2018 PoemTown Events

Monday April 9 — Dinner with Two Poets — Major Jackson and his wife Didi Jackson will read from their work at the Black Krim Tavern, 21 Merchants Row. Dinner at 6 PM will be followed by a reading at 7:00.  Dinner reservations are required and can be made by calling the Tavern at 802-728-6776.

Wednesday April 11, 7 PM — Open Mic Poetry Night — Poets of all ages and abilities are encouraged to bring original poetry to share. Kimball Public Library lower level, 67 North Main Street. Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday April 18, 7 PM — Poetry reading featuring poets Danny Dover, Geza Tatrallyay, Peggy Whiteneck and Ina Anderson, Kimball Public Library lower level, 67 North Main Street.

Thursday April 26, 7 PM — Farmer Poets in the Sugarhouse — Taylor Katz of Free Verse Farm, Toby Bashaw, and other local farmers whose lives are enriched by poetry will read original work at Silloway Maple, 1303 Boudro Road, Randolph Center. Sweet treats and farm products will be for sale.

Ongoing throughout the month of April — A walking tour of more than 100 poems displayed in downtown storefronts and organizations.

2018 Poets

Ina Anderson grew up in Cumbria, England. She has now lived in Sharon, Vermont, for many years. Her poems have appeared in several publications, including the anthology Perhaps It Was the Pie. Her first poetry collection, Journey Into Space, was published by Antrim House in 2017. She runs a poetry radio show, Wordstream, on Royalton Community Radio, and leads poetry workshops at Seven Stars Arts Center in Sharon.

Danny Dover’s poems have appeared in various journals including Oberon, Himalayan Journal, Blueline, and Bloodroot. He was a 2013 Pushcart nominee.  Danny’s first full-length book of poetry, Tasting Precious Metal (Antrim House Books), was published in 2014 and a chapbook, Kindness Soup, Thankful Tea, came out in 2006. Danny is a retired Dartmouth College piano technician. Suspecting that his social studies teacher never read term papers, Danny once handed in the same paper twice and received a higher grade the second time.

Didi Jackson — Didi Jackson’s poems have appeared in The New YorkerPloughshares, The Common, and Water~Stone Review among other publications. Her manuscript, Almost Animal, (now Killing Jar) was a finalist for the Alice James Book Award, the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize by Persea Books, and the Autumn House Press first book award. Didi’s first collection of poems, Killing Jar,is forthcoming from Red Hen Press.  Her chapbook, Slag and Fortune, was published by Floating Wolf Quarterly (2013).  Currently, she teaches Poetry and the Visual Arts, 20th c. Poetry of War and Witness, and Creative Writing at the University of Vermont and serves as the poetry editor for Green Mountains Review. 

Photo by Erin Patrice O’Brien

Major Jackson is the author of four collections of poetry including Roll Deep which won the 2016 Vermont Book Award. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, among other honors. He is the University Distinguished Professor at the University of Vermont and serves as Poetry Editor of The Harvard Review.

Taylor Mardis Katz is a poet and a poet for hire. Her poems have appeared in print and online journals, on the radio, and in various other ephemera. Armed with a MFA in Creative Writing from San Diego State University, she writes poems for herself and others from the comfort of her own Chelsea, VT homestead, as well as at local hootenannies. With her husband, she runs Free Verse Farm & Apothecary, a small herb farm specializing in farm-grown herbal products.

 

Geza Tatrallyay — Born in Budapest, Geza escaped with his family in 1956 during the Hungarian Revolution, immigrating to Canada. He graduated with a BA from Harvard in 1972, and, as a Rhodes Scholar, obtained a BA/MA from Oxford in 1974, completing his studies with a MSc from London School of Economics in 1975. Geza’s professional experience has included stints in government, international finance and environmental entrepreneurship. He is the author of several thrillers and memoirs, as well as two published collections of poetry (CELLO’S TEARS and SIGHS AND MURMURS) and is currently working on a third (EXTINCTION). He currently divides his time between Vermont and San Francisco.

 

Peggy Rose Whiteneck has been writing poetry for most of her life. Over the years, her work has appeared in a few national journals that are dedicated to disciplines ranging from the literary arts to theology. She is the author of the poetry collection From These Earthly Parts (Old Line Publishing/Maple Creek Media, 2010).

