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
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!
UPDATE: The deadline for submissions has passed. Thanks, everyone, for all of your great poems!
PoemTown Randolph invites Vermont poets of all ages to submit original poems for its 4th annual celebration. Chosen poems will be displayed on local business storefronts in celebration of National Poetry Month in April.
Please submit no more than three poems, each of them 24 lines or less. Poems can be typed or handwritten. The deadline for submissions is February 10th. All submissions will be judged that weekend, so meeting the 2/10 deadline is critical. Submissions may either be mailed to Janet Watton, 1387 Davis Road, Randolph Center, 05061 or physically dropped off at Marjorie Ryerson’s house at 36 Randolph Avenue, Randolph, 05060 in a marked box on her front porch, specifically designated for this purpose.
For the purposes of blind judging, the poet’s name, city/town of residence, email address, and phone number must be entered on the reverse side of the submitted poem page, not on the front of the poem.
In addition to displayed poems, PoemTown will offer poetry workshops and public readings. Programming is free and open to the public. This year’s events are supported in part by a grant from the Vermont Humanities Council.
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.
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.