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PSOV Membership Payment Due

This is a reminder to pay your Poetry Society of Vermont membership dues by January 1, 2024. If you are not yet a member, please join us and enjoy all of the benefits of being a member of our poetry society. Here is a link to our membership page with details on how to sign up or renew your membership.

  • Annual Membership $36 
  • Annual Student Membership $18
  • To be eligible to receive all advantages of full membership, including poetry submissions, please renew your membership annually by January 1.

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Vermont Writers’ Prize

free to Vermont writers, deadline January 1, 2024

sponsored by Green Mountain Power and Vermont Magazine


We look forward to reading your essay, short story, play or poem. It must be on one central topic – Vermont! Whether it is about its people, its places, its history or its values — the choice is yours!

There will be a winner for prose and a winner for poetry, and each will receive a cash prize of $1,250. The winning pieces will be published in Vermont Magazine.

~Green Mountain Power and Vermont Magazine

Submit your poem by midnight, January 1st here:

Note: This is not a Poetry Society of Vermont contest but we are pleased to share this Vermont supported writing opportunity.

PoemCity 2024

PoemCity 2024

is now open for submissions!

PoemCity 2024 is open for submissions! We decided to open up early this year to give folks plenty of time to get poems in before our deadline of February 7, 2024. We are accepting poems, 24 lines or less, from Vermonters of all ages. Please remember that PoemCity is a public display, so even if we love your colorful language personally, we can’t accept poems with any offensive language or content. Submit your poems here:
We are also accepting submissions for artwork for the cover of the PoemCity 2024 Anthology AND PoemCity calendar listings. We hope to hear from you!


for more information go to or contact Michelle Singer at ms*****@ke************.org

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Musical Figures

poems by Samn Stockwell

From PSOV member and author of the critically-acclaimed books, Theater of Animals and Recital, is a poetry collection in which memory is recollected. With 5 distinct and lucid sections, this poetry book revives the authors’ childhood dreams and nightmares, masterfully penned. Poems in this collection have appeared in Ploughshares, Anomaly Literary Journal, Chaffin Journal, and others.

Musical Figures

ISBN -13: 979-8-9861105-6-1
84 pp., July 28th, 2023
Cover artwork by Knox Peters
Cover design by Josh Dale


“In Samn Stockwell’s collection, Musical Figures, moments of family history are relayed in crisp narratives fueled by lyricism. The combination of storytelling and musical phrasing result in poems both powerful and true. Above all, the voice is captivating: revealing everything in an understated manner, no matter the violence or catastrophe encountered, so that the reader leaves this hard-bitten, hardscrabble life with a sense of optimism and even well-being, as the speaker has remained calm, compassionate and credible, a survivor, and these are the hallmarks of her work.”

—John Skoyles, author of Driven and Yes and No

Continue Reading Musical Figures
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Hard Feelings

Book Review by David (daithi) Hartnett

Hard Feelings by Elizabeth McCarthy (2024) poetry
ISBN: To be released on March 1, 2024
Price: ($15.99 until January 5th) $17.99, 34 pgs

In Elizabeth McCarthy’s new collection, Hard Feelings, the poet is immersed in the natural world that surrounds her. As in her previous collection, Winter Vole, the relationship is one of interdependence. Her capacity to observe, reflect, and validate flora and fauna about her is keen. Wittingly, she extends natural tendencies to her pets, to her family, and to herself.

McCarthy’s humor and irony draw the reader to these poems, as in “Afternoon Nap”, where she and her pets take a rest, but she warns us not to rouse “a room/full of hungry beasts.” In “Carrying Seeds” she is reminding us to “step lightly/and look closely at the seeds/with feathers, and all fallen/ beauty returned to the earth.”

Continue Reading Hard Feelings
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Found in the Archives

Voices of Winter

so much sparrow song
in the shape of bush —
     falling snow

creak of bare limb
against bare limb —
     another raven

pelting sleet —
the only sound
     a “shush-sh-sh”

~ Elizabeth Hazen

Winter Voices is a collection of haiku by former PSOV member Elizabeth Hazen, published in the 2007 Poetry Society of Vermont’s 60th Anniversary Anthology, Brighten the Barn.

~Quoted from Elizabeth Hazen snail mail correspondence with Alan Summers, (October 2013).

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Elizabeth Hazen, Back Roads With a White Cane, Saki Press (2001); Brooks Books Joint Winner, Virgil Hutton Haiku Memorial Award Chapbook Contest 2001-2002

Bianca and George

Final Letter from President Zanella

and Election Results

December 2023

Dear Members of Poetry Society of Vermont,

It’s already come to the time to thank you all for allowing me to serve the Poetry Society of Vermont as your leader for the last two years. I am so thankful for the lessons about what it takes to bring a diverse team of poets together, and how to bring new visions forward. I’ll cherish those poets I wouldn’t have otherwise met and the poems I likely wouldn’t have read, if not for PSOV. 

I look forward to witnessing and continuing to support the evolution of this organization, and I’m proud of how we have grown this last board term. Thank you to those who provided feedback in the membership survey; please know that we are so appreciative of your voice because we’re here to serve you, the poets. I hope this feedback brings to fruition necessary changes and further progress.

I’d like to thank George Longenecker, Carol Milkuhn, Mary Rose Dougherty, Alice Christian, JC Wayne, and Elizabeth McCarthy for their effortful and thoughtful contributions. Finally, I’d like to welcome the new Executive Council, and thank everyone who voted for the amended constitution.

Executive Council 2024-2025 (& Appointed Council Members*):

  • President Robyn Joy
  • Vice President Carol Milkuhn
  • Treasurer: VACANT (Do you want to be part of this crucial team?)
  • Executive Secretary David Hartnett (daithí)
  • Web Manager/Archivist Elizabeth McCarthy
  • *Membership/Subscription Chair: Nathan Ingham-Przybylak
  • *Contest Co-Chairs: Juliana Anderson and Kristine (Kris) Korman
  • *The Mountain Troubadour Editor Erika Nichols-Frazer

Thank you so much for sharing your hearts with every poem you pen.
Keep writing, and remember to renew your memberships for next year.


Bianca Amira Zanella
PSOV President 2022-2023
The Paper Poet, Rutland, VT

P.S. Please stay in touch with me and the work of poetry as a healing tool at

pdf~ Final Letter from President Zanella 2023

Election Results

The Poetry Society of Vermont Executive Council 2024-2025 election results and vote to approve the amendment to the PSOV Constitution are as follows:

Ballot QuestionElected Council MembersTotal # Votes
PresidentRobyn Joy42
Vice PresidentCarol Milkuhn41
TreasurerVACANT(1 write-in declined)
Executive SecretaryDavid Hartnett (daithi)42
Web Manager/ArchivistElizabeth McCarthy40
I approve the amendments to the constitution43421

Thank you for voting!

Poetry Society of Vermont

Executive Council