PoemCity 2015 Programs in Montpelier


We are hcropped-poemcity2015-logo-color.jpgappy to present a wide array of programs in Montpelier again this year.  We have workshops to help you write or memorize poems; readings by published poets from around the state; musical, art and theatrical poetry presentations; open mic for adults and kids and many more creative endeavors.  Click here the schedule: PC2015Programs.

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 receive five copies of her signed and numbered limited edition Broadside, handset and letterpress printed at May Day Studio, and illustrated by Vermont Arts Council award-winner Gabriel Tempesta. She will also receive a complimentary three- night stay at the Writer’s Retreat in Craftsbury, Vermont, as part of CC&B’s mission to nurture the work of Vermont writers.

Ms. Stockwell’s broadside will be on public display in the window of The Drawing Board in downtown Montpelier during the month of April as part of PoemCity’s month-long poetry festivities. Copies will be available for purchase at the Drawing Board throughout April 2015 and online while supplies last at Chickadee Chaps & Broads’ online store.

Ms. Stockwell is the author of two poetry collections, Theater of Animals, which won the National Poetry Series and Recital, winner of the Editor’s Prize at Elixir. Her poems have also appeared inAgni, Rhino, The Three Penny Review and The New Yorker.

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

Chickadee Chaps & Broads


Major Jackson, PoemCity’s Celebratory Poet

Join us for the PoemCity’s Kick-Off Celebration with Major Jackson on April 1, 2015 at 7:30pm at the State House.

Marjorie Ryerson will introduce Major Jackson at this special event.

MAJOR JACKSON is an American poet, professor and the author of three collections of poetry: HOLDING COMPANY (W.W. Norton, 2010) and HOOPS (W.W. Norton, 2006), both finalists for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature-Poetry and LEAVING SATURN (University of Georgia, 2002), winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and finalist for a National Book Critics Award Circle. He is also a recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and has been honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress.

Jackson is the Richard Dennis Green and Gold Professor at University of Vermont and a core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars. He served as a creative arts fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, as the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence at University of Massachusetts-Lowell and currently serves as the Poetry Editor of the Harvard Review.

MARJORIE RYERSON is an award-winning book author, journalist, photographer, teacher, and poet. Ryerson also represents the Orange-Washington-Addison district in the State House.

Major Jackson

Major Jackson

Lee Bramble at The North Branch Cafe

Lee Bramble

Lee Bramble, the pen name of Tom Ragle, is the author of “Take This Song,” a collection of original poems from which he will be reading on Friday, April 10, 2015 at The North Branch Cafe in Montpelier at 7 p.m. A graduate of Harvard and Oxford, he was president of Marlboro College for 23 years, later a visiting professor at UVM and Trinity College Vermont. He says he earned his living as a professor and administrator but is at heart a poet and “writes in pursuit of meaning.”

Join us for this reading in the intimate setting of The North Branch Cafe in downtown Montpelier. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. Call or stop by the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 223-3338, to pre-register for this free event. Guests are encouraged to arrive 5-10 minutes early to order tea or wine drinks.

Save the Date – Spend the month of April with us!

Come celebrate National Poetry Month with us!

Don’t miss the Kick-Off Celebration of PoemCity with Major Jackson on April 1, 2015 at 7:30pm at Farmers Night at the State House.


Goddard College Faculty: Arisa White, Michael Viszoly, Wendy Call, Janet Sylvester, Elena Georgiou

Diana Whitney

Jeffrey Ellis – part of Farmers Tell Their Stories

Kerrin McCadden

Major Jackson

Steve Cramer

Neil Shepard

Ryan Walsh

Diane Swan

Roger Weingarten

Tom Ragle

Friends of Lea Wood


Poetry Slam with Geof Hewitt

Press Here: Vermont Poetry Publishers Roundtable

Memorization Workshop with Ginger Lambert

Discussion of Robert Frost’s Poetry with Peter Gilbert

Readers Theatre: Dreams Deferred: Past, Present, Future Black Poets

Art & Poetry: Sculptural books with Elizabeth Robechek

We Are Montpelier –Finale Concert

Generating Poems Workshop with Kate Fetherston

Zen Poetry workshop with Walt Ward

Poem Crostic Construction with Rick Winston

The Great American Poets: Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, et al with Jim Hogue

Open Mic Poetry at Bear Pond Books

Poem In Your Pocket Day

Poetry and Food with Jesse Lovasco and Lise Mase

Card Catalogue Poetry

Our walkable anthology of contemporary Vermont poetry will be on display in downtown Montpelier throughout April.

Program books will be available in April.


Send two poems to PoemTown St. Johnsbury

PoemTown St. Johnsbury 2015 Poem Submission Rules – Submission is open to all poets who live or work in Vermont. – Our theme for 2015 is At Home in the Kingdom. Poem topics may include, but are not limited to: Small Town Life; Savoring the Seasons; or Honoring Our Heritage. – Deadline for submissions is February 15, 2015). No poems will be accepted after that date. – Poems must be original work. Please send no more than 2 poems. If we receive a large number of submissions, PoemTown St. Johnsbury may select only one of the two poems to post. – If you do not use a computer, we will accept typed poems. – Poems can be no longer than 24 lines each. – Please include your name, city/town of residence, email address, and phone number at the bottom of your poem, or on the back. In addition, please submit a short (25 words or less) bio to be used with your poem if published online or in book form. If you are school-aged, please include your age and the name of your school, or note that you are homeschooled. – Please do not submit work that has been displayed at any Poetry Alive!, PoemCity, PoemTown Randolph or PoemCampus events, or that has previously appeared in print elsewhere. – Please submit your poem(s) via email to: acampbell@catamountarts.org OR mail to Catamount Arts, PO Box 324, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819 OR drop off at the Catamount Arts Center box office. – By sending your work to PoemTown St. Johnsbury, you agree that PoemTown St. Johnsbury may use your poem(s) in display, promotional materials, and associated online, print, and other media venues.

PoemTown Randolph 2015

PoemTown Randolph organizers are excited to announce a celebration of poetry in Randolph throughout the month of April, National Poetry Month, and are seeking submissions from Vermont poets as the centerpiece of the month-long event.

PoemTown Randolph 2015 presents public opportunity for Vermont poets to share their work. In response to last year’s successful inaugural event, organizers are again offering a Greater Randolph celebration of poetry.  Posters of 100 selected poems will be displayed in the main windows and doors of businesses, churches, and organizations in Randolph throughout the month of April. Once again local businesses have enthusiastically embraced the idea of poetry displays in their venues.

Organizers are currently soliciting poetry submissions from poets of all ages residing anywhere in Vermont.  Up to three poems, each of 24 lines or less, typed or handwritten, should be submitted by mail no later than February 28 to Janet Watton, 1387 Davis Road, Randolph Center, 05061.  For purposes of blind judging, the poet’s name, city/town of residence, email address, and phone number must be entered on the reverse side of the submitted poem page.

Poets are asked to not resubmit work that has been displayed in previous Poetry Alive!, PoemCity displays in Montpelier, or PoemTown Randolph, or that has previously appeared in print.

By sending work to PoemTown 2015, poets agree that PoemTown may use any poem in display, in promotional materials, and associated online, print and other media.

PoemTown organizers are planning special poetry events and poetry readings throughout April in several venues in town, culminating in a celebration at Chandler Music Hall. Further details will be announced later.

Questions can be addressed to Janet Watton at musbird@gmail.com or (802) 728-9402.