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N.H. to hold first state poetry festival Sept. 19

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire will soon have its own poetry festival.

The inaugural New Hampshire Poetry Festival takes place Sept. 19 at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester. It will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Simic — a former US poet l aureate.

Two leading literary organizations — the Poetry Society of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Institute of Art — are planning the event.

The festival will feature workshops by noted poets Ravi Shankar, Tim Liardet, Jeff Friedman, and New Hampshire poet laureate Alice Fogel and readings from various poets from New England and the world.


One panel — ‘‘Meanwhile, Across the Connecticut River’’ — celebratesVermont poets Karin Gottshall, Kerrin McCadden, and Karla Van Vliet.

‘‘With a thriving poetry community in New Hampshire and surrounding areas, we thought the time was right,’’ said Don Kimball, president, Poetry Society of New Hampshire.

The day’s events will be topped off by poetry readings by participants at the Shaskeen Pub in Manchester.

Registration is $120, less for students and organization members.