Celebrating & fostering New Hampshire poets & poetry

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Poetry Society of New Hampshire
  • Poetry Events

    PSNH hosts virtual and live events throughout New Hampshire, such as Writer's Workshops, Poetry Readings, and Open Mics. All who love poetry are welcome.
  • Poetry Publications

    PSNH publishes The Poets' Touchstone and other publications where members can submit their best work for the next edition.
  • Poets Working Together

    PSNH provides members with the tools and opportunities to grow as poets. Members can log into the Members Only Section of the website to discuss projects, volunteer to help on poetry projects, share ideas and opportunities to submit work, and seek feedback on their work.
  • Poetry Collaborations

    PSNH sponsors and supports programs and projects throughout New Hampshire at bookstores, libraries, galleries, parks, theatres, and more. .

Upcoming Events

Mar 2024

March 5, 2024
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
March 15, 2024
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
NH State House – Representatives Hall
March 20, 2024
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
March 20, 2024
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Apr 2024

April 5, 2024
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
April 12, 2024 - April 14, 2024
All Day
University of New Hampshire, Hamilton Smith Hall
April 17, 2024
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

May 2024

May 15, 2024
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


PSNH Presents Chard deNiord at Gibson’s Bookstore February 21, 2024

The Poetry Society of New Hampshire joins Gibson’s Bookstore to present poet Chard deNiord in an afternoon of verse. An open mic follows his reading. Newcomers are welcome and encouraged! Chard deNiord is a former Poet Laureate of Vermont (2015-2019) and author of seven books of poetry, including In My Unknowing (The University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020), Interstate, (The University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015), The Double Truth (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011), which the Boston Globe named one of the top ten books of poetry in 2011, Night Mowing (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005), Sharp Golden Thorn (Marsh Hawk Press, 2002) and Asleep In The Fire(University of Alabama Press, 1900). He taught English and Creative

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Upcoming Live Events At Gibson’s Bookstore In Concord, NH

Poetry Society of New Hampshire (PSNH) hosts readings and/or open mic events at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord almost every 3rd Wednesday of the month, coordinated and hosted by Erica Bodwell. All are welcome, newcomers are encouraged! This event is free and open to the public. Please see our full event list in our top menu or on the right side of our website for details.

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Call for Submissions for Smoky Quartz Spring 2024 Issue

Dates:January 15, 2024 – March 15, 2024 Smoky Quartz, the online journal of literature and art, is accepting submissions of prose, poetry, and art for its Spring 2024 online issue from January 15 to March 15, 2024. Find the complete submission guidelines at Both new and established writers and artists who have a connection to New Hampshire are invited to submit work. Those selected for publication will join a distinguished list of prior contributors including past New Hampshire poet laureate Alice Fogel, Pushcart Prize-nominated writer Michael Keshigian, and other award-winning writers and artists including Becky Dennison Sakellariou, Rodger Martin, Eric Pinder, Soosen

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Midwinter Podcast on Theme of Regeneration with Rice Pudding Poetry

Rice Pudding Poetry Podcasts are produced by Kimberly Green, former Portsmouth, NH Poet Laureate, and her husband, Doug Green, sound engineer. The show includes featured poets and musicians from Maine and New Hampshire and throughout New England, as well as Community Readers, all of them reading poetry that speaks to each show’s themes. This midwinter podcast features Exeter, NH poet Bill Burtis who speaks and reads around the theme of regeneration. Listen to Episode 14 of the Rice Pudding Poetry Podcast at You can also listen on Spotify (Rice Pudding Poetry Podcast) and through the Rice Public Library in

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Poetry Contest: The Beauty of New Hampshire

In celebration of Poetry Month in April 2024, the Newbury Library and the John Hay Literary Society are opening a call for submissions to their upcoming poetry contest. Writers are invited to compose a poem on the theme: The Beauty of New Hampshire. Please read the rules for submission carefully: The judge for the contest is Ewa Chrusciel.  Ewa Chrusciel is a poet, translator, and professor at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire. She is the author of four books of poems in English—Yours, Purple Gallinule, Of Annunciations, Contraband of Hoopoe, and Strata–as well as three books in Polish. She is

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PSNH Presents Jennifer Martelli & Jennifer Jean at Gibson’s Bookstore March 20, 2024

The Poetry Society of New Hampshire joins Gibson’s Bookstore to present poets Jennifer Martelli and Jennifer Jean in an afternoon of verse. An open mic follows their readings. Newcomers are welcome and encouraged! Jennifer Martelli is the author of The Queen of Queens, winner of the 2023 Italian American Studies Association Book Award and selected as a “Must Read” by the Massachusetts Center for the Book, and My Tarantella, also selected as a “Must Read” and named as a finalist for the Housatonic Book Award. She is the author of the chapbooks All Things are Born to Change Their Shapes, In the Year of Ferraro, and After Bird. Her work

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