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

Northern New England Poet Laureates: PoemCity Keynote Reading

Join us on Saturday, April 7th, for a reading by Northern New England Poet Laureates: Chard deNiord, Alice B. Fogel and Stuart Kestenbaum.

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Chard deNiord

Chard deNiord is the Vermont poet laureate. He is the author of the poetry collection Interstate (2015) and Speaking in Turn (2011) a calibration with Tony Sanders. deNiord is the tenth recipient of the Pushcart Prize, as well as a Poetry Fellow at the Sewanne Writer’s Conference and the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference.

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Alice B. Fogel

Alice B. Fogel is the New Hampshire poet laureate. Her latest poetry collection A Doubtful House came out in April 2017. Another of her collections is Interval: Poems Based upon Bach’s “Goldberg Vitiations” (2015), which won the Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature and the 2016 NH Literary Award in Poetry. Fogel is also a recipient of the National Endowment for the Individual Artist Fellowship.

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Stuart Kestenbaum

Stuart Kestenbaum is the Maine poet laureate. He is the author of the poetry collection Only Now (2014) and a collection of essays: The View From Here (2012). Kestenbaum is an honorary fellow of the American Craft Council and a recipient of the Distinguished Educator’s Award from the James Renwick Alliance.

There will be a reception after the reading with refreshments and plenty of time to mingle with deNiord, Fogel and Kestenbaum.

7 pm | Lost Nation Theater, 39 Main Street, Montpelier

MONTPELIER CELEBRATES NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

Montpelier- This April, PoemCity 2018 will present the Northern New England Poet Laureates.

PoemCity Montpelier, a National Poetry Month festival now in its ninth year, will open with a Keynote reading by award-winning poets. Join us at the Lost Nation Theater, 39 Main St., at 7pm on Saturday April 7th, for a reading by Northern New England Poet Laureates: Chard deNiord, Alice B. Fogel and Stuart Kestenbaum.

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Chard deNiord

Chard deNiord is the Vermont poet laureate. DeNiord’s poetry collections include Interstate (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015); Speaking in Turn, a collaboration with Tony Sanders (Gnomon Press, 2011); The Double Truth (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011); Night Mowing (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005); and Sharp Golden Thorn (Marsh Hawk Press, 2003). DeNiord also authored Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs: Reflections and Conversations with Twentieth Century American Poets (Marick Press, 2012) a book of essays and interviews with renowned poets. The poets featured in the collection include Robert Bly, Lucille Clifton, Donald Hall, Galway Kinnell, and Maxine Kumin.

In 2002, deNiord cofounded the New England College MFA program in poetry, which he directed until 2007.  DeNiord is currently a professor of English at Providence College. He lives in Westminster West, Vermont, with his wife, Liz.

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Alice B Fogel

Alice B Fogel is the New Hampshire poet laureate. Her latest book is A Doubtful House (2017).  Interval: Poems Based on Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” (2015) won the Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature and the 2016 NH Literary Award in Poetry, and her third book, Be That Empty, was a national poetry bestseller. She is also the author of Strange Terrain, on how to appreciate poetry without necessarily “getting” it. Nominated for Best of the Web & nine times for the Pushcart, Alice has been awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry, Spillway, Hotel Amerika, The Inflectionist, and DIAGRAM. She works one-on-one with students with learning differences at Landmark College, in Putney, VT, and hikes mountains whenever possible.

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Stuart Kestenbaum

Stuart Kestenbaum is the Maine poet laureate.  He is the author of four collections of poems, Pilgrimage (Coyote Love Press), House of Thanksgiving (Deerbrook Editions), Prayers and Run-on Sentences (Deerbrook Editions), and Only Now (Deerbrook Editions) and a collection of essays The View From Here (Brynmorgen Press).  He has written and spoken widely on craft making and creativity, and his poems and writing have appeared in numerous small press publications and magazines, including Tikkun, the Sun, the Beloit Poetry Journal, Northeast Corridor, and others and on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac.  He was appointed poet laureate of Maine in 2016.  Former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, has written “Stuart Kestenbaum writes the kind of poems I love to read, heartfelt responses to the privilege of having been given a life.  No hidden agendas here, no theories to espouse, nothing but life, pure life, set down with craft and love.”

He was the director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine for 27 years, where he established innovative programs combining craft and writing and craft and new technologies. He is an honorary fellow of the American Craft Council and a recipient of the Distinguished Educator’s Award from the James Renwick Alliance.

There will be a reception held after the reading, with offered refreshments, and plenty of time to mingle with deNiord, Fogel and Kestenbaum. This program is co-sponsored by the Lost Nation Theater and PoemCity.

Complete PoemCity information, together with updates about featured poets, can be found at poem-city.org or kellogghubbard.org. questions can be directed to the library at (802) 223-3338.

KHL logo 2013PoemCity, a presentation of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, is a month-long celebration of National Poetry Month that features a walkable anthology of contemporary Vermont poetry, workshops, presentations and readings during the month of April.

PoemCity is sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, Vermont Humanities Council, Hunger Mountain Coop, Vermont College of Fine Arts and the Poetry Society of Vermont.

For 124 years the Kellogg-Hubbard Library has been the focal point for the cultural, educational, and intellectual life in central Vermont. It serves as a resource to encourage lifelong learning, acts as a catalyst for the free exchange of ideas, and promotes literacy among all people. The library has been at the heart of our communities: preserving yesterday, informing today, and inspiring tomorrow.  kellogghubbard.org.

