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.

Two great events for National Poetry Month!petergilbert

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

Vermont Reads: Discussion of Brown Girl Dreaming

April 18: Read Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson and come discuss the book with librarian Nicole Westbom. This beautiful memoir of the author’s childhood is written in verse. It tells the story of a young person finding her voice, while examining the strength of family bonds.

The library has many copies of this Vermont Reads book for you to check out. Vermont Reads is a Vermont Humanities Council program.

6 pm | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street

Getting Deep With Poet Reuben Jackson

So, during this month in Montpelier when we embrace poetry with the great PoemCity celebration coordinated by Kellogg-Hubbard Library, we decided to do an interview to learn more about this shy, yet very public poet — Reuben Jackson.

In The Bridge this week, an interview with poet Reuben Jackson, who contributes to PoemCity every year, and will be leading a workshop on April 26!