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, e-mail) 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.

SEPTEMBER 22ND, TUESDAY AT 7:00 PM: Erica Bodwell presents a workshop on the theme question: Is Your Poem Telling the Truth? Discussion about how truth is defined and used in poetry. (Open to the public)

SEPTEMBER 29TH, TUESDAY AT 7:00 PM: Meg Kearney presents a discussion of heroic crowns. Her new book The Ice Storm (Green Linden Press) is an example of that form. Wonderful poet so you don’t want to miss this event. (Open to the Public) 

OCTOBER 3RD, SATURDAY AT 1:00 PM:  Sydney Lea, former Vermont State Poet Laureate and author of 13 books of poetry, conducts an interactive reading with the audience. He has been published in The New Yorker and The Atlantic. He was one of three finalists for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. (Open to the public)

OCTOBER 4TH, SUNDAY AT 1:00 PM: DOWN CELLAR POETS present a discussion of how to use Submittable and where to submit poems for publication. Bring poetry you are ready to submit! (PSNH members only)

 OCTOBER 6TH, TUESDAY AT 7:00 PM: Kyle Potvin – Theme: The Resilience and Craft of Illness Inspired poetry and stories. OPEN MIC! Bring in poems and stories on this theme of your own or by other authors. (Open to the public)

OCTOBER 9TH, FRIDAY AT 7:00 PM: Our monthly Round Robin for PSNH members. Our theme for this month is Fantasy or Horror. Bring in your poems and stories or favorites by other authors. Musicians are also welcome at our monthly Round Robin. (PSNH members only)

OCTOBER 13TH, TUESDAY AT 7:00 PM: Baron Wormser leads a discussion on “Intersection: Poems of History.” He will be reading with audience participation on his poems that address historical situations. (Open to the public

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

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. (Open to the public)

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)

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.