Feb. 6 – Poetry Nashua: Featured Readers Melanie Chicoine and Ala Khaki & Open Mic

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Date(s) - February 6, 2024
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Nashua Public Library


Poetry Nashua: Share poems and discuss poetry on the first Tuesday of each month in the activity room on the lower level of the Nashua Public Library. Poets of all levels and ages are welcome!

Come out of the cold and into the warmth of Poetry Nashua at their next gathering on Tuesday, February 6, at 6:00 PM at the Nashua Public Library. Poets Melanie Chicoine and Ala Khaki will be the featured readers. An open mic will follow.

Where: Nashua Public Library
2 Court Street, Nashua, NH 03060

Melanie Chicoine lives in Amherst, New Hampshire with her husband poet, Ala Khaki.  A native to NH, Melanie enjoys spending her time volunteering, traveling, and writing.  Melanie is an active member of several poetry groups and organizations in and around New England.  Her poems have appeared in Poets Guide To New Hampshire, More Places More Poets, Covid Spring Granite State Pandemic Poems, and others.  Melanie is currently serving as president on the Board of Directors for Poetry Society of New Hampshire (PSNH), and was a recent chief editor of PSNH’s literary journal, The Poet’s Touchstone.  During her tenure as editor, she spearheaded the publication of a special collection celebrating all NH State Poet Laureates.
Ala Khaki is an Iranian American poet residing in Amherst, New Hampshire, with his beloved soulmate and poet, Melanie Chicoine.  He is the author of four poetry collections, two in Farsi, “Sahar Khani” (Calling the Dawn) and “Az Inja Ta Tolou” (From Here to Sunrise), and two in English,  “Remembrances – A Poetic Memoir of Life as a Political Prisoner in Iran” (Bee Monk Press), and “Return” (Book Surge Publishing).
Ala Khaki’s poems have appeared in Iranian literary journals including The Book Review, Par (Feather), and Thought and Imagination, and in American poetry periodicals and anthologies, including Worcester Review, The Poet’s Touchstone, the 2010 Poet’s Guide to New Hampshire, Covid Spring, and Visual Verse.
In 1981, Ala Khaki was the subject of a documentary film titled “Resident Exile” by the celebrated documentary film maker and director Ross McElwee. He has been a feature in numerous poetry events including the New England Poetry Conference, the New Hampshire Poet Showcase, and The Hoot.  He served as an officer on the Board of  Directors of Poetry Society of New Hampshire (2015-2020), and as its president (2020- 2022.) He continues to read throughout New England.

As always, please bring a friend, and do not hesitate to bring a poem or three to share at the open mic.  Your covered container of non-alcoholic beverage is allowed by the library.  A few snacks will be provided.  Your published works are welcomed to be sold by you, at the back table – remember to bring change for the cash sales.

Mark your Poetry Nashua calendar with the following line up of scheduled Featured Poets:

3/6  Roy Goodman
4/3  Rodger Martin
5/1  Jimmy Pappas
6/5  Kyle Potvin

Questions? Or if you would like to be the Featured Poet at a First Tuesday gathering please contact poetrynashua@gmail.com.