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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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October Poetry Hoot Wednesday, October 1st: 7-9 pm with featured readers Heidi Therrien and Bill Gleed. Doors open 6-ish. Arrive early for a good seat and a good meal.

    What a great start to our new season with Shelley Girdner and Gibson Fay-LeBlanc.  Next up are two more fine poets -- different voices, equally excellent. 

      We guarantee this

      you won't want to miss

      our outstanding October Hoot!

Click the links above for brief bios.


Buttons on Sale at October Hoot

    Our Nancy Moore Hill Poetry Celebration takes place November 5 - 9 with artists and readers from the Creation Circles (see side bar at right; follow left-hand links) and three special Guest Poets: Cyrus Cassells, Stephen Kuusisto, and Mekeel McBride.

    The Celebration is named for and honors PPLP Co-founder Nancy Moore Hill.  It is entirely self-funded through the sale of buttons.  Buttons are $20 and admit you to all events à la First Night. Buy yours at the Hoot from our Button-meister Volunteer Nancy Donovan. Cash or check, please.

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As always, Dave Hadwen and his fine crew will have excellent light meals available. 

    Before she passed, Nancy Moore Hill reported that September 2014 would mark the 10 year anniversary of Cafe Espresso hosting our Hoot.  Thank you Dave.  Thank you Staff.  We will have a recognition celebration in the New Year.  With this October we embark on the 11th year. Sweet!

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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 poets.

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The complete 2014-15 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.

The Nancy Moore Hill Poetry Celebration
Poet and Artist
Registration Process

September 16th from 7 to 8:30pm or
September 21st from 2 to 3:30pm in the
Levenson Room of the Portsmouth Public Library

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An Open Letter to Creation Circle Poets and Artists
from Kimberly Cloutier Green

Dear Friends:

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

You may recall gathering at the kickoff of the Poetry’s HeART project – back in November 2013. My goal was to share what went into the creation of the project as well as some of the ideas and practices on which they would be based.

It was also an opportunity for you to ask questions – to explore whether or not the project would be interesting to you and, if so, to fill out registration forms so that we could create the circles. It was an exciting time—beginnings usually are!

I know that many of you have continued to meet since the formal conclusion of the Creation Circles. This moves me deeply. I look forward to hearing and seeing the poetry and art that has evolved from your conversations and your shared work.

The Nancy Moore Hill Poetry Celebration, which will be held November 5-9 in Portsmouth and Kittery, will be a full and wonderful celebration of our experience with the prompts and with one another.  Letter continues >>

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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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