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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 the WiRE Magazine.   And, check us out on Facebook!

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Closing Poetry Hoot for this season: Wednesday, June 4th: 7-9 pm with featured readers Ryk McIntyre and Clay Ventre.


Clay Ventre

    Note: Originally Pamela Harrison was to be one of our Featured June Readers.  She learned her daughter is due to deliver her first child (Pamela Harrison's first grandchild) May 25th in Seattle.  She is needed there and had to beg off with sincere apologies. 

    Though contacted recently, Clay Ventre generously agreed to feature this June.  Thank you, Clay. Clay makes his home in Massachusetts.  To learn about Clay Ventre's background, follow the above link.

Ryk McIntyre

    The Listening Room at MindFull Books in Jaffrey offers a monthly "Audio Graffiti Poetry Series"  When Ryk featured there a while back, their web editor posted this note: 
     "You know in your heart of hearts that this is going to be a show worthy of you getting in your car and getting yourself and a carload of friends up to Jaffrey this Saturday...YOU KNOW IT IS!!" 


Our program is on a Wednesday evening, not a Saturday, but we'd pretty much say the same thing about our entire program: 


"Get yourself and friends to our June Poetry Hoot!  YOU KNOW YOU SHOULD!" Come early for a good seat and to enjoy one of Cafe Espresso's fine light meals.

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As always, 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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The complete 2013 -14 Poetry Hoot program of featured readers is now available.  In addition, to receive our email announcements send an email to info@pplp.org with your name and "subscribe" in the subject line.

Creation 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 guiding sentence: 

    Stranger, orphan, outlaw, beloved…how shall we live, so many hungers upon us?



Circle Locations:  Portsmouth 6, Kittery 3, Rye 2, Conway 1, Wolfeboro 1, Exeter 1.

Circle Meetings:  Evening 8, Morning 3, Afternoon 3.

Registrant Data:  If participants identified themselves at all, they did so as poets and artists, rather than one or the other.


Prompts Online 

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 there January 31st.  The rest are following in order. 


Meet the Poet Laureate

Previous laureates' information can be found at http://www.pplp.org/FormerPoets.htm

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 check the calendar page for other poetry events in the region.


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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