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 “Bitter and Sweet.” “We invite poets to use the theme as a point of departure for their writing,” said Anne Campbell, Education Director of Catamount Arts. “We are open to Vermont writers of any age, not just published poets, and we are particularly interested in the voices of Northeast Kingdom poets.”

Poems must be submitted to Catamount Arts by midnight on February 28, 2019. Poems must conform to submission guidelines, which are posted on the Catamount Arts website (catamountarts.org) and may also be picked up at the Catamount Arts box office, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, and the St. Johnsbury Welcome Center.

Montpelier’s PoemCity, formerly Poetry Alive!, has celebrated poetry for 9 years. In addition to PoemTown St. Johnsbury, there are two other satellites: PoemTown Randolph and PoemVillage/Adirondack. 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 109.

 

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Welcome to PoemCity!

We’d love to have your poems for our walkable anthology during the month of April 2019. You can submit up to three poems, 24 lines or less, at Submittable .  You must be a Vermonter. We will offer presentations, readings and workshops throughout the month of April at various venues around Montpelier. Thanks for joining our festival of poetry.

Thank You!

For eight years, the Kellogg-Hubbard Library has been the main force in bringing PoemCity to life every April. Hundreds of poems by Vermonters grace the windows downtown and almost every day of the month there is a poetry-focused event to attend. What a gift! KHL’s Program and Development Coordinator, Rachel Senechal, is the powerhouse behind it all with a lot of help from volunteers, library staff, and local partners. Let the library, National Life Group, Vermont Humanities Council, Hunger Mountain Coop, and the Vermont College of Fine Arts, as well as all the local businesses who host poems and programs know how much you enjoy PoemCity. Happy National Poetry Month!

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An Evening with Reuben Jackson

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We all went home aglow from an evening of fellowship, nourishment, and inspiration. A big thank you to Carla Occaso and the Bridge for hosting a wonderful PoemCity workshop on Wednesday, April 26, with the one-and-only Reuben Jackson. We listened to music, ate sandwiches, and shared our “variations on a theme.” We began the evening with gratitude for the month-long poetry programming of PoemCity and ended deeply grateful for the chance to be in a room with others who, as Jackson says, “have fallen in love with language.” Thank you to Reuben Jackson and all who attended and gave us “a vacation for our ears.”

Here’s the poem I wrote in response to “Morgan’s Motion” with Cecil Taylor on piano and Tony Williams on drums.

 

On Flack

by Michelle Singer

 

All I can think of

Are poems already written

Words already better said

Cooler and on fleek

Wholly unlike

A middle-aged mom

On flack

Who says,

“I just hope this trip

is uneventful,”

And, “Must you

repeat that sound?”