2018 Poem Locations

Randolph Village Laundromat75 North Main Street
Pamela Ahlen — Random Act
Corinne Davis — First Snow
Chandler Music Hall 71-73 North Main Street
Ina Anderson — Concert
Elizabeth Michael — The Pianist
Kimball Public Library67 North Main Street
Janet Hayward Burnham — A Poetry Lesson
Ann Cooper — Unbidden
Kathryn Dodge — The Writer By the Water
Elissa K. Doering — A Few Thoughts for David
Michael J. Farrand — Laureate of Your Heart
Debby Franzoni — Perhaps it was Mary Oliver
Phillip Mulligan — Brownian Motion (pedesis)
Randolph House65 North Main Street
Eileen Dolan — yes – it rains in June
Caroline Sergeant — Space Ship Challenger
Super Suds Laundromat10 Pleasant Street
Amy Belding Brown — Spring Cleaning
Three Bean Café22 Pleasant Street
Steve Augustus — After Sam Hamill Came to It
Anne Bower — Braiding
Amy Belding Brown — Apologia
The Herald30 Pleasant Street
Pamela Harrison — Love’s Gazetteer
Craig Line — particle physics
Samn Stockwell — Goat
First Light Studios34 Pleasant Street
Anne Bergeron — After the Ice Storm
Janet Hayward Burnham — Soft Light Appearing
Julie Longstreth — Void
Vermont Computing Cooperative 23 Merchants Row
Laura Foley — Fractalization
The Black Krim Tavern 21 Merchants Row
Jack Rossi — The Tempest
Sidewalk Florist19 Merchants Row
Anne Bower — Hands
Becky McMeekin — Flowers by the Sea
Fenix Fine Foods20 Merchants Row
Charleigh Robillard — Winter Musing
Janet Watton — Carpe Diem
Flats Tatooing of Vermont18 Merchants Row
Elaine Pauley — Aboriginal Connections
Fisher Auto Parts10 Merchants Row
Ann Cooper — Crows’ Nest
Wilma Ann Johnson — mountain tunnel
Joan Mathews — A Random Thought While Driving
Jack Rossi — A Minor Distraction
One Main Tap & Grill2 Merchants Row
Amy Belding Brown — Psalm for November
Judy Crocker — Farm Stand Route 15 Jericho
Hatsy McGraw — Preparing for Winter
Andrea Rogers — The Sum of Summer
Clara Martin Center11 North Main Street
Genevieve Bronk — A Poem for My Teenage Daughter
Belmains14 North Main Street
Melanie J. Adams — Pemaquid
Pamela Ahlen — It happens every year
Beverly Breen — Below Zero in Sunshine
Danny Dover — Good
Laura Foley — Corked
Marjorie Ryerson — Wal-Mart Shoppers
Jim Schley — Time Being
Lake Sunapee Bank 21 North Main Street
Genevieve Bronk — Radiation
Roger Dodge — Still Watching
David Stauffer — Mercy
Barbara Stearns — Flight to Safety
Samn Stockwell — Marshfield Dam
Nancy Vandenburgh — To Have and To Hold
Ken’s Barbershop33 North Main Street
Steve Augustus — Ways In
The Frankenburg Agency35 North Main Street
Gina Logan — Because
Bethany Church Office29 North Main Street
Chard deNiord — Grief is the River with a Foreign Name
Becky McMeekin — Parable of Loss
Mark 1:4-8 — Lava Mueller
DuBois & King28 North Main Street
Janet Hayward Burnham — January Thaw
Barbara Stearns — Summer Time When Nine
Station Break26 North Main Street
Abbie Holden — The Incredible Confidence of Becoming a Redhead
Blue Moon6 North Main Street
Debra Chadwick — The Blue Dragonfly
Bonnie Fallon — Frosty Filigree
Brooke Herter James — Sun Dog, Wolf Moon
Elizabeth Michael — Blue Bucket (Haiti)
Samn Stockwell — Minor Carta
Northfield Savings Bank2 North Main Street
Lukina Andreyev — Advice From The Month Of September
Debra Chadwick — Making a Splash
Danny Dover — Geese
Brooke Herter James — First Snow
Tom Martin — Ms. Agnes
East Garden – 3 Salisbury Street
Andrea Rogers — Persistence
Wilson Tire – 5 Salisbury Street
Jack Mayer —Searching for My Dead Mother’s Car
Randolph Municipal Building7 Summer Street
Nancy Hewitt — Nevertheless, she persisted
Jack Mayer — Thank you, Vice-Admiral Vasili Arkhipov (1926 – 1998)
Elaine Pauley — Civil Disobedience
Randolph Coal & Oil8 Salisbury Street
Verandah Porche — Say When
Geza Tatrallyay — Saturn (hommage à Cassini)
Randolph Police Station6 Salisbury Street
Joyce Borthwick-Leslie — Waiting
Bob’s M&M Beverage4 Salisbury Street
Janet E. Green — A Suicide
Blooming Treasures3 Salisbury Street
Debby Franzoni — Re-Rooting
Julie Cadwallader Staub — Letting Go
StagecoachDepot Square
James Barrett — Frost Moment
Randolph Village Pizza1 South Main Street
John Coulter — Winter Storm
NAPA / Randolph Auto Supply3 South Main Street
Judy Crocker — Accident
Marian Leavitt Levasseur — I Would Like …
Stephen Morris — Iconic Pneumonic
George Murphy — Safety, Grief & Gray (3 poems)
Andrea Rogers — To Become Whole
Heritage Real Estate 10 South Main Street
Peggy Rose Whiteneck — Taylor at Four
The Playhouse11 South Main Street
Peggy Rose Whiteneck — Across the Border
Beacon Printing 18 South Main Street
Julie Cadwallader Staub — Winter Sacrament
Verandah Porche — So Gay You Spring
Curves – 12½ South Main Street
Marjorie Ryerson — The Body Politic
Al’s Pizza12 South Main Street
Judith Hishikawa — Freezing Night
Michelle Holder — Dusk
Sandra Maccarrone — Different
Sharon Moulton — Windowsill
Former Verizon Building
corner of Main Street and Merchants Row
Debby Franzoni — The Trickster
Craig Line — Radiation Oncology
Jack Mayer — Grandmother’s Blessing
David Stauffer — Recapture
Janet Watton — Without Us
Randolph Regional Veterinary Hospital86 Dylan Drive
Caitlin Frauton — Tracks (for Joyce)
Nancy Hewitt — I didn’t know that sunlight had a scent
Susan Shea — My Morning Routine
Peggy Rose Whiteneck — There’s Just No Crating a Cat
104 poems

