Poetry Society of Vermont
founded in 1947


Poetry Society of Vermont

“Poetry comes from the highest happiness or the deepest sorrow.”  A. P. J. Abdul Kalam



The Poetry Society of Vermont welcomes new members, both writers and appreciative readers.
Founded in 1947, PSOV is an association of poets and supporters who join in promoting an interest in poetry through meetings, workshops, readings, contests, and contributions to the society's journal, The Mountain Troubadour, which has been published since at least 1956. Anyone may join the society including high school and college students and non-residents of Vermont.





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It's Time to Renew Your Membership in PSOV


To join the Poetry Society of Vermont, or to renew, mail dues of $25 ($10 for students) to:
Sally Anne Reisner 
Box 1215, 
Waitsfield, VT 05673  
If joining for the first time, please include your name, mailing address, telephone number, and email.  Membership renewals are due by January 1.  A membership list is available for members by contacting Sally: sallyreisner@madriver.com

Advantages of membership include participation in readings and workshops, opportunities to have poems published in the society's journal, The Mountain Troubadour, competition for awards, and fellowship with appreciative readers and writers of poetry.  Members receive a copy of The Mountain Troubadour annually. Members may request copies of the minutes and treasurer's report. 


Text Box:

National Contest Winners


First Place

Summary of the Good Days                        Christopher Gaumer

Finalists

At My Sister’s Grave                                    Diane LeBlanc

Negative Space                                              Lauren Coggins

Southbound, Maine Turnpike, Labor Day Brooke James

Offering                                                         Lily Sullivan

                                   

 



WATCH FOR OUR SUMMER CONTESTS 


     

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PSOV Archives at the Vermont History Center

Barre, Vermont


www.vermonthistory.org


Poetry Society of Vermont

Records, 1947-

Doc 548-549, 582-583, MSA 405-406


Introduction

This collection contains the records of the Poetry Society of Vermont, a statewide organization that promotes public awareness of poetry. The collection was given to the Vermont Historical Society in December 2005 by the creating organization (ms. acc. no. 2005.10). It is stored in 4 document storage boxes and two flip-top archival boxes; it consumes 5 linear feet of shelf space.


Judith Janoo has a new chapbook from Finishing Line Press


https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/after-effects-by-judith-janoo/


“Judith Janoo brings the reader from despair, caused by war, into the hope for peace. The poet engages the reader with the warrior and those around him with poetic empathy and visual reality. ‘….the suffering of gentle/man made infantry man…’ in her poem ‘I Am From,’ leads us generations forward to a peace march, where a granddaughter reminds us in the final words of the final poem, ….it isn’t dangerous/to walk only to not say a word.’ Take the journey from war to the quest for peace in this elegant collection.”

         —Dianalee Velie, Poet, and author of five collections, most recently, Ever After.



BOOK k LEAF
Bookstore and Tea Shop
Writers
Read
Series
presents
Adventures
in
fact
and
fantasy
Kathleen
McKinley
Harris
and
Ray
Hudson
OPEN
MIC
for
all
writers
Thursday,
October
18,
2018
-­‐
6:00
PM
Kathleen McKinley Harris Ray Hudson
Kathleen McKinley Harris and Ray Hudson are two longtime friends who
have both published new books in 2018. Harris is a poet who celebrates the
pastoral Vermont of yesteryear. Earth Striders chronicles the evolution of a
young girl, whose love of horses and nature defines her life as she moves into
adulthood. Fear, love, tragedy and humor are interwoven in these living,
breathing poems that transcend time. In Ivory and Paper, Hudson’s
protagonist, Booker, a 13 year old from a Vermont farm enters the magical
world of the Aleutian Islands when he meets Anna, who is on a quest to return
an ancestral amulet. The spell-binding relic involves the new friends in a world
of myth and mystery.
All Writers are encouraged to share a brief piece of writing (5 min. max) at the Open Mic.
Come and enjoy this celebration of writing, book signings, conversation, and of course,
complimentary tea, coffee and sweets!
Book
&
Leaf
10
Park
Street
Brandon,
VT
802-­‐465-­‐8424
BOOK k LEAF
Bookstore and Tea Shop
Writers
Read
Series
presents
Adventures
in
fact
and
fantasy
Kathleen
McKinley
Harris
and
Ray
Hudson
OPEN
MIC
for
all
writers
Thursday,
October
18,
2018
-­‐
6:00
PM
Kathleen McKinley Harris Ray Hudson
Kathleen McKinley Harris and Ray Hudson are two longtime friends who
have both published new books in 2018. Harris is a poet who celebrates the
pastoral Vermont of yesteryear. Earth Striders chronicles the evolution of a
young girl, whose love of horses and nature defines her life as she moves into
adulthood. Fear, love, tragedy and humor are interwoven in these living,
breathing poems that transcend time. In Ivory and Paper, Hudson’s
protagonist, Booker, a 13 year old from a Vermont farm enters the magical
world of the Aleutian Islands when he meets Anna, who is on a quest to return
an ancestral amulet. The spell-binding relic involves the new friends in a world
of myth and mystery.
All Writers are encouraged to share a brief piece of writing (5 min. max) at the Open Mic.
Come and enjoy this celebration of writing, book signings, conversation, and of course,
complimentary tea, coffee and sweets!
Book
&
Leaf
10
Park
Street
Brandon,
VT
802-­‐465-­‐8424

April is National Poetry Month


Poem City Montpelier 2019 https://www.kellogghubbard.org/poemcity

Poem Town Randolph https://www.poemtown.org/

Poem Town St. Johnsbury http://www.catamountarts.org/shows-and-events/poem-town

Many of our members will have poems displayed and will be reading poetry. Here’s a selection of April events.

 

 

Saturday April 20 2-3:30 PM Poetry Society of Vermont members read at Phoenix Books,

191 Bank Street, Burlington, organized by Nancy Vandenburgh Brunelle vtkrista@aol.com


Saturday April 20 7 PM

Poem Town Randolph invites everyone to a fine night of poetry with sugar on snow.

Silloway Sugar House, 1303 Boudro Rd, Randolph Center VT

Three farmer poets, Taylor Katz, Carl Russell, and Caitlin Gildrien, read their poems in this sweet setting.

 

Tuesday April 23 7 PM Joyce Thomas and Castleton Poets read at at the Castleton Town Library for National Poetry Month 

 

Thursday April 25 7 PM Poetry Society of Vermont Reading at Poem City.

Poets Steven Cahill, Judith Janoo, Ellen Parent, David Stauffer and Diane Swan

Kellogg Hubbard Library 135 Main Street Montpelier

 


Poetry in Bennington

Bennington Area Arts Council

Future dates: May 14; June 11.

POETRY/SPOKEN WORD OPEN MIC FREE

Tap House, 309 County St., Bennington (across from Bennington Pottery).  

Sign-up at 7, readings begin 7:15. 5 minute time limit. Charlie Rossiter, MC.

More info: 708-606-4673



Poetry Open Mic
Join us for an afternoon of poetry hosted by Phoenix Books Rutland’s own Bianca Amira Zanella. Come to read, come to listen, or come for both! Those interested in reading can sign up at the door - no RSVP required. This open mic occurs every second Sunday of the month at 2:00 pm in a delightful independent bookstore in Rutland.
Free refreshments provided; you provide the poetry!  
Upcoming dates: May 12; June 9