As part of our "Environmental Literacy through the Arts" series, we are offering “Writing on the Land: Exploring the nature of the place we live”, a “told poems” residency with poet Verandah Porche, with the goal of encouraging both students and adults to examine their feelings about place. Verandah's next visits with us are planned for Sept. 29-Oct. 1 and Oct. 8-10.

She will offer school workshops, library readings and a series of workshops and gatherings where participants will explore their ideas through listening, writing and sharing. See the program descriptions below, and sign up for the ones you're interested in.

Verandah Porche works with the Girls of Summer in Lincoln, July 2014 

Writing on the Land: Poetry Readings & "Told Poem" Trainings

Monday, September 29, 7 p.m., Weeks Memorial Library, Lancaster
Tuesday, September 30, 7 p.m., Bethlehem Public Library, Bethlehem
Wednesday, October 1, 7 p.m., Lincoln Public Library, Lincoln

Free. For students, writers & interested community members. Pre-registration (by email) requested.

RegisterVerandah will share poems from her books and her daily writing practice as well as narratives gathered from her work as a writing partner and will show participants how to become "scribes" in their own communities, creating short, powerful "told poems", giving voice to people's stories.

Writing on the Land: K-12 Teacher Workshop

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 4-5:30 p.m. (networking & snacks 3:30)
Lin-Wood Public School, Lincoln NH

Purchase Tickets

$10, $5 for AANNH members. Preregistration (by email) requested.
In this informal workshop, we'll reflect on our place and read, create and share poems drawn from living on the land, seeking a language rooted in place. Professional development credit offered.

Writing on the Land: Community Poetry Sharing & Conversation

Wednesday, October 8, 7 p.m., Bethlehem Public Library
Thursday, October 9, 7 p.m., Lincoln Public Library

Free & open to all.

Verandah will read several poems and students and adult community members will share their writing and the “told poems” they have gathered with a wider audience. After the reading, Courtney Wrigley, project coordinator of North Country Listens, will facilitate discussions about land, land use and community. 

Here is a video of a student poem performed during Verandah's recent residency in Tamworth, NH. (This wasn't an Arts Alliance event, but it's an example of her work with students. We can't wait to see what she'll create with us!)

About Verandah

Verandah Porche, an award-winning poet from Vermont, has publishing her poetry for more than three decades. In addition to her own books of poetry, her work has been seen in The Atlantic, The Village Voice, Ms., The New Boston Review and Vermont Organic Farmer, among others.

During the past 30 years, she has traveled from her home in rural Vermont, writing with and for people in grange halls and garages, elementary schools and Elderhostels, nursing homes and daycare centers, mansions and soup kitchens, board rooms and basements, homes and jails, literacy programs and colleges. She has developed a practice called "told poetry" or shared narratives that enable people who need a writing partner to create, preserve and share personal literature.

She has been engaged in residencies at the Gifford Medical Center in Randolph, Vermont, and Real Artways in Hartford, CT. which resulted in a published collection of her poems titled "Listening Out Loud." Recent residencies include the Police Poetry Project with teenagers and local police in Bennington, VT, and Music of Our Spheres with a 90-member women’s chorus in Brattleboro, Vermont. Currently she is collaborating with vocalist and composer Patty Carpenter.

In 1998, the Vermont Arts Council awarded Verandah a Citation of Merit for her contribution to the state’s cultural life, and in 2012, Marlboro College awarded her an honorary degree, doctor of humane letters.