The Poetry Society of New Hampshire

is a non-profit membership organization that promotes poetry through the publication of books, a quarterly magazine, The Poets Touchstone, open mics, workshops, contests, a monthly calendar of events, collaborations with other artists, and assisting the Governor in selecting the State Poet Laureate. Last year we sponsored or supported events in libraries, art galleries, parks, theaters, and on the radio. We welcome all poets and lovers of poetry.

A Brief History

The Poetry Society of New Hampshire was incorporated in the early 1960's and granted non-profit status soon after. Its primary locus of activity at that time was Manchester, NH, where many of the founding members lived. The society experienced many ups and downs and alarms, but began to refocus its energies in the 1990's and, as a result, grew from a paltry 16 members to the nearly 250 members it has today. Members are the lifeblood of the organization allowing us to do the work we do.

We meet the last Saturday of the months of January, April, July and October, and all are welcome. The July meeting is our annual meeting where we conduct whatever business is necessary. At the other three we have featured readers or workshop leaders. All offer members a chance to read during an open mic. To encourage readers we offer small door prizes. The PSNH is a 501(c)3 Incorporated in the State of NH.

Support Poetry in NH!

At the Poetry Society of New Hampshire, our mission is to celebrate and foster New Hampshire poets and poetry. We welcome you to join us in this mission. We appreciate your support.
PSNH is a 501(c)3 charity. All donations are 100% tax deductible

All or part of your donation may go to one of the following funds (specify at the checkout in PayPal in the "review your donation" section):

  • Walter Butts NH Poet Laureate Fund (helps pay for travel and other expenses related to the work of NH Poets Laureate)
  • Mary Gildea Memorial Scholarship Fund (provides scholarships for teachers who need financial support to attend poetry conferences such as at The Frost Place)

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Contact us

Email us at
or mail to P.O. Box 118, Amherst, NH 03031-1118

The 2017 New Hampshire Poetry Festival will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2017, once again at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in downtown Manchester.

Headliner Reading
with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gregory Pardlo

Check this page for more information as it becomes available.


How to Join the Poetry Society of New Hampshire

Dues for one year are $25.
Junior (eighteen years of age or under) and Student (any person who is enrolled as a student in an accredited academic institution) Memberships for one year are $10.
Send in your information (Name, Address, Phone, E-Mail) with your check payable to "Poetry Society of NH" to:

Ala Khaki, PSNH Treasurer
P.O. Box 118
Amherst, NH 03031-1118

Or pay dues online here:

Membership Level
Full Address, City, State, Zip:

Please include a short bio and a couple poems we might use to introduce you to other members in The Poets' Touchstone. We would love to learn your thoughts on poetry, who your favorite poets are, how you heard about us, and why you decided to join. You can either mail this information to Gordon at the address above or if using the online payment option, email to:

Board of Directors

  • Don Kimball - President
  • Andrew Periale - VP
  • Ala Khaki - Treasurer
  • Liz Ahl - Secretary
  • Barbara Bald - Board Member
  • Maudelle Driskell - Board Member
  • Rodger Martin - Board Member
  • Mark Palos - Board Member
  • Jimmy Pappas - Board Member
  • Dudley Laufman - Honorary President
  • Robert W. Crawford - National Contest Coordinator
  • Helen Duchesne - Member Contest Coordinator
  • Stefanie King - High School Student Contest Coordinator
  • Marti Noel - College Contest Coordinator
  • Barb Bald - Elementary Student Contest Coodinator
  • Yamilé Craven - Poetry Email Workshop
  • Don Kimball - Monthly Open Mic Host