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The Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program is dedicated to building community through poetry by appointing and supporting an outstanding local poet as Poet Laureate for the city, sponsoring events that feature area poets and authors from outside the New Hampshire Seacoast, and encouraging a love of poetry among people of all ages.

The Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program presents a variety of events throughout the year: readings, celebrations, publications. These events are announced in the Portsmouth Herald and the WiRE Magazine.   And, check us out on Facebook!

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Next Poetry Hoot... Wednesday, May 7th: 7-9 pm with featured readers Ala Khaki and Ryan Flaherty.


Two excellent diverse poets feature this May. 

     Ryan Flaherty's writing and teaching interests span poetry, nonfiction, and the hybrid edges between the genres.  His first book of poems, What’s This, Bombardier?, won the Lena Miles Wever Todd Poetry Series from Pleiades Press.  

     He also has two letterpress chapbooks: Novas from Bateau Press and Live, from the Delay from Small Fires Press.  In 2010, he received the PEN/New England Discovery Award as a top emerging poet.  [The link above leads to his photo and more of his bio.]

     Ala Khaki was born in Iran in 1955.  Imprisoned twice in the infamous Evin Prison during the Shah’s regime for participation in the student democracy movement, he fled to America in 1978, following a tip from a military relative that he was on a death squad list.

     That same year all copies of his first book, From Here to Sunrise, were burned by the Shah’s secret police.  Ala Khaki’s poems have appeared in Iranian literary journals including The Book Review, Par (Feather) and Thought and Imagination. [The link above leads to his photo and more of his bio.]


Come early for a good seat and enjoy one of Cafe Espresso's fine light meals.

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As always, our second hour is open mic.  Bring one poem on one page if you'd like to read.  Or just come to be in the excellent company of fine poets ~ Laureates and All...

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The complete 2013 -14 Poetry Hoot program of featured readers is now available.  In addition, to receive our email announcements send an email to info@pplp.org with your name and "subscribe" in the subject line.

Creation Circles Launched in January

100 people registered to participate in the Creation Circles!  There are 14.  Twenty people agreed to serve as Hosts (some are co-hosts).  Kimberly held an Orientation session for the Hosts in early December.  All hosts have welcomed participants in their group with details of time and place.


As a reminder:  Circles will meet once a month January through June, each month considering a different prompt.  The prompts are based on the guiding sentence: 

    Stranger, orphan, outlaw, beloved…how shall we live, so many hungers upon us?



Circle Locations:  Portsmouth 6, Kittery 3, Rye 2, Conway 1, Wolfeboro 1, Exeter 1.

Circle Meetings:  Evening 8, Morning 3, Afternoon 3.

Registrant Data:  If participants identified themselves at all, they did so as poets and artists, rather than one or the other.


Prompts Online 

As registration was required to join a Creation Circle and some could attend neither afternoon nor evening, the PPLP Board at Kimberly's request decided to post all prompts at the end of each month.  Anyone wishing to participate in the project remotely can follow the prompts online.  The prompts are being posted on the Poetry's Heart info & updates page.  A detailed discussion is now posted.  The first set of prompts were posted there January 31st.  The rest are following in order. 


Meet the Poet Laureate

Previous laureates' information can be found at http://www.pplp.org/FormerPoets.htm

The Poetry Hoot season takes place on the 1st Wednesday of each month from September through June at Cafe Espresso in Portsmouth.  Keep writing poems and check the calendar page for other poetry events in the region.


Read Poems!  Poems from the Hoot Where we review poems by PPLP Poetry Hoot readers such as SL Manning and other local poets.

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