The Poetry Society of New Hampshireis a non-profit membership organization that promotes poetry through the publication of books, a quarterly magazine, The Poets Touchstone, open mics, workshops, contests, a monthly calendar of events, collaborations with other artists, and assisting the Governor in selecting the State Poet Laureate. Last year we sponsored or supported events in libraries, art galleries, parks, theaters, and on the radio. We welcome all poets and lovers of poetry.
A Brief HistoryThe Poetry Society of New Hampshire was incorporated in the early 1960's and granted non-profit status soon after. Its primary locus of activity at that time was Manchester, NH, where many of the founding members lived. The society experienced many ups and downs and alarms, but began to refocus its energies in the 1990's and, as a result, grew from a paltry 16 members to the nearly 250 members it has today. Members are the lifeblood of the organization allowing us to do the work we do.
We meet the last Saturday of the months of January, April, July and October, and all are welcome. The July meeting is our annual meeting where we conduct whatever business is necessary. At the other three we have featured readers or workshop leaders. All offer members a chance to read during an open mic. To encourage readers we offer small door prizes. The PSNH is a 501(c)3 Incorporated in the State of NH.
At the Poetry Society of New Hampshire, our mission is to celebrate and foster New Hampshire poets and poetry. We welcome you to join us in this mission. We appreciate your support.
PSNH is a 501(c)3 charity. All donations are 100% tax deductible
All or part of your donation may go to one of the following funds (specify at the checkout in PayPal in the "review your donation" section):
- Walter Butts NH Poet Laureate Fund (helps pay for travel and other expenses related to the work of NH Poets Laureate)
- Mary Gildea Memorial Scholarship Fund (provides scholarships for teachers who need financial support to attend poetry conferences such as at The Frost Place)
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or mail to 170 Browns Ridge Road, Ossipee, NH 03864
The inaugural New Hampshire Poetry Festival was held on September 19, 2015 featuring U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Simic, Alice B. Fogel, Ravi Shankar, Tim Liardet, Jeff Friedman and many more!
SAVE THE DATE!
The 2016 New Hampshire Poetry Festival will take place on Saturday, September 24, 2016, once again at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in downtown Manchester. Get ready for another huge day of poetry! Details to come.
Dues for one year are $25.
Junior (eighteen years of age or under) and Student (any person who is enrolled as a student in an accredited academic institution) Memberships for one year are $10.
Send in your information (Name, Address, Phone, E-Mail) with your check payable to "Poetry Society of NH" to:
Gordon Lang, PSNH Treasurer
170 Browns Ridge Road
Ossipee, NH 03864
Or pay dues online here:
Please include a short bio and a couple poems we might use to introduce you to other members in The Poets' Touchstone. We would love to learn your thoughts on poetry, who your favorite poets are, how you heard about us, and why you decided to join. You can either mail this information to Gordon at the address above or if using the online payment option, email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board of Directors
- Don Kimball - President
- Jennifer Militello - VP
- Gordon Lang - Treasurer
- Kyle Potvin - Secretary
- Meg Kearney - Board Member
- Mark Palos - Board Member
- Rodger Martin - Board Member
- Maudelle Driskell - Board Member
- Andrew Periale - Board Member
- Dudley Laufman - Honorary President
- John Ferguson- Editor
- Pat Parnell - Associate Editor
- Robert W. Crawford - National Contest Coordinator
- Helen Duchesne - Member Contest Coordinator
- Stephanie King - High School Student Contest Coordinator
- Barb Bald - Elementary Student Contest Coodinator
- Barbara Duris - Round Robin Coordinator
- Yamilé Craven - Poetry Email Workshop
- Don Kimball - Monthly Open Mic Host