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Up from the Roots: A Community Poem Project

Catamount Arts has announced a community poem project in celebration of PoemTown St. Johnsbury. Community members of all ages are invited to participate in a poem project inspired by the magnetic poetry game popularized on household refrigerators.

A selection of words related to this year’s PoemTown St. Johnsbury theme, Up from the Roots, is currently posted on a window at 67 Eastern Avenue in St. Johnsbury and on posters available in several downtown locations. Participants are invited to use some of the posted words to build phrases or lines of poetry, which they can then submit toward the creation of a community poem.

The final poem, made of community contributions, will be arranged by poet, jazz scholar, teacher, and former VPR host Reuben Jackson, who will then read the composition at “Up from the Roots: A Celebration of Poetry and Music” at Catamount ArtPort on Saturday, April 30th.

Watch Reuben Jackson read the Up from the Roots community poem HERE.

More than 100 poems from Vermont poets of all ages will be displayed on the windows of downtown St. Johnsbury businesses through the month of April. A list of poets, their poems, and the poem locations can be found at Catamount Arts (115 Eastern Avenue), St. Johnsbury Athenaeum (1080 Main Street), and the St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce (Depot Square), and here.


For more information about the PoemTown St. Johnsbury contact Anne Campbell at or 802-748-2600 ext. 109. PoemTown St. Johnsbury is a satellite site for Montpelier’s PoemCity, a month-long celebration of National Poetry Month in April, and is presented by Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum and St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce.

Poets and poetry lovers are invited to participate in a monthly sharing of food and poetry at Whirligig Brewing on the second Wednesday of the month from 7-9pm.