Roads Taken:Contemporary VT Poetry

Join Editors Sydney Lea, Vermont’s 2011-2015 Poet Laureate, and Chard deNiord, Vermont’s current Poet Laureate, on Wednesday, May 24 at 7:00 pm at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier for the book launch of their new anthology, Roads Taken: Contemporary Vermont Poetry (Green Writers Press, May 2017).  This anthology of contemporary Vermont poets represents a wide range of accomplished voices―both young and old, both renowned and relatively unestablished. While there is no such thing as a particular brand of Vermont poetry, the poems in this volume claim Vermont as their place of origin, bearing witness to the remarkably rich and ongoing legacy of the state’s poetic tradition.

We know that Kerrin McCadden, Alison Prine and Geof Hewitt will read their poems from the book and we’re waiting to hear from more of the poets whose words grace this book.



ORCA Media videos available for PoemCity events

Missed something you hoped to see? ORCA Media has posted five extensive videos made at this month’s PoemCity events!

Chard deNiord at Alumni Hall, April 1

George Longenecker at the T.W. Wood Gallery, April 8

Ralph Culver and Sydney Lea at the Library, April 9

PoetryPlus+ with Danny Dover at the Unitarian Church, April 10

Francette Cerulli and Jamie Gage at the Library, April 12

Reading with Poets Ralph Culver & Sydney Lea

On April 9 at 2:00 pm, at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Ralph Culver, author of the Anabiosis Press prizewinning chapbook Both Distances, and Sydney Lea, onetime Poet Laureate of Vermont, join together to offer a fantastic afternoon of poetry followed by an audience Q&A. Books and chapbooks will be available for purchase and signing by the authors.


Ralph Culver of Burlington has published poetry in dozens of journals, as well as fiction, criticism, and essays.





Sydney Lea of Newbury is an outstanding essayist and fiction writer as well as a poet, a
beloved professor and lecturer who has taught at many colleges and universities, founder of the New England Review and editor of the journal for its first twelve years. His collections of poems include I Was Thinking of Beauty, Six Sundays toward a Seventh, Young of the Year, Ghost Pain, and Pursuit of a Wound, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2001.

PoemCity Friday & Saturday: Brown Bag Lunch, Sydney Lea, Villanelle Workshop, Verandah Porche

April 11, 12 noon  Brown Bag Poetry Bring your lunch and watch a video of a piano quartet from the acclaimed Craftsbury Chamber Players ensemble  as they perform music inspired by literature. At the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

April 11, 6:30pm Join Sydney Lea, Vermont’s Poet Laureate, as he reads from his book, I Was Thinking of Beauty.  Opening for him is Michaela Coplen, a 2013 National Student Poet, presented by Poetry Out Loud (Vermont). VCFA, Noble Lounge, 36 College St, Montpelier.                                                  

April 12, 10:00am – Modern Villanelle Writing Workshop with Samantha Kolber.  Learn about villanelles and write your ownAll ages and abilities. At the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. 

April 12, 6:00pm -Poet Verandah Porche and her songwriting partner Patty Carpenter will present a musical reading of Porche’s new book, Sudden Eden.  During the past 30 years, Verandah has traveled from her home in rural Vermont, writing with and for people in grange halls and garages, elementary schools and Elderhostels, nursing homes and daycare centers, mansions and soup kitchens, board rooms and basements, homes and jails, literacy programs and colleges. At the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.Image


Broadsides Contest 2014

Our friends at Chickadee Chaps and Broads are running their broadsides contest again this year–details below:

Postmark deadline: February 1, 2014.
Entry Fee: $15.
Submission Guidelines: Submit up to three poems (30 line limit, please). Previously published ok– but please acknowledge where.

To enter via email: Email brief bio along with your name, address and phone, and attach three poems as a single pdf Entry fee is payable via PayPal to same email address. All submissions will be acknowledged.

To enter via mail: Items may be submitted via snail mail to May Day Studio, 190 River Street, Montpelier VT 05602. Checks should be made to May Day Studio. Please include SASE. Items mailed will not be returned. Please do not send originals or your only copy. All submissions will be acknowledged.

Winner will be notified via mail/email by March 1, 2014, and announced on our website.

The final juror will be Jody Gladding.

Last year’s winner was Ralph Culver, chosen by Sydney Lea.

2013 Vermont Poetry Broadside Contest Winner

Dear Curators and Caretakers of Vermont’s Cultural Largess,

Happy National Poetry Month!

We are so pleased to announce the winning poem of Chickadee Chaps & Broads’ first Vermont Poetry Broadside Contest, written by Ralph Culver of Burlington, is now available. His poem, “Signed Self Portrait: February,” selected by Vermont Poet Laureate, Sydney Lea, has become a beautiful letterpress broadside, illustrated by Craftsbury artist, Gabriel Tempesta, handset and published by Kelly McMahon of May Day Studio in Montpelier and available in a signed and numbered edition of 60.

2013 Broadside

The final broadside is on display at The Drawing Board, with limited editions available for purchase.

The poetry broadside will be on display in the window of the Drawing Board on Main Street in Montpelier throughout April in celebration of National Poetry Month, as part of MontpelierAlive and the Kellogg Hubbard Library’s PoemCity programming. Copies are available for purchase at the Drawing Board throughout April 2013 and online while supplies last at our online store:

Ralph Culver received five copies of his broadside and a complimentary four- night stay at the Writer’s Retreat in Craftsbury, Vermont.

If you’re visiting Montpelier, you can hear Ralph read “Signed Self Portrait: February” and other poems from his award winning new chapbook, Both Distances recently published by Anabiosis Press, at 3:30pm on Saturday, April 27th in the Hayes Room of the Kellogg Hubbard Library.

As part of our small spirited effort to promote letterpress printed literature, Chickadee Chaps & Broads will be offering the Vermont Poetry Broadside contest annually over the next decade to build a Vermont letterpress printed and illustrated broadside archive.

Thank you for your support,


Julia Shipley & Kelly McMahon

Photo is courtesy of Chickadee Chaps and Broads.

Montpelier, VT / PoemCity 2013

Dear Poets,

The PoemCity 2013 team has been working non-stop to read all your poems, pair them up in appropriate locations throughout town, and invite poets, teaches, publishers and other literary friends to offer workshops and readings for you.

Phoot: Rachel Senechal makes poetry assignments

Rachel Senechal assigns selected poems to their business locations

Please make sure to look at our events page and print out a calendar to hang in your office or at home as a reminder. Do note that we have several workshops that require preregistration. Space is limited for most of them, so call the library to let them know to save a spot for you!

I want to thank the Julia Shipley and Kelly McMahon at Chickadee Chaps and Broads for organizing their Vermont Poetry Broadside Contest to coordinate with PoemCity. Sydney Lea, Vermont Poet Laureate, chose Ralph Culver’s “Signed Self Portrait” as winner. It will be on display at The Drawing Board. Kelly was also kind enough to letterpress supplies for Julia’s chapbook workshop on April 27th.

Our partners are amazing, and Julia and Kelly are just two. I’ll be posting more updates as the month rolls along. We’re always happy to hear your comments and questions.

If you’re in town for an event, or simply reading the poems on the street, please introduce yourself—to us, to other attendees, the participating businesses. I look forward to seeing you in Montpelier.


Phayvanh Luekhamhan

Executive Director, Montpelier Alive


Read the Times Argus’s preview HERE

Read The Bridge’s preview HERE

Photo by Phayvanh Luekhamhan