PSNH Presents: Alarie Tennille & Ekphrastic Poetry (May 26)

Next Tuesday, May 26th, at 7:00 PM, PSNH Presents will have a featured reader: Alarie Tennille who was in the first class with women at the University of Virginia. She will share stories from her experiences and answer questions. She will also read some poems, focusing on ekphrastic poetry. If you have any ekphrastic poetry you want to share, please let Jimmy Pappas know ahead of time. We hope you can join us in honoring her for helping to break a glass ceiling.

Contact Jimmy Pappas to sign up to attend this reading —

About Alarie:

Alarie Tennille was born and raised in Portsmouth, Virginia, and graduated from the University of Virginia in the first class admitting women. She has lived more than half her life in Kansas City, Missouri. Now retired, she serves on the Emeritus Board of The Writers Place and continues to write. Alarie received a 2020 Ekphrastic Award from The Ekphrastic Review, which published three of the poems she is reading for PSNH Presents. Her poetry books Running Counterclockwise and Waking on the Moon are available on Amazon. You can learn more about her work at

New Hampshire Youth Poets Laureate Reading Wednesday, April 29

PrezDinnerFallSocial 003This Wednesday evening, April 29th, 2020, The Poetry Society of New Hampshire is hosting a special virtual reading with our five high school youth poets laureate on Zoom. We will begin at 7:00 P.M. but will open up the Zoom link around 6:45 for an informal meeting and greeting.
Everyone is invited to join in to hear and see the great work being done in our state by young adult poets. It would be wonderful to show support for these high school seniors who would love to share their writing with all of you.
A Round Robin reading will start around 7:00 PM. Each poet will have something prepared for four rounds. You will get a chance to see just how remarkable they are. Here are the names of the five students in the order they will be reading.
1. Rachel Sturges–NH Co-Youth Poet Laureate (2019-2020).
2. Falon Smith–NH Co-Youth Poet Laureate (2019-2020).
3. Sara Kolli–NH Youth Poetry Ambassador Seacoast Region.
4. Jessica Bell–NH Youth Poetry Ambassador Central Region.
5. Cate Dixson–NH Youth Poet Laureate (2018-2019).
In each round the listeners will have an opportunity to comment in the chat section and then have a chance to briefly ask questions of the poets.
Because this is a Zoom event, it is imperative to sign up beforehand. Please contact Jimmy Pappas by responding to this email address if you want to be an attendee. He will then send you an invitation to the meeting. If you need help with setting up a Zoom account, let him know.
If you know of any New Hampshire high school students who want to apply to be a part of next year’s youth poet laureate program, the deadline is coming up on May 15th. Here is a link to the application form through Submittable:
Contact: Jimmy Pappas, PSNH Vice President
Cell: 603-568-8434
Feel free to text or call with questions!

Upcoming Poetry Society of New Hampshire Zoom Events

IMG_1749We hope you are all holding up and taking good care during this time of isolation and uncertainty. We also hope that connection through poetry, which PSNH aims to foster as part of our mission, can be a source of solace, creativity, and hope to each of you.
With that in mind, PSNH is offering the following free events, via Zoom, in the coming weeks. These events are open to both current PSNH members and to those considering membership
*Wednesday, April 29th at 7:00 PM to 9:15 PM, NH Youth Poet Laureate reading. 
*Sunday, May 3rd at 1:00 to 3:15 PM, Down Cellar workshop on The Triggering Town by Richard Hugo. Also ideas for publishing your poems.
*Wednesday, May 20th at 7:00 to 9:15 PM, Humorous Storytelling and Poetry Night. 
*Wednesday, June 17th at 7:00 to 9:15 PM, Ekphrastic Poetry Night. 
If you are interested in participating in any of these events, please SIGN UP by contacting Jimmy Pappas at or call him on his cellphone at 603-568-8434 for more information.

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Apply for NH Youth Poet Laureate Program (May 15 deadline)

IMG_0814Click HERE to apply for the NH Youth Poet Laureate program, sponsored by the Poetry Society of NH:

The NH Youth Poet Laureate (NHYPL) is an honorary, unpaid one-year position held by a NH high school student who has shown a dedication to and excellence in writing, and who demonstrates the enthusiasm to share it with the public. The NHYPL serves as an ambassador who will heighten the visibility and value of poetry by and for young people in New Hampshire.
Each Youth Poet Laureate can serve a maximum of one term which will run from September 1 to August 31 each school year.

