PoemCity Highlights from Past Years
PoemCity 2018 once more covered the stores and streets of the capital of Vermont in original poetry from Vermont writers ranging from the age of five to ninety-two.
PoemCity Montpelier 2018 opened with a Keynote reading by Northern New England Poet Laureates Chard deNiord, Alice B. Fogel, and Stuart Kestenbaum on Saturday April 7th at Lost Nation Theater.
Over four hundred poems, submitted from all over Vermont appeared in storefronts, businesses, and bus stops throughout the city and in four Vermont Welcome Center. The poets include schoolchildren, nationally recognized award-winning writers, and sharply observant, talented Vermonters from all corners of the state.
PoemCity offered a variety of workshops, readings, lectures, music, history and art revolving around poetry. Dartmouth professor Peter Travis conducted a discussion about the genius and enduring humanity of Geoffrey Chaucer, the 14th-century “Father of English Poetry”, on Wed April 4th. At Bagitos Bagel & Burrito Café, award-winning poet Angela Patten, together with the Irish Traditional Music Session hosted by Sarah Blair, Hilari Farrington, Benedict Koehler, and Rob Ryan, blended poetry and music on Sat April 14th. Over a dozen poetry readings, solo and group, took place during April including a traditional Poetry Slam, hosted by Slam Master Geof Hewitt, at the Center for Arts and Learning on Sat April 21st.