Vermont Poetry Newsletter • Sept 14 2014

[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 14, 2014 (Previous issue: 09/10/13) –
In This Issue:

  1. About VPN
  2. Newsletter Editor/Publisher’s Note
  3. Writing Assignments/Suggestions/Exercises/Prompts
  4. Jody Gladding’s new book, Translations from Bark Beetle
  5. New U.S. Poet Laureate, Charles Wright
  6. Library Book Sales, State-wide
  7. A Sampler of Local Verse to Read Far From Home – 4 New Books of Poetry by Vermont Poets
  8. Green Mountain Poets House, Call for Poetry Books
  9. Lampshade Poetry, White River Junction
  10. Renegade Writer’s Collective Shut Down
  11. Karin Gottshall Promoted
  12. Burlington Book Festival
  13. Brattleboro Literary Festival
  14. Chickadee Chaps & Broads Broadside Winner, David Dillon
  15. Chickadee Chaps & Broads Announces New Contest
  16. Write The Book Burlington Radio Show
  17. Jerry Johnson’s New Book, Up the Creek Without a Saddle
  18. Jerry Johnson’s New Book, Noah’s Song
  19. Dodge Poetry Festival
  20. ”The Poet and the Poem” Audio Podcasts
  21. Middlebury Campus Newspaper, Poetry Archives
  22. Alan Tarica Explores the Sonnets of William Shakespeare
  23. Vermont State Poet Laureate Sydney Lea’s 2014 Calendar
  24. Great Poetry Links: Write the Book
  25. Angela Palm’s New Book, Please Do Not Remove
  26. Poetry Quote – Ruth Stone
  27. Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site
  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:

Much has happened in the past year in our small poetry corner of the planet, here in Vermont. My initial Letter of Intent to the Vermont Humanities Council for a grant to fund my project, the Green Mountain Poets House, which will be located on-site at the new 52,000 sq. ft. Compass Music and Arts Center (CMAC), a non-profit facility in Brandon, Vermont, was denied. My hope is not to get too depressed over this short-sided denial, but to try other funding sources.

I attended, as I do every year, Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference in Ripton. This event always recharges my soul’s batteries. Once again, I brought a telescope up to the mountains, to show the attendees some of the night’s small treasures. I’m only sorry that the Vermont Poetry Newsletter did not print the agenda out for everyone, in advance of the conference (I was in Oregon and Hawaii the month prior to the conference).

I hope all of you have been wondering what had happened to this newsletter, which would mean that you’ve missed it, in some small way. Seems I’m too busy for my own good. So, this is my new promise to myself and to you, the readers: from this point forward, I will be publishing the VPN every two months, with a little less content so that I can get it off my drawing board and into your hands!

In the meantime, if you feel you’d like to donate some of your poetry books to the Poets House project, please contact me (802-247-5913,, and I will make every effort to pick up what you’d like to donate. I’m also interested in receiving chapbooks, literary journals, tapes, DVD’s, CD’s, and broadsides; I’m even interested in old albums and reel-to-reel tapes of older poetry readings.

You can help — Be an advocate for the power of poetry to transform lives!

The blog (PoemShape, operated by Patrick Gillespie) where the Vermont Poetry Newsletter resides has become one of the internet’s great poetry sites (and secrets!) during the past couple of years. I would suggest you spend some time here: It now receives over a million visits per year, and I’m glad the VPN contributes to this total in some small way.

Your friend in poetry,

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


Look at one of your old poems, from either a poem that just didn’t make the cut or one that was published. Take three of the best lines from the poem, and write a completely different poem using those three lines.

From: Ron Lewis’ Huge Bag of Hellish Prompts ©


Set your timer; give yourself exactly two hours to write a poem of some worth. I mean, something that you wouldn’t necessarily be ashamed to stand up and read to a gathering of peers; that kind of worth.

From: Ron Lewis’ Huge Bag of Hellish Prompts ©

Good Luck!


Three Dimensions
Jody Gladding on translation, the sources of language, and how beetles can speak of longing.
August 20, 2014

Bark Beetle cover image (detail), by Jeenee Lee

Jody Gladding’s latest collection takes her abiding interest in an ephemeral art practice—encompassing ecology, poetry, and translation—and uses it as the jumping-off point to create one of the oddest, most deeply arresting and listening books that I’ve encountered.
Translations from Bark Beetle (Milkweed Editions) is made up of two basic types of poems. In the first, Gladding translates notations left by bark beetle (those squiggly inscribed lines one sometimes sees in wood) into poetry; and in the second, she inscribes her own poems on natural materials such as quarried slate or found objects—a pair of tongue depressors, for example, or a scan from a doctor’s office. The collection is an ambitious work that presses the reader to see and read language (and resituate it in the world) anew.

Gladding and I often teach collaboratively in the MFA Writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and I was eager to hear her thoughts on Translations from Bark Beetle. What follows is an edited version of that conversation. (….)

  • Be sure to add Vermont’s own Jody Gladding’s book to your poetry library. I’m ordering mine today!VPN Editor, Ron Lewis


  • We have a new U.S. Poet Laureate – Charles Wright. Read his bio, some audio and video here.

6.) Library Book Sales

  • Interested in going to some library book sales in Vermont? Want to add to your poetry library a bit? Did you know that there’s a web site dedicated to the posting of such sales? Click Read More.


  • There are 4 new books of poetry by Vermont poets: Peter Money, George Lisi, David Dillon, and Gary Margolis. Seven Days showcased all of them:

A Sampler of Local Verse to Read Far From Home

No more cozying up with your book by the woodstove — it’s summer now, and there are plenty of plein-air places to read! At the risk of seeming like a control freak, I offer four new volumes by Vermont poets with suggestions for where to savor each one. (….)

  • Without question, all four of these books should be sitting on your poetry shelves. Help support good Vermont poetry and poets by adding them to your collection, or giving them as gifts to someone meaningful in your life.VPN Editor, Ron Lewis


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
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:

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

Contact your Vermont Poetry Newsletter Editor, Ron Lewis,, 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!


Lampshade Poetry
White River Junction

The Lampshade Poets meet at the Lampscapes showroom at 77 Gates Street, White River Junction, VT to read poetry on mostly a monthly basis. However, this summer has been a rough time to coordinate it, so they’ve been more off then on. However, they’ll pick back up in the fall, typically on a Thursday evening later in the month.

Basically, they ask poets to bring 3 – 5 minutes of their own poetry or that of another favorite to read or recite aloud. They try to get through readings without much commentary, leaving that for later when they share some snacks and drinks while mingling. Timing is 7 – 9 PM.

This collective is organized by David Celone, of Lyme, NH. If you’d like to be notified of future readings, get on David’s email list by emailing him of your interest:

David Celone

David has an MFA in writing from VT College of Fine Arts, and has been running these readings while he’s been a student at VCFA these past couple of years. Many of the poets who have come are published and/or have MFA degrees. They typically get between 8 and 20 people at each reading, and meet once every 3 months.

10.) So sorry!

