Watch the PoemCity Readings

Missed a reading, now thanks to ORCA Media you can watch them from the comfort of your own home.

“TIDAL_WAVE” Poetry Reading at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library on April 2.

Miraculum Monstrum with Kathline Carr at Bear Pond Books on April 3.

George Longenecker reading from Star Rout at the T.W. Wood Gallery on April 6.

Two Friends Reading with Pamela Harrison and Carol Westberg at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library on April 7.

Northern New England Poets Laureate: PoemCity Keynote Reading. With Chard deNiord, Alice B. Fogel and Stuart Kestenbaum at Loss Nation Theater on April 7.

Poems in Performance: A Cure for Poemphobia with Geof Hewitt at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library on April 12.

Vermont Poets at VCFA on April 15.

Alison Prine & Bianca Stone at Bear Pond Books on April 17.

Poerty Slam with Geof Hewitt on April 21.

Anything Goes Poetry Slam with Geof Hewitt at Loss Nation Theater on April 25

Daived Hinton reading poetry at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library on April 26.

 

 

 

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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. 

Anything Goes! Poetry Slam at Lost Nation Theater

Geof Hewitt

An Anything Goes! Slam features a five-minute time limit for writers and performers, with music encouraged, and covers okay if identified as such; even group performances are eligible for fabulous prizes. Geof Hewitt is master of this slam. YES, this is anything goes, though it’s an all-ages event, so discretion is required. Can the single voice of an impassioned poet outscore a harp and guitar duet? Come find out on Wednesday, April 25th at Lost Nation Theater. 

 

Sponsored by PoemCity and Lost Nation Theater. 

7 pm | Lost Nation Theater, 39 Main Street

Poetry Slam at the Center for Arts and Learning

Geof Hewitt

On Saturday, April 21st join Slam Master Geof Hewitt at the Center for Arts and Learning for an afternoon of poetry performed by participants age 8 and above, including adults. This is a traditional slam with original writing only and a 3-minute time limit. Participants should be prepared with two pieces of writing.

3:30 pm |Center for Arts and Learning, 46 Barre Street

Poems in Performance: A Cure for Poemphobia

In the past fifty years, a magical loosening of “poetry” has opened doors for reluctant readers and the performance of poems in “poetry slams” has attracted new audiences. The assumption of sing-song or anticipation of hidden metaphors no longer applies.

Geof Hewitt

On Thursday, April 12 come take part in an informal talk. Slam poet Geof Hewitt will offer poems that defy stereotype and discuss strategies for finding more. Participants are encouraged to bring a poem to rehearse. No limit for participants.

A Vermont Humanities Council Speakers Bureau event.

7 pm | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street

PoemCity 2018 Workshops

Introduction to Poetry Slams for Kids with Geof Hewitt:

Ever wonder what a Poetry Slam is? Join Vermont’s reigning slam master, Geof Hewitt, to learn about slams and write your own slam poem! It all happens on Thurs, April 12No limit for participants.

3:30 to 5 pm |Center for Art and Learning , 46 Barre Street

Introduction to Poetry Slams for Kids with Nicole Westbom:

Ever wonder what a Poetry Slam is?

Come join KHL Librarian Nicole Westbom, on SatApril 14, to learn about slams and write your own slam poem! Drop in for the workshop anytime between 2 and 4 pm. No limit for participants.

2 to 4 pm | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street

*Then sign up for the Poetry Slam at the Center for Arts and Learning  that will take place on Sat, April 21 at 3:30 pm. 

Reinventing a Poem with Kerrin McCadden:

On Mon, April 16, bring a draft of a poem you can’t figure out what to do with, and we will work through some revision strategies. We will share our poems and complain about them, and then we will make the biggest moves we can against their failures. I’ll bring the strategies, you bring a good-humored willingness to do more than tinker. Limited to 12 participants.

6 to 8 pm | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street

Poetry of Witness with George Longenecker :

Will take place on Fri April 20 Workshop. How do poets write about historical and political events without sounding preachy and prosy?  We’ll read examples of great poetry, and then create our own. Limited to 12 participants.

2-5 pm | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street

Poetry Play Time with Rosa Castellano:

Join us on Fri, April 20 for Poetry Play Time. Though reading, writing, drawing and crafting we’ll play with some kid-friendly poems. Please bring any favorite poems to share over a snack. What a simple and enjoyable way to expose your children to the experience and mechanics of poetry! Ideal for children 7-11 years old. Limited to 16 participants.

3:00 pm | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street

Reading Aloud- Exploring Poetic Voices with Rick Agran:

Learn to appreciate the rhythm and musicality of poetry and spoken word on Mon, April 23. Bon Mot host and radio producer, Rick Agran, will share recorded voices of contemporary poets to explore their sonic qualities. Poets are invited to bring a poem to share that’s voice they’d like to develop further. We’ll explore breath, annunciation, and diction to accentuate a poem’s language. Limited to 12 participants.

6:30 pm | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street

Renga Poetry with Susan Reid:

Renga, meaning “linked poem,” began over seven hundred years ago in Japan to encourage the collaborative composition of poems. Come take part on Tues, April 24, to create a renga, one poet writes the first stanza, which is three lines long with a total of seventeen syllables. The next poet adds the second stanza, a couplet with seven syllables per line. The third stanza repeats the structure of the first and the fourth repeats the second, alternating in this pattern until the poem’s end. Limited to 24 participants.

3-5 pm| Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street

Poetry As Protest  with Simone John:

Poets Samantha Kolber and Michelle Singer will lead participants in an exploration of protest poetry, on Sat, April 28. Come with a theme or idea and write a poem in protest about your most passionate issue. We will give examples of three different forms your protest poem can take, discuss them, and then write our own. Limited to 12 participants.

10 am-noon | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street

To register for the workshops: 

Please contact the library at (802) 223-3338 or come on it in person to the adult circulation desk.

 

Poetry Slam at the Center for Arts and Learning

April 29: Join Slam Master Geof Hewitt at the Center for Arts and Learning for an evening of poetry performed by participants age 8 and above, including adults. This is a traditional slam with original writing only and a 3-minute time limit. Participants should be prepared with two pieces of writing. Look forward to a spirited, fun competition!

5 pm | River Rock School, North Group classroom, Center for Arts and Learning, 46 Barre Street

PoemCity Events at the Hunger Mountain Coop Earth Day Celebration!

Hunger Mountain Coop‘s annual Earth Day Celebration on April 22 (at 623 Stone Cutters Way) will feature two PoemCity events this year — one for kids to drop in all day, and one for grownups to enjoy in the evening! … Continue reading

Anything Goes Poetry Slam with Geof Hewitt

On the evening of April 14, an “Anything Goes!” slam features a 5-minute time limit for writers and performers, with music encouraged, and “covers” okay if identified as such; even group performances are eligible for the fabulous prizes! Grand Prize: free admission for two to Lost Nation Theater’s production of Judevine! Yes, this is Anything Goes, though it’s an all-ages event, so discretion is required. Can the single voice of an impassioned poet outscore a harp and guitar duet?

Geof Hewitt won Vermont’s poetry slam championship in 2004 (by one-tenth of a point). There hasn’t been a Vermont championship since, so he continues to brag that he is “Vermont’s Reigning Poetry Slam Champion.” He has been writing and publishing poems since his high-school days; his books are in good libraries, at better bookstores and available from the trunk of his car: just ask! Geof serves as slammaster at gatherings throughout New England, and often visits Vermont schools to spread the magic of writing and performing.

Sponsored by PoemCity and Lost Nation Theater.

7 pm | Lost Nation Theater, 39 Main Street

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