Poetry Society of Vermont
founded in 1947
The Mountain Troubadour

The Poetry Society of Vermont annually publishes a literary journal of members' poems in The Mountain Troubadour. Members receive one complimentary copy with their membership dues and may submit poems annually to be considered for publication. Deadline for submission is February 1.

Additional copies of the Troubadour are available for purchase separately from membership enrollment at $15. To obtain a copy, please write to Membership Chair Nathan Ingham-Przybylak in care of 

PSOV Subscriptions

P.O. Box 914

Montpelier, VT 05601-0914


Mary Rose Dougherty, (she/her) editor of The Mountain Troubadour beginning in 2021, was born in Gary, IN, and has lived in Central Vermont since 1984.

She was PSOV Autumn Workshop Leader in 1998. It was the memory of long-time member Inga Potter’s kindness at that time and Mary Rose’s love of editing books of poetry that led her to return to the PSOV. She enjoys the opportunity to bring together varied members’ voices, featuring them in the Troubadour.

In the broader world, she’s been called to serve two AmeriCorps terms and has worked as a long-time college English adjunct, newspaper editor and reporter, and professional caregiver.

In addition to the Troubadour, Mary Rose’s work has been published in Calyx, PoemCity, Shoreline: Poetry and Prose, Explorations of Mental IllnessCalliopeYankee, VTDigger. She was editor of the elder anthology Dance. Her awards include the 2020 and 2021 Corinne Eastman Davis Memorial Award and the Artistic Merit Award from The Writer’s Circle in Warwick, RI, judged by then-New Hamsphire Poet Lauerate Patricia Fargnoli. She has an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and has been a fellow at the Vermont Studio Center and twice at The Frost Place in Franconia, NH.

Her writing influences include a high school teacher, Skip Bird and, as Buddhist nun Pema Chodron says, “the present moment”. Meeting Gwendolyn Brooks and Sharon Olds are two of her Big Poetry Experiences. She still has the Arrow Book of Poetry she purchased in third grade.

She enjoys walking in nature; reading; and all forms of art, having dabbled in watercolors, acrylics, printmaking, collage, and pottery.

Mary Rose lives with her elderly black Lab mix Hudson in Waterbury, VT and enjoys hiking, watching Korean rom drams, and exploring new Korean recipes with her son whenever he's in town. For infomation about The Mountain Troubadour, please reach her here.

Beniamino Nardin was born in Boston, living there for most of his life except a two-year stay in Italy and moving to Vermont in 2020. The 2022 intern for The Mountain Troubadour, he also is an intern at The Valley Reporter. He began these writing internships his senior year at Harwood Union High in an effort to deepen his writing experience. His poetry and prose has won recognition, namely in Gold Keys for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and a National Silver Medal for a novella whose first chapter was published in Scholastic’s 2021 Best Teen Writing. In 2022, Ben will have three poems in the TroubadourReading is one of Ben’s biggest passions, along with writing—on any given day you will most likely find him curled up in a corner with a new book propped open in his lap. He currently lives in Waitsfield, Vermont and works at the Ben & Jerry’s Factory and continues to work on his writing. He will be heading off to Dublin, Ireland at the end of the summer to begin college at University College of Dublin.


Submission requires membership. The deadline for receiving poems is February 1. Send a maximum of three poems or five haiku for consideration. If sending a combination of longer poems and haiku, submit up to three works in total. Self-published works may be submitted for review.

Members may also submit one previously published poem, labeled as such. A published work will have already gone through a juried process — that is, it will have been selected by an editor of a journal or anthology. Please include the name and date of first publication. 

All poems must be submitted electronically. No simultaneous submissions. Send up to three poems, or five if only haiku, in a single attachment or in the body of an email to PSOV  or to the Troubadour editor. 


Please read and follow these submission guidelines carefully

  • Members who have paid their dues by January 1 may submit.
  • All poems must be received by February 1.
  • All poems must be submitted electronically.
  • Send up to three poems or five haiku, with the subject line Troubadour Submission & your name.
  • Send up to one previously published poem, which has been through a juried process. Provide place and date of first publication. For style, refer to a previous issue. In the subject line write Previously Published & your name.
  • Include a cover letter with the names of your poems. 
  • If you use a pen name, indicate this in the email.
  • Send in a single Word attachment to Troubadour editor or PSOV.
  • Format: Poems must be in Word .doc or .docx, 12-pt. Times New Roman, single-spaced.
  • Length: All line limits will be considered. 

You will receive confirmation of your submission.



Member photos, including photos of your own art, will be considered for the journal cover. Must be high resolution, 1 MB or more, JPG file. Images less than 1 MB are not suitable for printing and will not be considered. If you have questions, email Troubadour editor with Photo & your name in the subject line.


We're interested in news of your publications, readings and performances. Follow your Mountain Troubadour for style. Send in an email separate from any other submissions with the subject line News & Notes and your name to the addresses provided above.


If you know of a member who has passed, we'd appreciate a tribute. See past issues for style. Send in an email with Tribute & your name in the subject line to the addresses provided above.