Poets and friends of poetry: thanks to all of you!

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Another beautiful (if surprisingly snowy) National Poetry Month has come to a close, and with it PoemCity 2016. We truly appreciate the Montpelier businesses and foundations that make this possible for us every year.

We want to thank every last one of the poets who sent us their work. We could not do this without your wholehearted participation. Beginning on May 3, the Library will have all of your posted poems here for you to pick up.

We also want to thank everyone who turned out for a PoemCity event. Your enjoyment and enrichment are what PoemCity is all about!

Please check out our links to our featured poets and presenters, who have been so generous with their time and their art, and support their fantastic work!

The above poem by Reuben Jackson is written on the Hunger Mountain Coop Cafe window.  Click on the photo to enlarge the poem for easier reading.

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PoemCity 2016 includes major prize winner

At Athena’s Boutique at 68 Main, you can see the poem “Measuring Up” by Allison Hedge Coke.

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AAHC300Hedge Coke, a Vermont College alumna and founding faculty for VCFA’s MFA in Writing & Publishing program, is this year’s winner of the prestigious Witter Bynner Prize. The Poet Laureate of the United States (currently Juan Felipe Herrera) selects the winners of this annual prize.

You can read about Hedge Coke’s amazing life and her experience in being selected for this prestigious prize in this interview with Matt Blakley. We are proud to be able to display her work.

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.

Kate Farrell and Baron Wormser Read

On April 28 at 7 pm, come to the Library for an evening with two exceptional poets!

Baron Wormser joins us again this month! The past Poet Laureate of Maine, Wormser is the author and coauthor of numerous books, most recently in poetry Unidentified Sighing Objects and Impenitent Notes, and in prose Teach Us That Peace. 

Writer and actress Kate Farrell has been working in poetry, art, and theater in New York for over three decades. Her most recent book is the dreamlike, metaphysical Visiting Night at the Academy of Longingpublished this January.

Poetry on Tap: Beer, Bread and Soup

Come to Down Home Kitchen (100 Main St) for a special evening meal on April 25! Enjoy a delicious light supper made with local ingredients while listening to local poets Mary Elder Jacobsen, Kerrin McCadden, Emilie Stigliani, Alison Prine, and Kristin Fogdall. Supper begins at 6 pm; poetry begins at 7.

emilie-200Emilie Stigliani, currently an editor at the Burlington Free Press, has won several awards for her work, including a prize for environmental reporting from the Missouri Press Association and a fellowship from the Missouri School of Journalism.

 

 

alison-200Alison Prine’s poems have appeared in The Virginia Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, Harvard Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Prairie Schooner among others.  Her recently published debut collection of poems, Steel, won the Cider Press Book Award in 2014.

 

mej-200pxMary Elder Jacobsen is joining PoemCity again! Her poetry has appeared in GMR Online, The Cincinnati Review, The Antioch Review, The Greensboro Review, and other venues.

 

 

Poet Kristin Fogdall

Kristin Fogdall is also reading for PoemCity for a second time this month! Her work has appeared in Poetry, The New Republic, Slate.com, New England Review, and other journals; she is currently finishing a book-length collection.

 

 

Kerrin McCadden JPEG_BrowniePoetry200Kerrin McCadden is also joining us for a second time. She teaches at Montpelier High School and is the author of the Vermont Book Award‒winning collection of poetry Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes.

 

 

 

Generative Poetry Workshop with Chloe Viner

 

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On April 23 at 1:30 pm at the Library, poet Chloe Viner will guide this creative workshop. She will use several prompts to highlight different lessons and spur creativity. She 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.

chloeviner2Chloe Viner is the author of several books of poetry including Naked Under an Umbrella, What the Rain Said Last Night, and the forthcoming 27 Apples.

April 21: Poem in Your Pocket Day

Every year during National Poetry Month, the Academy of American Poets leads the nation in celebrating Poem in Your Pocket Day – one more way to enjoy and interact with poetry!

On this day people are encouraged to carry a poem in their pocket. With a poem in your pocket, you have a poem to give, trade, leave someplace anonymously, read out loud at your meeting, or read to yourself at lunch (among many other possibilities). PoemCity participates by offering free poems at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, the Welcome Center downtown, Bear Pond Books, and the North Branch Cafe.

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, Slate.com, 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]