptual lyric

From content to context
MARJORIE PERLOFF

Public perceptions

Scene: the State Dining Room of the White House on the afternoon of May 11, 2011. Occasion: a poetry workshop held under the auspices of Michelle Obama for high school student-poets. The workshop has been organized by the First Lady’s close friend, the Yale poet-professor Elizabeth Alexander, who wrote the inaugural poem for Obama in 2008. The four participating poets are the former laureates Rita Dove and Billy Collins, along with — implausibly enough[3] — the conceptual poet Kenneth Goldsmith and Fluxus performance artist Alison Knowles. Seven teenage students have been chosen to read their work, and in the evening there is to be a poetry reading by Dove, Collins, Goldsmith, Knowles, and a few others, with President and Mrs. Obama in attendance.

After Alexander makes a brief introduction about the powers of poetry, Melody Barnes, the president’s domestic policy adviser, discusses the importance of the arts — poetry, dance, country music, Motown hits — for young people, stressing the fact that those schools that incorporate the arts into their regular curriculum (English, math, science) get a better yield of “successful” students. She then introduces the first poet, Tiesha Hines, a senior at Ballou High School in Washington, DC. Tiesha, we learn, “has been writing poetry since she was seven and is now president of her poetry club …. After she graduates, she is going to get to use those skills in other ways, as she studies criminal justice at Fortis College and Trinity University.”[4]

Note the assumption here that poetic composition is a skill to be applied elsewhere. Tiesha’s “poetic” abilities will transfer to her study of a subject that matters in the real world — criminal justice. Poetry, by contrast, does not matter in the real world and is not something that grown-ups do, except for a few “professionals” like the four invited poets. Tiesha accepts this definition herself: she tells the audience that she was chosen because she loves to write poetry but also for her “positive attitude and compassion for other poets.” And, having read a short love poem (“Ten Things I Want to Throw at You”), Tiesha turns the podium over to the First Lady, who welcomes “this extraordinary group of poets” to the White House. Michelle Obama begins by explaining her own interest in poetry:

I was a budding writer. Elizabeth [Alexander] doesn’t know this …. [B]ut when I was young, I was a passionate creative writer and sort of a poet. That’s how I would release myself. Whenever I was struggling in school, or didn’t want to go outside and deal with the nonsense of the neighborhood, I would write and write and write and write. (….)

22,) Join the Evolution of Poetry Now!

PoetryZoo.com

Life is poetry. Discover a new way to create, publish and share poetry online. To read and be read. Connect. Anytime, anywhere: on smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop. Get inspired.

Create.

Write, edit and save your poetry in your own personal, private workspace. Or import existing work. Wherever you are, on any device. Whenever inspiration strikes.

Publish.

When you’re ready, publish finished poems or whole collections in your unique Poetry Window. This is your showcase. Add optional profile, sound and vision. Contribute to live anthologies.

Connect.

Share. Be read. Get and give responses, reviews (or not, you choose). Build your readership. Join Groups. Make friends. Engage your social media.

Explore.

Explore poems and see what other members are writing.

Inspiration.

Check our ‘Muse’ for news, features and constant inspiration.

Nurture.

Help PoetryZoo flourish and flower.

23.) Vermont State Poet Laureate
Sydney Lea

Go to: http://www.sydneylea.net/

Calendar 2013

September 17 – Cabot Free Library

Cabot, VT, 7 p.m.

Sept. 18 – Charlotte Library,

Charlotte, VT, 7 p.m.

Sept. 27 – Baldwin Library: Comments on lesser known poems by Robert Frost

Wells River, VT, 11 a.m.

October 4 – The Art House Gallery, Studio & School

Craftsbury Common, VT, 7 p.

October 6 – Shelburne Museum: Talk and reading

Shelburne, VT, 2:00 p.m.

November 6 – New England Federal Credit Union

Williston VT, 5:30 p.m.

