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Call for New Anthology for NH Poets: Poetry in the Time of COVID

Poetry in the Time of COVID: Resilience, Community, and Connection
New Hampshire’s Poet Laureate, Alexandria Peary, is thrilled to partner with Kirsty Walker, President of Hobblebush Books, for a special opportunity for all New Hampshire residents to celebrate April as National Poetry Month during this unprecedented time of COVID-19.
Build Community and Grow Your Writing
Alexandria Peary will facilitate a free, virtual writers’ group during the month of April. This will provide New Hampshire residents a channel for creatively navigating our common experiences. We may be isolated in our homes, but we will come together in this unique way and build an even stronger community.
The group will:
·build community during a time of isolation, ·provide writing prompts related to COVID-19 and our “new normal,” ·offer encouragement and actionable feedback, and ·prepare participants to submit their work for possible inclusion in an anthology published by Hobblebush Books
We invite all New Hampshire poetry …
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If you're in a writing group based in New Hampshire and are looking for ways to continue meeting, I'm happy to help you build an online way to meet. 
It takes about 30 minutes to set up and is pretty easy for your members to use. Send me an email at if yo…

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A puzzle (by Leah, 3rd grade)
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A Rainy Day (by Izzy, third grade)
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Congrats to Mary Anker For Her Poem Honoring NH Poets Laureates

Congrats to Mary Anker from Portsmouth, NH, for her winning poem celebrating New Hampshires Poets Laureates. Mary's "Poets Say What Love Is" deftly incorporates lines from an incredible eleven state laureates: Walter Butts, Richard Eberhart,  Patricia Fargnoli, Alice Fogel, Donald Hall, Marie Harris, Cynthia Huntington, Jane Kenyon, Maxine Kumin, Paul Scott Mower, and Eleanor Vinton. 
Here's how Mary described her writing process for this poem:
"The fun of research began in December 2019.The poets presented as compelling characters, then teachers, heroes, and finally beloveds.Initially I thought that some might stand out and speak to creating an honoring poem.They all stood out!They all write about love: for nature, for words, for spouse, children, parents, and of details, geography, self, and their need to write.

I began to collect lines...The seed began to grow while on buses, airplanes, at a desk, a kitchen table, on a lap. It practically birthed itself."


REALM Contest for Middle and High School Literary Magazines

If your New Hampshire middle school or high school runs a student literary magazine, here's a wonderful opportunity to possibly receive national recognition for your school's creative writing:

REALM: Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary Magazines. 

Last year, three New Hampshire schools were recognized for achievement with their student literary magazines: Pelham High School, Phillips Exeter Academy, and Portsmouth High School. Congrats to you three!

This year's deadline is July 31, 2020. For more information go to:

I'll Be Your Reader Continues...

Get a reader: the state poet laureate!
The first month of "I'll Be Your Reader" was fun: thanks to everyone who sent their poems. So let's continue for a few more months!
The first poem to arrive in my email box on Thursdays will become my morning reading material, enjoyed with coffee. The writer must be a current resident of New Hampshire, but poets of all ages and backgrounds can send work.
I promise that you will have my full attention. I'll read the poem (up to 100 lines) and send you an email by day's end. I won't offer feedback or criticism: just a note that I have read and enjoyed your piece. (It can be immensely refreshing to know that someone has read your writing with appreciation, in a judgement-free zone.) Details:

1. Cut and paste into the body of the email or send as a PDF attachment (if line breaks and page formatting need to be preserved). Send to