Summer Poems

To see the Summer Sky
Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie--
True Poems flee–

By Emily Dickinson

July 22, ten days remain for members to finish and submit poems to the PSOV 2024 Summer Contests (deadline July 31st.) In the meantime, we haven’t much Vermont poetry news to share. So here is a suggestion, sign up for George Bilgere’s new free poetry newsletter, Poetry Town where he sends you a daily email of a selected poem and a brief comment/observation about the poem.

Poetry Town “Summer Kitchen” by Donald Hall

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Technology Updates

Online Payments & Membership Renewal Dates

We’ve updated the PSOV Website to include online payments for Memberships (you can find the link to “Become a Member” under the Membership Menu above) and Donations (a link to “Make a Donation” can be found in the About Menu.) Next year, we will add the option to purchase copies of The Mountain Troubadour.

This new online system will accept credit cards and paypal payments, as well as “send a check” where members can sign up and their application will be on hold until a check has been received by the PSOV Membership Chair. This new ecommerce system costs less for PSOV to operate and does not require users to create an account to make a purchase like Submittable does. We hope you find this change easier to use, and while we prefer you use the new online payments, we will also accept donations and membership applications through the US postal service.

In addition to the online payments, technology has allowed us to make a change in the way we manage the annual membership renewals dates. We are changing from a January 1st renewal to the date you signed up or renewed your membership the previous year. For instance, if you signed up or renewed your membership on June 3, 2024 your next renewal date for 2025 will be June 3, 2025, no longer each January. On the first of each month the PSOV Membership Chair will be sending out reminders to everyone whose membership is due that month. We hope this change makes it easier for us all in managing memberships.

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A Few Words About The Peach Award

by Carol Milkuhn

Again, the days I spend doing research in Barre can have surprising results. Last summer I came across an article on the life of Arthur Wallace Peach, the first President of the PSOV. Written by Charles Morrissey for the Vermont Sunday Rutland Herald-Times Argus in 1986, the article focused on Peach’s legacy—a legacy we commemorate with the Arthur Wallace Peach award. 

The Arthur Wallace Peach award is our oldest, established in 1949 by another PSOV Charter member, Helen Hartness Flanders. Originally given to elementary school children in rural areas, the award has evolved, reflecting changes in the PSOV—specifically the founding of The Troubadour as poetry magazine in 1956. Now the Peach award is one of two Troubadour awards, awards given each year for poems published in the previous issue of The Troubadour.

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Summer Contests & Troubadour Awards

We are excited to share the list of exceptional judges for the PSOV 2024 Summer Contests and Troubadour Awards. The submissions for the seven Summer Contests are now open and free for PSOV Members. The deadline is midnight July 31st. Go to this link Summer Contests Guidelines & Instructions to submit your poems.

Judges for the Summer Contests:

James Crew   Laura J. Spooner Memorial Contest
Karin Gottshall   Carol and Arnold Abelson Award  
April Ossmann   J. Richard Barry Memorial Award    
Dianalee Velie  Mary Margaret Audette Award
Geof Hewitt   Marian Gleason Memorial Award
Bianca Stone    Goldstein Memorial Award
Nancy Richardson   Chris White Memorial Award

Judges for the Troubadour Awards:

James Morehead  Corinne Eastman Davis Memorial Award
Sean Prentiss    Arthur Wallace Peach Memorial Award
Troubadour Book Launch Party 2024

Troubadour Launch 2024

a reflection

On June 9, the Poetry Society of Vermont held its first-ever book launch to celebrate the publication of the 2024 Mountain Troubadour. More than 30 poetry-lovers–members and friends alike–joined us at Lawson’s Finest Liquids taproom in Waitsfield, VT to hear nine of this year’s published poets read their work and to toast the accomplishments of our many talented members. 

With myself as new editor of the journal and almost all of the PSOV’s Executive Council being new this year, it’s been a learning and growing year for us all. We’re working out the kinks and are confident next year’s journal and launch will be even better/smoother. While we did not receive the grant we applied for that would have allowed us to pay for a private space for the launch, we did our best with the free venue, which was still open to the public. It’s a beautiful, welcoming space that accommodated our large, enthusiastic group, though may have been a little noisy and hard to hear for some. Next year, we hope to have the funds to reserve a private space for our second annual book launch.

It was a joy to put together this year’s journal and learn along the way. I very much enjoyed getting to put faces to names of so many poets whose work I had read over and over at the launch. I look forward to reading the 2025 submissions next year and continuing to engage with wonderful poets from all over Vermont and beyond. I hope to see many of you at our summer fest on August 10.

We’re still in the process of mailing copies of the journal to members, so, if you haven’t picked yours up yet, it’ll be in your mailbox soon! 

With gratitude,

Erika Nichols-Frazer

Editor, The Mountain Troubadour

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New Hampshire Poetry Society submissions

Neighbor’s Call for Art & Poetry

The Poetry Society of Vermont is happy to share our neighboring poetry society’s call for poetry and art for their journal, Touchstone. Non-members of the Poetry Society of New Hampshire may submit for a small fee.

Go here to submit: https://poetrysocietyofnewhampshire.submittable.com/submit

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Bianca Stone Vermont Poet Laureate

VCFA’s annual Postgraduate Writers’ Conference

The following is a special offer to members of the Poetry Society of Vermont from Ellen Lesser Director, Postgraduate Writers’ Conference Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Vermont poets seeking a summer immersion? Bianca Stone, our new state Poet Laureate, has joined the faculty of Vermont College of Fine Arts’ Postgraduate Writers’ Conference, to be held August 3 – 9 on the campus of Champlain College in Burlington. There are still a couple of last spots available in Stone’s small-group Poetry workshop, part of a full Conference program one past participant called “the best week of my writing life.” The Conference, in its 29th year, is designed for experienced and emerging writers with MFAs or equivalent preparation. Visit www.vcfa.edu/pwc for all the details, including the complete roster of faculty in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Email Conference Director, Ellen Lesser, at pg**********@vc**.edu with any questions and to claim your spot. Special $250 tuition discount for PSOV members.