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Paul Hostovsky Discusses Writer’s Block

JULY 6, TUESDAY AT 7:00 PM ET:Paul Hostovsky returns with a discussion of “No Such Thing As Writer’s Block,” sharing ideas for poems like turning around a cliche, gleaning our teeming childhoods, or just noticing the little moments in life. Paul will be sharing some poems from his new book Mostly, published by FutureCycle Press. Contact Jimmy Pappas at psnhevents@gmail.com if you have questions or would like to attend.

Writing Family Poetry with Oregon poet Danny Earl Simmons

JUNE 22, TUESDAY AT 7:00 PM ET: Oregon poet Danny Earl Simmons, fresh off publishing his book Tender Melancholy, will be discussing Writing Family Poetry. He will be sharing poems and discussing some of the following questions: Should we tell the truth? What if the subject reads the poem? How do we provide sentiment without sentimentality? How do we get disinterested readers engaged? Contact Jimmy Pappas at psnhevents@gmail.com if you have questions or would like to attend.

Angela Narciso Torres Discusses Writing Centos and Semi-Centos

JUNE 15, TUESDAY AT 7:00 PM ET: Meet Angela Narciso Torres as she discusses writing Centos and Semi-Centos with some discussion of the List Poem as well. She has a few examples in her book What Happens is Neither (Four Way Books, 2021). The cento is a traditional Italian form that collages borrowed lines from a secondary source. Cento means patchwork. She will talk about the process of writing this form and its variations and how to properly credit the source text. Her poem in POETRY is technically not a cento but a list poem using Filipino folk sayings passed down by her mother which she re-wrote in her own words: 
(https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/149259/if-you-go-to-bed-hungry). And here is a link to her author website: https://www.angelanarcisotorres.com/  Contact Jimmy Pappas at psnhevents@gmail.com if you have questions or would like to attend.

PSNH Presents a Book Birthday Party for Threed by Tamara J. Madison

JUNE 8, TUESDAY AT 7:00: Join Tamara J. Madison, Tayve Neese, and Sara Lefsyk for a book birthday party for Threed. The opening remarks will include craft discussions on the writer and the book, the editor and the book, and the refinement of the book. Focus poems will include an ekphrastic poem based on a family photo, a poem inspired by a workshop and edited extensively, a poem inspired by Biblical iconography and mythology, and a poem inspired by myths of “the goddess.” Contact Jimmy Pappas at psnhevents@gmail.com if you have questions or would like to attend.

PSNH Presents the Down Cellar Poets with Writing Tip Day #2

JUNE 6, SUNDAY AT 1:00: The Down Cellar Poets present Writing Tip Day #2. There will be more handouts for attendees. Those who missed last month can receive those handouts as well. At 2:00 there will be time for poets to screen share any poems they wrote based on last month’s tips or on any event they attended. Readers will then share their writing process and offer tips of their own. Everyone is welcome to attend. Contact Jimmy Pappas at psnhevents@gmail.com if you have questions or would like to attend.

PSNH Presents Rhina P. Espaillat discussing Mexican poet Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

MAY 25, TUESDAY AT 7:00 PM EST: Rhina P. Espaillat discusses the poetry of Mexican poet Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1648-1695), known as “The Tenth Muse” and “The Phoenix of Mexico.” Rhina will provide a few of her own translations of the poems ahead of time for interested attendees. This is a great opportunity to increase our knowledge about Sor Juana. Contact Jimmy Pappas at psnhevents@gmail.com if you have questions or would like to attend.