Member Spotlight for May 2023

By popular request,  Poetry Society of New Hampshire features notable member news which includes appearances, awards, publications, readings, residencies, and more. Here is what members have recently shared:

Ala Khaki is the featured poet at this month’s reading and open mic at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord, NH on May 17. Ala’s new poetry collection, Remembrances, A Poetic Memoir of Life in A Political Prison in Iran, published by Bee Monk Press, is now available at Amazon. Dedicated to all current and former political prisoners, Remembrances, is a poetic window into life inside Iran’s notorious Evin prison during the final years of the Shah’s regime. It is one voice to ensure the world does not forget them and theirs.

Three poems by Carla Schwartz are featured at Verse-Virtual in May. You can also read more about Carla at Carla was also a featured panelist at the 2023 Carlisle Poetry Festival held at the Gleason Public Library in Carlisle, MA.

Carlene Gadapee shared some great news: after a long pandemic hiatus, The Frost Place will re-open this summer and is accepting applications for the 2023 Frost Place 2023 Conference on Poetry and Teaching | Writing Intensive. The Conference on Poetry and Teaching will be held in person at Robert Frost’s home in Franconia, NH, on June 24-28, with an optional Writing Intensive on June 28-29. The conference is designed for anyone who is eager to make poetry a larger part of their public life. The Conference attracts K-12 teachers as well as MFA candidates and instructors working in college and university settings, but also draws participants from other sectors: civil servants, administrators, social workers, etc. Numbers are small and the atmosphere is intensely collegial. Many people say it’s the best professional development class they’ve ever taken This year’s faculty includes Rhode Island Poet Laureate Tina Cane, poet and essayist Teresa Carson, and conference director, Dawn Potter. You can find out more information at The Frost Place website at Contact Dawn Potter at with any questions.

Catherine O’BrianJennifer Militello, and L.R. Berger collaborated with the Hopkinton Town Library to host “Come Closer and Listen : A Community Reading of Charles Simic Poems ” on Sunday, May 7.

Rebecca Kaiser Gibson was featured along with other notable poets at Chapter & Verse at the Loring Greenough House in Jamaica Plain, MA on Friday, May 12. She also appeared with former NH Poet Laureate Alice Fogel at Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts in Brattleboro, VT on Saturday May 13.

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