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Dear PSOV Members:

Our autumn meeting is coming up October 6th at the Capitol Plaza, Montpelier

12 noon Lunch, followed by short membership meeting and workshop with poet Joyce Thomas

 preceded by an Executive Council  business meeting (9:30-11:30), which is open to all.

Save the date.

Buffet lunch with vegan selections

Have that great poem ready to submit, whether you can attend or not.

Call for poems and reservations coming soon

Vote on Constitution by members present at the membership meeting

A copy of the proposed constitutional changes is attached. Please print it and bring it, if you’re attending.

The main changes are:

(1) to specify treasurer’s duties and safeguard the organization’s funds;

(2) to provide a clear system for appointments in case of officer vacancies;

(3) to safeguard the organization by having a clear system for dismissal of officers in case of misconduct; combining Librarian with Archivist/Historian.

Other changes are editorial, including standard outline format. 


For poetry,



Poetry Society of Vermont
George Longenecker, President

 Newsletter: Poetry Society of Vermont

                                 PO Box 1215, Waitsfield VT 05673





Dear Member,


  1. The submission Deadline for The Mountain Troubadour has been extended from February 1 to February 28. Submissions must be titled poems of not more than 40 lines including title and spaces between stanzas. Each member may submit a maximum of three poems or five haiku for consideration; if sending a combination of longer poems and haiku, there cannot be more than three pieces for consideration. Please do not send more. Members may submit previously published work and translations labeled as such. Previously published work should include the place and date of first publication. The translation should include the poem in its original language and English. The translating poet is responsible for all legal requirements such as copyright. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Please send poems in BODY of SINGLE email(NO attachments!) to: moimarta@outlook.com. Also send any News/Notes to be included: Publications, Awards, Readings, etc.
  2. Membership Dues. These are $25 and are due the first of the year. If you have yet to renew please do so by sending your dues to Sally Anne Reisner, PSOV Membership Chair, PO Box 1215, Waitsfield VT 05673. NB. Your dues must be up to date for your work to appear in The Mountain Troubadour.

These rules in more detail are always available on our website and in previous editions of The Mountain Troubadour. NB. Observe the rules above as several rule modifications were adopted at the Oct 2016 Council Meeting. A few of you may not yet be sufficiently capable with electronic submission. Please seek help at local library or from friends. If this is too difficult communicate with Marta(802.442.5520 - remembering she has a full plate) or with me – Will Meyer







William L. Meyer

President, Poetry Society of Vermont





February Newsletter

Dear PSOV Member,

1. The Mountain Troubadour submissions. Thank you to all who submitted poetry to The Mountain Troubadour. Our editors, Marta Finch and Jane Wollmar have been busy putting your submissions and News and Notes together. They have disseminated the poems to the editorial board, which includes Susanne London, Carol Milkuhn, Phyllis Katz, David Stauffer, and Marshall Witten. Thank you, members, for volunteering your time and expertise. Please send any news of your poetry publications or other poetry activities to Jane Wollmar at: troubadoursubmissions@poetrysocietyofvermont.org 

2. Dues. If you have not paid your 2015 dues, please remit $25 in check made out to PSOV to Sally Reisner, Membership Chair, P.O. Box 1215, Waitsfield, VT 05673.

3. PSOV Poetry Reading at Phoenix Books, Burlington. Thanks to member Nancy Brunelle, we will have our annual poetry reading at Phoenix Books on Saturday, April 25 from 2:00 – 4:00.

The time limit per poet is about 5 minutes for the first round of readings, so please select poems that will fit into a 5-minute period. If there is enough time left over, you'll be able to read a few more poems. If you plan on attending, please contact Nancy at vtkrista@aol.com or at: 802-893-0566. She will type up a list of readers that will be at the podium and she will also email the list to the attending poets. Thank you, Nancy!

4. Spring Meeting, May 2. We are in the midst of planning our annual spring meeting held the first Saturday of May every year. If you have a suggestion for a venue in the Montpelier area, please contact Tamra at tamrajhiggins@gmail.com. The first call to submit poetry for the spring workshop will be March 23.

5. Member Poetry Presentation. Dan Close will have a poetry presentation titled, “A Raucous Celebration of Poetry Month” at Deborah Rawson Memorial Library, 8 River Road, Jericho, on Sunday, April 19th, from 2:00 to 4:00. Dan will be reading poems by Galway Kinnell, Billy Collins, Tony Hoagland, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, and others. Intermission featuring cider and cookies, too!

6. Baron Wormser Workshops. Baron is offering a Stanza Workshop on May 2 from 9:00 – 3:00. He is also offering a two-day workshop on Hayden Carruth on April 4 – 5, from 9:00 – 3:00 each day. Please see below and attached for more information and registration.

7. Poetry Retreat, April 17 – 19.  Sundog Poetry Center is offering a retreat: Poetry and Healing at Fielder Farm in Huntington. Guest poet for the retreat is David Mook. Please visit www.sundogpoetry.org for more information.

8. Poets and Their Craft Lecture Series. Sundog Poetry Center is also offering Poets and Their Craft Lecture Series consisting of ten poetry lectures and discussions at 10 independent bookstores around the state, which are free and open to the public. Poets include: Sydney Lea, David Huddle, David Budbill, Neil Shepard, Pamela Harrison, Jay Parini, Mary Jane Dickerson & Tamra Higgins, Major Jackson, Diana Whitney, and Baron Wormser. Bookstores include Norwich Books, Vermont Bookshop in Middlebury, Galaxy Bookshop in Hardwick, Ebenezer Books in Johnson, Bridgeside Books in Waterbury, Northshire Books in Manchester Center, Phoenix Books in Burlington, Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, Bartleby’s Books in Wilmington, and Misty Valley Books in Chester. See attached for more information or go to www.sundogpoetry.org. This series is funded in part by the Vermont Humanities Council and is sponsored by Burlington City Arts and Mount Mansfield Community TV (MMCTV).

