Vermont’s Leading Poets Get the Spotlight on Vermont PBS

Vermont PBS welcomes spring – and April’s National Poetry Month – with a celebration of Vermont poetry in its new series, Poets and Their Craft. The ten-part series, launching both on-air and online, puts a spotlight on some of the state’s leading poets as they give intimate readings and reflect on the creative process.

The programs were recorded during the 2015 Poets & Their Craft readings and discussions held in independent bookstores across the state - including Phoenix Books Burlington! The readings were organized by poets Mary Jane Dickerson and Tamra Higgins. Each half-hour episode in the series combines highlights from those community readings with interview segments in which the poets discuss their craft and sources of inspiration. Online content will include extended interview segments with each poet.

“Poets and Their Craft” premieres Thursday, March 24, on all platforms. On air, back-to-back episodes will air Thursdays at 7 and 7:30 p.m. for five consecutive weeks. Online viewing, available to Vermonters anytime, anywhere, is accessible at vermontpbs.org/poets, with the first four episodes launching March 24. The series will also air on Vermont PBS PLUS, Mondays at 9 and 9:30 p.m., beginning March 28.

Eleven Vermont poets are featured:
David Huddle reads at The Vermont Book Shop, Middlebury.
Pamela Harrison reads at Bridgeside Books, Waterbury.
Diana Whitney reads at Bartleby's Books, Wilmington.
Jay Parini reads at Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center.
Sydney Lea reads at Norwich Bookstore, Norwich.
David Budbill reads at Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick.
Neil Shepard reads at Ebenezer Books, Johnson.
Major Jackson reads at Bear Pond Books, Montpelier.
Baron Wormser reads at Misty Valley Books, Chester.
Mary Jane Dickerson and Tamra Higgins read at Phoenix Books, Burlington.

Says Vermont PBS president Holly Groschner, “By combining celebrated Vermont poets reading their work with behind-the-scenes interviews that tell their stories, Poets and Their Craft allows
us to share with all Vermonters the richness of our creative community in an intimate visual experience. We are inspired by the poets in our midst, and delighted with this partnership of
Vermont PBS and independently owned bookstores across the state.”

The series is produced by Vermont PBS staffer Keith Swann. Executive producer is Joe Merone. Production support has been provided by Phoenix Books, Northshire Bookstore, the
Vermont College of Fine Arts, the Middlebury Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences and the Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English. Vermont PBS is Vermont’s statewide public media provider and visual storyteller, with a commitment to cultural enrichment and civic engagement. More information is available at vermontpbs.org.