Wednesday, October 17th, 2018, 5:30 p.m.
The Poetry Society of New Hampshire returns for a night to feature the new publications of their members!
Four poets featured tonight have recently enjoyed publication of their first chapbooks by Finishing Line Press in Georgetown, Kentucky—three within the last year. Each entered one of two annual chapbook contests held by FLP: New Women’s Voices Chapbook Competition; or Open Chapbook Competition (submission deadline for O.C.C. still open: October 31, 2018).
The authors will read their work, interact with audience, use ekphrastic writing prompts, and discuss their experiences in the publication process. Bring your enthusiasm, pens and voices.
Priscilla Turner Spada is a poet and artist. Her poetry appears in Ibbetson Street Press, Somerville MA; What Is Home, a publication of the Portsmouth NH poet laureate program; Wingbeats 11, from Dos Gatos Press, Albuquerque, NM; and Merrimac Mic Anthologies II and IV. Finishing Line Press published her first chapbook, Light in Unopened Windows, in 2016. She also sings world music with a 200 voice chorus, Voices from the Heart, which has released 6 CDs, located in Portsmouth NH. She lives with her husband in Newburyport.
Elizabeth S. Wolf writes because “telling stories is how we make sense of our world, how we heal, and how we celebrate.” Elizabeth’s poems have appeared in multiple journals & anthologies. Her first chapbook “What I Learned: Poems” was published by Finishing Line Press in October 2017. Her 2018 Rattle Chapbook Contest winner “Did You Know?” will be published in Summer 2019.
Paulette Demers Turco studies poetry with Rhina Espaillat and Alfred Nicol in Newburyport, MA. She is an MFA in Writing Poetry student at Lesley University, Cambridge, MA where she received the MFA in writing President’s Award. Her poetry is in The Lyric; Ibbetson Street Press; Merrimac Mic Anthology II, III, and IV; In Silence, her first chapbook, was published by Finishing Line Press June 2018. She is an optometrist, writes MG/YA fiction and paints in Newburyport.
Sandra Thaxter writes poetry to “tell truths, uncover the struggle and joy that makes us human.” Her formal education is in languages and comparative literature. She studies poetry with Alfred Nicol and Rhina Espaillat, Powow River poets, in Newburyport, MA. Her poetry is in Ibbetson Street Press with her first chapbook, The Color of Water the Shapes of Stone, scheduled for publication by Finishing Line Press in September 2018. She lives in Newburyport, works in social justice in Africa, her roots in Maine.
Light in Unopened Windows by Priscilla Turner Spada is a collection of poems, "with an ear tuned to both formal poetry and free verse," * that opens windows to the past. Poems about a family's history--a father killed in WW II, a widowed mother living into her 100th year--express the poet/daughter's response to these and other losses.