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PoemCity 2024 closed for poetry submissions on February 7, 2024. We are happy to have hundreds of Vermont poets represented this year. Please check back here for a listing of poets, poems, and locations for PoemCity 2024. 

As we prepare to paper downtown Montpelier with poems for the month of April, the library would like to extend its thanks to the many partners that make PoemCity possible. Oraganizations and businesses generously share their window space and we couldn't be PoemCity without them. A special thanks to Patrick Malone Properties, the Vermont Center for Independent Living, the Vermont League of Cities & Towns, Walgreen's, the Cheshire Cat and Woodbury Mountain Toys, who are offering large window spaces for displays of children's poetry (nearly 200 poems by students this year!) and the Poetry Society of Vermont.

 

Community College of Vermont, the Center for Arts & Learning, Hunger Mountain Coop, Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier Senior Activity Center, The Front, T.W. Wood Gallery, North Branch Nature Center, Unitarian Church of Montpelier, North Branch Cafe, and the Adamant Community Club all serve as venues for poetry programming in addition to the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. We have a vibrant and engaged community that supports poetry and we are so grateful.

 

PoemCity is underwritten by Vermont Humanities, who has been supporting PoemCity for all of its 15 years, the Hunger Mountain Coop, and Rootstock Publishing who generously publishes an anthology of all the PoemCity poems. Our deepest thanks to these partners. To preorder this year's anthology go to PoemCity Anthology 2024 - Rootstock Publishing. 

 

A final thanks to the library staff, skilled team, volunteers, community members, and POETS who make it all happen. Happy 15th Anniversary PoemCity!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is a listing of PoemCity 2024 events. This is a partial list, and we will continue to update through March. If you have a community event to add to this website listing, please submit here: Kellogg Hubbard Library Submission Manager (submittable.com)

PoemCity 2024 Events

All programs are free of charge and open to the public

 

March 25, 2024
Crafternoon: PoemCity Lantern Making 

6-7 PM

Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Hayes Room

Help us to create paper lanterns made from previous PoemCity broadsides. We will then hang them in the library for the month of April for display. No experience or supplies necessary. Contact Michelle Singer at msinger@gmail.com for more information.

 

March 28, 2024

rabbit&wolf presents punks&poets

8-11 PM

Bent Nails Bistro 

4 Langdon Street, Montpelier

a rabbit&wolf series mingling local punk/punk adjacent bands with feisty poets, debuting with Violet Crimes and Mr. Doubtfire - featured poets to be announced. Contact Joy at RobynJoy76@gmail.com for more information.

April 1, 2024

PoemCity 2024 Opening Reception

6-8 PM

Kellogg-Hubbard Library

PoemCity 2024 kicks off with this opening reception and open mic. Join us for dessert, a poetry book swap, and the opportunity to read your poem. All are welcome. Contact Michelle Singer at msinger@gmail.com for more information.


 

April 2, 2024

Poetry of Art and Community

7:00 PM

T.W. Wood Art Gallery

46 Barre Street, Montpelier 

A reading with poets Scudder Parker and George Longenecker and musician Jim Thompson. Scudder Parker is the author of Safe as Lightning. George Longenecker is the author of Star Route. Jim Thompson, aka Piano Jim, is a long-time Vermont artist, entertainer and educator and the creator of the musical “Halfway There.” Visit www.pianojim.com/index.html or contact George Longenecker at georgelongenecker17@gmail.com for more information.


 

April 3, 2024

Voices of Women Poets

6:30 PM

Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Hayes Room

Three Vermont poets, Cindy Hill, Samantha Kolber, and Tricia Knoll, will read their original poems pertaining to women’s history and women’s experiences to tie March's Women's History Month to April's National Poetry Month. Tricia will read poems from her new chapbook The Unknown Daughter. Free and open to the public. Contact Tricia at triciaknoll@gmail.com for more information.

