Vermont Poetry Newsletter • Sept 29 2015

[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 25, 2014 (Previous issue: 09/14/14)
In This Issue:

  1. About VPN
  2. Newsletter Editor/Publisher’s Note
  3. Writing Assignments/Suggestions/Exercises/Prompts
  4. Chard deNiord, the New Vermont Poet Laureate
  5. Daniel Lusk and Alexis Lathem’s Newest Books
  6. Neil Shepard’s Latest Release
  7. 11th Annual Burlington Book Festival & Grace Paley Poetry Series
  8. Brattleboro Literary Festival & Galway Kinnell Tribute
  9. Richard Blanco at Middlebury College
  10. Local Verse: Danny Dover
  11. Green Mountain Poets House, Call for Poetry Books
  12. Lampshade Poetry, Literally!
  13. Writers’ Barn, Shelburne
  14. Remembering Galway Kinnell
  15. Paul Christensen’s Latest Release
  16. Chickadee Chaps & Broads Broadside Winner, Samn Stockwell
  17. James Hayford, Sr. & Jr.
  18. So Many Poets to Keep in Our Memory!
  19. National Poetry Month From the Edutopia Vault
  20. Is Poetry Dead?
  21. Sun Dog Poetry Center
  22. Bringing a Daughter Back from the Brink with Poems
  23. Vermont State Poet Laureate Sydney Lea’s 2015 Calendar
  24. Great Poetry Links: Top 100 Poetry Blogs
  25. Poetry Quote – Edgar Allen Poe
  26. Unforgettable Literary Web Sites
  27. US Poets Laureate List
  28. Vermont Poet Laureates
  29. US Poet Laureates From Vermont
  30. New Hampshire Poet Laureates
  31. US Poet Laureates From New Hampshire
  32. Contact Info for Editor/Publisher of VPN: Ron Lewis
  33. Vermont Literary Journals
  34. Vermont Literary Groups’ Anthologies
  35. Vermont Poetry Blogs
  36. State Poetry Society (PSOV)
  37. Year-Round Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  38. Other Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  39. Year-Round Poetry Writing Centers in Vermont
  40. Other: By Correspondence
  41. Other Writing Groups in Vermont
  42. Poetry Event Calendar

1.) About the Vermont Poetry Newsletter Network

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

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

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


2.) Dear Friends of Poetry:

I know, many of you are probably wondering where I’ve been lately. All I can tell you is that I’ve been consumed by any number of things, all wonderful sorts of things, and as many as possible! Of course, I also seem to have lost a bit of energy after the passing of Vermont Poet Galway Kinnell. We’re still blessed to hear his voice, though, reading some of his work at http://galwaykinnell.com/.

By now, you’ve probably heard that Chard deNiord, a poet from southern Vermont, is Vermont’s newest Poet Laureate. I find his poetry absolutely astonishing, and I’m certain you’ll agree. Over the next four years, every poet from every corner of Vermont should get the chance to hear him read, so buy your deNiord books now, before they’re all sold out!

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: https://poemshape.wordpress.com/. 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
vtpoet@gmail.com

3.) WRITING ASSIGNMENT • SUGGESTION EXERCISES PROMPTS

Pretend you’re sitting in for a great orchestral performance. Write about what you hear before the performance, or during intermission. The little bits of sounds, the hum of anticipation, the scraping of chairs; make it great theatre, if not ventriloquism.

From: Ron Lewis’ Huge Bag of Hellish Prompts ©

PREVIOUS WRITING ASSIGNMENT • SUGGESTION • EXERCISE • PROMPT:

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 ©

Good Luck!

4.) Vermont Poet Laureate

And the winner is . . .

Chard deNiord

I, for one, couldn’t be happier for the entire Vermont poetry community, and for Chard. It’s time all of you become familiar (or more familiar) with his work. Vermont is a very lucky state to have such a great pool of nominees, and Chard is simply too good to pass up!

Chard deNiord’s personal web site: http://www.charddeniord.com/

His Facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/chard.deniord

Seven Days article: http://www.sevendaysvt.com/LiveCulture/archives/2015/08/24/chard-deniord-appointed-next-vermont-poet-laureate

Chard’s installation as the new Vermont Poet Laureate will take place November 2nd, 2015 at the State House in Montpelier.

Congratulations to all nominees! — Ron Lewis, VPN Editor

5.)

