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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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Opening Poetry Hoot for our new 2014-2015 season: Wednesday, September 3rd: 7-9 pm with featured readers Shelley Girdner and Gibson Fay-LeBlanc. Plan to attend!  Come early for a good seat and a good light meal.


We have a wonderful season in store.  We launch with two fine poets: Gibson Fay-LeBlanc and Shelley Girdner.  Click on the links above to learn more about each.

    Gibson is an award-winning poet:. His first book of poems, Death of a Ventriloquist, won the Vassar Miller Prize  He teaches and writes in the far north - in Maine, that is!

    In addition to being a fine poet in her own right, Shelley provided the excellent introduction of our current Poet Laureate, Kimberly Cloutier Green, at the Portsmouth City Council's inaugural event last year.  She teaches English at UNH.

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


September marks Cafe Espresso's 10th Anniversary as the Hoot venue?  Happy Anniversary and Congratulations Dave and Company!

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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 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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