Call for Submissions: Poems for PoemTown St. Johnsbury


PoemTown St. Johnsbury, a collaboration between Catamount Arts, the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, and the St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce, celebrates poetry through the posting of poems on business windows, poetry readings and slams, writing workshops, and more. PoemTown St. Johnsbury is a satellite site for Montpelier’s PoemCity, a month-long celebration of National Poetry Month in April.

Poets are invited to submit one or two original poems on the theme “A Sense of Place.” “As our committee discussed potential events and featured poets to read in April, we talked a lot about such ideas as identity and belonging, and about what makes the Northeast Kingdom a special place,” said Anne Campbell, Education Director of Catamount Arts. “We hope poets can use the theme as a point of departure for their writing. “

Poems must be submitted to Catamount Arts by midnight on February 15, 2017. Submission guidelines are posted on the Catamount Arts website ( and may also be picked up at the Catamount Arts box office, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, and the St. Johnsbury Welcome Center. Poetry submissions are not limited to professional or published poets; PoemTown St. Johnsbury welcomes all Vermonters, of any age, who wish to have a forum for their writing.

Montpelier’s PoemCity, formerly Poetry Alive!, has celebrated poetry for 7 years. In addition to PoemTown St. Johnsbury, there are two other satellites: PoemTown Randolph and PoemCampus at Norwich University. Details about PoemTown St. Johnsbury’s poetry postings and events will be announced at a later date. For more information about poetry submissions, please contact Anne Campbell at Catamount Arts, 802-748-2600, extension 108.

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.


Budding Poets Garden

Our thanks go out to Jason Miles, Barbara Austin-Hutchins, Matt McLane and the terrific students at Montpelier High School and Main Street Middle School for cutting, painting, assembling, and delivering the flowers for the Budding Poets Garden now on display at The Hunger Mountain Coop. As a result of their efforts, first and fourth grade students from East Montpelier Elementary School get to see their poems on display and their work in the world. EMES first graders made a special trip to The Coop to see their poems and were beyond excited. Thanks to their teacher, Jillian Zeilenga and The Hunger Mountain Coop for the classroom time and physical space to make the Budding Poets Garden a reality. Many individuals, first-time poets, high school carpenters, teachers, and staff, had a hand is this amazing project. Stop by The Coop to see this enchanting display.



The Budding Poems at The Hunger Mountain Coop


Hazel Singer, first grader at East Montpelier Elementary School, with her poem, “Jack (p.s. my dog)”

A Lovely Evening with Janet Sylvester and F. Brett Cox

Despite the wild, wet, and windy weather, we had a great reading with Goddard faculty and poet, Janet Sylvester, and Norwich professor and poet, F. Brett Cox. We thank everyone who came out for such a nice evening. For the dog poem Brett presented, Janet had a cat one to answer. We traveled to the South with them, to London, San Francisco, and New York, and all the way back to New Hampshire and Vermont. Brett finished with a rousing poem to the beat of his car keys and Janet left us with a full moon in New Delhi and New Hampshire. It was memorable and moving, as poetry so often is. Just a week in, and we are having a wonderful time with PoemCity. We hear over and over how grateful people are that the Kellogg-Hubbard Library presents this month-long program!IMG_0370

Looking for Poetry Workshops?

PoemCity has great workshops to inspire you.  Whether you’re a new poet or a seasoned one there surely is a workshop here for you.

April 11 at 6:30 PM The Poetry of Parenthood with Michelle Singer and Samantha Kolber  Join poets Michelle and Samantha as they read original and selected poems that capture the sacred and profane aspects of parenthood, then they will lead participants in writing prompts to generate new work.    At the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St, Montpelier.

April 15 – 1:00 to 4:00 PM  A Memoir in Poetry Workshop                                                            Poet George Longenecker will lead this generative workshop featuring several poems of personal memoir as well as techniques for creating well-crafted poems. Participants will leave the workshop with the beginnings of poems. Limit: 12 participants. Registration is required by calling 802.223.3338 or emailing rysenechal (at)            At the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St, Montpelier.            

April 23 at 1:30 PM Generative Poetry Workshop                                                                              Poet Chloe Viner will guide this creative workshop. She will use several prompts to highlight different lessons and spur creativity. Viner will guide a discussion on the difference between concrete and abstract writing in poetry and examine how to create vivid and original images through metaphor.  At the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St, Montpelier.       






Memorization Workshop about to happen!

Join Ginger Lambert for a Memorization Workshop at 1pm today in the Hayes Room at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.  If you’re local there’s still time to rush right down.  We have cookies and grapes to snack on.  Pick up a copy of the PoemCity program guide to map out all of the programs you want to attend this month.  gingerlambert