2017 Poem Locations

Randolph Village Laundromat – 75 North Main Street
Janet E. Green – The Laundromat
Jamie K. Connor – Linda’s Daughter

Chandler Music Hall – 71-73 North Main Street
Becky McMeekin – Elegy for 100 Pianos
Jacob Louis d’Antonio – Vermont Has Talent

Kimball Public Library – 67 North Main Street
Nancy Hewitt – No Words, Plenty of Language
Michelle Holder – In October, Grandmother

Randolph House – 65 North Main Street
Jeanne Ward – Mr. Charles Comfort
Marshall Chase – Randolph Center School, 1962

Super Suds Laundromat – 10 Pleasant Street
Janet E. Green – God in unsuspected places
Dak Gustal – Flying Off
Anne Bower – Holding Pattern

Three Bean Café – 22 Pleasant Street
Andrea Rogers – Making Soup
Laura Foley – The Wrangler
Susan Delattre – Morning on the Deck

The Herald – 30 Pleasant Street
Julie Cadwallader Staub – Two Poets
Victoria Crain – Darklings
Stephen Morris – The Precision of Language

First Light Studios – 34 Pleasant Street
Janet Watton – Heedless

Vermont Computing Cooperative – 23 Merchants Row
Geza Tatrallyay – For a Squashed Land Crab

The Black Krim Tavern – 21 Merchants Row
Thomas Martin – Gram’s

Sidewalk Florist – 19 Merchants Row
Lindy Sayward – Tangible Hope
Anne Bower – Patio Performance

Fenix Fine Foods – 20 Merchants Row
Kathryn Dodge – Nourishment
Peggy Rose Whiteneck – Alternate Universes

