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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or want to attend.
FEBRUARY 12, FRIDAY AT 7:00: Round Robin on the theme of love in poetry. Bring in poems, stories, and songs. Contact Jimmy Pappas at email@example.com if you have questions or would like to attend.
February 9, Tuesday at 7:00 PM: George Bilgere It will be my honor to moderate an event with George Bilgere this Tuesday, February 9, at 7:00 PM EST. This is a rare case of the theme being still up in the air. So let it be a surprise for now. Contact Jimmy Pappas at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or would like to attend.
Poetry Society of NH member Brian Evans-Jones has launched a new online poetry group aimed at anyone who wants to get published in journals and magazines. It’s called Publish Your Poems and it starts on February 16. Members of the group will edit and polish poems to submission-ready standard, discover new ways to choose, arrange, and title poems, learn how to find poetry magazines that are a good fit, and become confident with the logistics of submissions, such as formatting poems and writing cover letters. The group lasts for 8 weeks with 5 Zoom meetings, and costs $199. For more information and to apply, please go to https://www.writebetterpoems.com/group-publish-poems-journals-magazines
Brian is a graduate of the MFA program at UNH and a member of the New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud visiting poets team. He won the Maureen Egan Award from Poets & Writers in 2017 and was Poet Laureate of Hampshire, England, in 2012-13. He writes about poetry at https://www.writebetterpoems.com/ Contact Jimmy Pappas at email@example.com if you have questions or would like to attend.
FEBRUARY 7, SUNDAY AT 1:00: Join special guest Chen Chen at the Down Cellar Poetry Salon as he discusses the theme “Approaches to writing about sensitive subjects that involve the stories of real people.” We will share some of our own true stories we are writing about and the difficulties we face coming to terms with the facts. Contact Jimmy Pappas at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or would like to attend.
FEBRUARY 2, TUESDAY AT 7:00 PM: Anders Carlson-Wee will be conducting a poetry event on the theme of “Family Stories and Road Narratives.” Contact Jimmy Pappas at email@example.com if you have questions or would like to attend.