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

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.

2016 Poets

Pamela Ahlen is currently program coordinator for Bookstock (Woodstock, Vermont), the Green Mountain Literary Festival.  She organizes literary readings for Osher (Lifelong Education at Dartmouth).  Pam received an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.  She is the author of the chapbook “Gather Every Little Thing” (Finishing Line Press).

Ina Anderson grew up in England, but has lived in Sharon, VT for many years. She spent her professional life as a technical editor and as a community college educator. Now retired, she has time for her life-long love of poetry and fiber arts. Ina has led poetry groups at the Writers’ Center in White River Junction and at Baxter Library in Sharon. Some of her poems were published in the poetry group anthology, “Perhaps it was the Pie.” Her first collection, Before I Left, will be published by this fall.

Danny Dover lives with his wife Mary in a remodeled schoolhouse in Bethel. He received his B.A. from Antioch College in 1971 and also holds Associate Degrees in Surveying Technology and Keyboard Technology. Danny was the piano technician at Dartmouth College for seventeen years and continues servicing pianos part-time. Previously he worked as a folksinger, contradance musician, dulcimer maker, foundry patternmaker, and surveyor. Danny serves on the Board of Hands in Outreach, Inc., a small non-profit coordinating educational sponsorships for very poor children in Nepal. His poems have appeared in Blueline and numerous issues of Bloodroot Literary Magazine. He has published one chapbook, Kindness Soup, Thankful Tea (Dhotarap Press, 2006). Danny was a 2013 Pushcart nominee. His first full-length book of poetry, “Tasting Precious Metal,” was recently published by Antrim House Books.

Chard deNiord is Vermont’s newly-appointed Poet Laureate. Born in New Haven, CT and raised in Lynchburg, VA, he anticipated going into the medical profession until college professors introduced him to religious studies. After graduating from Lynchburg College, deNiord earned his MDiv from Yale Divinity School. Before pursuing ordination, he working as an inpatient psychiatric aide at the Connecticut 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, featuring faculty poets such as Thomas Lux, Gerald Stern, Jean Valentine and Ellen Bryant Voigt. 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.

Dick Drysdale grew up in Randolph and succeeded his father as editor and publisher of Randolph’s weekly newspaper, then the White River Valley Herald, in 1971, when he was 26. He sold the paper in June 2015, when he was rather older. Dick’s written output has mostly been newspaper stories and editorials, some of which have received statewide attention and he was inducted into the New England Press Association’s Hall of Fame a year ago. He has enjoyed writing poetry but hasn’t written much of it. He insists that he experienced a Fertile Period for about 15 months some 20 years ago and has been mired in a Fallow Period ever since. A few of his poems have been published in literary journals and 15 in his own book “Vermont Moments” published late last year.

Jamie Gage is a Vermonter, father and husband, poet and writer who has won fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center and Vermont Arts Council. His work has been published in dozens of periodicals and literary journals including Main Street Rag, Inkwell, Out of Line, Mountain Gazette, Powhatan Review, and others. His first book of poems “True If Destroyed” is now available from Finishing Line Press or by contacting him at jgagenow@gmail.com.

Aaron Marcus (piano, concertina, banjo, foot percussion, vocals) draws on a rich background of musical traditions including New England contra, classical piano, English country dance, West African, and old time. Aaron is well known throughout the Northeast for his performances with Giant Robot Dance, Gift of the Marcii, Frost and Fire, and The Turning Stile. In his non-musical life, he works as an endangered-species biologist.

Gary Margolis is the author of four books of poems. His poems speak from the heart of New England and our nation and speak across cultures. They’re characterized by thoughtful emotion, humor, curiosity and surprise. He is the Executive Director Emeritus of College Mental Health Services at Middlebury College where he was also a part-time Associate Professor of English and American Literatures. He is a recipient of Vermont Arts Council and Millay Colony Awards and a Robert Frost Fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. His poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, American Scholar, Poetry Northwest, and the Journal of the American College Health Association.

Lizzy Mandell is a Vermont singer/songwriter. Her album debut, Made for Flying, showcases eleven original songs. Lizzy’s soulful voice and compelling lyrics and melodies take the listener on a ride through the American landscape – through mountain farms, desert towns, to ocean shores, and home again.

Dorothy Robson is a founder of the White River Valley Players. The Hancock musician has composed and performed music for a number of WRVP Productions, including The Cherry Orchard, Second Chance, and most recently, Ransom, which was performed at Chandler in November 2014.

