Official New Hampshire website
NHSCA logo 50th anniversary tagline


 nh arts home
 program services
trans div
 arts & artists
   artist rosters
   poet laureate
   artist laureate
trans div
nh folklife
 news & calendar
 about us
 site map



Arts & Artists  

New Hampshire Poet Showcase
From NH Poet Laureate, Walter E. Butts

At my request, the NH Arts Council is providing me with a link to the poet laureate page on their website in order that I may continue to showcase poems by a number of New Hampshire Poets. The poets will be by my invitation only, but I plan to include those who are seriously working at their craft from many areas of the state.

Featured Poet: Mary-Catherine Jones, Henniker

Mary Catherine JonesHer recent poetry and criticism have appeared, or will appear, in Poetry International, elimae, Scapegoat Review and the WebDelSol for a criticalessay, Poetry as Prayer: The Vertical Address as Considered in Three Distinct Voices. She has been awarded residency by the Burnt Norton Abbey and The Apple Hill Chamber Players, in Nelson, NH, 2009, and will be Artist-in-Residence at Hopkinton Independent School, Hopkinton, NH in 2010. She curates the Datum:Earth reading series at the Starving Artist in Keene, NH. Her commercial work for clients like Target, Aveda and Southwest Airlines has appeared in numerous awards shows and design annuals like Communication Arts, How and Print. 

“I was studying with Ilya Kaminsky, reading Paul Celan, working among a sea of wooden tables in a coffee shop. After mailing my month's work to Ilya, he sent it along to Poetry International—unbeknownst to me. Spider is my first published poem. Currently, I am striving to: read, think and write, improve the manuscript written during my time as an MFA grad, curate a reading series in downtown Keene, NH. I am eager to expose fresh & established talent to the Monadnock region.”


eight legs,
you won
in a lottery,
strictly in
clined you are,
to tramp
led ambition.

but fast some
how fast
you take
curtsy, pir
ouette, leave.
have you
an audience
elsewhere? a
of these
days. a
glass of you. of
you & i. spun out
on this wood
en stage, we are

soloists. & unlament

we God’s
synonyms for
spider. so
many of you
with so many
eyes—how did
you purchase
the same numb
er of legs as
eyes? across
my cheek I
brush a
side a part
icle once liv
ing on a wood
en desert. there
are empty
tables every


For more information about Mary-Catherine Jones visit:


Click here for a list of previous Poet Showcases

Last updated: January 7, 2010

nh | privacy policy | accessibility policy