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.
The New Hampshire Poetry Festival organizers are thrilled to announce the workshops and leaders for the 5th annual festival, to be held at New England College in Henniker on 14 September 2019. The workshops below require registration in advance to ensure a quality experience for participants. Registration will open in a few weeks.
“Self-Portraits: Describing, Naming, Transforming” led by Chen Chen
“Trying on Another Poet’s Clothes” led by Patrick Donnelly
“The The Way to a Poet’s Creativity is Through The Ear” led by Maudelle Driskell
On May 22nd, the 4TH WEDNESDAY of the month, the Poetry Society of New Hampshire will feature two special poets in a rare reading. Anders Carlson-Wee and Mark DeCarteret will be at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord NH from 5:30 to 7:00. There will be a Q & A time and an open mic at the end. Come early and meet the poets. Stay late and chat with them. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear these two highly popular poets at the same time.
Anders Carlson-Wee is the author of The Low Passions (W.W. Norton, 2019). His work has appeared in BuzzFeed, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, Poetry Daily, The Sun, Best New Poets, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the McKnight Foundation, Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, he is the winner of Ninth Letter’s Poetry Award as well as the 2017 Poetry International Prize. His work has been translated into Chinese. Anders holds an MFA from Vanderbilt University and lives in Minneapolis.
Mark DeCarteret, a former Portsmouth NH Poet Laureate, has appeared next to Charles Bukowski in a lo-fi fold out, Pope John Paul II in a hi-test collection of Catholic poetry, Billy Collins in an Italian fashion coffee table book and Mary Oliver in a 3785 page pirated anthology. His sixth book For Lack of a Calling was released last summer by Nixes Mate Books. Read more about Mark here in the announcement of his latest book launch last September: https://www.waterstreetbooks.com/event/book-launch-mark-decarteret-author-lack-calling
New Hampshire Poetry Festival’s call for proposals is now open from March 1 through May 15May 31. Please see details and consider submitting.
Call for Proposals: New Hampshire Poetry Fest
The 5th Annual NH Poetry Fest will be held Saturday, September 14, 2019, on the New England College campus in Henniker, New Hampshire. Proposals may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org in the format outlined on the festival’s “Speakers” page: https://nhpoetryfest.org/speakers/
The New Hampshire Youth Poet Laureate (NHYPL) is an honorary 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.
The program is coordinated by the Poetry Society of NH, NH State Council on the Arts, and the New Hampshire Writers’ Project, in collaboration with the NH Poet Laureate.
The NH Youth Poet Laureate is an honorary, unpaid position. Each Youth Poet Laureate can serve a maximum of one term which will run from September 1 to August 31 each school year. The NHYPL will have an opportunity to release a chapbook of poems during his or her tenure.
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.
Dear PSNH Members, pass the word around! Our quarterly meeting will be on Saturday, April 27th at the Epsom Public Library, 1606 Dover Road (Rt. 4), Epsom NH 03234.
The PSNH Board Meeting is 10am to 11:30.
The featured reading is at 11:30.
Open Mic afterwards. 12:30 to approximately 1:15.
This quarter’s featured reader is Christopher Clauss.
Christopher Clauss is a husband, father, teacher, and poet. He represented New Hampshire as a member of the Slam Free or Die national Poetry slam team in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. He was also three-time grand slam champion at the venue. He is the author of nearly a dozen chapbooks, and his work has appeared in OVS, Silkworm, and Emanations. He is a two-time finalist in the NPS haiku slam. A book of teaching poems, Parents Hate the Science Fair, is in the works. For more information, please visit his website: https://sites.google.com/site/christopherclausspoet/home
You are welcome to bring snacks to share and/or bring books to give away.
Parking instructions: Please use the dirt parking lot at the Epsom Library so parents will find room to park safely near the library with their children.