Youth Hoot January 4th, 2017

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 first hour. This year, as last, each will read several poems; Second hour is open mic, as always.

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

We are extremely excited about our 4th annual Youth Hoot, and hope that you will join us in celebrating the young voices of our community!



December 7th Poetry Hoot Featured Readers: Desiree Alvarez and Deborah Gorlin

Desirée Alvarez is a painter and poet whose work speaks to a mythic human interaction with the natural world. Her work has received an American Academy of Arts and Letters Willard L. Metcalf Award, three Artist Fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts, and a European Capital of Culture Award.

She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from Poets House, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Yaddo, and P.S. 122. Her first book of poems won the May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize and will be published by Bauhan Publishing in April 2016.

Her poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, and Prairie Schooner. She received the Glenna Luschei Award from Prairie Schooner, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and the Robert D. Richardson Non-Fiction Award from Denver Quarterly. She teaches at New York City College of Technology, CUNY and The Juilliard School. More information here.


Deborah Gorlin has published in a wide range of journals including Poetry, Antioch Review, American Poetry Review, Seneca Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Harvard Review, Green Mountains Review, Bomb, Connecticut Review, Women’s Review of Books, New England Review, and Best Spiritual Writing 2000. Before winning the 2014 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize, she won the 1996 White Pine Poetry Press Prize for her first book of poems, Bodily Course.

Deborah Gorlin holds an MFA from the University of California/Irvine. Since 1991, she has taught writing at Hampshire College, where she serves as co-director of the Writing Program. She is currently a poetry editor at The Massachusetts Review. More information here.


Holiday Hoot Book Sale?

Our October Hoot experiment with a poetry book sale table seemed to go well.  PPLP is contemplating having a holiday book sale table at our December Hoot to which all poets with published works for sale would be welcome to sell their wares.

Books like “One of Us is Lost” by Robert Dunn and “Poet Showcase” were sold in October. We’ll chat with Dave Hadwen of Cafe Espresso about doing this. Check this space and our eNews Letter for more information.