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 for Slate from 2004 to 2012. She has also served as director of the Favorite Poem Project, founded by Robert Pinsky during his terms as United States poet laureate. With Pinsky, she coedited the anthologies Americans’ Favorite Poems(1999), Poems to Read (2002), and An Invitation to Poetry (2004). Dietz is the recipient of a Grolier Poetry Prize, a George Bennett Fellowship at Phillips Exeter Academy, and fellowships from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the Fine Arts Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She is Associate Professor in the creative writing concentration at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Joel Carpenter is a poet based in Portland, Maine. Joel’s poetry roots stem from being a singer/songwriter in bands for over a decade.

While working with children at an after school program Joel started a poetry club. The club exceeded expectations and caught the eye of a publisher. Together they released “Never Ending Fall,” an anthology of poetry by children, released in 2015.

Following the success of Never Ending Fall, Joel released his first work of poetry “Things We Lost.”
The debut poetry books pulls influences from a mixture of Bukowski, John Keats and Jim Morrison, which always makes for an interesting reading.

Joel is also the founder of Underground Writers Association, a non profit publishing company that helps local writers share their poetry. UWA was founded in November 2017 and is set to release five books by the end of the year.

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 attended our Youth Hoot previously, you have seen and heard outstanding young poets. Collectively, our young poets will be our Featured Readers.

To learn about participating in January’s Youth Hoot, email: info@pplp.org.

We are extremely excited about our 5th annual Youth Hoot, and hope that you will join us in celebrating the young voices of our community!

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 the anthologies: American Poetry: The Next Generation (Carnegie Mellon Press), Thus Spake the Corpse: An Exquisite Corpse Reader 1988-1998 (Black Sparrow Press) and Under the Legislature of Stars: 62 New Hampshire Poets (Oyster River Press) which he also co-edited. He has had some luck recently at 2 Bridges Review, American Journal of Poetry, Common Ground Review, The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, Fence, Gargoyle, Map Literary, Mojo, and Timber. His latest book, For Lack of a Calling, was published over the summer by Nixes Mate Books. He was Portsmouth’s seventh Poet Laureate.

Kathleen Clancy started writing poems with crayons before the age of 9. Her first mentor was Robert Cording, with whom she studied at Holy Cross College. After college she studied at the Frost Place in Franconia NH for 8 summers with poets such as Meg Kearney, Ted Deppe, Baron Wormser, and Jeffrey Harrison. Kathleen got her MFA at the University of Southern Maine-Stonecoast, where she was drawn to continue her studies with those and other Frost Place poets, including Gray Jacobik and Jeanne Marie Beaumont. At Stonecoast, Kathleen also wrote formal poetry for a year with mentor Annie Finch. She most recently placed poems in Good Fat, Café Review, and Cider Press Review. In 2012, her sonnets were used as part of the text of a multi-media dance-drama, Shackled Spirits, which was performed at Holy Cross College and the Bali Arts Festival in Indonesia. She has lectured at Bryant College and interned at The Manhattan Review. She is a City Hall Poet and a founding member of the Connecticut River Advanced Conference on Poetry and Poetics, an annual event co-taught by participants that is based on the teaching and learning philosophies of the Frost Place Festival and Seminar, and particularly Donald Sheehan.

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. She’s originally from Northern New Jersey, but has lived in New Hampshire for almost five years. In her free time, she researches true crime, reads as much as she can, and tends to her plants.

Sam DeFlitch is a third ye ar MFA student and the Associate Director of the Connors Writing Center at UNH. Her work has appeared in Birch Gang Review, Appalachian Heritage, and The New Engagement, among others. She lives in Durham with her dog, Moose (a fifteen pound corgi).

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 of Exploration, winner of the Blue Light Poetry Prize (Blue Light Press, San Francisco), as well as work in progress.

Founding poetry editor for Maine Magazine and for a few years on the board of the Telling Room, a non-profit writing center for children and youth in Portland, ME, Chris Seid has an MFA in creative writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His first collection of poems, Prayers to the Other Life, was awarded the Marianne Moore Poetry Prize (Helicon Nine Editions, Kansas City). Currently, Chris divides his time between Cambridge, Massachusetts and Portland, and is working on a YA novel based on the themes of yoga philosophy.  

The evening begins with live music, refreshments, and conversation at 6pm. The reading starts at 6:30pm. This event is free and open to the public, and seating in the upstairs library is limited. A book signing will follow the reading. Rice Public Library is located at 8 Wentworth Street in Kittery. Parking is available in the lots on either side of the Rice Building, or across the street in the Taylor Building lot. Call (207) 439-1553 for more information.