Feeding the Soul with Poetry

Down Home Kitchen is once again hosting an after-hours poetry reading at their restaurant on Main Street in Montpelier. Join us on Monday, April 3, 2017 for food for the soul, mind, and body! Enjoy a delicious light supper made with local ingredients while listening to local published poets Mary Elder Jacobsen, Reuben Jackson, Darren Higgins, and Julia Shipley. Supper begins at 6pm and the reading at 6:45pm. Be sure to come early as last year’s event was standing room only!

Poets Pulling Prints: Celebrating Poetry Aloud & In Print

At May Day Studio, 190 River Street, April 2, at 4-6 pm —

Come hear readings by the fabulous Cora Brooks (prolific Vermont poet, playwright and activist) & Elena Georgiou, poet and Lambda Literary Award winner. Stay to pull a print of poetry on one of May Day Studio’s antique printing presses! Here’s how it looked last year —

The open-edition broadside is designed by Kelly McMahon and handset in metal type in advance. When you arrive, your broadside will be waiting for you – just turn the crank!

The program is free; suggested donation of $5 for the print.

PoemCity2017 Kick-Off Event

PoemCity 2017 is upon us and is looking to be yet another amazing month-long, city-wide celebration of poetry. I can’t imagine any other small town doing National Poetry Month better than Montpelier! In addition to hundreds of poems written by Vermont poets in the windows of shops downtown, PoemCity will offer a month’s worth of lectures, workshops, and readings.

PoemCity’s kick-off event will feature music and poetry by youth and will be held at Lost Nation Theater, making it a true intersection of the arts. Join us Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 1:30PM for music by the Capitol Jazz quartet followed by the poetry of teens from the Young Writers Project, hosted by Chard deNiord, Vermont’s Poet Laureate.

We hope to see you there! Visit http://www.poem-city.org for more information. 

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.

Nature Poems, Favorite Poems

What poems have influenced and inspired you in your life?


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.



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


“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.

April 27 – Book Discussion: The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood

Come to the Kellogg-Hubbard Library for an in-depth discussion of this extraordinary book.

The Prince of los Cocuyos

The Prince of Los Cocuyos is a “poignant, hilarious, and inspiring memoir from Richard Blanco, the first Latino and openly gay inaugural poet, which explores his coming-of-age as the child of Cuban immigrants and his attempts to understand his place in America while grappling with his burgeoning artistic and sexual identities.”

Discussion led by UVM Professor John Waldron. Latino Americans “Fleeing Dictatorship” Book Series sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. Copies of the book are available at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

Annual Open Mic Reading at Bear Pond

At 7 pm on April 26, Bear Pond Books will proudly host their 19th annual open poetry event, which never fails to draw a lively crowd of local poets. Readers will be chosen by a lottery. Put your name in a hat at the door and they will pull out names for twenty readers. Please prepare five minutes (or less) of material. There will be a brief intermission for refreshments halfway through the event.