Wind Ridge Books & Voices of Vermonters invite you to a launch gala.
Saturday, September 26: 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Arts Riot, 400 Pine St., Burlington
Free admittance, refreshments, cash bar
Announcing The Vermeer Suite and Alphabet of Bones

Wind Ridge Books and Voices of Vermonters Publishing Group will launch two provocative new books of poetry during the upcoming Burlington Book Festival.
Pushcart Prize-winner Daniel Lusk will read from his new collection The Vermeer Suite, poems inspired by the beloved masterworks of 17th century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer.
Alexis Lathem will read from her haunting and timely book Alphabet of Bones—a debut collection born out of the environmental activist’s long and personal engagement with the natural world—from the pastoral landscape of Vermont to the remote arctic tundra.

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6.)

You’re Invited! Neil Shepard’s latest release!!

DATE: Saturday, October 3, 2015
TIME: 5:30pm to 7:00pm
LOCATION: Bryan Memorial Art Gallery, 180 Main Street, Jeffersonville, VT

Please join us on Saturday, October 3rd from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at the Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville for wine, hors d’oeuvres, and the book release celebration of Vermont Exit Ramps II. This new book from poet Neil Shepard and photographer Anthony Reczek takes readers on a physical and emotional journey through the Green Mountain State. Combining a reporter’s instincts with a poet’s eyes and ears, Neil Shepard invites the reader, exit ramp by exit ramp, to wander through the surrounding ramplands, towns, and hilltop farms and to discover historical realities and imagined alternatives. This virtuosic performance will serve as a spirited primer for first-time visitors while making long-time Vermonters see the land they thought they knew with fresh eyes.

7.) 11th Annual Burlington Book Festival September 25-27, 2015

For complete info: http://burlingtonbookfestival.com/

Grace Paley Poetry Series Is Pleased to Copresent the 9th Annual GRACE PALEY POETRY SERIES
Featuring:  Paul Muldoon; Major Jackson;  Cleopatra Mathis; Tony Magistrale; David Cavanagh & Other Poets of Special Note (in alpha order) Ben Aleshire; John Elder; Tina Escaja; Lizzy Fox; Karin Gottshall; Jerry Johnson; Chris Lamay-West; Daniel Lusk; Robert McKay; Jay Parini; Estefania Puerta; Edie Rhoads; Neil Shepard; Rebecca Starks

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8.) Brattleboro Literary Festival October 4, 2015

The 2015 Brattleboro Literary Festival will take place October 1-4, 2015. 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!

For complete info: http://brattleboroliteraryfestival.org/

Poets in Attendance: Chard deNiord; Alice Fogel; Rachel Eliza Griffiths; Karin Gotshall; Jeffrey Harrison; David Lovelace; Cleopatra Mathis; Gregory Pardlo; Bushra Rehman; Vijay Seshadri; Ellen Bryant Voigt; Michael White; C.D. Wright

Galway Kinnell Tribute
For complete info: http://brattleboroliteraryfestival.org/event/galway-kinnell-tribute/

Venue:

Centre Congregational Church
193 Main Street
Brattleboro, Vermont

9.) Middlebury College Presents Richard Blanco | A Latino Americans: 500 Years of History

November 4, 2015
Location: Mead Chapel

Richard Blanco read at President Obama’s second inauguration, the first Latino, immigrant, and gay writer to have such an honor. Blanco examines cultural identity and the essence of place and belonging.

Richard Blanco’s web site: http://richard-blanco.com/


10.) Local Verse

Poet Danny Dover

Dover’s book of poetry, “Tasting Precious Metal,” published last May, was reviewed by Marjorie Ryerson for The Herald in June. Ryerson said, “Dover’s poems, in ‘Tasting Precious Metal,’ reflect on the lessons and processes of loss and relationships, on the passage of time, on privileges of being alive, on issues of the heart, and on the universality of our lives.”

Longtime Vermont Life editor Tom Slayton said, “Danny Dover… has the ability to brilliantly meld the particulars of our everyday life with the universal concerns we all share in a way that is both touching and meaningful. Anyone who fears that poetry is inaccessible or obscure, will be delighted to read Danny’s poems.”

“Who but Danny Dover could pair ‘simple Jew’ with ‘Super glue’ in a poem that gives us the profundity of love in a pile of smashed porcelain.” wrote M.D. Drysdale, Editor and Publisher of The Herald of Randolph. “These poems are beautiful and delightfully readable…..”

