Welcome to the Poetry Society
of New Hampshire

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!

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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.

To pay dues online click here.

To pay dues by physical check: Mail your information (name, address, phone, email – please don’t forget to include your email address!) with your check payable to “Poetry Society of NH” to:

Kim Theriault, PSNH Treasurer
P.O. Box 1118
Amherst, NH 03031-1118

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Attend a Meeting or Reading

Quarterly Meetings
PSNH Reading Series
Slam Free or Die
New Hampshire Poetry Festival



Quarterly Meetings

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 in September and October on Zoom.  Contact Jimmy Pappas at psnhevents@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to attend.

OCTOBER 20TH, TUESDAY AT 7:00 PM:

Charles Simic! We will be coordinating with Gibson’s Bookstore. Contact the store if you want to buy any autographed copies of Mr. Simic’s books. (Open to the public)

OCTOBER 23, FRIDAY AT 7:00 PM: 

Hanif Abdurraqib will be reading and discussing his work. He writes poetry and “things about music.” (Open to the public in coordination with Gibson’s Bookstore

OCTOBER 24, SATURDAY AT 7:00 PM:
Welcome to a night of music and discussion of writing lyrics by three New England musicians, Wendy Keith, Tara Greenblatt, and Libby Kirkpatrick. Each musician will play and explore their songwriting process to help us discover some of the many connections between poetry and music. 
Here’s a SNEAK PEEK at our musicians for the evening:
WENDY KEITH moved from the Boston area to the Monadnock Region in the late 70s largely because of the Folkway Club and the excellent radio station here. She plays Americana, Folk, Blues, and original songs and has just completed and released her fourth original CD recording, “It’s About Time”. Her music may be found on CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon, and at the Toadstool Bookstore in Peterborough, NH.
TARA GREENBLATT: Tara’s words and music touch the souls of her listeners and explore our human connection to the natural world. Evocative and honest, the subject of her songs delve into personal experiences making the listener feel deeply. Her music and live performance put the listener in touch with themselves, with the light and shadow sides of being human, and with the pulse of life. She has been performing with her stellar band all over the New England area and beyond for more than fifteen years. Her website is: https://www.drumtara.com/
LIBBY KIRKPATRICK lives with her son in Hartland, VT. She describes herself an American troubadour singer-songwriter born of folk music of the sixties and seventies into the jam and bluegrass festival scene of the 90s, influenced by international travel as well as embodied, intergalactic, and accidental out-of-body travel. Libby is also a bio-field tuning practitioner and a craniosacral therapist who uses sound for healing and wellness. Her music is available on-line through Spotify, Amazon, CDBaby, on any Google home. Her website is: www.onewomanwellness.com
This is our first event of this kind and we hope to offer more!
(Open to the public

OCTOBER 27TH, TUESDAY AT 7:00 PM: Jennifer Militello – Theme:
Language as Immediacy Instrument and Mystery Machine:
image/metaphor/music.  (Open to the public)

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 Gluck. (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

Slam Free 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.