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Exciting News! New COVID Poetry Anthology (to be published Summer 2021)!

  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 will be 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 a   NH Magazine   and will offer jumpstarting ideas like: ·          Persona poem from the perspective of a pandemic front-line worker ·          Narrative poem using two different pandemic moments ·          Ode to an object associated with COVID ·          Sonnet to process a loss or celebrate a recovery Workshop Your Writing At the end of the month, we will host free virtual workshopping sessions where poets can discuss their work and offer actionable feedback. (Registratio
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Submit-a-thon 2021

Submit-a-thon 2021! Back by popular demand: New Hampshire’s Submit-a-thon! Our September Submit-a-thon and December Teen Submit-a-thon were such a hit, we thought we’d do a sequel. What better time than January to meet those New Year’s resolutions to try to publish! Find the encouragement you need to take your next steps toward poetry publication through this lively community event. Whether you’re a seasoned published author or this is your first-time sending poems out, this online event will maximize your submission experience. Dive into the 2021 publishing scene by sending your work to two, four, eight, twelve places within an hour! Join your hosts, New Hampshire State Poet Laureate, Alexandria Peary and former Poet Laureate of Portsmouth, Mike Nelson, as we usher more of the state’s poetry—your poetry—into the publishing world: ·        Find literary journals for your work ·        Exchange tips on cover letters ·        Set up your Submittable account ·        Gain ad

Opportunity to Learn More about Mindful Writing (Event in January and February 2021)

N ew Hampshire Residents: If you're looking for a way to mindfully manage pandemic stress or learn more about mindful writing to benefit your writing practice, you're invited to an upcoming mindful writing webinar! This January & February, the National Council of Teachers of English is hosting a sequel of my Mindful Writing Series. The sessions are designed for anyone (no need to be a teacher) dealing with pandemic stress or curiosity about mindful writing/mindfulness. See site for non-member registration fee and for videos of the September webinar: NCTE Mindful Writing Series In each session, participants will be invited to do a guided meditation and then a restorative activity that combines writing with mindfulness, including already-perfect meditation, working with preconceptions and story lines, caricature of our internalized critics, and mantra for self-compassion. We will revisit and practice a few of the mindfulness activities from the September series. Some session

Announcing New Scholarship for NH Residents Studying Writing

Fundraising for this scholarship begins today! If you are interested in donating any amount to this scholarship, email me at Balconyofwords@gmail.com.        Jack and Hannah McCarthy Scholarship      This scholarship is named after brother and sister,  Jack McCarthy, who was 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, Alexa

Places for NH Teens to Publish

  This evening, we   just wrapped up a dynamic Teen Submit-a-thon! It was great helping NH Teens publish. NH teens sent to 31 places within approximately 45 minutes, learned about Submittable, and met Jodi Picoult. The event wouldn't have run as smoothly without my fabulous co-sponsor, Taylore Aussiker. Many thanks to Jodi Picoult for sharing her early publishing experience and wowing her fans on the Zoom screen!   Teen Writers:  Don’t forget to let us know when a publisher accepts your work! Contact Alex at apeary@salemstate.edu and Taylore at taussiker@sau36.org ! Below are publishing tips we shared with the group plus a handy chart made by Taylore to keep track of your submissions. Places to Submit 1. Blue Marble Review Blue Marble Review is a quarterly online literary journal showcasing the creative work of young writers ages  13-22. Welcomes poetry, fiction, personal essays, travel stories, and opinion pieces as well as art and photography . No submission fee. Doesn’t r