Poem Town Randolph 2023 Events

Our 10th Anniversary!

Saturday April 1, 7 pm    Farmer Poets’ Night 

Silloway Sugarhouse, Randolph Center
Readings by poets Taylor Mardis Katz and Corey D. Cook
Silloway maple desserts available!


Taylor Mardis Katz is a poet, farmer, and shopkeeper living in Chelsea, Vermont. With her partner, she runs Free Verse Farm & Apothecary and the Free Verse Farm Shop, and parents one small and fantastic human. Taylor’s poems have appeared in a variety of traditional and non-traditional publications, including a farmer’s almanac, the podcast “Brave Little State,” and The Connecticut Review, Barnstorm, and the Adirondack Review


Corey D. Cook’s sixth collection of poems, Junk Drawer, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2022. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Black Poppy Review, Boston Literary Magazine, Duck Head Journal, Freshwater Literary Journal, Muddy River Poetry Review, Naugatuck River Review, Nixes Mate Review, South Florida Poetry Journal, and Spare Change News. Corey edits Red Eft ReviewHe lives in East Thetford, Vermont.

Thursday, April 6, 7pm   Two Local Poets 

Kimball Library, Randolph
Readings by Marjorie Ryerson and Laura Foley

LAURA FOLEY  has published several poetry collections, the most recent being Everything We Need: Poems from El Camino. A new collection, It’s This, is due out in May 2023.  Laura’s poems have won numerous awards, and national recognition, read frequently on The Writers Almanac, and appearing in Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry. Her work has been published in journals such as Alaska Quarterly Review, Valparaiso, Poetry Society London, and in anthologies such as Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems, Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness and Connection, and How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope.  Laura lives with her wife, Clara Gimenez, and their romping canines, among the hills of Pomfret,Vermont. 

MARJORIE RYERSON has a graduate degree in poetry from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa.  She served for many years as a professor of writing and photography at Castleton State College. She also taught poetry for Middlebury College at its New England Young Writers Conference, and most recently for Dartmouth College in a class where poetry focused on climate change.  She served as a First Wednesdays’ lecturer for the Vermont Humanities Council, with a focus on her book Companions for the Passage: Stories of the Intimate Privilege of Accompanying the Dying.   Marjorie’s 2003 art photography book Water Music won national and international recognition.  Her Water Music Project (www.water-music.org)  donated substantial funds to the United Nations, used to protect the health of water and the availability of safe drinking water around the world. Most recently, Marjorie served as a Vermont State Representative.. She lives in Randolph, Vermont.

Tuesday, April 11, 7pm     Vermont Poet Carol Potter

Esther Mesh Room at Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph
Listen to Carol Potter read her poems while enjoying scrumptious desserts!

CAROL POTTER  was the winner of the 2021 Pacific Coast Series of Poetry from Beyond Baroque Books for her sixth book of poems, What Happens Next is Anyone’s Guess. Her awards include the 2014 Field Poetry Prize from Oberlin College Press for Some Slow Bees, a Creation Grant from the Vermont Arts Council, 2019, the 1998 Cleveland State Poetry Center award, and the Balcones Award for her book, The Short History of Pets.  She won a Pushcart Award and residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell, The Fundacion Valparaiso and Millay Colony of the Arts. Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Poetry, The Green Mountains Review, Hotel Amerika, Sinister Wisdom, The Kenyon Review, Hayden’s Ferry, The Massachusetts Review,  The Los Angeles Review, Poet Lore,  River Styx, Plume, and the anthology of contemporary Vermont poetry, Roads Taken.  She teaches for CCV and the Antioch University MFA program in Los Angeles, and is a freelance poetry editor and consultant.

Wednesday, April 19, 7pm    Poetry Open Mic

White River Craft Center, 50 Randolph Ave, Randolph
Come share your poems!  Sign up at the door!
Or just come and enjoy listening.

Saturday, April 29, 7pm      Los Lorcas

The Underground, 24 Pleasant St., Randolph

Celebrating their new release Last Night in America, 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, reggae, hip hop, Americana and jazz in pursuit of the cante jondo (deep song) Federico Garcia Lorca so ardently championed.

Troubadouring widely in the US and abroad (Ireland, Canada and Slovenia), Los Lorcas have performed everywhere from farmhouse kitchens to pubs, coffeehouses, schools, theaters and 1,000+ book festival crowds [e.g. Poetry Center San Jose, Massachusetts Poetry Festival, New Orleans Poetry Festival, Burlington Book Festival, Tucson Book Festival, Bookstock Literary Festival (w/ Robert Pinsky’s PoemJazz), Chandler Music Hall, Fingal and Kinsale Literary Festivals (Ireland), Vermont College of Fine Arts, KGB Reading Series, Bowery Poetry Club, Nuyorican Poetry Café and Caffe Lena], attesting to the broad appeal of their lyrical tapestries and innovative vision of how poetry and music are two sides of the same spinning coin and together can attain a mesmerizing symbiosis.  https://loslorcas.com/

“Los Lorcas in unity is a marvel that would silence any creative individual to awe, inspiring the quietest observer to reach for each word as if they were Federico Lorca himself, meditating on song and poetry mid-stage, arms outstretched.”—Bianca Viñas

All events are free of charge.