New Hampshire

In November 2013 Alice B. Fogel was appointed New Hampshire's state poet laureate; she will serve for five years. Fogel is the author of Be That Empty (Harbor Mountain Press, 2007). Fogel's newest book, “Interval: Poems Based upon Bach’s Goldberg Variations,” won the Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature, and is forthcoming from Schaffner Press.

In 2017 Mike Nelson was named the poet laureate of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.


upcoming events

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Nov 03 2017 to Nov 05 2017
A recitation from memory of T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets, performed by actor and poet John Farrell

Pontine Theatre presents a rare opportunity to hear the entirety of T.S. Eliot’s poetic masterpiece, Four Quartets, spoken live by actor and poet John Farrell, artistic director and co-founder of Figures of Speech Theatre.  In 2011, with special permission from the Eliot Estate, Farrell premiered a one-man recitation of Four Quartets, Eliot’s complex, deeply moving meditation on the human spirit, time and memory. Farrell has since toured the performance to theaters and other venues in the US and Canada.

Farrell’s delivery of Four Quartets is as natural, deep, and illuminating as Kenneth Branagh doing Shakespeare. His presentation here was utterly magical. It’s really extraordinary how, instead of parading the poem, Farrell inhabits it from the inside out, creating a rich, subtle, meditative experience, in which Eliot’s words hover & resonate, provoke & delight. I receive a good many clips of poets and actors reciting ‘the greats,’ and yet had never before been tempted in the least to host any of them at Smith—but, mere minutes into a video of Farrell’s recitation of Four Quartets, I was hooked.
                         --Ellen Doré Watson, Director, The Poetry Center at Smith College

Three performances:  Friday, Nov. 3 @7pm    Saturday, Nov. 4 @4pm   Sunday, Nov. 5 @2pm

Newington Old Town Hall, 336 Nimble Hill Road, Newington NH
Presented in collaboration with Newington Historical Society

7:00pm to 2:00pm
336 Nimble Hill Rd
03801 Newington, New Hampshire

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Reading Series Eagle Pond Authors' Series at Plymouth State College New Hampshire
Colony The MacDowell Colony New Hampshire
Writing Program New England College Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry Program New Hampshire
Writing Program University of New Hampshire Graduate Program in English Language/Literature/Writing New Hampshire
Landmark The Frost Place New Hampshire
Conference Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching New Hampshire
Conference Frost Place Poetry Seminar New Hampshire
Literary Magazine Amoskeag New Hampshire
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore Village Book Store New Hampshire
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore Water Street Bookstore New Hampshire


Too green the springing April grass, 
Too blue the silver-speckled sky, 
For me to linger here, alas, 
While happy winds go laughing by, 
Wasting the golden hours indoors, 
Washing windows and scrubbing floors. 

Too wonderful the April night, 
Too faintly sweet the first May flowers, 
The stars too gloriously

No gate, no main entrance, no ticket, no ranger. Not far
From where Frost once raised chickens and ill-fated children, near
Where the Old Man’s glacier-hewn face though bolstered to
Its godlike roost by rods and turnbuckles slid