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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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October 5th Hoot featured readers

Alice Fogel, NH Poet Laureate and Sid Hall, Founder, Hobblebush Books

This month we are blessed to have two wonderful poets, individuals who support and promote poetry and literature: Alice Fogel and Sid Hall.
    Alice Fogel is New Hampshire's Poet Laureate. Her newest poetry collection, "Interval: Poems Based on Bach’s “Goldberg Variations,” won the Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature. Her third book, "Be That Empty", was a national poetry bestseller.
    Sidney Hall, Jr. has lived most of his life in southern New Hampshire. He is a graduate of Reed College. He is the founder of Hobblebush Books.
    His poems have appeared in the Graham House Review, Chattahoochie Review, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Wisconsin Review, California Quarterly, Hollins Critic, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, and other journals.

Sid and Alice edited "Poet Showcase", an anthology of NH poets. We hope copies of his, her and their work will be available, also the Robert Dunn anthology "One of Us is Lost." Alert: profits from "One of Us is Lost" are being generously donated to PPLP.

See our video

about how the PPLP  came to be



One of the closing efforts by Ninth Poet Laureate Kimberly Cloutier Green was to arrange a panel discussion video on the history and origins of the PPLP. With Nancy Moore Hill's passing this became a clear and important need on our part: to capture and preserve our history.

   The discussion was recorded at PPMtv's Portsmouth studio, edited by Bill Humphreys, and  is now on YouTube! It features four women who were there at the get-go.

   The program is historic. It is the definitive story of how Nancy Moore Hill and compatriots dreamed up the PPLP and made it happen.
   The program lasts about an hour. It's talking heads with no violence or special effects. But it's our talking heads and our history.  Check it out.  

Poet Laureate Kate Leigh Update


The next phase of Kate Leigh's Poet Laureate program is taking shape at 3S Art Space. There she has begun an after school program working with youth poets.  If you are a young poet or know one you are welcome, indeed encouraged to join.  Kate is a great poetry mentor and has been having a ball working with children and youth poets during her tenure.  Contact Kate at



Kate reports that 3S has been very supportive in actively encouraging her youth poetry program.  Along side that program 3S has a new gallery program of art and poetry coming right up this October.  The gallery showing is open to all, youth and adults, poets and artists.  See information about it below.



Show-Off: October Pop-up Exhibit
A Community Collaboration of Visual Art and Poetry
October 2 - October 16

Closing Reception: October 15, 5-8pm


An open invitation to artists and non-artists, poets and dabblers: bring the fruits of your summer labors and show-off on the gallery walls. Photos, poems, drawings, musings of all types. Bring them to the gallery and put them up. An all ages show!

The details: All works should be on paper. Please include the artist’s name and contact info, legibly, on the back. Hanging hardware will be provided. People can drop off work anytime between October 2-October 15 (during gallery hours).

Show-Off Kick Off: A Day of Surrealist Poetry and Drawing for All Ages:  October 2, 11am-2pm

Show-Off kicks off on Sunday, October 2 with "A Day of Surrealist Poetry and Drawing for Friends and Family of All Ages" hosted by arts educator Ashley Norman. Stop by 3S and join in on some surrealist games that tap into the imaginations of artists of all ages. Turn another person’s mistake into a happy accident or create an altered book poem.

More info here: http://www.3sarts.org/performa...

Gallery Hours: Saturday & Sunday: Noon-5pm
Monday: CLOSED. Tuesday - Friday: 10am-6pm

Notice: When the show closes participants can pick up their work between 3-5pm on Sunday, October 16 and during regular box office hours (Tuesday-Friday from 10am-6pm).

After School Poets

After School Poets on their way into Portsmouth Library
After School Poets on their way into Portsmouth Library
Kate with After School Poets working on poetry and art in the Library

One of my 'pet projects' has been the After School Poets program, which ran for several months at Portsmouth Public Library. I had several young poets getting their start at writing verse, whose mothers were a key to the process going smoothly. Not only did some of them participate in April, but a some of this group's work was be on display at the Library last May.

Thank you for this ongoing opportunity. And for your support.
~Kate Leigh

>> View images from Portsmouth's Ceremony and Celebration

>>  Learn about our previous Laureates here.

KatieTowler on Virginia Prescott's "Word of Mouth" NHPR podcast

Speaking aof 3S, after her book launch at 3S Artspace author Katie Towler did readings and signings around the region. One of her stops was with Virginia Prescott's "Word of Mouth" radio program.
   We are huge fans of Katie's memoir. If you missed the 3S launch event (and if you didn't) here's an opportunity to hear Katie discuss her work in a fine interview by Virginia Prescott.
   The podcast includes a brief audio excerpt (which we didn't know existed) of Robert reading his Prescott Park posted poem. The podcast is 14 minutes. Take a listen. ~Ed.

The Poetry Hoot season takes place on the 1st Wednesday of each month from September through June at Cafe Espresso in Portsmouth from 7 to 9 pm. Doors open 6-ish. Write poetry; share 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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