Literature in New Hampshire
New Hampshire has long been home to nationally acclaimed authors, poets, journalists and publishers. Writers and poets of national stature including Robert Frost, Horace Greeley, Sarah Josepha Hale, Louisa May Alcott, Celia Laighton Thaxter, Marie Harris, Maxine Kumin, Charles Simic, Donald Hall, and Dan Brown – have spent formative time in New Hampshire. In FY2011, the State Arts Council awarded two Artist Fellowships and four Honorable Mentions in the literary arts.
Here are some initiatives of the Department of Cultural Resources and organizations that highlight the beauty and importance of literature in the Granite State:
NH Authors Database
The New Hampshire Authors Database contains information on over 1200 authors and illustrators who have called the Granite State home. It was compiled as a joint project of the New Hampshire Center for the Book and the Reference section of the New Hampshire State Library. It is based on the published work, New Hampshire Authors, Sixth Edition, Revised & Enlarged, compiled by Donna Gilbreth (1998). The database is updated on an ongoing basis.
Poetry Out Loud
The goal of Poetry Out Loud is to encourage the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. The program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage. Poetry Out Loud in New Hampshire is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Past years have also been supported by the Badger Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation. New Hampshire is one of 56 states and U.S. jurisdictions participating in this national program. Click here for the National Poetry Out Loud website.
NH Poet Laureate’s Poet Showcase
The NH Poet Showcase is hosted by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the current New Hampshire Poet Laureate Walter E. Butts. This practice was established by the previous Poet Laureate, Patricia Fargnoli.
The Frost Place
The Frost Place is an educational center for poetry and the arts located in Franconia, New Hampshire. The Frost Place sponsors an annual Festival and Conference on Poetry for writers seeking classes and workshops with a faculty of illustrious poets, a teachers’ conference, and an advanced seminar. Since 1977, The Frost Place has awarded a fellowship each summer to an emerging American poet, including a cash stipend and the opportunity to live and write in Robert Frost’s former home for several months.
The Poetry Society of New Hampshire
The Poetry Society of New Hampshire is a statewide membership organization that promotes poetry through the publication of books, a quarterly magazine- The Poets Touchstone, poetry readings, workshops, contests, a monthly calendar of events, and by assisting the Governor in selecting the State Poet Laureate. The Society sponsors or supports events in libraries, art galleries, parks, theaters, and programs on the radio.
The New Hampshire Writers’ Project
The New Hampshire Writers’ Project is a statewide membership organization that serves as a resource for writers, publishers, booksellers, literary agents, educators, librarians, and readers in and near New Hampshire. The Writers’ Project supports the development of individual writers and encourages an audience for literature in New Hampshire.
The Monadnock Writers’ Group
The Monadnock Writers' Group is a regional membership organization that meets monthly from September through June, offering fellowship and support to professional and novice writers alike. While most of the members reside in the Monadnock Region, they also appeal to writers from a wider area including Vermont and Massachusetts.
July 26, 2012