9. Poetry quote submitted by Deb Chadwick: “Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.” Carl Sandburg. Thank you, Deb, for your inspiring quotes!

10. If you have news for the March 23 newsletter, please send it to me by March 20.

11. Stay warm!


Baron Wormser Stanza Workshop

This workshop will examine stanza-making. We will look at various poems by various hands and try to get a sense of why a certain stanzaic form is effective, how it is effective, and what this might tell us about our own poem writing. I will provide copies of poems. Anyone interested in a head start, could take a look at the chapter on Architecture in Teaching the Art of Poetry by Wormser and Cappella.

Time will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 2 at 13 Loomis Street. Cost will be $90. My wife and I will provide lunch—salad, bread, cheese, and hummus. The workshop is limited to six people.

For further information, please contact Baron Wormser at 223.2622 or e-mail at



Hayden Carruth Workshop

A Weekend Workshop taught by Baron Wormser

Date and Time: April 4-5, 2015 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day)

Location: 13 Loomis Street, Montpelier, VT

Cost: $300 ($275 for registrations before March 1, 2015)

Number of participants: Six

This workshop will focus on the extraordinary range of Hayden Carruth’s poetry. Hayden Carruth cut as wide a swath as any twentieth century American poet in regards to both subject matter and formal acumen. There is a remarkable amount to learn from his poetry about writing poetry and about being in this world.  We will look at poems from his entire career.

The day’s schedule is quite simple. We’ll consider a poem at length according to a few questions and then have some quiet time to reflect, have a cup of tea, write in a notebook or whatever else moves us. Breakfast (8:30 a.m.) and lunch will be served at the house each day.

No deposit is necessary but if you cancel after March 20, you will be expected to pay the cost of the workshop. Contact Baron Wormser at baronwormser@gmail.com or 802.223.2622 to inquire and/or enroll. Various lodgings are available in the vicinity including B & B, airbnb, hotel, and motel.

There is a fair chance that Shaun Griffin, the editor of the recent book about Hayden Carruth’s poetry entitled At Sorrow’s Well, will attend.


January 2, 2015

1.     It’s time to submit to The Mountain Troubadour. Deadline: February 1. Submission requires membership. Submissions must be titled poems of not more than 32 lines. Each member may submit a maximum of three poems or five haiku for consideration; if sending a combination of longer poems and haiku, there cannot be more than three pieces total for consideration. Please do not send more. Members may submit previously published work and translations labeled as such. Previously published work should include the place and date of first publication. The translation should include the poem in its original language and English. The translating poet is responsible for all legal requirements such as copyright. Members can submit poems in either of two ways: Electronically (preferred):  Send each poem as an attachment in one email to: troubadoursubmissions@poetrysocietyofvermont.org  By U.S. mail:  Each poem should be sent in duplicate, typed on 8 ½ x 11 paper, with the author’s name on one copy only. Please indicate ability to submit poems electronically if it is selected for publication in The Mountain Troubadour.  Submissions should be sent to Editor, PSOV, P.O. Box 1215, Waitsfield, VT 05673. Editorial board comments will be sent to poets unless a poet requests NOT to receive them.


2.      New PSOV Contest Chair. We are very fortunate to have a new Contest Chairperson, Karen Ruth Richardson. She, along with support from PSOV council members Ann Day and Jane Wollmar, will be organizing the contest submissions and securing judges for the contests. Thank you, Karen, for your willingness to commit some extra time to PSOV.
3.     Please submit your 2015 membership dues if you have not done so already. Dues are now $25, and membership includes access to the Spring, Summer, and Fall Workshops and a copy of The Mountain Troubadour. The increasing cost of printing the Troubadouris the main reason for the increase in membership dues. Mail your dues to Sally Anne Reisner, Membership Chair, PSOV, P.O. Box 1215, Waitsfield, VT 05673. Please make your check out to PSOV.
4.     Attached you will find the 2015 PSOV Calendar.
5.     Baron Wormser, Vermont poet and Maine Poet Laureate, is offering two exciting opportunities for poets. One is a workshop held on Saturday mornings at his home in Montpelier, during which you will workshop poems (yours and others). Please see attached for more information. The January workshop is full, but there will be more in the coming months. The second is a two-day weekend workshop in April during which you will examine the works of Hayden Carruth. Watch our newsletters or Baron’s website, baronwormser.com, for more information.


6.     Call for PoemCity in Montpelier is now open. Submit your poetry using the form at this link after reading the guidelines and scrolling down to find the form: https://kellogghubbardlibrary.submittable.com/submit/36366. Deadline: January 31st, 2015. For postal submissions: If you do not use a computer, we will accept handwritten or typed poems.  *Please only use this option if it is absolutely impossible for your to submit online* Please send to: PoemCity 2015, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602.


7.     St. Johnsbury is also hosting PoemTown. Please see attached guidelines.


8.     A Fleeting Animal, David Budbill’s opera based on his book and play, Judevine, is now scheduled at the following venues in 2015:


            Friday, Sept 1: Barre Opera House

            Saturday, September 12: Elley-Long Music Center, Colchester

            Sunday, Sept 13: Hardwich Town House (matinee)

            Friday, Sept 18: Woodstock Town Hall Theater

            Saturday, Sept 19: Vergennes Opera House

            Sunday, September 20: Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph (matinee)


            About half of the $60,000 goal for this production has been raised. To learn more about the opera see http://www.davidbudbill.com/1481/a-fleeting-animal-2015. All contributions to the production are tax deductible and can be made through Monteverdi Music School, P.O. Box 1062, Montpelier, VT 05601-1062. Please put A Fleeting Animalin your check’s memo. For an on-line contribution, go to http://monteverdimusic.org and put A Fleeting Animal in the “purpose” field.


