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Two New Events at North Country Young Writers' Festival

  Announcing...  TWO BRAND-NEW EVENTS HAPPENING AT THE 2021 NORTH COUNTRY YOUNG WRITERS' FESTIVAL! #1: Pandemic Poetry Workshop: [Open to NH students only.]  This workshop will help you process your pandemic experiences over the past year for possible publication in a new book, the sequel to last year’s  COVID Spring: Granite State Pandemic Poems.  Workshop leaders Mae Fraser and Lily Greenberg will walk you through prompts to jumpstart your COVID poems! Meet the publisher, Kirsty Walker, and the book editor, Alexandria Peary, who will offer tips on how to get published in the book. This workshop will be held online, from 4:30-5:30 PM on Friday, May 14. Save yourself a spot:  North Country Young Writers Festival   #2 The Brigid Kemmerer Book Group:    [Open to general public.] Are you a fan of Young Adult fiction or of Brigid Kemmerer? What better way to get ready for Brigid Kemmerer’s reading at the festival on May 15 than to spend time with fellow YA enthusiasts! This bo
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Prompts for April 1-5 for Pandemic Poetry Anthology / National Poetry Month

For residents not on Facebook or Instagram, here are the first five poetry prompts as part of my collaboration with Hobblebush Books/ NH Magazine.  Please note that the deadline for submitting to the sequel of COVID Spring: Granite State Pandemic Poems has been extended to May 23 to allow youth poets in the state time to participate in the Pandemic Poetry Workshop at the May 14-May 15 North Country Young Writers' Festival.

Prompt-a-Day to Celebrate April (National Poetry Month)

Daily Poetry Prompts to Celebrate April (National Poetry Month) During the month of April, I'll be offering NH residents a prompt-a-day at NH Magazine. These prompts are intended to help writers process the past year of their pandemic life and possibly submit to the sequel anthology. Details inside this article by Anna-Kate Munsey: https://www.nhmagazine.com/celebrate-national-poetry-month-with-daily-writing-prompts/

Applications Now Accepted for Jack and Hannah McCarthy Scholarship: Deadline April 30, 2021

Jack and Hannah McCarthy Scholarship This scholarship is named after brother and sister, Jack McCarthy, a much loved spoken word poet from New Hampshire who died in 2013, and Hannah McCarthy, retired college president, lifelong advocate for students and resident of Amherst, New Hampshire. The scholarship provides $1,000 to a New Hampshire resident enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in fields of study related to creative writing, professional-technical writing, or journalism. Students minoring in these areas may also apply. Applicants must possess a GPA of 3.0 or higher and have completed two semesters in the program of study. Applications are evaluated on the basis of merit and financial need and are renewable. This scholarship was established by the New Hampshire State Poet Laureate, Alexandria Peary. The recipient of this year's Jack and Hannah McCarthy Scholarship will be announced on May 15 at the Brigid Kemmerer reading at the North Country Young Writers

Mindful Writing Workshops for Families Affected by Opioid Crisis

  I'll be offering three online mindful writing workshops for the Kinship Program through the New Hampshire Children's Trust for grandparents and caretakers of children whose parents are impacted by addiction.  This work is part of my initiative as state poet laureate to offer mindful writing to New Hampshire residents affected by the opioid crisis and has the support of the Academy of American Poets. Participants are encouraged to attend all three sessions to receive the full benefits of the workshop series. Workshop session dates and times are as follows online : February 24, 6:30 -7:30 pm March 3, 6:30 -7:30 pm March 10, 6:30 -7:30 pm This event is open to everyone with a focus on families experiencing the effects of substance use disorder. YouTube Video about Program Workshop Description: What is mindful writing? Why try it? Mindfulness can help us deal with difficult thoughts and experiences with self-compassion, and these benefits are amplified when mindfulness is c

COVID Spring Appearance on NH Chronicle

  NH Chronicle aired its show yesterday on COVID Spring: Granite State Pandemic Poems with guest appearances and readings from writers in the book, plus publisher Kirsty Walker and myself: https://www.wmur.com/article/thursday-january-21st-pandemic-poetry/35217721

Sequel to COVID Poetry Anthology (new submissions deadline)

  New deadline for anthology submissions! (We're including a youth poets' section in the anthology & wanted to give NH's young writers time to submit.) Exciting news: the North Country Young Writers' Festival will be offering a special workshop on Friday, May 14, 4:30-5:30 PM, on writing pandemic poetry! More details soon at the festival webpage:  North Country Young Writers' Festival National Poetry Month in the Granite State April 2021 Hobblebush Books and New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alexandria Peary are proud to partner once again to offer unique ways for Granite Staters to safely celebrate National Poetry Month (April 2021) during COVID-19. 30 Days of Poetry Writing Prompts To encourage writers to create, Alex is curating a set of 30 poetry writing prompts—one for each day in April. These COVID-related prompts can be found each day for the entire month of April at NH Magazine  (Facebook and Instagram). ·       Workshop Your Writing A   We are hosti