Roads Taken:Contemporary VT Poetry

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.



ORCA Media videos available for PoemCity events

Missed something you hoped to see? ORCA Media has posted five extensive videos made at this month’s PoemCity events!

Chard deNiord at Alumni Hall, April 1

George Longenecker at the T.W. Wood Gallery, April 8

Ralph Culver and Sydney Lea at the Library, April 9

PoetryPlus+ with Danny Dover at the Unitarian Church, April 10

Francette Cerulli and Jamie Gage at the Library, April 12

Michelle A.L. Singer interviews Chard deNiord

In the current issue of The Bridge, PoemCity co-coordinator Michelle A.L. Singer interviews Chard deNiord about education and poetry, and about serving as link between poetry and the people, as the state’s Poet Laureate:

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. 

The article has made today’s Poetry Daily News!

Educators’ Workshop: Poetry with the State Poet Laureate

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.

A lovely evening with Chard deNiord

Last night in VCFA’s Alumni Hall, we enjoyed a reading of gentle, rich, and sometimes very funny poetry with Vermont’s Poet Laureate. Thanks to Mr. deNiord for supporting PoemCity!


Left to right: Rachel Senechal, Program Director; Chard deNiord; Michelle Singer, Co-Coordinator

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Michelle Singer with Chard deNiord

April 1 is coming up!

On the first day of April, Vermont Poet Laureate Chard deNiord will give the Morning Devotional Reading at the State House in Montpelier, at 9:30 am.

Later on April 1, at 7:00 pm, please join us, together with Poet Laureate deNiord, at VCFA’s Alumni Hall, to celebrate the beginning of another National Poetry Month, and another PoemCity!