Flats Tatooing of Vermont – 18 Merchants Row
Chloe Viner – Thelma

Fisher Auto Parts – 10 Merchants Row
Gary Margolis – It’s January and feels like November
Steve Dushan – Megus
Barbara Stearns – The Invitation
Wilma Ann Johnson – The Unexpected
Elisha Joy West – Haven

One Main Tap & Grill – 2 Merchants Row
Becky McMeekin – Watching the Olympics
Ina Anderson – Big Dipper
Anne Bakeman – Hermit Thrush
Carolyn Sobel – Friends

Clara Martin Center – 11 North Main Street
Becky McMeekin – Girl with a Blue-Rimmed Bowl
Gina Logan – Alexander

Belmains – 14 North Main Street
Bonnie Beck – Valentine
Carolyn Sobel – Aura
Jack Mayer – I Am a God to the Birds
Genevieve Bronk – Life
Cynthia Liepmann – Keys
Julie Cadwallader Staub – Staple
Anne Bakeman – Darn Tough
Gary Margolis – Love Beyond Us and the Falling

Lake Sunapee Bank – 21 North Main Street
Nancy Hewitt – Calm Before Sandy
Wilma Ann Johnson – Au Printemps
George Murphy – Travelers
Audrey J. Boerum – The Wind …
Charleigh – Newfoundland
Geza Tatrallyay – Mo(u)rning
Julie Longstreth – Black and White
Gary Margolis – In the Laboratory

Ken’s Barbershop – 33 North Main Street
Gina Logan – Wild Turkeys Mating

Holiday Beauty Salon – 33 North Main Street
Roger Dodge – Monday Was A Holiday

The Frankenburg Agency – 35 North Main Street
Jon Kaplan – A Visit with Dad

Bethany Church Office – 29 North Main Street
Jack Mayer – Singing Over
Andrea Rogers – Wedding Dance
Joyce Borthwick-Leslie – On This Summer Morning I Lie on a Hillside and Think of God

DuBois & King – 28 North Main Street
Joyce Borthwick-Leslie – His Legacy
Judy Crocker – Beyond Lascaux

Station Break – 26 North Main Street
Carolyn Sobel – Writer

Blue Moon – 6 North Main Street
Chloe Viner – Heritage
Verandah Porche – 01.05.17: feels like 10
Kira Delhagen – La Finca Hermedad
Johnathan Coulter – Nature’s Loom
Janet Watton – Our Autumn Blaze

Northfield Savings Bank – 2 North Main Street
Judy Crocker – Break
Michelle Holder – On Display
Victoria Crain – Time Wrap
David Stauffer – A Summer Sonnet
Barbara Stearns – To Know Or Not To Know

East Garden – 3 Salisbury Street
Bonnie Fallon – The Sun Rises in the East

Wilson Tire – 5 Salisbury Street
Michelle Holder – After the Winter Blues

Randolph Municipal Building – 7 Summer Street
Debby Franzoni – Election Time
Don Payton – The Pendulum Always Swings
Joan Mathews – Ask the Mothers
Phyllis Davis – A Childhood Memory

Randolph Coal & Oil – 8 Salisbury Street
Peggy Rose Whiteneck – Climate Change
Victoria Crain – Anthropocene Era

Randolph Police Station – 6 Salisbury Street
Bonnie Beck – Bear

Bob’s M&M Beverage – 4 Salisbury Street
Verandah Porche – Little Winter: April Fools

Stagecoach – Depot Square
Lukina Andreyev – Traveling

Randolph Village Pizza – 1 South Main Street
Carl Garguilo – Liquid Grace

NAPA / Randolph Auto Supply – 3 South Main Street
Megan Buchanan – Pickup
Gina Logan – Wood
Sharon Moulton – Covered Roads
Peggy Brightman – Primavera Comes
Pamela Ahlen – Playing with Elves at Midnight

The Playhouse – 11 South Main Street
Geza Tatrallyay – Ember eyes

Beacon Printing – 18 South Main Street
Pamela Ahlen – Wayside Tree
Corinne Davis – The Dance

Curves – 12½ South Main Street
Carl Garguilo – The Gravity of Living

Century 21 –  12½ South Main Street
Janet Hayward Burnham – 1781

Al’s Pizza – 12 South Main Street
Elaine Pauley – First Poem
Elissa Doering – To Journey to Raccoon Cove
Elizabeth Mariani – When You’re on The List
Susan Delattre – At Lake Champlain

