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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 our eNews letter. Click below to sign up for it. And check us out on Facebook!

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Photo of Nancy Moore Hill

The Nancy Moore Hill Poetry Celebration...

Kicks off with our November Hoot: Wednesday, the 5th, 7 - 9 pm at Cafe Espresso.

Nancy Moore Hill


Our "Mini-Dodge" Fall Poetry Fest


Mekeel McBride, Stephen Kuusisto, and Cyrus Cassells headline our Poetry Celebration that honors the founder of the Poet Laureate Program, Nancy Moore Hill.  Our featured poets are participating in two events on Saturday. Follow the "read more" below for the full schedule.

Calendar of Events >>

In addition to our featured poets, Creation Circle participants will be reading at Cafe Espresso, Buoy Art Gallery, and South Church.  Details appear in the side bar and throughout the website. Buoy will also feature an exhibit of art created during the Creation Circle process. It's a poetic-artistic feast of the spirit.  Plan to attend! 


Buttons "Sale" Starts October 1st
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    Our poetry festival  is entirely self-funded through the sale of buttons (or pins). We have no grants or foundation funding. Your support really helps. Buttons are available for a requested donation of $20.  They admit you to all events -- similar to First Night.

   Pins are available starting October 1st and are "on sale" at Cafe Espresso, RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth, and Lil's and Just Us Chickens in Kittery.  These stores are collecting button donations as a  kindness and to offer their support of the festival. Thus donations are to be by cash or checks only.

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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 and Staff. You guys cook!

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Second hour is open mic.  Bring one poem on one page if you'd like to read.  If you are planning to read during the open mic consider a poem that responds to one or a combination of the five Creation Circle prompts.

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The complete 2014-15 Poetry Hoot program of featured readers is now available.  In addition, to receive our email announcements follow the link above.

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Nancy Moore Hill Limited Edition
Numbered Poster, signed by artist Patrick Healey

Poster Text

"Stranger, orphan, outlaw, beloved
how shall we live so many hunger upon us?"
~Kimberly Cloutier Green


The Nancy Moore Hill Poetry Celebration
South Church, Buoy, Cafe Espresso

Nov 5 - 9 2014  Portsmouth, NH

A project of the Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program

This poster was made possible by a generous donation
by the Flatbread Company, Portsmouth

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Our Nancy Moore Hill Poetry Celebration Special Limited Edition art poster, signed and numbered by the artist Patrick Healey, is selling quickly. One hundred of these beautiful posters were made and as of October 17th 21st, 18 16 remain. They are on sale at Flatbread. They cost $20.00 and they are shrink-wrapped on foam core.

Or, if you would like one, email Patrick at patrick2healey@gmail.com. Your name will go on the limited edition purchase list when your email arrives. If early sales are any indication of future sales, we won’t be surprised if the edition sells out. Proceeds from the sale of the poster goes to support the Poetry Celebration. Remaining funds, should there be any, go to the Nancy Moore Hill PPLP Endowment.

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10-17, this just in from Patrick Healey:


"David Pratt, Kittery, Maine picture framer is glad to give 10% off a frame job to anyone who brings in the limited edition poster. His co-worker, Marge, bought one of our prints and loves it."


Buy a poster and get a discount on framing. To learn more about David Pratt follow the logo link. Act soon. As noted, 18 remain.

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The Nancy Moore Hill Poetry Celebration:  Read more

 Help support the Celebration...
 buy a button.  See how.  And thanks.


Meet the Poet Laureate.
Information about previous Laureates' can be found here.


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 keep on sharing them at the Hoot!


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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