9.     Please help spread the word about The Sarah Mook Poetry Prize, a contest for school-age children in honor of Sarah Mook, daughter of David Mook, adjunct of Castleton. Please visit this link http://www.a2pwebdesign.com/poetrywits/poetrycontest/sarahmook.htm for more information and share it with any students or teachers you may know. This is a powerful way to share poetry and honor the life of a young poet.


10.  One of the goals for the coming year is to compile a list for members of places where you can submit your collections of poetry for publication. If you have had success with this, please share with the information with me so that I can include it in the newsletter. In the meantime, our website curator, Linda Tyler, shares this: “I'd love to be listed in your ‘Where to publish your book of poetry’ as someone who can format and prepare a book so that it is print ready for either a local printer or an online printer.  I'm also happy to answer questions about publishing if I can.” Her email is ltyler2@mac.com.


11.  PSOV Member Jerry Johnson shares with us that he was able to sell the initial 500 copies of his book Noah's Song. He is donating all the profits from the sale of the 500 to art scholarship's in Adrien Patenaude's (illustrator for Noah) name. You can also see the review of his book, Up The Creek, here: http://www.theusreview.com/reviews/Up-Johnson.html#.VICqVsnvJVF

12.  Also upcoming in 2015 is Sundog Poetry Center’s Poets and Their Craft Lecture Series, consisting of lectures and follow-up audience discussions of the poet-chosen topics. These will take place around the state at independent bookstores beginning April 2. Participating poets include Major Jackson, Sydney Lea, Jay Parini, Diana Whitney, Pamela Harrison, Neil Shepard, Baron Wormser, David Budbill, David Huddle, Mary Jane Dickerson and Tamra Higgins. Bookstore venues include Phoenix Books in Burlington, Ebenezer Books in Johnson, Galaxy Bookshop in Hardwick, Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, Norwich Books, The Vermont Bookstore in Middlebury, Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Bartleby’s Books in Wilmington, and Bridgeside Books in Waterbury. The tenth location, TBA.  Watch this newsletter and sundogpoetry.org for more information.
            Happy New Year to you all!

October 22, 2014


Dear PSOV Member,


Please read below for news and information regarding PSOV and poetry around the state.


1. Fall workshop. Our fall workshop/luncheon took place last Saturday at Swift House Inn in Middlebury. David Weinstock was our critic and structured his feedback by organizing our submissions into four areas: Outward Signs, Hauntings, Tone Poems, and Paeans – Poems of Praise and Triumph. This interesting and insightful approach to the workshop allowed David to discuss every poem, whether the poet was present our not. He discussed how the poem was working over all in addition to making specific suggestions for revision. Thank you for such a thorough job, David!


Thank you to our workshop chair, Marta Finch, and to our readers: Deanna Shapiro, Karen Ruth Richardson, and David Stauffer. We appreciate your important contribution to a successful meeting.


2. Popular Vote Winners. The poems that won the popular vote can be found on our website: www.poetrysocietyofvermont.org.


3. Summer Contest Winners. These can also be found on our website. Congratulations to those who won!


4. Contest and Popular Vote Winners. If you are a summer contest winner or your poem was among the top 6 in the popular vote, they will automatically appear on the PSOV website and in The Mountain Troubadour. If you do NOT want the poem to appear, or have a revised version that you want instead of the version we have, it is up to YOU to notify either Jane Wollmar or Linda Tyler. Their email addresses are jwollmar@madriver.com and ltyler2@mac.com


5. 2015 Dues. At Saturday’s meeting, the Council voted to raise the PSOV membership dues to $25 beginning this coming year. This was a difficult decision but as the dues haven’t been increased in well over a decade, we felt we had to raise them in order to help offset rising costs. Please send your dues by January 1 to Sally Reisner, PSOV Membership Chair, P.O. Box 1215, Waitsfield, VT 05673.


6. 2015 Calendar. See attached for the upcoming calendar.


7. Guest Editorial Board Members for The Mountain Troubadour. If you are interested in the possibility of being a guest member on The Mountain Troubadour editorial board, please contact one of the editors Jane Wollmar or Marta Finch. They will be able to tell you what is involved, chat with you about your interest and experience, and let you know when the next guest position might be available.


8. Your published poetry. Please send the titles and the publishing information of your published poetry to our librarian Marshall Witten at wittenmarshall@gmail.com. Marshall is keeping an electronic list of titles and poems, if you wish to send them electronically. He is working with our website curator to eventually share them on our website.


9. Contest Chairperson. We are still in the need of a contest chairperson. Ann Day and Jane Wollmar have graciously volunteered to help out with this position, which involves receiving and organizing the submissions, finding judges, getting the submissions to the judges, collecting results, and making certificates. Ann will be generating a list of potential judges and even possibly contacting them for the chairperson and Jane will make the certificates. The position involves time from May until July 7 or so, accepting and organizing the submissions, and then sending the submissions off to judges that following week. The work is mostly completed electronically although there are a few submissions that come in the mail and need to be typed. Any costs for mailing the packets to judges (most want them electronically) will be reimbursed. If you might have an hour or two a week from May to mid July to help us with this, please contact Tamra at tamrajhiggins@gmail.com. A reliable computer and reliable internet service is needed for this position as are basic skills in formatting documents (i.e. copy, paste, text boxes, etc.).


10. Executive Secretary. We are also still in need of an executive secretary. This person would help send newsletters, first and second calls, and thank you’s for PSOV.  This position can be shared. For example, you could help send out the second call packet for either the May or October meeting. This particular job would involve receiving submissions for the workshop (between 25 and 30 poems), formatting the packet, copying it, and mailing it to all of our members. You would be reimbursed immediately for the office supplies, copying, and postage. If you think you could help with this position, please contact Tamra at tamrajhiggins@gmail.com. A reliable computer and reliable internet service is needed for this position as are basic skills in formatting documents (i.e. copy, paste, text boxes, etc.).


