In case you hadn't noticed, it's still National Poetry Month. Look for a double review of local verse — including a National Book Award nominee who teaches at Dartmouth College — in this week's paper.
Good news for another local poet: the University of Vermont's Major Jackson has won a Guggenheim Fellowship. Jackson (pictured) edits the Harvard Review and has published his work widely in journals, including the New Yorker, as well as in three collections. Here's my review of his most recent collection, Holding Company, which compares it to a "big, ambitious concept album."
And here's a profile of Jackson we ran way back in '04. You can hear him read this Wednesday, April 17, 7 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room, Kreitzberg Library, Norwich University in Northfield. (Read more about the new Norwich Writers Series here.)
Or catch Jackson in Middlebury at "A Spring Evening With Four Vermont Writers," sponsored by the New England Review, on Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m. at Carol's Hungry Mind Café. Also reading will be two Midd undergrads, Eliza Gilmore and Thomas Kivney; and Henriette Lazaridis Power, whose new novel The Clover House bears some impressive blurbs.
Are there more readings this week? Glad you asked.
On Saturday, April 20, the Poetry Society of Vermont presents its first annual Vermont Poetry Reading at Phoenix Books Burlington (2-4:30 p.m.) The PSOV, founded in 1947, is open to all poetry lovers, and members have signed up to read brief selections from their work. Find info on joining and more upcoming events here.
The Burlington Writers Workshop is another quiet congregation point for local writers; it's free, open to the public and dedicated to the practice of peer review.
But it won't be so quiet this week, when it releases an anthology called The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2013, funded through Kickstarter and featuring selections from 13 Vermont authors. They include Shelagh Shapiro, host of “Write the Book” on the Radiator, Vermont Public Radio commentator Anne Averyt; and Tony Whedon, author of the poetry collection Things to Pray to in Vermont, from Midlist Press.
You can pick up the anthology at the BWW's reading and celebration on Thursday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the BCA Center.
In Montpelier, the Kellogg-Hubbard Library has a slew of ongoing National Poetry Month events as part of PoemCity. Catch a reading by Massachusetts poet Steven Cramer on Wednesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. Or register for workshops with names like "Poetry That Heals," "Writing Nature Poetry" and "Think Like a Poetry Editor." Lots more info here.
Photo by Mary Shea.