Former Verizon Building
corner of Main Street and Merchants Row
Laura Foley – Twice the Speed of Sound
Verandah Porche – Eve After
Alden Blodgett – Images and Instinct
Pamela Ahlen – Wild Oats
Margo Marrone – Seeing with New Eyes

Randolph Regional Veterinary Hospital – 86 Dylan Drive
Debby Franzoni – Tonight at the Lake House
Cynthia Liepmann – Dog
Laura Foley – When I Went Out This Morning

Central Supplies – 839 VT Route 12
Judy Crocker – House Key

Chef’s Market – 839 VT Route 12
Julie Cadwallader Staub – Ode to Salted Caramels

2017 Participating Poet Bios

Ina Anderson grew up in Cumbria, in the north of England. She worked as a technical editor for professional journals in London and in the U.S., including Icarus: International Journal of Solar System Science, with Carl Sagan. She then turned to teaching communication, writing, and literature, spending over 20 years at the Community College of Vermont as a faculty member and student advisor. Ina’s poems have appeared in several publications, including Mountain Troubadour, Red Fox Poets, and a recent anthology, Perhaps It Was the Pie. Her first poetry collection, Journey Into Space, was published in 2016. Ina has lived in Sharon, Vermont, for many years.

Megan BuchananMegan Buchanan – Megan Buchanan’s poems have appeared in such as journals as The Sun Magazine, make/shift, A Woman’s Thing, and multiple anthologies. Her first full-length collection, Clothesline Religion, is just out from Green Writers Press and is widely available. Born in California, Megan’s lived for long stretches in Ireland, the mountains of the southwest, and New England. Her work has been supported by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Vermont Arts Council, and the Vermont Studio Center. Megan is also a collaborative performer and dancemaker, a teacher, and an activist.  She currently lives in southern Vermont with her two children. meganbuchanan.net.

Chard deNiord – The VT Poet Laureate was born in New Haven, CT and raised in Lynchburg, VA. After graduating from Lynchburg College, deNiord earned his MDiv from Yale Divinity School. Before pursuing ordination, he worked as an inpatient psychiatric aide at the CT Mental Health Center. Five years later, he left to pursue poetry, attending the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he received his MFA in 1985.  Returning to New England, deNiord taught at private schools for over a decade while publishing his poems. In 1990, he published his first collection, Asleep in the Fire (University of Alabama Press), while teaching comparative religions and philosophy at the Putney School. In 1998, deNiord began teaching at Providence College, where he was eventually named the tenth recipient of the Joseph R. Accinno Faculty Teaching Award. That same year, he founded the Spirit and Letter Workshop, a ten-day program of workshops and lectures in Patzquaro, Mexico. In 2002, deNiord cofounded the New England College MFA program in poetry, which he directed until 2007. In addition to several collections of poetry, he has authored a book of essays and interviews with renowned poets. He is currently a professor of English at Providence College. He lives in Westminster West with his wife, Liz.

Laura Foley won first place in the Common Goods Poetry Contest, judged by Garrison Keillor; the 2016 National Outermost Poetry Prize, judged by Marge Piercy; Harpur Palate’s Milton Kessler Memorial Poetry Award; and the Grand Prize for the Atlanta Review’s International Poetry Contest. She is the author of five poetry collections, her most recent being Night Ringing. The Glass Tree won the Foreword Book of the Year Award, Silver, and was a Finalist for the NH Writer’s Project, Outstanding Book of Poetry. Joy Street won the Bisexual-Writer’s Award. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and magazines. Laura holds graduate degrees in English Literature from Columbia University. Trained in chaplaincy through the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, she volunteers in hospitals and prisons, and is a certified Shri Yoga Instructor. She lives in Pomfret, with her partner Clara Giménez, and three big dogs.

Navah Fried – Navah Fried loves writing poems. She feels that creative writing it is the most meaningful way to communicate. Besides writing, Navah usually finds herself listening to music, playing guitar and singing, going for walks, and thinking. She hopes to be a published poet in the future, on the side of an unknown career. Navah has been studying creative writing at Montpelier High School for the past two years and is excited to go on to college to help make the world better. Her work has been featured in Montpelier’s PoemCity for the past two years, but this is her first public reading.

