Ellen Bryant Voigt will give a poetry reading and take questions from the audience for this kick-off to PoemCity 2013. The reading will be in the Vermont State House chambers followed by a reception in the Cedar Creek Room.
Ellen Bryant Voigt has published six collections of poetry and a collection of craft essays. Her poetry collection Shadow of Heaven (2002) was a finalist for the National Book Award and Kyrie (1995) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her poetry has been published in several national publications. Her latest book is The Art of Syntax: Rhythm of Thought, Rhythm of Song (2009). She served as the Poet Laureate of Vermont for four years and in 2003 was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Voigt grew up in Virginia, graduated from Converse College, and received an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. She has taught at M.I.T. and Goddard College where in 1976 she developed and directed the nation's first low-residency M.F.A. in Creative Writing program. Since 1981 she has taught in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. She resides in Cabot, Vermont.
PoemCity 2013 is a joint presentation of Kellogg-Hubbard Library and Montpelier Alive. PoemCity 2013 is supported in part by the Vermont Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Sponsored by Montpelier Alive and Kellogg-Hubbard Library