Members are the lifeblood of our organization – to share and cultivate poetry.
When poetry is who you are
Where we began
The Poetry Society of New Hampshire (PSNH) is an all-volunteer organization that was incorporated in the early 1960s 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; since then, readings and meetings have been conducted in various regions across the state.
PSNH celebrates and shares poetry through open mics, workshops, contests and collaborations with other artists. To achieve this, we sponsor and support events all over New Hampshire, including at libraries, art galleries, parks, theaters, and on the radio. We look forward to post-pandemic times when we can again host these in-person events.
Meanwhile, the virtual PSNH Poetry Reading Series on Tuesday nights, has become a popular place for poets near and far to gather via ZOOM. Click below to see what’s coming up.
NH State Poet Laureate
PSNH is proud to be a key contributor to the NH State Poet Laureate program, where we recommend a poet to the Governor following a rigorous application and selection process, and support critical activities related to the position.
Other Poetry Events
The 5th Annual New Hampshire Poetry Festival occurred in September of 2019, organized by PSNH and New England College MFA in Creative Writing program (NEC MFA). It was an exciting event celebrating the reading and writing of poetry! While we were unable to organize a festival for 2020 or 2021, PSNH is actively engaged in determining what our options are for 2022. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months.