Poetry Slam at the Center for Arts and Learning

April 29: Join Slam Master Geof Hewitt at the Center for Arts and Learning for an evening of poetry performed by participants age 8 and above, including adults. This is a traditional slam with original writing only and a 3-minute time limit. Participants should be prepared with two pieces of writing. Look forward to a spirited, fun competition!

5 pm | River Rock School, North Group classroom, Center for Arts and Learning, 46 Barre Street

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Poetry Reading: The Catamount by Sarah Van Arsdale

illustration by Sarah Van Arsdale

April 29: Come join Sarah Van Arsdale as she reads her narrative poem about the Vermont catamount. This reading is perfect for children 8 and older and adults. You’ll enjoy her watercolor illustrations.

The Catamount was recently published by Nomadic Press; copies will be available for sale and signing.

10:30 am | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street

Writing About the Natural World with George Longenecker

“Tunnel of Green on Buck Mountain Trail,” Alan Levine

April 28: Vermont is rich with natural beauty. Learn how to turn environmental images into meaningful poems that accurately reflect the natural world. Each participant will leave the workshop with the first draft of a poem.

Limit 12 participants. Pre-registration required by calling the library at 802-223-3338.

1–4 pm | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street

The Husbandry of Poetry with Julia Shipley

April 24: a rumination and discussion of some best practices for the care and feeding of poetry. Come with questions, qualms, curiosity. Leave with inspiration, tools and resources for making verse a vital, viable part of your crazy, over-full life.

Julia Shipley is the author of a debut collection, The Academy of Hay, winner of the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize and a finalist for the 2016 Vermont Book Award. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Barrelhouse, Green Mountains Review, Harvard Review online, North American Review, Poetry, Salamander, and Verse Daily. An independent journalist, contributing writer to Seven Days, and columnist for Yankee Magazine, she raises animals, vegetables and poetry on her six-acre homestead in Craftsbury, VT.

7 pm | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street

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Carol Johnson Collins Reads (Reading/Writing/Sharing)

April 19: Carol will read some of her own favorite poems. We’ll throw in some music, just for fun, that will spark thoughts of your own. You’ll be writing after Carol reads. Before the session ends, you’ll share what you have written.

2 pm | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street

Vermont Reads: Discussion of Brown Girl Dreaming

April 18: Read Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson and come discuss the book with librarian Nicole Westbom. This beautiful memoir of the author’s childhood is written in verse. It tells the story of a young person finding her voice, while examining the strength of family bonds.

The library has many copies of this Vermont Reads book for you to check out. Vermont Reads is a Vermont Humanities Council program.

6 pm | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street

Anything Goes Poetry Slam with Geof Hewitt

On the evening of April 14, an “Anything Goes!” slam features a 5-minute time limit for writers and performers, with music encouraged, and “covers” okay if identified as such; even group performances are eligible for the fabulous prizes! Grand Prize: free admission for two to Lost Nation Theater’s production of Judevine! Yes, this is Anything Goes, though it’s an all-ages event, so discretion is required. Can the single voice of an impassioned poet outscore a harp and guitar duet?

Geof Hewitt won Vermont’s poetry slam championship in 2004 (by one-tenth of a point). There hasn’t been a Vermont championship since, so he continues to brag that he is “Vermont’s Reigning Poetry Slam Champion.” He has been writing and publishing poems since his high-school days; his books are in good libraries, at better bookstores and available from the trunk of his car: just ask! Geof serves as slammaster at gatherings throughout New England, and often visits Vermont schools to spread the magic of writing and performing.

Sponsored by PoemCity and Lost Nation Theater.

7 pm | Lost Nation Theater, 39 Main Street

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