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.
APRIL 20, TUESDAY AT 7:00: Rattle Chapbook Winners part 2 with Al Ortolani and moderator Jimmy Pappas discuss writing for the Rattle Chapbook prize. They will share poems for discussion.
APRIL 23, FRIDAY AT 7:00: “NH Poets Laureate Round Robin, Part 3”: A celebration of the life and poetry of deceased poets laureate Paul Scott Mower, Eleanor Winthrop Vinton, Richard Eberhart, Donald Hall, Maxine Kumin, Jane Kenyon, and Walter Butts. We will be screen sharing their poems, including some from the recent special issue of The Poets Touchstone. Anyone who wishes to read a poem by any of these authors or tell a story about them, please contact Jimmy Pappas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
APRIL 27, TUESDAY AT 7:00:Dianalee Velie will take you on a poetic journey through Italy with poems and photographs of her experiences teaching poetry in Cortona, Cannero Riviera on Lago Maggiore, and in Sicily visiting cousins. Hopefully, you’ll fall in love with the sights and sounds of these poems and photos and develop a yearning to visit this amazing country and write poems about your own travel experiences whether near or far.
MAY 2, SUNDAY AT 1:00: The Down Cellar Poetry Salon celebrates Greek Orthodox Easter with Writing Tip Day. Moderator Jimmy Pappas will be discussing writing tips of his own and those of other writers. Handouts will be given to all attendees. If you have any writing tips of your own, please let Jimmy know and we can share those as well.
MAY 4, TUESDAY AT 7:00: “How To Be Laconic in Poetry“: The group will review and discuss six to eight modern/contemporary poems that use words with care, and explore how the poets select resonant, meaningful details while omitting unnecessary information in order to increase the poem’s universality and to avoid scattering the reader’s attention. The poems for discussion may be requested in advance. The workshop leader, A. Molotkov (www.AMolotkov.com) (Anatoly Molotkov), is an immigrant writer active in prose and poetry since his teenage years; he is the author of three poetry collections, his fourth forthcoming from The Word Works in 2022, alongside his memoir, “A Broken Russia Inside Me”, due out from Propertius.
MAY 11, TUESDAY AT 7:00: Janée J. Baugher, author of the guidebook The Ekphrastic Writer, will be hosting an event where a few poets from her book will read their ekphrastic work and discuss their creative approaches to visual-art-influenced writing.
MAY 25, TUESDAY AT 7:00 PM EST:Rhina P. Espaillat discusses the poetry of Mexican poet Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1648-1695), known as “The Tenth Muse” and “The Phoenix of Mexico.” Rhina will provide a few of her own translations of the poems ahead of time for interested attendees. This is a great opportunity to increase our knowledge about Sor Juana.
JUNE 1, TUESDAY AT 7:00: Irish poet Deirdre Hines and Greek poet Jimmy Pappas in a celebration of contemporary Irish poets.
JUNE 6, SUNDAY AT 1:00: The Down Cellar Poetry Salon. Topic to be determined.
JUNE 8, TUESDAY AT 7:00: Join Tamara Madison, Tayve Neese, and Sara Lefsyk for a book birthday party for THREED. BYOBC (Bring Your Own Birthday Cake).
JUNE 15, TUESDAY AT 7:00: Currently being negotiated.
JUNE 22, TUESDAY AT 7:00: Currently being negotiated.
JUNE 29, TUESDAY AT 7:00:Anastasia Vassos takes us on a virtual tour through Greece with poetry and photography. We can all travel to that magical land without ever leaving our seats.
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.