Today, PoemCity is in the Academy of American Poets’ Event Spotlight for 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.
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) kellogghubbard.org. 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.
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 Walsh‘s Reckoner and Diane Swan‘s Between The Cabin and The Crow. At the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.
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.
Elizabeth Robechek is creating an eight book series called The Wisdom of Plants and Seeds. Her sculptural books feature art and poetry that illuminates human existence via the wisdom of plants and seeds. The first two books in the series … Continue reading
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 located at 41 State St, Montpelier.
Green Mountain Transit Agency printed, laminated and posted poems at 13 bus stops in Montpelier. Here’s a poem by Phil Keller. Photo by Phayvanh Luekhamhan.
Green Mountain Transit Agency has buses that travel from Montpelier to Berlin to Barre and beyond. New this year, PoemCity has designed six bus signs with short poems that will be attached to the outside of buses. As you watch the bus roll by, you can read a poem. We are so excited by this new avenue for sharing poems in April. Click 112094_LR to see what the poem bus signs look like! These signs were designed by Dana Dwinell-Yardley. Dana is the PoemCity graphic designer!