Quite a few new projects are underway! Stay tuned about a public poetry installation coming to a town near you, more school involvement across the state, & more poetry workshops! Get in touch with Alice if you want to get involved.
Here are a few projects that are coming together this spring (2017):
New Hampshire is about to have a Youth Poet Laureate! Alice has been working with teacher, hiker, and The Penn founder, Andrew Fersch, as well as with the NH Council on the Arts, and the Poetry Society of NH, to make an official position for a high school writer selected by a committee each year. Our first representative, to get the position started, is Ella McGrail, whom Alice will introduce to the public in Portsmouth at River Run Books, April 26, 2017. High school senior Ella McGrail is a writer and activist from NH's Seacoast, an avid lover of the mountains, the ocean, and the written word. Ella is the author of one novel and countless poems (and is also a successful political speaker). She has twice been awarded Scholastic Gold Keys for her writing and has received numerous Silver Keys as well. Read about her in the article from April 24th's Seacoast News here.
More on the YPL, & how to nominate someone for the position, will be posted publicly in May (2017), here, & on the websites of the NH State Council on the Arts & the Poetry Society of NH.
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Alice is working with Portsmouth poet, Beat Night host, & The Tribe founder Mike Nelson, to teach an ongoing poetry workshop for immigrants & refugees through the International Institute of New England. Starting soon (April 2017), this class will be a place for immigrants & refugees in Manchester, NH to improve their English while writing about their experiences & to then share them with the community at large. We are also looking for NH authors who would be interested in mentoring these writers for a brief one-on-one experience. https://raisingvoicesnh.wordpress.com/blog/
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Along with poets Patrice Pinette & Candace Bergstrom, Alice hosted a reading, open mic, & fundraiser party at the lovely & cozy Trumpet Fine Art Gallery in Peterborough, NH, April 7, 2017. There were about 50 visitors in attendance, including over a dozen poets who read at the open mic. We're please to have brought in over $600 for ORIS! Learn about & help support ORIS, Organization for Refugee & Immigrant Success in NH, which focuses particularly on farming in NH.
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Have you seen THE POETS SHOWCASE, Edited by Alice & Sidney Hall? It’s a gorgeous anthology of NH poets, compiled from the showcases originally curated and presented by former NH poets laureate Walter Butts & Patricia Fargnoli. About 200 pages of poetry, along with authors’ comments on the poems, & bios. Order it here!
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THIS PROJECT HAPPENED IN 2015—POETRY READINGS IN LIBRARIES ALL OVER THE STATE, KICKED OFF BY A FULL DAY OF READINGS AT THE STATE LIBRARY
LET POETRY RING FROM THE PRODIGIOUS HILLTOPS OF NH!
NOTICE TO LIBRARIANS ACROSS NH!
When I first wrote to all the state librarians in August, I mentioned an event I’m planning for next April’s “poetry month” celebration. I’d like to follow up on that now.
My hope is that every library in the state will host an hour or two of an open-house for poetry. It would be great to have all these poetry-sharing events on the same day across the state, but I know you’re not all open every day—so let’s try for all in the same week.
On April 4, 2015, I will be leading a kick-off poetry event at the State Library in Concord, where I and several other NH poets will do a reading of our own and others’ poetry, and talk about bringing poetry out to more listeners. Following on the heels of this event, I’m inviting all libraries to join in celebrating our imaginations by hosting their own “poetry month” gathering during the week of April 5-12. Here is what I envision:
At this April Poetry Party for all ages and backgrounds, people will come together simply to read or recite or listen to poems they know and love. No writing involved—just an hour or two of sharing poems by local or famous or individual poets, as you and your gathered participants wish. You are welcome to invite your local poets, and to include snacks, as well as music or any other festive additions, to make your event special for your community.
Every library that participates in the Poetry Party will be getting statewide attention for their efforts. The NH Poetry Society and I will be enthusiastically promoting this week-long event via traditional and social media. So we’d love to hear what you are planning so that we can highlight your efforts.
As the time approaches, I will send a poster for you to distribute, if you are interested. All you will have to do is fill in your own town and library name, and the date and time of your event—and then be there to host it. Please contact me to let me know whether you will be part of this state-wide poetry gala, so I can know how many gatherings are happening. Let’s get poems echoing across all these prodigious hills of NH!
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NH Poetry Reading Series
Compiled by The Poetry Society of New Hampshire and Alice B Fogel August 2014
(note: These emails & other links are not yet active; please copy & paste them for your own use.)
- Autumn Oracles. Some Sunday afternoons each fall, 3pm open reading (1 poem per reader) followed by two featured readers. Del Rossi’s Trattoria, Rt. 137 North, Dublin, NH 03444. Contact: Rodger Martin, email@example.com
*Cannan Meetinghouse Readings. Now in its 28th year, the Readings are held on four Thursday evenings in July in the sublime 18th century Meetinghouse in Canaan, NH. www.meetinghousereadings.wordpress.com Typically, each reading consists of one fiction reader along with a poet, essayist, biographer, or literary non-fiction writer. Contact: Phil Pochoda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Conway Public Library Open Mic Night, 2nd Monday, 6-8pm March, May, July, & September. Conway Public Library, 15 Main Street, Conway. http://www.conwaypubliclibrary.org Contact Olga Morrill at 603-447-5552 or email@example.com. Open Mic first hour, featured performer the second hour.
