to the Poetry Society
of New Hampshire!


We are a non-profit membership organization that promotes poetry through the publication of books, The Poets Touchstone literary journal, open mics, workshops, contests, a monthly calendar of events, collaborations with other artists, and assisting the Governor in selecting the State Poet Laureate. We have sponsored or supported events in libraries, art galleries, parks, theaters, and on the radio. We welcome all poets and lovers of poetry.

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How 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, e-mail) with your check payable to “Poetry Society of NH” to:

Ala Khaki, PSNH Treasurer
P.O. Box 1118
Amherst, NH 03031-1118

Please include a short bio and a couple unpublished poems we might use to introduce you to other members in The Poets’ Touchstone. We would love to learn your thoughts on poetry, who your favorite poets are, how you heard about us, and why you decided to join.

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Attend a Meeting or Reading

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.

PSNH Reading Series

Jimmy Pappas hosts featured readers every third Wednesday at Gibson’s Bookstore from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Audience interaction is always encouraged. Admission is free. For a tentative list of 2019 Featured Readers, please click here.

Slam Free or Die

Mark Palos hosts Slam Free Or Die at Stark Brewing Company. This event features open mic nights for poets and spoken-word artists every Thursday night in Manchester, NH. There is an open mic every night and poetry slams are also held several times a month. 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. Come and enjoy the delicious food and beverages at Stark Brewing Company! There is a $3 cover charge. This is an all-ages show in a private function room. For more information: e-mail SlamFreeorDie@gmail.com or call 603-858-3286. 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

Join us for the 5th Annual New Hampshire Poetry Festival, an exciting event celebrating the reading and writing of poetry. The festival, taking place on Saturday, September 14, 2019, is organized by the society and New England College MFA in Creative Writing program (NEC MFA). For the most up-to-date festival information, please visit the festival site using the “NH POETRY FEST” link at the top of this page.