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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/

Memorial Celebration ~Vermont Poet

Phyllis Rachel Larrabee

PSOV member, Frederick Sawyer asked that we share the following events in celebration of his mother, playwright and poet, Phyllis Rachel Larrabee who was born on September 30, 1938, in Newark, N.J. and lived in Vermont from July 1975 until her death on April 7, 2021.

Unitarian Church, Montpelier, Vermont:

June 21, 5pm Readings of Plays & Poetry

June 22, 9am Community Poetry Reading, 2pm Music & Spoken Word and more poetry until 5pm

Green Mount Cemetery:

June 23, 11am Headstone Unveiling and Poetry Readings (if weather cooperates)

Beginning at 5pm on Friday there will be readings of some of Phyllis’s plays and from her more than 40 collections of poetry at the Unitarian Church in Montpelier, Vermont. Also at the Unitarian Church on Saturday, June 22nd, there will be a community reading of Phyllis’s poetry starting at 9am, and at 2pm Michael Arnowitt will perform and play music while his wife Therisa does spoken word with some of Phyllis’ poetry. Sunday, June 23rd there will be a headstone unveiling ceremony at Green Mount Cemetery, with readings of her poetry if the weather cooperates.

Gina Jenkins will be showing a collage exhibit works inspired by and along with Phyllis’ poetry during the event, an exhibit that was held at the Saint John in the Mountains Episcopal Church last September and October. https://stjohnsinthemountains.org/visual-and-performing-arts

Phyllis Rachel Larrabee, poet, playright, storyteller, feminist and grandmother, was the first recipient of the Grace Paley Scholarship Fund for Vermont Writers, offered by the Vermont Local of the National Writers Union in recognition of her work, specifically her new book of poetry, Shoveler on the Roof.

Over nearly 50 years, Phyllis lived in Rochester, Burlington, Calais, Plainfield, Woodbury, Greensboro and Montpelier, Vermont. At 82, she no longer shoveled snow off her roof.

~ https://phillabee.wordpress.com/about/
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for questions, contact PSOV member, Frederick Sawyer at the Phyllis Rachel Larrabee Foundation

Reminder~ Upcoming Events!

Don’t miss the upcoming Poetry Society of Vermont events and readings on June 9th and 21st.

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Book Launch Party!

June 9th 12-2pm at Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Waitsfield, Vermont. Poetry Society of Vermont members will be there to read and celebrate the publication of The Mountain Troubadour 2024.

for questions contact Erika Nichols-Frazer, Editor of The Mountain Troubadour.

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Woodstock Poetry Festival!

June 21-22, at The North Chapel, Woodstock VT.

  • The PSOV member readings will take place in the sanctuary on Friday, June 21st at 3:30pm.
  • PSOV will have a table in the Parlor of the North Chapel throughout the festival to talk about membership, sell Troubadours and PSOV member books.
  • Yankee Bookshop and Sundog will have tables in the Parlor for Woodstock Poetry Festival featured poets book sales and signings.
  • The festival hours/schedule can be seen here: https://sundogpoetry.org/woodstock-poetry-festival/schedule.

for questions about the Poetry Society of Vermont schedule, contact Joy, President of Poetry Society of Vermont

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2024 Words in the Woods

Venture into the woods this summer and listen to: Elizabeth Powell, Ellen “LN” Bethea, Verandah Porche, Alison Prine, and Major Jackson.

This year, we look forward to joining five Vermont poets in-person at different Vermont State Parks. Join us in celebrating our 50th anniversary and the 100th anniversary of Vermont State Parks by registering for a program today! Vermont Humanities will cover park entries for the program so be sure to enjoy the day at the park.

~ Vermont Humanities
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WOODSTOCK POETRY FESTIVAL Program

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

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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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