February Poetry Hoot
Jean Hill and
Burtis, a couple of poets, headline February's Hoot.
They were recently featured on Writers in the Round
hosted by Jim Rioux. It was a wonderful hour of poetry and conversation
Learn more about each of them on their bio pages. And take in
in the Round on
WSCA 106.1 fm Monday evenings from 6 to 7 pm.
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January's Poetry Hoot:
Wednesday January 7, 2015: 7-9 pm.
We welcomed in the New Year with
The 2nd Annual Youth Poetry Hoot
~ Youth Hoot 2015; image: Nancy
A huge success! Thirty-four young poets were scheduled.
In spite of the freezing temperatures 28 showed and read. Students
ranged in age from middle school through college. Cafe
Espresso was packed -- again in spite of the weather. It was cold!
Poets came from South Berwick Academy, Exeter Coop
Middle School, Kingswood, Noble, and Portsmouth High Schools,
Phillips Exeter Academy and we had a student from Johns Hopkins
University (thanks to Gordon Lang). They were terrific.
One slight mis-step was not having a photographer
for a full
photographic record. If you attended and took photos, please
send them to davidphreaner [at] yahoo [dot] com. We'll post them...
(Thanks Nancy Donovan for the above.)
Deep appreciation goes to our co-curators, Mary
Anker and Deidre Randall, as well as to all the teachers and others
who encouraged young poets to participate.
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Mark DeCarteret at Book + Bar
Mark reads at t Book + Bar.
The evening was a triumph. What else is there to say? Thanks to Jim
Rioux, organizer, the singer-songwriters, the City Hall Poets,
and all who came to pay tribute and contribute, and, of course, to
Mark DeCarteret himself. In spite of the cold, it was a warm and
special evening of music, poetry, and friendship. If you couldn't attend and
still wish to
donate be in touch with Jim: jim.rioux [at] gmail [dot] com.
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Poet Laureate Selection: 2015
Nominations are now open
Hard to believe though it may be it is time
to begin selecting our next (10th!) Poet Laureate. The selection
process is described below and on the next page. Included
>> how to nominate someone to be Poet Laureate
>> eligibility requirements
>> information for nominees, including deadlines and required
>> selection guidelines and process
>> responsibilities of the Laureate
* PPLP Board members are ineligible for nomination until a
year has passed since she or he has left the Board. The Board
goes to great lengths to insure a fair and open process. While
some members of the Board might make excellent Laureates, no
current or recently past Board member is eligible.
* As long as a nominee meets eligibility requirements,
anyone can nominate anyone.
* Once a nomination has been received each nominee is
asked if s/he wishes to be a candidate. Sometimes, for a variety
of reasons, nominees withdraw. The selection process is
confidential. After a nomination is received our communication
takes place with the nominee only; we do not comment on the
status of any nominee.
* Becoming Portsmouth Poet Laureate is a great honor. It's
also a lot of hard work: enjoyable, exciting and hard work. An
effective nomination takes into account your nominee's time and
* The selection process relies entirely on information
packets nominees submit; there are no interviews. This process
was developed by Nancy Moore Hill and the original Board. We
keep to that original selection process. No Board members serve
on the Selection Committee.
* Names may be submitted to the PPLP Board by letter or
* Nominations should include the full
name of nominee and current contact information and should
briefly describe why the nominee would be a good choice to be
the “public face of poetry in Portsmouth” and to help PPLP
“build community through poetry.” Self-nominations are
In addition to being willing to take on the responsibilities of
the Laureateship, a nominee must live in one of the eligible
towns and/or work (at least half-time) in Portsmouth.
* Eligible towns include: Portsmouth, Dover, Durham,
Greenland, Kittery, New Castle, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket,
North Hampton, Rye, and Stratham.
Nomination information >
continues on page 2.
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Note: A complete
printable version of this selection process information
(pdf) is available.
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Questions? Call PPLP Co-chair Susan
Kaufmann at (603) 431-9348.
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Meet the current Poet Laureate.
Learn about our
previous Laureates here.
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