Poetry Society of Vermont
founded in 1947

Poetry Society of Vermont

“I turned silences and nights into words. What was unutterable, I wrote down. I made the whirling wind stand still.” Arthur Rimbaud

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.


New Anthology of Vermont Poetry 


Birchsong: Poetry Centered in Vermont, vol. II, a new anthology of 111 contemporary poems by 67 Vermont poets, has been published by The Blueline Press in East Dorset. Illustrated by artist Mary Schwartz from the same town, the book is a rich collection of poetry reflecting the Vermont landscape, its people and its culture. In the six years since the first Birchsong volume, which appeared in 2012 following tropical storm Irene in 2011, there have been changes to the Vermont countryside and in the way of life here, yet the constants that endure throughout the cycle of years and seasons will be recognized by all who revere the natural world. “The poets represented in this volume [one] are all attuned to nature and its meanings for our lives. The variety of forms, tone, perspective, and subjects weave a fascinating tapestry,” wrote Anthony O. Tyler, former editor of Blueline.


   The second volume is edited by Northshire Poets Alice Wolf Gilborn, Carol Cone, David Mook, Marcia Angermann, Peter Bradley and Monica Stillman. The Blueline Press, licensed in Vermont, was established by Gilborn mainly as a reprint press, though it has published original works on occasion, including the first Birchsong. For more information visit http://www.alicewolfgilborn.com.


   Birchsong: Poetry Centered in Vermont, vol. II, is now available from the Northshire Bookstore:https://www.northshire.com or by emailing thebluelinepressvt16@gmail.com 

Bennington Poetry/Spoken Word Open Mic

TUESDAY, June 12--POETRY/SPOKEN WORD OPEN MIC, at the Tap House, 309 County St., Bennington (across the St. from Bennington Pottery).  Sign-up at 7, readings begin 7:15. 5 minute time limit.  AND every 2nd Tuesday thereafter. Charlie Rossiter, MC.

More info: 708-606-4673. Free.

Membership in PSOV

To join the Poetry Society of Vermont, 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 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.

Text Box:

Members receive a copy of The Mountain Troubadour as part of their membership.  For a subscription or an additional copy, send $10 to Subscription Manager Betty Gaechter, 134 Hitzel Terrace, Rutland, VT 05701.

PSOV Archives at the Vermont History Center

Barre, Vermont


Poetry Society of Vermont

Records, 1947-

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


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.

Photos c. 2017 George Longenecker