The Renegade Writers’ Collective out of Burlington has shut down. What seemed like a great idea, bid a fond farewell this summer. I have to give the people behind the Collective and the Reading Series all the credit in the world. – VPN Editor, Ron Lewis

11.) Congrats!

Poet Karin Gottshall of Middlebury has been named Director of the New England Young Writers’ Conference.

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 10th annual Burlington Book Festival will take place September 18-21, 2014!

13.) Brattleboro Literary Festival

The 2014 festival will take place 2-5, 2014!

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! Hope to see you there!

14.) Chickadee Chaps & Broads Second Annual 
Letterpress Broadside Contest Winner

Chickadee Chaps & Broads is pleased to announce the winner of this year’s Vermont Poetry Broadside Contest is David Dillon of East Albany, VT. His poem, “Northeast Kingdom Wind Song” was selected by Vermont Poet, Jody Gladding.

Congratulations, David! This was the only contest I ever entered.VPN Editor, Ron Lewis


Call for Submissions:
Chickadee Chaps & Broads Third Annual Letterpress Broadside Contest

Chickadee Chaps & Broads welcomes poetry submissions by Vermonters for their third Broadside Contest. The winner will receive five copies of their poem as a handset-letterpress printed and illustrated, limited edition broad, as well as a complimentary three-night stay at the Craftsbury Writer’s Retreat.

16.) Write The Book

Burlington VT radio show about writing. For writers and curious readers, featuring interviews with authors, poets, agents, editors, and illustrators. “Write The Book is a wonderful writing resource.”

Listen to an interview with Neuroscientist James Fallon, author of The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist’s Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain, and Vermont Poet Ralph Culver.

17.) Up the Creek Without a Saddle
Jerry Johnson

Jerry Johnson’s recent book Up the Creek Without a Saddle and its CD have received glowing quotes from Sydney Lea, Howard Frank Mosher, Peggy Sapphire, John Fusco and many others.

Up the Creek Without a Saddle is available as a paperback and eBook.

Jerry’s book is available as an iBook at with all of the poems and 16 of the poems set to music.

When ordering Up the Creek Without a Saddle on his website, Jerry includes a FREE CD with 16 of his book’s 99 poems beautifully set to music by Jon Gailmor and Pete Sutherland, two legendary Vermont master musicians.

18.) Noah’s Song
Jerry Johnson

NOAH’S SONG, Jerry Johnson’s newest creation, is a beautifully illustrated book depicting the story of Noah’s Ark and is comical and inspiring. It includes a FREE CD of “Noah’s Song” masterfully set to music by the talented and much-beloved Vermont singer, Jon Gailmor. Kids of all ages can sing along as they turn the pages colorfully and whimsically illustrated by popular artist Adrien “Yellow” Patenaude, Jerry’s dear friend who recently passed away. Jerry published an initial Limited Edition of 500 copies of NOAH’S SONG and he is donating all of the profit to art scholarship in Adrien’s name. Approximately 400 of the 500 copies have found new homes. NOAH’S SONG has received high praise from Reeve Lindbergh, Howard Frank Mosher and Geof Hewitt. NOAH’S SONG will make a wonderful gift for a child in your life. You can order on Jerry’s website

19.) Dodge Poetry Festival
New Jersey
October 23-26, 2014

Here’s the lineup for this year’s famous festival:.

20.) “The Poet and the Poem” Audio Podcasts

Grace Cavalieri’s interviews and book reviews have appeared in various journals including The American Poetry Review. Her original “Poet and the Poem” series aired on public radio in 1977. “The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress” is an outgrowth of that show premiering in 1997. Approximately twelve episodes are produced each season, and a number of these are being added to this site.

These interviews are in two parts, only to make them easier to access, I suppose, since there are so many. Do as I do, by bringing them up on my iPad mini, putting in a set of earbuds, climbing into bed, and listen to a couple while dozing off (yes, you can close your iPad while listening!).

Part 1:

Part 2:

This is one of those “Great Finds” that I come across once in awhile! — VPN Editor, Ron Lewis


The Campus has a new web site, and one is finally able to access their archives. There is some good reading here for the on-campus readings, plus those that take place in the town of Middlebury, most of which are NER (New England Review) readings. Take a look.

22.) Alan Tarica explores the sonnets of William Shakespeare
By Bob Taylor, Communities Digital News

CHARLOTTE, NC, June 29, 2014 – Since William Shakespeare’s death nearly 400 years ago, there has been a raging debate about the true authorship of the plays and sonnets that bear his name.

Numerous theories exist and, chances are, the controversy will continue for four more centuries and beyond. For now it is a largely an intellectual exercise, but the various arguments present fascinating possibilities much like who was the model for Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” and who really was Jack the Ripper.

It is Shakespeare, however, who captured the imagination of Alan Tarica in the mid-90s while debating a colleague in a bar about how the sciences seem to self-correct while, in his own mind, the humanities “lacked such capability.”

As Tarica points out, he has no formal training in the humanities and came to his project with a a lifelong interest in science and the history and philosophy of science. While searching for validation for his argument, Tarica “accidentally” began probing Shakespeare’s sonnets. Because he came to the subject by chance, Tarica had no preconceived notions which only fueled his curiosity further.

23.) Vermont State Poet Laureate
Sydney Lea

Calendar 2014
September 11 – Robert Frost Farm
Derry, NH, 6:30 p.m.

November 14 – Wadsworth Athenaeum
Hartford, CT, 7 p.m..


Great Poetry Links:
“Write the Book”

Write the Book is a Burlington VT radio show about writing. For writers and curious readers, featuring interviews with authors, poets, agents, editors, and illustrators. “Write The Book is a wonderful writing resource.”

25.) Please Do Not Remove
A Collection Celebrating Vermont Literature and Libraries
Edited by Angela Palm

Through twenty works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction inspired by old library checkout cards, Please Do Not Remove anthologizes our rich literary culture through the voices of Vermont writers. Created, curated, and edited by writer Angela Palm, the book celebrates library ephemera and a love of literature. Inspired by libraries, librarians, or antiquated signatures and book titles on checkout cards, Vermont writers pen characters, prose, poems, and plot lines in celebration of reading, books, and public libraries.

Contributors include Gary Margolis, Jessica Hendry Nelson, Jericho Parms, Karin Gottshall, Tim Brookes, Daniel Lusk, Lene Gary, Erika Nichols, Penelope Cray, Angela Palm, Rob Friesel, Hillary Read, Shelagh Connor Shapiro, Kate Sykes, Niels Rinehart, Malisa Garlieb, David Dillon, Tamra Higgins, Mary Jane Dickerson, and Emily Arnason Casey.

Ten percent of the book’s net proceeds will be donated to the Vermont Library Association.

Angela Palm


“You have to take comfort where you can – in the nuthatches coming to the feeder, in the warmth of the woodstove, in the voices of your lovely grandchildren. You have to allow yourself to take joy. Otherwise, you are no good to anyone.”

