The Poetry Society of New Hampshireis 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 HistoryThe 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.
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A Tribute to NH Poet Laureate Walter Butts
On March 31, 2013, we lost a kind and generous man as well as a true advocate of poetry, our dear friend Walter Butts. As our NH Poet Laureate, Walter was tireless when it came to sharing and building appreciation for poetry in the state and beyond. We are grateful for all his efforts and will miss him greatly. Walter's wife, S. Stephanie, has asked that donations in his memory go to a special NH Poet Laureate Fund to help pay for travel and other expenses related to the work of future NH Poets Laureate. Donations should be made payable to the Poetry Society of New Hampshire with a memo that indicates "Walter Butts" or "memorial fund" or "Poet Laureate acct" and mailed to Gordon Lang, Poetry Society of NH, 170 Browns Ridge Road, Ossipee, NH 03864. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
How to Join the Poetry Society of New HampshireDues for one year are $20
Send in your information (Name, Address, Phone, E-Mail) with your check payable to "Poetry Society of NH" to:
Gordon Lang, PSNH Treasurer
170 Browns Ridge Road
Ossipee, NH 03864
Please include a short bio and a couple poems we might use to introduce you to other members in The Poet's 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.
Board of Directors
- Kyle Potvin President
- Neil English Vice President
- Gordon Lang Treasurer
- Betsy Snider Secretary
- Don Kimball Member
- Joann Duncanson Member
- Meg Kearney Member
- Jennifer Militello Member
- Mark Palos Member
- Dudley Laufman Honorary President
- John Ferguson Editor
- Pat Parnell Associate Editor
- Tammi Truax National Contest Coordinator
- Helen Duchesne Member Contest Coordinator
- Tom Diegoli High School Student Contest Coordinator
- Barb Bald Elementary Student Contest Coodinator
- Barbara Duris Round Robin Coordinator
- Yamilé Craven Poetry Email Workshop
- Don Kimball Monthly Open Mic Host