*Eagle Pond Authors’ Series, occasional Thursdays, 7pm, The Silver Center for the Arts at Plymouth State University, Plymouth NH 114 Main Street, Plymouth NH. Contact: Diane Jeffrey. Website: http://www.plymouth.edu/silver-center/category/season-events/eagle-pond-authors/ or www.silver.plymouth.edu For the past 17 years, the Eagle Pond Authors’ Series has celebrated great writing by some of the nation’s outstanding authors. This free series is a tribute to beloved poet and author Donald Hall, who is the heart and soul of this series and instrumental in bringing nationally and internationally revered poets to the PSU campus. For free tickets call the box office at 603-535-2787.
- Effingham Writers' Night. Third Thursday of the month, 7pm, Effingham Public Library, Town House Road, Effingham, http://effingham.lib.nh.us/, Contact: Katie McCarthy, 651-9796, firstname.lastname@example.org, Featured Readers and Open Mic.
*First Friday Coffeehouse, First Friday of the month, 7pm. First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter, 12 Elm Street, Exeter, NH, www.exeteruu.org, contact: Bob Moore, email@example.com. Featured Readers/Musicians and Open Mic.
- Hyla Brook Reading Series. From May through September. Second Thursday of the month, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Robert Frost Farm, 122 Rockingham Rd (Rt 28), Derry, NH, http://www.robertfrostfarm.org, Contact: Robert Crawford, firstname.lastname@example.org. Featured Readers and Open Mic.
*Lampshade Poets. Reading night for local poets, 7–9pm at the Lampscapes showroom, 77 Gates Street, White River Junction [VT] and sometimes in nearby Lyme, NH. This group meets mostly monthly on a Thursday evening. Each future reading date is set monthly. Contact Dave Celone at: email@example.com for information and the next reading date.
- Moultonborough Evening of Poetry. First Tuesday of the month, 7:30pm, Moultonborough Public Library, 4 Holland St, Moultonborough, NH, http://moultonboroughlibrary.org/mpl/, Contact: Library (476-8895, firstname.lastname@example.org). Featured Reader/Open Mic.
- Poetry@WaterStreet. Second Wednesday of the month, 6:30pm, The Water Street Bookstore, 125 Water Street, Exeter, NH, http://www.waterstreetbooks.com , Contact: John Ferguson, email@example.com. Featured Reader and Open Mic.
- Poetry Society of New Hampshire Monthly Reading Series. Third Wednesday of the month, 7pm, Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 South Main St., Concord, NH, http://www.gibsonsbookstore.com, Contact: Don Kimball, firstname.lastname@example.org . Featured Readers and Open Mic.
- Poets in the Attic. Fourth Thursday of the month, 7pm, The Country Bookseller, 23 N. Main St., Wolfeboro, NH, http://www.thecountrybookseller.com. Contact: Gordon Lang, email@example.com , 539-4472. Open Mic/no features.
- Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program (PPLP) HOOT. First Wednesday of the month (except Summer break) 7pm, Café Espresso, 738 Islington St., Portsmouth http://pplp.org/ David Phreaner, Hoot MC, & Terry Karnan, Open Mic MC. Featured Readers and Open Mic.
- Rochester Writers Night, 1st Thursday, 6pm, Crazy Crepes, 12 N. Main St. Rochester. Contact: Pat O’Brien, Rochester Poet Laureate, www.patobriensongsandstories.com. Featured Readers and Open Mic.
- Serenity Poets. Third Monday each month, 6:30-8:30pm, Serenity Market & Café, 25 Sagamore Road, Rye, NH. A casual roundtable share for poetry and sometimes acoustical music. (Features in April, May, June, Sept., Oct., Nov.). https://www.facebook.com/groups/358418627594371/ Hosted by Julie Dickson (firstname.lastname@example.org) and John Simon.
- Slam Free or Die. Every Thursday night, 7pm, Milly's Tavern, 500 N. Commercial St., Manchester, NH, http://www.facebook.com/slamfreeordie, Contact: Mark Palos, email@example.com. All-ages show. $3 cover. Featured Readers, Open Mic, Open Poetry Slam.
*Wind in the Timothy. Dudley Laufman, Canterbury
Word Barn— Sarah Anderson, Exeter, NH
- Writes of Spring. Some Sunday afternoons each spring, 3pm open reading (1 poem per reader) followed by two features. Del Rossi’s Trattoria, Rt. 137 North, Dublin, NH 03444. Contact: Rodger Martin, firstname.lastname@example.org