PoemTown Randolph launches its 9th Annual Celebration

Once again, on April 1st, Randolph’s streets and riverside trail will become a village-wide anthology of poetry. Poem Town Randolph will launch its ninth annual celebration of National Poetry Month.  Posters of over a hundred selected poems by poets from every corner of Vermont will be on display in the windows and doors of Randolph businesses and organizations, and along the river walk that runs through the forest from the Valley Bowl parking lot to the Third Branch of the White River. A published anthology of this year’s selected poems will be available later in April.

And once again, PoemTown is also scheduling a series of in-person poetry events in town, a glad and optimistic return to pre-pandemic practices (Covid precautions will still be in place.). On April 7, Silloway Sugarhouse will host readings by farmer poets,  Taylor Katz of Free Verse Farm in Chelsea and Jim Schley of Strafford, followed by the famous Silloway creemees! On April 13, poets Pamela Ahlen and Anne Bower will read from their new collection, and Danny Dover will offer new and old poems, at the White River Craft Center. At Chandler Center for the Arts, there will be a poetry open mic on April 18, and Aaron Marcus & Sam Sanders will present spoken word with piano on April 28. For all these events, see more details below.

Poem Town Randolph is grateful for generous sponsorship from area businesses, individuals, and foundations.  The Randolph Area Community Development Corporation and Chandler Center for the Arts remain enthusiastic partners.

Come out and enjoy the poems!  A great springtime tradition.


Thursday April 7, 7pm
Farmer Poets at the Sugarhouse

Once again, farmer poets will read poems at the sugarhouse: Taylor Katz from Free Verse Farm in Chelsea, and Jim Schley from Strafford. And the sugarhouse will serve us creemees!
Silloway Sugar House, 1303 Boudro Road, Randolph Center VT

Wednesday April 13, 7pm
Poets at the Craft Center

Pamela Ahlen and Anne Bower will read from their new collection. Danny Dover will return with new and old poems.
White River Craft Center, 50 Randolph Avenue, Randolph VT

Monday April 18, 7pm
Poem Town Open Mic

Take the plunge!  Bring a few of your poems to share, up to 5 minutes per poet. Great refreshments!
Esther Mesh Room, Chandler Center for the Arts, 71 North Main St, Randolph VT

Thursday April 28, 7pm
Poetry and Music:  Sam Sanders, spoken word & Aaron Marcus, piano
Esther Mesh Room, Chandler Center for the Arts, 71 North Main St, Randolph VT

PoemTown Randolph 2022 — Call for Submissions


PoemTown organizers are now soliciting original poetry submissions from poets of all ages residing anywhere in Vermont. No more than three poems should be submitted, each poem no longer than 24 lines. The deadline for submission is February 15.

Poets should send 1 to 3 original poems as MS Word or rtf attachments by email to musbird@gmail.com. No pdfs please! Each poem should be typed on a separate page.

Please type the name of the poet and town of residence at the bottom of each poem. (Poets should be assured that this information will not be shared with the judges of the poems, but will be helpful when the chosen poems are submitted to the designer who prepares the broadsides for display in town as well as the published anthology.)

In the text of the email, please include the poet’s contact information (name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number). Each poem should be sent as a separate attachment to the email, with the title of the poem as each attached document’s name.

Poets are asked not to submit any work that has been previously displayed in any PoemTown or PoemCity celebrations, and also to not submit any poems that have previously appeared in print anywhere else.

Poets without access to email should contact Janet Watton at 802-728-9402 to request an alternate submission process.

By sending work to PoemTown 2022, poets agree that PoemTown may use any poem in display, in promotional materials, and in associated online, print and other media. Poets will be credited for their work in all places their poems appear.

This ninth annual PoemTown may be scaled back due to Covid, but poems in the windows, the annual anthology, and possible outdoor readings later in the year will be a welcome celebration of poetry and community.


April in August!

Though, thanks to Covid, we had to give up on April 2021 for Poem Town events, nothing daunted, we’re bringing you three wonderful not-to-be-missed events in August!

Sunday August 8,  4 pm,  at the White River Craft Center in Randolph

Two mighty poets,  David Cavanagh and Julie Cadwallader Staub, will read to us out on the lawn, under the trees.   (Indoors if wet.)

David Cavanagh

Dave’s fifth collection of poems, ‘The Somnambulist and The Good Life,’ was published by Salmon Poetry in 2020.  His work has appeared in journals and anthologies across the U.S., Canada, Ireland, and the U.K. Of his fifth collection, Richard Harrison said, “This is the poetry of a man with an eye for the smallest of things and their tragedy. Or their joy. Or their divinity – and all of the above…Cavanagh lets his readers see each poem’s discovery with the corners of their own eyes.”  Dave lives in Burlington VT.  http://www.dcavanagh.net

Julie Cadwallader Staub  

Julie’s second collection of poems, ‘Wing Over Wing,’ was published by Paraclete Press in 2019.   “This book is a treasure,” writes Parker Palmer, “the work of a poet who time and again has opened my eyes to my own life and the life of the world.”  Jay Parini describes the book: “These poems unfold with a rich, deep music. The poet inclines her ear to the mysteries, and she finds them everywhere, in the least expected places.”    Julie lives near Burlington VT.   https://www.juliecspoetry.com  

Wednesday August 18,  7pm, at Silloway Sugarhouse in Randolph Center

The Farmer Poets  –  our annual tradition!   Readings by two returning farmer poets, Taylor Katz, and Carl Russell, and a new one, Suzanne Lupien

Taylor Katz is the co-owner of Free Verse Farm & Apothecary, in Chelsea VT. In addition, she works as a poet for hire for all occasions, for individuals and businesses. https://www.freeversefarm.com

Carl Russell is co-owner and operator of Earthwise Farm and Forest, a certified organic, draft-animal powered homestead farm in Bethel VT.    https://www.earthwisefarmandforest.com

Suzanne Lupien is a farmer and writer growing vegetables with her draft horses in Vershire, VT. Her hands have long been busy in clay, wood, bronze and bread dough, and now in the soil.  She can be reached by phone at 802-333-4655.

Sunday August 22 at 4pm, at the White River Craft Center in Randolph

Up to 15 poets will join in a wonderful poetry open mic.   Sign up at the gate! 

Out on the lawn, or indoors if wet.

Poem Town Randolph 2021

The 2021 poems are going up in the storefronts all over Randolph and along the river trail.  We received more poems than ever this year. Eighty two poets from 42 towns across the state submitted their work to Randolph’s eighth annual PoemTown celebration. 

We thank all the poets for their generosity in sharing these poems, about to be displayed during April, National Poetry Month, and also to be published in our anthology for PoemTown 2021.

Sadly, because of Covid 19, we chose not to schedule any poetry events again this year. However, we have an exciting new plan:  April-in-August!

During August, we will be holding a few wonderful Poem Town events:

A Reading by two special Vermont Poets: A Sunday afternoon event, out on the lawn at the White River Craft Center

Poetry Open Mic: A Sunday afternoon event, out on the lawn at the White River Craft Center

Farmer Poets Night: Our event that’s become a wonderful tradition, this time on a mid-week August evening  at the Silloway Sugarhouse.

Details of these events are yet to be determined.  Stay tuned and watch this page!   We hope you’re as excited as we are.

The Poem Town team

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