11. Poetry Events, Workshops, Slams. I’ve been contacted by several people about many exciting poetry events coming up soon –read on!

v        *PSOV Past-president Ann Day has an opening reception for her photograph exhibit of more than 30 photographs: Thursday, October 23, 4:00, Rivermead Gallery, Peterborough, NH. She will be giving a poetry reading at the reception as well. Her show will be up through Thanksgiving. Ann is also starting a poetry group at Rivermead beginning October 27. For more information, contact Ann at anninvt@gmavt.net.


v        *News from Geof Hewitt: Fri., Oct. 24 Barre's Aldrich Library (use rear entrance) 6 PM free pizza; 6:30 quick writing exercise; 6:45 Slam!

Thurs., Oct. 30 The Whammy Bar (Maple Corner, Calais) 7 PM; easy-going pub in the back of the Maple Corner Store provides a warm atmosphere for sharing music and poems. This is a 2-genre slam! Singer/songwriters and slammers will have 3-minutes to present their original work for scoring, then. if time allows, 5 minute rotating opportunities at the mic with impromptu collaborations invited.


v        *From Baron Wormser: One slot open this weekend in his workshop, “Being With Poets.” This weekend, Baron will be leading and discussing Denise Levertov in his home in Montpelier. Please see page the attached information for more details.


v        *Angela Patten – Book Launch for Angela Patten’s new book of poetry, In Praise of Usefulness. Thursday, October 30 at Arts Riot, Pine St., Burlington. 6:30 – 8:00. This is also the book launch for Daniel Lusk’s memoir Girls I Never Married.


12. Where to publish your book of poetry. At Saturday’s meeting, a member asked where he might submit his book of poetry for publication. I have a couple of resources that I’d like to share, but would also like to ask you members for suggestions. If you contact me with publishing possibilities, I’ll compile a list and send it out in the November newsletter. Please get me that information by email or mail (197 Higgins Run, Jeffersonville, VT 05464) by November 10.


13. Haiku. Please find attached a list I have compiled that has many haiku journals and websites. This list can be used for submission possibilities and/or as haiku resources.


14. Poetry Quote of the Month, submitted by Deb Chadwick: “A poet is a nightingale who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet songs.” 

-  Percy Bysshe Shelley

Thank you Deb for your continued enlightenment!


Best to all of you,


August 8, 2015


Dear Member,


We had an exceptional day in the barn at Knoll Farm last Saturday at our annual summer festival. Twenty-eight participants including many new members and several community members attended Gary Margolis’s poetry workshop. The afternoon reading started off with a wonderful reading by past president Mim Herwig, who shared the work of William Mundell, PSOV Poet Laureate in1989. Thank you Mim and all of you who stayed to share your poetry. A special thank you must be made to Inga Potter, who brought two delicious cakes to share with the rest of us. (Photos included in attachment version). 


Please read on for the rest of PSOV news.


1.     Our fall luncheon and workshop will be at the Swift House Inn in Middlebury, Vermont on October 18. The cost will remain at $22.00 per person for the luncheon. Please save this date so you will be able to join us. More information and details to follow.


2.     Please submit titles and publication information of your published poems to our librarian, Marshall Witten, at wittenmarshall@gmail.com or toMarshall Witten, 2005 Trumbull Hill Rd., Shaftsbury, VT 05262. Marshall has also kindly volunteered to include the actual poem in his record keeping, so please submit the poem itself as well. If you would NOT like your poem to appear on our website with the publication information, please let Marshall know. Sharing the poems that members have published will allow us to not only read the fine work that members are writing, but to see which publications are accepting and the type of work they are looking for. Thank you for your continued good work, Marshall.


News from our members:


3.     CONGRATULATIONS to Dan Close (Peace Corps participant in Ethiopia 1966–68) for winning the 2014 Maria Thomas Fiction Award from Peace Corps Writers for his historical novel set in Ethiopia in 1896, The Glory of the Kings, published in 2013. Dan receives a small cash award, plus a certificate designed by Marian Haley Beil. THE MARIA THOMAS FICTION AWARD is named after the novelist Maria Thomas who was the author of a well-reviewed novel Antonia Saw the Oryx First,  and two collections of short stories, Come to Africa and Save Your Marriage: And Other Stories and African Visas: A Novella and Stories, all set in Africa. Roberta lost her life in August 1989, while working in Ethiopia for a relief agency.


4.     The Vermont Community Foundation has made a grant from its Vermont Arts Endowment Fund to the William Sheldon Museum in Middlebury to fund a poetry project titled "THE MUSEUM AS MUSE FOR FIVE VERMONT POETS: NO IDEAS BUT IN THINGS." 


      "No ideas but in things" is a phrase from a poem by William Carlos Williams, expressing the connection between objects and language. Over the next few months, members of the Spring Street Poets will spend time in the museum's storerooms and archives, searching           for subjects for new poems. From their work, poems will be chosen and featured in a museum exhibition featuring both the texts and the artifacts, which inspired them. The museum will also host a reading by the poets of their work, and poets will also perform for and work with students from nearby schools. Dates and more details to follow.


            The Spring Street Poets, founded in 1997, is a small group of friends who meet regularly in Middlebury. Current members are Jennifer Bates, Janet Fancher, Karin Gottshall, Kari Hansen, Ray Hudson, Janice Miller Potter, Mary Pratt and David Weinstock.


5.     Wednesday, August 13th, 8:30 pm North End Studios, Burlington.

Jean Rohe and Liam Robinson were brought together a decade ago by a shared love of  participatory music and American and Anglo folk song. Their performances are intimate gatherings in which listeners are invited to share in the music-making. They will be joined by special guests, Judson Kimble, guitarist, and PSOV member, poet, Lizzy Fox. Tickets $10 at the door.


