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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 will appear in New Hampshire 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 two free virtual workshopping sessions where poets can discuss their work and offer actionable feedback. Registration is required—more info coming soon!

  • Sunday, April 25 at 3 PM (Moderated by Lily Greenberg)

  • Tuesday, April 27 at 7 PM (Moderated by Brooke Delp)

Readings & Conversations with Granite State Poets

Gibson's Bookstore will be hosting a free, weekly series featuring virtual readings and conversations with Granite State Poets. More details will be coming soon; in the meantime, make sure to add these dates to your calendar!

  • Monday, April 5 at 7 PM

  • Monday, April 12 at 7 PM

  • Monday, April 19 at 7 PM

  • Monday, April 26 at 7 PM

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Get Published

The world has changed immensely since the poems included in COVID Spring were written last April. At the conclusion of this year’s National Poetry Month, we invite you to submit your work for consideration in a follow-up anthology. The submission period will run from April 1, 2021 to May 15, 2021. Submissions must be from New Hampshire residents and must in some way address the COVID-19 pandemic. Participation in the workshopping sessions and use of the daily prompts are not required—nor are they a guarantee—for publication.

GIVING BACK

Hobblebush Books will donate $2 from every COVID Spring book sold to the New Hampshire Food Bank.

 

COVID Spring: Granite State Pandemic Poems features poems submitted during National Poetry Month 2020.

Stay Tuned for More Info

Please check back here and visit newhampshirepoetlaureate.blogspot.com to stay up to date with our National Poetry Month festivities, and be on the lookout for a more detailed announcement coming soon.  

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