Poetry Quote by Ruth Stone

27.) For Walt Whitman lovers …

The Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center offers modern day visitors to Long Island the opportunity to step back in time and ultimately encounter the life and art of the most powerful poet in world literature, America’s own Walt Whitman. The historic Birthplace still stands peacefully on the same spot where it was built in West Hills, Huntington, on the North Shore of Long Island, NY.

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

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

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


Historical List of Vermont Poets Laureate

November 4, 2011-Present: Sydney Lea, Newbury (b. December 22, 1942)
July 26, 2007-November 3, 2011:
Ruth Stone, Goshen (b. June 8, 1915)
March 5, 2003 – July 25, 2007: Grace Paley, Thetford (b. December 11, 1922, d. August 22, 2007 of breast cancer)
1999-2002: Ellen Bryant Voigt, Cabot (b. May 9, 1943)
1994-1998: Louise Glück, Cambridge, MA (b. April 22, 1943)
1989-1993: Galway Kinnell, Sheffield (b. February 1, 1927)
July 22, 1961-1963: Robert Frost, Ripton (b. March 26, 1874, d. January 29, 1963 of pulmonary embolism)

Position History:
 According to a February 7, 2003 press release from the Vermont Arts Council, “Robert Frost was declared Poet Laureate in 1961 [upon the adoption of Joint House Resolution 54 by the General Assembly]. In 1988 Governor Kunin re-established the position. (Reference: Executive Order No 69, 1988) Galway Kinnell was the first State Poet named for a term of 4 years as a result of this order in 1989.” The Arts Council further notes that “at the direction of the Governor [it] conducts the selection process for the State Poet by convening an advisory/selection panel. The Vermont State Poet is a person whose primary residence is in Vermont; whose poetry manifests a high degree of excellence; who has produced a critically acclaimed body of work; and who has a long association with Vermont.”


Historical list of United States Poets Laureate from Vermont

1958-1959: Robert Frost, Ripton (b. March 26, 1874, d. January 29, 1963 of pulmonary embolism)
August, 2003-2004: Louise Glück, Cambridge, MA (b. April 22, 1943)


Historical List of New Hampshire Poets Laureate

March 2004 – Present: Walter E. Butts
January 2006 – March 2009: Patricia Fargnoli
March 2004 – December 2005: Cynthia Huntington
October, 1999 – March 2004: Marie Harris, Barrington
December 1995 – March 1999: Donald Hall, Wilmot
January 1995 – March 1999: Jane Kenyon, Wilmot
March 1989 – March 1994: Maxine Kumin, Warner
June, 1984 – January 1989: Donald Hall, Danbury
January 1979 – January 1984: Richard G. Eberhart, Hanover
August 1972 – December 1978: Eleanor Vinton, Concord
September 1968 – July 1972: Paul Scott Mowrer


Historical list of United States Poets Laureate from New Hampshire

2007-2008: Charles Simic, Strafford
2006-2007: Donald Hall, Wilmot
1981-1982: Maxine Kumin, Warner
1959-1961: Richard Eberhart
1958-1959: Robert Frost, Derry

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


1) The Queen City Review

The QCR is also on FacebookBurlington College’s The Queen City Review is a yearly journal of art and literature and accepts the work of new and established writers and artists in the areas of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, memoir, photography, and fine art, as well as essays and criticism on all aspects of the aforementioned. They seek to publish high quality work that ranges 3) broadly in topic and genre.

The Queen City Review can be purchased by 2-year subscription or individually. The price of one issue is $8 plus shipping charges ($1) for a total of $9. Subscriptions can be purchased for $14 plus shipping charges ($2) and includes the Fall 2010 and upcoming 2011 issues. Copies can also be purchased in the Writing Center or at the front desk. They accept cash, check, and credit cards (Visa and Mastercard). You can mail your payment to them or by calling (802) 862-9616 ext. 234 to place your order over the phone. If mailing your payment, mail details to:

ATTN: Heidi Berkowitz Sadler
Faculty, Interdisciplinary Studies
Coordinator, The Writing Center
Editor, The Queen City Review
Burlington College
95 North Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401

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

2) Bloodroot

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

The price of a single issue is $8.

Editor, “Do” Roberts
Bloodroot Literary Magazine
PO Box 322
Thetford Center, VT 05075
(802) 785-4916

3) New England Review

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

Cost: $10 for a single current issue
$30 for a single year (4 issues)
$50 for two years (8 issues)

New England Review
Attn: Orders
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753

(800) 450-9571

4) Willard & Maple

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

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


5) Vermont Literary Review

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

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

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

6) Green Mountains Review

A Literary and Fine Art Magazine of Johnson State College, Johnson; in publication since 1987. One of two literary journals published by the college, the other being The Gihon River Review (below).

The Green Mountains Review is an international journal publishing poems, stories, and creative nonfiction by both well-known authors and promising newcomers. The magazine also features interviews, literary criticism, and book reviews. Neil Shepard is the general editor and poetry editor of the Green Mountains Review. The fiction editor is Leslie Daniels.

The editors are open to a wide range of styles and subject matter. If you would like to acquaint yourself with some of the work that we have accepted in the past, then we encourage you to order some of our back issues (….)

7) The Gihon River Review

“The name of the second river is Gihon. No sooner has it come out of Paradise than it vanishes beneath the depths of the sea . . .” –Moses Bar Cepha

The Gihon River Review, published biannually, was founded in the fall of 2001 as a production of the BFA program at Johnson State College. Issues are $5 each. Submissions in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction are read from September to May. Poetry submissions may not exceed five poems; fiction and nonfiction may not exceed twenty-five pages. Send all correspondence to The Gihon River Review, Johnson State College, Johnson, Vermont 05656. Please enclose a SASE. For further info by email,

8) Burlington Poetry Journal

The Burlington Poetry Journal is a new nonprofit publication interested in creating a means for provoking opinions, ideas, and thoughtful responses for poets in the Greater Burlington area. The Burlington Poetry Journal is an independent publication that is dedicated to the concept that art should be free and accessible to everyone. In a world with so many voices we believe in a community based, eclectic approach to the publication of poetry. Therefore, the BPJ will always welcome any form or style within its pages.

While there are numerous outlets for writers to gather and share privately in Vermont, there is no publication that brings together poetry of all styles and writers of all ages for the enjoyment of the general public. It is our hope that this journal will inspire writers to share their work with others who may be unaware of their talent, and for those who have never considered themselves writers to try their hand at poetry. We invite you to submit your work and share with others your thoughts and abilities with the Burlington community. The work you share will produce a dialogue as writers become aware of each other and begin to expose themselves and others to new poetry. The eclectic nature of the Burlington Poetry Journal will serve to stimulate its readers and authors. They are currently working towards achieving a non-profit 501(c)3 status.

