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PoemTown St. Johnsbury, a collaboration between Catamount Arts, the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, and St. Johnsbury Works, celebrates poetry through the posting of poems on business windows, poetry readings and slams, writing workshops, and more. PoemTown St. Johnsbury is a satellite site for Montpelier’s PoemCity, a month-long celebration of National Poetry Month in April.

Poets are invited to submit one or two original poems on either of this year’s themes: A New Season OR Lost and Found. “We have always invited poets to use a theme as a point of departure for their writing,” said Anne Campbell, Education Director of Catamount Arts. “Currently, with so much turmoil in the world on many levels, we decided to offer two themes for inspiration.”  As always, PoemTown St. Johnsbury welcomes submissions from Vermont writers of any age, not just published poets. Writers who live in the Northeast Kingdom are strongly encouraged to participate. Campbell added, “While we don’t yet know whether we will be able to host poetry events or post poems in downtown storefronts in April, as we have done in the past, we will share the poems we receive with the general public in some format, to be announced in March.”

Poems must be submitted to Catamount Arts by midnight on February 28, 2021. Poems must conform to submission guidelines, which are posted HERE and may also be picked up at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum.

Montpelier’s PoemCity, formerly Poetry Alive!, has celebrated poetry for more than 10 years. For more information about poetry submissions, please contact Anne Campbell at Catamount Arts, 802-748-2600, extension 109, or