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.



Poetry reading by alumni of the Vermont Studio Center

On April 20, at 7 pm, at the Lounge in VCFA’s Noble Hall at 39 College Street, Ryan Walsh, development and writing director at the Vermont Studio Center, hosts an evening of some of Vermont’s finest voices— Major Jackson, Kerrin McCadden, Baron Wormser, Julia Shipley, Kristin Fogdall, Diana Whitney and Laurie Macfee.

Each poet is an alum of VSC’s residency or Visiting Writer program. The reading will feature writers at every career level, from emerging to nationally celebrated. Poets will each share their work for 10 minutes, followed by an opportunity for conversation.

jackson5-200v (1)Major Jackson is a poet, professor, and the author of three collections of poetry: Holding Company, Hoops, and Leaving Saturn.





Kerrin McCadden JPEG_BrowniePoetry200Kerrin McCadden teaches at Montpelier High School and is the author of the Vermont Book Award‒winning collection of poetry Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes.




baron-200Baron Wormser is the former Poet Laureate of Maine and author and coauthor of numerous books, most recently in poetry Unidentified Sighing Objects and Impenitent Notes, and in prose Teach Us That Peace.




Julia & pup B&W taken by Howard Romero-2-200Julia Shipley is the cofounder of Chickadee Chaps & Broads and the author of poetry chapbook First Do No Harm and prose book Adam’s Mark.




DianaWhitneyheadshot-200Diana Whitney’s first book, Wanting It, became an indie bestseller and won the Rubery Book Award in poetry. Her poems and essays have appeared in The Boston Globe, Crab Orchard Review, The Rumpus, Salon, The Washington Post, and many more.


Poet Kristin Fogdall

Kristin Fogdall’s work has appeared in Poetry, The New Republic,, New England Review, and other journals; she is currently finishing a book-length collection.



Laurie Macfee2-200Laurie Macfee was Writing Coordinator at VSC 2015-16 and continues as Grants Coordinator. She’s the designer and past poetry editor of Sierra Nevada Review, and poetry guest co-editor of Green Mountains Review 2016-17. Publications include Forklift, Ohio; Blue Lyra Review; Big Bell; Brushfire; and the anthology Change in the American West.



[edited to add Baron Wormser’s most recent poetry 4/23]

Farmers Night Series features Major Jackson

We’re just thrilled that PoemCity‘s Kick-Off Celebration with Major Jackson is part of the Farmers Night Series at the Vermont State House. Poet and Representative Marjorie Ryerson, who’s been spending her days in the House Chambers,  will introduce Major Jackson who will talk about poetry and read his poems. The PoemCity program guidmarjorieryerson2es will be available, too.jackson131

Major Jackson, PoemCity’s Celebratory Poet

Join us for the PoemCity’s Kick-Off Celebration with Major Jackson on April 1, 2015 at 7:30pm at the State House.

Marjorie Ryerson will introduce Major Jackson at this special event.

MAJOR JACKSON is an American poet, professor and the author of three collections of poetry: HOLDING COMPANY (W.W. Norton, 2010) and HOOPS (W.W. Norton, 2006), both finalists for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature-Poetry and LEAVING SATURN (University of Georgia, 2002), winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and finalist for a National Book Critics Award Circle. He is also a recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and has been honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress.

Jackson is the Richard Dennis Green and Gold Professor at University of Vermont and a core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars. He served as a creative arts fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, as the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence at University of Massachusetts-Lowell and currently serves as the Poetry Editor of the Harvard Review.

MARJORIE RYERSON is an award-winning book author, journalist, photographer, teacher, and poet. Ryerson also represents the Orange-Washington-Addison district in the State House.

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Major Jackson

Save the Date – Spend the month of April with us!

Come celebrate National Poetry Month with us!

Don’t miss the Kick-Off Celebration of PoemCity with Major Jackson on April 1, 2015 at 7:30pm at Farmers Night at the State House.


Goddard College Faculty: Arisa White, Michael Viszoly, Wendy Call, Janet Sylvester, Elena Georgiou

Diana Whitney

Jeffrey Ellis – part of Farmers Tell Their Stories

Kerrin McCadden

Major Jackson

Steve Cramer

Neil Shepard

Ryan Walsh

Diane Swan

Roger Weingarten

Tom Ragle

Friends of Lea Wood


Poetry Slam with Geof Hewitt

Press Here: Vermont Poetry Publishers Roundtable

Memorization Workshop with Ginger Lambert

Discussion of Robert Frost’s Poetry with Peter Gilbert

Readers Theatre: Dreams Deferred: Past, Present, Future Black Poets

Art & Poetry: Sculptural books with Elizabeth Robechek

We Are Montpelier –Finale Concert

Generating Poems Workshop with Kate Fetherston

Zen Poetry workshop with Walt Ward

Poem Crostic Construction with Rick Winston

The Great American Poets: Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, et al with Jim Hogue

Open Mic Poetry at Bear Pond Books

Poem In Your Pocket Day

Poetry and Food with Jesse Lovasco and Lise Mase

Card Catalogue Poetry

Our walkable anthology of contemporary Vermont poetry will be on display in downtown Montpelier throughout April.

Program books will be available in April.