Norwich University: Poetry Posts Art Walk

In the words of Laura Foster, “A poetry post (or poetry pole, or poetry box) is a wooden pole, usually mounted on private property, so that it faces pedestrians. On top of the pole is a box, with a glass or clear face and a lid. Inside the box is a sheet of paper containing a poem.”

Tomorrow morning at 10 am in Chaplin Hall, Norwich University visual design students will begin a walking presentation on their exhibition of poetry posts. Twenty-four students have created posts inspired by a wide range of poems — works by Pablo Neruda, Theodore Roethke, J.R.R. Tolkien, and more.

You can see the posts through May 1 as part of PoemCampus at Norwich.


Norwich’s Second Annual Poetry Open Mic Night Event

Norwich’s Second Annual Poetry Open Mic Night Event
Time: 7 pm
Date: 15 April 2015
Location: The Mill, Wise Campus Center, Norwich University

Norwich University will be hosting its second annual open mic night poetry reading! Last year, over 65 students from Norwich and Montpelier High School and community members participated. Once again, students, faculty, and community members alike are all welcome to read poems at Norwich’s Poetry Open Mic Night on Wednesday, April 15th.

We are excited to announce that Vermont’s spoken word champion, Geof Hewitt will MC and read some of his own work. This reading is open to all high school or college students and all community members. We welcome anyone interested in reading a poem or attending the event – it is free and open to the public!

For more information contact Sean Prentiss at

Read Like a Spoken Word Poetry Champion with Geof Hewitt

Read Like a Spoken Word Poetry Champion with Geof Hewitt
Time: 4 pm
Date: 6 April 2015
Location: Webb Hall, Room 303, Norwich University

On Monday, April 6th reigning Spoken Word champion of Vermont Geof Hewitt will host a class on spoken word poetry at Norwich University. This class is free and open to the public. Hewitt will use his personal experience Vermont spoken word champion to teach students and community members how to take their poems from written works to spoken word slam poetry. This skill will improve students public speaking skills, confidence, and will help prepare students for the upcoming Poetry Open Mic Night event being held at Norwich on April 15!

This event is free and open to the public – all are welcome!

For more information contact Sean Prentiss at

Creativity on Campus

Please join us for Creativity on Campus at 6:30pm at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.  Norwich University professor Sean Prentiss and F. Brett Cox will be joined by NU students Baylee Annis, Dana DeMartino, and Katherine Proffit, holding a panel to discuss creative writing pursuits on a military-focused campus.  Moderator is Jacque E. Day.  We’re very happy to have Norwich University hosting PoemCampus 2014.



PoemCampus Norwich University 2014

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How excited are we to see that Norwich Univeristy is embracing PoemCampus this spring? Very!

Not only are they hosting David Budbill on campus as part of their Writers Series, but they also are featuring The Chameleon Journal (their literary journal), and taking poetry across disciplines–Architectural Design and Acting and Directing.  They also will have four different poetry displays on campus. All events are free and open to the public, so we highly suggest you make it a part of your trip to Montpelier this April.

Additionally, Norwich University’s professors and students will hold a panel in Montpelier at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library on April 8th to talk about creating a literary hub on campus.

The PoemCampus 2014 schedule can be found HERE.

Thank you to Sean Prentiss for taking the lead on this project.



Norwich University’s Visit to PoemCity 2013

David Budbill Apr 2 2014

David Budill at Norwich University, April 2

from our friends at Norwich University:

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NEWS RELEASE: Norwich University Writers Series presents poet, playwright, author David Budbill

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University’s Spring 2014 Writers Series features acclaimed poet and playwright David Budbill on Wed., April 2. The event begins with a short reading of Budbill’s acclaimed play “Judevine” by members of the Norwich Pegasus Players at 7 p.m. in Milano Ballroom.

A Vermonter who lives and writes from the Northeast Kingdom, Budbill is the author of seven books of poems, including Happy Life, released by Copper Canyon Press in 2011. His works also include eight plays, a novel, a collection of short stories and a picture book for children.

Budbill’s honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Play Writing Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award for Fiction, and the Vermont Arts Council Walter Cerf Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.

This event continues the 2014 Writers Series, presented by the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of English and Communications. All events in this series are free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale, and a signing will follow the reading.

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).



Norwich University Visits PoemCity 2013 HERE

David Budbill as part of PoemCity 2014 HERE

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

We’re looking forward to seeing you in April.


Rachel and Phayvanh

Rachel and Phayvanh

Bringing Norwich to Montpelier

Enriching the study of poetry for students in our community is one of the rewards we receive from organizing PoemCity each year. In 2013, we are happy to have been able to feature the writings of students from Norwich University in nearby Northfield.

Montpelier and the Central Vermont region is host to generations of Norwich alumni and so this partnership seemed a natural fit.

Norwich, the nation’s oldest private military college, is known for programs such as engineering and nursing, but not so much for creative writing—yet! This month though, poetry was a very much a part of their campus life.

Ivelliam Ceballo wrote THIS ARTICLE for the NU campus newspaper about how the students are approaching poetry study. Yesterday, poet Major Jackson visited the campus to work with the students and offer a reading on the campus.

Professor Sean Prentiss sent me this note recently:

Last week, two creative writing classes from Norwich University visited Montpelier to enjoy PoemCity. This group of 25 students started out by reading the poems they submitted to PoemCity. These poems are all on display at the Vermont Center for Independent Living (11 E. State St).

From there, the students and I, wandered State and Main Streets reading poems in the light rain and talking about which poems were their favorites. The students were excited to see their poems on display and to see an entire city devoted to poetry for one month.

Sean Prentiss’s poem “Electrons Pushing Against Electrons” is on display at Capitol Stationers.

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Student Poets Take Part in PoemCity by Ivelliam Ceballo

Photos are courtesy of Sean Prentiss.

Finalizing Poetry Installations…

We’ve been finalizing all the poetry installations. Please be patient if you do not see your poem installed. There could be many reasons for this to occur. We will check up on it if you call the Kellogg-Hubbard Library at (802) 223-3338 or email Sarah at

Thank you!

VCIL display 2013

Just posted today–a group of student poetry from Norwich University.

The Vermont Center for Independent Living on East State Street sent us this photo by Alaina Clements, of the 27 student poems from Norwich University’s creative writing class 306A. Professor: Sean Prentiss. Come on by!


Here’s the email invite for tonight’s kick off and the rest of the week’s events. It just went out. CLICK HERE.

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