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.

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.

NHPF Workshops Announced

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
  • “The Art of the Unsaid” led by Joan Houlihan

For a complete description of the workshops, as well as leader bios, please visit https://nhpoetryfest.org/schedule/workshops/

PSNH Reading Series: Anders Carlson-Wee and Mark DeCarteret

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

Hope to see many of you there.

Tammi J. Truax Named Poet Laureate of Portsmouth

In April, the Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program announced that PSNH member Tammi J. Truax would serve as their 12th Poet Laureate of Portsmouth. Her term will span 2019-2021. Truax works with young readers and writers at a Portsmouth elementary school and as a Connections program facilitator for the NH Humanities Council teaching new adult readers. She is an MEd candidate in school librarianship. She is also serving as the Maine Beat Poet Laureate for 2018-2020.

Her latest novel in verse, For to See the Elephant (Piscataqua Press, 2019), tells the story of an enslaved boy tasked with caring for the first elephant brought to America. Upon arrival in the city of New York, he and the elephant are sold together and spend decades walking through the country until the day they can be together no longer. The realities of William’s life and the lives of elephants forced to live away from their herd and home are realistically portrayed. The novel, based on real events, is told in a series of poems and incorporates songs, news clippings and diary entries from the period. Much of the story is set in Maine and New Hampshire. A book launch will be held at the Portsmouth Public Library on June 29 at 2 PM.

2019 NHPF Proposal Deadline Extended

New Hampshire Poetry Festival’s call for proposals is now open from March 1 through May 15 May 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 newhampshirepoetryfestival@gmail.com in the format outlined on the festival’s “Speakers” page:
https://nhpoetryfest.org/speakers/

Jimmy Pappas wins RATTLE Chapbook Contest

The Poetry Society of New Hampshire wishes to announce that Jimmy Pappas has been selected as one of three winners of the Rattle Chapbook Contest. For the 2019 Rattle Chapbook Prize, editors received 1,404 entries, then selected three winners. Each winning poet will receive $2000. Each of their chapbooks will be distributed to all 7000 subscribers, beginning with the Fall 2019 issue of Rattle. Jimmy’s chapbook will be sent out next March 2020. To read the full announcement at Rattle, including profiles of all three winners, click here.

Updated PSNH Reading Series Schedule

Here is how our reading series looks for the next section of 2019. As a reminder, this monthly reading series has returned to Gibson’s Bookstore but the time has shifted to 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Depending on the featured readers, there will not always be an open mic. However audience participation is always encouraged, so please feel free to discuss and ask questions about the featured poems.

Jimmy Pappas (organizer) is also encouraging the featured readers to bring writing prompts or other ways for the audience to participate. For example, reading with an acoustic musician. Please contact Jimmy if you have further questions:

jpappas235@gmail.com
603.798.3410

Tentative List : Subject to Change

  • May 22: Mark DeCarteret and Anders Carlson-Wee
  • June 19: Gloria Monaghan and Jeffrey Zygmont
  • July 25: Jennifer Militello and Charles Simic
  • August 21: Rhina Espaillat and Toni Treadway
  • September 18: Robert Crawford and Midge Goldberg
  • October 16: Alexandria Peary and Jason Tandon

Call for Nominations: NH Youth Poet Laureate

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.

To enter, go to NH State Council on the Arts / NH Youth Poet Laureate at Submittable. Good luck!

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.

Key Dates:

  1. March 1, 2019: Call for Nominations
  2. May 24, 2019: Deadline to submit nomination
  3. June 7, 2019: NHYPL selection is announced

posted at the request of Jimmy Pappas

Souhegan Sustainability Fair

Announcement submitted by Lee Ann Dalton

 
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The 4th Annual Souhegan Sustainability Fair will be held at the Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative High School on Saturday, 4 May 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. This family-friendly event will have exhibits, presentations, workshops, a farmers’ market, and live music. For more information, click here to visit their website.