PoemCity 2016

MONTPELIER – This April, PoemCity 2016 will cover the stores and streets of the capital of Vermont in original poetry written by Vermonters from ages six to ninety-two.

PoemCity Montpelier, a National Poetry Month festival now in its seventh year, will open with a celebration at Alumni Hall at 7 pm on April 1, featuring an appearance by this year’s new Vermont Poet Laureate, Chard deNiord. On that day, Chard deNiord will also open the legislative session at the Vermont State House with the Morning Devotional Reading.

Almost 400 poems, submitted from all over Vermont, will appear in storefronts, businesses, and bus stops throughout Montpelier, and in four Vermont Welcome Centers. The poets include schoolchildren, nationally recognized award-winning writers, and sharply observant, talented Vermonters from all corners of the state. There will also be three associated Vermont projects in April – PoemTown Randolph, PoemTown St. Johnsbury, and PoemCampus Norwich University.

In Montpelier, PoemCity will offer a variety of workshops, readings, lectures, music, history and art revolving around poetry. The host of VPR’s Friday Night Jazz, Reuben Jackson, will read his poetry at the Hunger Mountain Coop, on April 22, together, of course, with live jazz by musicians Tom Morse and Jerome Monachino. At Down Home Kitchen, five writers, including Vermont Book Award winner Kerrin McCadden, will join together for Poetry on Tap: Beer, Bread & Soup, to enjoy great quantities of all of these. Over a dozen poetry readings, solo and group, will take place during April, including a gathering of the Vermont Studio Center’s alumni poets on April 20.

The Kellogg-Hubbard Library and Hunger Mountain Coop will also host four kids’ poetry events. At the Library, children can create collage poems, share and display them during the “Card Catalog Poetry” afternoon events. Hunger Mountain Coop, together with children’s librarian Nicole Westbom, will host children for an Earth Day celebration on April 22.

The complete program information, together with updates about featured poets and more, can be found at poem-city.org or kellogghubbard.org. Questions can be directed to the Library at (802) 223-3338. Click here for programs.  Click here for poems and locations.

PoemCity, a presentation of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, is sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, Vermont Humanities Council, Hunger Mountain Coop, Goddard College, Vermont College of Fine Arts and the City of Montpelier’s Arts Fund.


Rachel Senechal, PoemCity Director                    rysenechal@kellogghubbard.org