9) Tarpaulin Sky

Founded in 2002 as an online literary journal, Tarpaulin Sky took the form of 12.5 internet issues (see the archive) before its first paper edition in November 2007, and the magazine continues to publish new work both online and in print. In addition to these issues, Tarpaulin Sky publishes work by individual authors in its “chronic content” section, as well as online-only book reviews

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

10) The Mountain Review

Colchester High School’s English Department has been publishing an interesting literary magazine: The Mountain Review. The Mountain Review is sponsored by the Vermont Council of Teachers of English Language Arts (VCTELA). Generally, the mission is to publish work from Vermont students, K-12. The Mountain Review has published poems, essays, short stories, excerpts from larger works, and art work. Wayland Cole and Katie Lenox have been the editors for several years; both teach at Colchester. Before them, Shelia Mable, a South Burlington teacher, was the editor for many years.

2009’s Mountain Review is over 100 pages long!

Students at all Vermont schools can enter the competition to be published in the Mountain Review. If you have questions, feel free to call them at (802) 264-5700 or email at or Send orders for copies of The Mountain Review to Katie Lenox at: Colchester High School, PO Box 900, Colchester, VT 05446. Send $5 per book; $2 postage to ship 1-3 books. Checks payable to the VCTELA.

11) The Salon: A Journal of Poetry & Fiction

The Honeybee Press is a brand-new writer’s cooperative based in Burlington, Vermont. The first book from the press is its bi-annual literary magazine, The Salon: A Journal of Poetry & Fiction. The goal of the press is to produce high-quality local literature and make it more affordable and visible to the public. To submit to The Salon, see the guidelines listed on its web address.

    • Click on link for submission guidelines.

12) Hunger Mountain

Hunger Mountain is both a print and online journal of the arts. We publish fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, visual art, young adult and children’s writing, writing for stage and screen, interviews, reviews, and craft essays. Our print issue comes out annually in the fall, and our online content changes on a regular basis. (….)

Hunger Mountain Subscriptions

Vermont College of Fine Arts
36 College Street
Montpelier, VT 05602

Subscription Prices
One Year $12.00
Two Year $22.00
Four Year $40.00 (Save $8!)
Back issues $8.00

13) The Onion River Review

The Onion River Review is a literary journal whose annual edition features poetry, prose, and visual arts. The Onion River Review is edited by the students of Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, and is committed to publishing work from students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the greater community.

The Onion River ReviewWilliam Marquess, Advisor
One Winooski Park #171
Colchester, VT 05439

14) Route Seven – The St. Albans Literary Guild Magazine

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

ST. ALBANS: The Saint Albans Literary Guild is proud to announce the release of the premiere issue of Route 7, a new Vermont literary journal, on Sat., Feb. 20, at the STAART Gallery in St. Albans. The event will feature readings from contributing authors, as well as hors d’oeuvres and beverages.
Route 7 is a 56-page magazine featuring fiction, non-fiction, humor, poetry, and artwork. The first issue includes a wide range of moods, from the introspective and idyllic to the offbeat and humorous. The more than 20 contributors included hail from Franklin County, and across Vermont and New Hampshire. The magazine aims to highlight creative voices from across the region. (….)

15) Vantage Point

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

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

16) est

est is a publication of literary and visual art.

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

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

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

est is available for viewing and purchase at these locations:

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

Direct correspondence to Heather Bischoff, Solicitor/Editor, at

17) The Cause Arts Quarterly

“The Cause for Unbound Art”

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

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

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

Editors: Eric Bieber, Vincent Marksohn, Taylor Morse



1) Vermont Voices, An Anthology

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

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

2) *See Below

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

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

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

3) League of Vermont Writers

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

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

4) The Mountain Troubadour

    • Published by the Poetry Society of Vermont annually.


1) PoemShape

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

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

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



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

  • 2 luncheon/ workshops a year where a professional poet critiques your poems
  • one hands- on writing workshop and reading under the direction of a professional poet
  • the opportunity to enter contests judged by professional poets and to win awards
  • fellowship with appreciative readers and writers of poetry
  • opportunity for publication in the PSOV chapbook, The Mountain Troubadour
How to join:
mail dues of $20.00 to Membership Chairman, P.O. Box 1215, Waitsfield, VT 05673
include your name, mailing address, telephone, and e-mail address for Membership List
memberships are renewed by January 1 of each year
The PSOV has 2 current books available for sale:
1) The Mountain Troubadour – 2010 – Curl up with interesting, award-winning poetry from a wonderful group of poets. This book is only $8 (+$1 to mail). To get yourself a copy, call or write to Betty Gaechter, 134 Hitzel Terrace, Rutland, VT 05701, 773-8679. This little booklet may be just the thing to get you involved with the PSOV for a lifetime of friendships.
2) Brighten the Barn – 60th Anniversary Anthology – 1947-2007 – An Anthology of Poems by Members of the Poetry Society of Vermont. 99 pages of quality poetry; that’s a lot of beautiful poetry for only $12. If you get it through me (Ron Lewis), it’s only $10. If you want it shipped to you, the PSOV wants an extra amount to cover tax and shipping ($0.72 + $3.00). This book retails for $15, but a reduced price is now in play to unload the few remaining copies.



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

2) Poetry Workshop at Village Square Booksellers with Jim Fowler (no relation to owner Pat). The goal of this course is to introduce more people to the art of writing poetry and will include a discussion of modern poetry in various forms and styles. Each week, the course will provide time to share and discuss participant’s poetry. Poetry Workshops on Monday mornings (9:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.) – Jim Fowler’s sessions continue, with periodic break for a few weeks between sessions. Students should bring a poem and copies to the first class. The course will be limited to 5 to 8 students to allow adequate time to go through everyone’s poetry contributions and will meet in the café at Village Square Booksellers. James Fowler, of Charlestown, New Hampshire, has a Masters Degree in Environmental Science with a major in Nature Writing. He was the editor of Heartbeat of New England, a poetry anthology. Fowler has been widely published since 1998 in such journals as Connecticut Review, Quarterly of Light Verse, and Larcom Review. Fowler is a founding member of the River Voices Writer’s Circle, and a regular reader at Village Square Booksellers-River Voices Poetry Readings. The fee for this 6-week Workshop is $100, payable to Mr. Fowler at the first class. Pre-registration for the Poetry Workshop is suggested and may be made by calling Village Square Booksellers at 802-463-9404 or by email at or

3) InkBlot Complex Poetry Workshop runs through the Vermont Independent Media’s Media Mentoring Project and is held at the Rockingham Public Library at 65 Westminster Street in Bellows Falls. No previous writing or journalism experience or even class attendance is required. Participants are invited to bring a project or share successful techniques. The workshop aims to lift poetry from the page and reveal how it is a living force in daily life. Originally taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago to great acclaim, its interactive nature and inclusion of multiple art forms leaves dry, academic notions of poetry behind. It functions through three tenets: 1) Presentation of the art form as a living element of our daily world, 2) individualized, personal enrichment and free range of expression for each student, and 3) artistic cultivation through unexpected means. Taught by seasoned arts journalist, cultural critic and poet Clara Rose Thornton, this free event explores the poetry we encounter all around us – in songs we hear, the ways we express ourselves, even the advertisements we see. In the final session students then create their own works with an increased sense of connection to the way words construct meaning. All materials are provided. Instructor Clara Rose Thornton is an internationally published film, wine and visual arts critic, music journalist, poet and former book and magazine editor. Her writings on culture and the arts have appeared nationally in Stop Smiling: The Magazine for High-Minded Lowlifes, Honest Tune: The American Journal of Jam and Time Out Chicago. Currently residing in an artists’ colony in Windham County, she acts as the biweekly arts columnist for the Rutland Herald, staff writer for Southern Vermont Arts & Living and a regular contributor to The Commons. A portfolio, bio and roster of writing and editing services can be found at For more information about the Media Mentoring Project, visit or call 246-6397. You can also write to Vermont Independent Media at P.O. Box 1212, Brattleboro, VT 05302.

