Resources for 4/24/2020

Happy Friday, everyone!

Today’s resources are mostly literary, and I thought I’d start with a poetry open mic, seeing that it’s still National Poetry Month!  (Oh, I’m so glad poetry gets its own month, rather than just a week!)  Poetry open mics are very close to my heart.  I spent years running a few, and they changed my life.  Literally.  I met my son’s father at an open mic when I was 19 years old.  Granted, there’s probably not much chance you’ll fall in love at a Zoom meeting, but you never know! 

Literary North and Still North Books & Bar Poetry Open Mic invites you to celebrate National Poetry Month on Sunday, April 26 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.  The open mic will take place on Zoom and features readings by Laura Jean Binkley, Vievee Francis, Kristin Maffei, Rena J. Mosteirin, April Ossmann, and YOU! 

Looking for some writing inspiration?  River Valley Community College’s WriterSpace is now meeting online Mondays and Wednesdays at 6pm and Fridays at 9am.  For the weekly link, more questions, and to learn about WriterSpace Kids, send an email to

To acknowledge the heroism and sacrifice of Vermont’s medical and service personnel in the fight against COVID-19, the Vermont Holocaust Memorial (VTHM) has launched an essay competition that will challenge Vermont students (grades 4-12) to reflect on those neighbors and relatives on the front lines against this historic threat and how their values echo those rescuers of the World War II Holocaust.  Cash prizes for the top three entries in each grade category will be awarded. The entry deadline is September 30, 2020.

Have you and your children been reading up a storm during the quarantine?  Log your reading minutes, and Save the Children’s 100 Days of Reading will provide books and educational resources to children in need.

And finally, in celebration of Earth Day, White River Indie Films is offering a free screening of EARTH, a documentary film by Nikolaus Geyhalter. After watching, you can join a live-stream discussion of the film, EARTH & the De-Materialization of Our Economy, with the Sierra Club Upper Valley Group on April 25 from 7:30-8:30 PM.  The film will be available until Sunday, April 26.

As always, stay well friends,