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




Norwich’s Second Annual Poetry Open Mic Night Event

Norwich’s Second Annual Poetry Open Mic Night Event
Time: 7 pm
Date: 15 April 2015
Location: The Mill, Wise Campus Center, Norwich University

Norwich University will be hosting its second annual open mic night poetry reading! Last year, over 65 students from Norwich and Montpelier High School and community members participated. Once again, students, faculty, and community members alike are all welcome to read poems at Norwich’s Poetry Open Mic Night on Wednesday, April 15th.

We are excited to announce that Vermont’s spoken word champion, Geof Hewitt will MC and read some of his own work. This reading is open to all high school or college students and all community members. We welcome anyone interested in reading a poem or attending the event – it is free and open to the public!

For more information contact Sean Prentiss at prentiss@norwich.edu

Read Like a Spoken Word Poetry Champion with Geof Hewitt

Read Like a Spoken Word Poetry Champion with Geof Hewitt
Time: 4 pm
Date: 6 April 2015
Location: Webb Hall, Room 303, Norwich University

On Monday, April 6th reigning Spoken Word champion of Vermont Geof Hewitt will host a class on spoken word poetry at Norwich University. This class is free and open to the public. Hewitt will use his personal experience Vermont spoken word champion to teach students and community members how to take their poems from written works to spoken word slam poetry. This skill will improve students public speaking skills, confidence, and will help prepare students for the upcoming Poetry Open Mic Night event being held at Norwich on April 15!

This event is free and open to the public – all are welcome!

For more information contact Sean Prentiss at prentiss@norwich.edu

The Wheels on the Bus

Green Mountain Transit Agency has buses that travel from Montpelier to Berlin to Barre and beyond. New this year, PoemCity has designed six bus signs with short poems that will be attached to the outside of buses.  As you watch the bus roll by, you can read a poem.  We are so excited by this new avenue for sharing poems in April. Click 112094_LR to see what the poem bus signs look like!  These signs were designed by Dana Dwinell-Yardley.  Dana is the PoemCity graphic designer!