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


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


The 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

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


The Guilford Poets Guild, formed in 1998, meets twice a month to critique and support each other’s work. Their series of sponsored readings by well-known poets which began at the Dudley Farm, continues now at the Women and Family Life Center.


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

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


1.) The Otter Creek Poets offer a poetry workshop every Thursday afternoon, from 1:00 to 3:00 in the basement meeting room of the Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main Street, Middlebury. This workshop, the largest and oldest of its kind in the state, has been meeting weekly for 13 years. Poets of all ages and styles come for peer feedback, encouragement, and optional weekly assignments to get the poetry flowing. Bring a poem or two to share (plus 20 copies). The workshops are led by David Weinstock. There is considerable parking available behind the library, or further down the hill below that parking lot. For more information, call David at 388-6939 or Ron Lewis at 247-5913.

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

MONTPELIER: Vermont College of Fine Arts

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


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

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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


Lampshade Poetry

The Lampshade Poets meet at the Lampscapes showroom at 77 Gates Street, White River Junction, VT to read poetry on mostly a monthly basis.  However, this summer has been a rough time to coordinate it, so they’ve been more off then on.  However, they’ll pick back up in the fall, typically on a Thursday evening later in the month.

Basically, they ask poets to bring 3 – 5 minutes of their own poetry or that of another favorite to read or recite aloud.  They try to get through readings without much commentary, leaving that for later when they share some snacks and drinks while mingling.  Timing is 7 – 9 PM.

This collective is organized by David Celone, of Lyme, NH.  If you’d like to be notified of future readings, get on David’s email list by emailing him of your interest:

David Celone

David has an MFA in writing from VT College of Fine Arts, and has been running these readings while he’s been a student at VCFA these past couple of years.  Many of the poets who have come are published and/or have MFA degrees.  They typically get between 8 and 20 people at each reading, and meet once every 3 months.




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


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

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

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


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

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

Info: (802)333-9597 or and




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

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


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


Vermont Studio Center

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

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


Vermont College of Fine Arts

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


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


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

    • Prose! Poetry! Journaling! Pitching! (I know! I know! F. Scott Fitzgerald said that using exclamation points is like laughing at your own joke… but what’s wrong with that?!!!)

Below is a list of summer writing workshops at The Writer’s Center of White River Junction. Please pre-register (asap) with the instructor to reserve your space at the writing table. (These classes are also listed at The Writer’s Center website at
And more big news! “The Writer’s Center” has a new Facebook Page that we’re now using to spread the word about workshops, offer writing tips, share publishing news, etc. If you haven’t already, be a part of the page by following the link below and clicking “like”.Write on!
Poetry Editing by Wyn Cooper
Wyn Cooper provides editing services for poets. He mainly works with chapbook and full book manuscripts, but will also work on smaller groups of poems. He will be honest with you about your poems, and will help you make your book as good as it can be. He also offers advice on how and where to look for publishers. He’s willing to work via email, regular mail, telephone, or a combination thereof.Wyn’s students and clients have had their poems published in The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, The New England Review, AGNI, Verse, Denver Quarterly, and dozens of other magazines. His clients’ books and chapbooks have been published by presses such as Slope Editions, Akron University Press, Salmon Press, Black Ocean Press, and others. He has served as editor-in-chief of Quarterly West for two years, where he edited and published poets such as Stephen Dunn, Larry Levis, and Elizabeth Spires. He has frequently spoken about publishing at literary conferences and festivals.Wyn Cooper has published four books of poems and a chapbook, and his poems have appeared in over 60 magazines and 25 anthologies of poetry. He has taught poetry at Bennington and Marlboro colleges, the University of Utah, in the MFA program at UMASS/Amherst, and at the Frost Place Festival of Poetry. For the past ten years he has helped organize the Brattleboro Literary Festival.Wyn charges far less than most freelance editors, has a quick turnaround time, and charges on a sliding scale. For more information, or for references, email Wyn at To learn more about Wyn and his work, visit his website,


1.) The League of Vermont Writers.

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

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

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

2) Write Action
Greater Brattleboro Area

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

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

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

Contacting Write Action:

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

Or email us at:

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


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


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

Sat, Sep 13: St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, 3:00 p.m & 8:00 p.m. Poetry Reading: Birchsong — Poetry Centered in Vermont.

A special event in the Athenaeum’s Readings in the Gallery series presents poets from throughout Vermont reading their work from the collection, Birchsong—Poetry Centered in Vermont. A book singing and reception will follow the reading. Sponsored by the Fund for Poetry. For more information call Shara McCaffrey at 802-748-8291, Ext. 302 or email

Wed, Sep 17: St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, 3:00 p.m & 8:00 p.m. Poetry Reading: George Mathon and William Graham

George Mathon retired to his writing in 2005. He was born and still lives summers in Vermont, at Joe’s Pond in West Danville. He winters in Florida and other warm weather locations. A graduate of the University of Vermont, he’s traveled extensively since his 30’s, exploring many of the natural wonders and ancient native ruins in the United States, especially in the northeast, the southwest, and in Hawaii and Florida. These places appear prominently in his poetry and provide venues for many of his poems.His published works include Entering The Forest in 2005, and Chickadees in 2010. He’s currently working on poems for a third book, called Love Is Like A Doughnut.

Poet, novelist and travel writer William Graham holds a BA and MA in English and a MS in Communications from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He lives in Stowe, Vermont. He is the author of over 20 books of poetry and fiction and numerous travel articles. He will be reading from his most recent books of poetry: The Storm Subsides: 50 Poems of Passion and Protest, The Love Poet of Vermont, and A Good Place to Wake Up: Vermont Poems.

Fri, Sep 19: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Michael Hofmann.

Michael Hofmann (b. 1957) is a German-born poet and translator. He has published six books of poetry: Nights in the Iron Hotel (1983), Acrimony (1986), K.S. in Lakeland: New and Selected Poems (1990), Corona, Corona (1993), Approximately Nowhere (1999), and Selected Poems (2009). With James Lasdun, he edited the influential anthology After Ovid: New Metamorphoses (1994). A selection of his criticism, Behind the Lines: Pieces on Writing and Pictures, was published in 2002. He has edited and introduced short selections of the poems of Robert Lowell (2001) and John Berryman (2003), and has edited the anthology Twentieth Century German Poetry (2006).

