We are enjoying reading your poems for PoemCity 2018 so far and can’t wait to see them around Montpelier! Just a reminder to get inspired and send us your poems if you haven’t already done so.
Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels!
The Kellogg Hubbard library is once again calling for poetry submissions for its ninth year of PoemCity, a city-wide event that displays poetry on local business storefronts as a way to celebrate National Poetry Month. In addition to the text display, PoemCity features poetry/art installations, poetry-related workshops, and readings. Last year, the PoemCity calendar included 35 events.
“Poetry has an important place in the lives of Vermonters,” said PoemCity Director Rachel Senechal. “PoemCity collaborates with many organizations, schools, and individuals, to read, hear, write, and discuss poetry, the language of the soul. With the many poems displayed in our downtown windows, it is our goal to make poetry accessible to our community, and to inspire new readers and writers of poetry,” she said.
Vermonters of all ages and experience level are welcome to submit original poetry now through February 1, 2018. Please visit kellogghubbardlibrary.submittable.com for guidelines and more information on how to submit.
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 kellogghubbardlibrary.submittable.com for information on how to submit
Deadline is December 1, 2017
Contact Rachel Senechal at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions
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!
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.
by Michelle Singer
All I can think of
Are poems already written
Words already better said
Cooler and on fleek
A middle-aged mom
“I just hope this trip
And, “Must you
repeat that sound?”
PoemCity loves to pair up with local businesses and organizations. The Vermont Humanities Council, Hunger Mountain Coop, National Life Group, and VCFA have been important partners to PoemCity and we appreciate their support and collaboration. It takes a village to celebrate poetry right!
April 29: Join Slam Master Geof Hewitt at the Center for Arts and Learning for an evening of poetry performed by participants age 8 and above, including adults. This is a traditional slam with original writing only and a 3-minute time limit. Participants should be prepared with two pieces of writing. Look forward to a spirited, fun competition!
5 pm | River Rock School, North Group classroom, Center for Arts and Learning, 46 Barre Street
“Tunnel of Green on Buck Mountain Trail,” Alan Levine
April 28: Vermont is rich with natural beauty. Learn how to turn environmental images into meaningful poems that accurately reflect the natural world. Each participant will leave the workshop with the first draft of a poem.
Limit 12 participants. Pre-registration required by calling the library at 802-223-3338.
1–4 pm | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street
Come listen to some of Vermont’s finest voices as they read their poetry on Thursday,
April 27, in the Chapel (second floor, College Hall) on the VCFA campus at 7 p.m. Spend the evening with Didi Jackson, Major Jackson, Alison Prine, Karla Van Vliet and Diana Whitney. This is an amazing opportunity to hear a number of amazing poets in one setting.
Correction/update: Kerrin McCadden and Elizabeth Powell will not be able to join us at this time
On Wednesday, April 26, the Montpelier Bridge will host “Painting With Words,” a poetry writing workshop led by Reuben Jackson. (Limit 15 participants. Pre-registration required by emailing email@example.com.)
Reuben was curator of the Duke Ellington Collection at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. for more than 20 years. His music reviews have been published in The Washington Post, Washington City Paper, All About Jazz, Jazz Times, Jazziz, and on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Reuben is also a poet, a mentor, and an educator.
Reuben will utilize a few short but wildly disparate instrumentals as vehicles for self expression. Come on and join the band! 6 pm at the Montpelier Bridge office, Stone Science Building (VCFA campus), 62 Ridge Street, Montpelier.