Join Editors Sydney Lea, Vermont’s 2011-2015 Poet Laureate, and Chard deNiord, Vermont’s current Poet Laureate, on Wednesday, May 24 at 7:00 pm at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier for the book launch of their new anthology, Roads Taken: Contemporary Vermont Poetry (Green Writers Press, May 2017). This anthology of contemporary Vermont poets represents a wide range of accomplished voices―both young and old, both renowned and relatively unestablished. While there is no such thing as a particular brand of Vermont poetry, the poems in this volume claim Vermont as their place of origin, bearing witness to the remarkably rich and ongoing legacy of the state’s poetic tradition.
We know that Kerrin McCadden, Alison Prine and Geof Hewitt will read their poems from the book and we’re waiting to hear from more of the poets whose words grace this book.
Poetry is diverse and wonderful enough that I can think of any number of poems for each group that I’m addressing. And my hope is, ‘Oh! That poem speaks powerfully to me, those lines from Gilgamesh, that knock me over. Maybe there’s another poem I could go to…’ It’s really just about starting a fire, a poetry fire.
On April 9 at Bear Pond Books (77 Main St, Montpelier) at 11:00 am, Vermont’s new Poet Laureate Chard deNiord will hold a workshop for educators. DeNiord has a goal of getting schools across Vermont engaged in poetry. He’s been involved in many poetry organizations, including the Next Stage Speaks initiative that he founded. He’ll speak about his experiences with Vermont students, in Vermont schools, and what opportunities there are for local teachers and librarians to bring poetry into their students’ learning lives.
This event is part of Bear Pond’s Author-Educator workshop series. All events take place
in the Children’s Room, and are free and open to the public. Certificates of attendance are available for educators who can use these workshops towards continuing education credits.