Hofmann has also translated some seventy books from the German, mainly novels, including works by Hans Fallada, Ernst Jünger, Franz Kafka, Wolfgang Koeppen, Joseph Roth, and Wim Wenders. His criticism appears regularly in the London Review of Books and Poetry (Chicago).
For his poetry he has won a Cholmondeley Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and an English Arts Council grant; for his translations the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the P.E.N./Book of the Month Club Translation Prize, the Weidenfeld Oxford Translation Prize (twice), and the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Deutsche Akademie der Künste.
He received his BA (1979) and MA (1984) in English from Cambridge University. He teaches at the University of Florida and He has been a visiting professor at the University of Michigan, Rutgers University, the New School University, and Barnard College, Columbia University.

Tue, Sep 23: JSC Stearns Stearns Cinema, Johnson State College, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Meg Kearney’s most recent collection of poems for adults, Home By Now (Four Way Books 2009), was winner of the 2010 PEN New England LL Winship Award; it was also a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year. The title poem of Home By Now is included in Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems: American Places anthology (Viking Penguin 2011).

Meg’s first collection of poetry, An Unkindness of Ravens, was published by BOA Editions Ltd. in 2001, and is still in print. She is author of two novels in verse for teens, both of which come with teacher’s guides: The Secret of Me (Persea Books in 2005), and its sequel, The Girl in the Mirror (Persea Books, 2012). Her story “Chalk” appears in Sudden Flash Youth: 65 Short Short Stories, published by Persea Books in fall 2011. Meg’s first picture book, Trouper (the three-legged dog), was published by Scholastic in November 2013 and illustrated by E.B. Lewis. Trouper has been been selected as one of the Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People of 2014; one of the most “Diverse and Impressive Picture Books of 2013” by the International Reading Association; one of the 2013-14 season’s best picture books by the Christian Science Monitor, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, and Bank Street College of Education; and a 2013 Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California Distinguished Book.

Meg’s poetry has been featured on Poetry Daily and Garrison Keillor’s “A Writer’s Almanac,” and has been published in such publications as Poetry, Agni, and Ploughshares. Her work also is featured in the anthologies Where Icarus Falls (Santa Barbara Review Publications, 1998), Urban Nature (Milkweed Press, 2000), Poets Grimm (Storyline Press, 2003), Never Before: Poems About First Experiences (Four Way Books, 2005), Shade (Four Way Books, 2006), The Book of Irish American Poetry from the Eighteenth Century to the Present (Notre Dame Press, 2006), Conversation Pieces: Poems That Talk to Other Poems (Knopf, Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets series, 2007); Sinatra: But Buddy, I’m a Kind of Poem (Entasis Press, 2008), The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review (Bellevue Literary Press, 2008), and The Incredible Sestina Anthology (Write Bloody, 2013). Her nonfiction essay, “Hello, Mother, Goodbye,” appears The Movable Nest: A Mother/Daughter Companion (Helicon Nine Press in fall 2007). She is also co-editor of Blues for Bill: A Tribute to William Matthews (Akron University Press, 2005).

Meg is Founding Director of the Solstice Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. For eleven years prior to joining Pine Manor, she was Associate Director of the National Book Foundation (sponsor of the National Book Awards) in New York City. She also taught poetry at the New School University. Early in her career, she organized educational programs and conducted power plant tours for a gas & electric company in upstate New York.

She is the recipient of an Individual Artist’s Fellowship from the New Hampshire Council on the Arts (2010-2011), and was a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in three times. Recipient of 2001 Artist’s Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Meg also received a New York Times Fellowship and the Alice M. Sellers Academy of American Poets Award in 1998; the Geraldine Griffin Moore Award in Creative Writing from The City College of New York in 1997; and the Frances B. DeNagy Poetry Award from Marist College in 1985. She is a former poetry editor of Echoes, a quarterly literary journal, and past president of the Hudson Valley Writers Association of upstate New York.

A native New Yorker, Meg currently resides in New Hampshire with her husband and her three-legged black Lab, Trooper.

Thu, Oct 2: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m.

Olga Broumas. Born and raised in Greece, Broumas secured a fellowship through the Fulbright program to study in the United States at the University of Pennsylvania; she earned her Bachelor’s degree in architecture. She later went on to earn an MFA in creative writing from the University of Oregon. Broumas was selected by Stanley Kunitz for the Yale Younger Poets Series in 1977, the first non-native speaker of English to receive this award. Other honors have included a Guggenheim Fellowship and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has been Poet-in-Residence and Director of Creative Writing at Brandeis University since 1995. She lives on Cape Cod, where she, in the eighties, founded and taught at a school for female artists called Freehand, Inc.

Sat, Oct 11: Village Square Booksellers, 32 the Square, Bellows Falls, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Open Mic – Poetry & Prose; 2nd Saturday Open Mic. Open Mic hosted by the River Voices. Read your own poetry or short story (1-2 pages), read from a favorite book or just listen to poetry. Refreshments. Call for a reservation, 463-9404.

Tue, Oct 28: JSC Stearns Stearns Cinema, Johnson State College, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Martha Rhodes is the author of four collections of poetry:At the Gate (1995), Perfect Disappearance (2000, Green Rose Prize), Mother Quiet (2004) and The Beds (2012). Her poems have been published widely in such journals as Agni, Columbia, Fence, New England Review, Pleiades, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. She has also been anthologized widely, her work appearing in Agni 30 Years, Askold Melnyczuk editor, Agni 30 Years, Askold Melnyczuk editor, Appetite: Food as Metaphor, Phyllis Stowell and Jeanne Foster, eds. BOA Editions, Ltd. Extraordinary Tide: New Poetry by American Women, Susan Aizenberg and Erin Belieu, eds., Columbia University Press, 2001, New York. The New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology, Michael Collier, ed,. University Press of New England, 2000, Hanover, NH. Last Call: Poems on Alcoholism, Addiction, and Deliverance, Sarah Gorham and Jeffrey Skinner, eds., Sarabande Books, 1997, Louisville. The KGB Bar Book of Poetry, David Lehman and Star Black, eds. Harper Collins, 2000, New York, among others.

Martha Rhodes has taught at Emerson College, New School University, and University of California at Irvine. She currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She has been a visiting or guest poet at many colleges and universities around the country and has taught at conferences such as the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, The Frost Place , Indiana University, Sarah Lawrence Summer Conference, and Third Coast. She serves on many publishing panels throughout each year at colleges, conferences and arts organizations, and is a regular guest editor at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and the Colrain Manuscript Conference. She also teaches private weekly workshops. In 2010, she took over the directorship of the Frost Place Conference on Poetry in Franconia, NH. Rhodes is a founding editor and the director of Four Way Books, publishers of poetry and short fiction, located in New York City.

Thu, Oct 30: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Alice Notley.

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

Sat, Nov 8: Village Square Booksellers, 32 the Square, Bellows Falls, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Open Mic – Poetry & Prose; 2nd Saturday Open Mic. Open Mic hosted by the River Voices. Read your own poetry or short story (1-2 pages), read from a favorite book or just listen to poetry. Refreshments. Call for a reservation, 463-9404.

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

Mon, Dec 15: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. John Yau.

