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Sep
11
6:30 PM18:30

Tammi Truax (Ferguson Reading Series)

Join us for the first Ferguson Reading Series event of the 2019-2020 season! We always have a featured reader, followed by an open mic. Our featured reader for September is the new Portsmouth Poet Laureate, Tammi Truax (For to See the Elephant). Please bring one or two poems to share, or just come to listen.

Contact: Water Street Bookstore

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Sep
14
7:00 PM19:00

Celebration of Toni Morrison

Join the community celebration to honor the words, life, brilliance, and influence of the great Toni Morrison. The event will feature local writers and community members reading the work of Ms. Morrison, followed by an open mic for others to share brief statements, quotes, and favorite lines by the author. We invite all to come share, listen, remember, honor and celebrate.

The event will be followed by dance party and, on Sunday, September 15, a screening of the documentary film TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM at the Latchis Theater.

This event is sponsored by Mount Island literary Magazine, Word House, and 118 Elliot.

Contact: 118 Elliot

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Aug
10
7:00 PM19:00

Chris Tonelli, Bill Carty, Laura Eve Engel, Keith S. Wilson (Ruth Stone Foundation Reading Series)

Chris Tonelli: Whatever Statis

Bill Carty: Huge Cloudy

Laura Eve Engel: Things that GoI

Keith S. Wilson: Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love

Poetry reading and open mic. Bring your end-of-summer poems. We'll begin the open mic at 7:00 pm sharp and will end at 8:00 pm for our featured readers. Please arrive 10 minutes early if you'd like to read to sign up. If you read at the open mic we ask you to please stay for the entirety of the reading!

Contact: Ruth Stone Foundation

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Aug
3
3:00 PM15:00

Poetry & Pie

Join us for our third annual Poetry & Pie at Sweetland Farm in Norwich, Vermont!

The afternoon features readings by Rena J. Mosteirin, Dan Chiasson, and GennaRose Nethercott. We’ll follow the readings with a Q&A with the poets, a community open mic, and pie of every sort.

The afternoon also includes music performed by Laura Jean Binkley, custom poems by poet-for-hire Taylor Mardis Katz, books for sale by Yankee Bookshop, and cold-brew coffee for purchase from Duchess Coffee.

Doors open at 2.30 pm. Readings begin at 3:00 pm.

Cost: Sliding scale donation of $6 to $10 includes readings, pie (savory, sweet, with vegan and gluten-free options), a souvenir pencil (while supplies last), and a Poetry & Pie 2019 bookmark. Custom poems by Taylor are offered on a sliding sale of $10 to $25.

Registration: Seating is limited. If you’re planning on coming, please reserve your seats in advance.

Contact: Literary North

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May
8
6:30 PM18:30

Lunation Anthology Reading (Ferguson Reading Series)

The Ferguson Reading Series for May will feature readers from the Lunation Anthology, a poetry anthology featuring women poets from the Seacoast and beyond. It was published by the Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program, directed by PPL Mike Nelson.

Featured readers:

  • Erine Leigh

  • Wendy Cannella

  • Jessica Purdy

  • Lauren Vermette

  • S Stephanie

  • Ali Marville

  • Trina Daigle

  • Nancy Jean Hill

  • Carand Burnet

  • Cleone Graham

  • Lesley Kimball

  • Katherine Towler

  • Priscilla Cookson

  • Mimi White

  • Rosemary Staples

Contact: Water Street Bookstore

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Apr
27
6:00 PM18:00

2nd Annual Poets Corner

Eight featured readers from the group that started it all, the first part of the evening will showcase a year’s worth of poetic works. Each reader has brought poetry that they have worked diligently on with the group, with the vision of offering quality art to the public. There will be a 20-30 minute intermission, where you may purchase chapbooks from the featured readers, to be followed by an open mic in the second part of the evening.