6.     PSOV member, George Mathon is looking for other members to work with. He shares the following, “I'm willing to drive from my place at Joe's Pond to other parts of the state. I'm interested in critique groups. Small groups so we have lots of time to spend on poems.” If you are interested in working together, you can contact George at geomathon@yahoo.com.


In other news about George: The 3rd printing of his second book, Chickadees, will be available on Aug 12. Additionally, his third book, yet to be titled, will be available the 2nd week of September. The two poems George read at the Summer Festival are from the new book. George has a reading scheduled at the St Johnsbury Atheneum on Sept 17 at 7:00 pm. All three of his books will be for sale at the reading. The reading will include poems about love and political and environmental issues that intersect on the boundary between the human and natural world.

7.     From our Recording Secretary, Lisa Italiano: "Save the Date" for the Green Mountain Writing Project and Vermont Council of Teachers of English Language Arts cosponsored JOY OF WRITING III Conference featuring Georgia Heard. The date is Friday, October 31st, 2014 at UVM's Davis Center. Her keynote is titled, "Poetry and the Common Core" and she is also offering a session on revision. Detailed agenda and online registration will be available soon.


8.     Judy Brooke Quillen, Founder and Member of Northeast Storytellers, shares the following:  My poetry group, Northeast Storytellers, attends 2 events each month locally in St. Johnsbury, close to where most of us live. We meet at Catamount Arts Center usually first Saturday of every month 11:30AM to 1:30PM, and Young Living Center for their monthly Poetry Tea Party Hour, which is held 2nd Tuesday of every month 2PM to 3PM. We formed in 2013 and are up to about 10 members.  We would love to spread the word about us, for those who may want to attend or join us on a regular or part time basis. August events dates: Catamount (Eastern Ave) moved from Aug 2nd to Aug 9th, Saturday; Young Living Center (Main Street), Aug 12th, Tuesday. For more information contact Judy at brookequillen@yahoo.com


9.     A new offering from Sundog Poetry Center, Inc.: A Poetry Retreat from the afternoon of Friday, October 31 through the afternoon of Sunday, November 2 at Fielder Farm in Huntington, Vermont. The retreat includes accommodations at beautiful Fielder Farm, all meals, two workshop sessions during which you’ll receive and give feedback, a talk about the craft of poetry with discussion, two opportunities to read your work, time for writing, reading, and relaxing, and a one-to-one conference if you would like to have one.  There are 4 out of 10 slots still available. For more information go towww.sundogpoetry.org. To register, email Tamra at sundogpoetry@gmail.com or call 802.598.0340.


10.  From Tamra Higgins: I am happy to announce the publication of my first book, Nothing Saved Us: Poems of the Korean War, which is now available for preordering from www.windridgebooksofvt.com or through Wind Ridge Books at 802.985.4202. Its synopsis:


Over the course of two years, Tamra J. Higgins interviewed her father, Wayne L. Case, Marine Corps Private First Class, about his experiences on the front lines in the Korean War. The results of those conversations are poems found in the first half of Nothing Saved Us: Poems of the Korean War,poems that show how soldiers cope with war’s absurdity and how luck plays a vital role in their survival. But the soldier’s life is only part of the story of war that Higgins wanted to understand. In the second section of the   book, she explores the impact of war on civilians, in particular on a Korean woman caught in the throes of the destruction around her, and the suffering, loss, and displacement that she and millions of Koreans experienced in the early 1950’s while their country was under siege. Nothing Saved Us: Poems of the Korean War shows the resiliency of survivors despite war’s effects still raging in their lives long after Armistice is called. 


11.  Poetry quote of the newsletter, faithfully submitted by Deb Chadwick: “Poetry is the language in which man explores his own amazement.” - Christopher Fry

July 2014 Newsletter

Dear PSOV Member,

Thank you to all who submitted work to our six summer contests. There were many submissions and I am sure the judges will have their hands full selecting the winners.

Below you’ll find the call for the Summer Festival at Knoll Farm. I hope you will be able to join us. We are anticipating a special guest at the afternoon reading, Miriam “Mim”  Herwig, President of PSOV for many years. She will read selections by William Mundell, who was designated as PSOV Poet Laureate in 1989 by the PSOV under Mim’s leadership. The news event made it to the New York Times and you can read the archived article at this link:http://www.nytimes.com/1989/08/21/us/vermont-journal-2-poets-and-art-survive-storm-over-frost-s-title.html

All the best,

Tamra Higgins

President, Poetry Society of Vermont

1.     SUMMER FESTIVAL: Our Summer Festival will be at Knoll Farm in Fayston on AUGUST 2. From 10:00 – 12:30 we will have a workshop led by Gary Margolis. A picnic on the lawns will take place from 12:30 - 1:30. Bring your own lunch. Dessert and beverage will be provided. The Poetry Reading in the Barn will be held from 1:30 -3:30.  Bring something to read (your own work or a favorite or two by another poet) or just come to listen.ALL PARTICIPANTS FOR THE WORKSHOP MUST REGISTER BEFOREHAND so that we can give the workshop leader a realistic number of attendees. Register with Tamra Higgins at tamrajhiggins@gmail.com or at 802-598-0340 or at 197 Higgins Run, Jeffersonville, VT 05464. There is a fee of $10 for non-members, which can be paid at the event. The public is welcome, so bring your family, friends, and fellow lovers of poetry. There will be an Executive Council meeting from 8:30 – 9:30 in the barn before the workshop.


Directions: From the North, take Rte 100 south through Waitsfield.  Just before the   junction of Rte 17 and Rte 100, turn right onto Bragg Hill Rd.  Drive up half a mile.  You will see the Knoll Farm sign on your right.  Park in the area designated by signs, to the left of the farm’s private driveway.  From the South, take Rte 100 north to just after Rte 17, turn left onto Bragg Hill Road and drive up Bragg Hill Rd. as directed above.