 

Tricia Knoll is the author of nine books of poetry and has had poems published in numerous anthologies and literary journals. She has degrees in literature from Stanford University (BA) and Yale University (MAT) and is a Contributing Editor to Verse Virtual. She lives in Vermont with five acres of woods and is working daily to remove invasive buckthorn. Her new chapbook The Unknown Daughter releases from Finishing Line Press on March 1st.

 

Cindy Ellen Hill is a writer, musician and obsessed gardener in Middlebury, Vermont. She has written extensively for Vermont Woman, Vermont Outdoors, VTDigger, and magazines, winning NENPA awards. She is the author of two sonnet chapbooks, Wild Earth (Antrim Press 2021) and Elegy for the Trees (Kelsay Books 2022), and has had poems published in Vermont Magazine, Vermont Life, Measure, The Lyric, and on National Public Radio.

 

Samantha Kolber is a poet, publisher, and mother in Montpelier, Vermont. She is the author of the award-winning chapbook Birth of a Daughter (Kelsay Books 2020) and has had poems published in Rattle, Hunger Mountain, and other journals and anthologies. She is the owner and publisher of Rootstock Publishing, a small, curated hybrid & traditional press publishing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction books by authors from Vermont and beyond.


 

April 5, 2024

ArtWalk: Voice & Vision

4-8 PM

Center for Arts & Learning (CAL)

46 Barre Street, Montpelier

Voice & Vision features art by Art Resource Association artists paired with original poetry. Curated by Linda Hogan. This show will be featured during ArtWalk and also displayed for the month of April at the Center for Arts & Learning. Contact Phayvanh Luekhamhan at director@cal-vt.org for more information.

 

April 5, 2024

Piano & Poetry Take Flight

7-8:30 PM

Unitarian Church of Montpelier, Sanctuary

130 Main Street

This event will feature pianist Aaron Marcus, poet Sam Sanders, and special poetic guest Ama Peyman. Enjoy a night of original musical compositions set to spoken word poetry. Sam and Aaron have been setting the words of many of our local poets to music since Aaron's award-winning release of Men Don't Cry in 2018. They found the emotional embodied power of poetry-music compositions on that album to be so moving that Aaron and Sam collaborated with Ama to focus entirely on the intermingling of poetry and music for Garden Dreams in 2021.  

 

In these compositions, Aaron says, "...the poetry takes us on journeys, and the partly improvised music is the vehicle of receiving the poetry that can allow us to feel through our whole bodies." Sam will be reading original poetry as well as poems of Vermont authors. Aaron will be joined for part of the program by special poetic guest Ama Peyman, 1995-96 MIT Mel King Community Fellow and award-winning SMFA Boston Video Artist. Farmer Ama is a Black woman farmer and founder and host of Salon Black Walnut. Contact Aaron at 617-721-6743 for more information.

April 6, 2024 & April 20, 2024

The Climate Emergency and the Poetic Response

12:30-2 PM

Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Hayes Room

This two-part workshop will center on an exploration of the emotional fields that climate change is increasingly evoking, and how to transform these emotions into poetic form. The creative act of writing poetry and the “voicing” of the emergent moment intersects as a therapeutic process. The first session will introduce concepts being brought to light by Climate Psychology and will include time for free-writing and sharing. The second session will be a more formal workshop in which participants bring a draft(s) that will be shared and workshopped. Please bring your own writing materials. Contact Susan Atwood at atwood.stone@gmail.com for more information.

Workshop Leaders:

Susan Atwood (she/her), is a climate-aware psychotherapist practicing in Montpelier and a member of the Climate Psychology Alliance of North America. Susan is also a wilderness guide affiliated with Vermont Wilderness Rites, and a former teacher of writing. She has had a long affiliation with a poetry writing group in Central Vermont and has been a past contributor and presenter for PoemCity in Montpelier, VT.