Contact: Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program

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Apr
18
6:30 PM18:30

Poetryfest


The Hartland Public Library and Hartland Community Arts welcome you to the 3rd annual Poetryfest. Celebrate National Poetry Month and Poem-in-your-Pocket Day as you listen to Vermont poets read while you eat some delicious snacks and meet other poetry lovers from the community. Everyone takes home a Pocket Poem. Featuring Chard deNiord, Vermont Poet Laureate, with Dede Cummings, Anglea Tooker Graham, Rob Foote, and April Ossmann. There will be time during the program for attendees to read a short poem of their choice on this year’s theme “Connecting Us, Connecting Hearts.”

Contact: Hartland Public Library

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Apr
17
5:30 PM17:30

Poetry Society of NH: Middle/High School Poets

The Poetry Society of New Hampshire returns! This month, National Poetry Month, their meeting casts a spotlight on High School and Middle School poets reading their work. Any middle/high schooler is invited to come and read poems of their own choice; memorized poems, poems that they have written, or poems that they like. (Please note, this open mic is for students to perform only.)

We hope you will all come out to support these blossoming artists! This event is free and open to the public, all are welcome, newcomers are encouraged.

Contact: Gibson’s Bookstore

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Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

Spring Open Mic & Gathering

In conjunction with their annual Spring Program on April 13, the League of Vermont Writers is sponsoring Spring Open Mic & Gathering, a free open mic night at Sandy's Books and Bakery.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Contact: Anyone planning to attend should email Amy Braun at amy.braun@vcfa.edu by April 10.

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Apr
11
6:30 PM18:30

Open Mic Poetry Reading with the Rutland NAACP

To celebrate National Poetry Month, we invite you to join us for an evening of reading and listening to the art of poets of color. Poetry has always broken down barriers, defying expectations as it eludes simplistic definitions. Participants can choose from a selection, bring their favorite poem, or just listen! 

Contact: Rutland NAACP

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Apr
10
6:30 PM18:30

Memorial Reading (Ferguson Reading Series)

The Ferguson Reading Series for May will feature YOU in our now annual Memorial Reading. Bring a poem or two written by a mentor, friend, or poet who inspired you who is no longer with us. We'll celebrate Poetry Month by looking back at those poets we've lost, and ahead to what they've inspired in all of us. Join us for a great reading!

Contact: Water Street Bookstore

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Apr
4
6:30 PM18:30

Pop-Up Poetry in the Gallery

Join the Upper Valley Poets Circle and poets from throughout the Upper Valley for a reading and open mic in celebration of National Poetry Month in the galleries of AVA Gallery and Art Center.

The Upper Valley Poets Circle is a tightly knit group of diverse poets who have been meeting twice a month since the summer of 2014 at the Lebanon Library to share their work and receive feedback in a supportive atmosphere. Members include Inga Potter, Phil Keller, Hal Coughlin, Rebecca Cross, Frank Gould, Deborah Mashibini-Prior, and Ethel Paquin.

The April event will feature a reading by members of the Upper Valley Poet's Circle followed by an open mic. The event is free and the public is invited!

Contact: AVA Gallery and Art Center

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Mar
28
7:00 PM19:00

Lampshade Poets

The Upper Valley’s Lampshade Poets invite their members and other interested poets to the first of what they hope will be monthly readings at Café Renee. Each poet will read for approximately 3 to 5 minutes. If we have extra time after everyone has taken a turn, we’ll read more poems!

Café Renee will offer sandwiches, soup, and beverages, including wine and beer—plus a cheese and crackers platter with grapes for sale during the reading.

Contact: For more information or to sign up to read, email Dave Celone.

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Mar
26
6:30 PM18:30

"You Come Too" A Robert Frost Poetry Reading

Join the Dartmouth Department of English & Creative Writing and the Crossroads Academy 7th grade class in celebration of Robert Frost's birthday for "You Come Too": A Robert Frost Reading. Bring a favorite Frost poem to read aloud, or come to listen and enjoy!

Guests are welcome to share:

  • poems from memory

  • poems from printed texts

  • poetry in translation (as many languages as we can!)

  • poems turned to song

  • anecdotes

  • "show and tell" with artifacts

This event is free and open to the public, and celebratory refreshments will be provided.