Gwyneth Walker’s music has been widely performed throughout the country and is beloved by performers and audiences alike for its energy, beauty, reverence, drama, and humor. Dr. Gwyneth Walker is a graduate of Brown University and the Hartt School of Music. She holds B.A., M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in Music Composition. A former faculty member of the Oberlin College Conservatory, she resigned from academic employment in 1982 in order to pursue a career as a full-time composer. For nearly 30 years, she lived on a dairy farm in Braintree. She now divides her time between her childhood hometown of New Canaan, Connecticut and the musical communities of Sarasota, Florida and Randolph, Vermont. Walker’s catalogue includes over 300 commissioned works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, chorus, and solo voice. A special interest has been dramatic works that combine music with readings, acting, and movement.

Chloe Viner has been writing poetry for fifteen years. Her first book of poetry “Naked Under an Umbrella” was published by Finishing Line press in 2011. Her second book of poetry, “What the Rain Said Last Night” was published in 2015 by Future Cycle Press. Her third book of poetry, “27 Apples” is forthcoming this July. Chloe lives in a large farmhouse in rural Vermont with her husband, cat, dog and a flock of hens. Chloe works as the Panel Manager at Franklin Grand Isle Restorative Justice Center and spends her spare time reading and hiking.

PoemTown 2016 Thanks!

A heartfelt thank-you to Randolph’s downtown merchants and organizations that so generously supported PoemTown 2016 through their willingness to display poems in windows and host events. We offer special thanks to Kimball Library, The Three Bean Café, Black Krim, and One Main for hosting events during the month.

Thank you to Vermont’s Poet Laureate Chard deNiord, composer Gwyneth Walker, Middlebury poet Gary Margolis, and Central Vermont poets Jamie Gage, Ina Anderson, Dick Drysdale, Pamela Ahlen, and Chloe Viner, and singer/songwriter Lizzy Mandell for their creative contributions. PoetryPlus featuring Bethel poet Danny Dover and pianists Dorothy Robson and Aaron Marcus was a sublime end to the month.

And not to be forgotten are the 62 poets of all ages that represented 33 towns throughout Vermont. We couldn’t have done this without their creativity.

We look forward to PoemTown Randolph 2017!

PoemTown 2016 Calendar of Events

Saturday April 2, 6 PM – Vermont Poet Laureate Chard deNiord opens National Poetry Month and PoemTown Randolph’s month-long celebration with a free public reading at the home of Janet Watton at 1387 Davis Road in Randolph Center. Listeners are invited to first enjoy a wine and cheese meet-and-greet.  The reading begins at 7 PM.  Reservations are requested and should be made by March 30 by emailing Janet at janet@poemtown.org.

Monday April 4, 7-8 PM – Composer Gwyneth Walker presents a talk about setting poetry to music at The Three Bean Café, 22 Pleasant Street. Light refreshments will be available for purchase.

Thursday April 7 – Middlebury poet Gary Margolis offers a reading at The Three Bean Café. Supper begins at 5:30 and the reading begins at 6:30. Dinner reservations are required and can be made by calling the café at 802-728-3533.

Monday April 11, 7 PM – Farm-themed poetry presented by area farmer-poets at the Black Krim Tavern, a farm-to-table restaurant located at 21 Merchants Row. Listeners are invited to enjoy fine local food from area farms before the reading. Featured poets include Julia Shipley, Molly Bashaw, Taylor Mardis Katz, Jenn Colby, and Jonathan Falby. Please make reservations by calling the Tavern at 802-728-6776.

Wednesday April 13, 7 PM – Open mic reading at Kimball Public Library, 67 North Main Street. Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday April 21, 8 PM – Vermont Singer/Songwriter Lizzy Mandell performs at One Main Tap and Grill, 2 Merchants Row. Listeners are invited to enjoy local fare, dessert and fine craft beer, local wines and cider. Reservations can be made by calling 802-565-8117.

Wednesday April 27, 7 PM – Central Vermont published poets Pamela Ahlen, Ina Anderson, Dick Drysdale, Jamie Gage, and Chloe Viner offer a free public reading at Kimball Public Library. Light refreshments will be served.

Friday April 29, 7:30 PM – PoemTown’s grande finale at Chandler Music Hall’s Upper Gallery with pianists Dorothy Robson, Aaron Marcus and poet Danny Dover, with decadent desserts afterwards.

Sunday May 1, 2-4 PM – Poetry workshop with Ina Anderson; Kimball Public Library, 67 North Main Street

Ongoing throughout the month of April – A walking tour of more than 100 poems displayed in downtown storefronts and organizations, a poetry walk on the trail along the Third Branch of the White River, and an exhibit of poems written by students of the Brookfield Elementary School on display at Kimball Public Library