Call for Proposals: New Hampshire Poetry Fest 


The Fourth Annual New Hampshire Poetry Fest will be held Saturday, September 15, 2018, on the New England College campus in beautiful Henniker, New Hampshire.

The submission period for the festival begins March 1. The deadline for proposal submission is May 15, and proposals may be emailed.

The festival is looking for proposals for group readings and panel discussions based around a particular aspect of poetry in New Hampshire and beyond (see last year’s schedule).

Proposals should include an abstract describing the proposal (200 word limit), a statement of merit (150 word limit), and a bio for each of the members of the panel.

Accepted proposals will be notified in June. Those accepted to present will be provided with free admission to the festival.

Please email newhampshirepoetryfestival[at]gmail.com with any questions.

 

The Fourth Annual New Hampshire Poetry Fest will be held Saturday, September 15, 2018, on the New England College campus in beautiful Henniker, New Hampshire.


Linda Pastan

grew up in New York City, graduated from Radcliffe College in 1954, and received an MA from Brandeis University. She has published 15 volumes of poetry, most recently Insomnia which won the Towson University Literary Award and A Dog Runs Through It.  Two of her books have been finalists for the National Book Award, one for The Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She taught for several years at American University and was on the staff of the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference for 20 years. She is a past Poet Laureate of Maryland. Pastan has won numerous awards, including The Radcliffe Distinguished Alumni Award and The Maurice English Award. In 2003 she won the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement. Pastan lives with her husband in Maryland. They have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.



Adrian Blevins

is the author of the full-length poetry collections Appalachians Run Amok, winner of the Wilder Prize and just released this spring by Two Sylvias Press, Live from the Homesick Jamboree, and The Brass Girl Brouhaha; the chapbooks Bloodline and The Man Who Went Out for Cigarettes; and the co-edited Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean: Meditations on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia. She is the recipient of many awards including a Kate Tufts Discovery Award for The Brass Girl Brouhahaand a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, among others. She teaches at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

 

Robert Crawford

has published two books of poetry, The Empty Chair (2011, Richard Wilbur Award), and Too Much Explanation Can Ruin a Man (2005). His sonnets have twice won the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. His poems have appeared in many national journals including The Formalist, First Things, Dark Horse, The Raintown Review, The Lyric, Measure, Light and Forbes.Heco-founded the Hyla Brook Poets, and is a long-time member of the Powow River Poets of Newburyport, MA. Currently, he is the Director of Poetry Activities at the Robert Frost Farm in Derry, NH and is serving as Derry’s first poet laureate. He lives in Chester, NH, with his wife, the poet Midge Goldberg.

 

 

Sharon Dolin

is the author of six poetry books: Manual for Living (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016); Whirlwind (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012); her ekphrastic collection, Serious Pink (Marsh Hawk Press, reissued 2015); Burn and Dodge (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008), winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry; Realm of the Possible (Four Way Books, 2004); and Heart Work (Sheep Meadow Press, 1995). Her translations from Catalan of Gemma Gorga’s Book of Minutes is forthcoming in The Field Translation Series in 2019. She received the Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress in 2013, chosen by Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. She has taught at Eugene Lang College of The New School, Hofstra University, Adelphi, Rutgers, The Cooper Union, the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y, and Poets House. Founding Director of The Center for Book Arts Annual Poetry Chapbook Competition, she now directs Writing About Art in Barcelona, a 12-day creative writing workshop.   

 

Matthew Guenette

is the author of three full-length poetry collections, including Vasectomania (2017) and American Busboy (2011) both from University of Akron Press. He is also the author of a chapbook, Civil Disobedience (2017), which won the 2016 Baltic Writing Residency Chapbook Contest, published by Rabbit Catastrophe Press. He teaches writing at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, WI.