Haven Signature Event

Haven Signature Event

“I am a firm believer in the healing power of art, but most importantly I’m a firm believer in the healing power of community. Haven is just that—a community of people ready to open their arms to those who need it most. In my darkest moments, I relied heavily on...

Peace at the Beach

Put the board on top. Hit the tar. Ten minutes later, get out of the car. It’s a sunny day. It is what a surfer craves. I’m at peace with myself, I’m at peace with the waves.   I paddle out to the sea. It’s a beautiful day for the board peace and me. —...

7th Annual Youth Hoot on January 9th, 2020!

It’s the 7th Annual Youth Hoot! Students from local schools will join us as our January Featured Readers. If you’ve attended our Youth Hoot previously, you have seen and heard outstanding young poets. We hope that you will join us in celebrating the young voices...

CANCELED- October Hoot: Andrew Merton and Jim Rioux

This event has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances, we are hoping to reschedule so please check back!-PPLP Andrew Merton has been a reporter and columnist for the Boston Herald Traveler and the Boston Globe.  His nonfiction has appeared in publications...

Sept. Hoot: Ft. Robert Carr and John Burroughs

Robert Carr is the author of Amaranth, published in 2016 by Indolent Books and The Unbuttoned Eye, a full-length 2019 collection from 3: A Taos Press. Among other publications his poetry appears in the American Journal of Poetry, Bellevue Literary Review, Crab Orchard...

No, it’s not a lawn mower

Mother Mary, Jesus and Joseph! I thought it was a mower– thought I was hearing the common sound of cutting grass. It is the hottest, most humid day here– just a few days after the Fourth of July and my attention is thrown to the front of our...

June Hoot: Ft. Rachel Contreni Flynn and Fred Marchant

Rachel Contreni Flynn is the the co-editor of Beloit Poetry, Journaland, the author of two award-winning full-length poetry collections, Ice, Mouth, Song (Tupelo Press 2005) and Tongue (Red Hen Press 2010) as well as a chapbook, Haywire (Bright Hill Press 2009). In...

April 3rd Hoot featuring David Surette and Mercy Carbonell

David R. Surette’s new book of poetry is Malden, selected and new poems that feature his hometown  Malden, Massachusetts. He is the author of five other collections includng Stable which was named an Honor Book at the 2016 Massachusetts Book Awards. His poems are...

Lunation Book Release

Celebrate International Women’s Day with the Book Release of Lunation: A Good Fat Anthology of 114 Women Poets. Lunation is an epic gathering of women poets from the seacoast and beyond in one fierce and fiery publication six months in the making and culminating...

March 6th Hoot featuring Cassandra de Alba and Alice Radin

Cassandra de Alba is a poet living in Massachusetts.  Her work has appeared in The Shallow Ends, Underblong, Big Lucks, and Smoking Glue Gun, among other publications. Her chapbooks habitats(Horse Less Press, 2016) and ORB (Reality Hands, 2018) are about deer and the...

Accepting Nominations!

The PPLP Board is now accepting nominations for our next Poet Laureate for 2019-2021! • Nominees for 2019 – 20 21 should live in Portsmouth, Dover, Durham, Eliot, Greenland, Kittery, Madbury, New Castle, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket, North Hampton, Rye, or Stratham...

February 6th Hoot featuring Maggie Dietz and Joel Carpenter

Maggie Dietz is the author of That Kind of Happy (2016), and Perennial Fall (2006), which won a Jane Kenyon Award and a Wisconsin Library Association Literary Award. She previously taught creative writing at Boston University and served as assistant poetry editor...

6th Annual Youth Hoot January 2nd

Students from several area schools will join us as our January Featured Readers. One of the PPLP’s Board’s long term goals is to encourage poetry writing and performance by young people. They’re our poetic future. What better way than to provide a venue? If you’ve...

December 5th Hoot featuring Mark DeCarteret and Kathleen Clancy

Mark DeCarteret has appeared next to Charles Bukowski in a lo-fi fold out, Pope John Paul II in a hi-test collection of Catholic poetry, Billy Collins in an Italian fashion coffee table book, and Mary Oliver in a 3785 page pirated anthology. He has been published in...

November 7th Hoot featuring Morgan Plessner and Sam DeFlitch

November’s Hoot features two young and phenomenal poets: UNH MFA Poets Morgan Plessner and Sam DeFlitch! Morgan Plessner is a second year MFA student studying poetry at the University of New Hampshire. She has been published in Ink & Voices and Foliate Oak....

Rice Pudding Poetry Series featuring Christopher Seid

Poet Christopher Seid will be featured in the upcoming Rice Pudding Poetry Series on Thursday evening, November 1. Together with a group of community readers who will read published work from a variety of poets, Seid will read from his second collection of poems, Age...

October 3rd Hoot featuring Jeri Theriault and Matt Miller

Jeri Theriault’s full-length collection, Radost, my red, was published by Moon Pie Press in 2016. Her chapbook, In the Museum of Surrender, won the 2013 Encircle Publications Chapbook Contest. She has two previous chapbooks, Corn Dance and Catholic, and has published...

June 6th Hoot featuring January G. O’Neil and Patrice Pinette

January Gill O’Neill and Patrice Pinette January Gill O’Neil is the author of two poetry collections, Misery Islandsand Underlife, published by CavanKerry Press. A third collection, Rewilding, will be published by CavanKerry Press in fall 2018. She is the...