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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“Our Town” Poem Contest, deadline March 20th

from our friends at Lost Nation Theater (note deadline is 3/20):

LOST NATION THEATER ANNOUNCES “OUR TOWN POEM CONTEST”

Love your community? Wish you could get away? No matter how you feel about the place you live, here’s your opportunity to express it!

In collaboration with Montpelier Alive’s “Poem City, 2014” and to celebrate LNT’s season opening production of “Our Town”, by Thornton Wilder, your poetic expression of affection, description, or dissatisfaction for your home town is invited for LNT’s:                                                

                                              Our Town Poem Contest

Your inspiration can take any form—ode, sonnet, lyric or limerick, measured meter or open verse—just keep it to a spoken length of two minutes or less. Winning poets will receive two tickets to “Our Town” and the chance to read their work to LNT’s “Our Town” audiences before selected performances. LNT directors and performing artists will also offer each winning poet a private coaching session to help them maximize the effectiveness of their presentation.

Email submissions to: info@lostnationtheater.org

Or, send via US Mail to: Lost Nation Theater

Our Town Poem Contest

39 Main Street, City Hall

Montpelier, VT  05602

Submissions accepted until 5:00 PM, March 20, 2014.

For further information email: kim@lostnationtheater.org

Or, phone: (802) 223-9607

ABOUT LOST NATION THEATER:

Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier’s award-winning Resident Professional Company, has been creating high-quality performances, comprehensive education programs, and innovative community partnerships at its chamber theater home in Montpelier’s City Hall since 1989. LNT believes theater can transform people and communities. It strives to create intimate, human-scale events that mine the rich possibilities of complex language and evoke empathetic connection. The development of original work and the telling of Vermont’s stories are the heart of LNT’s mission, but annual programs also feature an eclectic mix of classic & modern dramas, comedies, and musicals. lostnationtheater.org

ABOUT THE “OUR TOWN” EXHIBIT:

“OUR TOWN” POEMS & PHOTOS: At the City Hall Art Gallery, 39 Main Street, selected poems from Lost Nation Theater’s “Our Town Poem Contest” are paired with photos of Montpelier. The display, curated by Halle Moody in consultation with local photographer Linda Hogan, asks us to look at how personal and collective identity is shaped by environment—and how conceptions of self and community are expressed in an evolving landscape. Expanding these themes, LNT’s production of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” provides further context and perspective, Thursdays through Sundays, April 10 – 27.

Note: Even if you submitted work to PoemCity 2014, you must submit to this call separately. 

A Preview of 2014

Dear Poets,

You’re probably wondering what’s going on… where can you find info about April’s schedule, and where the heck is your poem going to be placed? Our team is rapidly putting the final touches on this year’s PoemCity and we have lots to share with you—so stay tuned! In the meantime, here are a few things:

DAVID BUDBILL. As we do every year, we will kick off our celebrations on April 1st at the Vermont State House with a reading by a prominent Vermont poet. This year, we are delighted to bring David Budbill to the State House. He will be introduced by Linda Ramsdel, owner of Galaxy Bookshop (Hardwick).

Many of you probably know his work either through his many books, Lost Nation Theater’s productions of Judevine (2007, 2008), A Song for My Father (2010), and Two for Christmas (2012) and his regular appearances on The Writer’s Almanac, hosted by Garrison Keillor.

David Budbill will be the visiting writer at Norwich University, holding a reading and class visits there in April. He’ll reprise “Baseball with Budbill and Barasch” for us on April 10th at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. We’re happy to feature David and his work as part of PoemCity 2014. The reading on the 1st starts at 7 pm in the House Chambers. Read some of his work HERE.

SATELLITES. We’re taking a small step towards a big dream this year—satellite locations! While downtown Montpelier will remain the hub of PoemCity, we are happy to include a few new sites in Vermont this April: PoemCampus Norwich University (Northfield) and PoemTown Randolph (serving the greater Randolph area). We’ve also partnered with the Vermont Information Centers Division to include a few Welcome Centers with unique poetry displays of their own.  If you’re traveling from out of town, you can make a pit stop and read poetry there too!

We’ve worked very hard these past five years to make PoemCity a stand-out month in Montpelier, and to establish a community tool kit for other locations that want to host a similar celebration in their home communities. We are grateful to the organizers at Norwich University and in Randolph for testing the waters and providing us with feedback.

AWARDS AND OUTREACH. The Vermont Downtowns and Village Centers Award for Best Special Event was presented to PoemCity at the Vermont Downtowns Conference in June 2013 in Barre. We are very proud to have this statewide recognition, which beat out other contenders from around the Vermont.

Most recently, Julia Shipley’s article about PoemCity was published in the March/April 2014 edition of Yankee Magazine. The notice has been stellar, with our friends and partners tweeting about it and sharing it over Facebook. If you haven’t read it yet, you can find it HERE. The issue is on newsstands now, and I recommend you pick one up—there are quite a few interesting articles.

We are grateful for the continued funding of the Vermont Humanities Council, the City of Montpelier’s Arts Fund, and for the hard work of our fantastic volunteer crew.  And speaking of social media, please follow, friend, and otherwise like us! @PoemCityVT and on Facebook.com/PoemCityMontpelier

We’re looking forward to seeing you in April.

Best,

Rachel and Phayvanh

Rachel and Phayvanh