September 4th, 2019: Robert Carr and John Burroughs
*Postponed until further notice*October 2019: Andrew Merton and Jim Rioux
November 6th, 2019: UNH MFA Poets Casey Lynn Roland and Anna Ohara
December 4th, 2019: Adrian Blevins and Carand Burnet
January 9th, 2020: Youth Hoot
February 5th, 2020: Andrew Periale and Chris Bernstorf
March 4th, 2020: Charles Coe and Sarah Anderson
April 1st, 2020: Past Poet Laureates
May 6th, 2020: Wyn Cooper and Robert Cording
June 3rd, 2020: Bertha Rogers and Kate Hanson Foster
September 4th, 2019
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 Review, Massachusetts Review and Rattle. Robert is poetry editor with Indolent Books and an editor for the anthology Bodies and Scars, available through the Ghana Writes Literary Group in West Africa. Additional information can be found at robertcarr.org
John Burroughs of Cleveland is the 2019-2021 Beat Poet Laureate for the state of Ohio. He is a dynamic performer who has wowed audiences from Oakland to New York City and myriad points in between. His more than a dozen books include Rattle and Numb: Selected Poems, 1992-2019 (2019, Venetian Spider Press) and Loss and Foundering (2018, NightBallet Press). He hosts the monthly Poetry+ reading series at Art on Madison in Lakewood, Ohio, and has served since 2008 as the founding editor for Crisis Chronicles Press, publishing over one hundred books by esteemed writers from around the world. Find him on Facebook, Twitter (@jesuscrisis) or at www.crisischronicles.com.
Oct 2, 2019 — POSTPONED
Andrew Merton and Jim Rioux
Andrew Merton has been a reporter and columnist for the Boston Herald Traveler and the Boston Globe. His nonfiction has appeared in publications including The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Ms. Magazine, Glamour, and Boston Magazine. His poetry has appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Rialto, Comstock Review, Asheville Poetry Review, Louisville Review, The American Journal of Nursing, and elsewhere. He is the author of three books of poetry: Evidence that We Are Descended from Chairs (Accents Publishing, 2012), Lost and Found (Accents Publishing, 2016), and Final Exam (Accents Publishing, 2019). He is a professor emeritus of English at the University of New Hampshire.
Jim Rioux‘s work has been published in such journals as Prairie Schooner, The North American Review, Five Points, and The Café Review. He is also a singer/songwriter with two albums, Darlings of the Soil and yes I will Yes, on the Burst and Bloom label. His newest music project is the band KIOEA. He teaches writing at the University of New Hampshire and lives with his wife, Amanda, and retired greyhound, Duncan, in Kittery, Maine.
November 6th, 2019
UNH MFA Poets Casey Lynn Roland and Anna Ohara
Anna Ohara is a poet currently in the MFA program at UNH, where she also teaches poetry to undergraduates. She has lived in and around New England for most of the past ten years but the fall still delights and winter still manages to confound her. She is currently working on her thesis which, among other topics, draws on her experience researching family history in Japan.
December 4th, 2019
Adrian Blevins and Carand Burnet
Adrian Blevins is the author of the full-length poetry collections Appalachians Run Amok, winner of the Wilder Prize, Live from the Homesick Jamboree, and The Brass Girl Brouhaha; the chapbooks Bloodline and The Man Who Went Out for Cigarettes; and the co-edited Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean: Meditations on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia. She is the recipient of many awards including a Kate Tufts Discovery Award for The Brass Girl Brouhaha and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, among others. She teaches at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
Carand Burnet is a writer and musician. Her poems and essays have been featured in Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, jubilat, Electric Literature, Good Fat, The Poetry Foundation’s Harriet Blog and was listed as notable in Best American Essays. Burnet attended two residencies at the Turkey Land Cove Foundation of Edgartown, MA, to work on her manuscript about Martha’s Vineyard poet Nancy Luce (1814-1890). In 2018, she organized the Tiny Writes Collaborative Poetry Project during her term as the Art, History & Culture Laureate of Newmarket, NH.
Jan 9, 2020
7th Annual Youth Hoot
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 of our community!
Erine Leigh is taking sign-ups for readers; please email her if you are/or have an interested young reader: Erinepoet@gmail.com.
February 5th, 2020
Andrew Periale and Chris Bernstorf
Andrew Periale is an Emmy-nominated artist, and has toured throughout the US as actor and puppeteer. He’s been the editor of Puppetry International magazine for 33 years, and has written plays that have been performed all over the country. His poetry has appeared in such publications as Light Quarterly, Yellow Medicine Review, Entelechy International, and Burnt Bridge as well as numerous anthologies. A long-time member of City Hall Poets (Portsmouth, NH), he also served for four years as the Poet Laureate of Rochester. In 2013-14 he was the state coordinator for the national poetry recitation competition Poetry Out Loud. He is currently tours a one-man show called “Mano-a-Monolog,” and newly premiered a second show: “Forman Brown, New Hampshire’s Forgotten Poet.”
