April Gala Poetry Hoot
Wednesday, April 1st, 7 to 9pm. Doors open
Our April Poetry
Hoot occurs on April Fool's Day, but we're not fooling about our
Hoot. It's going to be a great Gala Poetry Hoot. Plan to
attend. Come early for a good seat.
Our Gala Hoot features all of our previous
Portsmouth Poets Laureates as readers. As our first two Poets
Laureate Esther Buffler and Robert Dunn, are no longer with us,
poems of theirs will be offered by volunteer readers.
Reading their own poetry will be Maren
Tirabassi, John Perrault, Mimi White, Elizabeth Knies, Mark
DeCarteret and Mike Albert.
April is National Poetry Month. Starting
several years ago we began the practice of celebrating Poetry Month
by having each of our past Poets Laureates share some of their
poetry, especially we hope, new work. If the past is anything to go
by we are in for a real treat again this year.
If you are planning on reading second hour,
consider bringing a poem that celebrates poets and the place of
poetry in our local cultural landscape.
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The Maine Poetry Express
stopped at Rice
Kittery Thursday March 5, from 6-8pm. It was a huge success.
The evening of
poetry included readings by Maine Poet Laureate Wes McNair and
Portsmouth Poet Laureate Kimberly Cloutier Green. Kimberly pinch hit
for Mekeel McBride who was laid low at the last minute by illness.
In addition, residents
of Kittery served as "citizen readers", reading one or two poems
chosen from selected anthologies. Under instruction from Conductor
McNair, each reader shared the way in which each chosen poem
touched her or him. thus blending each's own story with the poem's
narrative. An excellent format!
If you missed The
Maine Poetry Express and have a chance to catch it at a
"whistle-stop" in another Maine town -- get on board!
The 2015 run of The
Maine Poetry Express, is a project of Poet Laureate McNair with
support from the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance.
Poet Laureate Selection Reboot!
New call for
> Nominations period
> Madbury, Eliot added as
From the PPLP Co-Chairs:
Greetings! What a winter.
We think the snow and cold has
taken its toll on us spiritually as well as physically. It is
Nomination Period Extended
One of the seeming consequences of this rugged winter
is that, while we have had nominations for our next Poet
Laureate, many have declined. We can't prove it but we think the
weather has something to do with the high rate of declines. As a
result we have a very modest pool of candidates to forward to
our Selection Committee.
For this reason we have decided to
extend the deadline for nominations and to reset the
nomination process this way:
> March 23 - nominations due (that provides about 3 more
> March 30 - packets due
> April 9 and 16 - selection committee meets
> City Hall announcement - April 20 or 27 or May 4 or 11,
depending on the City Council
> May 6 - new Poet Laureate starts
We want to see that the Selection Committee has a good
variety of nominee portfolios to review. Part of the
pleasure (if I may use that term) of serving on the
Selection Committee is having significant and challenging
Two Towns Added
In the course of preparing for and seeking nominees the
Board has become aware that we have two towns that by rights
should have been in the mix all along and were not: Eliot,
Maine and Madbury, New Hampshire. A quick glance at a map
makes it clear that each of these towns should be in the
mix. Without them there are clearly two "map gaps". As a
Board we have recently voted them on to the list of eligible
towns. If you know of a poet who lives in either of those
towns (or any of the others) who might make a fine Poet
Laureate, nominate him or her.
Please give this thought and send in your nominations. As
time is short, use email: firstname.lastname@example.org. With your
nomination, please include your nominee's contact
information and a brief note on her or his qualifications.
We hope to hear from you by March 23rd.
~David Phreaner and Sue Kaufmann, PPLP Co-Chairs
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...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.
Nomination information >
continues on page 2.
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Questions? Call PPLP Co-chair Susan
Kaufmann at (603) 431-9348.
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