Enriching the study of poetry for students in our community is one of the rewards we receive from organizing PoemCity each year. In 2013, we are happy to have been able to feature the writings of students from Norwich University in nearby Northfield.
Montpelier and the Central Vermont region is host to generations of Norwich alumni and so this partnership seemed a natural fit.
Norwich, the nation’s oldest private military college, is known for programs such as engineering and nursing, but not so much for creative writing—yet! This month though, poetry was a very much a part of their campus life.
Ivelliam Ceballo wrote THIS ARTICLE for the NU campus newspaper about how the students are approaching poetry study. Yesterday, poet Major Jackson visited the campus to work with the students and offer a reading on the campus.
Professor Sean Prentiss sent me this note recently:
Last week, two creative writing classes from Norwich University visited Montpelier to enjoy PoemCity. This group of 25 students started out by reading the poems they submitted to PoemCity. These poems are all on display at the Vermont Center for Independent Living (11 E. State St).
From there, the students and I, wandered State and Main Streets reading poems in the light rain and talking about which poems were their favorites. The students were excited to see their poems on display and to see an entire city devoted to poetry for one month.
Sean Prentiss’s poem “Electrons Pushing Against Electrons” is on display at Capitol Stationers.
Photos are courtesy of Sean Prentiss.