Chris Bernstorf: If Matthew Dickman and Pablo Neruda conceived a child while crowdsurfing at a punk show and then raised the newborn in one of those bio tubes from a sci-fi movie, amalgamating the pseudo-amniotic-fluid from church, Chipotle, and pop culture, then you’d have something akin to Chris Bernstorf’s poetry. Begun as a passion project while studying creative writing at Lycoming College, Bernstorf’s poetry has since taken him to 47 states and 6 other countries. He has clocked in over 500 performances in every imaginable space, from living rooms to a micronation to bars to churches to a converted Soviet airfield to art spaces to bathrooms. In fact, there’s at least a 40% chance he and his wife are sleeping on your floor/couch tonight. Bernstorf’s poems run the gamut from shout-along punk pieces to quiet love poems to post-rock-length journeys, all united by an indomitable sense of joy, awe, and gratitude. His work is an open hand, a smile, a hug, a handshake, an invitation to conversation, and, ultimately, to love. He makes all of his work available for free via Bandcamp and his website out of a deep conviction that art belongs to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. Bernstorf’s art is poetry for people, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Website: Chrisbernstorf.com
March 4th, 2020
Charles Coe and Sarah Anderson
Charles Coe is the author of three books of poetry: All Sins Forgiven: Poems for my Parents, Picnic on the Moon, and most recently Memento Mori, all published by Leapfrog Press. His novella Spin Cycles, about a homeless man living on the street in Boston, was published by Gemma Media. Peach Pie, a short film by filmmaker Roberto Mighty based on his poem “Fortress,” has been shown in film festivals nationwide. Charles is the recipient of fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the St. Botolph Club of Boston, and has been selected by the Associates of the Boston Public Library as a “Boston Literary Light.” In 2017 he served as an Artist-in-Residence for the city of Boston where he created an oral history project that featured people who live and work on Mission Hill. Charles teaches poetry and prose in a variety of settings, including grade schools, high schools, colleges, writing conferences and private workshops. He has served as poet-in-residence at Wheaton College and at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York, and is adjunct professor of English at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, teaching poetry and nonfiction.
Sarah Anderson’s poems have appeared in North American Review (finalist for the James Hearst Poetry Prize), Hunger Journal, The Café Review, and Raleigh Review. She earned an MFA from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and has been a high school English teacher for 16 years. Additionally, she and her husband own and operate a venue on their property in Exeter called The Word Barn, a space for music and literature.
April 1, 2020
Past Poet Laureates
Come enjoy the poetry of our past Portsmouth Poet Laureates!
May 6th, 2020
Wyn Cooper and Robert Cording
Wyn Cooper has published five books of poems, most recently Mars Poetica. His work has appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Slate, and more than 100 other magazines, as well as in 25 anthologies of contemporary poetry. His poems have been turned into songs by Sheryl Crow, David Broza, and Madison Smartt Bell. He has taught at Bennington College, Marlboro College, the University of Utah, and at The Frost Place, and has given readings throughout the United States as well as in Europe. He worked for two years at the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute, a think tank run by the Poetry Foundation, and now lives in Boston and works as a freelance editor. www.wyncooper.com
Robert Cording has published eight collections of poems, the most recent of which are Walking With Ruskin and Only So Far. A new book, Without My Asking, is due in 2019. He taught for 38 years at Holy Cross College and now serves as a poetry mentor in the MFA program at Seattle Pacific University. Recent poems have appeared in Image, Georgia Review, Southern Review, Hudson Review, and the New Ohio Review.
June 3rd, 2020
Bertha Rogers and Kate Hanson Foster
Bertha Rogers is a poet, visual artist, and educator. Her poems appear in literary journals and anthologies, and her poetry collections: Wild, Again (Salmon, Ireland, 2019), Heart Turned Back (Salmon, Ireland, 2010); Even the Hemlock: Poems, Illuminations, Reliquaries (2005); and several chapbooks. Her translation of the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf was published in 2000, and her translation with illuminations of the Anglo-Saxon Riddle-Poems from the Exeter Book, Uncommon Creatures, was published in 2019. She has won writing and visual arts awards and residency fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, Hawthornden International Writers Retreat, and others. She has received several NYSCA Decentralization and NYFA grants for her interdisciplinary work, including 2014 and 2016 awards for her Natural Catskills series, “The Wild Ones: Creatures of the Catskills.” She has edited more than 100 poetry and visual arts anthologies, and her writings on teaching and cultural diversity in arts education have been published in Open the Door, Education Week, The Poetry Foundation, and others. In 1992, with her late husband, Ernest M. Fishman, she founded Bright Hill Press & Literary Center of the Catskills (www.brighthillpress.org); she retired as executive director in 2017. She serves as Poet Laureate of Delaware County. Her website is www.bertharogers.com.
Kate Hanson Foster‘s first book of poems, Mid Drift, was published by Loom Press and was a finalist for the Massachusetts Center for the Book Award in 2011. She was awarded the NEA Parent Fellowship through the Vermont Studio Center in 2017, and her work has appeared in Birmingham Poetry Review, The Critical Flame, Comstock Review, Harpur Palate, Poet Lore, Salamander, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. She lives in Groton, Massachusetts with her husband and three children. Her website is www.katehansonfoster.com and you can follow her on Twitter @khansonfoster.