A Randolph Downtown Program Event
PoemTown Randolph Seeks Submissions from Vermont Poets
PoemTown Randolph 2014 presents public opportunity for Vermont poets to share their work
Organizers of PoemTown Randolph 2014, are offering a Greater Randolph celebration of poetry throughout the month of April, National Poetry Month. A centerpiece of the event, modeled after Montpelier’s popular PoemCity, will be 11 X 17” posters of poems by Vermonters, displayed in the main windows and doors of businesses, churches, and organizations in Randolph and its related villages. Poems will be displayed throughout the month of April 2014. PoemTown organizers report that businesses have enthusiastically embraced the idea for poetry display in their windows.
Organizers of the event are currently soliciting poetry submissions from poets living anywhere in Vermont. Submission rules are as follows:
- Submission is open to poets of all ages who are Vermont residents.
- Deadline for submissions is February 1, 2014 (i.e., poems must be postmarked by that date). No poems will be accepted that are posted after that date.
- Please send no more than 3 poems.
- If you do not use a computer, we will accept handwritten or typed poems.
- Poems can be no longer than 24 lines each.
- Please include your name, city/town of residence, email address, and phone number on the back of your poem page but do not include this information on the front of your poem.
- Please do not re-submit work that has been displayed at previous Poetry Alive! or PoemCity displays in Montpelier or that has previously appeared in print.
- By sending your work to PoemTown 2014, poets agree that PoemTown may use any poem in display, in promotional materials, and associated online, print and other media.
- Poems may be submitted via mail to one of the Co-Directors for PoemTown Randolph:
PO Box 44
Randolph, VT 05060
PO Box 303
East Randolph, VT 05041
PoemTown organizers have also assembled five major poetry readings for the month of April. They include an April 3 poetry reading by Vermont poet laureate Sydney Lea; a shared reading by leading Vermont poets Samn Stockwell and Pamela Harrison on April 10, an open mic reading at which any Vermont poet may read on April 15, and an April 21 “PoJazz” event at which a jazz quartet will play while poets Geof Hewitt and Tony Whedon and writers Angela Palm and Jessica Hendry Nelson read. PoemTown Randolph culminates with a celebration called “Powerful Poems and Decadent Desserts” at Chandler Center for the Arts on May 1st. Further details will be announced later.
Questions can be addressed through staff at Randolph Area Community Development Corporation (RACDC), Randolph’s Designated Downtown Program Organization, at 802-728-4305.
Randolph Area Community Development Corporation (RACDC) is a not-for-profit community-based organization established in 1993.
RACDC has a three fold mission:
- To preserve and develop affordable and elderly housing for low and middle income residents in the towns of Randolph, Braintree and Brookfield.
- To work to attract and retain businesses that will help area residents to work locally and to obtain higher wages
- To build community alliances to support downtown and village center revitalization in downtown Randolph and in the village centers of Randolph, Braintree and Brookfield.
RACDC's programs include:
- Development of rental and for-sale affordable housing and elderly housing
- Management of Joslyn House, a shared living facility for seniors
- Housing and Business Revolving Loan Fund
- Economic development support to the Town of Randolph
- Management of Randolph's designated downtown program
- Housing and economic development support to Braintree and Brookfield