PoemCity Continues to Bring Poetry into the Community after April

The Budding Poets Garden, a display of colorful painted wooden flowers on posts, has moved from the Hunger Mountain Coop parking lot to East Montpelier Elementary School. Students at EMES stop to read poems written by first and fourth graders at their own school as they walk down the sidewalk and come to the front door. The display created for PoemCity and National Poetry Month continues to bring poetry to the communities of Central Vermont. We hope to have the display move to The Gary Home in Montpelier after school gets out.

A big thanks to Jason Miles, Barbara Austin-Hutchins, Matt McLane and the terrific students at Montpelier High School and Main Street Middle School for cutting, painting, and assembling the flowers for the Budding Poets Garden. Thanks to East Montpelier Elementary staff and teachers who helped to set it up and are hosting this wonderful display.imageimageimageMany individuals, first-time poets, high school carpenters, teachers, and staff, had a hand in this amazing project.

 

Poets and friends of poetry: thanks to all of you!

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Another beautiful (if surprisingly snowy) National Poetry Month has come to a close, and with it PoemCity 2016. We truly appreciate the Montpelier businesses and foundations that make this possible for us every year.

We want to thank every last one of the poets who sent us their work. We could not do this without your wholehearted participation. Beginning on May 3, the Library will have all of your posted poems here for you to pick up.

We also want to thank everyone who turned out for a PoemCity event. Your enjoyment and enrichment are what PoemCity is all about!

Please check out our links to our featured poets and presenters, who have been so generous with their time and their art, and support their fantastic work!

The above poem by Reuben Jackson is written on the Hunger Mountain Coop Cafe window.  Click on the photo to enlarge the poem for easier reading.

Reading at VCFA – Rigoberto González and Matthew Dickman

This Friday, April 29, at 5 pm, VCFA will host a reading and discussion with Rigoberto Gonzalez and Matthew Dickman. Come to Cafe Anna (1st floor, College Hall, 36 College St) for a snack, and enjoy!

rigobertogonzalez2Rigoberto González is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Unpeopled Eden, which won the Lambda Literary Award and the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. His ten books of prose include two bilingual children’s books, the three young adult novels in the Mariposa Club series, the novel Crossing Vines, the story collection Men Without Bliss, and three books of nonfiction, including Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa, which received the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. In 2015, he received The Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Publishing Triangle. As of 2016, he serves as critic-at-large with the L.A. Times.

Dickman_Nortoncopy300Matthew Dickman is the author of All-American Poem (American Poetry Review/ Copper Canyon Press, 2008), 50 American Plays (co-written with his twin brother Michael Dickman, Copper Canyon Press, 2012), and Mayakovsky’s Revolver (W.W. Norton & Co, 2012). He is the recipient of the Honickman First Book Prize, the May Sarton Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Kate Tufts Award from Claremont College, and the 2009 Oregon Book Award from Literary Arts of Oregon. His poems have appeared in McSweeney’s, The Believer, The London Review of Books, Esquire and The New Yorker among others. He is a 2015 Guggenheim recipient. Matthew Dickman is the Poetry Editor of Tin House Magazine.

Norwich University: Poetry Posts Art Walk

In the words of Laura Foster, “A poetry post (or poetry pole, or poetry box) is a wooden pole, usually mounted on private property, so that it faces pedestrians. On top of the pole is a box, with a glass or clear face and a lid. Inside the box is a sheet of paper containing a poem.”

Tomorrow morning at 10 am in Chaplin Hall, Norwich University visual design students will begin a walking presentation on their exhibition of poetry posts. Twenty-four students have created posts inspired by a wide range of poems — works by Pablo Neruda, Theodore Roethke, J.R.R. Tolkien, and more.

You can see the posts through May 1 as part of PoemCampus at Norwich.

PoemCity 2016 includes major prize winner

At Athena’s Boutique at 68 Main, you can see the poem “Measuring Up” by Allison Hedge Coke.

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AAHC300Hedge Coke, a Vermont College alumna and founding faculty for VCFA’s MFA in Writing & Publishing program, is this year’s winner of the prestigious Witter Bynner Prize. The Poet Laureate of the United States (currently Juan Felipe Herrera) selects the winners of this annual prize.

You can read about Hedge Coke’s amazing life and her experience in being selected for this prestigious prize in this interview with Matt Blakley. We are proud to be able to display her work.

Nature Poems, Favorite Poems

What poems have influenced and inspired you in your life?

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Diana Whitney

On April 30, at 1:30 pm at the Library, join Diana Whitney, poetry columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and author of the prizewinning poetry debut WANTING IT, and Dede Cummings, publisher and editor at Green Writers Press, for a lively discussion of some of their favorite nature poetry.

 

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Dede Cummings

We’ll read classics like Wordsworth, Yeats, and Frost, as well as contemporary poets like Jane Kenyon and Cleopatra Mathis, and then talk openly about why and how their voices speak to us.

Bring a copy of your favorite poem if you wish!

Poetry, Meet Art: Letterpress Broadsides at May Day Studio

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“How to Grow a Sonnet” by Mary Elder Jacobsen; print created at May Day Studios

You’ll need to preregister for this fantastic day of hands-on art (and lunch) at the May Day Studio, on April 30, from 10:30 am to 4 pm – get in touch!

Broadsides are, in today’s parlance, posters. Incorporate meaningful texts (and perhaps a bit of decoration) and watch the words take on new meaning and new life. In this workshop, we’ll use handset type and decorative elements to create large-format prints of poems that inspire us.

Cost is $110, and includes 100% cotton paper for 5 11 x 17 prints, plus a sandwich lunch.

Please contact May Day, at maydaystudio@gmail.com or 802-229-0639, to preregister.

Kate Farrell and Baron Wormser Read

On April 28 at 7 pm, come to the Library for an evening with two exceptional poets!

Baron Wormser joins us again this month! The past Poet Laureate of Maine, Wormser is the author and coauthor of numerous books, most recently in poetry Unidentified Sighing Objects and Impenitent Notes, and in prose Teach Us That Peace. 

Writer and actress Kate Farrell has been working in poetry, art, and theater in New York for over three decades. Her most recent book is the dreamlike, metaphysical Visiting Night at the Academy of Longingpublished this January.