Highlights from Poem City 2021

Poetic Journeys Workshop Reading

Saturday, April 10, 2021 

This writing workshop series, held over five consecutive Saturdays, was facilitated by writer Laurie McMillan. It culminated in this public zoom reading as part of PoemCity. 

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Thursday, March 25

Kids' Public Poetry Origami Art Project

Children's poems from PoemCity 2020 Montpelier have been made into public art! Poet and visual artist JC Wayne turned origami pieces into a mobile using branches and other reclaimed materials.

The display, along with Poetry StoryWalk, was part of Montpelier's ArtWalk in April.

JC's work can be found at poartry.org.

PoemCity Poetry Slams with Geof Hewitt

Friday, March 26, 2021 & Friday, April 9

Slam master Geof Hewitt led two Zoom poetry slams for participants ages 8 and above, including adults.

These were traditional slams with original writing only and a three-minute time limit.

Monday, March 29

Poems from the Wilderness

In his new poetry collection Poems from the Wilderness, award-winning poet Jack Mayer, shares poems composed while solo-hiking Vermont's Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail. They are inspired by the beauty, mystery, and inspiration he experiences walking alone in wilderness—the “wilderness effect”:—“the benefits that exposure to the natural world has on health, reducing stress, restoring attention, and promoting well-being and healing.” 

Thursday, April 1

Los Lorcas: Poetry in Concert

In the spirit of Federico Garcia Lorca—gifted musician, legendary poet/playwright and ebullient performer—poets Partridge Boswell and Peter Money, along with guitarist Nat Williams, fuse poetry and music in a passionate and surprising mash-up. Los Lorcas blur boundaries between spoken word and song, weaving poetry with Andalusian ballads, blues, rock, folk, Americana and jazz in pursuit of the cante jondo (deep song) Lorca so ardently championed. 

Wednesday, April 7 

Adrie Kusserow: Poetry During Covid-19 

Inspired by the Mary Oliver poem, “Wild Geese,” Saint Michael's College professor Adrie Kusserow wrote “Mary Oliver for Corona Times,” stating, You do not have to use this isolation to make your marriage better/your body slimmer, your children more creative. She’ll discuss Oliver’s poem and explore ways in which the pandemic has sparked creative work.


This a First Wednesdays Program. 

Tuesday, April 13

Birth & Rebirth Poetry Reading

Poets Samantha Kolber, Jesse LoVasco, Lisa Mase, and Eva Zimet gave a magical reading from their recently published poetry collections. Watch it here.

Samantha Kolber's first chapbook, Birth of a Daughter (Kelsay Books) was published in September of 2020. Jesse Lovasco's Homebound Publications 2019 Poetry Prize Winning book, Native, was released in April of 2020. Lisa Mase's chapbook, I Won't Be/Long Here (Kelsay Books) is forthcoming in April 2021, and Eva Zimet's collection, The Lost Grip (Rootstock Publishing) was published in January of 2021.

Saturday, April 17

Animals & Poetry Reading

Poets Rowan Quince Buckton, Lizzy Fox, and Tomás Q. Morín explore human-animal relationships with tenderness and urgency in an era of environmental crisis. With literary visitations from hares, stingrays, and dancing circus bears, these poets will share their most creature-filled works and offer a Q&A about the role animals play in their writing and their lives. 

Tuesday, April 20 

Emerging Vermont Voices Reading

Poets Shanta Lee Gander, Jad Yassine, and Desmond Peeples read from their work in this program cosponsored by the Sundog Poetry Center and the Poetry Society of Vermont. A Q&A followed the reading.

Shanta Lee Gander is the winner of Diode Editions’ full-length book contest for her debut poetry compilation, GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA. Desmond Peeples is the founding editor of Mount Island, a literary magazine for rural LGBTQ+ and POC voices. Jad Yassine’s writing has appeared in Francis House, Bellevue Literary Review, and Portrait of New England.



Voicing HeArt Poetry Reading: Love Poems to Montpelier

A special Montpelier edition of the Poartry Project's ongoing Voicing Art Poetry Reading series! A collection of "love poems to the city" inspired by photographs of Montpelier taken by Cassandra Mainiero, is available to read at the library. You can ask for it at the front desk. 

Tuesday, April 27

Kerrin McCadden & Elizabeth Powell Poetry Reading


Kerrin McCadden reads from American Wake, "a book of quiet, watchful radiance"--The Boston Globe.


Elizabeth Powell reads from Atomizer, "a world reflected through our most elusive sense: olfaction"-- Saskia Wilson-Brown.

Poets discuss the role of narrative poetry and answer questions from the audience.

Wednesday, April 28 

Elegy: Poems of Loss and Hope 

Poets Tim Carver, Steven Cramer, and Tom Schmidt gave a poetry reading focused on the themes of grief, mourning, and moving toward hope.


Tim Carter is the author of Remains (BOAAT Press 2020) and teaches creative writing and rhetoric in the community.  Steven Cramer is the author of six poetry collections, most recently Listen (MadHat Press, 2020) and Clangings (Sarabande Books, 2012). Tom Schmidt has published two poetry chapbooks, Enough to Drink or Drown (Kelsay Books, 2020) and Like, A Metaphor (Encircle Publications, June 2021).

Friday, April 30 

You Don’t Have to Be Everything: Poems for Girls Becoming Themselves Reading

You Don’t Have to Be Everything: Poems for Girls Becoming Themselves is a diverse, inclusive anthology for teen girls, forthcoming from Workman Publishing in April 2021. In this program, four Vermont poets from the anthology—Rage Hezekiah, Alison Prine, Bianca Stone, and editor Diana Whitney— read their poems and some of their favorites from the book.

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Touissaint St. Negritude Poetry Reading


Toussaint St. Negritude is a former Poet Laureate of Belfast Maine, and has published throughout his career in such journals as The Michigan Quarterly Review, Birchsong, Philadelphia Stories, The Savannah Literary Journal, The I’ve Known Rivers Project, and The San Francisco Bay Guardian.