About the Journal

Burlington Poetry Journal is an independent publication that is dedicated to the concept that art should be free and accessible to everyone. In a world with so many voices we believe in a community based, eclectic approach to the publication of poetry. Therefore, the BPJ will always welcome any form or style within its pages. We are currently working towards achieving a non-profit 501(c)3 status.

Thursday, July 22, 2010


Hi PSOV Members: July 14, 2010

On Saturday, July 31s, 2010

Our Summer Festival will take place at Knoll Farm, courtesy of Peter Forbes and Helen Whybrow, our hosts. The address is 700 Bragg Hill Road, Fayston, Vermont.

Directions: From the North, take Rte 100 south through Waitsfield. Just before the junction of Rte 17 and Rte 100, turn right onto Bragg Hill Rd. Drive up half a mile. You will see the Knoll Farm sign on your right. Turn righ onto the driveway. There is a big red barn building and a white farm house with a huge cotton wood tree in front of the house. Turn left into the Parking Area designated by signs.

From the South, take Rte 100 north to just after Rte 17, turn left onto Bragg Hill Road and drive up Bragg Hill Rd. as directed above.

Council Meeting at 8:30 A.M. in the Barn towards the back left corner where the sofas are.

From 10:00 A.M. to Noon, Diane Swan will lead us in a Writing Workshop. Bring pen and pad ready to write! We are listed in the brochure of the Vermont Festival of the Arts, so we may have guests attending the workshop and the readings. PSOV members may bring guests, also (see below).* Bring your picnic lunch to enjoy outdoors, weather permitting, or in the barn, if it rains. There will be a dessert cake and beverage.

From about 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. there will be poetry readings in the barn, or, as last year, outdoors under the canopy if the sun shines. Bring your favorite author’s verses or some of your own fine ones! Think Summer, Poetry, Picnics, Camaraderie and join us at Knoll Farm on Saturday, July 31st at Knoll Farm on Bragg Hill Road.

One short addendum to the SUMMER CALL:

*We ask if you are going to bring a guest that you call Jane Wollmar (802-496-3428) to let her know. We need to arrange the writing space and Diane Swan wants to be sure to have enough hand-outs. As usual, PSOV is charging a small fee of $10.00 for non-members at the workshop. This includes the rest of the day: dessert, beverage, and a wonderful poetry reading.

See you there!!


Friday, May 7, 2010

Mud Season 2010

Copies of the Burlington Poetry Journal are now available downtown Burlington (Muddy's, Radio Bean, and Uncommon Grounds). We will be bringing them to Richmond and Middlebury next week. If you know of a place that you think should have some, let us know. Happy reading!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Welcome back to the Burlington Poetry Journal

Here is a poem to welcome you into a new season of the BPJ and otherwise.

When I Have Fears That I May Cease To Be
by John Keats

When I have fears that I may cease to be
Before my pen has glean'd my teeming brain,
Before high-piled books, in charactery,
Hold like rich garners the full ripen'd grain;
When I behold, upon the night's starr'd face,
Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,
And think that I may never live to trace
Their shadows, with the magic hand of chance;
And when I feel, fair creature of an hour,
That I shall never look upon thee more,
Never have relish in the faery power
Of unreflecting love;--then on the shore
Of the wide world I stand alone, and think
Till love and fame to nothingness do sink.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Deadline Reminder

It is almost June, and that means that summer will be here shortly (we hope).  I would just like to remind everyone that the deadline for the newest journal is June 15th, which is fast approaching. If you have any questions, please do not be shy, we love to answer emails.  Take care,
    BPJ Editors

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Women's Poetry Retreat

Cora Brooks for Plainfield and Crow Cohen, Burlington, are hosting a Women’s Poetry Retreat on Saturday May 16th from 11 am to 2 pm (and beyond if you wish).  This is being held at Huntington Open Women’s Land (HOWL) in Huntington Center

Donations accepted, but no one turned away for lack of funds. HOWL is on a dead-end dirt road with 50 acres of woods and meadows, a house, a barn, sweeping views, miles of trails, a fire pit, a small pond, mountain streams and more—bound to inspire all kinds of poetry.

     For More information please, and to register, please call Crow at 802-660-9706 or e-mail her at crowsky@myfairpoint.net.

Guidelines for submitting to the Journal

Send your submission to


Please include the titles of your pieces, your name, city, state and contact information in the email.

We are happy to accommodate potential formatting concerns via mail. Please contact us for details at the above email address.

For Poetry:

Email up to three previously unpublished poems in the body of an email with “Poetry” as the subject.

If you are submitting to the “Under 18 Section”, please type “Under 18 Poetry” as the subject of your email.

We are unable to publish a poem that is longer than two pages.

For cover Art:

Email up to three pieces of original Black & White artwork as jpeg (jpg) attachments with “cover art” as the subject.

Reading Periods

January editions: October 1st to November 31st

May editions: Feb 1st to March 31st

September editions: June 1st to July 15th