PoemCity Wrap Up

Volunteers will pick up poems around town and bring them to the library for poets to retrieve their poems.  We’ve heard that some poets plan to frame and hang their poetry.  That’s a lovely idea!  Some people have made arrangements to pick up their poems directly at the venues. If your poem is hanging at the library you can take it off the wall.  We’ll keep the poems at the library hanging for a couple of weeks. 

Tomorrow (May 2) at noon at the library, we will have the Card Catalog Poetry again.  Bring your lunch, we’ll bring the cards used to prompt your creativity. 


Daniel Lusk to Read at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library

Stacey Peters at The Dooryard had a conversation with poet Daniel Lusk who will be here on Wednesday, April 30th at 7pm.  

Read the interview here:

Check out the Exhibit at Burlington City Arts that was inspired by Daniel Lusk’s poetry here:

Card Catalog Poetry

We had such a good time today writing poems that we’re going to do it again next week: Friday, May 2 at noontime at the Library. Some of us used words from various cards and created a poem, others used the sentiment on a card to write our poetry.  

Here is one poem using words from various cards that produced a few chuckles:

The moon and the night sounds

describe the day to day life.

A boy and girl turn into the owl and pussycat.

Teddy bear farmer works hard milking cows.

Would you rather be a bull frog? 

Join us next week to see where the words on the cards take your imagination!

Poem in Your Pocket & Card Catalog Poetry

I feel lucky.  Tom, from Franklin, shared a Mary Oliver poem with me today called “Wild Geese”.  And Tom took a Pocket with a Poem in it from KHL. Thank you Michelle A. L. Singer for organizing this project for PoemCity.  If you hurry, you can find Poems for your Pockets at Global Gifts, Bear Pond Books, Capitol Grounds and The Drawing Board. 

Bring your lunch and write poetry at the Library tomorrow at noontime in the Hayes Room.  We’ll have hundreds of cards from the old card catalog to use as prompts. See you there.


Jack Collom – An American Poet in Boulder

We were just sent this interview with poet Jack Collom, renowned for teaching thousands of Boulder County schoolchildren to love and write poetry and also for his stint as a “poetry busker,” during which he wrote poetry on demand for passersby on Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall.

Many thanks to Jenna Woods for creating this “MROHP Short” and to Joyce Gordon who recorded the original nearly two-hours-long interview from which this short video was distilled. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Hh9HmVfdzo

You can listen to the original interview on our online archive athttp://oralhistory.boulderlibrary.org/interview/oh1448

Shared by Jennifer Heath. 


PoemCity this week in Montpelier – April 21


 Did you see the Times Argus article about Twitter Poetry in Sunday’s newspaper?  It’s on page A5 and has a couple of photos of The Drawing Board’s windows.  Beth Kanell led a workshop at Bagitos on writing twitter poems using 140 characters or less.  Check it out! 

Tuesday, April 22 is the 17th Annual Open Poetry event at Bear Pond Books.  This is a perennial favorite. Readers are chosen by lottery this year and I believe all of the names have been chosen.  Go to Bear Pond at 7pm and listen to great poetry!

Wednesday, April 23 at 7pm Leland Kinsey will read from his new book, Winter Ready at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Kinsey is from the Northeast Kingdom and his poetry draws from the landscape and natural history of that area.  You’ll love his poems! 

Thursday, April 24  POEMS IN YOUR POCKET DAY!

Poem in Your Pocket Day is simple: select a poem you love, then carry it with you to share with co-workers, family, friends or the person next to you in line at the store.  Poems in pockets have been unfolded and shared nationwide since 2002: the day is officially sponsored by the Academy of American Poets.  Poem distribution sites are:  Bear Pond Books, Global Gifts, Capitol Grounds, The Drawing Board, on GMTA Montpelier Circulator bus.

 Thursday, April 24, 7pm, A Lecture about Williams Carlos Williams at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library

Huck Gutman is passionate about poetry.  Really passionate.  It’s great to listen to someone who really cares about his topic.  UVM Professor Gutman will share five poems written by Williams Carlos Williams and will discuss them with the audience. Williams Carlos Williams was a writer and a pediatrician. Read more about him here: http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/119.

 Friday, April 25 at noon Card Catalog Poetry Writing at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library

Bring your lunch and take a break from your work day in a group writing session using the library’s cards from the card catalog as a prompt. I just pulled a card out of the box and it says “Gus was a gorgeous ghost.”  Now that’s a fun prompt!


Saturday, April 26 at 10am The Nature of Poetry at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library

Bring your favorite nature poem to share or just listen.  Poet and nature-lover Michelle A. L. Singer leads a casual exploration of nature in poems followed by a nature walk and simple writing exercise, weather permitting.

 Have you walked around Montpelier reading all the great poems on the windows?Image

This photo was taken by Emily Marie Ahtunan.  Thank you Emily!

  We have more poetry coming your way next week, too! 



News from PoemCampus – at Norwich University

This entry is late in its posting, but we wanted you to read about PoemCampus and the creativity on campus.

PoemCampus Norwich finishes off its first year with our final event, the unveiling of The

Chameleon Literary Journal, Norwich’s student-run, student-written literary journal. Norwich

University is excited to welcome you to the unveiling of the newest issue of the Chameleon

Literary Journal. We’ve got stunning art, incredible photographs, and wonderful essays, stories,

and poems, all wrapped in one of the nicest lit journals you’ll find anywhere.

This unveiling on Wednesday, April 16th

reception with food and drinks for The Chameleon staff, writers and artists who have published

in The Chameleon, and staff and faculty members.

After the private reception, we’ll open up the library’s Multipurpose Room to the public

at 5:00 p.m. for the official unveiling of the 2014 Chameleon. The unveiling will include poetry

readings by student writers. For all in attendance, we’ll hand out free copies of our stunning new

design. The Chameleon, founded in 1960, is a constant presence on campus. But last year, we

revitalized the format completely. Now our layout and design rivals any lit journal you’ve seen.

You can see last year’s online version here.

This night should cap off a spectacular month of events. Our opening event, a David

Budbill reading, had 125 people packed tight into Milano Ballroom for a reading by one of

Vermont’s favorite poets. Afterwards attendees asked Budbill questions and enjoyed free


Our second event, a poetry slam, was another packed house. This time, 65 Norwich

students, Montpelier High students, and community members overflowed Partridge Pub to listen

to almost twenty student (Norwich and Montpelier High) readers. The Montpelier High students,

who read some powerful political and personal poems, are in Kerrin McCadden’s creative

writing class. Poems were read in three languages: English, Spanish, and French.

has two components. The first is a private

Info: For more about visit the Chameleon Lit Journal’s webpage.

Date: Wednesday, April 16th

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Location: Kreitzberg Library Multipurpose Room

Contact: Professor Sean Prentiss (prentiss@norwich.edu)

Poetry Through the Lens

Unfortunately, Poetry Through the Lens with Deb Fleischman and Gary Miller of Write Mondays has been cancelled due to insufficient registrations. This was scheduled for Saturday, April 19 at Local 64.  We thank Deb and Gary for organizing this workshop and hope to work with them again in the future!