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N.H. Poetry Society Seeks New Laureate

The Poetry Society and N.H. State Council on the Arts are looking for a new poet laureate. The selection will be announced in early November.

The search comes after laureate Walter Butts passed away earlier this year.

The Poetry Society is accepting submissions until September 13; all eligible candidates must be N.H. residents and have published at least one full-length book of poetry. N.H. Poetry Society president Kyle Potvin says the announcement has generated a lot of buzz.

“We have such an unbelievable, thriving poetry community in N.H. I mean, every night of the week, you will find a traditional reading or a slam event, or a workshop, and the N.H. poet laureate is the person who’s going to tap in to all that excitement; bring it to a new level.”

Poet laureates hold their posts for five years. A new fund set up in memory of Walter Butts will also provide the laureate with $500 per year.

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