MANCHESTER, NH – Saturday, the Granite State celebrates its strong poetry tradition with the 3rd Annual New Hampshire Poetry Festival. Organized by two leading literary organizations, The Poetry Society of New Hampshire and The New Hampshire Institute of Art, the event takes place September 23, 2017 at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester.
“The New Hampshire Poetry Fest has quickly become an annual tradition in celebration of poetry in New Hampshire and beyond,” said Jennifer Militello, Festival director. “We are gratified by the festival’s rate of growth and continued enthusiasm of participants.
The conference features readings, panels, and workshops by some of the country’s best-known poets. Highlights include:
- Headliner reading by Pulitzer Prize Winner Gregory Pardlo.
- Workshops by award-winning poets Oliver de la Paz, Rebecca Morgan Frank, Michael Dumanis, and Elizabeth Powell.
- Readings from diverse poets from around New England and the world.
- Panel discussions on topics including Writing Through Collaboration and Technologies; Poetry of Witness; Alternative Facts and Poetic License; An Introduction to the Epic; Obsession and Poetic Forms, and more.
Poetry has always been an essential part of New Hampshire’s rich literary culture. Five U.S. Poets Laureate hail from the state, and each year poets from across the state win awards, publish books, teach workshops, give readings, and share poetry with students of all ages.
The NH Poetry Fest brings together a broad community including poets winning prestigious awards; Poets Laureate; heads of literary organizations; professors; well-known editors, and students of poetry at multiple levels.
The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts is an event supporter. Gibson’s Bookstore from Concord, NH, will sell speakers’ books onsite.