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Meet Poetry Society of New Hampshire’s New Board of Directors

We are thrilled to announce that PSNH has a new board of directors! We are excited for what these individuals will bring to the organization, and to YOU, in the next two years!

Please join us on July 27th at the Twiggs Gallery in Boscawen for our Quarterly Gathering where we will introduce these wonderful people to our membership and all who are able to attend.

Details about our new board members are below, beginning with the officers.
Melanie Chicoine – President
  • Melanie Chicoine lives in Amherst NH with her husband, poet Ala Khaki.
  • Melanie is an active member of several poetry groups and organizations in and around New England; her poems have appeared in several publications.
  • Melanie has been supporting PSNH for several years, serving as Secretary on the board of directors, as editor-in-chief of PSNH’s Touchstone journal, and currently as president of the board. During her tenure as president, Melanie has worked to increase PSNH’s visibility and engagement with the poetry community, through more active involvement promoting events, the NH State Poet Laureate program, through collaborations, a stronger website and social media presence, and building strong networks and relationships with poets and organizations in the larger community.
  • Melanie wishes to continue to move PSNH forward through actions that promote diversity, that bring more youth into the organization, and that increase funding to further support poets and poetry in NH and the larger community.
Julie Marie Hoey – Vice President
  • Julie Marie Hoey is an award-winning poet and member of Manchester’s Navigation Arts organization. She schedules features and hosts a monthly open mic for NAV Arts at the Bookery in Manchester, and participates in readings and workshops all over the state.
  • Her poetry has been published in various magazines, including two poems in the recently published Hope Springs Eternal, an Anthology of Hopeful Poetry by Simple Simon Press.
  • Julie Marie is currently working towards establishing a Nashua poet laureate through coordination with the Nashua Arts Commission and hopes to collaborate with PSNH to expand the community laureate program to other cities and towns in NH.
  • She has been volunteering for PSNH by managing several of their social media platforms as well as advertising events and news through various newspapers and magazines, continuing to find ways to help expand PSNH’s exposure and presence in the community.
  • In addition to the Vice President role, Julie Marie will be PSNH’s Publicity Chairperson.
Zee Stewart – Secretary
  • Zee (they/she) is an overly hopeful Libra who resides in Nashua. At any given point, you’ll likely find Zee belting Nate Ruess songs, baking for her loved ones, or projecting their writing dreams into Google Docs. They have been featured at various venues around northern New England and has been one of the organizers at her home venue of Slam Free Or Die since the summer of 2021.
  • Zee’s work primarily dives into the subject of love in all its forms, including but not limited to grief, the complexity of interpersonal relationships, and the ways in which love weaves itself in and out of life like a precarious yet resilient thread.
  • Zee would love to help PSNH in any way the org needs them, with strengths in event coordination and hosting, meeting minutes, and overall organization.
  • She hopes that her work helps you find the light, because they want to stroll into it with you.
  • In addition to their role as Secretary, Zee will be supporting events as well as PSNH’s journal,Touchstone.
John Doelman – Treasurer
  • John Doelman’s poetry is deeply personal and evocative. He carries you with him, whether at that split second of inspiration, or during the slowing down of twilight.
  • John has shared his poetry in numerous slams and readings in Florida, as well as presenting his poetry, photography and, now, music in 30 different libraries in New Hampshire and southern Maine. His latest book, Quetico Connection, brings the intimacy of the wilderness to the reader, via his favorite place, Quetico Provincial Park in NW Ontario, Canada.
  • He was honored to get to read one of his poems at a Barack Obama campaign event in 2008. He put together a couple of different writer’s groups in Florida to mentor new writers and to support writers with a bit more seasoning. He has also been a member of different poetry groups, such as the Poets of the Palm Beaches. He has been creatively writing since the 2nd grade and is an avid reader of all genres.
