PoemTown St. Johnsbury Events Run Through April

ST. JOHNSBURY – Catamount Arts, the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, and the St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring events for PoemTown St. Johnsbury, a celebration of National Poetry month in April.

PoemTown St. Johnsbury papers shop windows and storefronts with poems, hosts readings and remembrances, and decorates the town with yellow haiku circles.

This year’s programming includes two Zoom events hosted by the Athenaeum: an open mic poetry reading on Friday, April 16, at 6 p.m., and a Robert Frost Remembrance on Sunday, April 25, at 4 p.m. Members of the public are also encouraged to contribute haiku circles throughout the month of April for inclusion in PoemTown St. Johnsbury decorations.

The open mic Zoom event on Friday, April 16, invites readers of all ages to share a poem — theirs or someone else’s — or attend as a spectator. Those wishing to read a poem must register online in advance to secure a slot in the program. Readers are not required to read their own work. They may read an original poem of their own writing, or they may read a selection from a favorite poet.

The Robert Frost Remembrance event, also on Zoom, will celebrate the poetry and legacy of the long-time Vermont resident and poet laureate. This event is organized by the Northeast Storytellers and hosted by the Athenaeum. To participate in this event by presenting or merely attending, please register in advance at the Athenaeum website.

Selections of poetry to be pasted on shop windows and storefronts have already been collected, but it’s not too late to contribute haikus to decorate downtown. All are welcome through the entire month of April to pick up a yellow paper circle at Cosmic Cup Café on Eastern Avenue or on Railroad Street at Boxcar & Caboose or Moose River Lake & Lodge. Write a haiku in black ink on your circle, and then drop it off anytime this month in the bin on the front steps of Catamount Arts.For more information on PoemTown St. Johnsbury, visit catamountarts.org and stjathenaeum.org.