May 2014 Newsletter


1.     MAY LUNCHEON AND WORKSHOP. Twenty-seven members attended the Spring Luncheon and Workshop held at Double Tree in Burlington. Critic Liz Powell of Johnson State College focused on creating images instead of using abstractions and journaling to further develop our poetry. Her suggestion to try taking a poem and writing the lines in reverse order surprised us all, but she showed us how effective this can be with one of the poems, which happened to be Ann Day’s first place poem in the popular vote. See the last page of this newsletter for a list of the poets corresponding to the Second Call packet and placements in the Popular Vote. In the photo below are Workshop Chairman David Stauffer, Readers Susan Bauchner, Sally Anne Reisnver, and Jane Wollmar, PSOV President Tamra Higgins and Critic Liz Powell.

2.     SUMMER CONTESTS. The deadline for the six summer contests has been extended for this year from June 1 to JULY 1. Until a Contest Coordinator is found, Jane Wollmar and Tamra Higgins will work together to make sure the contests continue. If you feel you might have some time in June and July for this task, please contact either of us.


      All contests are open to PSOV members only. Please note the following rules as some have been changed from years past.

-       No previously published work may be submitted. This means any poems that have appeared in the Troubadour or that have placed in the Popular Vote at the spring or fall workshops are not eligible as they will be published in the Troubadour.

-       The same poem may not be submitted to more than one contest.

-       No simultaneous submissions. This means that a poem submitted to a PSOV contest cannot also be submitted to or under consideration for any other publication.

-       Please only submit one poem per contest.

-       Each poem must by typed, have a title, and a contest designation.

-       Please follow all guidelines for each particular contest (see below for those guidelines).


            Submissions that do not follow the above guidelines will be automatically disqualified. A

            certificate of Honorable Mention is also awarded in each of the six contests. Winning

            poems will appear in the next year’s issue of The Mountain Troubadour.




            1.) MARY MARGARET AUDETTE MEMORIAL AWARD: light verse, any subject, $20.


            2) J. RICHARD BARRY MEMORIAL AWARD: poem with Vermont or country theme, traditional or free verse, 1st - $20, 2nd - $10, 3rd - $5


            3) MARIAN GLEASON MEMORIAL AWARD: poem of not more than 20 lines, any style and subject, $50.


            4) GOLDSTEIN MEMORIAL AWARD: poem with any theme, traditional or free verse, unlimited length, 1st - $20, 2nd - $10, 3rd - $5.


            5) LAURA J. SPOONER MEMORIAL AWARD: best love poem, any style, unlimited length, $20.


            6) CHRIS WHITE MEMORIAL AWARD: poem of not more than 25 lines, any style/form/format.  Topic of poem must be related to Science, Science Fiction or         Math, $50.


            Members can submit poems in either of two ways: Electronically: Send each poem as a     word document attachment in one email with the subject line indicating the name of the  contest to summercontests@poetrysocietyofvermont.orgBy U.S. mail: Each poem should   be sent in duplicate, typed on 8 ½ x 11 paper with the author’s name on one copy only and a         contest designation on both copies. Please indicate ability to submit poems electronically if       selected for publication in The Mountain Troubadour. Submissions should be sent to Contests Chairman, PSOV, P.O. Box 1215,   Waitsfield, VT 05673.


3.     VICE-PRESIDENT POSITION FILLED!  Marta Finch has volunteered to be Vice-President of PSOV, which is great news for the organization. Marta is a long-time PSOV member, Co-editor of The Mountain Troubadour, and past president of the Poetry Society of Maine. Her experience will undoubtedly help PSOV continue to thrive well into the future. If you are interested in getting more involved with PSOV, please contact us. 


4.     CALL FOR PHOTOS AND ARTICLES FOR ARCHIVES. PSOV Archivist Carole Minke is working hard to update our archives at the Vermont Historical Society. If you have any scrapbooks, newspaper clipping, photos or other documents related to PSOV and are ready to part with them, please send them to Carole Minke, 278 Tinkham Road North Bennington VT 05257.


5.     SUMMER FESTIVAL: Our Summer Festival will be at Knoll Farm in Fayston on AUGUST 2. From 10:00 – 12:30 we will have a workshop led by Gary Margolis. A picnic on the lawns will take place from 12:30 - 1:30. Bring your own lunch. Dessert and beverage will be provided. The Poetry Reading in the Barn will be held from 1:30 -3:30.  Bring something to read (your own work or a favorite or two by another poet) or just come to listen. ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST REGISTER BEFOREHAND so that we can give the workshop leader a realistic number of attendees.  Register with Tamra Higgins at tamrajhiggins@gmail.com or at 802-598-0340 or at 197 Higgins Run, Jeffersonville, VT 05464. There is a fee of $10 for non-members. The public is welcome, so bring your family, friends, and fellow lovers of poetry. There will be an Executive Council meeting from 8:30 – 9:30 in the barn before the workshop.


6.     SONNET WORKSHOP. Five PSOV members attended the Sonnet Workshop led by Marta Finch at the Robert Frost Stone House Museum in Shaftsbury on April 26. All agreed it was an excellent workshop in an inspirational setting. We are hoping to offer this again next year. In the photo are Carole Minke, Tamra Higgins, Kathleen Harris, Wilma Ann Johnson, Deanna Shapiro, and Marta Finch. Robert Frost is behind us, sitting in a chair outside the room we are standing in.



7.     PHOENIX BOOKSTORE READING. Nine PSOV members read their poetry at the Phoenix Bookstore in Burlington on April 19. I hope you will be able to join us next year for this annual event. It is a great opportunity to hear one another’s poetry and meet fellow members. In the photo below are PSOV members Janet Hayward Burnham, Jerry Johnson, Cory Burchman, Nancy Means Wright, Sam Hewitt, Peter Morton, Tamra Higgins, and Nancy Brunelle. Not pictured: Alice Christian.




