PoemCity Montpelier 2014 Schedule

 

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Tue 1

PoemCity Kick-off with David Budbill

Vermont State House, 115 State Street | 7 PM

David Budbill will give a poetry reading to mark the beginning of PoemCity 2014. The reading will be held in the Vermont State House Chambers and will be followed by a reception in the Cedar Creek Room.

Weds 2

David Budbill Reading

PoemCampus | Norwich University

David Budbill gives a reading as part of Norwich University’s visiting writers series. Earlier in the day, NU’s Acting and Directing students read selections from Budbill’s Judevine. For more info contact Sean Prentiss: prentiss@norwich.edu

Thurs 3

You Come Too: Robert Frost Spring Poems

Vermont Humanities Council, 11 Loomis Street | 5:30 PM

The Vermont Humanities Council Executive Director, Peter Gilbert, will lead a discussion of three Frost poems about Spring: “Two Tramps in Mud-Time,” “Nothing Gold Can Stay” and “Mending Wall.” Read the poems in advance or upon arriving. RSVP’s encouraged but not required: 262-2626, ext 307.

Fri 4

Poetry StoryWalk ® Reception

Hayes Room, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street | 4:30 PM

StoryWalk® has matched the poetry of Mary Oliver and Wendell Berry with the work of local artists and photographers. Original artwork and StoryWalk® pages for this project will be on display.

 

Poetry Slam with Geof Hewitt

Hayes Room, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street | 7 PM

Join Vermont’s Slam Master in an all-ages poetry slam. Come prepared to perform three poems up to 3 minutes in length. This fun, engaging event offers prizes for all slammers.

Sat 5

Card Catalog Poems

Children’s Library, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street, Montpelier | 1 PM

Mixing and matching words into poetry (or puzzles!) using old library index cards. Think upcycling meets super low tech refrigerator magnet poems. Goofy and fun. All ages. Challenge Librarian Linda to a “poem-off”!

Sun 6

Write On!

Sovversiva, 80 Barre Street | 6 – 8 pm

In partnership with Sovversiva Open Space and Onion River Exchange poet, Angela Emery, offers a two session 2-hour poetry workshop series with a third session for a public performance. Attendance at all sessions is encouraged but not required. Workshops include: writing prompts and exercises, group share, discussion, and feedback, editing tips and hints, and peer editing.

At the end of the second workshop (4/13), attendants are welcome to submit 1-3 poems for a program/zine, available at the following week’s performance (4/20). Sovversiva is not wheelchair accessible.

Mon 7

Leland Kinsey for Young Writers

East Montpelier Room, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street | 4 PM

Poet Leland Kinsey leads a poetry workshop for young writers, hosted by Young Writers Project. Everyone welcome.

Young Writers Read

 East Montpelier Room, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street | 6-8PM

A group reading of works from the Young Writers Project.

Woody & Jack: Two American Icons

Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 134 Main Street | 7 pm

Woody Guthrie and Jack Kerouac are primarily known, respectively, as a song writer and a novelist. They each produced a good body of poetry as well.

There are some striking parallels in the lives and legacies of Guthrie and Kerouac. While their lives overlapped they never—to the best of anyone’s knowledge—met one another. But these two very creative gentlemen, each in his own way, made significant contributions to 20th century American culture

Woody made his primary cultural impact in the years prior to, and during, World War II. Kerouac’s primary appeal was to the immediate post-WWII generation. They were both—each in his own way—counter-cultural figures who touched the lives of those who were marginalized, dispossessed, or spiritually alienated from the mainstream cultures of their day. Steve Edington, interim pastor at the Unitarian Church gives this presentation.

Tues 8

Creativity on Campus

Hayes Room, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street | 6:30 PM

Norwich University professors Sean Prentiss and F. Brett Cox, joined by NU students Baylee Annis, Dana DeMartino, and Katherine Proffit,  hold a panel to discuss creative writing pursuits on a military-focused campus. Moderator is Jacque E. Day. NU is hosting PoemCampus 2014.

Landscapes with Plywood Silhouettes

Bear Pond Books, 77 Main Street | 7 PM

Author Mark Doty says “Kerrin McCadden’s Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes is one of the most compelling and powerful debut collections in recent American poetry. These exquisite meditations on the lived life are often nothing less than stunning, and are at times truly devastating.”

Thurs 10

Baseball with Budbill & Barasch: Opening Season

Hayes Room, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street | 7 PM

Celebrate the upcoming ball season with David Budbill and Charles Barasch, who reprise this hit event from 25 years ago, as they read baseball poetry and fiction, theirs and others.

Fri 11

 Brown Bag Poetry: Speak to Me: a Program of Words and Chamber Music

Hayes Room, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street | 12 PM

Bring your lunch and watch this video of the acclaimed Craftsbury Chamber Players piano quartet as they perform music inspired by literature. This is a First Wednesdays program, sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council.

