What's New

Coming soon:  "Out of Darkness," a first book of poems by Bill Chatfield. See our "books" page for sample poems, reviews, and how to order.  Next: NH Youth Poet Laureate, Rachel Sturges, will publish her first book of poems: "You, Genesis," with us. Stay tuned.
In celebration of National Poetry Month (April) and beyond, we held three poetry contests, which have all closed. We are contemplating our next project; one possibility is a chapbook contest. See our "Contests" page. Also see our facebook page for occasional updates.

- - Check out our Peterborough Poetry Project-sponsored MAIL ACROSS AMERICA campaign to enhance personal communication by mail and help bolster the U.S. Postal Service. More info at mailacrossamerica.com .  Mail poems on postcards to family and friends and more.

~ Friend and fellow poet, Thomas DeFreitas, sent us a poem by mail. What a great surprise and a way to share your poems while supporting the Postal Service. Let's all join in. Update: I've now traded poems with several other poets and mailed poems to those who wanted them. 

48 of the best poems from our 2019 contest have been published in our book "On and Off the Road: Poems of New Hampshire." We are almost sold out; see "Home" page or "Books" page to order. Thanks to Becky Dobbins of San Marcos, TX and Liz and Brian Critchley of Chantilly, VA for partial funding of our book!

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Liz Simmons of Low Lily is raising funds for a new solo album (Poets)!

Help her out at:  bit.ly/LizSimmonsPoets

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Enter the Wergle Flomp contest for free (one poem of humor):


Nice prizes/no entry fee!

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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 immediate past Youth Poet Laureate is Cate Dixson. Congratulations to all 3 young poets!!!
  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.

"Poems of New Hampshire" Poetry Contest - now closed. Thanks to all the entrants, many fine poems were submitted. Prize winners have been announced; see our Home page and Contests page. Then our Poems page for the winning poems.

Peterborough Book Fair Recap:

The new Peterborough Book Fair of 2019 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 2019 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.  Visit pfmsconcerts.org for info on their 2020 performances and to purchase tickets in advance. 

- - A new railroad book (published by Bauhan Publishing) about iron roads in the Monadnock region is now available at the Toadstool Bookshops.

- - Check it out: see poetry contests at the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry.

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