The NEA and National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month is an initiative supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. In this March 31 interview, Jennifer Benka, Executive Director of the Academy of American Poets, references Montpelier’s PoemCity, together with projects in Miami and in Bainbridge Island, Washington, as an example of municipal celebration and appreciation of National Poetry Month.

BENKA: What began as a grassroots effort in New York City to highlight poets, promote the sale of poetry books, and encourage the reading and teaching of poems, has become a nationwide phenomenon. Thanks to the support and partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Booksellers Association, American Library Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English, today, National Poetry Month events occur in thousands of schools, libraries, bookstores, classrooms, and communities across the U.S. 

Looking for Poetry Workshops?

PoemCity has great workshops to inspire you.  Whether you’re a new poet or a seasoned one there surely is a workshop here for you.

April 11 at 6:30 PM The Poetry of Parenthood with Michelle Singer and Samantha Kolber  Join poets Michelle and Samantha as they read original and selected poems that capture the sacred and profane aspects of parenthood, then they will lead participants in writing prompts to generate new work.    At the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St, Montpelier.

April 15 – 1:00 to 4:00 PM  A Memoir in Poetry Workshop                                                            Poet 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. Limit: 12 participants. Registration is required by calling 802.223.3338 or emailing rysenechal (at)            At the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St, Montpelier.            

April 23 at 1:30 PM Generative Poetry Workshop                                                                              Poet Chloe Viner will guide this creative workshop. She will use several prompts to highlight different lessons and spur creativity. Viner 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.  At the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St, Montpelier.       






Chickadee Chaps and Broads Poetry Reading

Wednesday, April 29 |  7:00PM

Chickadee Chaps & Broads is proud to introduce the winner of the 3rd annual Vermont Poetry Broadside, Samn Stockwell AND to launch the debut chapbooks of their Vermont Tapas-Lit series, Ryan Walshs Reckoner and Diane Swandiane swans Between The Cabin and The Crow.  At the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.                                       samn stockwell Walsh

We still have plenty of PoemCity Programs for you to attend

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There are lots of poetic things to do in Montpelier, including The Great American Poets: Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin et al. tomorrow at Westview Meadows at 1:30pm.  For kids we have Card Catalog Poetry at the Library at 1:00pm.

Grab a hot drink and walk around reading poems on store windows. You can warm up by coming to the Kellogg-Hubbard Library to read dozens of poems throughout the library.  There are amazing poems for you to read and talk about with your friends and family.

Poetry Crostic Construction with Rick Winston

Like crosswords? How about poetry? Come to the library tonight at 7:00PM — you will get to do both! Rick Winston will guide us through the creation of a “crostic” poetry puzzle. Crostics are a lot like crosswords, except you get a quote — in this case, a poem — once you’ve solved the puzzle!rickwinston

Friday night at the North Branch Cafe in Montpelier

North Branch Cafe  is a lovely place to listen to poetry, drink tea or wine and eat something sweet. Lee Bramble, pen name of Tom Ragle,  will read from his book, Take This Song, tomorrow, April 9 at 7pm.  Bramble writes with a strong voice and has a strong affinity for Romantic English poets – think Thomas Hardy and William Wordsworth.  Join us for a delightful evening of poetry.  The Cafe is locatedtake_this_songlee-bramble at 41 State St, Montpelier.