Upcoming Poetry Event

Writers in the Round Presents their benefit concert Poetry and Song, featuring form Portsmouth Poet Laureate John Perrault and many others.

New Hampshire Beat Festival

An array of amazing artists will be on hand for an event that will be as entertaining as it is enlightening all backed the masters of improvisational music The Beat Night Band The Festival is a culmination of projects, poets, performers and artists that Portsmouth...

20th Anniversary Poetry Gala!

Time flies when you’re building community, especially in a community as wonderful as Portsmouth. We hope you will join is in celebrating with an evening of poetry, music, prizes and dancing to mark the 20-year anniversary of the Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program...

April 4th Hoot featuring Lee Sharkey and Adam Scheffler

Lee Sharkey’s poetry collections are Walking Backwards (Tupelo Press, 2016), Calendars of Fire (Tupelo, 2013), A Darker, Sweeter String (Off the Grid, 2008), and eight other full-length poetry books and chapbooks. Her work has appeared in Crazyhorse, FIELD, Kenyon...

March 7th Hoot Cancelled

The March 7th is cancelled due to inclement weather. We hope everyone stays safe and warm, and we’ll see you in April!

February 7th Hoot Cancelled

The February 7th Hoot is cancelled due to inclement weather. We hope everyone stays safe and warm, and we’ll see you in March!

5th Annual Youth Poetry Hoot January 3rd!

Students from several area schools will join us as our January Featured Readers. One of the PPLP’s Board’s long term goals is to encourage poetry writing and performance by young people. They’re our poetic future. What better way than to provide a venue? If you’ve...

December 6th Hoot featuring Gigi Thibodeau and Ben Berman

Gigi Thibodeau’s writing has appeared in Mid-American Review, Soundings East, t.e.l.l. New England, Mingle Magazine, Marvels and Tales: Journal of Fairy Tale Studies, The Virginia Woolf Miscellany, and elsewhere.  Her blog, The Magpie’s Fancy, has been featured...

October 4th Hoot featuring Rhina Espaillat and Alfred Nicol

Rhina P. Espaillat has published ten full-length books and three chapbooks, comprising poetry, essays and short stories, in both English and her native Spanish, and prize-winning translations from and into Spanish. Her work appears in numerous journals, websites and...

September 6th Hoot featuring Dennis Camire and Jim Thatcher

Dennis Camire recently published “Combed by Crows” with Deerbrook Editions. His poems have appeared in Poetry East, Spoon River Review, Mid-American Review, Hamilton Stone Review, Maine Public Radio, and in other journals and online zines.  Currently he teaches...

Good Fat Poetry Zine

Submissions are open for the inaugural issue Good Fat Poetry Zine! Submit up to three poems with the theme “Humor and Absurdity” by July 31st for consideration for the first issue.

June 7th Hoot featuring Dudley Laufman and David Rivard

Dudley Laufman was raised near Boston, and graduated from agricultural school. His poems have been in many little mags and journals. William Bauhan Press, Beech River Books and Shaker Village have published books of my poetry. Pudding House and Serif & Pixel Press...

Portsmouth’s 11th Poet Laureate: Mike Nelson

Mike Nelson of Portsmouth, NH, is the 11th Portsmouth Poet Laureate. Nelson was named at a “passing of the quill” ceremony during the April 3 meeting of the Portsmouth City Council at City Hall in Portsmouth. Nelson, who grew up in New Hampshire, cut his poetry teeth...

April 5th Hoot featuring Past Poets Laureate

April is National Poetry Month! At the Portsmouth Poetry Hoot that means it’s time for our Gala Poetry Hoot featuring all our Past Poets Laureate, including: Maren Tirabasi John Perrault Mimi White Elizabeth Knies Mark DeCarteret John-Michael Albert Kimberly...

Youth Poetry at 3s –rescheduled for January 25th

Hello all, The weather continues to thwart Kate Leigh’s final project performance, the Youth Poetry Reading at 3s, which has now been postponed until Wednesday, January 25th. Apologies to any who were looking forward to it, but we at the PPLP believe that it is...

Youth Poetry at 3S — rescheduled!

Attention! The Youth Poetry Reading scheduled for today, January 17, has been moved to Wednesday, January 18, due to the storm. Please try to arrange to attend! I am so sorry for the delay, and grateful for 3S and their flexibility. Our kids were in rehearsal today...

February 1st Hoot Featured Readers

Megan Grumbling writes poetry, criticism and essays, and dramatic works, and serves as an editor, teacher, and writing mentor. Her collection Booker’s Point, awarded the Vassar Miller Prize for Poetry, is forthcoming from the University of North Texas Press in...

Rice Pudding Poetry Series

Rice Pudding Poetry Series to Feature Richard Foerster in a Program of Maine Poets Richard Foerster will be featured in the upcoming Rice Pudding Poetry Series on Thursday evening, January 26, in a reading that will celebrate the work of Maine poets. Foerster will...

Youth Hoot January 4th, 2017

Students from several area schools will join us as our January Featured Readers. One of the PPLP’s Board’s long term goals is to encourage poetry writing and performance by young people. They’re our poetic future. What better way than to provide a...

Holiday Hoot Book Sale?

Our October Hoot experiment with a poetry book sale table seemed to go well.  PPLP is contemplating having a holiday book sale table at our December Hoot to which all poets with published works for sale would be welcome to sell their wares. Books like “One of Us...
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