Music and Poetry for the People!

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 Route which 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. 

George Longenecker reading June 2023

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”

Summer Contests Open for Submissions!

Summer Chairs Greensboro Vermont

June 1 to July 1, 2023 11:59pm

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:

    • 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.
    • Judge: Baron Wormser, a former Poet Laureate of Maine.
    • Light or humorous verse, 32 line limit.
    • Judge: April Ossmann, poet and leader of several PSOV workshops.
    • Vermont or country theme, 32 line limit.
    • Judge: Sydney Lea, former Poet Laureate of Vermont.
    • Any theme, 20 line limit.
    • Judge: Angela Patten, author of The Oriole & the Ovenbird, In Praise of Usefulness, Reliquaries and Still Listening
    • Any theme, 40-line limit.
    • Judge: Dianalee Velie, Poet Laureate of Newbury, New Hampshire.
    • Best love poem, 40 line limit.
    • Judge: Nancy Richardson, author of An Everyday Thing and winner of an Indie Award.
    • Theme: science, science fiction or math, 25-line limit.
    • Judge: Neil Shepard , author of How It Is: Selected Poems, (T)ravel UN(T)ravel and founder of the poetry-jazz ensemble POJazz.


Words in the Woods Returns!

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.

Words in the Woods 2023

Pride Poetry

from our friends at Rabbit & Wolf Adventures

June 7th -Kellogg Hubbard Library

Hayes Room 6pm – 8pm

This is a super exciting line-up! Each poet will read for 20 minutes. Please note, there is another event/gathering in the other library space, but I will do my best to have signage leading the way.

— Robyn Joy, Rabbit & Wolf Adventures


Kim Ward
Samn Stockwell (PSOV member)
Judith Chalmer (PSOV 2023 Fall Workshop Leader)
Eve Alexander

Upcoming Events from Rabbit & Wolf:

Rabbit & Wolf’s June 15 reading at The Front with Eva Zimet and the last minute addition of Scudder Parker (Yay! I love this for us!)

Pride Poetry take two at Fox Market and Bar with four more delightfully queer poets (6/16, 7-9pm)


Buffy Aakaash (PSOV Member)
Eva Zimet
Gus Roberson
Jordan Turk


Erika Nichols-Frazer

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 and other online book stores, such as; Amazon and Barnes & Noble. For more information about Erika Nichols-Frazer go to her website.

The Natural Muse: In Among the Trees

with Mary Rose Dougherty

Offered through OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at UVM  -scroll down to find “The Natural Muse: In Among the Trees)

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.

Book Publishing Conversation

with Mary Rose Dougherty


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.

Here is a list of a few upcoming submission opportunities shared by Elizabeth McCarthy: Current Opportunities for Poetry Chapbook Submissions.

Sunday, May 21 4-5:30 on Zoom

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.