What's New

Reading by New NH Youth Poet Laureates:

Recently, two new NH Youth Poet Laureates were appointed, effective September 1, 2019:  Rachel Sturges of Peterborough, and Falon Smith of Littleton.  The current Youth Poet Laureate is Cate Dixson. Congratulations to all 3 young poets!!!
UPDATE:  We are excited to have had all 3 poets speaking and reading some of their poems at The Toadstool Bookshop at 12 Depot Square in Peterborough NH on Saturday, September 14th at 11 a.m.  They were introduced by the New Hampshire Poet Laureate, Alice B. Fogel. Thanks to all four poets for their enthusiastic participation! Look for more poems from these excellent poets.

New "Poems of New Hampshire" Poetry Contest - now through the end of September. See our "contests" page for info. Write a poem or three - send them in!

Peterborough Book Fair Recap:

The new Peterborough Book Fair was an exciting success. Thanks to all the sponsors, participants, volunteers, and visitors!  If you have a comment, please share it with us via our "contact" page on this website.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet and champion of poetry for all, died in April this year at age 100.

However, his poetry lives on. At the Fair, we had six of his books signed by him, five of which have quick self-portrait sketches on the signature page. See photos of the books on the "Books" page. 

Spring Poetry Contest

We had over 40 entries from elementary and middle school students. Info about winners is on our "contests" page. A new contest will be coming soon. 

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- - Folk Music is like poetry in motion. The Peterborough Folk Music Society is alive and well. Experience John Gorka at Bass Hall in Peterborough on August 9th. Visit pfmsconcerts.org for more info and to purchase tickets in advance. UPDATE:

- - A new railroad book about iron roads in the Monadnock region is coming soon, to be published by the Historical Society of Cheshire County.

- - Check it out: see poetry contests (current contest is on the theme of water and is open through September 15th) at the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry.

- - More book fairs, shows, sales, at http://www.booksalefinder.com and at