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.



Reading with Poet Leland Kinsey


On April 13 at 7:00 pm in the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Leland Kinsey, Pushcart Prize nominee, will be reading from his new book Galvanized: New and Selected Poems, published by Green Writers Press in April 2016. Kinsey is also author of Winter Ready and six other books of poetry. He writes of the hard, dark life of the countryside in a haunting, spellbinding manner. Join Kinsey for an evening of poetry at the Library.

PoemCity this week in Montpelier – April 21


 Did you see the Times Argus article about Twitter Poetry in Sunday’s newspaper?  It’s on page A5 and has a couple of photos of The Drawing Board’s windows.  Beth Kanell led a workshop at Bagitos on writing twitter poems using 140 characters or less.  Check it out! 

Tuesday, April 22 is the 17th Annual Open Poetry event at Bear Pond Books.  This is a perennial favorite. Readers are chosen by lottery this year and I believe all of the names have been chosen.  Go to Bear Pond at 7pm and listen to great poetry!

Wednesday, April 23 at 7pm Leland Kinsey will read from his new book, Winter Ready at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Kinsey is from the Northeast Kingdom and his poetry draws from the landscape and natural history of that area.  You’ll love his poems! 

Thursday, April 24  POEMS IN YOUR POCKET DAY!

Poem in Your Pocket Day is simple: select a poem you love, then carry it with you to share with co-workers, family, friends or the person next to you in line at the store.  Poems in pockets have been unfolded and shared nationwide since 2002: the day is officially sponsored by the Academy of American Poets.  Poem distribution sites are:  Bear Pond Books, Global Gifts, Capitol Grounds, The Drawing Board, on GMTA Montpelier Circulator bus.

 Thursday, April 24, 7pm, A Lecture about Williams Carlos Williams at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library

Huck Gutman is passionate about poetry.  Really passionate.  It’s great to listen to someone who really cares about his topic.  UVM Professor Gutman will share five poems written by Williams Carlos Williams and will discuss them with the audience. Williams Carlos Williams was a writer and a pediatrician. Read more about him here:

 Friday, April 25 at noon Card Catalog Poetry Writing at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library

Bring your lunch and take a break from your work day in a group writing session using the library’s cards from the card catalog as a prompt. I just pulled a card out of the box and it says “Gus was a gorgeous ghost.”  Now that’s a fun prompt!


Saturday, April 26 at 10am The Nature of Poetry at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library

Bring your favorite nature poem to share or just listen.  Poet and nature-lover Michelle A. L. Singer leads a casual exploration of nature in poems followed by a nature walk and simple writing exercise, weather permitting.

 Have you walked around Montpelier reading all the great poems on the windows?Image

This photo was taken by Emily Marie Ahtunan.  Thank you Emily!

  We have more poetry coming your way next week, too!