March Poetry Hoot
Wednesday, March 4th: 7 to 9pm. Doors open
Come hear two fine
poets. Our featured readers are
and Dawn Potter.
If you missed February's Hoot (we had some
problems with our web server), Bill Burtis and Nancy Jean Hill were
excellent. Excellent! A good time was had by all. And an excellent time lies
ahead as well the first Wednesday in March!
Hope Jordan's poems have been published in such journals as Many
Mountains Moving and Green Mountains Review; and her fiction
appeared in the anthology Scream When You Burn.
A trustee of the NH Writers Project, she has attended the Chenango
Valley Writers Conference at Colgate University and is a long-time
member of the Yogurt Poets, a writing group based in Concord, NH.
She was the first official poetry slam master in New Hampshire, and
coached the inaugural NH Poetry Slam Team in 2007.
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Potter directs the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching,
held each summer at Robert Frost's home in Franconia, New Hampshire.
She works extensively as a visiting writer in the schools and as a
freelance editor for literary and academic presses.
Her poems and essays have appeared in the Beloit Poetry Journal, the
Sewanee Review, the Threepenny Review, and many other journals in
the United States and abroad.
In addition Dawn sings and plays fiddle with the band Doughty Hill.
To get a good seat come early and enjoy some of Dave Hadwen's fine
food at Cafe Espresso.
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Nominations for our 10th! Poet
Laureate are now open. See the sidebar for details.
download the pdf
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Kimberly Cloutier Green: The Maine Poetry Express Stops at Rice
Poet Laureate Wes McNair will make a “whistle stop” at Rice Public
Library in Kittery Thursday March 5, from 6-8pm.
The evening of
poetry includes readings by McNair and Mekeel McBride as
well as several guest readers. It is part of the 2015 run of “The Maine
Poetry Express,” a project of Poet Laureate McNair, with support
from the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance.
Poet Laureate Selection Reboot!
New call for
> Nominations period
> Madbury, Eliot added as
From the PPLP Co-Chairs:
Greetings! What a winter.
We think the snow and cold has
taken its toll on us spiritually as well as physically. It is
Nomination Period Extended
One of the seeming consequences of this rugged winter
is that, while we have had nominations for our next Poet
Laureate, many have declined. We can't prove it but we think the
weather has something to do with the high rate of declines. As a
result we have a very modest pool of candidates to forward to
our Selection Committee.
For this reason we have decided to
extend the deadline for nominations and to reset the
nomination process this way:
> March 23 - nominations due (that provides about 3 more
> March 30 - packets due
> April 9 and 16 - selection committee meets
> City Hall announcement - April 20 or 27 or May 4 or 11,
depending on the City Council
> May 6 - new Poet Laureate starts
We want to see that the Selection Committee has a good
variety of nominee portfolios to review. Part of the
pleasure (if I may use that term) of serving on the
Selection Committee is having significant and challenging
Two Towns Added
In the course of preparing for and seeking nominees the
Board has become aware that we have two towns that by rights
should have been in the mix all along and were not: Eliot,
Maine and Madbury, New Hampshire. A quick glance at a map
makes it clear that each of these towns should be in the
mix. Without them there are clearly two "map gaps". As a
Board we have recently voted them on to the list of eligible
towns. If you know of a poet who lives in either of those
towns (or any of the others) who might make a fine Poet
Laureate, nominate him or her.
Please give this thought and send in your nominations. As
time is short, use email: email@example.com. With your
nomination, please include your nominee's contact
information and a brief note on her or his qualifications.
We hope to hear from you by March 23rd.
~David Phreaner and Sue Kaufmann, PPLP Co-Chairs
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...is described below and on the next page. Included
>> how to nominate someone to be Poet Laureate
>> eligibility requirements
>> information for nominees, including deadlines and required
>> selection guidelines and process
>> responsibilities of the Laureate
* PPLP Board members are ineligible for nomination until a
year has passed since she or he has left the Board. The Board
goes to great lengths to insure a fair and open process. While
some members of the Board might make excellent Laureates, no
current or recently past Board member is eligible.
* As long as a nominee meets eligibility requirements,
anyone can nominate anyone.
* Once a nomination has been received each nominee is
asked if s/he wishes to be a candidate. Sometimes, for a variety
of reasons, nominees withdraw. The selection process is
confidential. After a nomination is received our communication
takes place with the nominee only; we do not comment on the
status of any nominee.
* Becoming Portsmouth Poet Laureate is a great honor. It's
also a lot of hard work: enjoyable, exciting and hard work. An
effective nomination takes into account your nominee's time and
* The selection process relies entirely on information
packets nominees submit; there are no interviews. This process
was developed by Nancy Moore Hill and the original Board. We
keep to that original selection process. No Board members serve
on the Selection Committee.
* Names may be submitted to the PPLP Board by letter or
* Nominations should include the full
name of nominee and current contact information and should
briefly describe why the nominee would be a good choice to be
the “public face of poetry in Portsmouth” and to help PPLP
“build community through poetry.” Self-nominations are
In addition to being willing to take on the responsibilities of
the Laureateship, a nominee must live in one of the eligible
towns and/or work (at least half-time) in Portsmouth.
* Eligible towns include: Portsmouth, Dover, Durham,
Eliot, Greenland, Kittery, Madbury, New Castle, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket,
North Hampton, Rye, and Stratham.
Nomination information >
continues on page 2.
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Questions? Call PPLP Co-chair Susan
Kaufmann at (603) 431-9348.
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Learn about our
previous Laureates here.
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