Image from Nancy Moore Hill Poetry Celebration:
creative process, Saturday afternoon
||Note from Poet Laureate
Kimberly Cloutier Green
with deepest gratitude and a large measure of continuing
amazement that I write to say thank you.
poets, artists, and musicians for giving your time, your genius,
and your art to a process and a project that required your
to the wider community for your generous outpouring of support –
which came in the form of funding, beautiful spaces, equipment,
food, and hands-on help. Every gift was necessary, every gift
to the City of Portsmouth and to the PPLP Board of Trustees for
your vision and for your faithful stewardship of that vision.
to Mekeel McBride, Stephen Kuusisto, and Cyrus Cassells for your
presence with us during the week of the Nancy Moore Hill Poetry
Celebration. You blessed the festival and all of us there with
your poetry, wisdom, humor, and warmth.
you to the many people who attended the seven festival events!
Your kind presence at the Hoot or BUOY or in the pews at South
Church completed the project, made it whole.
It was my
hope to build and support a “slow art” experience of poem- and
art-making in circles that engaged and supported the process of
creation. I hoped, too, that we’d celebrate that work in a way
that honored the work of the PPLP’s founders and the eight poets
laureate that preceded me in this role.
that together. I never imagined it would shine as brightly as it
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