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/

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

Open Letter from the NH Poet Laureate Selection Committee

New Hampshire Poet Laureate Selection Background
We on the New Hampshire Poet Laureate Selection Committee would like to clear up some misunderstandings and misinformation circulating around the state regarding the process of choosing the next NH State Poet Laureate.

Role of the Poet Laureate
The Poet Laureate is an ambassador for all poets in New Hampshire and works to heighten the visibility and value of poetry in our state. This person will be the face of NH poetry for the next five years, with local and national visibility. The qualifications for the role of state poet laureate include the following: demonstrated commitment to extended community involvement that has promoted poetry around the state; reputable publication with an established national presence; and a vision for the role that is commensurate with the mission of the role and not self-promotion.

Long Tradition of Strong Poets Laureate
New Hampshire has a long-standing history of strong, qualified New Hampshire Poets Laureate. These include Alice Fogel, Walter Butts, Patricia Fargnoli, Cynthia Huntington, Marie Harris, Maxine Kumin, Donald Hall, Jane Kenyon, and Richard Eberhart. In fact, five U.S. Poets Laureate hail from New Hampshire (Robert Frost, Richard Eberhart, Maxine Kumin, Donald Hall, Charles Simic). In short, New Hampshire Poets Laureate have contributed greatly to our state’s vibrant culture.

Review Process
The review process was rigorous. The selection committee of nine, headed by statute by the Poetry Society of New Hampshire, includes noted professionals in the arts and humanities and former poets laureate who understand the extent of the position. It has been the role of this changing committee to read each nominees’ extensive application materials, books, and letters of recommendation. This year’s committee spent a collective total of over 100 hours thoroughly reviewing all the applications from a very competitive pool of qualified candidates, many of whom were extremely strong on all points. When someone doesn’t make the cut, it is not a criticism of him or her as a person or as a poet. Nor is it political. In a state teeming with exceptionality, it simply means that several people rose to the level of finalist based on their superior qualifications.

Selection Committee Recommendation
The selection committee’s recommendation for the next New Hampshire Poet Laureate is Jennifer Militello, an accomplished poet and educator with a national reputation. Jennifer has an impressive publication history and is founder of the NH Poetry Festival.

Status
This selection cycle, as always, the committee named its choice and, in September of 2018, gave that recommendation to the Governor, for a vote by the Executive Council.

On Wednesday February 20, 2019, breaking with tradition, Governor Sununu nominated his own candidate as the next Poet Laureate, not the recommended poet nor one of the finalists.

The nomination was withdrawn before the Executive Council’s vote. We do not know if there will be any action at upcoming meetings.

There was a meeting scheduled for the governor and the Selection Committee at the end of March, but the governor’s office had a conflict and we’ve been trying to reschedule with them.

Time-honored Process
There has been no precedent in which the state’s governor selected a nominee without the recommendation of the Poet Laureate Selection Committee. In two unusual and extenuating cases, historically, there were apparent exceptions, but in fact these were not exceptions at all; in each case the governor requested and honored the traditional input of the committee’s recommendations.

Mission of the Selection Committee
The only missions of the selection committee, and its supporters, are to keep the process fair, and to choose the very best candidate for the active role of NH Poet Laureate, who represents our state not only at home but in the eyes of the rest of the country.

We hope everyone recognizes the value not only of expertise but of a commitment to a true democratic process. Our aim is to keep this process trustworthy, so that all interested and qualified applicants will feel confident in its complete fairness.

We do urge the Governor to nominate Ms. Militello, whose name emerged after a rigorous and time-honored selection process so that the hills and halls of New Hampshire will continue to be filled with poetry that resounds beyond our borders.

FORTNIGHT FRENZY: limericks, haibun, & prose poems wanted

Spring fever has hit the TPT editorial desk and we’re itching to get the new issue out. But before we hit “print”, we want to extend one last chance to get your poems included. PSNH Members, please email up to three limericks, haibun, and/or prose poems to Jessi at FoldedEditors [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject line “Fortnight Frenzy” by 11:59 p.m. on 29 March 2019. All poems may be included in the same MS Word .doc file (Times New Roman 12 pt. font, please). Bonus points go to anyone who includes the following in the body of your email:

  • your pen name
  • your website/blog/Twitter/Instagram/whatever (if you have one)
  • a short bio (50 words or fewer)
  • FOR REPRINTS: the name of any publications in which your poems previously appeared along with a statement that you have the right to grant us permission to reprint them

That’s right – a special call with no forms to fill out, nor any fees. Just shove your limericks, haibun, and prose poems in a file and fling them to Jessi. You’ll hear her decision on whether or not they’ll be included by 15 April 2019.

On your marks…get set…go!

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/