24.) Great Poetry Links: Afghan Women’s Writing Project

AWWP believes that the right to tell one’s story is a human right. We provide a platform for Afghan women to develop their voices and discover their power in the world without the filter of the media or other influences. AWWP provides its writers with secure online workshops where they are mentored by published women authors and educators who help them craft their writing. Their stories and poems are then shared with readers on our online magazine. The project aims to promote greater economic independence for Afghan women by strengthening their self-confidence, computer literacy, and writing skills, and by encouraging the inclusion of women’s voices in Afghanistan’s national dialogue. Our goal is to bring Internet service, laptops, and books to Afghan women, including those in Taliban-controlled areas. It costs AWWP $2,500 per woman per year to run the project.

25.) Northeastern University showcases typewriter exhibition

  • Be sure to grab Heaney’s typewriter! R.L., VPN Editor

BY: TAUSIF NOOR

Those who long for the days when Hemingway would eke out novels at his desk with the aid of a cigar and whiskey should flock to Northeastern University, where a collection of typewriters belonging to famous writers is currently on display at the 360 Gallery.

The exhibition includes machines formerly belonging to John Lennon and Ernest Hemingway and was donated by a Northeastern parent, Steve Soboroff. Says Soboroff about his collection, “The idea that geniuses sat there and accomplished what they accomplished on these typewriters… it gives me the chills.” (….)

 

26.)

“The poet is on the side of undeceiving the world, it means being vigilant in the public realm. But you can go further still and say that poetry tries to help you to be a truer, purer, wholer being.”

Poetry Quote by Seamus Heaney

27.)

American Life in Poetry: Column 434

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

Those of us who have been fortunate enough to have been new parents will recognize the way in which everything seems to relate to a baby, who has by her arrival suddenly made the world surround her. D. Nurkse lives in Brooklyn.

First Night

We brought that newborn home from Maimonides
and showed her nine blue glittering streets.
Would she like the semis with hoods of snow?
The precinct? Bohack’s? A lit diner?
Her eyes were huge and her gaze tilted
like milk in a pan, toward shadow. (….)

28.) Poets Laureate of the U.S.A.

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

Joseph Auslander 1937-41
Allen Tate 1943-44
Robert Penn Warren 1944-45
Louise Bogan 1945-46
Karl Shapiro 1946-47
Robert Lowell 1947-48
Leonie Adams 1948-49
Elizabeth Bishop 1949-50
Conrad Aiken 1950-52 (First to serve two terms)
William Carlos WilliamsAppointed to serve two terms in 1952 but did not serve — for more on this & other Laureate controversies see the history in Jacket magazine.
Randall Jarrell 1957-58
Robert Frost 1958-59
Richard Eberhart 1959-61
Louis Untermeyer 1961-63
Howard Nemerov 1963-64
Reed Whittemore 1964-65
Stephen Spender 1965-66
James Dickey 1966-68
William Jay Smith 1968-70
William Stafford 1970-71
Josephine Jacobsen 1971-73
Daniel Hoffman 1973-74
Stanley Kunitz 1974-76
Robert Hayden 1976-78
William Meredith 1978-80
Maxine Kumin 1981-82
Anthony Hecht 1982-84
Robert Fitzgerald 1984-85 Appointed and served in a health-limited capacity, but did not come to the Library of Congress
Reed Whittemore 1984-85 Interim Consultant in Poetry
Gwendolyn Brooks 1985-86
Robert Penn Warren 1986-87 First to be designated Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry
Richard Wilbur 1987-88
Howard Nemerov 1988-90
Mark Strand 1990-91
Joseph Brodsky 1991-92
Mona Van Duyn 1992-93
Rita Dove 1993-95
Robert Hass 1995-97
Robert Pinsky 1997-2000
Stanley Kunitz 2000-2001
Billy Collins 2001-2003
Louise Glück 2003-2004
Ted Kooser 2004-2006
Donald Hall 2006-2007
Charles Simic 2007-2008
Kay Ryan 2008-2010
M.S. Merwin 2010-2011
Philip Levine 2011-2012
Natasha Trethewey Sep 2012-2013

29.)

