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

Jun 2024

June 22, 2024
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Jul 2024

July 3, 2024
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
July 6, 2024
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
July 13, 2024
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
July 17, 2024
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Aug 2024

August 21, 2024
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Touchstone: Art and Poetry Submissions Open on June 1, 2024

Hello Fellow Poetry Lovers! Poetry Society of New Hampshire (PSNH) is delighted to announce that we are accepting submissions of poetry and art from June 1 through July 15, 2024 for our next issue of Touchstone. We are open to a wide range of forms and styles and look forward to receiving your best work!  We aim to respond to all submissions in less than 2 months, but final decisions may take longer. Please read guidelines carefully. Entries that do not meet the guidelines will not be considered. For guidelines and to submit your work: Poetry Society of New Hampshire Submission Manager ( For questions not addressed

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Upcoming Poetry Society of New Hampshire Board Elections ~ Seeking Interested Candidates!

Hello Friends in Poetry, The Poetry Society of New Hampshire (PSNH) is excited to announce that PSNH board elections are coming up soon, and we are seeking interested candidates! We have outlined what it means to be on the board, some of the achievements over the last few years, and some ideas of what is to come; and we’d love you to be a part of it! Please take a moment to read on and if you are interested, email us at with your name and contact information, and someone will reach out to you to discuss your interest. Please respond by

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Jennifer Militello named N.H. Poet Laureate

CONCORD, N.H., March 22, 2024 – New Hampshire’s Executive Council has confirmed Governor Chris Sununu’s nomination of Jennifer Militello of Goffstown, N.H., as the next New Hampshire Poet Laureate.  Militello will serve a five-year term beginning April 2024. The state’s Poet Laureate serves as an ambassador for all poets in New Hampshire and works to heighten the visibility and value of poetry in the state.  The New Hampshire Poet Laureate position includes an honorarium of $1000 for each year of the five-year term to help the next Poet Laureate achieve his/her/their stated mission. Funding comes from contributions made to the Walter

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The Next Portsmouth Poet Laureate

The Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program is excited to announce that Lauren WB Vermette will be our 14th poet laureate of Portsmouth! Come to the town hall on May 6th at 6pm to see the passing of the quill from outgoing Laureate Diannely Antigua to Lauren and be a part of this 27 year old tradition.

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Member Spotlight – April 2024

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: A poem by Zion Bellefonte was published in the current issue of Cathexis Northwest Press. He was also recently recognized as the inventor of sanguineness. Two of Chris Dornin‘s poems about his mother’s paintings were published in the March 2024 issue Coneflower Cafe, the annual literary magazine by Choeofpleirn Press. The paintings also appear in the spring issue! Chris also placed third in the recent “Beauty of NH” contest hosted by the Newbury (NH) Library.

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PSNH releases the latest Touchstone: A Tribute To Charles Simic

Poetry Society of New Hampshire (PSNH) is proud to announce the release of the next edition of our journal, Touchstone. Version 65.2, The First Onion: Tribute to Charles Simic, showcases wonderful poetry and poets writing about, for, and in honor of Simic’s style, form, and legacy. The work included is the result of a poetry contest created by PSNH and judged by NH State Poet Laureate Alexandria Peary (October 2019 – March 2024) Also included is Simic’s poem Charles Simic. Member and contributor copies have been delivered, and additional copies may be purchased here.

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