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.
PSNH Reading Series
PSNH’s Reading Series – “PSNH Presents” – has gone virtual! Mark your calendars for the following events upcoming on Zoom. Contact Jimmy Pappas at email@example.com if you have any questions or would like to attend.
JANUARY 26, TUESDAY AT 7:00 PM:Michael Simms, the editor and creator of the online journal Vox Populi: A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature, will be discussing social justice poetry. He will also read some poems from his new book American Ash.
FEBRUARY 2, TUESDAY AT 7:00 PM:Anders Carlson-Wee will be conducting a poetry event on the theme of “Family Stories and Road Narratives.”
FEBRUARY 7, SUNDAY AT 1:00: Join special guest Chen Chen at the DownCellar Poetry Salon as he discusses the theme “Approaches to writing about sensitive subjects that involve the stories of real people.” We will share some of our own true stories we are writing about and the difficulties we face coming to terms with the facts. FEBRUARY 9, TUESDAY AT 7:00:George Bilgere.
FEBRUARY 12, FRIDAY AT 7:00:Round Robin on the theme of love in poetry. Bring in poems, stories, and songs.
FEBRUARY 16, TUESDAY AT 7:00:Elizabeth Wolf, Tom Hunley and Jimmy Pappas discuss the Rattle Chapbook prize and will read and discuss poems from their chapbooks. They will give tips on how to write a chapbook.
MARCH 9, TUESDAY AT 7:00: Acclaimed jazz composer, saxophonist, and poet Roy Nathanson and award-winning author Jeff Friedman will discuss how their years of conversations, interactions and collaborations have led them to develop new directions in their work and to complete their most recent books of poetry. Roy will read from his book Conversations and Other Songs (Madhat Press, October 2020) and Jeff will read from his, The Marksman (Carnegie Mellon University Press, November 2020). Roy’s saxophone will act as a third voice connecting the conversation between the two poets.
MARCH 12, FRIDAY AT 7:00: Round Robin on the theme of African-American poetry. Bring in your favorite poems by an African-American poet or your own poems, stories, and songs on your experiences with race issues.
MARCH 16, TUESDAY AT 7:00:Powow Poets.
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.