Nancy Hewitt‘s chapbook Heard was published in 2013 by Finishing Line Press.  Her poetry has appeared in Mid-American Review, Prism Review, Phoebe, The Comstock Review, Off the Coast and other journals.  Her awards include the Nancy Hargrove Editors’ Prize for Poetry from Jabberwock Review and a Pushcart Prize nomination.  She is a clinical social worker with a private psychotherapy practice in Salem, MA.  She is the first Poet Laureate of Swampscott, MA, and divides her time between Swampscott and East Randolph, VT.

Reuben Jackson – In a 2012 Seven Days story introducing the new host of Vermont Public Radio’s “Friday Night Jazz”,  retiring jazz-show host George Thomas said of Jackson, “He thinks like a poet.”. Reuben Jackson’s poetry reflects his love of jazz, and as regular VPR listeners know, his baritone voice is as compelling as the music he presents. The Goddard College grad is an accomplished critic who has written for the Washington City Paper and the Washington Post in his hometown of Washington, D.C., as well as for the magazines Jazziz, JazzTimes and All About Jazz. His reviews have been featured on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” Before joining VPR, Jackson served for 20 years as the curator of the Duke Ellington Collection at the Smithsonian Institution. Jackson’s poetic forte is haiku.

Madeleine KuninMadeleine Kunin – Madeleine May Kunin was the fourth woman to be elected Governor in the U.S. and the first woman to serve as Governor of Vermont. She was born in Zurich, Switzerland and immigrated to the U.S. with her mother and brother during World War II. She served as Deputy Secretary of Education and Ambassador to Switzerland in the Clinton Administration, and is the founder of the Institute for Sustainable Communities, a non-government organization which focuses on climate change and civic society. At present she is a Marsh Professor at the University of Vermont, a commentator on Vermont Public Radio, and a blogger on the Huffington Post. She is the author of The New Feminist Agenda, Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work and Family, selected as an Editor’s Choice by The New York Times. She is also the author of  Pearls, Politics and Power, how women can win and lead, Living a Political Life, and The Big Green Book. She is a fellow at the Academy of Arts and Sciences and a recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt award. She is married to John W. Hennessey and the mother of four children and six grandchildren.

Sydney Lea is a poet, novelist, essayist, editor, and professor. He served as Vermont’s Poet Laureate from 2011-2015. Lea has received fellowships from the Rockefeller, Fulbright and Guggenheim Foundations, and has taught at Dartmouth, Yale, Wesleyan, Vermont and Middlebury Colleges, as well as at Franklin College in Switzerland and the Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest. His stories, poems, essays and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated and many other periodicals, as well as in more than fifty anthologies. He founded New England Review in 1977 and edited it until 1989. Lea has been described as “a man in the woods with his head full of books, and a man in books with his head full of woods.” His affection for story, moreover, an affection derived in no small measure from men and women elders in New England, colors his poetry, just as a relish for the musical properties of the word colors his prose. His lifelong passion for the natural world informs almost his every utterance.  He lives in Newbury, Vermont, and is active both in literacy efforts and in conservation.

Verandah PorcheVerandah Porche works as a poet-in-residence, performer and writing partner. Based in rural Vermont since 1968, she has published Sudden Eden (Verdant Books), The Body’s Symmetry (Harper and Row) and Glancing Off (See Through Books), and has pursued an alternative literary career, creating collaborative writing projects in nontraditional settings: literacy and crisis centers, hospitals, factories, nursing homes, senior centers, a 200 year-old Vermont tavern and an urban working class neighborhood. Broad Brook Anthology, a play for voices, honors the lives of elders in Guilford, Vermont.  Listening Out Loud documents her residency with Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT. Verandah initiated—and for almost 30 years taught—the poetry program at Vermont’s Governor’s Institute on the Arts. “Come Over,” is a cd of songs written with Patty Carpenter, performed by the Dysfunctional Family Jazz band. She has read her work on NPR stations, in the Vermont State House and at the John Simon Guggenheim Museum. The Vermont Arts Council presented her with its Award of Merit in 1998, and its first Ellen McCulloch-Lovell Award in Arts Education in 2015, and Marlboro College, an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2012. Verandah was featured in “Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie.” “Shedding Light on the Working Forest,” a collaboration with visual artist Kathleen Kolb is currently showing around New England.