Dover and his wife Mary live in a remodeled schoolhouse in Bethel. He received his B.A. from Antioch College in 1971 and also holds associate degrees in Surveying Technology and Keyboard Technology. He was the piano technician at Dartmouth College for 17 years and continues servicing pianos part-time. Previously he worked as a folksinger, contradance musician, dulcimer maker, foundry patternmaker, and surveyor.

Dover serves on the board of Hands in Outreach, Inc, a small non-profit coordinating educational sponsorships for very poor children in Nepal (www.handsinoutreach.org/). His poems have appeared in Blueline and numerous issues of Bloodroot Literary Magazine. He has published one chapbook, “Kindness Soup, Thankful Tea” (Dhotarap Press, 2006). Dover was a 2013 Pushcart nominee. His first full-length book of poetry, “Tasting Precious Metal,” was recently published by Antrim House Books.

You can read more, and hear Danny read “Tractor Man” from his book at this site: http://antrimhousebooks.com/dover.html.

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P.S.A couple points I’d like to bring out: 1) As their Accountant, I worked for the Vermont Law School with Mary Swartz, Danny’s wife – small world! 2) Danny has displayed a great gold nugget on the cover of his book of poetry, which he bought from a prospector “way back when” for just $11. At a third of an ounce, that nugget is currently worth, even at gold’s depressed spot price, about $400. As a gold prospector myself, I don’t think this nugget came from Vermont’s streams.VPN Editor, Ron Lewis

11.)

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, vtpoet@gmail.com, 247-5913

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

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

12.) Lampshade Poetry, Literally!

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13.)

The Writers’ Barn offers various writing workshops for individuals looking to develop the craft of writing. All workshops are in a small group setting, are hands-on, and are held at the Writers’ Barn: 233 Falls Rd, Shelburne, VT. If you’re interested in teaching a class, contact us!

Join Our Email List and we’ll send you monthly emails about our writing workshops.

Get on Windridge Books of Vermont’s email list at: http://www.windridgebooksofvt.com/writing-workshops/

14.) The Late & Former Vermont Poet Laureate Galway Kinnell

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16.) Chickadee Chaps & Broads Third Annual 
Letterpress Broadside Contest Winner

Chickadee Chaps & Broads is pleased to announce the winner of the 2015 Vermont Poetry Broadside Contest is Samn Stockwell of Montpelier, VT.

Ms. Stockwell’s poem, “Bridle” was selected by Vermont Poet, Mary Ruefle.

Ms. Ruefle said, “I love this poem because in it we encounter a living, breathing voice, a unique and genuine freshness—it feels alive—and for how it employs language that is both “clutched and diffuse,” the odd, intense, ravishing lyricism of the third stanza set against the scratchy, plain-spoken narrative of the rest. All of these things result in a poem of believable struggle, one the reader can respond to in an instant.”

(….)

Samn Stockwell will give a reading from her winning broadside and other poems at Kellogg Hubbard Library in Montpelier on April 29, 2015 at 7 pm. The reading will also feature CC&B’s debut Tapas-Lit Letterpress Chapbook authors, Ryan Walsh and Diane Swan.

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Congratulations, Samn!VPN Editor, Ron Lewis

17.) James Hayford, Jr. passes

James Hayford, Jr., son of renowned Vermont poet James Hayford, Sr., passed away April 7th. Jim Jr. was a personal friend of mine, in the recreational hobby of table tennis (ping pong). Jim was the Vermont state champion at least half a dozen times, and at my club’s tournaments, he ended up winning the singles championship at least a dozen times, by my recollection. He was both a wonderful player, as well as a man who loved his father, deceased since 1972. I’ve heard Jim tell me many times how is was his father’s belief that Robert Frost intentionally kept James Sr. from being better known in poetry circles than he already was, for Frost’s own personal reasons. At one of the table tennis tournaments, Jim Jr. was kind enough to write inscriptions in several of his father’s books that I had brought with me to the tournament, remembering little stories during his childhood. Now I have something very personal to hang on to, read and recall. – Ron Lewis, VPN Editor

Here’s James Hayford Sr.’s note through UVM:
http://asteria.fivecolleges.edu/findaids/amherst/ma236_bioghist.html

A nice book review on James Sr.’s Recollecting Who I Was, My Life and Work:
http://w.bartonchronicle.com/index.php/remembrances/james-hayford.html

Here’s James Hayford Jr.’s recent obituary:
http://www.obitsforlife.com/obituary/1084241/Hayford-James.php

18.) So Many Poets to Keep in Our Memory!

