Share Your Heart, Share The World!

October 8, 2018 – Evening Poetry Workshop, time & place TBA

October 9, 2018, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Student Intensive, 

 Bishop Booth Conference Center at Rock Point

Chard DeNiordFeaturing: Chard deNiord, Vermont Poet Laureate

More information coming soon!






Tim Seibles
September 14, 2017
Place: Bishop Booth Conference Center at Rock Point and Main Street Landin
g  Burlington, VT


9:00 AM – 3:00 PM: Student Intensive

7:00 PM – Public Reading, Q & A, and Book Signing aMain Street Landing, Burlington. Free and open to the public.

NEW THIS YEAR – FRIDAY, SEPT 15 – 9:00 – 10:30 – WORKSHOP BY TIM AT THE HISTORIC BARN HOUSE AT THE CLEMMONS FAMILY FARM. Please email Tamra at for registration information. Space is limited to 15 participants. $25. 

Workshop title: Many Faces, Many Moods: Using Persona to Expand the Tonal Range of Your Poetry. Workshop description: When using persona, we are obliged to abandon the familiar, to re-imagine the world with fresh eyes and new terms.  Stepping beyond our writerly comfort zones, we find new questions to ask ourselves, new ways to feel about what surrounds us.  This can widen the aperture through which we view our lives and the words we use to describe what we think we know.  This can re-energize our poetry.”                   –Tim Seibles

SPONSORS FOR THIS 2017 EVENT INCLUDE: Fountain Fund, Vermont Community Foundation, Ann Day, and Wendy Andersen and the Burlington Book Festival

To become a sponsor, please contact Tamra at or 802.598.0340

If you are interested in having a student or students from your high school join us, please contact Tamra at

About Tim Seibles:

Tim Seibles, born in Philadelphia in 1955, is the author of several poetry collections including Hurdy-Gurdy, Hammerlock, and Buffalo Head Solos.  His first book, Body Moves, (1988) has just been re-released by Carnegie Mellon U. Press as part of their Contemporary Classics series.  His latest, Fast Animal, was one of five poetry finalists for the 2012 National Book Award.  In 2013 he received the Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Award for poetry.  In 2014 Tim received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Misericordia University for his literary accomplishments.  During that same year, he won the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Award for Fast Animal, a prize given triennially for a collection of poems.

He has been a National Endowment for the Arts fellow and was also awarded a seven-month writing fellowship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center in Massachusetts.  In the spring semester of 2010, Tim was poet-in-residence at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania.  His poetry is featured in several anthologies; among  them are:  Rainbow Darkness; Uncommon Core; Autumn House Contemporary American Poetry; Black Nature; Far Out: Poems of The 60s; Villanelles; and With Our Eyes Wide Open. His poem “Allison Wolff” was included in Best American Poetry 2010 and, more recently, his poem “Sotto Voce: Othello, Unplugged” was featured in Best American Poetry 2013.

He has been a workshop leader for Cave Canem, a writer’s retreat for African American poets, and for the Hurston/Wright Foundation, another organization dedicated to developing black writers. Tim lives in Norfolk, Virginia and is a Professor of English at Old Dominion University where he teaches literature as well as classes in the MFA in writing program.


“Mosaic” by Tim Seibles

Tim’s reading at the National Book Awards 



2016 Share Your Heart, Share The World with Naomi Shihab Nye

WHAT A DAY! This inaugural 2016 event celebrated the courage, tenderness, and hope of students in a festival that brings together teens and teachers from three counties, Vermont poets and master poet, Naomi Shihab Nye.

Approximately 60 students from Franklin, Addison, and Washington counties attended a school day writing intensive at Shelburne Farms that includes small group poetry workshops, a master class, and a final reading from participants. The event culminated in an evening reading by Shihab Nye that was open to the public.

Participating schools include BFA St. Albans, Montpelier High School, Vergennes High School, and Lake Champlain Waldorf School.

During this day-long celebration, Vermont poets Kerrin McCadden, Geof Hewitt, Verandah Porche, Mary Jane Dickerson, Stephen CramerLizzy Fox, Rajnii Eddins and St. Albans BFA teacher Larissa Hebert and Vergennes High School teacher Matt Schlein will lead students through small group workshops in the morning. After lunch, Nye will offered a master class for students and joined them in a reading before the student day ended at 4:00.

Thank you to those who joined us for Nye’s reading, which was free and open to the public!

Click here to read an interesting and revealing article about Naomi Shihab Nye: Gate A-4.

Want to help support this amazing opportunity for Vermont students? Please donate here.


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