A Granite State Evening of Laureates Reading Laureates

At the Common Man Restaurant, Concord, N.H.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 7:45 p.m.


Alice Fogel, New Hampshire Poet Laureate

reads Charles Simic, U.S. Poet Laureate 2007-2008

Marie Harris, New Hampshire Poet Laureate emeritus

reads Donald Hall, U.S. Poet Laureate 2006-2007

Mike Nelson, Portsmouth Poet Laureate

reads Richard Eberhart, U.S. Poet Laureate 1959-1961

Robert Crawford, Derry Poet Laureate

reads Robert Frost, U.S. Poet Laureate 1958-1959

Laila Ruffin, New Hampshire Youth Poet Laureate

reads Maxine Kumin, U.S. Poet Laureate 1981-1982


Complimentary music by Exeter poet/musician Bob Moore

Benefit for the Poetry Society of New Hampshire’s Walter Butts Poet Laureate Fund,
(a 501 (c)3 charitable organization)

$20 suggested donation (all goes toward the endowment)

Reserve your seat now: 603-525-4715

Limited seating, pre-talk, private dinner and music with the laureates, 6 p.m. For dinner prices with the laureates call Rodger Martin, 603-525-4715.

NH Writers’ Project Events

The NH Writers’ Project has many wonderful events planned this month!

A webinar on Monday, October 9th at 7:00 PM.  James Patrick Kelly presents “Hooking Your Readers: The Critical First 250 Words of Your Story”.  Sign up at http://nhwritersproject.org/content/nhwp-workshops.

The submission deadline for Hatbox Theator is also October 9th. More information and the submission guidelines can be found at http://nhwritersproject.org/content/hatbox-readings-nh-writers-project-night-hatbox-theatre.

Coming up is “Putting Together Your Poetry Manuscript” with NH’s Poet Laureate, Alice Fogel.  This workshop will be held at the Tuck Museum in Hampton (40 Park Ave, Hampton, NH 03842), on October 28, 2017 from 11 am – 2 pm.  Sign up at: http://nhwritersproject.org/content/nhwp-workshops.

Also, hot of the press, is the webinar “Tackling the NaNoWriMo Monster” with R.W.W. Greene.  The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, Wool by Hugh Howey — three best-sellers that started in the frantic, frenzied writing stunt called National Novel Writing Month. Will your book join the pantheon? Not if you don’t finish it. On Monday, October 30, from 7-8 pm, join NaNoWriMo survivor R.W.W. Greene for a discussion of tips, tricks, and plans for slaying everyone’s favorite November monster. Sign up at: http://nhwritersproject.org/content/nhwp-workshops.

If you have questions, please contact:

Barbara Hoover

(603) 969-1797

Poetry Bridging Continents Event

The Magic of Monadnock: Poetry Bridging Continents

October 9 – 12, 2017, Keene State College, Mason Library

Keene State College, Cheshire County Historical Society, and Monadnock State Park will be hosting at least six pastoral poets from China and the US for a weeklong festival of how geography influences poetry. All sessions and readings are open to the public without charge thanks to generous support from KSC Mason Library, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Poetry Society of New Hampshire, and Monadnock Writers’ Group.

You can click here for a copy of the program schedule.

Please note—these programs require advance registration:

  • Monday, Oct. 9: American renga (linked-verse) creations
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10: Ranger-led talk and hike to Thoreau’s Rock on Mt. Monadnock ($5 park entrance fee) and tour of poet Henry Walters cabin.
  • Participants in these events can register with Rodger Martin at rmartin1@keene.edu.

Participants in the college events can pick up parking passes for the week when they arrive at the Mason Library. This is meant to be a community/campus fellowship so all will be welcome.

~ Rodger Martin


September 16th MWG Meeting at MacDowell Colony

For the third year, Monadnock Writers’ Group will meet at the MacDowell Colony’s Savidge Library in September, thanks to the generosity of the MacDowell staff and the willingness of two current writers in residence to share their process and work with us. It’s a grand way to start, being at the celebrated artists’ colony that has supported so many artists, composers, playwrights, poets and writers over the years! You can find detailed directions to the MacDowell Colony (100 High Street, Peterborough, NH) and information about where to park on the Guest Speakers page.

Fiction Slam Regional Hosted by MWG

The Monadnock Writers’ Group will host a regional Fiction Slam on Saturday, February 11 at 10:00 in the Peterborough Town Library. The winner of the Monadnock contest qualifies for the finals. Click here to read about the finals in April.

How does the event work? 

  • Writers take turns presenting original flash fiction pieces of no more than three minutes in length when read aloud.
  • After each writer is done, judges privately record a numeric score out of five. One point over-all will be deducted if an author goes over the allotted three minutes.
  • We are pleased to have established local writers Jack Hitchner and Linda Warren as our judges.

Come to hear creative voices from our community!

Come to be a creative voice!

There is no admission fee.

NHWP Fiction Slam on April 5th

The New Hampshire Writers’ Project is sponsoring another Three Minute Fiction Slam this winter. The Slam is a fast paced literary competition that challenges writers to perform original pieces of fiction in three minutes or less in front of a panel of judges. This year’s regional winners will gather for a final showdown at the New Hampshire Institute of Art on April 5. For more information of the statewide event, go to: http://nhwritersproject.org/content/three-minute-fiction-slam#overlay-context=content/three-minute-fiction-slam.

Past winners have performed their works for the Business in the Arts Awards Ceremony, the Currier Museum, and on-air at NHPR. Among other prizes, the ultimate winner gets free entrance to Writers’ Day (the region’s largest literary conference) where they will read the winning work in before an audience of publishers, editors, agents, and fellow writers.

Click here to read about the regional Fiction Slam round on February 11th, hosted by the Monadnock Writers’ Group.