Since the beginning of last year until now, we’ve lost so many poets, so many great poets! Here are just some of the most important poets that I can recall, in alpha order:

Maya Angelou
Gwendolyn Brooks
Seamus Heaney
Galway Kinnell
Carolyn Kizer
Maxine Kumin
Philip Levine
Rod McKuen
Grace Paley
Adrienne Rich
Ruth Stone
Mark Strand
Wislawa Szymborska
Tomas Transtromer
John Updike

Let’s give them all a moment of silence, remembering the words they gave to us all.

19.) National Poetry Month From the Edutopia Vault

If you’re an English teacher and you want to take advantage of National Poetry Month in your classroom next year, then look to this stepping off point of resources for everything poetry:

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20.) Is Poetry Dead?

Not if 45 Official Laureates Are Any Indication
By Jennifer Schuessler

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/28/arts/poet-laureates-multiply-but-job-requirements-vary-widely.html

Take a look at “The List” of states that have poet laureates or writer in residence positions, a real eye-opener! There’s also a list of cities that have established posts.

21.) Sun Dog Poetry Center

Tamra J. Higgins, President of the PSOV (Poetry Society of Vermont) heads up the Sun Dog Poetry Center, a poetry retreat, not to be confused for a retreat for Poetry Therapy. Their goal is to share poetry, story, and experiences that will potentially lead to insight, comfort, and camaraderie. Cost is $100, which includes all meals. If you might be interested in joining the Poetry and Healing Retreat, please contact Tamra at sundogpoetry@gmail.com or (802) 598-0340. Space is limited and participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

http://sundogpoetry.com/poetry-retreats/poetry-and-healing/

http://www.sundogpoetry.org/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sundog-Poetry-Center-Inc/141073476055863

Poets and Their Craft Lecture Series
http://sundogpoetry.com/events/poets-and-their-craft-lecture-series/

Poster:
http://sundogpoetry.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/lecture-series-poster-2.jpg

(All these events are listed chronologically in the Poetry Event Calendar below.)

22.) A mother’s project helps remind her teenager that life is worth living.

Bringing a Daughter Back from the Brink with Poems
By Betsy MacWhinney

When George W. Bush was re-elected in 2004, my 13-year-old daughter, Marisa, was so angry that she stopped wearing shoes.
She chose the most ineffective rebellion imaginable: two little bare feet against the world. She declared that she wouldn’t wear shoes again until we had a new president.
I had learned early in motherhood that it’s not worth fighting with your children about clothes, so I watched silently as she strode off barefoot each morning, walking down the long gravel driveway in the cold, rainy darkness to wait for the bus.
The principal called me a few times, declaring that Marisa had to start wearing shoes or she would be suspended. I passed the messages on, but my daughter continued her barefoot march.
After about four months, she donned shoes without comment. I didn’t ask why. I wasn’t sure if wearing shoes was a sign of failure or maturity; asking her seemed like it could add unnecessary insult to injury. (….)
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23.) Outgoing Vermont State Poet Laureate Sydney Lea

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

Calendar 2015
November 14 – Hulbert Outdoor Center, Fairlee, VT, 6 p.m.

24.) Great Poetry Links: “Top 100 Poetry Blogs”

No longer relegated to textbooks, libraries, and anthologies, poets now have an array of options for reading poetry, posting, the latest in news, and more, thanks to the internet. Below are 100 blogs and sites for every poet, from a seasoned professional to a child reading their first poem.

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25.)

“I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty.”

Poetry Quote by Edgar Allen Poe

26.) Interesting Web Sites You Shouldn’t Forget

(Gleaned from previous VT Poetry Newsletters. Those of you who have been reading the VPN from Day One probably wish there was an index of all the remarkable sites noted, so I’ll be reviewing all the VPN’s and adding these incredible finds to this listing.)

Library book sales in Vermont

Write the Book (radio show interviews featuring local writers

“The Poet and the Poem” Audio Podcasts

Middlebury Campus Newspaper, Poetry Archives

Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center, West Hills, Huntington, Long Island, NY

27.) 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
Charles Wright June 2014-Current

28.)

Historical List of Vermont Poets Laureate

November 4, 2015-: Chard deNiord, Westminster West (b. December 15, 1952)
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.”

29.)

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)

30.)