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.”

30.)

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)

31.)

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

32.)

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


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

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

34.) VERMONT LITERARY JOURNALS

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
E: hsadler@burlington.edu

2) Bloodroot

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

The price of a single issue is $8.

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

3) New England Review

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

Cost: $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

Email: NEReview@middlebury.edu
(800) 450-9571

4) Willard & Maple

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

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

email: willardandmaple@champlain.edu

5) Vermont Literary Review

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

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

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

6) Green Mountains Review


A Literary and Fine Art Magazine of Johnson State College, Johnson; in publication since 1987. 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, grr@jsc.vsc.edu.

8) Burlington Poetry Journal

The Burlington Poetry Journal is a new nonprofit publication interested in creating a means for provoking opinions, ideas, and thoughtful responses for poets in the Greater Burlington area. 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 colew@csdvt.org or lenoxk@csdvt.org. Send orders for copies of The Mountain Review to Katie Lenox at: Colchester High School, PO Box 900, Colchester, VT 05446. Send $5 per book; $2 postage to ship 1-3 books. Checks payable to the VCTELA.

11) The Salon: A Journal of Poetry & Fiction

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 estpress@gmail.com

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

35.)

VERMONT LITERARY GROUPS’ ANTHOLOGIES

1) Vermont Voices, An Anthology

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

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

2) *See Below

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

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

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

3) League of Vermont Writers

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

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

4) The Mountain Troubadour

    • Published by the Poetry Society of Vermont annually.

36.) VERMONT POETRY BLOGS

1) PoemShape

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

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

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

37.)

STATE POETRY SOCIETY

The Poetry Society of Vermont, founded in 1947, is an association of poets and supporters who join in promoting an interest in poetry through meetings, workshops, readings, contests, and contributions to the society’s chapbook. Anyone may join the society including high school and college students and non-residents of Vermont. We welcome both writers and appreciative readers.Membership in PSOV

Benefits:
  • 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.

38.) YEAR-ROUND POETRY WORKSHOPS IN VERMONT


BELLOWS FALLS

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

2) Poetry Workshop at Village Square Booksellers with Jim Fowler (no relation to owner Pat). The goal of this course is to introduce more people to the art of writing poetry and will include a discussion of modern poetry in various forms and styles. Each week, the course will provide time to share and discuss participant’s poetry. Poetry Workshops on Monday mornings (9:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.) – Jim Fowler’s sessions continue, with periodic break for a few weeks between sessions. Students should bring a poem and copies to the first class. The course will be limited to 5 to 8 students to allow adequate time to go through everyone’s poetry contributions and will meet in the 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 vsbooks@sover.net or jfowler177@comcast.net.

3) InkBlot Complex Poetry Workshop runs through the Vermont Independent Media’s Media Mentoring Project and is held at the Rockingham Public Library at 65 Westminster Street in Bellows Falls. No previous writing or journalism experience or even class attendance is required. Participants are invited to bring a project or share successful techniques. The workshop aims to lift poetry from the page and reveal how it is a living force in daily life. Originally taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago to great acclaim, its interactive nature and inclusion of multiple art forms leaves dry, academic notions of poetry behind. It functions through three tenets: 1) Presentation of the art form as a living element of our daily world, 2) individualized, personal enrichment and free range of expression for each student, and 3) artistic 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 www.clararosethornton.com. For more information about the Media Mentoring Project, visit www.commonsnews.org 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).

BERLIN

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

BURLINGTON

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

Burlington Women’s Poetry Group. Mature women writers give and receive feedback on their poetic expressions in a non-threatening, non-academic setting, and they have fun!  It’s a great motivation to write.  The group meets on the first Sunday of every month, at 3:00 p.m., at a private home (call ahead for specific location).  Info, (828) 545-2950 or email jcpoet@bellsouth.net.