The Poem as Dramatic Unit

Noble Lounge, Vermont College of Fine Arts, 36 College Street | 2 PM to 5PM

We tend too often to think of our poems’ first obligation as something we call “meaning,” as if somehow lyric were philosophy or psychology or politics in disguise. But what poems do is at least as important as what they may signify. Workshop one of your poems with Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea and explore the ramifications (and conceivable limitations) of his point of view on such a matter. Pre-registration is required, class is limited. Email info@poem-city.org to register.

I Was Thinking of Beauty

Noble Lounge, Vermont College of Fine Arts, 36 College Street | 6:30 PM

Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea will read from his work, including his recent collection, I Was Thinking of Beauty, in which the natural world is layered with memory and experience. Opening for him is Michaela Coplen, a 2013 National Student Poet, presented by Poetry Out Loud (Vermont).

Sat 12

Modern Villanelle Writing Workshop with Samantha Kolber

Hayes Room, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street | 10 AM

Come learn about villanelles, and write your own! “The villanelle is one of the most fascinating and paradoxical of poetic forms, quirky and edgy…prone to moods of obsession and delight; structured through the marriage of repetition and surprise… No wonder it is currently enjoying such a powerful, post-modernist blossoming,” from Villanelles: Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets. We’ll read aloud examples by poets such as Sherman Alexie and Sylvia Plath to get inspired; then we’ll get busy creating our own villanelles. All levels and ages of writers are welcome.

Sudden Eden

Hayes Room, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street | 6 PM

Poet Verandah Porche will be joined with her songwriting partner Patty Carpenter for a musical reading of her new book, Sudden Eden, a look at her life on Total Loss Farm. An outdoor video projection created by Mark O’Malley with text from the book will compliment the reading, location TBA.

Sun 13

Write On!

Sovversiva, 80 Barre Street | 6 – 8 pm

In partnership with Sovversiva Open Space and Onion River Exchange, poet Angela Emery, offers a two session 2-hour poetry workshop series with a third session for a public performance. Attendance at all sessions is encouraged but not required. Workshops include: writing prompts and exercises, group share, discussion, and feedback, editing tips and hints, and peer editing.

At the end of this session, attendants are welcome to submit 1-3 poems for a program/zine, available at the following week’s performance (4/20). Sovversiva is not wheelchair accessible.

Tues 15

Translations from Bark Beetle

Bear Pond Books, 77 Main Street | 7 pm

This year’s Chickadee Chaps & Broad’s final juror, Jody Gladding will be joined by the 2014 Vermont Poetry Broadside winner, David Dillon of East Albany for a reading. Gladding will read from, Translations From Bark Beetle, her newly released collection from Milkweed Editions, and David Dillon will read his winning poem along with a selection from his first book of poems, From The Porch. The Broadside will be on view (and available for purchase) at the Drawing Board.

Weds 16

Goddard College BFA Faculty Reading

 Hayes Room, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street | 7 pm

Faculty of Goddard College’s writing program read their works, including Wendy Call, Michael Leong, Janet Sylvester, Michael Vizsolyi, and Arisa White.

Thurs 17

My Strange Objects

Sweet Melissa’s, 24 Langdon Street | 7 pm

Students from Montpelier High School, under the direction of composer Erik Nielsen and poet Kerrin McCadden will perform their new poetic/musical collaborative works created especially for Poem City 2014.

Vermont Studio Center Alumni Poetry Reading

Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre Street | 7pm

A group reading of Vermont Studio Center alumni including: Julia Shipley, Hilary Poremski-Beitzel and Kristin Fogdall Founded by artists in 1984, the Vermont Studio Center is the largest international artists’ and writers’ Residency Program in the United States, hosting 50 visual artists and writers each month from across the country and around the world.

Fri 18

Brown Bag: Favorite Poems

Hayes Room, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street | 12 pm

Bring your own lunch and join others in a roundtable sharing of our favorite poems, by ourselves or others!

So Little Time

Hayes Room, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street | 6 pm

The writers of this anthology focusing on nature and our human impact gather for a reading, including Dede Cummings, Ralph Culver, Marjorie Ryerson, Peter Biello, and others. Portions of proceeds of booksales will be donated to PoemCity programming. So Little Time is published by Green Writers Press, a Vermont-based publishing house dedicated to sustainable practices.

Sat 19

Braiding History

Snelling Room, Vermont History Museum, 109 State Street | 10:30 am

Join historian, mystery novelist and poet Beth Kanell in this generative writing workshop weaving Montpelier history with personal history into a poem.