Historical List of New Hampshire Poets Laureate

November 2013 – Present: Alice B. Fogel, Acworth
March 2009 – March 2013:
Walter E. Butts, Manchester
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

31.)

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

32.) Contact Information for Editor/Publisher of Vermont Poetry Calendar:

If you ever have a need to contact me, here’s how to go about doing so:
Ronald Lewis:

Phone: 802-247-5913
Cell: 802-779-5913
Home: 1211 Forest Dale Road, Brandon, VT 05733

Email: vtpoet@gmail.com
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33.) VERMONT LITERARY JOURNALS


  1. The Queen City Review

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

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

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

If you have any further questions, you can contact Heidi at:
T: 802-862-9616
E: hsadler@burlington.edu

2) Bloodroot

With the passing of “Do” Roberts in 2014, Bloodroot’s future is in question.  I’ve heard rumblings that it might start up again.  If you’ve heard anything, please give me a shout! Ron Lewis, VPN Editor, (802) 247-5913, vtpoet@gmail.com)

http://www.bloodrootlm.com/ (No longer in operation)

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 $12.

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

3) New England Review

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

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

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

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

4) Willard & Maple

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

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

email: willardandmaple@champlain.edu

5) Vermont Literary Review

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

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

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

6) Green Mountains Review


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

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

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

7) The Gihon River Review

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

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

8) Burlington Poetry Journal

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

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

9) Tarpaulin Sky

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

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

10) The Mountain Review

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

2009’s Mountain Review is over 100 pages long!

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

11) The Salon: A Journal of Poetry & Fiction

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

    • Click on link for submission guidelines.

12) Hunger Mountain

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

Hunger Mountain Subscriptions

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

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

13) The Onion River Review

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

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

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

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

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

15) Vantage Point

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

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

16) est

est is a publication of literary and visual art.

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

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

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

est is available for viewing and purchase at these locations:

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

Direct correspondence to Heather Bischoff, Solicitor/Editor, at estpress@gmail.com

17) The Cause Arts Quarterly

“The Cause for Unbound Art”

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

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

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

Editors: Eric Bieber, Vincent Marksohn, Taylor Morse

34.)

VERMONT LITERARY GROUPS’ ANTHOLOGIES

1)Vermont Voices, An Anthology

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

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

2) *See Below

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

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

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

3) League of Vermont Writers

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

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

4)The Mountain Troubadour

    • Published by the Poetry Society of Vermont annually.

35.) VERMONT POETRY BLOGS

1) PoemShape

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

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

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

36.)

STATE POETRY SOCIETY

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

Benefits:
  • 2 luncheon/ workshops a year where a professional poet critiques your poems
  • one hands- on writing workshop and reading under the direction of a professional poet
  • the opportunity to enter contests judged by professional poets and to win awards
  • fellowship with appreciative readers and writers of poetry
  • opportunity for publication in the PSOV chapbook, The Mountain Troubadour
How to join:
mail dues of $20.00 to Membership Chairman, P.O. Box 1215, Waitsfield, VT 05673
include your name, mailing address, telephone, and e-mail address for Membership List
memberships are renewed by January 1 of each year

The PSOV has 2 current books available for sale:

1) The Mountain Troubadour – 2011 – Curl up with interesting, award-winning poetry from a wonderful group of poets. This book is only $8 (+$1 to mail); you receive it free with a PSOV membership. 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.

37.) YEAR-ROUND POETRY WORKSHOPS IN VERMONT


BELLOWS FALLS

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

2) Poetry Workshop at Village Square Booksellers with Jim Fowler (no relation to owner Pat). The goal of this course is to introduce more people to the art of writing poetry and will include a discussion of modern poetry in various forms and styles. Each week, the course will provide time to share and discuss participant’s poetry. Poetry Workshops on Monday mornings (9:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.) – Jim Fowler’s sessions continue, with periodic break for a few weeks between sessions. Students should bring a poem and copies to the first class. The course will be limited to 5 to 8 students to allow adequate time to go through everyone’s poetry contributions and will meet in the café at Village Square Booksellers. James Fowler, of Charlestown, New Hampshire, has a Masters Degree in Environmental Science with a major in Nature Writing. He was the editor of Heartbeat of New England, a poetry anthology. Fowler has been widely published since 1998 in such journals as Connecticut Review, Quarterly of Light Verse, and Larcom Review. Fowler is a founding member of the River Voices Writer’s Circle, and a regular reader at Village Square Booksellers-River Voices Poetry Readings. The fee for this 6-week Workshop is $100, payable to Mr. Fowler at the first class. Pre-registration for the Poetry Workshop is suggested and may be made by calling Village Square Booksellers at 802-463-9404 or by email at vsbooks@sover.net or jfowler177@comcast.net.