Marjorie Ryerson is the author of numerous books, including an internationally award-winning photography book and several non-fiction books. She is a well-published poet and photo-journalist. A writing professor for many years, Marjorie has taught poetry for Middlebury College at its Bread Loaf writing campus since 1990. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Marjorie was the driving force behind Randolph’s first PoemTown celebration in 2014.

Geza Tatrallyay – Born in Budapest, Hungary, Geza escaped with his family in 1956 during the Hungarian Revolution, immigrating to Canada the same year. He grew up in Toronto, attending the University of Toronto Schools, and graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Human Ecology. Geza was selected as a Rhodes Scholar from Ontario, attending Oxford University and graduating with a BA / MA in Human Sciences; he completed his studies with a MSc in Economics from London School of Economics and Politics. Geza represented Canada as an épée fencer in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. He is a prolific author of thrillers, memoirs, and poetry. Geza’s professional experience has included stints in government, international organizations, finance ,and environmental entrepreneurship. Since 2004, he has been managing a few investments and devoting himself to his family and his writing.

Diana WhitneyDiana Whitney – Diana Whitney’s first book, Wanting It (Harbor Mountain Press, 2014), became an indie bestseller and won the Rubery Book Award in poetry. She’s the poetry critic for the San Francisco Chronicle and her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Glamour, Salon, Ms. Magazine, and many more. She has been awarded writing grants and fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund, and the Vermont Studio Center, among others, and was the 2015 winner of the Women’s National Book Association poetry prize. A yoga teacher by trade, Diana runs a small studio attached to her farmhouse in Brattleboro, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and three puzzling cats. She’s currently finishing a memoir about motherhood and sexuality. www.diana-whitney.com

Baron WormserBaron Wormser – Baron Wormser is the author/co-author of fourteen books and a poetry chapbook. His books include Scattered Chapters: New and Selected Poems (Sarabande Books), The Road Washes Out in Spring: a Poet’s Memoir of Living Off the Grid (University Press of New England), and The Poetry Life: Ten Stories (CavanKerry Press). His novel Tom o’ Vietnam, about a Vietnam veteran who is obsessed with King Lear, will be published by New Rivers Press in the fall of 2017. Wormser has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bread Loaf, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. From 2000 to 2006 he served as poet laureate of the state of Maine. He has taught many dozens of workshops across the United States and continues to offer generative workshops along with workshops focusing on the works of a particular poet.

 

2017 PoemTown Randolph Events

Poetry readings, workshops and receptions are free and open to the public. Food and drink at area restaurants must be purchased.

Saturday April 1, 1:30 PM – Opening celebration in the second floor performance space at Lost Nation Theater at City Hall in Montpelier, co-sponsored with Montpelier’s PoemCity. The afternoon event features Vermont Poet Laureate Chard deNiord and poetry winners from across the state of Vermont, selected from the Young Writers’ Project. A jazz quartet opens the event at 1:30. The poetry readings then follow, from 2:00-3:00. A reception will conclude the afternoon.

Thursday April 6 – Dinner with a Poet – Past Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea reads at The Three Bean Café; dinner at 6:00, followed by a reading at 7:00; 22 Pleasant Street. Dinner reservations are required and can be made by calling the café at 802-728-3533.

Sunday April 9, 7:00 PM – Poetry readings by Former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin and Montpelier High School senior Navah Fried, followed by a reception, Bethany Church, 30 North Main Street, Randolph.

Wednesday April 12 – Poetry Potluck at the Randolph Town Hall, 7 Summer Street, downstairs conference room. Poets of all ages and abilities are encouraged to bring food and original work to share. Dinner at 6:00 and poetry at 7:00.

Monday April 17 – Dinner with a Poet – Baron Wormser at the Black Krim Tavern, 21 Merchants Row. Dinner at 6 PM, followed by a reading at 7:00. Dinner reservations are required and can be made by calling the Tavern at 802-728-6776.

