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Village Square Booksellers hosts poetry open mic

BELLOWS FALLS—Village Square Booksellers will host a 2nd Saturday Poetry Open Mic on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 1 p.m., assisted by New Hampshire author and poet Jim Fowler.

The event will feature local poets Tim Mayo and Charles Butterfield, who will have books available for sale.

Tim Mayo’s poems and reviews have appeared in many journals, and his poems have received seven Pushcart Prize nominations. His first full length collection, The Kingdom of Possibilities (Mayapple Press, 2009), was a finalist for the 2009 May Swenson Award.

His second volume of poems, Thesaurus of Separation (Phoenicia Publishing, 2016) was a finalist for the 2017 Montaigne Medal and a finalist for the 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award. His most recent collection, Notes to the Mental Hospital Timekeeper, was just published by Kelsay Books.

Charles Butterfield, retired teacher, is author of three poetry collections. His chapbook, Morning Watch, came out in September from Finishingline Press. Field Notes was a finalist in Encircle Publications’ 2012 chapbook contest and published in 2013. Another Light, with nature photographer Larry Richardson (2008), is out of print.

After the two authors read their poems, the open mic is held by having poets take turns reading from their works or a favorite book. Call 802-463-9404 for event reservations.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #543 (Wednesday, January 8, 2020). This story appeared on page B4.

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