Jesse LoVasco (she/her), is a poet, visual artist and herbalist residing in unceded land of both Anishnabe in Michigan and Abenaki in Vermont. She studied poetry at Vermont College. Her book Native was published in 2020. She was a participating fellow of Nature Culture’s Writing the Land Project, with poems in the anthology, Windblown l, and in the anthology, Migration and Home, as well as a yearly contributor and facilitator for PoemCity in Montpelier, VT.


 

April 7, 2024

Seen and Unseen: Poets in Conversation

3 PM

Unitarian Church, Vestry Hall

130 Main Street, Montpelier

Join award-winning poets Karin Gottshall (The River Won’t Hold You), Elizabeth Powell (Atomizer), Alison Prine (Steel), Bianca Stone (What Is Otherwise Infinite), and Diana Whitney (Dark Beds) on the eve of the total eclipse of the sun. In poems and conversation, they’ll delve into themes of light and shadow, seen and unseen, presence and absence, exploring how poetry can reveal what is hidden and offer us insight and illumination. Contact Diana Whitney at dianawhitneypoet@gmail.com for more information.


 

April 8, 2024

LGBTQ Poetry Reading

6-8 PM

Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Hayes Room

A panel of LGBTQ poets, including Linda Quinlan, Kim Ward, Samn Stockwell, and Toussaint St. Negritude, will read in person in the Hayes Room. Contact Linda Quinlan at bellinghambell2003@yahoo.com for more information. 

 

Linda Quinlan’s book Chelsea Creek was published by Brickhouse Press and was awarded The Wicked Womens Poetry Award.  Her work has been published in many literary journals some of which include Sinister Wisdom, The New Orleans Literary Review and The North Carolina Litaerary Review.  She was Poet of the Year in Wisconsin and presently has an lgbtq news show called All Things LGBTQ.  

 

Kim Ward is a poet, and playwright, and a visual, and theater artist. She is the founder of The Vermont Playwrights Circle and received her MFA in Performance Poetry from Goddard College in 1998. Her play, “Angel in the Fire” received the 1999 Playwrights Showcase Award by the Vermont Actors and Theater Artists Association and was also accepted into the New Frontiers Conference in 2000. She has lived in Montpelier for over twenty years and teaches English at Norwich University.

 

Samn Stockwell has published in Agni, North American Review, and the New Yorker, among others. Her new book, Musical Figures, is published by Thirty West Publishing House. Her two previous books, Theater of Animals and Recital, won the National Poetry Series (USA) and the Editor’s Prize at Elixir, respectively. She won the Massachusetts Poetry Festival First Poem prize, was selected as the editor’s choice at Panoply, and was the editor’s choice for Brain Mill Press. Recent poems are in Ploughshares and others. You can find out more about her at: https://www.samnstockwell.org/


 

April 10, 2024

Waka: Zen Buddhist Poetry Awakening

6:30-8 PM

The Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Hayes Room

In this introduction to the form, history, and practice of writing waka (5-7-5-7-7), the precursor of haiku (5-7-5) as conveyors of spiritual awakening in Zen Buddhism, transmitted Zen Buddhist teachers, Seiso Paul Cooper and Kagayaki Karen Morris, both award-winning poets and authors, will present the waka of 12thc Japanese Buddhist poet Saigyo (1118-1190) and others from the golden age of Japan’s enlightenment poetry. An introduction to the practice of Zazen (Zen meditation), as the core practice and foundational teaching of the Zen Buddhist tradition will be given, followed by a brief practice period. The Zazen experience will serve as the jumping off point for writing our own waka, noting the function of the form to awaken the poet to the connectedness of internal insight and aesthetic experiences of the surrounding world. As well as the joys of sharing our poems, should we choose. Contact Karen Morris at klmplex108@gmail.com for more information.

