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

  • promote poetry as necessary to the enrichment of our cultural lives;
  • support poets in their work and create audiences for their poetry;
  • provide ways to share poetry throughout the Vermont community.

THE LATEST NEWS – 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 have five new poetry titles coming out this fall under our new imprint, SunRidge Poetry! There is something for everyone with our poetry titles: art, history, hip-hop, edginess, and Irish roots. Click on any of the titles to the right to pre-order your books, all of which will be coming out in early September. On September 18, on the eve of the Burlington Book Festival, we’ll have our first book launch at The Karma Bird House Gallery at 47 Maple Street in Burlington. This will include a celebration for the poetry books Handing Out Apples in Eden by Malisa Garlieb, From the Hip by Stephen Cramer, as well as Wind Ridge Books of Vermont publications, Please Do Not Remove, an anthology edited by Angela Palm, and a fiction selection, Shape of the Sky by Shelagh Shapiro, host of Write the Book, Burlington radio show about writing.

In October, we’ll have our second book launch, which will take place at Shelburne Farms in conjunction with Burlington City Arts‘ state-wide art show, Of Land and Local. Featured at this launch will be Water Journeys in Art and Poetry by artist Dianne Shullenberger and poet Mary Jane Dickerson, Nothing Saved Us: Poems of the Korean War by poet Tamra J. Higgins, In Praise of Usefulness by poet Angela Patten, and a memoir, The Girls I Never Married by Daniel Lusk. We know this launch will be taking place during the week of October 20 and will let you know exactly when as soon as we’ve confirmed the date. Both launches are free and open to the public and we invite you all!

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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On April 24, we held the opening reception for KINship: Art and Poetry. Dozens of people

Daniel Lusk reads from his book of poems, KIN at the opening reception of KINship: Art and Poetry. Photo by Craig Thomas.

Daniel Lusk reads from his book of poems, KIN at the opening reception of KINship: Art and Poetry. Photo by Craig Thomas.

gathered to see the eclectic art work that was inspired by award-winning Vermont poet, Daniel Lusk’s book KIN. Sponsored by Sundog Poetry, Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, and Burlington Center Arts, the KINship show brought the arts and poetry together in celebration of National Poetry Month. To see more photos of the event and the award-winning art, click here.

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.

 MAY EVENTS:

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!