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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 our eNews letter. Click below to sign up for it. And check us out on Facebook!

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Next Poetry Hoot:  Wednesday, January 7th. 2015: 7-9 pm.  Welcome in the new year with...

Youth Poetry Hoot 2!

Portsmouth Youth Poetry Hoot January 7 2015 at Cafe Espersso  

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Were you present at last January's Hoot?  If you were you heard wonderful young poets as our featured readers.  They were terrific.   Inspired by last year's success we're looking to make the first Hoot of every New Year our Youth Poetry Hoot.

    With the help of poets and youth poet wranglers Mary Anker and Deidre Randall, we're ringing in the New Year with Youth Hoot 2

   Gordon Lang will have one or several poets from Wolfeboro.  Mary is recruiting poets from Berwick Academy.  And we're reaching out to teachers in area schools to find fine young poets willing to take time from homework and after-school activities to share their poetry with us.  Our goal is six to ten or twelve young poets, each sharing several poems. 

   But wait, there's more...If you know a young poet who might like to read a poem during the Open Mic, please encourage her or him to come and signup.  We want young poets.

   The same guidelines apply: one poem, one page, two minutes.  Please let them know.  What's different is that during our Youth Hoot, young poets area given priority during second hour.

   If you are not a young poet (though are young at heart!) we encourage you to bring a New Year poem to share following guidelines.  We trust you'll understand though if we bump up young poets on the list giving them priority during the Open Mic.  

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

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Second hour is Open Mic.  If you are planning to read then please be mindful of our guideline: one poem, one page, two minutes.  See you on the 7th.

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Image from Nancy Moore Hill Poetry Celebration:
Panel on creative process, Saturday afternoon
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Note from Poet Laureate
Kimberly Cloutier Green

 It is with deepest gratitude and a large measure of continuing amazement that I write to say thank you.

Thank you poets, artists, and musicians for giving your time, your genius, and your art to a process and a project that required your trust.

Thank you to the wider community for your generous outpouring of support – which came in the form of funding, beautiful spaces, equipment, food, and hands-on help. Every gift was necessary, every gift cherished.

Thank you to the City of Portsmouth and to the PPLP Board of Trustees for your vision and for your faithful stewardship of that vision.

Thank you to Mekeel McBride, Stephen Kuusisto, and Cyrus Cassells for your presence with us during the week of the Nancy Moore Hill Poetry Celebration. You blessed the festival and all of us there with your poetry, wisdom, humor, and warmth.

And thank you to the many people who attended the seven festival events! Your kind presence at the Hoot or BUOY or in the pews at South Church completed the project, made it whole.

It was my hope to build and support a “slow art” experience of poem- and art-making in circles that engaged and supported the process of creation. I hoped, too, that we’d celebrate that work in a way that honored the work of the PPLP’s founders and the eight poets laureate that preceded me in this role.

We did that together. I never imagined it would shine as brightly as it did.





Meet the Poet Laureate.
Information about previous Laureates' can be found here.

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 keep on sharing them at the Hoot!


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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