New Hampshire Poet Laureate (5-Year Term)

Nomination Form

Nominations deadline: September 13, 2013 (all materials must be received by this date)
The NH Poet Laureate selection is coordinated by the Poetry Society of NH, NH State Council on the Arts and the New Hampshire Writers’ Project.

The NH Poet Laureate (NHPL) is an honorary 5-year position held by an individual who has made outstanding contributions in the field of poetry.  Although there are no specified duties, the NHPL is an ambassador for all poets in NH and works to heighten the visibility and value of poetry in our state.  This individual will join a rich tradition of NH Poets Laureate working hard to celebrate and foster poetry in NH.  Former NHPLs include Walter Butts, Patricia Fargnoli, Cynthia Huntington, Marie Harris, Donald Hall, Jane Kenyon, and Maxine Kumin. 

For the first time in its history, the 2014 NHPL position includes an honorarium of $500 per year (for 5-year term) to help the next NHPL achieve his or her stated mission.  Funding comes from generous contributions made to the Walter Butts’ NH Poet Laureate Fund, coordinated through the Poetry Society of NH and created in memory of our most recent NH Poet Laureate who passed away in Spring 2013.  In addition, NHPL’s receive lifetime membership in the Poetry Society of New Hampshire.  NHPL is required to submit a report of completed activities at the end of the 5-year term to the coordinating committee.

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To be eligible for the NH Poet Laureate position: 

  • An individual must be a resident of New Hampshire
  • Individual must have published at least one full-length book of poetry
  • Self nominations are accepted
  • All nominations must include a thumb drive with PDF of completed application form along with Statement/Vision from Nominee and any additional supporting materials in one document (Word doc or PDF; 6 pages maximum) ; 3 hard copies of submission and 3 copies of Poet's book(s).
  • Preferably be available for the formal announcement of NH Poet Laureate on November 6, 2013 at the 2013 Governor’s Arts Awards in Manchester, NH.
Announcement of NH Poet Laureate: A formal announcement will be made on November 6, 2013 as part of the 2013 Governor's Arts Awards in Manchester, NH.