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

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

BERLIN

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

BURLINGTON

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

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

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

JOHNSON

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

MANCHESTER CENTER

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

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

MIDDLEBURY

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

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

MONTPELIER: Vermont College of Fine Arts

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

PANTON

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

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

NORWICH

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

SAINT ALBANS

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

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

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

SPRINGFIELD

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

STOWE

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

WAITSFIELD

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

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION

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 djcelone@gmail.com

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.


38.)

OTHER POETRY WORKSHOPS IN VERMONT

BURLINGTON

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

ANYWHERE, VERMONT

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

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

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

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION

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

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

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

39.)

YEAR-ROUND POETRY WRITING CENTERS IN VERMONT

BURLINGTON

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

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

BURLINGTON

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

JOHNSON

Vermont Studio Center

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

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

MONTPELIER

Vermont College of Fine Arts

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

SPRINGFIELD

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

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION

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

    • Prose! Poetry! Journaling! Pitching! (I know! I know! F. Scott Fitzgerald said that using exclamation points is like laughing at your own joke… but what’s wrong with that?!!!)
Below is a list of summer writing workshops at The Writer’s Center of White River Junction. Please pre-register (asap) with the instructor to reserve your space at the writing table. (These classes are also listed at The Writer’s Center website at www.thewriterscenterwrj.com.)
And more big news! “The Writer’s Center” has a new Facebook Page that we’re now using to spread the word about workshops, offer writing tips, share publishing news, etc. If you haven’t already, be a part of the page by following the link below and clicking “like”.Write on!
40.)
OTHER: BY CORRESPONDENCE
Poetry Editing by Wyn Cooper
Wyn Cooper provides editing services for poets. He mainly works with chapbook and full book manuscripts, but will also work on smaller groups of poems. He will be honest with you about your poems, and will help you make your book as good as it can be. He also offers advice on how and where to look for publishers. He’s willing to work via email, regular mail, telephone, or a combination thereof.Wyn’s students and clients have had their poems published in The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, The New England Review, AGNI, Verse, Denver Quarterly, and dozens of other magazines. His clients’ books and chapbooks have been published by presses such as Slope Editions, Akron University Press, Salmon Press, Black Ocean Press, and others. He has served as editor-in-chief of Quarterly West for two years, where he edited and published poets such as Stephen Dunn, Larry Levis, and Elizabeth Spires. He has frequently spoken about publishing at literary conferences and festivals.Wyn Cooper has published four books of poems and a chapbook, and his poems have appeared in over 60 magazines and 25 anthologies of poetry. He has taught poetry at Bennington and Marlboro colleges, the University of Utah, in the MFA program at UMASS/Amherst, and at the Frost Place Festival of Poetry. For the past ten years he has helped organize the Brattleboro Literary Festival.Wyn charges far less than most freelance editors, has a quick turnaround time, and charges on a sliding scale. For more information, or for references, email Wyn at wyncooper@gmail.com. To learn more about Wyn and his work, visit his website, www.wyncooper.com.

41.)

OTHER WRITING GROUPS IN VERMONT

1.) The League of Vermont Writers.

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

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

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

2) Write Action
Greater Brattleboro Area

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

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

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

Contacting Write Action:

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

Or email us at: info@writeaction.org

Write Action Email Newsletter
If you are not now part of our email network, but would like to be, enabling you to receive notices about area readings, writing groups, and other literary opportunities and events, please send your email address to Eric Blomquist at WriteAction2004@aol.com, and you will be added to the subscriber list.

Poetry Event42.) POETRY EVENT CALENDAR (Open Mic’s & More)

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

2015

Fri, Sep 25-27: Burlington Book Festival. To be held in a variety of Burlington venues,
including The Davis Center & Billings Memorial Library
 on the University of Vermont campus. For detailed info: http://burlingtonbookfestival.com/. The Queen City’s annual celebration of the written word offers readings, book 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 and open to the public.

