Darlene Witte

Darlene Witte

Darlene Witte is a recovering academic… released after 25 years back into the world of poetry. She grew up in Western Alberta, a little north of where movies like Legends of the Fall and Brokeback Mountain, were filmed. She says, “The prairie landscape forces you to focus on the near horizon, so your words explore the minute details of pattern, color and form; however, to orient yourself in the landscape and walk upright, you have to lift your vision and send your words out into the far horizons.” Moving to Vermont in 1993 to become a professor of Education at Northern Vermont University, she says, “Was the best move ever. The Vermont landscape, physically, emotionally and socially, is more embracing and far gentler than I was used to; thank God for Vermont and it’s people.”

Poetry & Performance Workshops

Poetry & Performance at Green Mountain Writers Group

There is a wide gap between poetic words on a page and poetry read aloud. The Poetry & Performance Workshops, led by Darlene L. Witte, work to bridge that gap. On the first and third Tuesdays of each month, she…

Why Poetry?

A poem, for me, usually begins when a word or phrase comes to mind as I’m waking up in the morning. Before long a strong emotion trails behind, a shadow following the words. The emotion and words demand my attention.…