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From March 27, 2009
1. Cote Laramie is the 2009 N.H Poetry Out Loud Champion
Judges crowned Cote Laramie, a junior at Concord High School, as the 2009 New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud state champion on Saturday, March 21, at Keene State College. Laramie came out on top in a competition between the top 10 high school finalists from New Hampshire’s East and West regionals at Keene State College. Laramie will represent the state of New Hampshire in Washington D.C., on April 27 and 28. He won with his recitation of “Two Guitars” by Victor Hernandez Cruz.
Plymouth Regional High School senior Molly McCahan was named alternate champion should Laramie be unable to represent the state. McCahan participated this year for the third time.
Jillian Peters of Hopkinton High School and Campbell Lozuaway-McComsey of Portsmouth High School completed the final four, while Nellie Teeling of Cocheco Arts and Technology Academy (Dover), Marissa Smith of Goffstown High School, Amanda Kruczynski from Pembroke Academy, Victoria Duquette of Pittsfield Middle High School, Lianna Bessette of Salem High School, and Victoria Hastings of Timberlane High School were the other eight finalists.
To learn more about the national Poetry Out Loud Program and peruse the anthology of poems and other resources, go to www.POL.org. For more information on the Poetry Out Loud program in New Hampshire, visit www.nh.gov/nharts.
2. New Poet Laureate continues Poet Showcase
New Hampshire’s new poet laureate, Walter Butts, is continuing the tradition begun by poet laureate emeritus Patricia Fargnoli – publishing a new poem every two weeks by a New Hampshire poet. The poems appear on the poet laureate section of the State Arts Council web site. Butts’s inaugural choice is an appropriate one: Fargnoli’s poem “On the Question of the Soul.” To read the poem, visit http://www.nh.gov/nharts/artsandartists/poetshowcase2/poetlaureate2.html.
3. Spring Artist Entrepreneurial Workshops Filling Up Quickly
Register soon for the remaining spots in the Arts Council’s spring Artist Entrepreneurial Workshops. Sign up by calling 271-2789 or e-mailing Judy Rigmont, Creative Communities coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org .Topics are:
April 21, 2009, 10 a.m. – noon, Connecting Art & Commerce
May19, 2009, 10 a.m. – noon, Get out there! Taking your art online.
June 16, 2009. 10 a.m. – noon, Art, Aging and Healing: Working in Health Care and Nursing Home Facilities
For information, visit http://www.nh.gov/nharts/newsandcalendar/artistworkshops.htm.
4. Getting the News Out More Effectively
The State Arts Council will soon be upgrading the way it distributes e-news, by switching to a data-base-driven system. Staffers are working hard to ensure as few glitches as possible, but it’s anticipated that a few people who subscribe to our electronic news bulletins will be inadvertently dropped. Please accept our apologies should you find yourself unintentionally dropped from the e-mailing list, and visit our subscription page, http://www.nh.gov/nharts/newsandcalendar/subscription.htm, to re-subscribe.
August 13, 2009