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, founded in 1947, is an association of poets and supporters who join in promoting an interest in poetry through workshops, readings, contests, and contributions to the society’s chapbook. Anyone may join the society, including high school and college students and non-residents of Vermont. We welcome both writers and appreciative readers.


Two ways to join:

1. Sign up and pay by January 1, 2021 at:


2. Contact membership chair, Sally Anne Reisner. Mail dues of $25 ($15 for students) to Box 1215, Waitsfield, VT 05673. Please include your name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address. Membership must be renewed annually by January 1. A list of members is available upon request.

Advantages of membership include participation in readings and workshops, opportunities to have poems published in the society’s chapbook, The Mountain Troubadour, feedback and comments on submitted poems, competition for awards, and fellowship with many appreciative readers and writers of poetry. Members receive a copy of the society’s journal, The Mountain Troubadour, published annually.

Books by Our Members:

Alice Wolf Gilborn has a new book of poems, Apples & Stones, from Kelsay Books, which was released on August. Order from; www.kelsaybooks.com, Amazon, or the Northshire Bookstore, www.northshire.com.

Jon Meyer’s book, Love Poems From Vermont: reflections on an inner and outer state, has won a number of national awards, including: Best Poetry Book 2019/2020 Reader Views.


Marshall Witten has a new book, My Mind’s Eye published by The Poetry Box. You can and Order from:


Samantha Kolber has a new book, Birth of a Daughter which you can purchase at Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, or order from them at:

Samantha was featured in the Times Argus and The Bridge.

William Thwing has a new memoir: Restless Days: Haibun Memoir of a Vietnam Veteran's Journey to Create a New Life While Recovering from PTSD, published by  Shires Press in Manchester. It’s written in Japanese Haibun poetry.

Geza Tatrallyay’s newest book, Extinction Rebellion, is available through http://www.gezatatrallyay.com, Amazon or the Yankee Bookshop in Woodstock. 



Carol Lee Vail Prize for Emerging Poets

The Mountain Troubadour 2021

Entrants must have no more than one published book.

Submit three poems with $15 entry fee

by January 15, 2021

For guidelines and details go to:


If you are member submitting to The Mountain Troubadour Selected Works, go to the link on your left, not here.  

Abenaki Poetry Reading by Dan Close Thursday October 22 7:30 PM

 Dan will read from his book What the Abenaki Say About Dogs and from Dawnland Voices, an anthology of indigenous writing from New England. Zoom link is in your email. 


Troubadour Reading Sunday November 1 7:00 PM

Authors read from their poems in the 2020 Mountain Troubadour. It will be via Zoom, open to our members and the public. If you have poems in the 2020 issue, and would like to read, please reply to me. We have room for 10 more readers; email me to read. Zoom link will go out the week before.

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