Writers in the Round Presents their benefit concert Poetry and Song, featuring form Portsmouth Poet Laureate John Perrault and many others.
Ms. Rancourt is Abenaki/Huron descent, born and raised in the mountains of West Central Maine currently residing in the Adirondack Mountains, NY. A multi-modal artist, she has work appearing, in Dawnland Voices 2.0 #4, Northern New England Review, Bear Review, Three Drops Press, Snapdragon Journal, mgversion2>datura, Sirsee, Slipstream, Muddy River Poetry Review, Ginosko, Journal of Military Experience, Cimarron Review, Callaloo, numerous anthologies, translations, and text books. Her book, Billboard in the Clouds was the winner of the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas First Book Award. Ms. Rancourt is a USMC and USA veteran.
Cheryl Savageau is the author of three collections of poetry, Mother/Land, Dirt Road Home, which was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and Home Country. She has won Fellowships in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Program, and has been twice nominated for Pushcart Prizes. Her children’s book, Muskrat Will Be Swimming, was a Smithsonian Notable Book and won the Skipping Stones Award. She currently edits the online journal Dawnland Voices 2.0 and teaches writing workshops. Her memoir, Out of the Crazywoods, is forthcoming in 2018.
Marie N. Francis is a full-blood Passamaquoddy. The youngest of five children, Marie was raised on the Pleasant Point reservation. She was born with eye and heart problems as well as dyslexia. She struggled in school for years while her mother fought to get appropriate academic support for her. These struggles did not affect her willingness to try, though. Her siblings describe her as “always willing to try or help or stand up to bullies.” Marie attended Landmark School, lettered in soccer, participated in drama, and created the peer leadership program that is still going strong today. Marie has spent the last 20 years working for the City of Portland, where she has participated in numerous trainings, including Nonviolent De-escalation and Google Guide. Outside of work, Marie has participated in many sports including bowling (where she was nationally ranked) and professional arm wrestling. She has run sound boards, organized benefit concerts, tried out for Fear Factor, and participated in The Equinox Petroglyph Project. Marie is a published poet and photographer. Her work can be found in Dawnland Voices, both in the anthology and volume 2 of the magazine. Her photography work can be found on display in various venues in Portland, Maine.
An array of amazing artists will be on hand for an event that will be as entertaining as it is enlightening all backed the masters of improvisational music The Beat Night Band
The Festival is a culmination of projects, poets, performers and artists that Portsmouth Poet Laureate Mike Nelson has been involved with in the last year.
This festival will also be an awareness and fundraising event for the three organizations for which Mike has conducted poetry classes in the last year: Safe Harbor Recovery Center in Portsmouth, The Chase Home for Children in Portsmouth, and the International Institute of New England in Manchester.
See the poster for more detailed information about all the presenters and performers that will be at the amazing community event!
Time flies when you’re building community, especially in a community as wonderful as Portsmouth.
We hope you will join is in celebrating with an evening of poetry, music, prizes and dancing to mark the 20-year anniversary of the Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program (PPLP) April 13 at 3S ArtSpace.
The event, emceed by current Portsmouth Poet Laureate Mike Nelson, will feature readings by many of PPLP’s past laureates and New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alice Fogel, as well as poetry activities, raffle drawings and hors d’oeuvres with a cash bar.
The evening will conclude with a live-music dance party. “We really see this as an opportunity for the whole Portsmouth and Seacoast arts community to get together and celebrate, and we hope to see many of our friends from other local arts organizations come and enjoy food, drink and camaraderie,” said Marina Buckler, co-chair of the PPLP Board of Trustees.
Portsmouth resident Nancy Moore Hill and a group of poets and friends founded PPLP–as the organization is commonly known–in 1998, with a mission to build community through poetry. Every two years, the group appoints a new Portsmouth Poet Laureate who receives a stipend and support for a new, community-building project.
“PPLP is one of the oldest municipal laureate programs in the country that actually provides a stipend and support for the laureate,” said Bill Burtis, co-chair of the PPLP Board of Trustees.
Music and hors d’oeuvres start at 6 p.m., with poetry and performances starting at 7.
In addition to raffle prizes, silent auctions will be held for rare poetry books signed by the authors.
Reserve your spot at the Gala through the event page.
Lee Sharkey’s poetry collections are Walking Backwards (Tupelo Press, 2016), Calendars of Fire (Tupelo, 2013), A Darker, Sweeter String (Off the Grid, 2008), and eight other full-length poetry books and chapbooks. Her work has appeared in Crazyhorse, FIELD, Kenyon Review, Massachusetts Review, Nimrod, Pleiades, Seattle Review, and other journals. Her recognitions include the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, the Abraham Sutzkever Centennial Translation Prize, the Maine Arts Commission’s Fellowship in Literary Arts, the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance’s Distinguished Achievement Award, and the RHINO Editor’s Prize. She leads a creative writing workshop for adults recovering from mental illness and serves as Senior Editor of the Beloit Poetry Journal.
Adam Scheffler received his MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and his PhD in English from Harvard. His first book of poems – A Dog’s Life – was selected by Denise Duhamel as the winner of the Jacar Press Poetry Book Contest. His poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Antioch Review, Rattle, North American Review, Verse Daily, and many other venues. He has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize and is the winner of River Styx’s 2014 International Poetry Contest.