Wednesday April 19, 7:00 PM – Poetry reading featuring poets Ina Anderson, Laura Foley, Nancy Hewitt, Marjorie Ryerson, and Geza Tatrallyay. Kimball Public Library, 67 North Main Street. Light refreshments will be served.

Sunday April 23, 2-4 PM – Poetry writing workshop for poets of all ages and abilities with Ina Anderson at Kimball Public Library, 67 North Main Street.

Tuesday April 25 – Dinner with a Poet – Southern Vermont poets Megan Buchanan, Verandah Porche and Diana Whitney read from their work at SAAP Restaurant, 50 Randolph Avenue. Diverse menu featuring Northern Thai cuisine. Dinner at 6:00, followed by readings at 7:00. Dinner reservations are required and can be made by calling SAAP at 802-565-8292.

Friday April 28, 7:00 PM – Pie and Poetry closing celebration, Chandler Music Hall’s Upper Gallery, 71-73 Main Street. Poet and Vermont Public Radio Friday Night Jazz host Reuben Jackson reads from his work. A local jazz trio provides musical accompaniment and homemade pie sweetens the evening.

Sydney Lea at The Three Bean Café

Poet Laureatte Sydney Lea
Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea will again recite his work at the Three Bean Café during April’s PoemTown in Randolph. (Herald / Tim Calabro)

PoemTown Randolph welcomes the return of past Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea on Thursday April 6 as part of PoemTown’s 2017 Dinner with a Poet series.

2017 Dinner with a Poet Series

Sydney Lea – Thursday April 6 at The Three Bean Café

Baron Wormser – Monday April 17 at The Black Krim Tavern

Megan Buchanan, Verandah Porche and Diana Whitney – Tuesday April 25 at Saap

Please refer to the comprehensive listing of 2017 PoemTown Randolph events for further details about these readings.

2017 Call for Submissions

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UPDATE: The deadline for submissions has passed. Thanks, everyone, for all of your great poems!

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PoemTown Randolph invites Vermont poets of all ages to submit original poems for its 4th annual celebration. Chosen poems will be displayed on local business storefronts in celebration of National Poetry Month in April.

Please submit no more than three poems, each of them 24 lines or less. Poems can be typed or handwritten. The deadline for submissions is February 10th. All submissions will be judged that weekend, so meeting the 2/10 deadline is critical. Submissions may either be mailed to Janet Watton, 1387 Davis Road, Randolph Center, 05061 or physically dropped off at Marjorie Ryerson’s house at 36 Randolph Avenue, Randolph, 05060 in a marked box on her front porch, specifically designated for this purpose.

For the purposes of blind judging, the poet’s name, city/town of residence, email address, and phone number must be entered on the reverse side of the submitted poem page, not on the front of the poem.

In addition to displayed poems, PoemTown will offer poetry workshops and public readings. Programming is free and open to the public. This year’s events are supported in part by a grant from the Vermont Humanities Council.

PoemTown Randolph Receives an Owl Award for Best Innovative Community Offering!

Each September The Complete Hoot Guide to Arts and Events in the Upper Valley sponsors The Owl Awards. Through these awards, the regional arts publication honors regional excellence in the arts. The categories are determined by, and then voted on, by its readership. This year a new category was introduced, and PoemTown Randolph earned recognition as the Best Innovative Community Offering.

Poems-in-the-Windows by Gary Margolis

I wouldn’t choose to be sitting inside
this Sunday afternoon either, on the first day

of real spring. Thinking a few poems would do me
more good than shoveling the last mounds of snow

next to the opera house into a wheelbarrow. A scene
I saw walking around Randolph before the reading.

This place the arts committee named PoemTown
for April’s national poetry month. Inviting citizens

from around our state to submit a poem that could fit
into a window, a driver filling her tank could read.

A teenager trying to buy cigarettes could hesitate,
before going into the convenience store, pondering

what that last line meant. Forgetting the law he was
trying to break. I wish I had more time to read all one

hundred and eight of them. So many windows,
so little time is the title of the poem taped in Aubuchon’s

tinted window. Inside, the shovels and rakes selling faster
than pancakes. I’d be amiss to call anything else.

Here where the sap is flowing and driving over Bethel
Mountain I saw the beginning of flowers splitting

rocks without hesitating, that wouldn’t be caught dead
inside, to adorn a poetry reading.