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.



Poets and friends of poetry: thanks to all of you!


Another beautiful (if surprisingly snowy) National Poetry Month has come to a close, and with it PoemCity 2016. We truly appreciate the Montpelier businesses and foundations that make this possible for us every year.

We want to thank every last one of the poets who sent us their work. We could not do this without your wholehearted participation. Beginning on May 3, the Library will have all of your posted poems here for you to pick up.

We also want to thank everyone who turned out for a PoemCity event. Your enjoyment and enrichment are what PoemCity is all about!

Please check out our links to our featured poets and presenters, who have been so generous with their time and their art, and support their fantastic work!

The above poem by Reuben Jackson is written on the Hunger Mountain Coop Cafe window.  Click on the photo to enlarge the poem for easier reading.

Kate Farrell and Baron Wormser Read

On April 28 at 7 pm, come to the Library for an evening with two exceptional poets!

Baron Wormser joins us again this month! The past Poet Laureate of Maine, Wormser is the author and coauthor of numerous books, most recently in poetry Unidentified Sighing Objects and Impenitent Notes, and in prose Teach Us That Peace. 

Writer and actress Kate Farrell has been working in poetry, art, and theater in New York for over three decades. Her most recent book is the dreamlike, metaphysical Visiting Night at the Academy of Longingpublished this January.

April 27 – Book Discussion: The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood

Come to the Kellogg-Hubbard Library for an in-depth discussion of this extraordinary book.

The Prince of los Cocuyos

The Prince of Los Cocuyos is a “poignant, hilarious, and inspiring memoir from Richard Blanco, the first Latino and openly gay inaugural poet, which explores his coming-of-age as the child of Cuban immigrants and his attempts to understand his place in America while grappling with his burgeoning artistic and sexual identities.”

Discussion led by UVM Professor John Waldron. Latino Americans “Fleeing Dictatorship” Book Series sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. Copies of the book are available at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

Generative Poetry Workshop with Chloe Viner



On April 23 at 1:30 pm at the Library, poet Chloe Viner will guide this creative workshop. She will use several prompts to highlight different lessons and spur creativity. She 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.

chloeviner2Chloe Viner is the author of several books of poetry including Naked Under an Umbrella, What the Rain Said Last Night, and the forthcoming 27 Apples.

April 21: Poem in Your Pocket Day

Every year during National Poetry Month, the Academy of American Poets leads the nation in celebrating Poem in Your Pocket Day – one more way to enjoy and interact with poetry!

On this day people are encouraged to carry a poem in their pocket. With a poem in your pocket, you have a poem to give, trade, leave someplace anonymously, read out loud at your meeting, or read to yourself at lunch (among many other possibilities). PoemCity participates by offering free poems at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, the Welcome Center downtown, Bear Pond Books, and the North Branch Cafe.

Voices in English Poetry with Tom Ragle

On April 18 at 6:30 pm at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, join us for a reading of English poetry from the late 16th to the early 20th century, from Shakespeare and Donne to Robinson and Frost, illustrating various poetic voices and various poetic styles.

tomragle-300Tom Ragle is a retired professor of English literature with a bias toward poetry. Although known locally for his readings of major English and American poets from the 16th into the 20th century, he is also a poet himself, writing under the pen name Lee Bramble. Educated at Harvard and Oxford, he was president of Marlboro College for twenty-three years.

Kids’ Card Catalog Poetry & Collage

On April 16 at 3 pm, there’s another round of collage poetry for young artists! Join us in the Children’s Library to create poems out of cards from the library’s old card catalog. Poems and artwork will be displayed in the Children’s Library and can be read aloud at Popcorn & Poetry on April 28.

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)