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.


Call for PoemCity2018 Program Proposals

The Kellogg-Hubbard Library invites Vermont poets, writers and artists to submit proposals for public events for PoemCity 2018, a citywide event, now in its ninth year, that displays poetry on local business storefronts throughout April as a way to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Along with displayed poems, PoemCity will also offer poetry workshops, public readings, panel discussions, and visual poetry and art displays throughout downtown. The month-long schedule of events and programming is free and open to the public.

The Library welcomes proposals for events in April 2018.  All poetry-related topics and activities are of interest.  Poets, teachers, artists, musicians, editors and historians of poetry are encouraged to submit proposals in their fields of expertise.  Past events have included writers’ workshops, musical settings of poetry with live accompanists, presentations on the construction and marketing of chapbooks, workshops on improving recitation skills, and of course readings and Q&A sessions with Vermont poets.

Please visit for information on how to submit

Deadline is December 1, 2017

Contact Rachel Senechal at with any questions

ORCA Media videos available for PoemCity events

Missed something you hoped to see? ORCA Media has posted five extensive videos made at this month’s PoemCity events!

Chard deNiord at Alumni Hall, April 1

George Longenecker at the T.W. Wood Gallery, April 8

Ralph Culver and Sydney Lea at the Library, April 9

PoetryPlus+ with Danny Dover at the Unitarian Church, April 10

Francette Cerulli and Jamie Gage at the Library, April 12

Bringing Norwich to Montpelier

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.

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Student Poets Take Part in PoemCity by Ivelliam Ceballo

Photos are courtesy of Sean Prentiss.