Karen Morris is the author of Nothing Happened Last Night (2024, Finishing Line Press). She received The Gradiva Award for Poetry (NAAP, 2015) for her full-length collection CATACLYSM and Other Arrangements (Three Stones Press, PA). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including, Women’s Quarterly Journal, New York Quarterly, Chiron Review, SWWIM Every Day, Writers Resist, and Paterson Literary Review. She is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Montpelier, and cofounder, lay transmitted teacher for Two Rivers Zen Community, an online practice community. www.tworiverszen.org

Seiso Chugai Paul Cooper: Formally transmitted teacher in the Soto Zen lineage of Dainin Katagiri, Roshi; He is a full member of the American Zen Teachers Association; Co-founder, Founder, Realizational Practice Studies Group, Montpelier, Member Vermont Association for Psychoanalytic Studies; Award-winning author: Solitary Moon: New Waka, and Still Standing: Three Stones Haiku. He has taught both haiku and waka extensively. He currently organizes, facilitates, and leads silent retreats in the formal Soto Zen style at retreat centers and online. 

 

April 11, 2024

Poetry Society of Vermont at The Front

6:30-8 PM

The Front Gallery

6 Barre Street, Montpelier

An intimate evening of poetry with members of the Poetry Society of Vermont at The Front Gallery in Montpelier. Presented by rabbit&wolf. Contact Robyn Joy at robynjoy@gmail.com or visit https://rabbitwolf-adventures.mailchimpsites.com/ for more information.


 

April 12, 2024

Bag Lunch with Bards and Songs

12-1 PM

Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Hayes Room

Poets of all ages and persuasions are invited to bring a bag lunch & a poem by another poet, a song by another singer, or rhymes, ditties, from childhood. There will be sign-up sheet and each reader/singer will get 5 minutes and rotate to the next person. Contact David Hartnett at davidhartnett@mac.com for more information. 


 

April 13, 2024

Rootstock Poets: Amy Allen, Mary Elder Jacobsen, and Kim Ward

12:30-2 PM

Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Hayes Room

Three Vermont poets will read from their debut books, all published by Rootstock Publishing this April 2024! Amy Allen of Shelburne with Mountain Offerings; Mary Elder Jacobsen of Calais with Stonechat; and Kim Ward of Montpelier with Fire on a Circle. Books for sale and available for autographs. Contact Samantha Kolber at samantha@rootstockpublishing.com for more information.

April 14, 2024

Sunday Zoomies: rabbit&wolf poetry open mic (virtual)

2-4 PM

Zoom

rabbit&wolf spaces are created to be safe and nurturing. If you are an established reader or just poetry-curious you are invited to stop by and share or just listen. If you’ve never read your poetry out loud before, a virtual open mic is a good place to find your bravery (we’ll all be there to help)! Content is open to anything except hate speech, that is a big Nope. RSVP for guaranteed mic time: robynjoy76@gmail.com

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87965324975?pwd=VVNNaENJNm9aMWdXK3JnMTZ0ajh0QT09 Meeting ID: 879 6532 4975 Passcode: 643713

April 17, 2024

Release Your “Inner Poet”

1-2:30 PM

Community College of Vermont, Montpelier 

660 Elm Street

This 1.5-hour workshop will offer participants opportunities to practice interpreting poems and then penning some of their own. No prior experience writing poetry needed! Our goals are to make poetry feel more accessible to the average person, to release some of the inhibitions people have about writing poems themselves, and to relax and have fun being creative with words and images. Some initial guidance from the facilitator will be paired with hands-on work, both in small groups and on one’s own. We will use of a variety of writing prompts and exercises to help us relax and enjoy writing. Bring notepaper and something to write with.

 

This workshop is facilitated by Katherine (Kate) Maynard who grew up in Chapel Hill, NC, and resides now in South Burlington, VT. Her poetry has appeared in Sojourners, St. Katherine’s Review, Kodon, Kakalak, Whale Road Review, His Magazine, Welcome Home, North Carolina Bards, Poem City 2023, and the online anthology Lament for the Dead. The relationship between imagination, nature, art and divine encounter shapes her literary sensibilities. She teaches Humanities and Communication courses part-time at the Community College of Vermont.


