Environmental Poetry Reading with Sean Prentiss, Julia Shipley, James Crews, and Jody Gladding at Down Home Kitchen

down home kitchenJoin us on Monday, April 30, for our PoemCity finale at Down Home Kitchen in downtown Montpelier. During “Environmental Poetry,” four poets will share poetry that deals with how place affects us as humans and writers. The poems read by Jody Gladding, James Crews, Julia Shipley, and Sean Prentiss will be infused with language that evokes landscapes, people, animals, and plant life. These poems aim to bring thereader intimately into a single spot on this earth.

A delicious Down Home supper is available at this event: a cup of homemade soup (veggie, gluten-free, meat options), bread, a side salad, and scratch-made dessert for $20. All beverages extra. You can attend without buying food. 

6:30 pm | Down Home Kitchen, 100 Main Street

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Jody Gladding

Jody Gladding’s work explores the places where language and landscape converge. Translations from Bark Beetle (2014) is her most recent poetry collection and a new book, the spiders my arms, is forthcoming. Gladding has also translated thirty books from French. Gladding directs the Writing Program at the Vermont Studio Center and lives in East Calais, Vermont.

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James Crews

James Crews‘s work has appeared in Ploughshares, Raleigh Review, Crab Orchard Review and The New Republic, among other journals, and he is a regular contributor to The London Times Literary Supplement. He is the author of two collections of poetry, The Book of What Stays (2011) and Telling My Father (2016), and is co-editor of the forthcoming anthology of LGBTQ environmental poetry, Queer Nature. Crews lives on an organic farm in Shaftsbury and teaches at Southern Vermont College and Community College of Vermont.

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Julia Shipley

Julia Shipley is the author of a debut collection, The Academy of Hay (2015) which won the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize. Her story “The Giving Tree” was selected as a notable narrative in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2017. Her prose book Adam’s Mark: Writing from the Oxhouse (2014) was named a 2014 best book about New England by the Boston Globe. She is a recipient of fellowships from The Frost Place and The Studios of Key West. Her poems and essays have appeared in The Collagist, FIELD, Gettysburg Review, Harvard Review online, North American Review, Orion Magazine, Poetry, Utne Reader and Verse Daily. Shipley holds an MFA from the Bennington College Writing Seminars and works as an independent journalist.

Sean Prentiss is the award-winning author of Finding Abbey: A Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave, a memoir about Edward Abbey and the search for home. Finding Abbey won the 2015 National Outdoor Book Award for History/Biography, the Utah Book Award for Nonfiction, and the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for Biography.

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Sean Prentiss

It was also a Vermont Book Award and Colorado Book Award finalistPrentiss is the co-author of the environmental writing textbook Environmental and Nature Writing: A Craft Guide and Anthology, the forthcoming textbook, Advanced Creative Nonfiction, and the co-editor of The Far Edges of the Fourth Genre: Explorations in Creative Nonfiction, a creative nonfiction craft anthology. Prentiss is also the series editor of the Bloomsbury Publishing Writers Guide Series. This textbook line includes a variety of forthcoming textbooks all focused on creative writing. Prentiss and his family live on a small lake in northern Vermont and he teaches at Norwich University and in the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poem in Your Pocket Day is part of National Poetry Month and is celebrated nationwide and in Canada. On Thursday, April 26, select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others and on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem.

down home kitchenPick up a free pocket-size poem at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library or download one from www.poets.org. Read your pocket poem to the folks at Down Home Kitchen on Main Street in Montpelier for a free treat!

Six Old Poets Tea Party

Join us for tea, on Sunday April 22 at 4:00 p.m., as we hear the voices of teachers and students of the Montpelier Senior Activity Center: Charlie Barasch, Liz Benjamin, Jane E. Bryant, Jeanne Weston Cook, Sarah Franklin, and Geof Hewitt. Down Home Kitchen will wow us with delicious tea, scones, and sandwiches. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased ahead of time at Down Home Kitchen at 100 Main Street in downtown Montpelier. Sponsored by Westview Meadows, The Gary Home, and Montpelier Senior Activity Center. 

Poetry on Tap: Beer, Bread and Soup

Come to Down Home Kitchen (100 Main St) for a special evening meal on April 25! Enjoy a delicious light supper made with local ingredients while listening to local poets Mary Elder Jacobsen, Kerrin McCadden, Emilie Stigliani, Alison Prine, and Kristin Fogdall. Supper begins at 6 pm; poetry begins at 7.

emilie-200Emilie Stigliani, currently an editor at the Burlington Free Press, has won several awards for her work, including a prize for environmental reporting from the Missouri Press Association and a fellowship from the Missouri School of Journalism.

 

 

alison-200Alison Prine’s poems have appeared in The Virginia Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, Harvard Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Prairie Schooner among others.  Her recently published debut collection of poems, Steel, won the Cider Press Book Award in 2014.

 

mej-200pxMary Elder Jacobsen is joining PoemCity again! Her poetry has appeared in GMR Online, The Cincinnati Review, The Antioch Review, The Greensboro Review, and other venues.

 

 

Poet Kristin Fogdall

Kristin Fogdall is also reading for PoemCity for a second time this month! Her work has appeared in Poetry, The New Republic, Slate.com, New England Review, and other journals; she is currently finishing a book-length collection.

 

 

Kerrin McCadden JPEG_BrowniePoetry200Kerrin McCadden is also joining us for a second time. She teaches at Montpelier High School and is the author of the Vermont Book Award‒winning collection of poetry Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes.