Celebrate National Poetry Month with PoemTown Randolph 2020!

Due to the severity of the Covid-19 pandemic, things are a bit different this year. With statewide and national closures of schools, arts organizations, businesses and public places, and warnings to be mindful of social distancing, we have made the prudent decision to cancel all PoemTown events for this year.

However, like the geese and robins, poetry will return to Randolph! The original poems of 76 poets from 46 Vermont towns are on display in the main windows and doors of local businesses and organizations as a walking anthology for residents and visitors to enjoy as they walk through town, hike a short nature trail along the White River, or do errands in town. New this year is the pairing of some of Randolph’s notable outdoor sculptures with poetry that was submitted. Poets were encouraged to submit poems that consider our climate emergency.

We hope that these poems help offset the difficulty of these uncertain times and remind us of the many ways we are connected through common experience. The daily pressures and hectic pace of our lives, and the onslaught of technology all threaten to isolate and overwhelm us. Poetry is a vehicle for articulating our common human experience and the many threads that bind us together as human beings. Who among us has not been shaken by love and loss, has not been moved by beauty in the natural world, yearned for change, or been challenged by a situation beyond his or her control? Through poetry we celebrate our unity through our individual stories and insight. May the days ahead be filled with poetry to sustain us all.

Thank you to our supporters! 

We’re grateful for generous sponsorship support that makes possible our ability to print the poems and programs and design and print this year’s anthology.

PoemTown 2020 is underwritten by the the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation and has additional support from DuBois & King, EyeCare for You, Northfield Savings Bank, Sanel/NAPA Auto Parts, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, andthe Ada Brandon Foundation. PoemTown is grateful for partnerships with the Town of Randolph, RACDC, Chandler Center for the Arts, Kimball Library, and the White River Craft Center that helped make possible the planning of this year’s events. 

We’re grateful for generous sponsorship support that makes possible our ability to offer the poetry portions of all events at no cost to the public.

PoemTown 2020 is underwritten by the the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation and has additional support from DuBois & King, EyeCare for You, Northfield Savings Bank, Sanel/NAPA Auto Parts, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, and the Ada Brandon Foundation. PoemTown is grateful for partnerships with the Town of Randolph, RACDC, Chandler Center for the Arts, Kimball Library, and the White River Craft Center that help make possible these events.

Find the Poems

More than 100 poems are placed throughout Randolph Village. Here’s a complete listing of their locations. This year many of Randolph’s sculptures are included in the Poetry Walk.

Sculptures

The Gift” by Karen Petersen in front of Chandler Music Hall

Gathering — Louis Megyesi

Paul Calter sculptures at Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center

Focus One”from Simultaneous — Jim Schley

Armillary VII” — Ode to the Tree Across the Road — Genevieve Bronk

Sun Disc, Moon Disc” — Sun, O Glorious Sun — Neill Callahan

Big Frog, Small Pond” by Jim Sardonis, VT Agricultural and Environmental Lab at VTC

Charles’s Pond — Louis Megyesi

“Whale Dance” by Jim Sardonis at Exit 4, I-89

Eternal Dance — Peggy Brightman

River Walk

Still Leaf — Jonathan Root

Winter — Michael Fitzgerald

Source: Haiku — M. Underwood

Milkweed — James Crews

Questions — Ann Cooper

Waiting on the Ice Jam — Daniel Chadwick

Metamorphose — Deb Delmore

Ladybugs — George Longenecker

Randolph Village Laundromat75 North Main Street

Flowerless — Ann Brandon

The Church of Laundromat — Stephen Morris

Chandler Music Hall 71-73 North Main Street

Ukulele Lesson — Judith Crocker

No Oxygen Left — Trish Alley

Bach Hears Music — Gus Speth

Kimball Public Library67 North Main Street

The Writer in His Element — Gus Speth

Logophile — Judith Crocker

Randolph House65 North Main Street

The Moon Dances Down Pug Lake — Sydney Lea

Anticipation — M. Underwood

Super Suds Laundromat10 Pleasant Street

Colored Glass — Steve Augustus

Act as if …. — Phoenix

Seeds of Despair — Carl Garguilo

The Gear House16 Pleasant Street

Afterlife — Jack Mayer

Huggable Mug Café22 Pleasant Street

Carbon Footprint Cafe — Donna Bramley

Feeding Time — Timothy Eberhardt

Kids Play 22 Pleasant Street

Little Zephyrs — Deb Franzoni

about a boy — Nancy Hewitt

Trillium24 Pleasant Street

Mother’s Day — Wilma Ann Johnson

What the Birder Said — Veer Frost

The Herald30 Pleasant Street

Poetry in an Eggshell — Audrey Boerum

The Lost Poem — Jeff Bernstein

Ode to Ocean — Cynthia Liepmann

Red Lion Inn  — 9 Pleasant Street

At 89 — Audrey Boerum

Morning at the Drop-in Center — Barbara Stearns

Red Door Jewelers — 20 Merchants Row

Love and Imagination — Kimberly Madura

Soft Light Appearing — Janet Burnham

Fisher Auto Parts10 Merchants Row

The Wind from the Next World — Gina Logan

Car Wash — Annie Bower

Cassandra — Ann Cooper

Pollination — Geza Tatrallyay

After the Flood — Rebecca Starks

Willamina Willy — Tom Martin

Ice — Veer Frost

Ode to ‘e’— Barney Beard

One Blood Paragraph — Nancy Hewitt 

Self-Medication — Sandy Edmunds 

a broken heart has no home — Mary Collins 

Earth Mother — Peggy Brightman 

The Singin’ Rage — Sydney Lea 

Vermont Computing 23 Merchants Row

Dead End — Julie Cadwallader Staub

Bluer Seas — Annie Bower

The Black Krim Tavern 21 Merchants Row

Our Notions of Love — Christina Strong

Sidewalk Florist19 Merchants Row

Dahlias — Andrea Rogers

The Peony Admiration Club — Letitia Rydjeski

One Main Tap & Grill2 Merchants Row

August 27, 2019 — Julie Cadwallader Staub

Boppin’ at Lunacy — Pam Ahlen

There and Here — Judith Crocker

Belmain’s Building — 15 North Main Street

The Open Field — James Crews

False Labor — Jack Mayer

Clouds — Ina Anderson

Bee-ing Indoors — Gina Logan

Twenty Years — Charleigh Robillard

November 8, 2017 — Ann Cooper

Scorched Earth — Janet Watton

Nativity Scene — Peggy Whiteneck

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust 21 North Main Street

Out of Control — Janet Watton

So You Think — Michael J. Farrand

Saecula saeculorum — Timothy Eberhardt

First Chill — Deb Delmore

To My Great Granddaughter Not Yet Born — Ina Anderson

On Seeing Satellite Images After Hurricane Dorian — Rebecca Starks

From Stone Road — George Murphy

Ken’s Barbershop33 North Main Street

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 2005 — Jamie Gage

The Frankenburg Agency35 North Main Street

Orbweaver — James Crews

Bethany Church Office32 North Main Street

The Book of Job — Peggy Whiteneck

Migration — Wilma Ann Johnson

Noah and the Climate Skeptics — Brigitte Lent

DuBois & King28 North Main Street

Teach Me To Whisper — Deb Chadwick

I’m gonna write my dream — David Wrong

Lamentation — Rebecca McMeekin

Rain Change — James Wyman

Blue Moon6 North Main Street

There are Words in this Wind — Julie Longstreth

Assumptions and Cullings — Sydney Lea

Northfield Savings Bank2 North Main Street

Giant Sequoia — Rebecca McMeekin

Boogaloo to Beck — Jamie Gage

A Tiny Patch of Blue — Trish Alley

The Olde Hollows Transfer Station — Steve Augustus

November — Anne Bakeman

Coffin — Danny Dover

East Garden – 3 Salisbury Street

Bahn Mi in Vermont — Christina Strong

Wilson Tire – 5 Salisbury Street

Poem for the Leavers — Jillian Getman

Randolph Municipal Building7 Summer Street

Town Meeting — Rebecca McMeekin

America. America — Audrey Boerum

Tranquility — Mickie Richardson

Of Revolution — David Celone

Randolph Coal & Oil8 Salisbury Street

There are too many of us on this earth … — Geza Tatrallyay

The New Normal — Charlie Farrell

Randolph Police Station6 Salisbury Street

Airborne — Corinne Davis

Bob’s M&M Beverage4 Salisbury Street

Polar Cap — Melanie Adams

Chef’s Market 2 Salisbury Street 

Should — Deb Delmore

Until, that is, I Become Vinegar — Stephen Morris

StagecoachDepot Square

Thomas Edison Lands in the 21st Century — Jeff Bernstein

True Center Yoga 2 South Main Street

A Place Beyond — Gus Speth

TEKHENU — Janet Watton

lotus — Mary Collins

The Split Is Clear — Cynthia Liepmann

Sanel / NAPA 3 South Main Street 

Willing — Nancy Hewitt

No Restraint — Deb Franzoni

after reading how the wollemi pines were saved by firefighters in Australia — Anne Bergeron

Climate Changes, Writ Small — Jeff Bernstein

World Atlas — Christina Strong

Heritage Real Estate 10 South Main Street

Indecision Equals Inaction — Sandy Edmonds

The Playhouse11 South Main Street

The Souks of Aleppo — Brigitte Lent

To The Horse’s Return — Steven Yaskell

Beacon Printing 18 South Main Street

Three of Us — Peter Dregallo

Any flip of the hand …. — Annie Bower

Al’s Pizza12 South Main Street

The Universe is — Peggy Brightman

Heron Dancer — Karen Richardson

Hummingbird — Hatsy McGraw

It was Hidden in the Statue — Daniel Chadwick

Randolph Regional Veterinary Hospital86 Dylan Drive

Flagler, our Weatherman — Bonnie Watters

Ode to Leofred L’Orange — Ina Anderson

My Indoor Cat — Jack MayerBuckie — Lynn Powers

Poem Town Events 2020

Due to the severity of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult, but prudent decision to cancel all PoemTown events for this year.

CANCELLED —Poetry Open Mic
Thursday, April 2, 7pm – 9pm,  Chandler Upper Gallery
Bring two or three of your shorter poems and sign up at the door. (In conjunction with Chandler’s WORD series)


CANCELLED — Poetry in Protest: A Workshop
Thursday, April 9, 6:30pm – 9pm,  Chandler Upper Gallery
Led by Ina Anderson, this workshop will support poets at all levels of experience who yearn to speak out in the face of social and climate challenges. 


CANCELLED — Dinner with a Poet: Elizabeth Powell
Monday, April 13, Black Krim Tavern
At 6pm, join the poet for dinner, then stay for her reading at 7:30pmCall (802)728-6776 for dinner reservations


CANCELLED — 
Three Vermont Poets on Earth Day
Wednesday, April 22, 7pm, Kimball Public Library
Poets April Ossman, Julie Cadwallader Staub, and Danny Doverread in celebration of the Earth, and in warning of climate disaster.


CANCELLED — Farmer Poets Night
Wednesday, April 29, 7pm   Silloway Sugar House1303 Boudro Road, Randolph Center
Three farmer poets, Taylor Katz, Carl Russell, and Jim Schley,read their poems in the sugarhouse. Serving sugar on snow!

Youth Activities at Kimball Library
week of April 6 —  Pop-up magnetic poetry
week of April 13 — Poetry rip-off
CANCELLED — April 16, 3-5 pm — Black-out poetry workshop
CANCELLED — April 20, 2-4 pm — “Plant a seed, grow a rhyme” workshop
week of April —  Letters to the earth

For more information about youth activities at the library, please visit the library’s website: https://kimballlibrary.org.

PoemTown Randolph 2020

PoemTown Randolph organizers are excited to announce the seventh annual celebration of poetry in Randolph throughout the month of April, National Poetry month. They are seeking submissions from Vermont poets as the centerpiece of the month-long event.

Originally inspired by Montpelier’s PoemCity, the organizers of PoemTown Randolph 2020 once again plan similar public opportunities for Vermont poets to share their work. Throughout the month of April, posters of selected poems will be displayed in the main windows and doors of businesses, churches, and organizations, and along forest paths in Randolph.

Organizers are currently soliciting original poetry submissions from poets of all ages residing anywhere in Vermont. This year, as we move into a new decade on our planet,  poets are encouraged, though it is not mandatory, to submit poems that consider our climate emergency.

No more than three poems should be submitted, each of them 24 lines or less. The deadline for submission is February 1

Poets should send 1-3 original poems as MS Word or rtf attachments to musbird@gmail.com. In the text of an email, included must be the poet’s contact information (name, mailing address, email address and telephone number). Then each poem should be attached separately with the title of the poem as the document name and no identifying information other than the poem’s title on each document. Poets are asked to not submit any work that has been previously displayed in any PoemTown or PoemCity celebrations, and also to not submit any poems that have previously appeared in print anywhere else.

For poets without access to email, please contact Janet Watton at 802-728-9402 to clarify an alternate submission process.

By sending work to PoemTown 2020, poets agree that PoemTown may use any poem in display, in promotional materials, and in associated online, print and other media. Poets will be credited for their work in all places their poems appear.

PoemTown organizers are planning special poetry events throughout April, including dinner with poet Elizabeth Powell at the Black Krim, an open mic night, an evening featuring local published poets, a performance of climate-focused poetry, a workshop, “Poetry in Protest,” and the popular evening of readings by farmer poets at the sugarhouse of Silloway Maple in Randolph Center.

2019 PoemTown Events

Local artist Jan Fowler
Kerrin McCadden

Monday, April 1st 6:00 – 8:00 PM:
Dinner with a Poet  –  Join poet Kerrin McCadden for dinner at the Black Krim Tavern in Randolph VT. Dinner at 6:00pm, followed by her reading at 7:00pm. Call (802) 728-6776 to make dinner reservations.

Saturday, April 6th 4 – 6 PM:
Reading at the White River Craft Center with Adeena Karasick and Maria Damon from Brooklyn NY, Mark Lamoureux from New Haven CT and local writer Joan Feierabend

Wednesday, April 10 7 PM:
Three local Vermont poets read their work at Kimball Public Library in Randolph VT: Corey Cook, Anne Shivas, Carol Potter

Saturday, April 13th 4 – 6 PM:
Reading at the White River Craft Center with Gina Myers from Philadelphia and local writer Josie Carothers

Wednesday, April 17 7 PM:
Poetry Open Mic at Kimball Public Library in Randolph
Bring two or three of your poems and sign up at the door.
Light refreshments.

Saturday, April 20 7 PM:
Farmer Poets Night Three farmer poets read at the Silloway Sugar House, 1303 Boudro Rd, Randolph Center VT
Taylor Katz, Carl Russell, and Caitlin Gildrien
Sugar on snow and other light refreshments

Thursday, April 25 7 PM:
Poem Town Grand Finale: Los Lorcas — In the spirit of Federico Garcia Lorca — poets Partridge Boswell and Peter Money, along with guitarist Nat Williams, will fuse poetry and music in a passionate and surprising mash-up! Esther Mesh Room, Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph

Saturday, April 27th 4 – 6 PM:
Reading at the White River Craft Center with Jenny Grassl and Julie Thacker from Cambridge MA and local writer Gloria Smith

For questions or more information, ask Janet Wattonmusbird@gmail.com

2019 Poem Locations

Local artist Jan Fowler

River Walk
Trish Alley — Songbird Dreams
Blair Brooks — That Tuft
Corinne Davis — The Heist
Michael Farrand — Sticking to Vermont
William Graham — A Quiet Place
Brook Herter James — At the Edge
Wilma Ann Johnson — persistent tapping
Jonathan Root — Blink
Shannon Trigos — Pockets of Heaven to Be Glimpsed

Randolph Village Laundromat75 North Main Street
Genevieve Bronk — The Aloe Plant in the Doctor’s Office
Gus Speth — What He Could Have Done

Chandler Music Hall 71-73 North Main Street
Hatsy McGraw — Best Dancer
Janet Watton — The Harp Player

Kimball Public Library67 North Main Street
Bonnie Beck — For Mary Oliver
Yvonne Daly — The Most Detailed Map
Rebecca McMeekin — Middle School Science
Andrea Rogers — Lament
Christina Strong — Meditations on Resolutions

Randolph House65 North Main Street
Bonnie Beck — My Dad’s Handkerchief
Nancy Vandenburgh — Step Out

Super Suds Laundromat10 Pleasant Street
Peter Dregallo — Filling Voids
Becky Farmer — Quandary
Wilma Ann Johnson — Oh, what a morning!

Green Light Café22 Pleasant Street
Steve Augustus — Growing Older
Brook Herter James — Every Morning Now
Michelle Holder — Maybe We’re All Saints
Geza Tatrallyay — I often wonder when I see …

Trillium24 Pleasant Street
Anne Bower — For my Tai Chi colleagues
Cynthia Liepmann — Half Mast

The Herald30 Pleasant Street
Anne Bakeman — Dryocopus pileatus
Judy Crocker — Grammar Lessons
Dick Drysdale — Mahatma

Vermont Computing 23 Merchants Row
Carl Garguilo — Digital Deletes
Hatsy McGraw — Imbolc

The Black Krim Tavern 21 Merchants Row
Melanie Adams — A Hard Day

Sidewalk Florist19 Merchants Row
Yvonne Daly — Spring Vigil
Michelle Holder — February

The Red Door20 Merchants Row
Genevieve Bronk — Lavender
Tom Martin — coincidence

Flats Tatooing of Vermont18 Merchants Row
Brook Herter James — Route 90 Westbound

Fisher Auto Parts10 Merchants Row
Melanie Adams — Rusty Nail
Roderick Bates — After the Rapture
Audrey Boerum — The Iron Cat
Anne Bower — November storm
Judy Crocker — Japanese Beetles
George Murphy — Days
George Murphy — Blood
George Murphy — Past
Jack Rossi — Letting Go
Heather Steliga — Tribute to a Victorious Vermonter

One Main Tap & Grill2 Merchants Row
Laura Foley — Flowers in a Ball Jar
Debby Franzoni — At the Downtown Diner
Gina Logan — The Haitian Workers in the Thruway Cafeteria
Janet Watton — Spring

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust 21 North Main Street
Steve Augustus — Catch Her Breath
Jeff Bernstein — My Scientific Submission Process
Rebecca McMeekin — Saltwater Farm, September
Judy Crocker — The Morning I Chose Not to Listen to NPR
Nancy Hewitt — Morning After First Frost
George Longenecker — Summer Lingered
Jack Mayer — God Particle
Janet Watton — Perfection

Ken’s Barbershop33 North Main Street
Gina Logan — The Tracks in this Morning’s Snow

The Frankenburg Agency35 North Main Street
Deb Chadwick — Peaceful

Bethany Church Office29 North Main Street
James Barrett — Rachel
Lindy Sayward — Saving Earth
Jim Schley — Dumbstruck

DuBois & King28 North Main Street
Bonnie Beck — Rolling Rock
Jack Mayer — In Memoriam — SVEA Camp Stove
Verandah Porche — These Are Just to Say
Marshall Witten — Late April

Blue Moon6 North Main Street
Ina Anderson — My Mother’s Purse
Nancy Hewitt — Chanel No. 5

Northfield Savings Bank2 North Main Street
Peter Fernandez — Detoxification Unit 17, B-Wing
Debby Franzoni — And It Was Her Favorite
Nancy Hewitt — Lesion
Verandah Porche — True Haiku: 01.02
Shannon Trigos — When You Go Away

East Garden – 3 Salisbury Street
Pamela Ahlen — At the Botanic Garden in Claremont, CA

Wilson Tire – 5 Salisbury Street
Tom Martin — Nervous

Randolph Municipal Building7 Summer Street
Genevieve Bronk — The Coach
Doreen Guillette — Wisdom of a Maple Tree
Janet Hayward Burnham — Over the Top
Sandra Maccarrone — February

Randolph Coal & Oil8 Salisbury Street
Jack Mayer — BLOOD — House-call on the Canadian border
Verandah Porche — So Long, L. Cohen

Randolph Police Station6 Salisbury Street
Roderick Bates — The Art of the Relationship

Bob’s M&M Beverage4 Salisbury Street
Carl Garguilo — To Each

Chef’s Market 2 Salisbury Street
Jeff Bernstein — Winter Market
Elissa Doering — Before the Neighborhood Wakes
Judith Hishikawa — Strawberry Moments
Rebecca McMeekin — Catching the Light

StagecoachDepot Square
Yvonne Daly — Travelling

NAPA / Randolph Auto Supply3 South Main Street
Pamela Ahlen — You take the Moto Guzzi for a ride
Roderick Bates — Coldest Thanksgiving on Record
Ann Cooper — Driving North
Tim Eberhardt — My Father Always Said
Jenny Rossi — The War is Never Over

Heritage Real Estate 10 South Main Street
Steven Yaskell — The Dog Mountains

The Playhouse11 South Main Street
Jeff Bernstein — Popping Corn on the Interstate

Beacon Printing 18 South Main Street
Anne Bergeron — For My Father
Audrey Boerum — A Poet Is ….

Curves – 12½ South Main Street
Barbara Stearns — 90+

Al’s Pizza12 South Main Street
Lukina Andreyev — And I Lost Me
Audrey Boerum — I Declare My Coronation
Carl Garguilo — Angels
Shannon Trigos — Warm Innocence

Former Verizon Buildingcorner of Main Street and Merchants Row
Anne Bower —- Mt. Ascutney
Ann Cooper — Man’s Fate
Tim Eberhardt — A Hospital Death
Emerson Gale — Winter Garden
Michelle Holder — Pit Stop Near the Boofy Quimby Memorial Center
Cynthia Liepmann — Time
Julie Longstreth — Osteo-dendrochronology

Randolph Regional Veterinary Hospital86 Dylan Drive
Debby Franzoni — Snapshot
Jack Rossi — Luna (Please Leave The Cat Downstairs Tonight, Dear)
Susan Shea — Missing Marmalade
Bonnie Watters — Silvio Loves His Stones

2019 Poets Bios

Local artist Jan Fowler

Josie Carothers has always lived in a world of words. Life is so fascinating, what better way to live it than to describe it? Leaving behind a life of environmental jobs, activism and advocacy, and the raising of pigs, chickens and children, she is now what she calls a “post-professional,” living with her mate and writing, gardening and dwelling in Vermont, all for her own pleasure. She mines the life of a revolutionary in the 60’s, a free-thinker in the 70’s and beyond, and the inheritor of vast and deep family stories for her material.

Caitlin Gildrien is a writer, graphic designer, and erstwhile farmer living at the feet of the Green Mountains. Her work has recently appeared in Rattle, the Hopper, the Rumpus, Intima, Rise Up Review, and Poets Reading the News. Find her at www.cattailcreative.com and @cattail_caitlin. 

Corey D. Cook’s fifth collection of poems, The Weight of Shadows, was released in January (2019) by Finishing Line Press. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in the Aurorean, Bloodroot Literary Magazine, Brevities, Chiron Review, Freshwater, and Northern New England Review. Corey edits Red Eft Review and lives in Thetford Center, Vermont. 

Maria Damon teaches in the Writing Department and in the Department of Humanities and Media Studies at the Pratt Institute of Art. She is the author of several books of poetry scholarship and co-author of several books of poetry.

Joan Feierabend: I am a visual artist who likes to write fiction to try and fathom facts. I live in East Randolph and have written for as long as I can remember.

Jenny Grassl was raised in Pennsylvania, and now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her poems appeared most recently in the Boston Review annual poetry contest, runner-up prize selected by Mary Jo Bang, also in the anthology: Humanagerie, Eibonvale Press, UK, Ocean State Review, Rogue Agent and Phantom Drift. Her poems are forthcoming in: Rhino Poetry, Radar Poetry, and Massachusetts Review.

Adeena Karasick is a New York based Canadian poet, performer, cultural theorist and media artist and the author of ten books of poetry and poetics. Her Kabbalistically inflected, urban, Jewish feminist mashups have been described as “electricity in language” (Nicole Brossard), “proto-ecstatic jet-propulsive word torsion” (George Quasha), noted for their “cross-fertilization of punning and knowing, theatre and theory” (Charles Bernstein) “a twined virtuosity of mind and ear which leaves the reader deliciously lost in Karasick’s signature ‘syllabic labyrinth’” (Craig Dworkin); “one long dithyramb of desire, a seven-veiled dance of seduction that celebrates the tangles, convolutions, and ecstacies of unbridled sexuality… demonstrating how desire flows through language, an unstoppable flood of allusion (both literary and pop-cultural), word-play, and extravagant and outrageous sound-work.” (Mark Scroggins). Most recently is Checking In (Talonbooks, 2018) and Salomé: Woman of Valor (University of Padova Press, Italy, 2017), the libretto for her Spoken Word opera co-created with Grammy award winning composer, Sir Frank London. She teaches Literature and Critical Theory for the Humanities and Media Studies Dept. at Pratt Institute, is Poetry Editor for Explorations in Media Ecology, 2018 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Award recipient and winner of the 2016 Voce Donna Italia award for her contributions to feminist thinking and 2018 winner of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. The “Adeena Karasick Archive” is established at Special Collections, Simon Fraser University.

Taylor Mardis Katz is a poet, farmer, and freelancer from Chelsea, VT. With her husband, she runs Free Verse Farm & Apothecary, an herb farm specializing in growing ingredients for their ever-expanding line of herbal tea blends, culinary blends, and herbal remedies and body care products, which are available locally as well as online. Taylor also works as a poet for hire, writing poems for both businesses and individuals.

Mark Lamoureux is an Assistant Professor at Housatonic Community College. He is the author of four full-length collections of poems, It’ll Never Be Over for Me (Black Radish Books, 2016) 29 Cheeseburgers + 39 Years (Pressed Wafer, 2013), Spectre (Black Radish Books, 2010) and Astrometry Organon (BlazeVox, 2008). A fifth book, Horologion, is forthcoming from Poet Republik, Ltd. in 2019. His work has most recently appeared in Fence, Dream Pop and Fourteen Hills. In 2014 he won the 2nd Annual Ping Pong Poetry prize for his poem “Winterhenge/Summerhenge,” selected by David Shapiro.

Gina Myers is the author of two full-length poetry collections, A Model Year (2009) and Hold It Down (2013), as well as several chapbooks, including most recently Philadelphia (Barrelhouse, 2017). In addition to poetry, she has published numerous essays, reviews, and articles for a variety of publications, including Hyperallergic, Frontier Psychiatrist, Fanzine, The Rumpus, and The Poetry Project Newsletter, among other places. Originally from Saginaw, MI, she now lives in Philadelphia, PA, where she works as a web content writer and social media specialist, co-edits the tiny with Gabriella Torres, and runs the Accidental Player reading series. Learn more at gina-myers.org.

Carol Potter is the 2014 winner of the Field Poetry Prize from Oberlin College Press for her fifth book of poems, Some Slow Bees.  Other awards include the 1998 Cleveland State Poetry Center award for her book, The Short History of Pets, and the Balcones award as well as a Pushcart Award and residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell, The Fundacion Valparaiso and Millay Colony of the Arts. Publications include poems in The American Poetry ReviewPoetryThe Green Mountains ReviewHotel Amerika, Sinister WisdomThe Kenyon ReviewHayden’s Ferry, The Massachusetts Review,  The Los Angeles ReviewPoet Lore,  River Styx and the anthology of contemporary Vermont poetry, Roads Taken

Kerrin McCadden

Kerrin McCadden is the author of Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes, winner of the Vermont Book Award and the New Issues Poetry Prize. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Award. Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Best American Poetry, The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, American Poetry ReviewBeloit Poetry JournalPloughshares, Prairie Schooner, and Rattle. She is associate director of the Conference on Poetry and Teaching at The Frost Place and teaches at Montpelier High School. She lives in South Burlington, Vermont.

Carl B. Russell and his wife Lisa McCrory own and operate Earthwise Farm & Forest in Bethel, VT, where they raise organic vegetables and grass fed livestock, use draft animals for logging and field work, and offer workshops on skills for sustainable livelihoods. Carl has operated Russell Forestry Services since 1986, specializing in ecological forestry and low-impact timber harvest with draft animals. Carl’s work with horses and oxen, and other land-based enterprises, provides a broad foundation for personal creativity. From time to time it moves him to share his observations through little bits of written imagery. 

Anne Shivas grew up in Scotland. She worked there as a teacher, then did graduate studies in philosophy of education, aesthetics, and dance in London. She has an MFA in poetry from Drew University, where she has been a guest-lecturer. She teaches the Alexander Technique and leads Osher classes in Scottish poetry and literature. Her poems have been published in the USA, Scotland, Israel and New Zealand. Her first poetry collection, Whit Grace, was published in 2017. Her poem “An Old Woman Cooking Eggs” was chosen as one of the 20 Best Scottish Poems of 2017. She lives in Norwich, VT.

Gloria Smith: I am a born and raised Vermonter, recently retired nurse, as well as an artist and writer. I live in Braintree, Vermont. I have written for my own amusement and pleasure for years, now I am sharing my writing with others, be it good or bad. I prefer nonfiction, life is just too amazing to make this stuff up.

Twice a fellow at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Julia Thacker has also held fellowships from The Bunting Institute at Radcliffe and The National Endowment for the Arts. Her poems and stories have appeared in AGNI, The Boston Globe Magazine, Little Star, The Missouri Review Online, New Directions and others. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

2019 Call for Submissions

PoemTown Randolph organizers invite Vermont poets of all ages to submit their original poems as the centerpiece of its 6th annual celebration during National Poetry Month. Throughout the month of April, posters of selected poems will be displayed in the main windows and doors of businesses, churches, and organizations in Randolph.

Poets are welcome to submit up to three original poems for consideration, no longer than 24 lines each. Please send 1-3 original poems as MS Word attachments to musbird@gmail.com. In the text of an email, include your contact information (name, mailing address, email address and telephone number). Then attach each poem separately with the title of the poem as the document name and no identifying information other than the poem’s title on each document. The submission deadline is February 4.

Please do not submit any work that has been previously displayed in any PoemTown or PoemCity celebrations, nor any poems that have previously appeared in print anywhere else.

By sending work to PoemTown 2019, poets agree that PoemTown may use any poem in display, in promotional materials, and in associated online, print and other media. Poets will, of course, be credited for their work in all places their poems appear.

In addition to displayed poems, PoemTown organizers are planning special poetry events throughout April, including dinner with poet Kerrin McCadden at the Black Krim, an open mic night, Saturday afternoons at the White River Craft Center with local and out of town guests, an evening featuring local published poets, a night of “farmers’ poetry” at Silloways’ Sugarhouse, and a special event with Los Lorcas at Chandler. Details will be posted soon!

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).