 

April 17, 2024

An Evening with Poet Porsha Olayiwola

7-8 PM

Unitarian Church of Montpelier

130 Main Street, Montpelier

Join Black writer, performer, and futurist Porsha Olayiwola for this special Poetry Month presentation. Olayiwola is the author of the poetry collection i shimmer sometimes too. Sponsored by Vermont Humanities, this reading will be in-person as well as livestreamed. Visit vermonthumanities.org to register for this event.

 

Porsha Olayiwola is a native of Chicago who writes, lives, and loves in Boston. Olayiwola is a writer, performer, educator and curator who uses afro-futurism and surrealism to examine historical and current issues in the Black, woman, and queer diasporas. She is an Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and the founder of the Roxbury Poetry Festival. Olayiwola is Brown University’s 2019 Heimark Artist-in-Residence as well as the 2021 Artist-in-Residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. She is a 2020 poet laureate fellow with the Academy of American poets. Olayiwola earned her MFA in poetry from Emerson College and is the author of i shimmer sometimes, too. Olayiwola is the current poet laureate for the city of Boston. Her work can be found in or forthcoming from with TriQuarterly Magazine, Black Warrior Review, The Boston Globe, Essence Magazine, Redivider, The Academy of American Poets, Netflix, Wildness Press, The Museum of Fine Arts and elsewhere.


 

April 19, 2024

Natural Selections II:  An Evening of Celebration and Reflection about Wild and Human Nature

7-9 PM

North Branch Nature Center

713 Elm Street

This will be a new edition of last year’s immensely popular event, featuring Scudder Parker, author of Safe as Lightning, reading new and selected poems, and Marjorie Ryerson, author of The Views from Mount Hunger (published in 2023), sharing some of her poems from that book; more stunning essays and images by Bryan Pfeiffer, author of Chasing Nature (a Substack Journal); and music by D. Davis and Ruth Einstein, gifted local musicians.

It will be an evening of ideas, poetry, prose, and music that will be both a celebration of Nature and Community and a fundraiser for North Branch Nature Center. North Branch is a small preserve on a grand mission to connect more of us to nature and its many glories and rewards. Suggested Donation: $15 - $30. Presented by North Branch Nature Center and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library as part of Poem City. Register at North Branch Nature Center (neoncrm.com). Contact Scudde Parker at scudderparker16@gmail.com for more information.

April 20, 2024

Sacred Traditions: Poems and Writing on Food and Family

11-12:30 PM

North Branch Cafe

41 State Street, Montpelier

Join Jesse LoVasco and Lisa Mase invite you to write about rituals, family, and food traditions. We will offer readings and prompts to inspire you. Contact Lisa Mase at lisamase@gmail.com or visit https://www.harmonized-living.com/poetry for more information.


 

April 22, 2024

TIDAL_WAVE 3 

6:30-8 PM

Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Hayes Room

A reading of the Sticks & Stones Art/Writing Group, part of the Learning Collaborative of Washington County Mental Health, a diverse and powerful group of artists and writers with disabilities sharing stories of identity, inspiration, and their place in the world. Free copies of the Sticks and Stones zine will be offered. Contact Walt Ward at Incloudhidden@gmail.com for more information.


 

April 24, 2024

Poetry of Loss, Grief and Companionship

7 PM

Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Hayes Room

Poets Nadell Fishman, Tom Schmidt, and Scudder Parker read from recent collections. Nadell Fishman's most recent collection of poems is Traveling, Traveling, which was published by Finishing Line Press in 2022. After years of scholarly work in ivory towers, Tom Schmidt retired to a bee-loud glade in East Montpelier and turned to poetry. Since 2018 he has had more than fifty poems appear in various journals, and has published two chapbooks: Enough to Drink or Drown, and Like, A Metaphor. Scudder Parker’s book of poetry Safe as Lightning, was published by Rootstock in 2020. He is currently working on a second volume. Contact Scudder Parker scudderparker16@gmail.com for more information.