Renegade Writers’ Collective. The Renegade Writers’ Collective, located at 47 Maple Street, Suite 220, Burlington, Vermont, is a home for writers of all ages and working in all genres in which to create, workshop, and share their work in a rigorous environment, take classes led by quality instructors, collaborate in writing workshops and retreats, hold events and readings, engage in discussion groups, and write independently in a quiet, inspiring, and nurturing space. Many literary events, seminars, and opportunities to grow a vibrant literary community are now posted for the summer and fall months.

Our Mission

The Renegade Writers’ Collective seeks to foster literary citizenship among Vermonters. They will provide a space and platform for local writers to promote, refine, and celebrate their writing. They are building a home where writers of all ages and working in all genres can create and share their writing in a quiet, inspiring, and nurturing space.

WE WILL BE OFFERING:

  1.     Readings open to the public
  2.     Writing classes (both half-day and multi-week options) for writers of all levels, ages, and genres
  3.     Formal craft talks by established writers
  4.     Informal craft talks with fellow writers
  5.     Writing retreats/write-ins
  6.     Workspace rentals (with access to Wi-Fi, a dedicated desk, coffee, and our writing reference shelf)
  7.     Book groups
  8.     Meeting space for writing groups and craft discussions
  9.     Manuscript critiques
  10.     Copyediting/development editing
  11.     Seminars in traditional and self-publishing and marketing

Through the above programs and services, they seek to bring together Vermont writers and readers in developing and promoting a diverse and unique literary community.

For info, http://renegadewritersvt.com/, renegadewritersvt@gmail.com.

GUILFORD

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.

JOHNSON

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.

MANCHESTER 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 revclairenorth@mac.com or 362-2346 (or Nancy Scheemaker at nscheemaker@northshire.com). They just started meeting in January 2013, and already have a very enthusiastic and committed following!

MIDDLEBURY

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.

PANTON

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

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.

NORWICH

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

SAINT ALBANS

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

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

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

SPRINGFIELD

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

STOWE

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

WAITSFIELD

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


39.)

OTHER POETRY WORKSHOPS IN VERMONT

BURLINGTON

Scribes in the making put pen to paper as part of an open verse-writing session at the Fletcher Free Library, 235 College Street. Contact information: 862-1094.

ANYWHERE, VERMONT

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

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

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

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION

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

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

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

40.)

YEAR-ROUND POETRY WRITING CENTERS IN VERMONT

BURLINGTON

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

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

BURLINGTON

Women Writing for (a) Change supports the authentic experience of women who honor themselves through creative writing. Our community supports reflection as we move into our questions and awaken to change. Participants enhance expressive skills, strengthen their voices, deepen themselves as women as writers for positive change in all spheres of life. Creative writing in all genres is our shared vehicle. Women Writing for (a) Change is for women who, 1) dream of writing for self-discovery, for personal or social healing, 2) hunger for creative process in their lives, 3) yearn to explore their feminine voice, 4) crave reflective, space, and 5) are in transition. For more information, go to their web site at womenwritingvt.com or contact Sarah Bartlett at either 802-310-1770 or sarah@womenwritingvt.com.

JOHNSON

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.

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.

SPRINGFIELD

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

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION

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

    • 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 www.thewriterscenterwrj.com.)
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!
41.)
OTHER: BY CORRESPONDENCE
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 wyncooper@gmail.com. To learn more about Wyn and his work, visit his website, www.wyncooper.com.

42.)
OTHER WRITING GROUPS IN VERMONT

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: info@writeaction.org

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 WriteAction2004@aol.com, and you will be added to the subscriber list.

Poetry Event43.) POETRY EVENT CALENDAR

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

2013

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.

Fri, Sep 6 – Sun, Sep 22: Lost Nation Theater, 39 Main Street, Montpelier. Robert Frost: This Verse Business.

