Other Poetry Opportunities Around NH

Readings
Workshops
Contests/Submissions
Book Release Events


Readings

New Hampshire State Library Reading from COVID Spring: Granite State Pandemic Poems
Saturday, September 21, 2020 via Zoom
Join writers from across New Hampshire as they read from COVID Spring: Granite State Pandemic Poems, an anthology edited by New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alexandria Peary and published by Concord’s own Hobblebush Books.
This event is sponsored by the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library.
Mary Russell, Director of the Center for the Book, will give opening remarks, joined by Kirsty Walker, publisher of Hobblebush Books, and Alexandria Peary. Plus a possible surprise guest appearance!
Our readers for the evening are: Marie Harris, Mark Decarteret, Dianalee Velie, S. Stephanie, Amber Rose Crowtree, Ala Khaki, Katrina Grella, Marjorie Moorhead, Andrew Periale, Melanie Chicoine, John Lindberg, Jody Wells, and Carol Westberg. 
Space is limited to 300 audience members. Save your spot early! Please follow these exact steps for RSVPing:
1. Email Alex at Balconyofwords@gmail.com
2. In the subject line, put “RSVP for September 21 Reading.” 
– Alex will email you a Zoom link between today and Monday, Sept. 21.  (Please don’t inquire before then; Alex will be unable to respond.)
Note: If you do not receive a link it’s because we’ve reached full capacity, and we’re sorry we missed out on seeing you. 

100 Thousand Poets and Musicians for Change
Hosted by Bob Moore and Julie Dickson
Saturday, September 26, 2020 via Zoom
9th annual event held worldwide on this day since 2011
Poets and Musicians Welcome!! Please share your forward-thinking, environmental, human rights, animal rights, conservation, humor and positive reaching poems and songs. [Please, no hate themes]
Plan on 5-7 minutes for your sharing, perhaps 3 poems/2 songs, in order to accommodate all those who wish to participate.
Event details: The Event will begin at 12:15pm and will end at approximately 3:15-3:30 pm. Zoom Check in 12:00-12:15 pm
To Join: Please RSVP via email to reserve a space on our Zoom feed
bmoore628@comcast.net or jdickson55@yahoo.com
Participants will receive an email prior to the event with the Zoom link

The Bookery
 Erica Bodwell, Reading and craft talk: “How to Get Your Work Published”
October 22, 2020 at 7:00 PM on Zoom
To Join:  https://www.bookerymht.com
For more information:  Erica@ericasoferbodwell.com or www.ericasoferbodwell.com

Loom (Zoom) Poetry In Harrisville
Jennifer Militello & Chen Chen. Each poet will read for about 20 minutes, then converse with the audience.
November 15, 2020 at 4:30 PM on Zoom
To Join: Contact Rebeccagibson55@gmail.com with LOOMZOOM in the subject line. [Please note: Everyone should start off with audio muted]
http://theloompoetry.com/

Rochester Writers Night
A monthly gathering and live reading for writers in Rochester and the surrounding community. While we don’t restrict readings to poetry, most of our members do usually read poetry.
The fourth Thursday of every month at 6:00 PM on Zoom
Our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rochesterNHwriters/.

New England Poetry Club
NEPC is a poets’ association founded in 1915 by Amy Lowell, Robert Frost, and Conrad Aiken to foster the art of poetic expression. We run the oldest poetry reading series in the country. We offer an ongoing writing workshop open to all members. We sponsor awards and contests to encourage and recognize poetic achievement. And we look for new creative ways to foster understanding and love of poetry.
 https://nepoetryclub.org/


Workshops

WHEATON WRITING ACADEMY:
October 10, 2020: Peter Murphy
Breaking through the Abstract
12:00 – 3:00 PM on Zoom: Poetry helps us understand concepts such as truth, beauty, death, love, loss, etc. However, many poems fail to connect because they rely on abstract language to convey these ideas. In this workshop you will learn to create concrete images that move your readers so they feel and think something akin to what you are feeling and thinking. Using contemporary works as models you will compose new poems that strive to be imaginative, meaningful and true.
Cost: $50.00. If the price of the workshop presents an issue, PLEASE contact me at wheatonwriter@gmail.com.
To REGISTER:  send an email to wheatonwriter@gmail.com.  Payment for the workshops can be made to Wheaton Writing Academy through Venmo or PayPal at wheatonwriter@gmail.com , or by check to Wheaton Writing Academy, LLC.

WHEATON WRITING ACADEMY:
November 14, 2020: Carol Bachofner
The Power of Lament and Elegy
12:00 – 3:00 PM on Zoom: In this workshop we will examine the poetry of loss to move us to examine our ever-connected world.  This poetry is soulful and enticing as we navigate loss on a GLOBAL level.  We will read elegies and laments and then write!  An example of elegy is Whitman’s When Lilacs Last in the Garden Bloom’d.
Cost: $50.00. If the price of the workshop presents an issue, PLEASE contact me at wheatonwriter@gmail.com.
To REGISTER:  send an email to wheatonwriter@gmail.com.  Payment for the workshops can be made to Wheaton Writing Academy through Venmo or PayPal at wheatonwriter@gmail.com , or by check to Wheaton Writing Academy, LLC.

WHEATON WRITING ACADEMY:
December 12, 2020: Erine Leigh
The Gift of Poetry
12:00 – 3:00 PM on Zoom: In this season of gift-giving, let us shop within for meaningful offerings. I will bring examples of inspired poems. Our discussion will be around whether and how they manage to awaken emotional responses in us. Let’s spend three hours focused on gratitude and giving. Let’s find the humble manger in our hearts, to fan forth the birth of living spirit from the dying of the light. Let’s fashion gifts from words, remembering the best things often come in the smallest packages, embers of warm wishes, perhaps love wrapped in a sonnet.  Let’s gift our friends and family with appreciation, from the trance of poetic creation. 
Cost: $50.00. If the price of the workshop presents an issue, PLEASE contact me at wheatonwriter@gmail.com.
To REGISTER:  send an email to wheatonwriter@gmail.com.  Payment for the workshops can be made to Wheaton Writing Academy through Venmo or PayPal at wheatonwriter@gmail.com , or by check to Wheaton Writing Academy, LLC.



Contests / Submissions

Poems on Postcards Contest (& a Preview)
This contest merges poetry with postcards.  This new Peterborough Poetry Project contest has begun and ends September 25th. See the “Poems on Postcards Contest” info on our “Contests” page at peterboroughpoetryproject.org. This one tests your ability to write succinctly. The challenge is to write and submit a previously unpublished short poem on the theme of keeping in touch with people.
Mail entry only; no fee to enter – contest is open across the country to anyone with a valid U.S mailing address. Due to the small available space on the front of a postcard, there are lots of parameters. See website for details.
PREVIEW:
  We may publish a quarterly series of chapbook anthologies on different themes, accompanied by a column on writing tips by published authors in each book. We will be soliciting poems and subscribers, but will also sell single books. We’re trying to gauge interest; send an email to peterboroughpoetry@gmail.com if you are interested in this concept.


Book Release Events

Gibson’s Bookstore
Erica Bodwell, Author of the poetry collection Crown of Wild.
A reading and Q&A.
September 24, 2020 at 7:00 PM on Zoom
To Join: https://www.gibsonsbookstore.com/event/2020-09
For more information: Erica@ericasoferbodwell.com or www.ericasoferbodwell.com