  • John lives in Allenstown, NH.
  • In addition to his role as Treasurer, John will be supporting events and grant activity.
David Banach
  • David is a philosophy professor at Saint Anselm College and started writing poetry about 12 years ago. He was an Assistant Poetry Editor for Passengers Journal and hosted the journal’s PoetryCast podcast.
  • David runs the poetry group Lucubrations at St. Anselm College, and has extensive experience with running a website on both WordPress and Drupal platforms, having run his own servers for many years.
  • St. Anselm hosts a series of readings and workshops at the college, and he is well experienced with running events and with social media publicity.
  • David has published over 50 poems in various journals, including Touchstone, and is a Pushcart and Forward Prize nominee.
  • David will be supporting many areas of PSNH, from our website, to events, to publicity, and our journal, Touchstone.
Jack Casey
  • Jack Casey(they/them/their) is a child of Eisenhower from the steel mills of Pennsylvania who came to New Hampshire in 1989 by way of the United States Navy.
  • Jack lives in Hampton, NH with Linda, their wife of 40 years, and two cats, Maggie and Biggs. Jack’s talented, beautiful, wonderful, daughter, Mary, is the Senior Development Coordinator at the Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries and Museums.
  • Jack’s love of poetry started long, long ago and continues to today, where they perform monthly at Nashua Poetry (you’re invited!). Jack’s influences are Yeats, Coleridge, Elliot, Poe, The Firesign Theatre, Dylan, Morrison, Tom Waits, The Talking Heads and more.
  • Jack has had various poems published here and there, but performing is what interests Jack the most. Jack’s collected works entitled “The Navigation Acts” is almost publication ready. Jack strongly believes in the power of art to effect change, but only if we try.
  • Jack will be assisting with many areas of support for PSNH, including events, membership, and fundraising/grant activity.
Pat DanemanMembership Chair
  • Pat Daneman moved to Candia, NH from Kansas three years ago.
  • She is a widely published poet and was senior poetry editor of Kansas City Voices for four years.
  • Before retiring from Hallmark Cards in 2011, Pat was the creative director of the writing studios.
  • As a PSNH Board member, Pat would bring with her previous nonprofit board experience.
  • In addition to her role as our membership chair, Pat will be supporting PSNH’s journal Touchstone and much-needed grant activity.
Jennifer EdwardsEvents Coordinator
  • Jen Edwards (she/her) lives in Concord, NH, and works as a neurodiversity affirming speech-language pathologist. She is currently a MFA Student at Bennington Writers Seminars.
  • Jen’s debut collection, Unsymmetrical Body, was a 2023 Eric Hoffer Honorable Mention, First Horizon Finalist, and Boston Authors Club Julia Ward Howe Award Finalist. She’s received Pushcart and Best of the Net nominations, the New England Poetry Club Amy Lowell Prize, and Thomas Lux Poetry fellow at Palm Beach Poetry Festival.
  • She presented at Mass Poetry festival and other conferences. Her poems appear in many anthologies and journals, including RHINO, MER, One Art, ELJ, Gyroscope Review, Passengers, Terrain, Literary Mama, and Snapdragon .
  • In addition to her role as PSNH’s event coordinator, Jen will be assisting with our journal, Touchstone.
Mica Rich
  • Mica L. Rich (they/them) is a New Hampshire poet whose work explores the complexities of healing from trauma.
  • In college, Mica founded and co-ran their university’s lit mag, Wrote Unquote.
  • Mica is a current staff member of Slam Free or Die, and competes on the Slam team.
  • They are the author of This Is How Wildflowers Grow, and has experience with poetry journals and literary magazines as well as coordinating / running various poetry events and workshops.
  • Mica wishes to continue to bring poetry to their community any way they can and is excited at the opportunity to bring their experience and energy to PSNH’s board of directors.
  • Micah will be working on the editorial staff for Touchstone, along with supporting events and helping the organization continue to modernize and collaborate with other poetry orgs such as Slam Free or Die.