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.

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