Poetry Hoot... Wednesday,
May 7th: 7-9 pm
with featured readers Ala Khaki and Ryan Flaherty.
excellent diverse poets feature this May.
Ryan Flaherty's writing
and teaching interests span poetry, nonfiction, and the hybrid edges
between the genres. His first book of poems, What’s This,
Bombardier?, won the Lena Miles Wever Todd Poetry Series from
He also has
two letterpress chapbooks: Novas from Bateau Press and Live,
from the Delay from Small Fires Press. In 2010, he received the
PEN/New England Discovery Award as a top emerging poet. [The
link above leads to his photo and more of his bio.]
Khaki was born in Iran in
1955. Imprisoned twice in the infamous Evin Prison during the
Shah’s regime for participation in the student democracy movement,
he fled to America in 1978, following a tip from a military relative
that he was on a death squad list.
That same year
all copies of his first book, From Here to Sunrise, were burned by
the Shah’s secret police. Ala Khaki’s poems have appeared in
Iranian literary journals including The Book Review,
Par (Feather) and Thought and Imagination.
[The link above leads to his photo and
more of his bio.]
Come early for a good seat and
enjoy one of Cafe Espresso's fine light meals.
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our second hour is open mic. Bring one poem on one page if
you'd like to read.
Or just come to be in the excellent company of fine poets ~
Laureates and All...
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Circles Launched in January
100 people registered to
participate in the Creation Circles! There are 14. Twenty people agreed to serve as Hosts
(some are co-hosts). Kimberly held an Orientation
session for the Hosts in early December. All hosts
have welcomed participants in their group with details of
time and place.
As a reminder: Circles will meet once a
month January through June, each month considering a
different prompt. The prompts are based on the
Stranger, orphan, outlaw, beloved…how shall we live, so
many hungers upon us?
Portsmouth 6, Kittery 3, Rye 2, Conway 1, Wolfeboro 1,
Circle Meetings: Evening
8, Morning 3, Afternoon 3.
If participants identified themselves at all, they
did so as poets and artists, rather than one
or the other.
As registration was required to join a Creation
Circle and some could attend neither afternoon nor
evening, the PPLP Board at Kimberly's request decided to post all prompts at the end of each
month. Anyone wishing to participate in the
project remotely can follow the prompts
online. The prompts are being posted on the
Poetry's Heart info &
updates page. A detailed discussion is now
posted. The first set of prompts were posted
January 31st. The rest are following in
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