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

The Festival welcomes life-long poetry fans as well as those returning to or new to poetry. It will be a perfect chance to get close to this revered form of expression, full of emotion, play, and attention to the world around and within us.

Each of the featured poets on Friday have received awards and prestigious grants for their work, they include Matt Miller, Alexandra Hall, Elizabeth A.I. Powell, Cate Marvin and Regie Gibson. Their profiles can be found on the Festival website.

The Poetry Society of Vermont, founded in 1947, is an association of poets and friends of poetry who join in promoting enthusiasm for poetry through workshops, readings, contests, and contributions to The Mountain Troubadour, the PSOV literary journal.

Los Lorcas is a trio of poets and musicians: poets Partridge Boswell and Peter Money, and guitarist Nat Williams. In the spirit of Federico Garcia Lorca, they fuse poetry and music in a passionate and surprising mash-up. Los Lorcas blur boundaries between spoken word and song, weaving poetry with Andalusian ballads, blues, rock, folk, reggae, hip hop, Americana and jazz in pursuit of the cante jondo (deep song) Lorca so ardently championed. Los Lorcas is resident in the Upper Valley when it is not touring the U.S. or overseas.

Also on Friday two poetry workshops will be held, led by featured poets Alexandra Hall and Cate Marvin. Seating is very limited. Registration is available on the Festival website. There is a charge for participating.

Saturday, June 22, will include readings by nine featured poets: Laura Foley, Robert Pinsky, Todd Hearon, Andrea Cohen, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Jeffrey Harrison, Sarah London, Maggie Dietz, and Martin Espada.  

After the readings on Saturday, a reception for poets and attendees will be held at Dr. Coburn’s Tonic in downtown Woodstock.

On Saturday there will be a two-hour break for attendees to have lunch and explore the town.  The website lists popular lunch places in Town. At the festival on both days will be a café with hot and cold drinks and an offering of snacks.

The featured poets’ books will be available for sale at the North Chapel, courtesy of Yankee Bookshop.  The Bookshop offers a generous selection of poetry books in its store. 

The Festival is sponsored by Sundog Poetry, a prominent association of poets in Vermont, and the North Chapel of Woodstock.  Bookstock and the Yankee Bookshop, of Woodstock are supporters of the festival. Also involved in the Festival is the Poetry Society of Vermont.


Funders for the Festival includes Bookstock and the Davenport Fund.

The festival will be held in a beautiful 1835 church which, with other rooms in the Town, has hosted over 75 poets who participated in Bookstock between 2009 and 2023. These poets included a winners of most major awards for poetry, including the Nobel Prize.

For questions, contact: Peter Rousmaniere, 802-291-3843

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