Ann B. Day with daughter Deb and grandson Haven

Backlit by a late-winter glow and surrounded by books and poetry magazines, Ann Bemis Day, at 92, the oldest member of the Poetry Society of Vermont, recently talked to The Mountain Troubadour about her writing, life, and PSOV, of which she’s been a member since 1959. She joined us via Zoom from her cozy home at RiverMead LifeCare Community in Peterborough, New Hampshire.  

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Carol Milkuhn

Modern Tapestries, Medieval Looms, is an exciting new collection of poems by Carol Milkuhn of Saratoga Springs, NY and Middlebury, Vermont, published by Orchard Street Press in 2022.

“Skillful as a weaver, Carol Milkuhn creates a colorful tapestry of poetry that seamlessly threads medieval into modern. These are poems rich in imagery, history, and art.”- George Longenecker, President of the Poetry Society of Vermont

First of a Kind

History of The PSOV, 1947-2023

The Mountain Troubadour cover 1961

On May 15th, 1947, at the Hotel Vermont in Burlington, Mary Newton Baldwin witnessed the birth of a long-cherished idea: the creation of The Poetry Society of Vermont. Long a believer “that there ought to be a statewide organization for poetry,” Baldwin had begun preaching her gospel in 1946 at a writer’s conference in Durham, New Hampshire. Such was the strength of her conviction that she had converted many writers and members of the Vermont intelligentsia into poetry activists; now finally, on that afternoon in May, surrounded by her adherents, she watched her vision become a reality.Continue Reading First of a Kind

Carol Lee Vail Prize Winners 2021

The Poetry Society of Vermont offers the Carol Lee Vail Prize for Emerging Poets with a generous $1,000 donation from the family of Philip Coleman, a PSOV executive board member. “Carol Vail was a creative and eclectic spirit who embraced the voice and vision of artists in every shape and form,” Philip said in announcing the award. “She dedicated her life to exploration, celebration, and the pursuit of insight– and it is that mission that defines the Carol Lee Vail Prize: to engage new and emergent poets and to honor their art.”

2021 Vail Contest Awards

Guest Posting

spring chickIn this wordpress site we can add users to different categories: admin, editors, contributors, authors, and users. The contributors and authors are allowed to create posts to the website which is the active/dynamic part of the site; writing updates, news, or daily/weekly poems. The posts appear on the main/home page and can be found in the topics cloud on the right panel. Each post should have a category, the default is “news.” This post was written by an account assigned the author category where they signed into the site, wrote a post and the editor publish the pending post.

A Look Back

To learn more about the PSOV’s history watch the video below which features PSOV members and past president Nancy Vandenburgh Brunelle, Marian Gleason, and Ann Day, reading poems and speaking about the PSOV’s 40th Anniversary in 1987 on WCAX’s program, Across the Fence.