Writing Workshop!

Join us for a writing workshop with Tina Escaja on Monday, October 14 from 5:00 – 7:00 at Rock Point Center, Burlington, VT. Tina will be exploring “Techno/Identity and Resistance: On Poetry, Gender, and Interspecies.” Interspecies? I had to ask Tina myself! Tina explained, “Interspecies and random poetry has to do with my work with sheep: https://www.badosa.com/bin/obra.pl?id=p197“. Whether it’s sheep, robots, or exploring creation through deconstruction, you’ll sure to experience something new regarding poetry in Tina’s workshop! To register, click here.

Thank you!

Thank you to the artists, musicians, and poets who took part in this year’s AMP Nights series! Thank you to audience members who came to experience the talent in our state. And thank you to River Arts of Morrisville, our collaborator in the arts. We greatly appreciate the support of all of you!

AMP Nights – May 2

Please join us in Jeffersonville on Thursday, May 2 for our last in our AMP Nights! series. Our line up includes Artist Karen Henderson, Musician, Sebastian West, and Poet Stephen Cramer. While Tony Whedon and PoJazz were scheduled to perform this evening, circumstances beyond anyone’s control have changed the plans. We still promise to bring you an eye-opening and fun evening at The Farm Store on Main Street from 6:00 – 8:00 (doors open at 5:30)!

Vermont’s Poetry Community

I am so honored to have represented Sundog Poetry Center as a judge at last night’s Poetry Out Loud high school competition held at Vermont PBS in Colchester yesterday evening. Congratulations to the 10 finalists and the evening’s winner, Vera Escaja-Heiss, who will go on to represent Vermont at the national competition in April!

Host Major Jackson, Runner-Up Sam Bulpin, Judge Peter Money, Judge Verandah Porche, Judge Tamra Higgins, Judge Morgan Irons, Judge Rita Banerjee, and winner Tina Escaja-Heiss.

AMP Night!

Thank you for coming out on March 7 to hear Matt Neckers speak about his rocket sculptures, members of the Vermont Fiddle Orchestra play some lively tunes, and LN speak the truth through her poems. Stay tuned for the next AMP Night on FRIDAY, APRIL 5 at River Arts in Morrisville. See you there!

Sculptor Matt Neckers
Members of the Vermont Fiddle Orchestra

AMP Nights 2018

It’s the third and final installment of our 2018 AMP Nights! It’s happening Thursday, May 24 from 6:00 – 8:00 (doors open at 5:30) at Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville – a night filled with magnificent Art, Music, and Poetry! $10 suggested donation at the door. Presented in partnership with River Arts and sponsored by Cambridge Arts Council and Cambridge Area Rotary.

Here’s our line-up for the final installment of the 2018 AMP Nights:

Artist: Lois Eby – Lois grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She spent her childhood summers on an island in northwestern Ontario, Canada. It was on that island, contemplating vast sky over expanses of water, far from the mainland and “civilization,” that her first profound experience of nature, and questions about what “nature” is, occurred. She moved to northern Vermont in 1969, and lived there until moving to central Vermont in 2015. Her work is at West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park in Stowe, VT, and online at The Painting Center of New York’s Juried Art File. Originally she studied still life and landscape painting, but eventually she felt the need to push in a different direction. When working from observation, she felt too “outside” nature, and wanted to find a way to work from within. This impulse led her to explore the meaning of the calligraphic line, of open space interacting with color, and of improvisation.

Musician: PoJazz – For more than a decade a rotating group of professional and student musicians and poets in Vermont have collaborated on a project called “PoJazz”. It’s the brainchild of musician and Johnson State College creative writing teacher Tony Whedon. As a young man, Whedon performed in Jazz groups in the New York area and in Europe. At the age of 16, he received the prestigious Great South Bay Jazz Festival Award for his trombone playing and was praised by Downbeat Magazine’s Nat Hentoff for his “lusty, inventive” trombone style. He has played in Salsa groups in Cuba, Ecuador, and Argentina.In recent years, Tony has combined poetry and jazz improvisation in ensembles at colleges and jazz festivals throughout Northern Vermont and the Eastern Townships of Quebec.

Poet: Tony Whedon – Tony Whedon is a poet, essayist, and musician. Over the past two decades his writing has appeared in over a hundred prominent literary magazines. Tony spends his summers with his wife Suzanne at their rural, peaceful cabin in the woods of Vermont. Winter finds them in their bungalow in the bayou of Georgia, performing locally and continuing his writing and poetry. Tony attended Goddard College, The New School for Social Research, and the University of Guanajuato in Mexico. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Iowa’s Writers Workshop, and an MFA from the VT College of Fine Arts. In 2010, he retired from his position as Professor of Creative Writing at Johnson State College. He has also taught at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia; at the University of Maryland overseas campus in Madrid, Spain; and at Champlain College in Vermont. From 1989-’90 he was a visiting professor at Shanghai International Studies University in Shanghai, China. Tony Whedon’s new essay collection “Drunk In The Woods” is due out in Fall 2018, distributed by Green Writer’s Press.

Don’t miss this! It’s our final AMP Night of the year.

AMP Nights are presented in partnership with Sundog Poetry Center and River Arts and sponsored by Cambridge Arts Council and the Cambridge Area Rotary






Check out images from March’s AMP Night at River Arts in Morrisville, featuring Hanna Satterlee, Melissa Perley, Shay Gestal, and Martha Zweig

Share Your Heart!

We had an inspiring day at Bishop Booth Center last Thursday with feature poet Tim Seibles, Vermont poets LN Bethea, Stephen Cramer, Rajnii Eddins, Lizzy Fox, Geof Hewitt, Kerrin McCadden, and Neil Shepard, and teachers and students from BFA St. Albans, Rock Point School, Vergennes, and Montpelier High Schools. Thank you to Main St. Landing and Clemmons Farm for hosting Tim’s reading and workshop!

Interview with Poet Cleopatra Mathis

Listen to our interview with Cleopatra Mathis here. She was the last in our series, Conversations with Vermont Poets, sponsored in part by the Vermont Humanities Council. Cleopatra discusses writers and poetry topics such as Slyvia Plath, Flannery O’Connor, the importance of holding tension in writing poetry, the relationship between syntax, line break, vocabulary, and the music of a line in a poem, lyric vs. narrative poetry, and the observation of things outside the self that then become of the self. CD’s and podcasts of all 8 Conversations with Vermont Poets available soon!