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 6th4 – 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 107 PM: Three local Vermont poetsread 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 177 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 207 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 257 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
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 Laundromat – 75 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 Library – 67 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 House – 65 North Main Street Bonnie Beck — My Dad’s Handkerchief Nancy Vandenburgh — Step Out
Super Suds Laundromat – 10 Pleasant Street Peter Dregallo — Filling Voids Becky Farmer — Quandary Wilma Ann Johnson — Oh, what a morning!
Green Light Café – 22 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 …
Trillium — 24 Pleasant Street Anne Bower — For my Tai Chi colleagues Cynthia Liepmann — Half Mast
The Herald – 30 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 Florist – 19 Merchants Row Yvonne Daly — Spring Vigil Michelle Holder — February
The Red Door – 20 Merchants Row Genevieve Bronk — Lavender Tom Martin — coincidence
Flats Tatooing of Vermont – 18 Merchants Row Brook Herter James — Route 90 Westbound
Fisher Auto Parts – 10 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 & Grill – 2 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 Barbershop – 33 North Main Street Gina Logan — The Tracks in this Morning’s Snow
The Frankenburg Agency – 35 North Main Street Deb Chadwick — Peaceful
Bethany Church Office – 29 North Main Street James Barrett — Rachel Lindy Sayward — Saving Earth Jim Schley — Dumbstruck
DuBois & King – 28 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 Moon – 6 North Main Street Ina Anderson — My Mother’s Purse Nancy Hewitt — Chanel No. 5
Northfield Savings Bank – 2 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 Building – 7 Summer Street Genevieve Bronk — The Coach Doreen Guillette — Wisdom of a Maple Tree Janet Hayward Burnham — Over the Top Sandra Maccarrone — February
Randolph Coal & Oil – 8 Salisbury Street Jack Mayer — BLOOD — House-call on the Canadian border Verandah Porche — So Long, L. Cohen
Randolph Police Station – 6 Salisbury Street Roderick Bates — The Art of the Relationship
Bob’s M&M Beverage – 4 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
NAPA / Randolph Auto Supply – 3 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 Playhouse – 11 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 Pizza – 12 South Main Street Lukina Andreyev — And I Lost Me Audrey Boerum — I Declare My Coronation Carl Garguilo — Angels Shannon Trigos — Warm Innocence
Former Verizon Building — corner 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 Hospital – 86 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
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 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 and the anthology of contemporary Vermont poetry, Roads Taken.
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 Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Ploughshares, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!