May Hoot > The Passing of the Quill:
Incoming and Outgoing Poets to Feature. Plan
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What a Great April
Gala Poetry Hoot
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Our Gala April Poetry
Hoot took place April First, featuring all our previous
Portsmouth Poets Laureates. As our first two Poets
Laureate, Esther Buffler and Robert Dunn, are no longer with us,
Esther's poetry was read by Pat Parnell. Robert's poems were
ready by Katie Towler.
Reading their own poetry were Maren
Tirabassi, John Perrault, Mimi White, Elizabeth Knies, Mark
DeCarteret and Mike Albert.
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April is National Poetry Month. Starting
several years ago we began the practice of celebrating Poetry Month
by having each of our past Poets Laureates share some of their
This year as in previous years we had a great evening. Our thanks to all
our Poets Laureate, Pat and Katie, and all our open mic readers for
a wonderful, wide-ranging evening of poetry.
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If you enjoy poetry and haven't been to a Hoot
yet, give us a try!
Coming Soon! The next Poet Laureate.
The Selection Committee has made its decision! Join us to find
out who it will be at the Portsmouth City Council meeting at
City Hall on May 4 at 7:00 pm.
We call the ceremony The Passing of the Quill. It
will take place first (or early) on the Council agenda.
Following the ceremony is a reception in Conference Room A at
City Hall. All are welcome. Plan to attend.
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Richard Blanco to read at
Richard Blanco will give a reading of his poetry and prose at
Berwick Academy’s Jackson Library on Friday evening, May 8th,
at 7pm. Blanco is the fifth inaugural poet of the United
States, becoming the youngest, first Latino, first immigrant,
and first gay writer to hold this honor. In 2013, he took his
place in history along with the esteemed first two inaugural
poets, Robert Frost and Maya Angelou.
From the press release:
"In For All
Of Us, One Today, An Inaugural Poet’s Journey, Blanco brings
his readers right into the car with him as he receives the phone
call telling him that he has been chosen as the poet for
President Obama’s second inauguration. He immerses us into his
life that, like many American stories, begins as a young
immigrant. He introduces his family, his Cuban heritage, his
travels, his longings. The language of his quest for a
definition of self and home reflect the heights and depths of
joy and sorrow. He lifts up his spirit like an offering of trust
and love. He asks us to connect with him and each other to find
what we have in common in order to understand our differences."
The event is free and open to the public. RiverRun
Bookstore will be on hand for the book sale and signing: 31
Academy Street, South Berwick, ME.
Learn about our
previous Laureates here.
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