APRIL 6, TUESDAY AT 7:00: Sydney Lea will discuss lyric poetry’s capacity to make connections that are unpredictable, even–or maybe especially–to the writer. That is its “right brain” function. As a rule he is leery of exercises, but he has a few broadly designed ones to call that function into play, meanwhile escaping his own or anyone’s natural but often inhibitive struggle for “meaning.” He will share one of these, more if there’s time, in the hope that it may resonate with participants, so they can add them to their creative quivers. We will do some in-“class” writing. Contact Jimmy Pappas at email@example.com if you have questions or would like to attend.
MARCH 30, TUESDAY AT 7:00: The Teen Poets Laureate of New Hampshire will be reading, screen sharing, and discussing some of their work. An open mic later will be available for any teen poets and for those who may be thinking of applying for next year’s Teen Poet Laureate program. Remember we screen share. Contact Jimmy Pappas at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be a part of the program.
MARCH 23, TUESDAY AT 7:00: Writing the “inscape”: Brian Evans-Jones will discuss different ways we can make our poems convey our interior landscapes with power and immediacy. He will read poems that try to use form, language, and layout to enact both our own thoughts and internal experiences, and the inner truths of things outside ourselves. Contact Jimmy Pappas at email@example.com if you have questions or would like to attend.
MARCH 16, TUESDAY AT 7:00: The Powow River Poets–including Meredith Bergmann, Barbara Lydecker Crane, Rhina P. Espaillat, Don Kimball, Joan Kimball, Andrew Szilvasy, Anton Yakovlev, and Paulette Turco–will be reading on the theme “Sonnets for What Matters.” They will be doing two rounds each with some possible non-sonnets thrown in to see if the listeners can spot them. A packet of sample poems will be available for attendees who request them before the event from Jimmy. Contact Jimmy Pappas at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or would like to attend
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. Contact Jimmy Pappas at email@example.com if you have questions or would like to attend.
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. Contact Jimmy Pappas at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or would like to attend.
MARCH 7, SUNDAY AT 1:00: The Down Cellar Poetry Salon hosts Smoky Quartz, the online journal of literature and art published by the Monadnock Writers’ Group. We will explore the work of three poets with deep roots in New Hampshire—Denny Caldwell, Maura MacNeil and Rodger Martin—looking at our New England point of view as well as other aspects influencing these writers. The Smoky Quartz editors will share tips on getting published. Contact Jimmy Pappas at email@example.com if you have questions or would like to attend.
MARCH 2, TUESDAY AT 7:00: Join haiku poet Brad Bennett for a discussion of the seven common types of juxtaposition utilized in haiku. Brad is the author of two books of haiku: a drop of pond and a turn in the river.
FEBRUARY 23, TUESDAY AT 7:00: First book night for young poets. Falon Willow, a former teen poet laureate, will discuss her first book. Other young poets are welcome to share their dreams of a first book. To register, just contact Jimmy Pappas at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to share your story about what your plans are and to screen share a poem.
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. Contact Jimmy Pappas at email@example.com if you have questions or want to attend.