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Poet and co-founder of Bookstock Literary Festival, Partridge Boswell of Vermont will be the featured reader at the Bardic Trails Zoom poetry webinar Tuesday, July 6th at 7 p.m.   A production of the Talking Gourds Poetry Program, Bardic Trails is an a free event open to any who pre-register.  Register by July 5th on-line at the Wilkinson Public Library to get URL & password. Go to

Partridge Boswell is the author of Some Far Country (Grolier Poetry).  His poems have recently surfaced in Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Salmagundi, The American Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland Review, december, Plume, Hotel Amerika, Prairie Schooner and The Moth.  Co-founder of Bookstock Literary Festival, he troubadours widely with the poetry/music group, Los Lorcas, and lives with his family in Vermont.

Boswell’s wonderful reading of his Fischer Prize-winning poem, “Upon Hearing Amy Winehouse at St. James’ Church in Dingle” can be viewed here.

Talking Gourds director Art Goodtimes said, “Boswell’s poem was the 2nd outstanding finalist in the 2020 Fischer Prize poetry contest judged by Claire Blotter.   The poem is a testament to the high quality of entries received.”

Following his reading, there will be a short Question and Answer session with co-hosts, Goodtimes and Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer.

Future Bardic Trails

Aug. 3 with Jane Lunin Perel of Rhode Island (“Sky”), Sept. 7 with Anna Scotti of California (“Fuel”), Oct. 5 with Renee Podunovich of Cortez (“Tree”), Nov. 2 with Debbi Brody of New Mexico (“The New”), and Dec. 7 with Al Zolynas of California (“Flesh”).

Talking Gourds Poetry Club Meeting

Following Bardic Trails, we’ll have our Talking Gourds club member meeting (for Club members and their invitees only).   We will end the Bardic Trails Zoom gathering around 7:30 p.m, then start a new Zoom meeting for the Talking Gourds Poetry Club (all current members will receive the link separately by May 4th).   The Poetry Club meeting won’t officially start until 7:45, leaving time at the start for socializing as we used to do in our live meetings.

For those who like writing prompts, the one for July 6th is “prey.”   However, members and guests of members may read a poem or share thoughts on any topic they wish.

Talking Gourds Poetry Club Membership

To participate in the private session, one can join the Poetry Club at the Talking Gourds website.  The membership page will ask them to email Galaxy Dancer notifying us of having paid their Club fees to ensure that they receive the Zoom info in time for the private meeting.

A one-time membership donation of $25 (or more) places one on our mailing list permanently and makes one current for the calendar year in which the donation was made.  Each following calendar year, there’s a $10 renewal fee to remain current – payable by check or online with plastic.

Club members in good standing receive a monthly PDF copy of the handsome broadsides created by Daiva Chesonis for each featured reader. The PDFs can be printed for free at the Wilkinson.

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