John Yau is a poet, fiction writer, critic, publisher of Black Square Editions, and freelance curator. His recent books include A Thing Among Things: The Art of Jasper Johns (D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, 2008) and Further Adventures in Monochrome (Copper Canyon Press, 2012). His reviews have appeared in Artforum, Art in America, Art News, Bookforum, New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. He was the Arts Editor for the Brooklyn Rail (2006 – 2011). In January 2012, he started the online magazine, Hyperallergic Weekend, with three other writers. He is Professor in Critical Studies at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers.


Thu, Jan 8: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Ann Lauterbach.

Ann Lauterbach is the author of several poetry collections, including Or to Begin Again (Penguin, 2009), which was nominated for the National Book Award, and which takes its name from a sixteen-poem elegy inspired by both Lewis Carroll’s Alice and T. S. Eliot’s The Wasteland. She is also the author of Hum (2005), If in Time: Selected Poems 1975-2000 (2001), On a Stair (1997), And for Example (1994), Clamor (1991), Before Recollection (1987), and Many Times, but Then (1979), as well as a book of essays, The Night Sky: Writings on the Poetics of Experience. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York State Foundation for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and in 1995, she was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. Lauterbach has taught at Brooklyn College, Columbia, Iowa, Princeton, and at the City College of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center. She is currently Schwab Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College, where she has also been, since 1991, co-chair of writing in the Milton Avery School of the Arts. She was also a visiting core critic at the Yale Graduate School of the Arts.

Thu, Feb 5: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Aracelis Girmay.

Aracelis Girmay is the author of the poetry collections Teeth and Kingdom Animalia. Teeth was awarded the GLCA New Writers Award and Kingdom Animalia won the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Girmay is also the author of the collage-based picture book changing, changing. She is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Cave Canem Foundation, and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. Girmay is on the faculty of Hampshire College’s School for Interdisciplinary Arts and she also teaches poetry in Drew University’s low-residency MFA program.

Thu, Mar 5: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Brian Teare.

Brian Teare has published four full-length books, The Room Where I was Born, Sight Map, The Lambda-Award-winning Pleasure, and Companion Grasses. He has also published seven chapbooks: Pilgrim, Transcendental Grammar Crown, Paradise Was Typeset, Helplessness, Black Sun Crown, and Sore Eros. Teare is a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and has received poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts and the American Antiquarian Society. He is currently an assistant professor at Temple Univeristy in Philadelphia where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books. Please visit his website for more information:

Mon, Mar 23: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Edward Hirsch.

Edward Hirsch has published eight collections of poetry, including The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems (2010), which brings together thirty-five years of work. His first book of poems, For the Sleepwalkers (1981) was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award; his second, Wild Gratitude (1986) won the award in 1987. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and received a MacArthur “genius” award in 1997. In addition to his poetry work he is also known for running the “Poet’s Choice” column in the Washington Post. To read more about him please visit:

Thu, Apr 2: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Jean Valentine.

Jean Valentine won the Yale Younger Poets Award for her first book, Dream Barker, in 1965. Her eleventh book of poetry is Break the Glass (Copper Canyon Press, 2010). Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems 1965-2003 was the winner of the 2004 National Book Award for Poetry. The recipient of the 2009 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, Valentine has taught at Sarah Lawrence, New York University, and Columbia.

Wed, May 13: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Sherwin Bitsui.

Sherwin Bitsui is originally from White Cone, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation. Currently, he lives in Albuquerque, NM. He is Dine of the Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for the Tl’izilani (Many Goats Clan). He holds a BA from University of Arizona and an AFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts. His recent honors include a 2011 Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship and a 2011 Native Arts & Culture Foundation Arts Fellowship. He is also the recipient of 2010 PEN Open Book Award, an American Book Award and a Whiting Writers Award. Bitsui has published his poems in Narrative, Black Renaissance Noir, American Poet, The Iowa Review, LIT, and elsewhere. His poems were also anthologized in Between Water & Song, Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century. He is the author of Shapeshift (University of Arizona Press 2003) and Flood Song (Copper Canyon Press 2009).

Fri, Jun 12: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Aimee Nezhukumatathil.

Born to a Filipino mother and Malayali Indian father, Aimee Nezhukumatathil (neh-ZOO / koo-mah / tah-TILL) is the author of three books of poetry: Lucky Fish (2011), winner of the Hoffer Grand Prize for Prose and Independent Books; At the Drive-In Volcano(2007); and Miracle Fruit (2003), all on Tupelo Press. Lucky Fish won the gold medal in Poetry for the Independent Publishers Book Awards and was featured in the New York Times and on the PBS NewsHour ArtsBeat. Poems from this collection were also awarded an NEA Fellowship in poetry, the Glenna Luschia Prize from Prairie Schooner, and the Angoff Award from The Literary Review for the best poems appearing that volume year. At the Drive-In Volcano was named winner of the Balcones Prize, which honors an outstanding collection published the previous year. Her first collection of poetry, Miracle Fruit, was selected by Gregory Orr for the Tupelo Press Prize and was the winner of ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award in poetry, the Global Filipino Literary Award. Other awards for her writing include the Pushcart Prize, a poetry fellowship to the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Boatwright Prize from Shenandoah, and the Richard Hugo Prize from Poetry Northwest.

Poems and essays have appeared in American Poetry Review, Quarterly West, New England Review, Ploughshares, FIELD, Antioch Review, Prairie Schooner, Slate, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, and Tin House. Poems and essays have been widely anthologized in such venues as Billy Collins’ second edition of Random House’s Poetry 180: A Poem a Day and Language for a New Century: Contemporary Asian American Poetry from W.W. Norton. A number of essays and poems have also been published in several high school AP English textbooks and college textbooks.

Mon, Jul 27: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Dara Wier.

Dara Wier’s dozen books include You Good Thing (Wave 2013) and Selected Poems (Wave 2010); other books and chapbooks include Reverse Rapture (a book length poem, Verse Press 2007), A Civilian’s Journal Of The War Years (Song Cave 2012), and We Would Like To Return The Scarf To You In Good Condition (Small Anchor, forthcoming) and You Stare As If Staring Were The Start of All Stars (Pilot Books, forthcoming). She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and Massachusetts Cultural Council, and awards from the San Francisco International Poetry Center, the American Poetry Review, and Phi Beta Kappa. With Guy Pettit and Emily Pettit she founded, edits and publishes for Factory Hollow Press, a division of Flying Object, a non profit arts center in Hadley, Massachusetts. She is co-founder and co-director of the Juniper Initiative for Literary Arts and Action, and the Juniper Institute’s Summer Workshops. She currently directs the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of MAssahusetts, Amherst.

Thu, Aug 6: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Lisa Russ Spaar.

