Writing About the Natural World with George Longenecker

“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

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Vermont Poets at VCFA

Come listen to some of Vermont’s finest voices as they read their poetry on Thursday,

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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

Painting With Words with Reuben Jackson

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 carla@montpelierbridge.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.

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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.

The Husbandry of Poetry with Julia Shipley

April 24: a rumination and discussion of some best practices for the care and feeding of poetry. Come with questions, qualms, curiosity. Leave with inspiration, tools and resources for making verse a vital, viable part of your crazy, over-full life.

Julia Shipley is the author of a debut collection, The Academy of Hay, winner of the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize and a finalist for the 2016 Vermont Book Award. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Barrelhouse, Green Mountains Review, Harvard Review online, North American Review, Poetry, Salamander, and Verse Daily. An independent journalist, contributing writer to Seven Days, and columnist for Yankee Magazine, she raises animals, vegetables and poetry on her six-acre homestead in Craftsbury, VT.

7 pm | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street

Capital City Concerts Presents: Poem Music

April 22: This concert will mark the world premiere of “Songs From a Mountain Recluse,” a song cycle by Evan Premo set to poems by the beloved Vermont poet David Budbill, who died in 2016. It will also feature other classical pieces inspired by poetry, including works by Debussy, Liszt, Handel and Fauré, performed by pianist Jeffrey Chappell, soprano Mary Bonhag, bassist Evan Premo, and flutist Karen Kevra.

Tickets are $15 to $25. They may be purchased at the door, at Bear Pond Books (77 Main Street) for cash or check only, or at capitalcityconcerts.org (+$1 processing).

7:30 pm | Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 130 Main Street

PoemCity Events at the Hunger Mountain Coop Earth Day Celebration!

Hunger Mountain Coop‘s annual Earth Day Celebration on April 22 (at 623 Stone Cutters Way) will feature two PoemCity events this year — one for kids to drop in all day, and one for grownups to enjoy in the evening! … Continue reading

The NEA and National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month is an initiative supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. In this March 31 interview, Jennifer Benka, Executive Director of the Academy of American Poets, references Montpelier’s PoemCity, together with projects in Miami and in Bainbridge Island, Washington, as an example of municipal celebration and appreciation of National Poetry Month.

BENKA: What began as a grassroots effort in New York City to highlight poets, promote the sale of poetry books, and encourage the reading and teaching of poems, has become a nationwide phenomenon. Thanks to the support and partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Booksellers Association, American Library Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English, today, National Poetry Month events occur in thousands of schools, libraries, bookstores, classrooms, and communities across the U.S. 

Poetry for Everyone

PoemCity 2017 continues to offer numerous readings and workshops. Thursday, April 20, is no exception with two events that cover the age spectrum. From 2–5 p.m. at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier, Librarian Nicole Westbom will host an Introduction to Poetry Slams for Kids. Learn about the fun and expressive world of slams and write your own slam poem! Participants can then sign up for the Poetry Slam at the Center for Arts and Learning on April 29 if they want to have the chance to try their poem out.

Later in the day, the Vermont Humanities Council, at 11 Loomis Street in Montpelier, will host You Come Too: The Poetry of Robert Frost with Peter Gilbert at 5:30 p.m. Peter Gilbert is the Vermont Humanities Council Executive Director and Executor of the Estate of Robert Frost. He will read and lead discussion of three of Frost’s poems, each related to spring in northern New England: “Two Tramps in Mud-Time,” “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” and “Mending Wall.” Light refreshments will be served.

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Carol Johnson Collins Reads (Reading/Writing/Sharing)

April 19: Carol will read some of her own favorite poems. We’ll throw in some music, just for fun, that will spark thoughts of your own. You’ll be writing after Carol reads. Before the session ends, you’ll share what you have written.

2 pm | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street