Vermont Humanities

Words in the Woods Events

Colorful Vermont foliage
Words in the Woods

Our seasonal “Words in the Woods” program allows Vermonters and visitors to enjoy our state’s natural beauty while listening to and reading literature in the outdoors. This year, we look forward to joining four Vermont poets in-person at different Vermont State Parks. Some of the events will be recorded for viewing online for those who aren’t able to make it out to the parks.

Upcoming Words in the Woods Events

Singer-songwriter Bryan Blanchetter in a white short with a bolo tie, holding a guitar, sitting against a brown background
Live Event

Bryan Blanchette: Words in the Woods

Bryan Blanchette is a singer-songwriter who brings more than ten thousand years of Abenaki tradition to his contemporary compositions. He began powwow drumming more than two decades ago and soon after began writing Abenaki language songs. Bryan also studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Live Event

Toussaint St. Negritude: Words in the Woods

Toussaint St. Negritude describes himself as “Black, queer, artist, mountaineer, devout congregant of the wilderness.” He frequently intersperses his words with compositions on his bass clarinet. His work has been published in journals such as The Michigan Quarterly Review, The Savannah Literary Journal, and The San Francisco Bay Guardian.

Carol Potter, with short gray hair and dark tortoiseshell glasses
Live Event

Carol Potter: Words in the Woods

Carol Potter is a teacher, editor, and author of five books of poetry. Some Slow Bees won the Field Poetry Prize from Oberlin College Press in 2014. Her poems have been published in The American Poetry Review, Poetry, The Green Mountains Review, The Kenyon Review, among others.

Keiselim (Keysi) Montás in a gray barn coat sitting against a green woodsy background
Live Event

Keiselim (Keysi) Montás: Words in the Woods

Keysi Montás was born in the Dominican Republic and migrated to New York at the age of 16. He has published five poetry books, two collections of short stories, and two collections of essays.

Thanks to Vermont State Parks and the Vermont Arts Council for their support of Words in the Woods! Words in the Woods events are generously sponsored by a Northeast Kingdom donor in honor of poet Judy Chalmer.

Vermont Humanities*** May 13, 2022