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portrait of Walter Butts

Walter E. Butts

NH Poet Laureate,

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Winner of the 2006 Iowa Source
Poetry Book Prize and available
from 1st World Publishing

On March 3, 2009, the nomination of Walter Butts as NH Poet Laureate was ratified by the state Executive Council.

Butts is a resident of Manchester who teaches in the low residency Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt. Before moving to Manchester, Butts lived in Portsmouth for close to a decade where he and his wife, the poet S Stephanie, organized poetry reading series on the Seacoast.

Butts will serve a five-year term that comes with no specified duties – and no compensation. The new poet laureate plans to work in conjunction with independent bookstores and organizations around the state to promote poets and poetry. He also hopes to create opportunities for New Hampshire poets to network with small publishers in the state. He’ll make himself available for readings and the like, as well.

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Available from Oyster River Press, White Bees was one of the chapbooks collected as Volume III of Walking to Windward.

Selected Resources

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

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