poem gallery in window at Woodstock Poetry Festival

Woodstock Poetry Festival

reflection

The Poetry Society of Vermont is excited to have had the opportunity to be part of this year’s Woodstock Poetry Festival where several members read their poems on Friday afternoon in The North Chapel, and where board members and member volunteers engaged with festival attendees at the PSOV Table sharing the benefits of joining the Poetry Society of Vermont. The Mountain Troubadour 2024 was a popular item for sale at the table, as well as PSOV member books.

A few PSOV members’ favorite poems were included in the window display at the The North Chapel including; “Divine Sculpture” by Emory Jones, “Bless the Ordinary Life” by Peggy Brightman, and “the soul selects her own society” by Emily Dickinson submitted by Elizabeth McCarthy.

click on images for larger viewing

Tomatoes Poem and Artwork

POETRY TO FEED US

Poetry Society of Vermont member George Longenecker’s poem “Tomatoes” is featured at the Waterbury Common Market, a local food resource for those in need. Longenecker composed the poem at an Embodied Poetry Community Workshop presented by Mary Rose Dougherty as a benefit for the Market. Sara Whitehair, director, was among participants and heartily agreed to exhibit the poem.

logo Waterbury Common Market

For more information on hosting an EPCW, reach Mary Rose at ma***************@gm***.com.

six Italian poets

Distant Lovers an essay

We are please to share Poetry Society of Vermont member Cindy Hill’s essay comparing the gay love sonnets of Henri Cole to similar gay love sonnets written by medieval Italian poets has been published in Unlikely Stories, an online sociopolitical activist journal which has been published since 1998.

Click here to read Cindy’s essay.

header image Six Tuscan Poets (1544). By Giorgio Vasari – Institute of Art Minneapolis Institute of Art

Summer Poetry Contests Rosebud image poster

Summer Poetry Contests

update

The Poetry Society of Vermont is preparing for the Summer Poetry Contests which begin on July 1st and close on July 31st. Contest co-chairs, Kristine Korman and Juliana Anderson have selected outside judges for the seven Summer Contests and the two Troubadour Awards. They have been working with Elizabeth McCarthy, PSOV Web Manager to update the Summer Contests guidelines and submission process which now includes two options for submitting poems; Option #1 PSOV Google Form and Option #2 Sending via Email. The Summer Contest Co-Chairs will send instructions for how to submit your poems soon, they are not accepting poems until July 1st. In the meantime, you can follow the contest guidelines below and begin to prepare your poems for submission.

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. First prize is $50, second prize, $25. Both first and second prize poems will be printed in The Mountain Troubadour.

MARY MARGARET AUDETTE MEMORIAL AWARD. Light or humorous verse, 32 line limit. Prize for the winning poem is $50. Both the Winner and the Honorable mention will be printed in The Mountain Troubadour

J.RICHARD BARRY MEMORIAL AWARD. Vermont or country theme, 32 line limit. Prize for the winning poem is $50. Both the Winner and the Honorable mention will be printed in The Mountain Troubadour

MARIAN GLEASON MEMORIAL AWARD. Any theme, 20 line limit. Prize for the winning poem is $50. Both the Winner and the Honorable mention will be printed in The Mountain Troubadour.

GOLDSTEIN MEMORIAL AWARD. Any theme, 40-line limit. Prize for the winning poem is $50. Both the Winner and the Honorable mention will be printed in The Mountain Troubadour.

LAURA J. SPOONER MEMORIAL AWARD Best love poem, 40 line limit. Prize for the winning poem is $50. Both the Winner and the Honorable mention will be printed in The Troubadour.

CHRIS WHITE MEMORIAL AWARD Theme: science, science fiction or math, 25-line limit. Prize for the winning poem is $50. Both the Winner and the Honorable mention will be printed in The Troubadour.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Membership dues must be paid.
  • One poem per contest.
  • Font 12-pt. Times New Roman.
  • Line count (as specified for each contest above) including:
    • title, any epigraph, and all lines and empty line spaces between lines & stanzas.
  • No previously published poems.
  • Simultaneous Submissions are accepted, notify us immediately if accepted elsewhere.
  • Do not include your name anywhere in the submitted poem document.
  • Submit poems in separate MSWord doc or Google doc files and use poem title as file name.
  • We do not accept AI-generated work.
  • Submissions that do not follow the guidelines and instructions will not be considered.

Please share this update with poet friends and encourage them to consider joining the Poetry Society of Vermont so they too can enter the seven Summer Contests which are free to all PSOV members.

The Pie Poets Reading

new anthology, The Party Cabinet!

We are excited to share PSOV member, Ina Anderson’s announcement of her poetry group, The Pie Poets reading and book launch.

Wednesday,  June 12,  7pm
Seven Stars Arts Center, Sharon VT  ( just off I 89, Exit 2 )

https://www.sevenstarsarts.org

Free admission, refreshments
Anthology for sale (by $15 donation) to benefit Seven Stars

The Pie Poets, who all live around the Upper Valley region of Vermont, have worked together now for over twelve years. Their first collection, Perhaps It Was the Pie, was published in 2014. Their new collection, The Party Cabinet, is the result of close collaboration since then. Already it’s receiving great reviews across the state. Come and enjoy hearing The Pie Poets read from this fine anthology!

The Pie Poest from the Upper Valley region of Vermont
The Pie Poets ~Ina Anderson, Doreen Spencer Ballard, Beverly Breen, Debby Franzoni, Hatsy McGraw

Vermont Writers’ Prize

Congratulations to PSOV member D. Slayton Avery for her poem “At the Fair” winner of the Vermont Writers’ Prize for poetry 2024.

To read Avery’s poem, “At the Fair,” go to Vermont Magazine’s website.

Vermont Writers' Prize At the Fair image
~Kristin Kelly, Green Mountain Power
Do You Believe in Fairies book cover

Accessible Arts & Poetry Audiobook!

Congratulations to PSOV member Ashley Anne Strobridge, first time author and native Central Vermonter with multiple disabilities, for her debut audiobook “Do you Believe in Fairies? Compositions of Truth & Nature in Art & Poetry” for reaching #1 on Libro.fm’s Top 50 Bestselling Poetry Audiobooks.

~ Ashley Anne Strobrige press release https://astrobridge-artistry.com/