Poetry As Protest: A Workshop with Simone John

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Simone John

Join Simone John, poet, educator, and freelance writer for a workshop on Saturday, April 28, at Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Simone John has devised youth poetry workshops that explore hip hop culture and poetry as a form of protest and was part of the POETS RESIST event in Montpelier last November. Bring a passionate issue to write about for this workshop or a news headline or article to use as part of documentary poetics. If possible, bring a laptop or mobile device for research. 

Simone John’s poetry and essays have been published online and in print in The Pitkin Review, The Writer in the World, and the Elohi Gadugi Journal. Her first full-length poetry collection, Testify, is available from Octopus Books. Workshop is limited to 12 participants.

10 am-noon | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street

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

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poem in Your Pocket Day is part of National Poetry Month and is celebrated nationwide and in Canada. On Thursday, April 26, select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others and on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem.

down home kitchenPick up a free pocket-size poem at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library or download one from www.poets.org. Read your pocket poem to the folks at Down Home Kitchen on Main Street in Montpelier for a free treat!

David Hinton Poetry Reading

David Hinton will read from his forthcoming book of poems, Desert, and other work from


David Hinton

across the range of his interests, on Thursday, April 26 at Kellogg-Hubbard Library.  David Hinton is a writer and translator who has produced a body of work exploring the weave of consciousness and landscape. This exploration is informed throughout by the insights of ancient Chinese culture and it has primarily taken the form of translation, which he uses as a way to make contemporary poetry that operates outside the limitations of self-identity and the Western intellectual tradition. Over the last decade, Hinton has moved toward writing that is original in a more traditional sense: poetry and lyrical/philosophical essays.

7 pm | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street

Six Old Poets Tea Party

Join us for tea, on Sunday April 22 at 4:00 p.m., as we hear the voices of teachers and students of the Montpelier Senior Activity Center: Charlie Barasch, Liz Benjamin, Jane E. Bryant, Jeanne Weston Cook, Sarah Franklin, and Geof Hewitt. Down Home Kitchen will wow us with delicious tea, scones, and sandwiches. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased ahead of time at Down Home Kitchen at 100 Main Street in downtown Montpelier. Sponsored by Westview Meadows, The Gary Home, and Montpelier Senior Activity Center. 

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.







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