Sat, Sep 26: Arts Riot, 400 Pine St., Burlington, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Lunch Gala announcing The Vermeer Suite and Alphabet of Bones. Pushcart Prize-winner Daniel Lusk will read from his new collection The Vermeer Suite, poems inspired by the beloved masterworks of 17th century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. Alexis Lathem will read from her haunting and timely book Alphabet of Bones—a debut collection born out of the environmental activist’s long and personal engagement with the natural world—from the pastoral landscape of Vermont to the remote arctic tundra. For info: http://www.windridgebooksofvt.com/writing-workshops/.

Sat, Oct 3: Bryan Memorial Art Gallery, 180 Main Street, Jeffersonville, 5:30-7:00 p.m. Please join us on Saturday, October 3rd from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at the Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville for wine, hors d’oeuvres, and the book release celebration of Vermont Exit Ramps II. This new book from poet Neil Shepard and photographer Anthony Reczek takes readers on a physical and emotional journey through the Green Mountain State. Combining a reporter’s instincts with a poet’s eyes and ears, Neil Shepard invites the reader, exit ramp by exit ramp, to wander through the surrounding ramplands, towns, and hilltop farms and to discover historical realities and imagined alternatives. This virtuosic performance will serve as a spirited primer for first-time visitors while making long-time Vermonters see the land they thought they knew with fresh eyes.

Sun, Oct 4: Brattleboro Literary Festival. The Festival is a four-day celebration of those who read books, those who write books, and of the books themselves. Located in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont, the Festival includes readings, panel discussions, and special events, featuring emerging and established authors. All events are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! For info: http://brattleboroliteraryfestival.org/.

Wed, Oct 8: Misty Valley Books, 58 Common Street, Chester, 7:00 p.m. Sun Dog Poetry Center presents Poets and Their Craft Lecture Series 2015 featuring Baron Wormser.

Poet Baron Wormser will deliver a talk entitled The Irony and the Ecstasy: On the Nature of Poetry as part of the Sun Dog Poetry Center’s Poets and their Craft Lecture Series. Sundog Poetry Center, a non-profit charitable organization focused on supporting poets and promoting poetry throughout Vermont, presents a new state-wide original poetry lecture series entitled Poets and Their Craft. The series consists of ten individual events, free and open to the public, at a selection of independent bookstores throughout Vermont, beginning April 3, 2015 and concluding on October 8, 2015. Each of the lecture events will be centered on a topic chosen by the poet-lecturer. A discussion between the poet and attendees will follow. Info, 875-3400.

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: http://bennington.bwcs-hosting.com/cal/event/showEventMore.rdo#sthash.85I4HSCs.dpuf. Info, 440-4376, x 4376, vjorgensen@bennington.edu.

Sat, Oct 10: Village Square Booksellers, 32 the Square, Bellows Falls, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Open Mic – Poetry & Prose; 2nd Saturday Open Mic. Open Mic hosted by the River Voices. Read your own poetry or short story (1-2 pages), read from a favorite book or just listen to poetry. Refreshments. Call for a reservation, 463-9404.

Mon, Oct 19: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 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: http://bennington.bwcs-hosting.com/cal/event/showEventMore.rdo#sthash.li2ckqt8.dpuf. Info, 440-4376, x 4376, vjorgensen@bennington.edu.

Wed, Nov 4: Mead Chapel, Middlebury College, 7:00 p.m. Richard Blanco. A Latino Americans: 500 Years of History.

Richard Blanco read at President Obama’s second inauguration, the first Latino, immigrant, and gay writer to have such an honor. Blanco examines cultural identity and the essence of place and belonging.

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: http://bennington.bwcs-hosting.com/cal/event/showEventMore.rdo#sthash.LMpaSlKi.dpuf. Info, 440-4376, x 4376, vjorgensen@bennington.edu.

Sat, Nov 14: Village Square Booksellers, 32 the Square, Bellows Falls, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Open Mic – Poetry & Prose; 2nd Saturday Open Mic. Open Mic hosted by the River Voices. Read your own poetry or short story (1-2 pages), read from a favorite book or just listen to poetry. Refreshments. Call for a reservation, 463-9404.

Mon, Nov 16: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 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. – 9:00 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.

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

2016

Wed, May 4. Mead Chapel, Middlebury College, 7:00 p.m. Robert Frost in the World • Jay Parini. Middlebury professor and Frost biographer Jay Parini explores how Robert Frost became America’s favorite poet by writing accessible poems, creating a uniquely appealing persona, and pioneering the public reading of poems.

Keeping the world safe for poetry,

Ron Lewis

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