Montpelier- This April, PoemCity 2018 will present the Northern New England Poet Laureates.

PoemCity Montpelier, a National Poetry Month festival now in its ninth year, will open with a Keynote reading by award-winning poets. Join us at the Lost Nation Theater, 39 Main St., at 7pm on Saturday April 7th, for a reading by Northern New England Poet Laureates: Chard deNiord, Alice B. Fogel and Stuart Kestenbaum.


Chard deNiord

Chard deNiord is the Vermont poet laureate. DeNiord’s poetry collections include Interstate (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015); Speaking in Turn, a collaboration with Tony Sanders (Gnomon Press, 2011); The Double Truth (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011); Night Mowing (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005); and Sharp Golden Thorn (Marsh Hawk Press, 2003). DeNiord also authored Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs: Reflections and Conversations with Twentieth Century American Poets (Marick Press, 2012) a book of essays and interviews with renowned poets. The poets featured in the collection include Robert Bly, Lucille Clifton, Donald Hall, Galway Kinnell, and Maxine Kumin.

In 2002, deNiord cofounded the New England College MFA program in poetry, which he directed until 2007.  DeNiord is currently a professor of English at Providence College. He lives in Westminster West, Vermont, with his wife, Liz.


Alice B Fogel

Alice B Fogel is the New Hampshire poet laureate. Her latest book is A Doubtful House (2017).  Interval: Poems Based on Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” (2015) won the Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature and the 2016 NH Literary Award in Poetry, and her third book, Be That Empty, was a national poetry bestseller. She is also the author of Strange Terrain, on how to appreciate poetry without necessarily “getting” it. Nominated for Best of the Web & nine times for the Pushcart, Alice has been awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry, Spillway, Hotel Amerika, The Inflectionist, and DIAGRAM. She works one-on-one with students with learning differences at Landmark College, in Putney, VT, and hikes mountains whenever possible.


Stuart Kestenbaum

Stuart Kestenbaum is the Maine poet laureate.  He is the author of four collections of poems, Pilgrimage (Coyote Love Press), House of Thanksgiving (Deerbrook Editions), Prayers and Run-on Sentences (Deerbrook Editions), and Only Now (Deerbrook Editions) and a collection of essays The View From Here (Brynmorgen Press).  He has written and spoken widely on craft making and creativity, and his poems and writing have appeared in numerous small press publications and magazines, including Tikkun, the Sun, the Beloit Poetry Journal, Northeast Corridor, and others and on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac.  He was appointed poet laureate of Maine in 2016.  Former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, has written “Stuart Kestenbaum writes the kind of poems I love to read, heartfelt responses to the privilege of having been given a life.  No hidden agendas here, no theories to espouse, nothing but life, pure life, set down with craft and love.”

He was the director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine for 27 years, where he established innovative programs combining craft and writing and craft and new technologies. He is an honorary fellow of the American Craft Council and a recipient of the Distinguished Educator’s Award from the James Renwick Alliance.

There will be a reception held after the reading, with offered refreshments, and plenty of time to mingle with deNiord, Fogel and Kestenbaum. This program is co-sponsored by the Lost Nation Theater and PoemCity.

Complete PoemCity information, together with updates about featured poets, can be found at or questions can be directed to the library at (802) 223-3338.

KHL logo 2013PoemCity, a presentation of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, is a month-long celebration of National Poetry Month that features a walkable anthology of contemporary Vermont poetry, workshops, presentations and readings during the month of April.

PoemCity is sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, Vermont Humanities Council, Hunger Mountain Coop, Vermont College of Fine Arts and the Poetry Society of Vermont.

For 124 years the Kellogg-Hubbard Library has been the focal point for the cultural, educational, and intellectual life in central Vermont. It serves as a resource to encourage lifelong learning, acts as a catalyst for the free exchange of ideas, and promotes literacy among all people. The library has been at the heart of our communities: preserving yesterday, informing today, and inspiring tomorrow.


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