Roads Taken:Contemporary VT Poetry

Join Editors Sydney Lea, Vermont’s 2011-2015 Poet Laureate, and Chard deNiord, Vermont’s current Poet Laureate, on Wednesday, May 24 at 7:00 pm at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier for the book launch of their new anthology, Roads Taken: Contemporary Vermont Poetry (Green Writers Press, May 2017).  This anthology of contemporary Vermont poets represents a wide range of accomplished voices―both young and old, both renowned and relatively unestablished. While there is no such thing as a particular brand of Vermont poetry, the poems in this volume claim Vermont as their place of origin, bearing witness to the remarkably rich and ongoing legacy of the state’s poetic tradition.

We know that Kerrin McCadden, Alison Prine and Geof Hewitt will read their poems from the book and we’re waiting to hear from more of the poets whose words grace this book.

 

Thank You!

For eight years, the Kellogg-Hubbard Library has been the main force in bringing PoemCity to life every April. Hundreds of poems by Vermonters grace the windows downtown and almost every day of the month there is a poetry-focused event to attend. What a gift! KHL’s Program and Development Coordinator, Rachel Senechal, is the powerhouse behind it all with a lot of help from volunteers, library staff, and local partners. Let the library, National Life Group, Vermont Humanities Council, Hunger Mountain Coop, and the Vermont College of Fine Arts, as well as all the local businesses who host poems and programs know how much you enjoy PoemCity. Happy National Poetry Month!

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An Evening with Reuben Jackson

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We all went home aglow from an evening of fellowship, nourishment, and inspiration. A big thank you to Carla Occaso and the Bridge for hosting a wonderful PoemCity workshop on Wednesday, April 26, with the one-and-only Reuben Jackson. We listened to music, ate sandwiches, and shared our “variations on a theme.” We began the evening with gratitude for the month-long poetry programming of PoemCity and ended deeply grateful for the chance to be in a room with others who, as Jackson says, “have fallen in love with language.” Thank you to Reuben Jackson and all who attended and gave us “a vacation for our ears.”

Here’s the poem I wrote in response to “Morgan’s Motion” with Cecil Taylor on piano and Tony Williams on drums.

 

On Flack

by Michelle Singer

 

All I can think of

Are poems already written

Words already better said

Cooler and on fleek

Wholly unlike

A middle-aged mom

On flack

Who says,

“I just hope this trip

is uneventful,”

And, “Must you

repeat that sound?”

Poetry Slam at the Center for Arts and Learning

April 29: Join Slam Master Geof Hewitt at the Center for Arts and Learning for an evening of poetry performed by participants age 8 and above, including adults. This is a traditional slam with original writing only and a 3-minute time limit. Participants should be prepared with two pieces of writing. Look forward to a spirited, fun competition!

5 pm | River Rock School, North Group classroom, Center for Arts and Learning, 46 Barre Street

Poetry Reading: The Catamount by Sarah Van Arsdale

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April 29: Come join Sarah Van Arsdale as she reads her narrative poem about the Vermont catamount. This reading is perfect for children 8 and older and adults. You’ll enjoy her watercolor illustrations.

The Catamount was recently published by Nomadic Press; copies will be available for sale and signing.

10:30 am | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street

Writing About the Natural World with George Longenecker

“Tunnel of Green on Buck Mountain Trail,” Alan Levine

April 28: Vermont is rich with natural beauty. Learn how to turn environmental images into meaningful poems that accurately reflect the natural world. Each participant will leave the workshop with the first draft of a poem.

Limit 12 participants. Pre-registration required by calling the library at 802-223-3338.

1–4 pm | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street

Vermont Poets at VCFA

Come listen to some of Vermont’s finest voices as they read their poetry on Thursday,

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April 27, in the Chapel (second floor, College Hall) on the VCFA campus at 7 p.m. Spend the evening with Didi Jackson, Major Jackson, Alison Prine, Karla Van Vliet and Diana Whitney. This is an amazing opportunity to hear a number of amazing poets in one setting.

Correction/update: Kerrin McCadden and Elizabeth Powell will not be able to join us at this time

Painting With Words with Reuben Jackson

On Wednesday, April 26, the Montpelier Bridge will host “Painting With Words,” a poetry writing workshop led by Reuben Jackson. (Limit 15 participants. Pre-registration required by emailing carla@montpelierbridge.com.)

Reuben was curator of the Duke Ellington Collection at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. for more than 20 years. His music reviews have been published in The Washington Post, Washington City Paper, All About Jazz, Jazz Times, Jazziz, and on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Reuben is also a poet, a mentor, and an educator.

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Reuben will utilize a few short but wildly disparate instrumentals as vehicles for self expression. Come on and join the band! 6 pm at the Montpelier Bridge office, Stone Science Building (VCFA campus), 62 Ridge Street, Montpelier.