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MINT: A spoken word event by Kayla Marie (November 22)

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Jupiter Hall Live! Performance Series proudly presents MINT, a spoken word event featuring storytelling, song and original work by emerging local artist Kayla Marie.

Sunday’s best never looked so good! This original production of MINT combines the musical roots of African American spiritual hymns and modern elements of spoken word to tell the story of one African American woman.

This melodic poetry fusion creates a provoking narrative while addressing the importance of telling your own story. MINT’s themes include the history of African Americans and the dialogue of societal issues regarding colorism, racism and self-acceptance in conjunction with a soul music twist.

Artist info:
Telling, singing, and even shouting what have, for too long, remained whispered realities of the black experience, Kayla Marie of Kayla Marie Poetry, a spoken word artist, shines a light onto her own struggles and story. Her work invites all peoples to claim the power that comes when an individual controls their own narrative. The combination of African American hymns and modern themes create a soul poetic fusion that aids in tackling societal issues.
Please feel free to contact Jimmy Pappas at jpappas235@gmail.com if you have any questions.

October 28-31, 2019: Poetry Bridging Continents IV

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Poetry Bridging Continents IV: “Rivers … were made in heaven” (R. Frost) is a four day international gathering open to the public at New England College that brings together New England and leading Chinese New Pastoral poets, scholars, and cultural ambassadors to explore ways to build bridges between two distinct cultures and communities using Pastoral Poetry and literary scholarship as a guide.

The symposium continues the alternating annual gatherings between American and Chinese poets and scholars in the New England region and in China that builds upon the environmental creativity of the New Pastoral scholarship which the Twenty-first Century has birthed on both sides of the Pacific Ocean. The New Pastoral Poetry is evolving in the 21st Century into the poetry of The Anthropocene: The geologic period when human activity is the dominant force on the planet’s environment. Pastoral Poetry’s central focus is concerned with the ways language can be used to preserve and care for natural landscapes, history, and place, in times of human-induced change—a common need for both cultures to address.

Additional events at the AMC Highland Center at Crawford Notch take place October 31-November 1.

All events in the symposium are FREE and OPEN to the public.

For a PDF of the full schedule of events at New England College and the AMC Highland Center, click HERE —–> Poetry Bridging Continents IV Complete Schedule

For additional Information please contact: Maura MacNeil: mmacneil@nec.edu or Rodger Martin: rodgerwriter@myfairpoint.net

Free Poetry Workshop in East Kingston November 9, 2019

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Attention:
Poetry Society of New Hampshire Members and non-member adult and high school poets

Poetry Workshop

Free to All! [Poetry Society Members/ others welcome to join as members]

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Location:  East Kingston Public Library – 47 Maplevale Road, East Kingston, NH

Time:  11:00 am – 3:00 pm

  • Bring a bag lunch and beverage
  • Bring a notebook and pen/pencil
  • Experienced and beginner poets welcome!

Workshop Facilitator – Bob Moore

Bob Moore is the author of several volumes of poetry, contributor to poetry journals, a songwriter and accomplished musician, guitar instructor, has several music CDs and is a science teacher in Pelham, NH. Bob is a member of the Poetry Society of New Hampshire.

Bob will lead participants in poetry exercises including:

  • Writing a persona poem
  • Writing a memory poem

There will be opportunity for voluntary sharing and constructive feedback

Workshop Coordinator – Julie A. Dickson [Richter]

Julie A. Dickson is a Poetry Society of New Hampshire member, poet and writer of young adult fiction, author of several books and contributor to poetry journals.

If you are interested in attending this workshop or have questions, please email:

Jdickson55@yahoo.com

August 18: Ala Khaki at the Lakes Gallery at Chi-Lin

All readings in the Poetry Summer Sundays series are free & open to all, including poetry lovers and doubters. Directions to the Lakes Gallery at Chi-Lin

Ala Khaki:   “A Poetic Return to the Persian Garden”
August 18, at 4:00 pm

​In celebration of A Garden Dream Exhibit poet Ala Khaki will discuss the role of “Garden” in Persian art and life, both as a multi-dimensional metaphor and a physical place of serenity, and read thematic poems from classic and modern Persian poets in Farsi and English.