Twitter Poetry

Bagitos Bagel & Burrito Cafe, 26 Main Street | 12:30 pm

Got 140 characters? Beth Kanell leads this workshop in using the power of the social media tool Twitter in creating and sharing poems. Follow the blog http://vermont-twitter-poems.blogspot.com to know more.

Poetry Through the Lens

Local 64, 5 State Street | 1 – 3 pm

During this two-hour workshop we will use photographs by acclaimed photographers as prompts for poems. The workshop is designed to challenge the way you translate a visual experience into a poetic narrative by putting details under a microscope and building new associations between imagery and words. This workshop is led by Deb Fleischman and Gary Miller of Write Mondays. Pre-registration is required. Sign up via email to: writemondays@gmail.com. $10 fee. *This location is not wheelchair accessible. Please contact Gary or Deb in advance with any accommodations requests.

Sun 20

Write On! Performance

Montpelier Senior Activities Center, 58 Barre Street | 6 pm

A culmination of the previous two Write On! workshops, attendees will have an opportunity to read their work along with other writers in this group set. Led by poet Angela Emery.

Tues 22

Annual Open Reading

Bear Pond Books, 77 Main Street | 7 pm

Bear Pond books is proud to host the 17th annual open poetry event. The event never fails to draw a lively crowd of local poets. Sign up details will be on our website after April 1: http://www.bearpondbooks.com

Weds 23

Winter Ready

Hayes Room, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street | 7 pm

Leland Kinsey reads from his newest book, Winter Ready, which draws from the landscape and natural history of the Northeast Kingdom in his sharp, poignant, effortless verse.

Thurs 24

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Various Locations

Poem in Your Pocket Day is simple: select a poem you love, then carry it with you to share with co-workers, family, friends, or the person next to you in line. Poems in pockets have been unfolded and shared nationwide since 2002 and is officially sponsored by the Academy of American Poets. This year, Poem in Your Pocket Day is a part of PoemCity. Poetry distribution sites are:Bear Pond Books, Global Gifts, Capitol Grounds, The Drawing Board, on GMTA Montpelier Circulator bus. Each location will have a different poem for you to take, for keeps. You can also share your poem selection on Twitter by using the hashtag #pocketpoem.

Poem In your Pocket Story Time

Hayes Room, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street | 10:30 am

Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day with a special poetry story time. Enjoy poems and a craft in celebration of National Poetry Month, PoemCity, and Poem in Your Pocket Day, when everyone is encouraged to carry a favorite poem and share it with friends and neighbors.

The Poetry of William Carlos Williams

Hayes Room, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street | 7 pm

UVM English professor Huck Gutman gives a presentation on modern American poet William Carlos Williams. He will have copies of five poems for people to read and discuss.

Fri 25

Brown Bag: Card Catalog Poetry Writing

Hayes Room, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street | 12 pm

Bring your lunch and take a break from your work day in this group writing session using the library’s retired card catalog as a prompt. There are thousands from which to choose.

Sat 26

The Nature of Poetry

Hayes Room, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street | 10 am – 12 pm

Join other nature and poetry enthusiasts for a celebration of these two great forces united. Bring your favorite nature poem to share or come just to listen. Poet and nature-lover Michelle A.L. Singer will lead the group in a casual exploration of nature in poems followed by a nature walk and simple writing exercise, weather permitting. No registration necessary.

Tues 29

Old Friends

Heaton Woods, 10 Heaton St | 10am

Seventh and eighth grade poets at Main Street Middle School will be reading poetry in conjunction with the senior poets of Heaton Woods on the theme of ‘Old Friends’. This event is organized by The Quirky Pet.

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Montpelier Senior Activities Center, 58 Barre Street | 1 pm

Sixth grade poets of Main Street Middle School will be reading in conjunction with the senior poets of the Senior Center on the theme of ‘Adolescence’. This event is organized by The Quirky Pet.

Raking the Winter Leaves

Bear Pond Books, 77 Main Street | 7 pm

Award-winning poet Gary Margolis gathers four books of poetry in Raking the Winter Leaves: New and Selected Poems, including a selection of poems from his new collection, The Other Flag. These poems speak from the heart of New England and our nation, from the worldly places and habitats, stripped by war and the heated climate of politics.

Weds 30

Kin / Lake Studies

Hayes Room, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street | 7 pm

UVM professor and poet Daniel Lusk reads from his books Kin and Lake Studies: Meditations on Lake Champlain, which are inspired by wildlife and other treasures often hidden from view in our local forests, lakes and ponds, combining folklore, history and pre-history.

Thurs May 1

Powerful Poetry & Decadent Desserts

PoemTown | Randolph

Poets representing a selection of the PoemTown Randolph display and students from Marjorie Ryerson’s poetry class will read their work, some set to music in this closing celebration of month-long poetry programs. Contact: Marjorie Ryerson: (802) 728-4127.

 

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