8.     PUBLICATION OPPORTUNITY The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is open for entries, presenting a fantastic opportunity for established and emerging writers to showcase their poetry and short fiction to an international audience. Prizes include publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual, a compelling anthology of new writing loved by audiences internationally; £500 prize money for each category winner; editorial coverage for a selection of finalists on the Aesthetica Blog and a selection of books. Entry is £10 and the deadline to submit is 31 August 2014. One entry permits the submission of two works into any one category. Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words each and poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines each. Both short fiction and poetry entries should be written in English. Submissions previously published elsewhere are accepted.


9.     POETRY QUOTE OF THE NEWSLETTER, submitted by PSOV Member Deb Chadwick:

            “My opinion is that a poet should express the emotion of all ages and the thought of his own.”

—Thomas Hardy


10.  NEWS AND EVENTS.  If you have news and/or an upcoming event you’d like to share, please send the information to me at tamrajhiggins@gmail.com or 197 Higgins Run, Jeffersonville, VT 05464. I anticipate the next newsletter will be sent out mid-June.



            Tamra J. Higgins

            President, Poetry Society of Vermont










1. Now Time

Carole Minke


2. On The Plains

George Longenecker


3. Storm Called

Peter Morton

6 tie

4. No Country for Old Men

Carol Milkuhn


5.  Untitled

Max Money


6. From the Porch

Susan Turner


7. The Cost

Judy Brook


8. Habanera

Inga Potter


9. Comeback

Nancy Means Wright


10. Black Cherry

David Stauffer

5 tie

11. Summer Cabin

Sally Anne Reisner


12.  When I Hang Out the Wash

Deanna Shapiro


13. My Dog Barks and All is Lost

Tamra Higgins


14. The Tao

Jim Tomczak


15. Finding the Words

Phyllis Katz


16. Beets

Beth Warrell


17. Aging

Marshall Witten


18. Every Winter’s Hard by April

Amy Belding Brown


19. Butterfly Fire

Jane Wollmar


20. Ever the Moon

Ann Day


21. The Mystery of Gobera’s Skeletons

Nancy Brunelle


22. Endurance

Barbara Anne Trowbridge


23. Sister

Miriam Herwig


24. The Admiral

Sam Hewitt


25. Emergence

Marta Finch


26. Twist of My Hand

Patricia Belding


April 2014 Newsletter

1.     Please send in your poem for the May 3rd workshop! The deadline is fast approaching: April 7. You can email it directly to me at tamrajhiggins@gmail.com. Please attach it as a word document, or if you cannot do that, the next best thing is to include it in the body of an email. Also, it is best if you send it as a new email instead of a response to this one. Sometimes, the emails get buried (and lost) when there is a long list of responses. Second Call will be mailed to you through the regular postal mail no later than April 21.

2.     PSOV Reading at Phoenix Bookstore in Burlington. Contact Nancy Brunelle at vtkrista@aol.com if you are interested in reading your poetry on Saturday, April 19 from 2:00 – 4:00. Thank you, Nancy, for organizing this fun event!

3.     Sonnet Workshop. Marta Finch, award-winning sonneteer, is offering a workshop on sonnets on Saturday, April 26, from 10:00 – 3:00 with lunch break at the Frost House in Shaftsbury. Marta will discuss sonnets, have hand-outs for us, and if you bring a started sonnet, you will have time to work on it. $20 for PSOV members, which you can bring with you or send to me at 197 Higgins Run, Jeffersonville, VT 05464. Please register for the workshop with me at tamrajhiggins@gmail.com. If you mentioned to me at an earlier date that you were tentatively interested, now is the time to let me know your final decision.

Five additional events that might interest you – and a poetry quote:

4.     UVM Professor Emeritus Mary Jane Dickerson will be reading her work this Friday at 5:30 in Montpelier at the Governor’s Gallery, 109 State St. 5th floor. This is part of a reception for artist Dianne Shullenberger whose work will be on display there from April 4 to June 27. See attached flyer for additional details.

5.     POETRY FEST AT PHOENIX BOOKS BURLINGTON: An Evening with Local Poets in Honor of National Poetry Month On Thursday, April 10th at 7pm, Phoenix Books Burlington will host a poetry extravaganza in celebration of National Poetry Month.  The evening will feature readings by Vermont poets Leland Kinsey, Daniel Lusk, Kerrin McCadden, and Angela Patten. For more information, visithttp://www.phoenixbooks.biz/events.

6.     Call for poetry manuscripts from Westphalia Press. See attached flyer.

7.     Poetry Readings by Tamra Higgins and Sydney Lea on Saturday, April 12, Jeffersonville. Live music provided by Dale and Darcy Cahill and catered desserts. $5.00 suggested donation per person. Venue: Visions of Vermont Fine Art Gallery, Main St. Jeffersonville. 7:00. Hosted by Sundog Poetry Center, Inc.

8.     Opening Reception for an art show at Burlington City Arts, April 24 from 5:30  - 8:00. All work displayed was created in response to the poetry found in Daniel Lusk’s book, KIN.  

Poetry Quote of the Newsletter, submitted by Deb Chadwick (thank you, Deb!):

“Poetry releases one’s self in the full swing of emotional freedom; to heal, forgive, remember or give metaphor to the otherwise indescribable.” Peggy Sapphire, VT poet and author.

March 2014 Newsletter

I would like to take this opportunity to recognize some extraordinarily dedicated PSOV members:


The Co-Editors of The Mountain Troubadour have been hard at work over the past few months putting together what is sure to be an excellent issue. Thank you, Jane Wollmar and Marta Finch, for your time, dedication, and persistence in keeping the production on-track and of high quality. Linda Tyler also has been working hard in laying out the publication and making sure that each page as well as the covers are as close to perfection as possible.


Thank you to The Mountain Troubadour Editorial Board: Susanne London, Regina Murray Brault, Carol Milkuhn, and to our Guest Board Members: Phyllis Katz and David Stauffer. We have had a record number of submissions this year and careful reading and feedback takes much time and work. Your time and commitment is much appreciated.


