January 4th 2021

    smooth as moonlight on a January

1: January 4th 2021 | bottlecap


Welcome to a new year of poetry. In addition to finishing my novel on the first of January, I’ve had to get back to work. The novel has consumed me these last few weeks and will probably continue to as I copy edit for at least another week or so. After that, my hope is to finally get back to writing longer poems, which means finishing poems I’ve already started. In the meantime, I’m beginning my search for an agent to represent my book—a work of fiction that takes place in contemporary Vermont and with a touch of magical realism. If any reader has any suggestions in that regard, feel free to contact me via my Contact Page or directly in the comment section.

Valentine Poetry at St. Johnsbury Athenæum

  • This was just emailed to me and am posting here for anyone interested.


800px-st._johnsbury_athenaeum_main_street_st._johnsbury,_vermont_april_2018Love-Themed Event to be Held February 9, 2019 in Art Gallery @ 1pm

St. Johnsbury, VT — For the fifth year running, the Northeast Storytellers host a special event in honor of the patron saint for lovers in St. Johnsbury, Vermont on Saturday,  February 9, 2019 from 1-2:15 pm. In association with the St. Johnsbury Athenæum, group members and guests will appear in the world-famous Gallery sharing their love-themed readings. An award for the best love poem reading will be presented, as determined by audience appreciation.

Also called Saint Valentine’s Day, this annual celebration honoring Love began in the 14th century — when the tradition of courtly love flourished. The day evolved in 18th-century Victorian England into an occasion to express love with flowers, chocolate, or greeting cards known as “Valentines”. Valentine’s Day falls on the following Thursday this year.

This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome to attend and participate, and tasty refreshments will be served. To participate in the reading, please show up a little before the event for sign-up. For more information contact Brooke Quillen via brookequillen@yahoo.com or 802.751.5432.

The Northeast Storytellers — a group of writers, readers, and appreciators of prose and verse — meet regularly the second Tuesday of every month from 2-3:30 pm for a Poetry Tea Party through the Good Living Senior Center in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. The public is welcome to attend, if only to listen, and new members are always encouraged to join. The group organizes events during National Poetry Month every April — ranging from workshops to commemorations to open houses — and it participates in other activities throughout the year.

The St. Johnsbury Athenæum is a non-profit public library and art gallery located at 1171 Main Street in St. Johnsbury. It was founded as a cultural center by the Fairbanks family whose scale manufacturing company contributed to the growth of the town. Constructed in the French Second Empire style in 1871, the Athenæum was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1996. A small art gallery was added in 1873, and the collection of paintings and sculptures now numbers over one hundred. Most are originals with some copies of masterpieces by Old Master artists such as Van Dyck, Raphael, Rembrandt, and Fra Angelico. Dominating the gallery is the magnificent “Domes of the Yosemite” framed oil painting by Albert Bierstadt (recently back from major refurbishment).

The Athenaeum hosts a number of artistic, cultural, and educational events for the public throughout the year.



Brooke Quillen
Phone: 802-751-5432
E-mail: brookequillen@yahoo.com

Adele West-Fisher
Phone: 802-745-1392
E-mail: awestfisher@stjathenaeum.org