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PSOV Spring Workshop/Contest

First Call to: Sign up and Submit a poem!

Please note: you don’t have to attend the workshop to submit a poem for consideration in the contest, nor do you have to submit a poem to attend the workshop. Be sure to follow the steps 1 & 2 below.

1. Spring Workshop: May 11, 2024

This year’s Spring Workshop will be held at The Village Meeting House, Waitsfield, Vermont and led by guest poet, Geof Hewitt, Slam Poet Laureate of Vermont, poet, teacher, trainer, and writer. Prior to the workshop, members can submit one poem for critique or reading. The poem submitted will also be considered in the PSOV Spring Poem Contest, see 2. Spring Poem Contest below, in May members will vote for their top ten poems. The ranked choice results will be published in next year’s publication of The Mountain Troubadour.

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Results of Fall Workshop 2024

The Results Are In!

Below are the winning poems from the 2023 Fall Workshop as voted on by PSOV members.

#1:  Downstream by George Longenecker

#2:  Ray by David Hartnett

#3: The End of Infinity by S. J. Cahill

#4:  Speak! by Janet Sarah Schneider

#5:  Zoo by Kristine Korman

#6:  An exercise in trying not to cry by Erika Nichols-Frazer

#7:  In the Wake by Julie Fonte

#8:  At the end of a cruel summer by Katie Golden

#9:  The Glinting Month by Caitlin Gildrien

#10:  Mountain Fog by Ann Day

Congratulations to the authors of the top ten poems from the Fall Workshop! These poems will be published in the 2024 Mountain Troubadour. If you would like to make revisions to your poems before publishing, send them to the Editor of The Mountain Troubadour before January 1st and enter “Fall Poem Revision” in the subject line of your email.

Poster a five-week intensive series on the life and work of Galway Kinnell, led by Major Jackson

Community of Writers Event

That Poetry, By Which I Lived, a Short Course on the Poetry of Galway Kinnell

The Vermont Arts Council is proud to support a new online Short Course celebrating the life and work of Vermont poet Galway Kinnell. Join poet Major Jackson online for five evening sessions: Tuesdays and Thursdays, November 30 to December 14. With support from former students, colleagues and friends of Kinnell’s including the poets Sharon Olds, Nick Flynn, Robert Hass and Toi Dericotte, Jackson will guide participants through the former Vermont State Poet Laureate’s vast catalog of poems spanning more than thirty years of work. Financial aid is available.
Learn more and register at Community of Writers.

Note: This is not a Poetry Society of Vermont course but we are pleased to share events supported by the Vermont Arts Council and this course which focuses on the poetry of former Vermont Poet Laureate Galway Kinnell.

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Onion River Workshop

in-person classes out of Karma Birdhouse in Burlington, VT

Onion River Workshop is a new endeavor through Onion River Press (affiliated with Phoenix Books) offering in-person writing classes in Burlington, Vermont. These classes cover poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, and they range from more focused master classes to longer 5-week workshops where participants can meet a new community of writers while honing their craft. 

Here’s our website with more info about our latest offerings, including a free master class this Saturday, November 4th from 1-3, on story structure:

Our goal is to foster the writing talent of Vermont while also delivering practical information about craft and the larger publishing industry.

Thank you so much!
Rachel Carter
Director, Onion River Workshop

Note: these are not a Poetry Society of Vermont workshops but we are happy to share this announcement for our friends at Onion River Press.

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I am not the poet, I am the poem

writing workshop with Karen Morris

award-winning poet and psychoanalyst

invites you to her weekly workshop based on themed prompts that emerge from out of the format of the social dreaming matrix that will begin each session. Technique, developing voice, and revision skills will be the focus of the class. T. W. Wood Museum, Montpelier, VT, beginning on Monday, October 23, 2023 and each Monday until November 13, 2023, 1:30 – 3:00pm. $25. per class.

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Final Reminder

Workshop RSVP & Poem Submission

September 30th is the deadline to signup for the Poetry Society of Vermont’s October 14th Fall Workshop and to submit a poem for the Fall Workshop critique and contest. Your poem will be sent to all members who will vote for the top 5 poems, winners will be published in next year’s Mountain Troubadour. Please note that you don’t have to attend the workshop to submit a poem for consideration in the Fall poem contest, nor do you have to submit a poem to attend the Fall Workshop.


Poetry Series

The Paper Poet, aka Bianca Amira Zanella, is launching a new workshop series and invites Vermont poets to an Autumn Poetry 6-week Workshop Zoom Series!

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  • When: 6 THURSDAYS at 4-5:30pm PST / 7-8:30pm EST
  • Dates: October 5, 12, 19, 26 + November 2 & 9
  • Where: Zoom. Invite a friend today to receive a 10% discount if they register!

DESCRIPTION: Join The Paper Poet as we write within an intimate, brave community centered around the theme of living authentically with grace. We’ll explore the question: “How can you be your favorite self?” after Poet & Activist Gabriel Ramirez, who reminds us, “I don’t have to prove anyone wrong, I just gotta prove my ancestors right.” Each week we’ll gather with deep intention, open to the flow of the muse, read example pieces, write a poem, and share with vulnerability, feeling seen and heard. Please share with friends who wish to understand how poetry heals!

INVESTMENT: $150 for entire series (Inquire for partial scholarships or drop in)
*Registration includes a surprise mailed poetic art gift 


 Poet & Activist Gabriel Ramirez