Thank you to Carol Milkuhn who has updated our Index of The Mountain Troubadour. This is a list arranged alphabetically by PSOV member name. With each member’s name are the poems that the member has had published in The Mountain Troubadour. This list is important to keep up for the archives and makes searching for a person’s poetry much easier.


In other news:


PSOV Members are invited to read at Phoenix Bookstore in Burlington on Saturday, April 19 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.  In order to get on the roster, please register with Nancy Brunelle at vtkrista@aol.com. If you do not have email, you may reach her at 802 – 893 – 0566. Thank you, Nancy, for organizing this event again this year. Last year the event was well attended and a lot of fun. Each member who reads gets 3 – 5 minutes, which is enough time to read a few poems. After everyone has had a turn and if it’s not yet 4:00, we can continue with an “open mic” session, so you may have the chance to read more than once.


Our PSOV Librarian, Marshall Witten continues to update our records of publications. As your work is published in 2014 (or if you’ve had poetry published in 2013), please send him information about it. Include title of poem(s) and/or book, place of publication, volume number, publisher, etc. Send it via email or postal mail to:wittenmarshall@ gmail.com and his mailing address is Marshall Witten,2005 Trumbull Hill Rd., Shaftsbury, VT 05262.


Hope to see you on May 3!


Tamra J. Higgins, 

President, Poetry Society of Vermont

February 2014
1.     PSOV Mailing List –There have been more and more members asking if we could share the PSOV mailing list among the membership. All of the requests have been reasonable (for announcements of member’s new books, to share readings and events, etc.). Although I have been hesitant to share PSOV contact information, I feel that sharing it would facilitate communication among the membership and allow members in the same geographic area to contact each other, attend poetry events together and perhaps even form some groups together. Therefore, if you would NOT like me to share contact information with ONLY PSOV members, please email or call me by February 15. My email is tamrajhiggins@gmail.com and my phone number is 802.598.0340. Again, we would be sharing contact information with ONLY PSOV members.

2.     Historian/Archivist – PSOV member, Carole Minke, has generously volunteered to be our Historian/Archivist. As you will see by the short bio below, she will be a terrific asset to the board! 


Carole K. Minke was born and raised in Bennington, Vermont, which her family helped settle. A graduate of Barnard College, she studied Russian Language and Literature at UC Berkeley before returning to her first love, poetry. She received a MA from Portland State University and taught at Community College of Vermont, Burlington College, and Landmark College in Putney. An interest in genealogy led her back to the Bennington Museum, where she worked as a teacher in the Education Department. Library positions at Middlebury College and Norwich University’s Brattleboro site as well as volunteer work at the Martha Canfield’s Genealogy Library in Arlington have helped her develop skills as an archivist. Last summer the curator of the Russell Collection received boxes of original Dorothy Canfield Fisher material, including photographs of family and unpublished letters as well as sketches. Carole is hoping to discover more treasure for PSOV!


3.     Phoenix Bookstore Reading – PSOV members are invited to read at the Phoenix Bookstore in Burlington on Saturday, April 19 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. In order to get on the roster, please register with Nancy Brunelle at vtkrista@aol.com. Thank you, Nancy, for organizing this event again this year.

4.     PoemTown – The town of Randolph is hosting a celebration of poetry inspired by Montpelier’s PoemCity. They have extended their original deadline so you may now submit poems by February 15. The best of the submitted poems will be displayed in the front windows or main entrance doors of businesses, churches, and nonprofit organizations in Randolph and its villages throughout National Poetry Month in April. The PoemTown celebration will also include several live poetry events, held at various venues in April, some of which will offer opportunities for Vermont poets to read one of their own poems. Attached you will find a flyer with more details.

5.     Art Show to Celebrate National Poetry Month -- In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, Burlington City Arts, and Sundog Poetry Center, LLC are co-sponsoring the First Annual Juried Art Show inspired by a Vermont poet, which will open Thursday, April 24 at Burlington City Arts Center. Registration and entry are now open. This inaugural event invites local visual artists to bring their unique interpretation to poetry from KIN, the newest book by celebrated Vermont poet Daniel Lusk. Artists may render their vision in the medium of their choice inspired by an individual poem from KIN. To register and pay online, visit www.windridgebooksofvermont.com or contact Lin or Kim at Wind Ridge Books VT at 985-3091.For more information and entry guidelines, visit www.sundogpoetry.com.   

6.     Information from PSOV Webmaster, Linda Tyler –Please be advised that Microsoft word on the newer Mac computers (2010 and newer) uses a default font called Cambria.  For some reason, many Windows computers cannot read that font and it does crazy things!  Linda urges anyone using a newer version of Microsoft Word on an Apple Computer to change the default font as follows.

1.     Open Word

2.     Click on the Format menu

3.     Select Font at the top

4.     Select Times New Roman or another font of your choice

5.     Scroll down to the very bottom of the screen. You will see on the bottom left the Default button. Click “Default” and Voilà!

            Thank you, Linda, for bringing this to our attention.


7.     Poetry Quotes of the Newsletter – pointed out by both Susan Turner and Jane Wollmar (independent of each other):  "Like a piece of ice on a hot stove, the poem must ride on its own melting.”                                                                     --Robert Frost


            And from Sally Ann Reisner –

             "Poetry is halfway between prose and music: it is sometimes like an intimate        conversation, in words and phrases which need not be fully uttered, and sometimes like    dancing and wordless music.”                                     --Gilbert Highlet


      If you come across a poetry quote or a bit of poetry wisdom that you’d like to  share with our membership, please email it to me at tamrajhiggins.com or mail it to me at Tamra Higgins, 197 Higgins Run, Jeffersonville, VT 05464.


Tamra J. Higgins

President, Poetry Society of Vermont