Thanks to everyone who participated in PoemCity this year. PoemCity is one of the year's highlights in Montpelier. Being able to read the poetry of fellow Vermonters is an important way to create community and celebrate the artist in everyone. This year's poems, and videos of poets and presenters, are available here to enjoy. The poems are in (roughly) alphabetical order by poet's last name:

















PoemCity Programs: 

Poetry = Music

This event was livestreamed HERE on April 5, 2020. Aaron Marcus (piano, tunesmith) and Sam Sanders (spoken word) brought the emotive works of Vermont poets to life. Some of the poems in this house concert performance once appeared on the windows of Montpelier for PoemCity and can be expected on an album released next year! For more information contact: or 617-721-6743.

Reading with Jesse LoVasco, & Sean Prentiss

Jesse LoVasco reads from her prize-winning new book, Native (Homebound Publications, 2020) in poetic conversation with Sean Prentiss, who reads from his new book, Crosscut: Poems (University of New Mexico Press, 2020), a memoir in poems about his time as a trail builder. 




Poetry Society of Vermont Reading 

T.W. Wood Gallery, 46 Barre Street

The Poetry Society of Vermont was founded in 1947 and has published The Mountain Troubadour since 1960. President George Longenecker and Geza Tatrallyay will present poetry of environmental justice and the natural world. Cosponsored by the Poetry Society of Vermont.

Geza Tatrallyay's part of this reading in honor of Poetry Month and Earth Day, and also Poems for a Pandemic is now available here:

George Longenecker's reading from his new book, Star Route is available here:

A Reading with Judith Chalmer & Scudder Parker 

Judith Chalmer, recipient of the Arthur Williams Award for Meritorious Service in the Arts from the Vermont Arts Council, reads from her second collection of poems, Minnow (Kelsay Books, 2020), which begins with close observation of natural detail and moves from there into explorations of love, purpose, mortality and awe. Scudder H. Parker, former state senator, reads from his first volume of poetry, Safe as Lightning, forthcoming in June (Rootstock Publishing, 2020). Cosponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council.


Reading with Sydney Lea & Tim Mayo 

Former Vermont poet laureate and Pulitzer finalist Sydney Lea reads from his thirteenth and most recent collection, Here (Four Way Books, 2019), and from newer poems as well. Tim Mayo, whose poems have received seven Pushcart Prize nominations, reads from his latest collection, Notes to the Mental Hospital Timekeeper (Kelsay Books, 2019), as well as new poems.

To see videos of past PoemCity programs visit:

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