Lisa Russ Spaar is the author of many collections of poetry, including Glass Town (Red Hen Press, 1999), Blue Venus (Persea, 2004), Satin Cash (Persea, 2008) and most recently Vanitas, Rough (Persea, December 2012). She is the editor of Acquainted with the Night: Insomnia Poems and All that Mighty Heart: London Poems, and a collection of her essays, The Hide-and-Seek Muse: Annotations of Contemporary Poetry appeared from Drunken Boat Media in March 2013. She is currently editing and introducing Writing Monticello: Fifty Contemporary Poets on Jefferson and his House on the Mountain, due out from the University of Virginia Press in 2016. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Award, the Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize, an All University Teaching Award, an Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the Library of Virginia Award for Poetry, and the 2013-2015 Faculty Award of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation. Her poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry series, Poetry, Boston Review, Blackbird, IMAGE, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Slate, Shenandoah, The Kenyon Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many other journals and quarterlies, and her commentaries and columns about poetry appear regularly or are forthcoming in The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She has been a master teacher at the Palm Beach Poetry Festival and the Vermont Studio Center, and she is Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Virginia.

Mon, Sep 21: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Stanley Plumly.

Stanley Plumly is the author of 11 books of poems, including, most recently, Orphan Hours, published by W. W. Norton in 2012. Plumly is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Wed, Sep 24: Bennington College, One College Drive, Tishman Lecture Hall, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Mark Bibbins.

Mark Bibbins is the author of Sky Lounge, which received a Lambda Literary Award, The Dance of No Hard Feelings, and They Don’t Kill You Because They’re Hungry, They Kill You Because They’re Full. He teaches in the graduate writing programs at Columbia University and The New School. – See more at: Info, 440-4376, x 4376,

Wed, Oct 8: Bennington College, One College Drive, Tishman Lecture Hall, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. April Bernard.

Bernard is a poet, novelist, and essayist. Miss Fuller, a novel, was published in 2012 and her fourth book of poems, Romanticism, in 2011. Her honors include a Guggenheim award and the Stover Prize. She is Director of Creative Writing at Skidmore and is a faculty member at the Bennington Writing Seminars. – See more at: Info, 440-4376, x 4376,

Mon, Oct 19: 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.

Wed, Oct 29: Bennington College, One College Drive, Tishman Lecture Hall, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Jorie Graham.

Graham, author of poetry collections, Sea Change, Never, Swarm, and The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974–1994, winner of the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, is the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University. Her many honors include a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1997 to 2003. – See more at: Info, 440-4376, x 4376,

Wed, Nov 12: Bennington College, One College Drive, Tishman Lecture Hall, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Timothy Donnelly.

Timothy Donnelly is the author of two books of poetry, Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit, and The Cloud Corporation. Donnelly’s poems have been published in anthologies such as Joyful Noise: An Anthology of American Spiritual Poetry, as well as magazines and journals including Harper’s, jubilat, The Nation, The Paris Review, PEN America, Ploughshares, TriQuartely. Donnelly is an assistant professor and director of undergraduate creative writing at Columbia University. – See more at: Info, 440-4376, x 4376,

Mon, Nov 16: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Jody Gladding.

Jody Gladding’s Rooms and Their Airs was published by Milkweed Editions (2009). Her collection Stone Crop appeared in the Yale Younger Poets Series, and recent poems have appeared in Poetry, ecopoetics, and Orion, among other journals. She also translates French and has produced some 20 translations for Archipelago Books, Columbia Univ. Press, Princeton Univ. Press, and other publishers. Gladding has taught at Cornell Univ., was Resident Poet at the Frost Place, has received a Whiting Writers Award, and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford. She lives in East Calais, Vermont.

Thu, Nov 26: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Patrick Donnelly.

PATRICK DONNELLY is the author of The Charge (Ausable Press, 2003, since 2009 part of Copper Canyon Press) and Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin (Four Way Books, 2012). With Stephen D. Miller, Donnelly is co-translator of the 141 Japanese poems in The Wind from Vulture Peak: The Buddhification of Japanese Waka in the Heian Period (Cornell East Asia Series, 2013). In 2013, Donnelly received a U.S./Japan Creative Artists Program award to fund a 3-month residency in Japan during 2014. Donnelly is a current associate editor of Poetry International, a former associate editor at Four Way Books, and currently teaches at Smith College.

Keeping the world safe for poetry,

Ron Lewis

6 responses

  1. This post has caused me to need to scroll forever through my feed reader, hoping to get through all my latest posts. I never found the end of this post. It reads like a descriptive blog roll instead of a newsletter because there are not many real articles, just descriptions. You have clearly put a huge effort into collecting your content. Thank you, thank you! I shall refer back.

    However it is a shame that its run-on length should be a source of irritation for any reader. I strongly suggest you post several times a month with real articles about your sources and that you create and update a blog roll of sources in your site (Some of your links don’t work in this post by the way) rather than publishing a long list of sources like this. If a reader has seen this once they likely won’t need or want to read this again for years. They got all in one gulp already after all.

    This post style can be in effective for other reasons too, not the least of which is that posts which contain more that two links are treated as spam by many websites and that site sends trackbacks to your site breaking the link. And for heaven’s sake consider using multiple pages for such long posts. It is quite easy to do and would leave the WordPress feedreader happy that you have published and they will retain your blog on their reader. I have unsubscribed from blogs who publish posts like this before.

    Your “newsletter” is full of wonderful resources which I am thrilled to see, but you might understand and remember that this is not really a “newsletter,” it is a blog; two entirely different beasts. One I expect to see in a mailbox, but not a feedreader. In a feed reader one expects the publisher to have the same manners as a good guest at a party, that he let a reader “scroll” on to greet the next guest in a polite amount of time. I think it is sad that you aren’t treating this blog in a more literary manner, using your resources as they are meant to be used.


    • Thanks. That’s quite a critique. I would say, however, that the problem is with your feedreader.

      The reason I use the ‘More Tag’ is precisely to curtail the length of the post. (Readers can decide whether to read more.) Since I don’t use feedreaders, I can’t say but it sounds as though it’s selective as to what HTML it honors. The second observation I’d make is that I don’t write for feedreaders and don’t care to. I format for my blog.

      Lastly, welcome to the blogosphere. I checked out your new blog and it looks promising. I enjoy erotic poetry and it looks like you do too. Keeping in mind that you’re new to this (or at least your blog is) commenting at other blog sites is the best way to draw attention to your new site. Other bloggers can be your best friends. :-)


    • Thank you for your complements to my blog. I hope we can be friends. :) A follow up: I have been blogging since 2006 so I am not new to blogging. As my reader is WordPress’s my feed to your blog was fashioned because I “followed” your blog, so I would say either your paging didn’t work or your blog is set to feed the full post instead of a summary. My feedback was meant to be constructive and it is based on reader habits: something I learned from pro-bloggers who make money at blogging. I hope you received it that way. If your posts continue along these lines I shall unfollow you and pick up your feed with Feedly instead because your content is filled with resources. Unlike WP feed, Feedly will allow me to skim when I choose and come back to you when I choose. Thank you for the fabulous resources!


    • Yes, it sounds like Feedly might be better suited to your reading habits.

      In the meantime, I checked the feed settings and discovered that the feed was indeed set to “full page”, which is odd, as I have a memory of changing this to summary and prefer the summary setting — so thank you for that.


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