Poets Pulling Prints: Celebrating Poetry Aloud & In Print

At May Day Studio, 190 River Street, April 2, at 4-6 pm —

Come hear readings by the fabulous Cora Brooks (prolific Vermont poet, playwright and activist) & Elena Georgiou, poet and Lambda Literary Award winner. Stay to pull a print of poetry on one of May Day Studio’s antique printing presses! Here’s how it looked last year —

The open-edition broadside is designed by Kelly McMahon and handset in metal type in advance. When you arrive, your broadside will be waiting for you – just turn the crank!

The program is free; suggested donation of $5 for the print.

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Poetry, Meet Art: Letterpress Broadsides at May Day Studio

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“How to Grow a Sonnet” by Mary Elder Jacobsen; print created at May Day Studios

You’ll need to preregister for this fantastic day of hands-on art (and lunch) at the May Day Studio, on April 30, from 10:30 am to 4 pm – get in touch!

Broadsides are, in today’s parlance, posters. Incorporate meaningful texts (and perhaps a bit of decoration) and watch the words take on new meaning and new life. In this workshop, we’ll use handset type and decorative elements to create large-format prints of poems that inspire us.

Cost is $110, and includes 100% cotton paper for 5 11 x 17 prints, plus a sandwich lunch.

Please contact May Day, at maydaystudio@gmail.com or 802-229-0639, to preregister.

Fresh off the press

Check out Reuben Jackson’s broadside from May Day Studio, made just this last week at Poets Pulling Prints!

Reuben_broadside-1500Kelly at May Day also caught a video of Reuben reciting. To see more of him (and with music!) come to Hunger Mountain Coop this Friday from 5 pm to 7 pm!

Reuben Jackson live! #poetry #reubenjackson #poetspullingprints #letterpress #poemcity #montpelier

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Poets Pulling Prints with Mary Elder Jacobsen & Reuben Jackson

Reuben_2515-300pxPoets Pulling Prints celebrates poetry aloud and in print! On April 14  from 7 to 9PM at May Day Studio  (190 River St, Montpelier) come hear the fabulous Mary Elder Jacobsen and Reuben Jackson read their verses, and stay to pull a print of poetry on one of May Day Studio’s antique printing presses. The open-edition broadside is designed by Kelly McMahon and handset in metal type in advance. When you arrive, your broadside will be waiting for you—just turn the crank!

Free, but with a suggested donation of $5 for the print.

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2014 Broadsides Contest Winner: David Dillon

a note from our friends at Chickadee Chaps and Broads:

Dear Vermont Poets and Friends,

Chickadee Chaps & Broads is pleased to announce the winner of this year’s Vermont Poetry Broadside Contest is David Dillon of East Albany, VT. His poem, “Northeast Kingdom Wind Song” was selected by Vermont Poet, Jody Gladding.

 

Ms. Gladding said of Dillon’s work that she enjoyed how his poem is, “full of the elemental energy that is the storm.” Adding that,”I like all its verbs, I like being thrown by the reference to a Costa Rican resort, I like it that the wind is female. As the poem says, ‘this song rouses all.'”

 

The two finalists for the second annual Vermont Poetry Broadside Contest are Arlene Distler of Brattleboro, Vt for her poem “Fish Counter,” and Tom Martin of Franklin, Vt for his poem “The Mail Box.” Both finalists will receive a copy of this year’s winning Broadside.

 

David Dillon will receive five copies of his signed and numbered limited edition Broadside, handset and letterpress printed at May Day Studio, and illustrated by Vermont Arts Council award-winner Gabriel Tempesta.

 

Mr. Dillon’s broadside will be on public display in downtown Montpelier during the month of April as part of PoemCity’s month-long poetry festivities. Copies will be available for purchase at The Drawing Board throughout April 2014 and online while supplies last at Chickadee Chaps & Broads’ online store.

 

As part of CC&B’s mission to nurture the work of Vermont Writers Mr. Dillon will receive a complimentary three- night stay at the Writer’s Retreat in Craftsbury, Vermont.

 

Both Jody Gladding and David Dillon will give a reading at Bear Pond Books in Montpelier on April 15th, 2014. Gladding will read from,”Translations From Bark Beetle,” her newly released collection from Milkweed Editions, and David Dillon will read his winning poem along with a selection from his first book of poems, “From The Porch.”

 
Sincerely,
Julia Shipley & Kelly McMahon
For more information about these ladies and their work, go to: www.chickadeechapsandbroads.com
From the Porch by David Dillon

David’s book is available at Bear Pond Books

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Broadsides Contest 2014

Our friends at Chickadee Chaps and Broads are running their broadsides contest again this year–details below:

Postmark deadline: February 1, 2014.
Entry Fee: $15.
Submission Guidelines: Submit up to three poems (30 line limit, please). Previously published ok– but please acknowledge where.

To enter via email: Email brief bio along with your name, address and phone, and attach three poems as a single pdf to:chickadeechapsandbroads@gmail.com. Entry fee is payable via PayPal to same email address. All submissions will be acknowledged.

To enter via mail: Items may be submitted via snail mail to May Day Studio, 190 River Street, Montpelier VT 05602. Checks should be made to May Day Studio. Please include SASE. Items mailed will not be returned. Please do not send originals or your only copy. All submissions will be acknowledged.

Winner will be notified via mail/email by March 1, 2014, and announced on our website.

The final juror will be Jody Gladding.

Last year’s winner was Ralph Culver, chosen by Sydney Lea.