Ala Khaki, an Iranian American poet, is the author of two poetry collections, “Calling the Dawn” (“Sahar Khani” in Farsi), and “Return” (BookSurge Publishing.)  His poems have appeared in Iranian and American literary journals and anthologies including “The Book Review (Barrasi e Ketab),” “Feather (Par),” “Thought and Imagination (Andishe va Khial),” “The Poets’ Touchstone,” “The Worcester Review,” “The 2010 Poets’ Guide to New Hampshire,” and “Poets Showcase: An Anthology of New Hampshire Poets.”  In 1981, Ala Khaki was the subject of a documentary film titled “Resident Exile” by the celebrated documentary filmmaker and director Ross McElwee.

 

“Poems of New Hampshire” Poetry Contest

The contest, sponsored by the Peterborough Poetry Project, is open now, until September 30, 2019.

THEME: New Hampshire, past, present, future, or fantasy…or combination. Enter up to three poems per person.

Anyone living in, visiting, or intrigued by New Hampshire may enter by writing and submitting up to three (3) original unpublished poems for free. Submit poems by email to: peterboroughpoetry@gmail.com …or by mail to:

Peterborough Poetry Project (NH Poems)
PO Box 247
Peterborough NH 03458-0247

Additional Guidelines:

  • Each poem must be at least 3 lines and no more than 28 lines; form is open. Rhyming, punctuation, and capitalization are optional. Please include the title (other than “NH” or “New Hampshire”) of each poem.
  • Include your name, mailing address, and email address in the same email or on the same page as your poem(s). Poems will not be returned.
  • Poems will be judged by members of the Peterborough Poetry Project.
  • Writers of poems chosen for publication will be notified by email (or mail if no email address is provided).

Prizes and recognition are as follows:

  1. The writers of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place poems will win $75, $35, and $25, respectively.
  2. The three winning poems will be published on our website.
  3. In addition, the three winning poems as well as other poems chosen for honorable mention will be printed in a book to be published by Peterborough Poetry Project. The writer of each poem included in the book will receive one free copy of the book and may purchase an additional copy for a reduced price.

August 8, 2019: Rodger Martin and Robert Crawford Reading at Frost Farm

The Robert Frost Farm’s Hyla Brook Reading Series features Rodger Martin, along with Frost Farm Poetry Director and Derry Poet Laureate Robert Crawford, on Thursday, August 8, 6:30-8:30pm. 

The series, held at the Frost Farm located at 122 Rockingham Rd (Rt 28), is free and open to the public. An Open Mic follows the readings and all audience members are invited to share their work. 

Martin’s new book of poems in two languages: For All The Tea in Zhōngguó was released earlier this year.  His third poetry volume, The Battlefield Guide, (Hobblebush) uses locations on battlefields of the Civil War to reflect upon America today. Small Press Review selected The Blue Moon Series (Hobblebush), as its bi-monthly pick of the year. A translation of his work, On The Monadnock, appeared in China in 2006. Martin has received an Appalachia poetry award, an N.H. State Council on the Arts Fiction Fellowship, a series of Bruce Kellner/Monadnock Fellowships, and fellowships from The National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2012, he was chosen as poet to represent the U.S. at Hangzhou, China’s international cultural festival. He returned in 2015 to read and lecture on poetry at Nanjing University and Shanghai University of International Business and Economics. His poem, “The Anchor,” was etched in stone at a reflecting pool at Shanghai University for International Business and Economics. He serves as co-editor for The Granite State Poetry Series, and teaches journalism at Keene State College and co-advises its award-winning student newspaper, The Equinox 

Also, appearing is Robert Crawford, Director of Frost Farm Poetry, and Derry’s first poet laureate. Crawford has published two books of poetry, The Empty Chair (2011, Richard Wilbur Award), and Too Much Explanation Can Ruin a Man (2005). His sonnets have twice won the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. His poems have appeared in many national journals including The FormalistFirst ThingsDark HorseThe Raintown ReviewThe LyricMeasureLight and Forbes. He co-founded the Hyla Brook Poets, and is a long-time member of the Powow River Poets of Newburyport, MA. He lives in Chester, NH, with his wife, the poet Midge Goldberg. 

The last Hyla Brook Reading Series event of the season is Thursday, Sept. 12, with a reading by Patrick Donnelly. 

Through September, the Hyla Brook Poets’ monthly writing workshop meets on the third Saturday of the month at 10am at its summer home at the Frost Farm, before moving to the Derry Public Library. 

