OCTOBER 19, 2021, TUESDAY AT 7:00 PM ET:
How to Get Your Poetry Manuscript Published: Poet Kyle Potvin moderates a panel that brings together three respected publishers: Eileen Cleary of Lily Poetry Review Books, Diane Lockward of Terrapin Books, and Kirsty Walker of Hobblebush Books. The interactive discussion will provide an opportunity to obtain answers to your questions related to book contests, open submission periods, how many published poems should appear in a manuscript, preferred formatting, expectations for book promotion and much more. Contact Jimmy Pappas at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or would like to attend.
OCTOBER 12, 2021, TUESDAY AT 6:25 PM ET (Note earlier time): PSNH Presents the NH Teen Poets Laureate Team: Join us and be impressed by the writing talent of NH’s Teen Poets! We invite other high school poets who want to present one poem to obtain the sign-up details from Jimmy Pappas at email@example.com. Pass the word along to teachers and schools! Contact Jimmy if you have questions or would like to attend.
NOVEMBER 2, TUESDAY AT 7:00 PM ET: Join poet Midge Goldberg in conversation about the art of writing dramatic monologues. The author of three full-length collections, most recently To Be Opened After My Death, Goldberg will discuss creating characters, giving them their own voices distinct from the poet, using dialogue, and what makes a dramatic monologue a poem as opposed to fiction. Goldberg will present examples from her own work, as well as the work of other poets, and will discuss ideas for publishing and integrating poems into larger collections that participants may have. Contact Jimmy Pappas at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or would like to attend.
SEPTEMBER 28, TUESDAY AT 7:00 PM ET:
What happens if you write a poem every day? Of course, you become a better poet—practice anything that much and you’ll improve! Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer will share practical ideas about how to find inspiration day after day, how to meet the blank, and how to share your practice. But she’ll also talk about transformation—the miraculous, mysterious ways that writing poems everyday changes your whole life—the way you see the world, the way you move through it, the way you know and unknow what it is to be alive. Contact Jimmy Pappas at email@example.com if you have questions or would like to attend.
OCTOBER 5, TUESDAY AT 7:00 PM ET:
Enter into a discussion with former NH poet laureate Alice Fogel about ways art can inspire unexpected creativity in writing. The poems in her new book Nothing But are a series of indirect considerations on art & consciousness that do not describe or explain the artworks they are triggered by. Rather than focus on narrative, as one could when looking at a representational piece of art, these poems chart the effect of abstract expressionism as a welcome interruption to our constant stream of consciousness. Alice will discuss how she used abstract visual art as an entry into a new way of seeing and even thinking, and explain how she arrived at the unusual structure, as well as content, of the poems. She’ll also read examples from the book and show some artwork. Contact Jimmy Pappas at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or would like to attend.
SEPTEMBER 7,TUESDAY AT 7:00 PM ET: Join Michael Dylan Welch for selected performances from his year of creating PowerPoint presentations and short movies of his haiku and tanka sequences, plus other content (none of them about the pandemic!). We can also discuss how you might try these presentations yourself! Here is the tentative program (the longest of the two movies is 2.5 minutes; the concluding piece takes about 13 minutes to read; everything else is about 1 to 3 minutes each): Contact Jimmy Pappas at email@example.com if you have questions or would like to attend.
Another Country (train rengay) MOVIE
Things Haiku Say (longer poem)
The Second Eye (tanka)
Shichifukujin – The Seven Lucky Gods (tanka)
Shengxiao (haiku on the Chinese zodiac)
About the Season (Christmas haiku) MOVIE
On the Art of Writing Haiku (quotations and haiku)
AUGUST 17,TUESDAY AT 7:00 PM ET:
Join poet and literary advocate Trish Hopkinson for a reading, prompts, and discussion focused on response poetry and poems inspired by other writing or artforms. Hopkinson will read related poems from her book Footnote (Lithic Press, 2017). Contact Jimmy Pappas at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or would like to attend.
AUGUST 10, TUESDAY AT 7:00 PM ET: PSNH Events is excited to have Deborah Leipziger, Adam Sol, and Rachel Kann join us to discuss Jewish Poetry. Contact Jimmy Pappas at email@example.com if you have questions or would like to attend.
JULY 27,TUESDAY AT 7:00 PM ET: Join Michael Dylan Welch as he takes on a pilgrimage in Japan: The Weather-Beaten Jizo: Shikoku Pilgrimage Haiku by Shuji Niwano. This presentation, with photos, maps, haiku, and translations, documents poems written on Japan’s famous Shikoku pilgrimage by a retired salaryman just before his life ended. This talk is part travelog, part cultural/spiritual exploration, and part literary inspiration.
Michael Dylan Welch has been investigating haiku since 1976 and has published his haiku, tanka, longer poems, essays, and reviews in hundreds of journals and anthologies in at least 20 languages. Michael co-founded the Haiku North America conference and the American Haiku Archives, and founded National Haiku Writing Month, the Seabeck Haiku Getaway, and the Tanka Society of America. He served two terms as poet laureate of Redmond, Washington, where he is also president of the Redmond Association of Spokenword. His website is http://www.graceguts.com. Contact Jimmy Pappas at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or would like to attend.