 

April 26, 2024

All Ages Anything Goes Poetry Slam

7 PM

Lost Nation Theater

39 Main Street, Montpelier

Vermont Poetry Slam Champion Geof Hewitt hosts this Anything Goes Slam, where poets, acoustic musicians, jugglers, and anyone else with special talents is invited to take three minutes (or less) onstage in an attempt to wow the judges (and the audience) for enormous glory and a very modest prize. Sign up at the door. Contact Geof at geofhewitt@gmail.com for more information.


 

April 28, 2024

Sonnet Circle

2 PM

Adamant Community Club

1161 Martin Road, Adamant

Make your way to the postcard-perfect Adamant Community Club, an 1895 one-room schoolhouse, where Mary Elder Jacobsen will read her poetry, including sonnets and sonnet-inspired poems. Bring a favorite sonnet, written by anyone and, following her reading, join Mary in a sonnet circle, a collective reading where we’ll take turns reading sonnets. Contact Mary Elder Jacobson at 802-456-0099 for more information.


 

April 29, 2024

PoemCity 2024 Anthology Book Launch

6:30 PM

Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Hayes Room

For the second year, PoemCity is publishing the featured poems of 2024 into a book through Rootstock Publishing. PoemCity Anthology 2024 will be available in late April and everyone is invited to celebrate its publication and participate in an open mic. Light refreshments served and books will be available for purchase through a sliding scale. Pre-order your copy (at full price, $20) now at https://www.rootstockpublishing.com/rootstock-books/poemcity-2024

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PoemCity 2023 Videos & Photos

 

​​Weaving PoemCity Poetry into Art

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

JC Wayne made over 200 poem broadsides from previous PoemCity years into woven hearts for display in the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. To find out if one of your previous PoemCity poems was woven into a heart, visit poartry.org/poemcity-hearts. For more information, visit JC's website: poartry.or

Natural Selections  

Friday, April 7, 2023

Natural Selections 4/7/2023 | Onion River Community Access Media (orcamedia.net)
 

Poetry Reading with Sydney Lea, Samn Stockwell, and Ralph Culver

Saturday, April 8, 2023

Poetry Reading with Ralph Culver, Sydney Lea, and Samn Stockwell 4/8/2023 | Onion River Community Access Media (orcamedia.net)

Discovery: A Reading and Workshop Exploring Wonder Through Poetry

Sunday, April 16, 2023

Discovery: A Reading and Workshop Exploring Wonder Through Poetry | Onion River Community Access Media (orcamedia.net)

Poetry, Process, and Perspective

Monday, April 17, 2023

Poetry, Process, and Perspective | Onion River Community Access Media (orcamedia.net)

Poetry Society of Vermont Reading

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Click Here to watch on YouTube.

Poetry Sings

Friday, April 21, 2023

Poetry Sings | Onion River Community Access Media (orcamedia.net)

 

Astrobridge Artistry

Sunday, April 23, 2023

Click Here to watch on YouTube.

 

Jewish Poets Read

Sunday, April 30, 2023

Rhymes & Good Times: Jewish Poetry Reading | Onion River Community Access Media (orcamedia.net)

PoemCity Passport

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Don't miss the poetry happenings throughout the state!

 

Poems Around Town

This is the third year Poems Around Town in Brattleboro. It’s led by Write Action (www.writeaction.org) and supported by Time To Write and the Brattleboro Literary Festival.
Most of downtown shops will be participating, with over one-hundred poems submitted. 

PoemTown Randolph

It's PoemTown Randolph's 10th anniversary! Come celebrate with them!

Visit poemtown.org for more information.

PoemTown St. Johnsbury

PoemTown St. Johnsbury - Catamount Arts

Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support

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