Composer-pianist David Freuzeig brought his 33rd Play Every Town: 251 252 Community Concerts for a Cooler Climate to Middlesex on Friday, June 2nd. On the spur of the moment, George Longenecker (Exec Secretary and Past President of PSOV) was invited to join Freuzeig on stage for an improv reading of two poems from his book, Star Routewhich he happened to have copies of in his car. George read, “It Doesn’t Matter Much on Jupiter” and “Distorted Glass” as Freuzieg accompanied him on a 1908 piano to an audience on The Green at Camp Meade.
You wake me to see Jupiter, so bright, aligned with four more planets. Saturn, Mars Venus and Mercury. When the moon sets, those other worlds glow. All night barred owls call back and forth from palms and pines
first stanza from “It Doesn’t Matter Much on Jupiter”
The Poetry Society of Vermont is pleased to announce that the 2023 Summer Contests are now open to members of PSOV. Contest Chair, Juliana Anderson and Vice President, Carol Milkuhn, have arranged an impressive collection of judges for each of the seven summer contests. Anderson and Milkuhn will be accepting and organizing member submissions for specific contests then forwarding them along to the judges which are listed below. The 2023 Summer Contest Submission Guidelines can be downloaded from here and found above in the main menu.
Judges for the 2023 Summer Contests:
CAROL AND ARNOLD ABELSON AWARD
An event or place that fosters opposition, controversy, and/or social change. The event can be historical or reflect a current political situation. 40 line limit.
The Vermont Humanities Council will once again offer in-person, in-nature poetry at state parks across Vermont. Joining this year’s poets to Words in the Woods are Poetry Society of Vermont members; Linda Quinlan (July 15th at Elmore State Park, Elmore, VT) and Geza Tatrallyay (August 27th at Silver Lake State Park, Barnard, VT) All events begin at 11:00 a.m. and are free to the public.
Nichols-Frazer’s new poetry collection, Staring Too Closely will be released in August 2023 by The Main Street Rag and is currently available for pre-order on their website.
Nichols-Frazer, by celebrating our full human experience, reminds us that even grief can be “a rudder slicing through the murk.” ~AE Hines
Erika’s memoir, Feed Me, was published in December 2022 by Casper Press and is available on Bookshop.org and other online book stores, such as; Amazon and Barnes & Noble. For more information about Erika Nichols-Frazer go to her website.
Thursday, June 22, 10:30 am-noon ET Member of OLLI: $15 – Non-Member: $30 We’ll gather to share and discuss poems of well-known writers such as Rumi, Joy Harjo, John Muir, Wendy Lewis, Octavio Paz, and others, looking at their subject matter as well as how the poems are shaped. How might these poems help us to forge a relationship between ourselves and trees, and with nature in general? Participants will be invited to respond in writing and share what they’ve written. Prior to writing, be prepared for a brief but essential pause for a quiet walkabout. Bring your camp chair if you wish. Held in Jericho.
We had a lively and informative conversation with a panel of five published poets–George Longenecker, Elizabeth McCarthy, Carol Milkuhn, Erika Nichols-Frazer and Geza Tatrallyay. To learn more about their books, go to the member publications link. To be in contact with panelists email Mary Rose Dougherty at troubadour editor.
We’ll have a panel of PSOV members who have published their books. Our panelists will share their experiences to help you plan your next steps toward this milestone, should you desire. Please note: we won’t consider self-publication at this event. Members are invited to attend; bring your questions for our panel. What are the ins and outs of publishing beyond having an incredible manuscript of poems that you’ve been publishing in magazines over the years? Come join us to learn more!
Please RSVP by Monday, May 15th to troubadour editor using the following subject line: Book Publishing Conversation.