This event will be held in the Sanborn Library on the Dartmouth College campus.

Contact: The Leslie Center for the Humanities

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Mar
20
7:00 PM19:00

Open Mic Poetry at St. Johnsbury Aethenaeum

Don’t let Poem Town in April sneak up on you! The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum and Bill Biddle will offer two winter evenings of open-mic readings for poets and poetry. You don’t have to be a poet to come to this event.  Want to hear what other folks are writing, or support a poet-friend? Then come. Are you gearing up to submit poems for April Poem Town broadside publication around town? Come test response to what you’re working on. These open-mic poetry readings will enliven and motivate you, entertain you, refresh friendships, shoot some spring-like warmth into your hibernation cave.

Free and handicapped accessible.

Contact: St. Johnsbury Athenaeum

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Mar
13
5:30 PM17:30

Melopoeia with Rhina Espaillat, Alfred Nicol, and John Tavano (Poetry Society of New Hampshire)

Join the Poetry Society of New Hampshire as classical guitarist John Tavano joins Rhina Espaillat and Alfred Nicol in performing a melopoeia, which is poetry read to the accompaniment of music. It’s an intimate art-form that Rhina first heard in her grandmother’s home in the Dominican Republic.

An open mic accompanied by John's improvisation follows their performance.

Contact: Gibson’s Bookstore

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Mar
10
5:15 PM17:15

Poetry & Pints, with Colin McKaig, Peter Money, and Ruth Antoinette Rodriguez

Literary North is proud to partner with our friends at the Brownsville Butcher & Pantry for Poetry & Pints, featuring readings by Colin McKaig, Peter Money, and Ruth Antoinette Rodriguez; fabulous food, beer, and wine; plus an open mic so we can hear YOUR original work. Chef Peter Varkonyi is creating a cozy a la carte menu for the evening. Beer, food, poetry! It’s what you need to survive the end of winter. We hope you’ll join us.

Doors open at 4:30 pm.

Cost: Admission is by sliding scale donation of $6 to $10.

RSVP: Please let us know you’re coming by sending a message to info@butcherandpantry.com.

Contact: Literary North

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Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

Erotic Poetry Beat Night

It's that time of the year when we climb into the big back seat of the 57 Bel Air and read each other the poems our mother's don't want to hear. And the Emperor of Beat Night, Larry Simon, returns to play with the band and cozy up the cold February night with us. A two-hour open mic that's sure to be...um...stimulating.

Contact: Portsmouth Book and Bar

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Feb
20
7:00 PM19:00

Open Mic Poetry at St. Johnsbury Aethenaeum

Don’t let Poem Town in April sneak up on you! The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum and Bill Biddle will offer two winter evenings of open-mic readings for poets and poetry. You don’t have to be a poet to come to this event.  Want to hear what other folks are writing, or support a poet-friend? Then come. Are you gearing up to submit poems for April Poem Town broadside publication around town? Come test response to what you’re working on. These open-mic poetry readings will enliven and motivate you, entertain you, refresh friendships, shoot some spring-like warmth into your hibernation cave.

Free and handicapped accessible.

Contact: St. Johnsbury Athenaeum

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Jan
16
5:30 PM17:30

Poetry Society of New Hampshire Open Mic

The Poetry Society of New Hampshire is back! This January they will be holding a Poets In the Round open mic reading; anyone can join the circle to ask questions or make comments, or to share their poetry! Bring four or five of your favorite poems (your own compositions, or someone else's) and we'll go around reading poems, asking questions, and discussing poems. Feel free to bring copies to share!

Contact: Gibson’s Bookstore

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Oct
29
5:30 PM17:30

Ralph Culver (Tea and Poetry Night)

The Stone Leaf Teahouse in the Marbleworks complex in Middlebury, Vermont is presenting an open poetry reading featuring South Burlington poet Ralph Culver (So Be It).

This is an informal and comfortable setting, and everyone is invited to bring their own work to share. The event is free, but donations or the purchase of a pot of tea are always appreciated. Hope to see you there!

Contact: Stone Leaf Teahouse

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