About Frost Farm Poetry

Under the leadership of Robert W. Crawford, Derry Poet Laureate, Frost Farm Poetry’s mission is to support the writing and teaching of metrical poetry. The Hyla Brook Poets started in 2008 as a monthly poetry workshop. In March 2009, the monthly Hyla Brook Reading Series launched with readings by emerging poets as well as luminaries such as Maxine Kumin, Sharon Olds and Richard Blanco. From there, the Frost Farm Poetry Prize for metrical poetry was introduced in 2010, with the Frost Farm Conference beginning in 2015. 

For further information, email hylabrookpoets@gmail.com, or visit www.frostfarmpoetry.org or facebook.com/HylaBrookPoets or twitter.com/HylaBrookPoets

Vijay Seshadri Poetry Reading

Join the New England College MFA Program in Creative Writing for a poetry reading with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Vijay Seshadri. Seshadri is serving as the 2019 NEC MFA Elizabeth Yates McGreal Writer-in-Residence.

Vijay Seshadri was born in Bangalore, India, in 1954 and moved to America at the age of five. He is the author of the poetry books Wild Kingdom, The Long Meadow, The Disappearances, and 3 Sections, as well as many essays, reviews, and memoir fragments. His work has been widely published and anthologized and recognized with many honors, most recently the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and, in 2015, the Literature Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was educated at Oberlin College and Columbia University, and currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.

This event will take place in the Great Room at 98 Bridge Street in Henniker, NH on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 7:30 PM.

BURLINGHAM FEATURED AT MOULTONBOROUGH JULY 2

MOULTONBOROUGH — Poet and artist Priscilla Burlingham will be the featured reader at the Moultonborough Library Poetry Night on Tuesday, July 2, at 7:30 p.m. An Open Mic will follow the featured reader.

Burlingham is a graduate of the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston. Her poetry was first encouraged while on painting fellowships at Ragsdale and Yaddo. She works on her poetry and painting all the time at her studio on Lees Pond in Moultonborough. Since the 1970s she has pursued applied physics each January at M.I.T., with a special affinity for poetry and outer space. She also rescues animals and grows plants from seed, which adds to the number of children she cannot leave.

The founder of the Poetry Night, she has gathered poets, poet laureates, artists and musicians to read and perform at the Moultonborough Public Library on the first Tuesday of every month. Her animal drawings and paintings have been featured in a one-woman show at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and at the Libby Museum in New Hampshire. She has read her poetry all over New England and has been featured in the New Hampshire Poet Showcase, sponsored by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, and in several anthologies and periodicals, including The Other Side of Sorrow.

All are welcome to participate and to listen. Bring some words or a song and share it in the Open Mic portion. “This will be a wonderful opportunity to hear Priscilla’s poems and songs, and to note the many things she has done to support poetry in New Hampshire,” said Wolfeboro poet Bob Demaree, host for the July 2 event.

The Moultonborough Library is located at the junction of Routes 25 and 109 north, at the blinking light.

PSNH Reading Series: Jeffrey Zygmont and Rodger Martin

From the White Mountains to China

Join us at Gibson’s Bookstore on Wednesday, June 19th, from 5:30 to 7:00 for a reading that will take us from the White Mountains to China in one evening. An open mic will follow for other poets to take us on a journey of their own.

Jeffrey Zygmont is a professional writer and small publisher. His poetry books celebrating the White Mountains reach general readers at stores throughout New Hampshire. A full-time New Hampshire resident for more than three decades, Jeffrey speaks regularly about poetry and artistic inspiration at venues across New England.

Rodger Martin’s new book of poems in two languages: For All The Tea in Zhōngguó was released in 2019. His third poetry volume, The Battlefield Guide, (Hobblebush) uses locations on battlefields of the Civil War to reflect upon America today. Small Press Review selected The Blue Moon Series (Hobblebush) as its bi-monthly pick of the year. A translation of his work, On The Monadnock, appeared in China in 2006. Rodger has received an Appalachia poetry award, a N.H. State Council on the Arts Fiction Fellowship, a series of Bruce Kellner/Monadnock Fellowships, and fellowships from The National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2012 he was chosen as poet to represent the U.S. at Hangzhou, China’s international cultural festival.