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Call for Submissions: Poems for Poemtown St. Johnsbury

Scott Davis

Click HERE for Submissions Guidelines.

PoemTown St. Johnsbury, a collaboration between Catamount Arts, the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, and the St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce, celebrates poetry through the posting of poems on business windows, poetry readings and slams, writing workshops, and more. PoemTown St. Johnsbury is a satellite site for Montpelier’s PoemCity, a month-long celebration of National Poetry Month in April.

Poets are invited to submit one or two original poems on the theme “A Sense of Place.” “As our committee discussed potential events and featured poets to read in April, we talked a lot about such ideas as identity and belonging, and about what makes the Northeast Kingdom a special place,” said Anne Campbell, Education Director of Catamount Arts. “We hope poets can use the theme as a point of departure for their writing. “

Poems must be submitted to Catamount Arts by midnight on February 15, 2017. Submission guidelines are posted on the Catamount Arts website (catamountarts.org) and may also be picked up at the Catamount Arts box office, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, and the St. Johnsbury Welcome Center. Poetry submissions are not limited to professional or published poets; PoemTown St. Johnsbury welcomes all Vermonters, of any age, who wish to have a forum for their writing.

Montpelier’s PoemCity, formerly Poetry Alive!, has celebrated poetry for 7 years. In addition to PoemTown St. Johnsbury, there are two other satellites: PoemTown Randolph and PoemCampus at Norwich University. Details about PoemTown St. Johnsbury’s poetry postings and events will be announced at a later date. For more information about poetry submissions, please contact Anne Campbell at Catamount Arts, 802-748-2600, extension 108.

Friday, Sept. 16, 7 pm: Mohamad Hafez Speaks on His Artwork and the Syrian Conflict

Scott Davis

Syrian artist and architect Mohamad Hafez will offer a very personal view of what it's like for an upper class Damascene family to become forced migrants - their lives before and after, decision points, forced hands, and adjustment to new realities.  This will be an opportunity to better understand what the biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II looks like to an individual and family who have been through it. 

Mr. Hafez creates mixed and multi-media sculptures representing Middle Eastern streetscapes and buildings besieged by civil war, deliberately contrasted with hopeful verses from the Quran, audio recordings from his homeland, and other elements of his Islamic heritage.

His exhibition,  Unsettled Nostalgia, is a multimedia installation that incorporates pre-war wall murals, sculpture depicting the post-war reality, miniature elements, and photography focusing on the war and the current refugee crisis.

 

Robert Ford: Can Syria Be Put Back Together Again?

Scott Davis

Robert Ford discussed the Syrian crisis at the Athenaeum on Wednesday, August 24. He served as the United States Ambassador to Syria from 2010 to 2014. In 2012 he was awarded the Profile in Courage Award by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation for his work. Robert has recently joined the Board of Trustees at the Athenaeum. Watch the video of his presentation here.