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.

PoemCity 2016 includes major prize winner

At Athena’s Boutique at 68 Main, you can see the poem “Measuring Up” by Allison Hedge Coke.


AAHC300Hedge Coke, a Vermont College alumna and founding faculty for VCFA’s MFA in Writing & Publishing program, is this year’s winner of the prestigious Witter Bynner Prize. The Poet Laureate of the United States (currently Juan Felipe Herrera) selects the winners of this annual prize.

You can read about Hedge Coke’s amazing life and her experience in being selected for this prestigious prize in this interview with Matt Blakley. We are proud to be able to display her work.

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 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.

Poetry on Tap: Beer, Bread and Soup

Come to Down Home Kitchen (100 Main St) for a special evening meal on April 25! Enjoy a delicious light supper made with local ingredients while listening to local poets Mary Elder Jacobsen, Kerrin McCadden, Emilie Stigliani, Alison Prine, and Kristin Fogdall. Supper begins at 6 pm; poetry begins at 7.

emilie-200Emilie Stigliani, currently an editor at the Burlington Free Press, has won several awards for her work, including a prize for environmental reporting from the Missouri Press Association and a fellowship from the Missouri School of Journalism.



alison-200Alison Prine’s poems have appeared in The Virginia Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, Harvard Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Prairie Schooner among others.  Her recently published debut collection of poems, Steel, won the Cider Press Book Award in 2014.


mej-200pxMary Elder Jacobsen is joining PoemCity again! Her poetry has appeared in GMR Online, The Cincinnati Review, The Antioch Review, The Greensboro Review, and other venues.



Poet Kristin Fogdall

Kristin Fogdall is also reading for PoemCity for a second time this month! Her work has appeared in Poetry, The New Republic,, New England Review, and other journals; she is currently finishing a book-length collection.



Kerrin McCadden JPEG_BrowniePoetry200Kerrin McCadden is also joining us for a second time. She teaches at Montpelier High School and is the author of the Vermont Book Award‒winning collection of poetry Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes.




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