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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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May Hoot > The Passing of the Quill: Incoming and Outgoing Poets to Feature.  Plan to attend!

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What a Great April
Gala Poetry Hoot

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Our Gala April Poetry Hoot took place April First, featuring all our previous Portsmouth Poets Laureates. As our first two Poets Laureate, Esther Buffler and Robert Dunn, are no longer with us, Esther's poetry was read by Pat Parnell.  Robert's poems were ready by Katie Towler. 

     Reading their own poetry were Maren Tirabassi, John Perrault, Mimi White, Elizabeth Knies, Mark DeCarteret and Mike Albert.

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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.


This year as in previous years we had a great evening. Our thanks to all our Poets Laureate, Pat and Katie, and all our open mic readers for a wonderful, wide-ranging evening of poetry.

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If you enjoy poetry and haven't been to a Hoot yet, give us a try!

Coming Soon!  The next Poet Laureate.


The Selection Committee has made its decision! Join us to find out who it will be at the Portsmouth City Council meeting at City Hall on May 4 at 7:00.


We call the ceremony The Passing of the Quill. It will take place first (or early) on the Council agenda. Following the ceremony is a reception in Conference Room A at City Hall. All are welcome. Do plan to attend.

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>> To receive our eNewsletter announcements follow the link above.


>>  Learn about our previous Laureates here.

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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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