Gordon Clapp, best known for his Emmy-winning role as Detective Greg Medavoy on NYPD Blue and his Tony-nominated role as Dave Moss in the 2005 Broadway revival of Glengarry Glen Ross, stars in this acclaimed one-man performance. Clapp portrays the great American poet Robert Frost, who travelled around the country for 45 years with his poetry, dry wit, and “promises to keep.” At times funny, often poignant, This Verse Business will give you things to ponder as the season comes to an end. Info, 229-0492, lostnationtheater.org.

Sat, Sep 7: Fletcher Free Library, 235 College Street, Burlington, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The Poetry Experience. Creative prompts inspire wordsmiths to put pen to paper, after which they share stanzas in a supportive environment. Info, 489-5546.

Sun, Sep 8: Compass Music & Arts Center, 333 Jones Drive, Brandon, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Otter Creek Poets Workshop and Member Reading. Members of the Otter Creek Poets read and critique verse, then share their insights about the creative process. The Otter Creek Poets offer a weekly workshop for experienced readers and writers of poetry, as well as newcomers to the art, giving poetry newcomers an opportunity to explore various aspects of the writing process in greater depth. $3 fee, unless a participant. Info, 247-4295, info@cmacvt.org, http://cmacvt.org.

Sat, Sep 14: 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, Sep 15: Compass Music & Arts Center, 333 Jones Drive, Brandon, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Author and poet Paul Christensen, PhD, will talk about how he became hooked on writing and give readings from recent works including his most recent, “The Human Condition”. In 1991 he was given a fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts; and twice the Writer’s League of Texas gave him the “Violet Crown Award” for best books of poetry: Blue Alleys and Hard Country. Tickets are $5. Info, 247-4295, info@cmacvt.org, http://cmacvt.org.

Tue, Sep 17: Cabot Public Library, The Willey Building, 3084 Main Street, Cabot, 7:00 p.m. Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea. Info, 563-2721.

Wed, Sep 18: Charlotte Library, 115 Ferry Road, Charlotte, 7:00 p.m. Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea. Info, 425-3864.

Fri, Sep 20 – Sun, Sep 22: Burlington Book Festival. See venues and participants listed above. The Queen City’s annual celebration of the written word offers readings, signings, panels, workshops, demos, family activities, and special events featuring literary luminaries from around the world and just around the corner. All events are free of charge and open to the public. Info, readers & directions to venues: http://burlingtonbookfestival.com/.

Fri, Sep 20 & Sat, Sep 21: Middlebury College, Wright Theatre, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Living Word Project: Word Becomes Flesh. Spoken word poet and playwright Marc Bamuthi Joseph brings his personal history to life in Word Becomes Flesh, a groundbreaking hip-hop theatre event. Using poetry, dance, and live music, the ‘choreopoem’ performance documents nine months of pregnancy from a young, single father’s perspective. Bamuthi’s landmark work has been recreated for a cast of five performers and a live DJ. The work deconstructs black male identity in the 21st century with deep honesty and raw physicality. Hailed by the Washington Post as “a searing, satisfying evening.” Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series, Theatre program, and the New England Foundation for the Arts. Tickets: $20/15/6. Info, 443-6433.

Sat, Sep 21: Fletcher Free Library, 235 College Street, Burlington, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The Poetry Experience. Creative prompts inspire wordsmiths to put pen to paper, after which they share stanzas in a supportive environment. Info, 489-5546.

Sun, Sep 22: Compass Music & Arts Center, 333 Jones Drive, Brandon, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Award-winning poet, Jerry Johnson will speak about his creative process and read from his recent book, “Up the Creek Without a Saddle”, a universal memoir of life experiences in poetry. Tickets are $3. Info, 247-4295, info@cmacvt.org, http://cmacvt.org.

Thu, Sep 26: Northshire Bookstore, 4869 Main Street, Manchester Center, 6:00 p.m. The Northshire Poetry Reading Group will meet in the Bookstore Event Space. 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 revclairenorth@mac.com.

