Located in the northern Green Mountains in Jeffersonville, Vermont, it is the mission of SPC  to

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THE LATEST NEWS – January 2015

Happy New Year!

Sundog Poetry Center has many exciting programs in the works for 2015, one of which is a new retreat we’ve just added to the calendar. This retreat will focus on the healing that can occur when we write and explore poetry. The Poetry and Healing Retreat will take place at Fielder Farm in April. Our guest for the retreat, poet David Mook, will join us for the weekend. Please see the retreat page for information regarding our April retreat.

The 2015 Poets and Their Craft Lecture Series is shaping up and we are almost ready to release the dates, places, and topics of the 10 lectures that will be held across Vermont at independent bookstores. Sydney Lea will kick off the series on April 2 at Norwich Bookstore with his lecture, “Inviting the Reader: Narrative Values, Lyric Presentation.” As with all of the lectures in the series, Lea’s presentation will also include a sampling of poems and a follow-up discussion with the audience. Each event in the series will take place at 7:00 and is free and open to the public with a $5 suggested donation at the door.

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Check back soon for full details!

December 2014

Happy Holidays! As an early holiday gift, we received wonderful news that we are the recipients of a Vermont Humanities Council grant! VHC has awarded us the grant in support of our state-wide 2015 Poets and Their Craft Lecture Series, which begins on April 2. During the series, ten Vermont poets will give a lecture, read a selection of their work, and engage with the audience in a follow-up discussion after the lecture. The ten poets include Sydney Lea, Major Jackson, Jay Parini, David Huddle, Diana Whitney, Neil Shepard, David Budbill, Pamela Harrison, Baron Wormser, and the “tenth” is Mary Jane Dickerson and Tamra Higgins who will lecture together.

Participating bookstores thus far include Phoenix Books in Burlington, Ebenezer Books in Johnson, Galaxy Bookshop in Hardwick, Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, Norwich Bookstore, Bridgeside Books in Waterbury, Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center. Check back often for updates!

In other news, Tamra’s book, Nothing Saved Us: Poems of the Korean War has just been reviewed by Julia Shipley in Seven Days. Read the review here!




November 2014

Our first retreat (Oct 31 – Nov 2) was filled with poetry, laughter, and new friendships at beautiful Fielder Farm. Thank you Bert and Sarah Dickerson for hosting us! Fresh, healthy, and delicious meals provided by Almost Home catering kept us filled to the gills – no starving poets here! Thank you to the participants for trusting us for this first time retreat. We can’t wait until next year!

October 2014

THANK YOU for joining us on October 16 at Shelburne Farms Coach Barn for the celebration of Water Journeys in Art and Poetry with art by Dianne Shullenberger and poetry by Mary Jane Dickerson and Nothing Saved Us: Poems of the Korean War by Tamra J. Higgins. THANK YOU to David Huddle for being our emcee!. And THANK YOU  to BCA – Burlington City Arts – and Shelburne Farms for co-sponsoring this event as part of the Of Land and Local state-wide art show!

October 11, 2014

Thank you Stephen Cramer, Liz Powell, Peter Fairbanks Miller, Mtn Seasons, and Visions of Vermont Fine Art Gallery for a wonderful evening of Poetry, Music, and Delectable Delights!

Sundog October 11 posterOctober 11 – An Evening of Poetry, Music, and Delectable Delights! Jeffersonville – Poets Stephen Cramer and Liz Powell, musician Peter Fairbanks Miller, and food by Mtn Seasons.







October 16 – Book launch for Sundog Poetry Books, Shelburne Farms, 5:30 – 7:30 with the program beginning at 6:00; books by Tamra Higgins, Mary Jane Dickerson and Dianne Shullenberger.

October 31 – November 2 – Sundog Poetry Retreat, Fielder Farm2 slots still available!  Full!

Questions? Email Tamra at sundogpoetry@gmail.com Hope to see you soon!

August, 2014 Save the dates for our fall series of An Evening of Poetry, Music, and Delectable Delights! Our two events this fall will be held on Saturday, September 13 and October 11. Please see below for our September event and stay tuned for details for our October gathering. We hope to see you there! Sundog Sept 13 2014 evening     July, 2014: CAC LogoWe are thrilled to be the recipients of a grant from the CAMBRIDGE ARTS COUNCIL!!  They have chosen to sponsor one of our Evenings of Poetry, Music, and Delectable Delights! So far, we have been able to schedule two of these for the fall, the first on Saturday, September 13 and the second on Saturday, October 11. Both events begin at 7:00 pm. Mark your calendars now – artists to be announced soon! Thank you to all of our donors who have given in response to our first annual appeal. We are extremely grateful that you chose Sundog Poetry Center for your charitable contributions. With your help we will be able to continue our series of An Evening of Poetry, Music, & Delectable Delights! as well as offer additional events that bring poetry to our Vermont community. Please visit our Donor page to see which of your friends and neighbors believe poetry is important to our culture.

We are gearing up for our first annual Sundog Poetry Retreat, which will be held at Fielder Farm in Huntington, Vermont, from October 31 – November 2. If you are interested in discussing poetry in depth, sharing your poetry and receiving feedback on it, helping others in their writing development, eating good food, and relaxing with a glass of wine on a deck overlooking Camel’s Hump, this is the retreat for you! Check out the details by clicking here.

On Saturday, May 17, we had our biggest gathering yet for An Evening of Poetry, Music, and Delectable Delights! Local Poets LN and Mary Jane Dickerson and Singer/songwriter Patrick Fitzsimmons wowwed the crowd.

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Raven Schwan-Noble won both People's Choice and Poet's Choice Awards with her  photograph "Meditation" inspired by Daniel Lusk's poem, "Beaver." Photo by Patricia Fontaine.

Raven Schwan-Noble won both People’s Choice and Poet’s Choice Awards with her photograph “Meditation” inspired by Daniel Lusk’s poem, “Beaver.” Photo by Patricia Fontaine.


Darcy and Dale Cahill treat the audience at An Evening of Poetry, Music, and Delectable Delights! on April 12

Darcy and Dale Cahill treat the audience at An Evening of Poetry, Music, and Delectable Delights! on April 12

Saturday, May 17 – Poetry, Music, and Delectable Delights! Poetry readings by LN and UVM Professor Emeritus, Mary Jane Dickerson. Music by Patrick Fitzsimmons. Desserts and snacks by The Gilded Pear. 7:00 at Visions of Vermont Fine Art Gallery, Main St. Jeffersonville. $5.00 suggested donation per person at the door.   Workshops offered by SPR can be tailored to your wants and needs. The number of sessions, participants, length of workshop, and even content is discussed and agreed upon ahead of time. Workshops can be geared to the general public, teachers with or without experience in teaching and incorporating poetry into their curriculum, experienced poets, novice poets, or to the lover of poetry who enjoys reading, not writing, poetry. Workshops can also be geared towards

Participants at "Poetry of Place" workshop led by Tamra Higgins at the Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville

Participants share their thoughts at the “Poetry of Place” workshop led by Tamra Higgins at the Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville

regular classroom settings in the accompaniment of a teacher (see workshops) or in small groups with a teacher present: a great way to individualize instruction and allow those students especially interested in words, language, and poetry to explore beyond the normal classroom experience. We hope to see you soon!