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.

 

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Capital City Concerts Presents: Poem Music

April 22: This concert will mark the world premiere of “Songs From a Mountain Recluse,” a song cycle by Evan Premo set to poems by the beloved Vermont poet David Budbill, who died in 2016. It will also feature other classical pieces inspired by poetry, including works by Debussy, Liszt, Handel and Fauré, performed by pianist Jeffrey Chappell, soprano Mary Bonhag, bassist Evan Premo, and flutist Karen Kevra.

Tickets are $15 to $25. They may be purchased at the door, at Bear Pond Books (77 Main Street) for cash or check only, or at capitalcityconcerts.org (+$1 processing).

7:30 pm | Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 130 Main Street

Baseball with Budbill & Barasch

Batter up!  charlie barasch Opening season has arrived.  Now join us for an evening of poetry and fiction about baseball with David Budbill and Charlie Barasch tomorrow evening, Thursday, April 10 at 7pm at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.   David and Charlie gave this reading 25  years ago at Bear Pond Books.

Should I worry about this “promise” from Charlie?  “We promise we won’t break anything if we reprise the game of  “pepper” we conducted at the first reading.”

PoemCampus Norwich University 2014

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How excited are we to see that Norwich Univeristy is embracing PoemCampus this spring? Very!

Not only are they hosting David Budbill on campus as part of their Writers Series, but they also are featuring The Chameleon Journal (their literary journal), and taking poetry across disciplines–Architectural Design and Acting and Directing.  They also will have four different poetry displays on campus. All events are free and open to the public, so we highly suggest you make it a part of your trip to Montpelier this April.

Additionally, Norwich University’s professors and students will hold a panel in Montpelier at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library on April 8th to talk about creating a literary hub on campus.

The PoemCampus 2014 schedule can be found HERE.

Thank you to Sean Prentiss for taking the lead on this project.

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Related:

Norwich University’s Visit to PoemCity 2013

David Budbill Apr 2 2014

David Budill at Norwich University, April 2

from our friends at Norwich University:

Contact: Daphne Larkin dlarkin@norwich.edu

802-485-2886 or 595-3613(m)

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NEWS RELEASE: Norwich University Writers Series presents poet, playwright, author David Budbill

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University’s Spring 2014 Writers Series features acclaimed poet and playwright David Budbill on Wed., April 2. The event begins with a short reading of Budbill’s acclaimed play “Judevine” by members of the Norwich Pegasus Players at 7 p.m. in Milano Ballroom.

A Vermonter who lives and writes from the Northeast Kingdom, Budbill is the author of seven books of poems, including Happy Life, released by Copper Canyon Press in 2011. His works also include eight plays, a novel, a collection of short stories and a picture book for children.

Budbill’s honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Play Writing Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award for Fiction, and the Vermont Arts Council Walter Cerf Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.

This event continues the 2014 Writers Series, presented by the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of English and Communications. All events in this series are free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale, and a signing will follow the reading.

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu

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Related:

Norwich University Visits PoemCity 2013 HERE

David Budbill as part of PoemCity 2014 HERE

A Preview of 2014

Dear Poets,

You’re probably wondering what’s going on… where can you find info about April’s schedule, and where the heck is your poem going to be placed? Our team is rapidly putting the final touches on this year’s PoemCity and we have lots to share with you—so stay tuned! In the meantime, here are a few things:

DAVID BUDBILL. As we do every year, we will kick off our celebrations on April 1st at the Vermont State House with a reading by a prominent Vermont poet. This year, we are delighted to bring David Budbill to the State House. He will be introduced by Linda Ramsdel, owner of Galaxy Bookshop (Hardwick).

Many of you probably know his work either through his many books, Lost Nation Theater’s productions of Judevine (2007, 2008), A Song for My Father (2010), and Two for Christmas (2012) and his regular appearances on The Writer’s Almanac, hosted by Garrison Keillor.

David Budbill will be the visiting writer at Norwich University, holding a reading and class visits there in April. He’ll reprise “Baseball with Budbill and Barasch” for us on April 10th at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. We’re happy to feature David and his work as part of PoemCity 2014. The reading on the 1st starts at 7 pm in the House Chambers. Read some of his work HERE.

SATELLITES. We’re taking a small step towards a big dream this year—satellite locations! While downtown Montpelier will remain the hub of PoemCity, we are happy to include a few new sites in Vermont this April: PoemCampus Norwich University (Northfield) and PoemTown Randolph (serving the greater Randolph area). We’ve also partnered with the Vermont Information Centers Division to include a few Welcome Centers with unique poetry displays of their own.  If you’re traveling from out of town, you can make a pit stop and read poetry there too!

We’ve worked very hard these past five years to make PoemCity a stand-out month in Montpelier, and to establish a community tool kit for other locations that want to host a similar celebration in their home communities. We are grateful to the organizers at Norwich University and in Randolph for testing the waters and providing us with feedback.

AWARDS AND OUTREACH. The Vermont Downtowns and Village Centers Award for Best Special Event was presented to PoemCity at the Vermont Downtowns Conference in June 2013 in Barre. We are very proud to have this statewide recognition, which beat out other contenders from around the Vermont.

Most recently, Julia Shipley’s article about PoemCity was published in the March/April 2014 edition of Yankee Magazine. The notice has been stellar, with our friends and partners tweeting about it and sharing it over Facebook. If you haven’t read it yet, you can find it HERE. The issue is on newsstands now, and I recommend you pick one up—there are quite a few interesting articles.

We are grateful for the continued funding of the Vermont Humanities Council, the City of Montpelier’s Arts Fund, and for the hard work of our fantastic volunteer crew.  And speaking of social media, please follow, friend, and otherwise like us! @PoemCityVT and on Facebook.com/PoemCityMontpelier

We’re looking forward to seeing you in April.

Best,

Rachel and Phayvanh

Rachel and Phayvanh