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


First Wednesdays: Forty Years of Poetry with Jay Parini

On April 5, celebrated author and Middlebury professor Jay Parini reads from his recently published New and Collected Poems, 1975-2015 and discusses why poetry matters in a world of prose.

Parini is a prolific poet, novelist and biographer. His novels include The Last Station, a story of Leo Tolstoy that was adapted into a major motion picture starring Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren. Another novel, Benjamin’s Crossing, on the flight of philosopher Walter Benjamin from the Nazi regime, is currently being adapted as a feature film. Parini has edited numerous anthologies of poetry and prose, including The Columbia Anthology of American Poetry and the Norton Book of American Autobiography.

First Wednesdays is a Vermont Humanities Council program.

7 pm | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street



April 27 – Book Discussion: The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood

Come to the Kellogg-Hubbard Library for an in-depth discussion of this extraordinary book.

The Prince of los Cocuyos

The Prince of Los Cocuyos is a “poignant, hilarious, and inspiring memoir from Richard Blanco, the first Latino and openly gay inaugural poet, which explores his coming-of-age as the child of Cuban immigrants and his attempts to understand his place in America while grappling with his burgeoning artistic and sexual identities.”

Discussion led by UVM Professor John Waldron. Latino Americans “Fleeing Dictatorship” Book Series sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. Copies of the book are available at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

You Come Too: The Poetry of Robert Frost, with Peter Gilbert


On April 5 at 5:30 pm, at the Vermont Humanities Council (11 Loomis Street, Montpelier), the VHC’s executive director Peter Gilbert will return to PoemCity to discuss five great, short, accessible poems by Robert Frost—poems that take us from the joy of spring to summer sunny days and rural socializing: “A Prayer in Spring,” “Hyla Brook,” “The Tuft of Flowers,” “The Silken Tent,” and “A Time to Talk.”

Peter Gilbert is a frequent commentator on Vermont Public Radio and an executor of the Robert Frost estate.

Picking up Your Poems

Poets can pick up their poems at the venues starting May 1st. We will begin to collect the poems on Monday and have them available at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.Poemsinthelibrary  It may take a few days to collect them.   We also have program guides for you.

We want to thank you for sending us your poems.  Your poems touched our hearts, made us smile or shed tears, inspired us and made us think.  PoemCity’s success is your success.

Chickadee Chaps and Broads Poetry Reading

Wednesday, April 29 |  7:00PM

Chickadee Chaps & Broads is proud to introduce the winner of the 3rd annual Vermont Poetry Broadside, Samn Stockwell AND to launch the debut chapbooks of their Vermont Tapas-Lit series, Ryan Walshs Reckoner and Diane Swandiane swans Between The Cabin and The Crow.  At the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.                                       samn stockwell Walsh

Poetry Crostic Construction with Rick Winston

Like crosswords? How about poetry? Come to the library tonight at 7:00PM — you will get to do both! Rick Winston will guide us through the creation of a “crostic” poetry puzzle. Crostics are a lot like crosswords, except you get a quote — in this case, a poem — once you’ve solved the puzzle!rickwinston

The Wheels on the Bus

Green Mountain Transit Agency has buses that travel from Montpelier to Berlin to Barre and beyond. New this year, PoemCity has designed six bus signs with short poems that will be attached to the outside of buses.  As you watch the bus roll by, you can read a poem.  We are so excited by this new avenue for sharing poems in April. Click 112094_LR to see what the poem bus signs look like!  These signs were designed by Dana Dwinell-Yardley.  Dana is the PoemCity graphic designer!

One of my Favorite Group Poetry Readings!

I love listening to the Goddard College Faculty read their work. Each poet’s writing is distinctive and moving.

April 2 |Goddard College Faculty Reading

Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street 7:00PM

Faculty of Goddard College’s BFA Program in Creative Writing read their works, including Arisa White, Michael Viszolyi, Wendy Call, Janet Sylvester and Elena Georgiou.PC_Goddard