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PSOV Spring Workshop/Contest

First Call to: Sign up and Submit a poem!

Please note: you don’t have to attend the workshop to submit a poem for consideration in the contest, nor do you have to submit a poem to attend the workshop. Be sure to follow the steps 1 & 2 below.

1. Spring Workshop: May 11, 2024

This year’s Spring Workshop will be held at The Village Meeting House, Waitsfield, Vermont and led by guest poet, Geof Hewitt, Slam Poet Laureate of Vermont, poet, teacher, trainer, and writer. Prior to the workshop, members can submit one poem for critique or reading. The poem submitted will also be considered in the PSOV Spring Poem Contest, see 2. Spring Poem Contest below, in May members will vote for their top ten poems. The ranked choice results will be published in next year’s publication of The Mountain Troubadour.

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Visiting the Archives

As the new PSOV Archivist, it was with great pleasure (and fun) to meet with Carol Milkuhn, former PSOV Vice President and long time PSOV Archivist and Maggie Eaton our new PSOV Vice President, this past Wednesday at the Vermont History Center in Barre, Vermont. The PSOV Archives are housed in a collection at the Vermont History Center which contain the complete records (or as best we can say, Carol mentioned a fire in a board members car where boxes of records were lost) of the Poetry Society of Vermont from its origin in 1947 to today. The collection was first given to the Vermont Historical Society in December 2005. Carol has tirelessly kept this collection up to date where the history of our poetry society can be visited and seen through old photographs, newpaper articles, lists of members, index of poetry contest winners, notes from board members, minutes of meetings, announcements of galas, and much more.

While Carol has stepped down from her VP and Archivist duties, we are pleased to know that she will continue to keep PSOV history alive with featured articles about the Poetry Society of Vermont that will be posted to our website and poetry news post. Carol is also an active member of the PSOV Editorial Board.

here is an index of the Poetry Society of Vermont Archival Records at the Vermont History Center in Barre.

Elizabeth McCarthy

PSOV Web Manager/Archivist

Emerging Poet

 Join us as we congratulate Greer Kennedy, St. Johnsbury Academy for her winning poetry performance at the 2024 Vermont Poetry Out Loud Contest! In honor of this accomplishment, the Poetry Society of Vermont has awarded Greer Kennedy the Emerging Poet Membership, granting her full membership to our poetry society for 2024. Please welcome Greer Kennedy to our poetry society!

Greer Kennedy, a senior at St. Johnsbury Academy, enjoys classical music and nordic skiing. She’s played the viola her whole life, and has loved poems by Shell Silverstein for just as long. On rainy days, she likes to read a good book – or write poetry – with some hot cocoa and her cat. Greer’s favorite part of Poetry Out Loud has been getting to truly know other poets through the nuances and inflections in their delivery. Next year, she plans to study mathematics, play in her university’s orchestra, and of course, keep doing poetry. 

Here is a video by Media Factory where you can watch Greer read her selected poems at the Poetry Out Loud Finals on March 14th at the Flynn Space.

  • Life Cycle of Common Man by Howard Nemerov
  • Dirge Without Music by Edna St. Vincent Millay
  • Mezzo Cammin by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
William Shakespeare Birthday Poster

Poetry in Castleton

PSOV member Professor Emerita Joyce Thomas has kindly shared the following poetry events to be held in Castleton, Vermont. These are two events you won’t want to miss.

April 16th 6:30 pm members of the Castleton Community Center Writers Workshop will give a poetry reading of their own poems at Castleton Free Library. The workshop is facilitated by Professor Emerita Joyce Thomas.

April 23rd 6:30 pm Castleton Free Library will host a birthday celebration for Will Shakespeare with members of the community sharing a favorite poem by any writer.

Robert Frost: Our Poet for All Seasons

PSOV is pleased to share this special online event on Monday, April 15th 6pm to 7pm ET for a National Poetry Month conversation about the beauty , wisdom, and hidden depths of three beloved Frost poems… This free event is sponsored by the Library of America with former U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith and Jay Parini, Vermont poet, biographer, and author of the just published Robert Frost: Sixteen Poems to Learn by Heart.

Link to Event Sign Up

Image of Robert Frost and sign up for online event

Library of Congress Special Event

Library, Poet Laureate, Ada Limón to Launch Mary Oliver Memorial Event in National Poetry Month
Mary Oliver Papers, Fund for New Event Series Recently Gifted to Library  

NEWS: The extensive papers of Mary Oliver, one of America’s most acclaimed and widely read poets, are now part of the Library due to the generosity of Bill and Amalie Reichblum. The Reichblums have also created the Mary Oliver Memorial Event Fund for Emerging Poets. http://go.loc.gov/1ChE50R5UCb

~ The Library of Congress

Watch the special event live or later on Youtube.

~ will stream live April 4th at 7pm ET