Shelburne Museum hosting Words and Voices, Bob Dylan: Lyrics as Poetry

Are you a Bob Dylan fan? Have you always wanted to read the words from his songs out loud? Shelburne Museum is hosting a program called Words and Voices: Bob Dylan Lyrics as Poetry on March 24 from 7 to 8pm.

Over the last five decades, the poeticism of Bob Dylan’s profound, honest, and fiery lyrics have greatly influenced the world of rock and folk music and continue to exemplify the power that poetry and lyricism can hold within society and our own selves.

In 2016, Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. To celebrate his achievements in songwriting, The Shelburne Museum is hosting their event, as a community poetry read, emceed by Reuben Jackson, host of VPR’s Friday Night Jazz with Reuben Jackson.

This event is held in conjunction with the current exhibition, Backstage Pass: Rock & Roll Photography (February 11–May 7, 2017), in which Bob Dylan is featured.

Shelburne Museum is reaching out to high schools partaking in this year’s Poetry Out Loud program, as well as local poets and the greater Vermont community, with a call to all Bob Dylan fans out there who may be interested in reading some of his lyrics at the event. This will be a welcoming and meaningful evening for people to come together to appreciate the joy and power of music, poetry, and literature.

How can you participate? Select either a single, complete song or a section of lyrics from one Bob Dylan song and send them to Public Programs Assistant, Chloe Vogt at

The song may be from any decade or album—just as long as it’s written by Bob Dylan!  The finalized list of readers as well as event details and schedule will be sent out via email to all participants by the week of March 20. Submissions must be in by Friday, March 17.

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