Next Stage Speaks: emerging poets reading and brunch

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PUTNEY, Vt. – Next Stage Arts presents a poetry brunch as part of its ongoing literary series, Next Stage Speaks, on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 10 a.m.

After editing the new Vermont anthology of contemporary poets titled “Roads Taken, Contemporary Vermont Poetry,” Chard deNiord and Syd Lea discovered that there are many fine poets throughout Vermont who have yet to publish a book but have published poems in literary journals. Next Stage Arts project will host a reading for poets from Vermont who have published poems in literary journals but have yet to publish a book. This reading will take place at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, in Putney starting at 10 a.m. and a light brunch will be served. Poets will read in alphabetical order.

Next Stage Speaks is hosted by Vermont Poet Laureate Chard DeNiord. He is the author of numerous books of poems and a book of interviews with seven senior American poets. A co-founder of the New England College M.F.A. program in poetry, he works as a professor of English at Providence College and lives Westminster West.

There is a suggested donation at the door. For more information, contact Chard deNiord at or or call 802-387-0102. For more information about Next Stage Arts, check out the website

Next Stage Arts Project, winner of a National Endowment for the Arts and ArtPlace America grants, is a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing Putney’s cultural and economic village center through the programming, development and operation of Next Stage. The newly renovated performance space at 15 Kimball Hill is now accessible, comfortable and air-conditioned.

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