Anything Goes! Poetry Slam at Lost Nation Theater

Geof Hewitt

An Anything Goes! Slam features a five-minute time limit for writers and performers, with music encouraged, and covers okay if identified as such; even group performances are eligible for fabulous prizes. Geof Hewitt is master of this slam. YES, this is anything goes, though it’s an all-ages event, so discretion is required. Can the single voice of an impassioned poet outscore a harp and guitar duet? Come find out on Wednesday, April 25th at Lost Nation Theater. 


Sponsored by PoemCity and Lost Nation Theater. 

7 pm | Lost Nation Theater, 39 Main Street


Renga Poetry Workshop with Susan Reid

Renga, meaning “linked poem,” began over seven hundred years ago in Japan to encourage the collaborative composition of poems. Come take part on Tuesday, April 24, from 3-5 p.m. at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Poets work in pairs or small groups, taking turns composing the alternating three-line and two-line stanzas. Linked together, renga were often hundreds of lines long, though the favored length was a 36-line form called a kasen. Several centuries after its inception, the opening stanza of renga gave rise to the much shorter haiku. 

3-5 pm| Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street

Workshop limited to 24 participants.  Please register by calling the library at 223-3338.

Thematic elements of renga are perhaps most crucial to the poem’s success. The language is often pastoral, incorporating words and images associated with seasons, nature, and love. In order for the poem to achieve its trajectory, each poet writes a new stanza that leaps from only the stanza preceding it. This leap advances both the thematic movement as well as maintaining the linking component. The form has become a popular method for teaching students to write poetry while working together.

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Susan Reid

Susan Reid is a great relative newcomer to poetry, and considers herself totally addicted to the writing process. She writes several poems a week, and sends them to a list of over 100 recipients, Recently, she was selected to participate in the Tupelo Press 30/30 project, writing a poem a day for the month of January.  By tradition, the poets selected each month write a Renga, Susan had fun doing this, and thought other writers might enjoy it.







Before It’s Too Late…A Reading with Geza Tatrallyay & Ina Anderson

When coming to “Before It’s Too Late” a  poetry reading with Geza Tatrallyay & Ina Anderson, on Friday, April 20, at 7pm please use the School Street entrance since the main library will be closed.

Reading Allowed: Exploring Poetic Voices, A Workshop

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Rick Agran, host of Bon Mot

Learn to appreciate the rhythm and musicality of poetry and spoken word on Monday, April 23, at Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Bon Mot host and radio producer, Rick Agran, will share recorded voices of contemporary poets to explore their sonic qualities. Anyone can come listen. Poets are invited to bring a poem to share that they’d like to develop further. We’ll explore breath, enunciation, and diction to accentuate a poem’s language. We can practice pacing with attention to lines and stanzas. Learn to minimize nervousness and enhance your presentation skills. Remain relaxed and open to poems and share their power with others. Limited to 24 participants.

6:30 pm | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street

To register for the workshop:  Please contact the library at (802) 223-3338.



Earth Day Celebration at Hunger Mountain Coop: Kids & Poetry

Join Kellogg-Hubbard Librarian Nicole Westbom, on Saturday, April 21, in the children’s tent for fun with poetry. Write poems, listen to stories and take part in other hands-on activities.

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. |Hunger Mountain Co-op, 623 Stone Cutters Way

Poetry of Witness: A Workshop with George Longenecker

How do poets write about historical and political events without sounding preachy and prosy?  On Friday, April 20 come for a workshop with published poet George Longenecker. You’ll read examples of great poetry, and then create our own. Limited to 12 participants.  Register for this workshop by calling the library at 223-3338.

2-5 pm | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street

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George Longenecker

Longenecker lives in Middlesex, VT. His poems have been published in journals, including Atlanta Review, The Main Street Rag, Paterson Review, Poetry Quarterly, Saranac Review, Seneca Review, Whale Road Review and War, Literature & the Arts. His book Star Route was published in March by Main Street Rag Publishing.


To register for the workshop: 

Please contact the library at (802) 223-3338.

Poetry Slam at the Center for Arts and Learning

Geof Hewitt

On Saturday, April 21st join Slam Master Geof Hewitt at the Center for Arts and Learning for an afternoon 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.

3:30 pm |Center for Arts and Learning, 46 Barre Street

Beginning to See the Light

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Toussaint St. Negritude

Like the pairing dialogue of our trails and the mountains above, towards the view of worlds far within and well beyond, or the burgeoning dance of spring from our long-wintered floors, or likewise the collective liberation of all our illuminating calls for freedoms of peace: poet, composer, and jazz bass clarinetist Toussaint St. Negritude presents an evocative collaboration of words and tones.

On Saturday, April 21 at the Hunger Mountain Coop Cafe, come see Touissaint performing his own broad explorations of poetry and music. On select pieces Toussaint St. Negritude will also be accompanied by special guest musicians. For an eveningʼs journey bound to enlighten as well as heal, in celebration of PoemCity 2018, please do join us for this unique concert of poetry and jazz.

5 pm |Hunger Mountain Coop Cafe, 623 Stone Cutters Way

Before It’s Too Late…A Reading with Geza Tatrallyay & Ina Anderson

Come hear poets Ina Anderson and Geza Tatrallyay on Friday, April 20th.  They will touch on the destruction we bring to the world we live in, thereby threatening our future and that of other living beings. At the same time, their poems echo the beauty of life and nature around us.

7 pm | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street

Ina Anderson

Ina Anderson

Ina Anderson grew up in Cumbria, the Lake District of northern England and now resides in Sharon, Vermont. Turning to teaching writing and literature, she spent over 20 years at the Community College of Vermont as a faculty member and advisor. Ina’s poems have appeared in several publications, including Mountain Troubadour, Red Fox Poets, and the anthology, Perhaps It Was the Pie. Her first poetry collection, Journey into Space, was published by Antrim House in 2017. She worked as a technical editor for several scientific journals in London and in the U.S., including Icarus with editor Carl Sagan. She was awarded the Arthur Wallace Peach Memorial Prize by the Poetry Society of Vermont. Her poem Joe Baker was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Geza Tatrallyay

Geza Tatrallyay

in Budapest, Hungary, Geza Tatrallyay escaped with his family in 1956 during the Hungarian Revolution, immigrating to Canada the same year. He grew up in Toronto and graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Human Ecology. Geza was selected as a Rhodes Scholar from Ontario, attending Oxford University and graduating with a BA/MA in Human Sciences in 1974, completing his studies with a MSc in Economics from London School of Economics and Politics in 1975. He also represented Canada as an epée fencer in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. His professional experience has included stints in government, international organizations, finance and environmental entrepreneurship. Since 2004, he has been semi-retired, managing a few investments mainly in the clean energy sector and devoting himself to his family and his writing.