Voicing Art Poetry Reading Series + Poems

an art-inspired community poetry reading event series

Voicing Art Poetry Reading Series + Poems

Voicing Art is an inclusive public community poetry reading event hosted by The Poartry Project of original art-inspired poetry and prose in Burlington, VT and simultaneously internationally livestreamed online. Voicing Art’s mission is “building loving worlds through loving words and art” with a welcoming, encouraging and family-friendly celebration of writing and art that provides the space to discover that poetry is accessible to all.


Here’s how Voicing Art works in non-pandemic times: 

  • Visit the current exhibit at FLYNNDOG Gallery in the hallway of South End Station in South Burlington, Vermont, view it online via the virtual gallery of the exhibit provided by The Poartry Project, or choose another art exhibit in your local region or online during the writing window. 
  • Write 1-4 one-page poems or prose pieces inspired by the art at FLYNNDOG or of your choice. 
  • Submit your work(s) to Voicing Art. Come read it aloud at Nomad Coffee South End Station on a Saturday afternoon during the scheduled Voicing Art event in-person or from anywhere in the world via Zoom livestream.
  • Enjoy drinks and eats available for purchase from Nomad Coffee at the reading.
  • This reading is open and encouraging to all people of all ages and all levels of experience, including none. It is a supportive, safe and loving space to come play. Even though Voicing Art is an intentionally non-critique event, it consistently magnetizes incredibly thoughtful work and writers who share engaging, mind-blowing, vivid, clever, funny and heart-melting voices and care.

Even before covid, Voicing Art Poets were participating from Burlington, Milton, Charlotte, Bristol, Montpelier, Bennington, Lake Elmore, New York, Connecticut, Illinois, Texas, Ireland and Australia. The reading takes place every other month, and the Voicing Art poems are posted online here after the reading and compiled into a program that is available hard copy and digitally.

Our April reading was fully virtual, and to be completely safe, our June reading will also be fully virtual. In the absence of the FLYNNDOG Gallery exhibition as muse for our poems, we are taking inspiration from specific themes provided by The Poartry Project or poet’s-choice pieces of art. We hope to be able to resume gathering in person at Nomad Coffee as soon as we all feel comfortable and confident to do so while continuing to enjoy the virtual presence of the poets and appreciative listeners who regularly come in via Zoom.

Our Next Upcoming Voicing Art Reading Event is fully virtual

Saturday, August 15th
2-3 pm US eastern time via Zoom

Calling all poetry-writers and word-lovers! Our August Voicing Art Poetry Reading will be fully virtual on the theme of “SHIFTING SANDS” since we continue to live through a time of uncertain territory in almost every dimension of our lives. Our muse art to inspire original poetic works on the theme is the “earth art” of Yusuke Asai, whom we first experienced via Mary Wemple’s ongoing Words & Art Reading series in Houston. His work is incredible – all using locally-found soil from the locale where he is staging his art – a fitting inspiration for the shifting sands of our existence!

Submission deadline:
August 14th to poartryproject@gmail.com


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Voicing Art Poetry Portfolios

June 2020

Inspired by the art of 1918 pandemic-era artists, Munch, Schiele and Klimt

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April 2020

Inspired by the themes of connection and interdependent independence.

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February 2020

Inspired by the art of justin hoekstra

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December 2019

Inspired by the art of the art tribe (collective artists)


October 2019

Inspired by the art of mercedes bautista

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August 2019

Inspired by art of bucolic concrete (collective artists)

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June 2019

Inspired by the art of al salzman

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April 2019

Inspired by the art of roger coleman + peter curtis

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Our Debut Book

Voicing Art: Poetry of Space | Place | Time
is now available!

Poetry inspired by works of art, the art of nature and the exploration of beauty, perception and insight through the cartography of the unseen.


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