Thu, Sep 26 – Sat, Sep 28: The Dorset Playhouse, Dorset. Robert Frost/ This Verse Business starring TV’s Gordon Clapp will be presented by DTF in a special limited run from September 26-28. Gordon Clapp, best known for his Emmy-winning role as Detective Greg Medavoy on NYPD Blue and his Tony-nominated role as Dave Moss in the 2005 Broadway revival of Glengarry Glen Ross, stars in this acclaimed one-man performance. Clapp portrays the great American poet Robert Frost, who travelled around the country for 45 years with his poetry, dry wit, and “promises to keep.” At times funny, often poignant, This Verse Business will give you things to ponder as the season comes to an end. Info, http://www.dorsettheatrefestival.org/news/robert-frostthis-verse-business.

Fri, Sep 27: Baldwin Library, 33 Main Street N, Wells River, 11:00 a.m. Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea. Comments on lesser-known poems by Robert Frost. Info, 757-2693.

Thu, Oct 3 – Sun, Oct 6: Brattleboro Literary Festival. The Festival is a four-day celebration of those who read books, those who write books, and of the books themselves. Located in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont, the Festival includes readings, panel discussions, and special events, featuring emerging and established authors. All events are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Some details are highlighted above. Info, http://brattleboroliteraryfestival.org/.

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.

Fri, Oct 4: The Art House Gallery, Studio & School, 1376 North Craftsbury Road, Craftsbury Common, 7:00 p.m. Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea. Info, 586-2545, http://www.vermontarthouse.com/.

Sat, Oct 5: Fletcher Free Library, 235 College Street, Burlington, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The Poetry Experience. Creative prompts inspire wordsmiths to put pen to paper, after which they share stanzas in a supportive environment. Info, 489-5546.

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

Sat, Oct 12: Village Square Booksellers, 32 the Square, Bellows Falls, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Open Mic – Poetry & Prose; 2nd Saturday Open Mic. Open Mic hosted by the River Voices. Read your own poetry or short story (1-2 pages), read from a favorite book or just listen to poetry. Refreshments. Call for a reservation, 463-9404.

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.

Tue, Nov 5: Galaxy Bookshop, 41 South Main Street, Hardwick, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Ellen Bryant Voigt.

Former Vermont State Poet Ellen Bryant Voigt will be at The Galaxy Bookshop on Tuesday, November 5th, at 7 p.m. to read from her new book of poems, Headwaters. Voigt has published eight collections of her own poetry, including Shadow of Heaven, a finalist for the National Book Award, and Kyrie, a finalist for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award. She has also edited several poetry and essay collections. In 1976, she developed and directed the nation’s first low-residency writing program at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont—a design for graduate MFA study that has since been emulated by many other colleges and universities. Since 1981 she has taught in the MFA program for writers at Warren Wilson College. Voigt lives in Cabot, Vermont. Info, 472-5533, galaxybookgals@gmail.com.

Wed, Nov 6: New England Federal Credit Union, Williston, 141 Harvest Lane, Williston, 5:30 p.m. Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea. Info, (800) 400-8790.

Sat, Nov 9: Village Square Booksellers, 32 the Square, Bellows Falls, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Open Mic – Poetry & Prose; 2nd Saturday Open Mic. Open Mic hosted by the River Voices. Read your own poetry or short story (1-2 pages), read from a favorite book or just listen to poetry. Refreshments. Call for a reservation, 463-9404.

Thu, Nov 21: Carol’s Hungry Mind Café, 24 Merchants Row, Middlebury, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. NER Vermont Reading Series. The NER (New England Review) Vermont Reading Series is pleased to present four Vermont writers reading from their recent nonfiction: Julia Alvarez, John Elder, Christopher Shaw, and Jessica Nelson reading from their recent nonfiction. Info, 443-2195, http://www.nereview.com/ner-vt-reading-series/.

Sat, Dec 14: 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.

2014

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 website:www.baronwormser.com.

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.

Keeping the world safe for poetry,

Ron Lewis

Teensy, weensy, little, tiny Ron Lewis. :-)

3 responses

  1. Pingback: Vermont Poetry Newsletter • Sept 14 2013 « PoemShape

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: