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!

Being Your Favorite Self flyer
  • 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
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Fall Workshop & Submission

Attend the PSOV’s Fall Workshop


SATURDAY, OCT 14, 2023 (11:30 am – 4:00 pm)

Zoom & UU Fellowship of Bennington, 108 School St, Bennington, VT 05201

Judith Chalmer will join us as PSOV Workshop Guide. Judith Chalmer lives with her wife in Burlington, Vermont. Her poems have been published in anthologies and journals, most recently, Birchsong, Stone Canoe, Apex, Goblin Fruit and Quiddity. She is co-translator of 2 books of haiku and tanka with poet, Michiko Oishi, Deepening Snow (Plowboy Press, East Burke, VT 2012) and Red Fish Alphabet (Honami Syoten, Tokyo, 2008). Her first collection of poems, Out of History’s Junk Jar, was published in 2015 (Time Begin Books, St. Louis).

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PSOV Summer Festival 2023

Summer Festival

Summer Generative Writing Festival August 12, 2023 at Rock Point Center in Burlington. Featuring Kerrin McCadden as the Guiding Poet.

Please register by August 6 — first 3 poets to register receive a free copy of Karren McCadden’s book (The first 3 members were: David “daithí” Hartnett, Joanne Mellin, and Jimmy “Tee” Tomczak.) We’ve tried to make the process simple. Just register using this Google Form (you don’t need a Gmail account), and then if you’d like/are able to make the suggested donation, you may either send a check or pay through Submittable. We envision our festival experience as a wonderful way to connect with each other and with our writing in a beautiful natural space along Lake Champlain, and we are pleased to host Kerrin McCadden for the Generative Workshop. Lunch will offer food options for all, including: vegetarian, vegan, dairy free, as listed on the registration form. The location, Rock Point, offers over two miles of walking and hiking trails, there are accessible trails for everyone no matter their ability. See the invitation below for details/schedule. 

Link to Register Here. (registration now closed)

Summer Writing Festival 2023


More Summer Events

notes from our President Bianca Amira Zanella

We are co-sponsoring Sundog Poetry’s Poetry & Justice For All event on July 28, 2023 at 6 pm at Karma Bird House, and hope you will join us there! Two wonderful events this summer in Burlington, Vermont; August 12th –PSOV Summer Generative Writing Festival and for our more southern folks, I’d like to highlight the Literary Festival, also on August 12th, being held in Poultney by Stone Valley Arts and PSOV Member David Mook, in case folks aren’t able to travel so north, this is a wonderful opportunity. (Reach out if you’d like to discuss carpool options for any event!) Our intention this year was to organize our events in general hubs across the state where the majority of our members reside so we could improve accessibility and connection, so look for a more southern offering this Fall. Between now and then, we’ll be sending out a member survey seeking your input and responses. For now, we look forward to seeing you along the shores of Lake Champlain. 

Register Here for the Summer Generative Writing Festival.

Results of the Spring Workshop 2023

The Poetry Society of Vermont 2023 Spring Workshop was held on May 13th at the Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm, Quechee, Vermont. Twenty four members attended the wonderful luncheon and workshop led by poet, Chard deNiord where he provided critique after members read their poems. Members also offered feedback to others after their readings. Thanks to technology, a few members were able to attended remotely.

Prior to the workshop, members at large were asked to vote on their four favorite poems. The following MEMBERS’ CHOICE SPRING WINNERS are listed below and will be published in The Mountain Troubadour 2024. 

  • “Murmuration” David Mook First Place
  • “Spring Fling” Cindy Hill Second Place
  • “My Body Remembers” Carol Milkuhn Third Place
  • “Before the Deluge” Kathryn Bonnez Fourth Place Tie
  • “Instructions for Tapping a Poem in Spring” Elizabeth McCarthy Fourth Place Tie