About Us

Peterborough Poetry Project is a fledgling not-for-profit project, created by Bill Chatfield in January 2019 to support and promote education and literacy in general with an emphasis on poetry. We have a six-person Board of Directors. Our aim is to promote poetry in Peterborough and beyond. We organized and co-sponsored (with the Peterborough Town Library, 1833 Society, and New Hampshire Antiquarian Booksellers Association) a successful book fair and a related student poetry contest, held at the Peterborough (NH) Community Center on May 12, 2019. We received about 160 poem entries in our new "Poems of New Hampshire" poetry contest, for which winners have been announced. See "Contests" page for more info, and our "Poems" page for the winning poems.

Our next project, a book of about four dozen poems from our contest entries, is in the works - for which we are seeking funding. See below for how to support.

In general, our mission is to promote the writing, reading, and thinking of poetry as part of everyday life. What does that mean? Writing poems is a way to have fun while sharing observations and insights with other people or just saving your poems to ponder later. By sponsoring public events such as the book fair, discussion groups, and poetry contests, we hope to encourage the understanding and appreciation of poetry. 

Thinking poetically may mean:

  • making a mental snapshot of a moment in time

  • realizing a connection that you feel with other people – now, in the past, or in the future

We’re open to suggestions about sponsoring future events.


  • Please participate in our events.

  • Tell others; point them to our website.

  • Write poems when they come to you, before they evaporate.

  • For specific suggestions for the next Book Fair, the next poetry contest, or the next project, contact us by email through the "contact us" page on this website. 

  • Financial: We welcome your support, although contributions are not tax-deductible. Make checks payable to "Peterborough Poetry Project," and mail to Peterborough Poetry Project, PO Box 247, Peterborough NH 03458.

Contributing Sponsors:
The Toadstool Bookshops
eene, Milford, & Peterborough, NH 

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