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: 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 or (802) 728-9402.

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.

You can listen to the original interview on our online archive at

Shared by Jennifer Heath.