The Poetry Society of New Hampshire (PSNH) is a non-profit organization that promotes poetry through publications, including the The Poets’ Touchstone literary journal. We celebrate and share poetry through open mics, workshops, contests and collaborations with other artists. To achieve this, PSNH sponsors and supports events all over New Hampshire, including at libraries, art galleries, parks, theaters, and on the radio. We are proud to be a key contributor to the NH State Poet Laureate program, where we recommend a poet to the Governor following a rigorous application and selection process, and support critical activities related to the position.
We welcome all poets and lovers of poetry.
Please check out the various menu options on this website for more information about our organization and how you can be a part of the celebration of poetry across New Hampshire!
How to Join or Renew
Note: You are not required to be a resident of New Hampshire in order to join.
Dues for one year are $25. Dues for three years are $60.
Annual Memberships for Juniors (eighteen years of age or under) and Students (any person who is enrolled as a student in an accredited academic institution) are $10.
We meet the last Saturday of the months of January, April, July and October, and all are welcome. The July meeting is our annual meeting where we conduct whatever business is necessary. At the other three we have featured readers or workshop leaders. All offer members a chance to read during an open mic. Information on the location of the meetings is communicated via email or in The Poets’ Touchstone.
Hello Everyone, Please join us for your quarterly Poetry Society of NH Member Meeting this Saturday morning, October 31, at 10:00 AM on Zoom. People interested in becoming members can also attend. Feel free to contact Jimmy Pappas at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Committees will be reporting to the group on all of the work they have been doing. Members are encouraged to ask questions, express concerns, volunteer to help out. The Poetry Society is an all-volunteer group. Volunteerism is at the heart of its success. We need your skills in some way you can be assured. There will be an open mic and some surprises. Please have your poems available to screen share. You can send copies of your poems on a pdf to Jimmy if you do not know how to share on the screen. Depending on the number of participants, each person will have time to read at least one poem, maybe more! After the meeting and festivities are over, there will be a free workshop on writing haikus for all members who are interested. This will be just in time to submit your haiku to the journal Pulse: Voices from the Heart of Medicine. It is one of the top journals in the country for medical related poetry. The deadline to submit is the same day, Saturday, October 31. Join us to get a free critique of your work and write some haiku with us before submitting. Bring in the haikus you have already written to get them workshopped. Have them ready to screen share if possible. Here is a link to the journal. Check it out for samples. It has more links near the bottom of the page in blue: https://pulsevoices.org/index.php/submit
Please contact Jimmy if you are interested in attending this free workshop. The editor who selects the haiku, Neal Whitman, will also be a guest speaker at our Down Cellar Poets meeting on Sunday, December 6, at 1:00. A great opportunity. Many good reasons to keep up with your membership. We hope to see and talk to you Saturday. Jimmy
PSNH Reading Series
PSNH’s Reading Series – “PSNH Presents” – has gone virtual! Mark your calendars for the following events upcoming in September and October on Zoom. Contact Jimmy Pappas at email@example.com if you have any questions or would like to attend.
NOVEMBER 1, SUNDAY AT 1:00 PM: The Down Cellar Poets discuss “How to Write like a Nobel Prize Winner” as they look at the poetry of Louise Glück. (PSNH Members Only)
NOVEMBER 3RD, TUESDAY: ELECTION DAY! Don’t forget to vote!
NOVEMBER 10TH, TUESDAY AT 7:00 PM:Jimmy Pappas discusses his experiences as a teacher in South Vietnam during the war. He will tell his story, share some poems, answer questions, and discuss the time period. Adult themes and language. (Open to the public)
NOVEMBER 13, FRIDAY AT 7:00 PM: Round Robin poetry, stories, and music on the theme of War. Bring in material of your own or by others. (PSNH Members Only)
NOVEMBER 17TH, TUESDAY AT 7:00 PM: Marie Harris will explore the topic “Can the Occasional Poem Outlive the Occasion?” using examples from her own occasional poetry as well as work from other state poets laureate. Wedding poems, elegies, dedications, and memorials all fall within the category. Audience participation welcome. (Open to the public)
DECEMBER 1, TUESDAY AT 7:00 PM:Susanna Hargreaves discusses the “I Am Poem.” She has created a more in depth way of looking at that traditional form. She will also describe how to make a Gift of Words for family and friends at any time of year. Contact Jimmy to receive a template created by Susanna to use writing an I Am Heritage Poem. (Open to the public)
DECEMBER 8, TUESDAY AT 7:00 PM:Erica Bodwell moderates part 2 of her discussion on the theme of “Is Your Poem Telling the Truth?” The first part of her event continues to stir interest in the topic. If you missed part 1, feel free to still attend part 2. (Open to the public)
DECEMBER 15: TUESDAY AT 7:00 PM:Willie Perdomo(Open to the public)
JANUARY 5: TUESDAY AT 7:00 PM:Tim Mayo Note: He will be doing a Mental Health theme. Still working on the details. (Open to the public)
JANUARY 12: TUESDAY AT 7:00 PM:Julie Danho(Open to the public)
JANUARY 19: TUESDAY AT 7:00 PM:Dawn Potter (Open to the public)
Slam Free or Die
SlamFree Or Die at Stark Brewing Company features open mic nights for poets and spoken-word artists every Thursday night in Manchester, NH. The show includes an open mic every Thursday, poetry slam competitions held twice a month, and a set by a featured reader. This is an all-ages show in a private function room. Doors open and sign-ups begin at 7:00 pm with open mic beginning at 8:00 pm. Featured poets and slams follow the open mic after a short intermission. For the most up-to-date information on the show, check out Slam Free or Die on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or e-mail SlamFreeorDie@gmail.com.Stark Brewing Company is located next to Arms Park at 500 N. Commercial Street in Manchester, NH. There is plenty of free parking at the rear of the building (facing the river) and you can feel free to use the entrance on that side.
New Hampshire Poetry Festival
The 5th Annual New Hampshire Poetry Festival occurred in September of 2019, organized by PSNH and New England College MFA in Creative Writing program (NEC MFA). It was an exciting event celebrating the reading and writing of poetry! While we were unable to organize a festival for 2020, PSNH is actively engaged in planning for next year. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months.