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Vermont Humanities Council Presents First Wednesdays Lecture

Vermont Poet Discusses Contemporary Poetry at Montpelier’s Kellogg-Hubbard Library


Montpelier ~  Vermont poet Michael Palma will consider the ways in which modern poetry echoes traditional forms in a talk at Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier on April 4. The talk, “They Do Still Write Them the Way They Used To,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and takes place at 7:00 p.m.

Refuting the notion that modern poetry is formless and self-absorbed, Palma will consider contemporary poets who use rhyme, meter, and figurative language to explore timeless, universal themes.

Palma is a poet and translator and serves on the Board of the Italian Poetry Society of America. He has received numerous awards for his translations, among them the Raiziss/de Palchi Award from the Academy of American Poets and the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize. He has served as a grants panelist and an expert evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts, and is a former Elector of the Poets’ Corner at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York.

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Montpelier are held at Kellogg-Hubbard Library unless otherwise noted.

The 2011-2012 First Wednesdays season in Montpelier concludes with “Why Stephen King Still Matters” with UVM English Department Chair Tony Magistrale on May 2.

The Vermont Department of Libraries is the statewide underwriter of First Wednesdays.

For more information, contact the Kellogg-Hubbard Library at 802.223.3338 or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or [log in to unmask], or visit

First Wednesdays is also presented in eight other communities statewide: Brattleboro (at Brooks Memorial Library); Essex Junction (at Brownell Library); Manchester (at First Congregational Church, hosted by Mark Skinner Library); Middlebury (at Ilsley Public Library); Newport (at Goodrich Memorial Library); Norwich (at Norwich Congregational Church, hosted by Norwich Public Library and Norwich Historical Society); Rutland (at Rutland Free Library); and at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. The program is free, accessible to people with disabilities and open to the public. 

The Vermont Humanities Council is a private nonprofit working to bring the power and the pleasure of the humanities to all Vermonters—of every background and in every community. The Council strives to make Vermont a state in which every individual reads, participates in public affairs, and continues to learn throughout life.

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