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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, December 3rd: 7-9 pm: 




December's Hoot provides a pre-Winter Solstice gift for us all in the form of our featured readers:  Guy Capacelatro III and Marcia F. Brown, Portland, Maine Poet Laureate.  We are very pleased to have these two fine poets join us. 

    In addition to appearing on our "stage" this month, Guy is curating and will be on stage at The Music Hall's Loft series January 24th, 2014. The series is titled Songwriters in the Round.  Guy also co-hosts WSCA's Writers in the Round..

    Marcia F. Brown is the current Poet Laureate for Portland Maine.  She hails from Cape Elizabeth and is Portland's fourth Poet Laureate having been formally installed as Poet Laureate with the passing of their quill pen July 11, 2013.

    Brief bios of Marcia and Guy can be found under the Hoot Night page.  There also is the list of past and future readers.

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

    Before she passed, Nancy Moore Hill reported that September 2014 would mark the 10 year anniversary of Cafe Espresso as our Hoot host.  Thank you Dave and crew.  We so appreciate your wonderful support of the greater Portsmouth poetry community. We plan to more formally celebrate our association over these years in the New Year.  And we look forward to our association continuing for years to come.

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Second hour is open mic.  Bring one poem on one page if you'd like to read.  If you are planning to read during the open mic consider a poem that responds to one or a combination of the five Creation Circle prompts.

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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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