Poetry of Witness: A Workshop with George Longenecker

How do poets write about historical and political events without sounding preachy and prosy?  On Friday, April 20 come for a workshop with published poet George Longenecker. You’ll read examples of great poetry, and then create our own. Limited to 12 participants.  Register for this workshop by calling the library at 223-3338.

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

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George Longenecker

Longenecker lives in Middlesex, VT. His poems have been published in journals, including Atlanta Review, The Main Street Rag, Paterson Review, Poetry Quarterly, Saranac Review, Seneca Review, Whale Road Review and War, Literature & the Arts. His book Star Route was published in March by Main Street Rag Publishing.

 

To register for the workshop: 

Please contact the library at (802) 223-3338.

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Poetry Reading and Workshop with George Longenecker

George Longenecker will read poems from his new book Star Route as well as a few poems from a forgotten Vermont poet, Frances Frost who lived from 1905 – 1959, on Friday, April 6, at the T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier at 7:00 p.m. 

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George Longenecker

Longenecker lives in Middlesex, Vermont. His poems have been published in journals, including Atlanta Review, The Main Street Rag, Paterson Review, Poetry Quarterly, Saranac Review, Seneca Review, Whale Road Review and War, Literature & the Arts. His book Star Route was published in March by Main Street Rag Publishing.

“George Longenecker writes as both stargazer and Earthling, shifting back and forth in his local chronicles between cosmic wonder and immense particulars.” -Chard deNiord

“It’s rare to find a poet who writes knowledgeably and in precise detail about nature but also turns his craft to poems about married love, our constant wars, about the death of children, of strangers, of friends, of our destruction of the planet and each other.” -Marge Piercy

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7 pm | T.W. Wood Gallery, 46 Barre 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.

 

Writing About the Natural World with George Longenecker

“Tunnel of Green on Buck Mountain Trail,” Alan Levine

April 28: Vermont is rich with natural beauty. Learn how to turn environmental images into meaningful poems that accurately reflect the natural world. Each participant will leave the workshop with the first draft of a poem.

Limit 12 participants. Pre-registration required by calling the library at 802-223-3338.

1–4 pm | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street

Poetry of Popular Culture and Superheroes with George Longenecker

How could Superman, the Edsel, Plastic Man, Eisenhower, cemeteries and the Fourth of July possibly make good poetry? Modern poetry draws from everyday imagery, real people and imaginary characters.

On April 7, George Longenecker will read poetry of superheroes and popular culture, including his own poems and those of others. Longenecker has made many presentations for the National Popular and American Culture Association. He taught writing and history for many years at Vermont Technical College.  His poetry has been published in Vermont Literary Review, Isthmus, Poetry Quarterly, Whale Road Review, Atlanta Review and in the anthology Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comic Books.

Wine and cheese reception to follow.

7–8 pm | T.W. Wood Gallery, 46 Barre Street

This venue is not accessible.

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

Nobody Cares That Your Dog Died: A Memoir in Poetry Workshop

You’ll need to register for this workshop, so get in touch soon!

On April 15, from 1 to 4 pm at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, George Longenecker will lead this generative workshop featuring several poems of personal memoir as well as techniques for creating well-crafted poems. Participants will leave the workshop with the beginnings of poems.

George Longenecker has published his poems in many journals, including Memoir, Vermont Literary Review, and Atlanta Review, and has recently retired as a professor at Vermont Tech.

Limited to 12 participants. To register, please call the Kellogg-Hubbard Library at 223-3338 or send an email to rysenechal (at) kellogghubbard.org.

Looking for Poetry Workshops?

PoemCity has great workshops to inspire you.  Whether you’re a new poet or a seasoned one there surely is a workshop here for you.

April 11 at 6:30 PM The Poetry of Parenthood with Michelle Singer and Samantha Kolber  Join poets Michelle and Samantha as they read original and selected poems that capture the sacred and profane aspects of parenthood, then they will lead participants in writing prompts to generate new work.    At the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St, Montpelier.

April 15 – 1:00 to 4:00 PM  A Memoir in Poetry Workshop                                                            Poet George Longenecker will lead this generative workshop featuring several poems of personal memoir as well as techniques for creating well-crafted poems. Participants will leave the workshop with the beginnings of poems. Limit: 12 participants. Registration is required by calling 802.223.3338 or emailing rysenechal (at) kellogghubbard.org.            At the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St, Montpelier.            

April 23 at 1:30 PM Generative Poetry Workshop                                                                              Poet Chloe Viner will guide this creative workshop. She will use several prompts to highlight different lessons and spur creativity. Viner will guide a discussion on the difference between concrete and abstract writing in poetry and examine how to create vivid and original images through metaphor.  At the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St, Montpelier.       

 

 

 

 

 

Poetry of Art & Memoir with George Longenecker

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At the T.W. Wood Gallery & Arts Center (46 Barre St, Montpelier), George Longenecker will look at issues of race and racism in ekphrastic poetry, the poetry of art. With illustrations of paintings, he’ll read works by former United States Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey and Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott. He’ll also read his own poems of art and memoir.
This presentation is on April 8 at 7:00 pm. Reception and refreshments to follow. Please note venue is not accessible.

George Longenecker has published his poems in many journals, including Memoir, Vermont Literary Review, and Atlanta Review, and has recently retired as a professor at Vermont Tech.