Cancelled: February 7th Hoot featuring Lee Sharkey and Adam Scheffler

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.

5th Annual Youth Poetry Hoot January 3rd!

Students from several area schools will join us as our January Featured Readers.

One of the PPLP’s Board’s long term goals is to encourage poetry writing and performance by young people. They’re our poetic future. What better way than to provide a venue? If you’ve attended our Youth Hoot previously, you have seen and heard outstanding young poets. Collectively, our young poets will be our Featured Readers.

To learn about participating in January’s Youth Hoot, email:

We are extremely excited about our 5th annual Youth Hoot, and hope that you will join us in celebrating the young voices of our community!

December 6th Hoot featuring Gigi Thibodeau and Ben Berman

Gigi Thibodeau’s writing has appeared in Mid-American ReviewSoundings Eastt.e.l.l. New EnglandMingle MagazineMarvels and Tales: Journal of Fairy Tale StudiesThe Virginia Woolf Miscellany, and elsewhere.  Her blog, The Magpie’s Fancy, has been featured in Artful Blogging Magazine, and her poetry collection, Learning to Tell Time, won the Midnight Sun Award from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  She lives in Portland, Maine, and teaches creative writing in the online English Program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where she has served as a past Kerouac Writer-in-Residence.


Ben Berman grew up just outside of Portland and now lives just outside of Boston, and though he hasn’t spent much time just outside of Portsmouth it is the geometrical center of his life.

His first book, Strange Borderlands, (Able Muse Press, 2013) chronicles his time as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zimbabwe and won the Peace Corps Award for Best Book of Poetry and was a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Awards. His second collection, Figuring in the Figure, (Able Muse Press, 2017) is written entirely in terza rima and explores much more domestic concerns, in particular the transformative and perplexing experiences of fatherhood.

Ben has received awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the New England Poetry Club and the Somerville Arts Council. He is the Poetry Editor at Solstice Literary Magazine and writes a monthly column for Grub Street Writers called Writing while Parenting: (

He teaches in the Boston area, where he lives with his wife and daughters. You can visit him at

November 1st Hoot featuring UNH MFA poets John McDonough Rhosalyn Williams

Rhosalyn Williams is a poet from Wenvoe, Wales and Tallahassee, Florida. She is an MFA candidate for poetry at the University of New Hampshire where she writes, climbs, teaches, and waits tables. She is a reader for Barnstorm Literary Journal and her writing has appeared in Black Fox Literary Magazine and The Citrus Scene.



John McDonough is a poet and cigar smoker living in New England. He has two dogs and is in pursuit of a MFA from the University of New Hampshire. Recently he has been published in Arcturus by the Chiccago Review of books. His poetic influences include Joan Jett, Charles Mingus, and The Macho Man Randy Savage. He is pretty sure there are bigfoots.