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.

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.

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

TPT 61.1 – shipping notes & errata

If you haven’t received it already, members should receive the Autumn 2018 issue of The Poets’ Touchstone in the mail this week. Many thanks to Ala, Liz, Don, and Priscilla for wrestling with mail merge and braving the bulk mail system. This should be the last issue to come out late. Production of the Spring 2019 issue (slated for mid-May) is currently running ON TIME.

Speaking of TPT 61.2 (Spring 2019), it will contain the 1st-4th place poems from the November 2017 National Contest. This contest was mistakenly omitted from the current issue (61.1) and we apologize for any inconvenience our error has caused. The results for the November 2017 National Contest are as follows:

  • 1st Place: “Ball of String” by Glenn K. Currie (Concord, NH)
  • 2nd Place: “Dark Side of the Spoon” by Kathryn Howd Machan (Ithaca, NY)
  • 3rd Place: “Out of the Closet” by Barbara Bald (Alton, NH)
  • 4th Place: “Holy Spirit” by Maren C. Tirabassi (Portsmouth, NH)

To the winning poets: Congratulations and many thanks for sharing your words with us!

Tentative Schedule for PSNH Reading Series

While we still need to finalize a few things, the list below is how our reading series is shaping up for 2019. As a reminder, this 3rd-Wednesday 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, on March 13 we may be able to read with a classical guitarist. Please contact Jimmy if you have further questions:

jpappas235@gmail.com
603.798.3410

Tentative List : Subject to Change

  • February 20, 2019: Maggie Dietz and Todd Hearon
  • March 13, 2019: Rhina Espaillat, Alfred Nicol, and John Tavano (note: this is a 2nd Wednesday)
  • April 17, 2019: High School and Middle School Students’ Reading
  • May 22, 2019: Mark DeCarteret and Anders Carlson-Wee (note: this is a 4th Wednesday)
  • June 19, 2019: Jeffrey Zygmont and [TBD]
  • July 25, 2019: Jennifer Militello and Charles Simic (note: this is a 4th Thursday)
  • August 21, 2019: Rhina Espaillat and Toni Treadway
  • September 18, 2019: Robert Crawford and Midge Goldberg
  • October 16: Alexandria Peary and Steve Healey

Featured Reader: Mark DeCarteret

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Photo courtesy of Liz Ahl

Mark DeCarteret read his fabulous poems from his new book For Lack of a Calling at the quarterly PSNH meeting this morning. If you missed it due to the weather, fear not! You can read excerpts from the book (or even purchase a copy) at the publisher’s website:

http://nixesmate.pub/for-lack-of-a-calling-mark-decarteret/