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 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.

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