Special Notice:

Friday, June 21 at 3:30pm ~ Poetry Society of Vermont Readings

The Woodstock Poetry Festival announced today the complete program for its debut festival to be held in Woodstock, Vermont on June 21 – 22, 2024 in the historic North Chapel.  The festival begins at 1 PM, Friday, June 21, and ends with a reception on Saturday, June 22 at 5PM. All readings on both days are free and open to all. This will be the largest concentration of poetry readings and poetry-related events in Vermont in 2024. The complete program is available on the Festival website; https://sundogpoetry.org/woodstock-poetry-festival.

The Friday program includes five featured poets, readings by members of the Poetry Society of Vermont, workshops, an open mic, and a performance by Los Lorcas

Spring Poem contest Results announcement

2024 Spring Poems~Results

Congratulations to the PSOV poets whose poems were selected as the top ten 2024 Spring Poems. There were a total of 43 poems submitted, a record number for the Spring or Fall Poem Submissions. The variety of writing styles and poetic forms were quite exciting to explore as PSOV members deliberated on and accepted the difficult task of voting for their top ten favorite poems. The following ten Spring Poems will be published in the 2025 Mountain Troubadour. 

Results of the 2024 Spring Poem Members’ Choice Voting:

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Poetry Society of Vermont’s Spring Workshop 2024

a reflection by Kristine Korman

The Poetry Society of Vermont met in the Waitsfield Community Room on Saturday, May 11th for the PSOV 2024 Spring Workshop from 10am to 3pm. With coffee wafting through the air, cookies of every type piled high,  we welcomed our facilitator, Geof Hewitt to our group of approximately 25 poets. Poems had been submitted prior to our workshop giving Geof and PSOV members the opportunity to read and comment on the writing.

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Book Launch!

The Mountain Troubadour 2024

When: June 9th 12pm – 2pm

Where: Lawson’s Finest Liquids Taproom, Waitsfield, Vermont

The Poetry Society of Vermont is thrilled to invite you to celebrate the launch of the 2024 issue of The Mountain Troubadour! Listen to readings from some of the published poets and connect over poetry at Lawson’s Finest Liquids taproom in Waitsfield on Sunday, June 9, from 12-2. Cash bar and food available to order. We hope you can join us in celebration of poetry and the many talented poets who are members of PSOV. The event is free and open to all. Each PSOV member will receive a copy of the journal and additional copies will be available to purchase for $15 at the event. We hope to see you there!

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PSOV Online Poems

Long Listed Poems 

from the 2024 Mountain Troubador General Submissions

The PSOV website has a new feature for online publication of member poems, including the Long Listed Poems from The Mountain Troubadour 2024 general submissions. Last week we posted six of those member poems, this week we are happy to share the final 2024 Mountain Troubador Long Listed Poems for online publication.

Click on the titles below to read the final Long Listed Poems 2024.

Quiet Knowing

by Anna Jennings

Three Horses

by Elaine Pentaleri

Summer in April

by Buffy Aakaash 


by Sean Dunn

For My Sister

by Maggie Eaton


by David Mook

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PSOV Member Poems

Long Listed Poems from the 2024 Mountain Troubador General Submissions

As the new editor of The Mountain Troubadour, I certainly had my work cut out for me selecting poems for this year’s print issue! We received so many strong submissions and unfortunately just didn’t have room to print them all, which is why, for the first time, we have decided to publish some of these poems online. With a print journal, there is limited space and we simply cannot include every deserving poem, so I wanted to share with you some of my favorites that, for one reason or another, didn’t quite fit this year’s print issue but are well worth reading nonetheless. A lot goes into selecting poems for a journal, including considerations for space, how many poems have been selected by a single author, themes and styles, and so on. I am pleased to share with you some of the Long Listed Poems, my favorites that ended up on the chopping block of the print journal, which is not necessarily a reflection of their quality.

One of my goals is to share more PSOV members’ voices and provide space for more poems, so we have added the online portion of the print journal that is integral to who we are as the PSOV. You can find the online poems by hovering over The Mountain Troubadour in the top menu of the website and clicking on Featured Poems and Long Listed Poems. You can also find online poems by clicking on the word Poems in the word cloud on the right column of the website. This should allow you to enjoy more poems by PSOV members and offer more opportunities to share your work. I am so grateful for everyone who submitted their poems this year!

Click on the titles below to read six of the 2024 Long Listed Poems. We will be posting six more Long Listed Poems next week.

War Madonna BCE

by Wilma Ann Johnson

What Remains

by Kathryn Bonnez

My Woods

by Julia Fonte

What Music Do We Hear?

by Nancy Gordon

Melting Away

by Matthew Dickerson

Yours in poetry,

Erika Nichols-Frazer

Editor, The Mountain Troubadour

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The 2nd Camden Festival Of Poetry

A special announcement from PSOV member, John Paul Caponigro!

May 17-18

Camden, Maine

Pádraig Ó Tuama, Irish poet, peace activist, and host of the popular poetry podcast Poetry Unbound, will keynote this event on the glorious coast of Maine featuring craft seminars, poet readings, and book signings. Admission is free and open to the public. Bring your friends! Register here – https://www.thepoetscorner.org/festival

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Vermont Poet Laureate

Congratulations to the new Vermont Poet Laureate, Bianca Stone!

Vermont has a rich poetic tradition and throughout its history has produced numerous nationally recognized poets, so stated the 77th Governor of Vermont Madeleine Kunin by Executive Order in 1988 establishing the position of Vermont Poet Laureate. Kunin re-established the position, which was first held by Robert Frost in 1961.

~ Vermont Arts Council