To warm us up for National Poetry Month in April, Arts Council of Tamworth (ACT) is delighted to bring poet, mentor and scribe Verandah Porche to Tamworth as our spring Art Connects Us artist-in-residence. Community members of all ages will have several opportunities to play with words with Verandah, to learn from her, and to hear her poetry.
You won’t be able to look at words in the same way once you’ve looked at them with Verandah. Verandah’s week will begin on Sunday, March 23, at 10:00 AM. She will lead a Poetry Service at the United Universalist Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes in Tamworth that will include poems, music, and the talk, “Finding the Verse in Conversation.” On Tuesday, March 25, at 7:00 PM at the Cook Library in Tamworth, Verandah will offer a Poetry Reading and Pantoum Workshop. This event is free and open to all.
On Wednesday, March 26 at 3:45 PM at the K. A. Brett School in Tamworth, Verandah will offer a professional development workshop for teachers, “Picturing Words: Teaching Descriptive Writing Through Poetry.” Verandah will be in residency at the Brett School from March 24-28. Homeschoolers who would like to participate can call 323-7271 for the schedule. The public is welcome to attend the Community Poetry Sharing at Brett at 2:00 PM on Friday, March 28.
Verandah says, “For forty years, based on a farm in Vermont, I’ve made a living stringing words together. I wanted my life to be a poem.” In addition to writing poetry that grows out of her own experience, Verandah is a muse for hire, creating original poetry that celebrates the moments and milestones in the lives of friends, neighbors, strangers and organizations. She has also developed a practice to create, preserve, and share personal literature with those who need a writing partner. She listens, probes, and records the told poetry or shared narrative of a diverse community. Verandah has created these collaborative writing projects in literacy and crisis centers, hospitals, factories, nursing homes, senior centers, a 200-year-old Vermont tavern, and an urban working-class neighborhood. Verandah also offers unique poetry workshops and residencies for students of all ages—elementary to Elderhostel—as she will do here. Her performances are lively and interactive, featuring Verandah’s work, poetic forms she’s invented or adapted, wordplay and whimsy. Visit verandahporche.com to read some of Verandah’s poems and to watch a wonderful video demonstrating her writing partnership work.