Welcome to the New Hampshire Poetry Festival!

The 2016 New Hampshire Poetry Festival will take place on Saturday, September 24, 2016, once again at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in downtown Manchester. Get ready for another huge day of poetry! Details to come. add to calendar


Call for Proposals

The submission period for proposals for group readings and panels is now closed. 

Thank you for submitting. We will send notification of approved submissions shortly. Please check back in June for a full 2016 NH Poetry Fest schedule.

See last years schedule.

Celebrate Poetry

Join us for the 2nd Annual New Hampshire Poetry Festival, an exciting event celebrating the reading and writing of poetry. The festival is organized by two leading New Hampshire literary organizations, The Poetry Society of New Hampshire (PSNH) and The New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA).

Historic location, contemporary poets

Held in historic downtown Manchester on Saturday, September 24, 2016, the event will include readings, panels, and workshops by poets from New Hampshire, across the country, and around the world. The event will culminate with a reading by 2015 MacArthur Fellow Ellen Bryant Voigt.

All readings, workshops and panels take place in the beautiful French Building, built for the New Hampshire Institute of Art in 1916, located at 148 Concord Street and in the nearby Lowell Building at 88 Lowell Street in Manchester. [Map]


If you need accommodations, we recommend the Manchester Radisson at the corner of Elm Street and Granite Street. There is long-term parking attached to the hotel, and the hotel is within walking distance of the festival. There is also street parking available near the NHIA conference buildings at the Brady Sullivan garage on Elm St. Also, on Saturday street parking is free.


Ready to learn, read, share and have fun with other poetry lovers? Register Now



Email the organizers!