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.
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: http://chickadeechaps.bigcartel.com/
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.