The Hoot was started by our second poet laureate Robert Dunn and continues to thrive twenty three years later!

The first Wednesday of each month at Cafe Espresso in Portsmouth NH starting at 7:00 PM. (Currently on Zoom but will be coming back the the Cafe soon!) Get there early to get a good seat.
Doors open about 6 pm.

Cafe Espresso, 738 Islington Street (in the 800 Islington Plaza), Portsmouth, NH. Cafe Espresso is a full-service restaurant and dinner is available!

Hoot Format:
There are two featured readers and an open mic immediately following. Bring a poem and be ready to read. Open mic participants may read one poem and be no longer than three minutes. Please: no announcements from the podium. See below for listing of upcoming featured hoot readers.

Coming from afar and want to read?

If you are coming from a distance, not sure of your arrival time, and want to be sure to have a chance to read, please send an email (nhpplp@gmail.com) to us a day or so ahead of the Hoot you plan to attend. We’ll do our best to make sure you get a spot to read

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