To be eligible the student must be:

  • A resident of the state of NH
  • In 9th-12th grade as of September of the year the position begins. The student may graduate before the appointment ends on August 31.

Requirements of NHYPL

  •  Participate in at least four events, readings, or school visits of their choosing during the year of their appointment. Events should focus on supporting and increasing opportunities for young people to read and write poetry.


March 9, 2020: Call for Nominations
May 15, 2020 deadline to submit nomination
June, 2020: NHYPL selection is announced

Help spread the word. Feel free to contact Jimmy Pappas if you have any questions at all: Cell phone: 603-568-8434

A Poetic Experiment: Imagination, Impression, and Image — A Free Workshop in April with Ala Khaki

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, April 11, 2020

Location:  Amherst Public Library at 14 Main St. Amherst, NH

Time:  10:00 am – 2:00 pm

  • Bring a bag lunch and beverage
  • Bring a notebook and pen/pencil

Workshop Facilitator – Ala Khaki

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.

Workshop Theme:

A Poetic Experiment: Imagination, Impression, and Image

In this workshop we will explore the role of the above elements in poetry, how they can amplify the power of the words, create poems that resonate with our core humanity, and elevate a poem beyond space and time.  We will sample works of such universal poets as Rumi, Robert Frost, Richard Eberhart, and others, and, time permitting, we’ll do a few improvisational writings prompted by the workshop facilitator.

Workshop Coordinator – Julie A. Dickson

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:

EDIT: POSTPONED UNTIL APRIL 15 — March 18: Poet Jimmy Pappas at Gibson’s

Screen Shot 2020-02-29 at 8.58.10 AMThe PSNH reading at Gibson’s Bookstore (45 South Main Street in Concord) this month will feature moderator and headline reader Jimmy Pappas reading from his award winning chapbook from Rattle called Falling off the Empire State Building.
       The reading will take place on Wednesday, March 18th, Wednesday, April 15, from 5:30 to 7:00. The theme this time will be Family Poetry, especially related to dealing with end of life experiences with our loved ones.
       Please bring in poems and/or stories about family life to read or share. Our Round Robins have been a great success, and we hope to build on that momentum by doing one or two a month.
       Please contact Jimmy Pappas at if you have any questions.

Upcoming PSNH Readings at Gibson’s Bookstore

Wednesday, January 15, a Poetry Round Robin. We sit in a circle and each read a poem of our own and/or share a story. We continue reading and chatting from 5:30 to 7:00. To sign up as a reader, contact Jimmy Pappas at Books from the readers will be available for sale as well.    
Wednesday, February 19, a special themed night of African-American poetry. Kayla Lewis and Matt Gile will be our featured performers. An open mic first at 5:30 will be for poets to read a favorite poem by an African-American author or to share a story about race in America.   
Wednesday, March 18, Jimmy Pappas will be reading from his Rattle award-winning chapbook, Falling Off the Empire State Building. Open mic first at 5:30.



All readings are FREE and open to the public!

Find Gibson’s HERE

Celebrating Outgoing and Incoming NH Poets Laureate with PSNH — January 10, 2020

This FREE event, from 5:30 to 7:30 in the House Chamber at the Common Man in Concord, will include the following:

  • Outgoing New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alice Fogel will give a summary of the programs she was involved in during her service to NH, & acknowledge those who participated in many of these projects
  • Incoming New Hampshire Poet Laurete Alexandria Peary will be introduced, & share some of her plans & ideas for her tenure
  • Both poets will read briefly from their work
  • Bob Moore & Cynthia Chatis will entertain us with their music
  • Light appetizers will be served, & there will be a cash bar
  • Books in the Granite State Poetry Series from Hobblebush Books & journals from PSNH will be available
  • PSNH members are invited to display & sell their poetry books
  • Everyone will mingle to start off 2020 with poetry!

Please come and bring along your friends and associates for this New Year occasion.


Alice B Fogel

Questions? Contact Jimmy Pappas of the Poetry Society at

25 Water Street, Concord, NH 03301 (for GPS use 1 Gulf Street, Concord)