About Us

Peterborough Poetry Project is a fledgling project, created by Bill Chatfield in January 2019 to support and promote education and literacy in general with an emphasis on poetry. Four other local folks have agreed to form a Board of Directors as we work to establish nonprofit status. 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) our first event, a successful book fair, held at the Peterborough (NH) Community Center on May 12, 2019.

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 suggestion for the next Book Fair, contact Bill at 603-924-9204 or by email through the "contact us" page on this website. 

  • Financial: Hold that thought; we are working on becoming a nonprofit organization.

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

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