PoemCity 2017

MONTPELIER – This April, PoemCity 2017 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 eighth year, will open with a Kick-off Celebration on April 1 featuring a group of teenagers from the Young Writers Project. Almost 400 poems, submitted from all over Vermont, will appear in storefronts, businesses, and bus stops throughout Montpelier, and in five 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. Some of this year’s presenters who have already been confirmed include April Ossmann, Geof Hewitt, Sean Prentiss, Julia Shipley and Jay Parini (of the First Wednesdays program). Local artists will collaborate with poets for an exhibit of illustrated art and poetry. We will have a family poetry reading, Beat Poets Reading, letterpress poems at May Day Studio, programs at Hunger Mountain Coop for their Earth Day Celebration, and a Budding Poets Garden.

Questions can be directed to the Library at (802) 223-3338. PoemCity is a presentation of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

Rachel Senechal, PoemCity Director                    rysenechal@kellogghubbard.org