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Words Out Loud

Art at the Kent~ Sundays @3pm

“Words Out Loud: Poetry, Place, and the Passage of Time” will offer a poetry series of readings by Vermont poets. Dates include;

September 17: Sean Prentiss and PSOV member, Scudder Parker

September 24: Sarah Audsley and Nadine Budbill

October 1: Nadell Fishman and Sydney Lea.

Scudder Parker reading from “Safe as Lightening” (video by rootstockpublishing.com)

For more about Words Out Loud go to: https://www.kentscorner.org/2023-readings

Queer Poetry Night Open Mic


an important note from member Robyn Joy…

Oh gosh, you won’t hear from me again in this format for a few weeks, promise, but I am too excited not to tell you:


has officially been rescheduled!!!

Fox Market

Saturday, 9/16 ~7pm-9pm

You’re all the best.

wait, there is more….

Mabon/Autumn Equinox Open Mic

Friday, September 22 @6pm – 7:30pm

Skinny Pancake

89 Main Street, Montpelier

Rabbit&Wolf Adventures

c/o Robyn Joy

Montpelier, VT05602

Vermont Summer Chairs

Summer Contest Results

Thank you for participating in the 2023 Summer Contests sponsored by the Poetry Society of Vermont. This year we received 180 entries, a record number. Many of our judges remarked on the quality of the poetry and the difficulty of selecting winners. The winning poems are listed below, along with the names of the poets. Also included are the winners of the Davis and Peach awards; these awards are given for the best poem in the current issue of The Mountain Troubadour.

Yours in Poetry,
Juliana Anderson, Contest Co-Chair
Carol Milkuhn, PSOV Vice President

Carol and Arnold Abelson Award
Judge: Baron Wormser
Winner: The Sparrows of Mariupol by Philip Coleman
Second Place: Judged by Judith Janoo

Mary Margaret Audette Memorial Award
Judge: April Ossmann
Winner: Word Salad by Matthew Dickerson
Honorable Mention: Eve Sues Apple for Trademark Infringement by Sarah Snyder

J. Richard Barry Memorial Award
Judge: Sydney Lea
Winner: This Poem Wants a Home by Sarah Snyder
Honorable Mention: The Black Van by Judith Janoo

Marian Gleason Memorial Award
Judge: Angela Patten
Winner: The One at the Wheel by Mary Donnelly
Honorable Mention: Gambling by Cindy Hill

Goldstein Memorial Award
Judge: Dianalee Velie
Winner: Liberty New York 1977 by Cindy Hill
Honorable Mention: Fran’s Hands by Mary Donnelly

Laura J. Spooner Memorial Award
Judge: Nancy Richardson
Winner: Spring by Ann Cooper
Honorable Mention: Still There by Sarah Snyder

Chris White Memorial Award
Judge: Neil Shephard
Winner: The Biopsy by Cindy Hill
Honorable Mention: Wanting to Defy Gravity by Sarah Snyder

The Corinne Eastman Davis Award and the Arthur Wallace Peach Memorial Award are given for the best poem in the current issue of The Mountain Troubadour. Click on the links to read the winning poems.

Corinne Eastman Davis Award
Judge: Joan Aleshire
Winner: Fox by Scudder Parker

Arthur Wallace Peach Memorial Award
Judge: Bianca Stone
Winner: the story I’m telling myself is . . . . by Bianca Amira Zanella

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Sundog Poetry Book Award

Call for Submissions

The 2023 Sundog Poetry Book Award for a first or second book of poetry is now open for submissions to any poet residing in Vermont. Manuscripts should be between 48 and 64 pages long.

The winning manuscript will be published with our partners at Green Writers Press. The winning poet will receive 50 copies of the book, a cash prize, and promotional support through a book launch event.  

For more details click here: https://sundogpoetry.org/book-award

Nominations for Vermont Poet Laureate

The Vermont Arts Council along with its partners, Vermont HumanitiesPoetry Society of Vermont and Sundog Poetry invite you to submit nominations for the appointment of a new Vermont Poet Laureate. 

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Vermont Arts Council

Nomination Deadline: Oct. 30, 2023

For more information about the Vermont Poet Laureate position, criteria and selection process, and the online nomination form, visit the Vermont Poet Laureate webpage.

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