The Poetry Society of New Hampshire is pleased to announce that its new website www.poetrysocietyofnewhampshire.org is up and running. There readers can find poems, information about the society, its programs and contests, and a calendar of poetry readings in and around the state. The site, designed and maintained by Rainer Schwake of artstream in Rochester, NH, was made possible in part by a mini-grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.
The Poetry Society of New Hampshire is a non profit, membership organization dedicated to the promotion of poetry. The society publishes the quarterly journal The Poets Touchstone, sponsors poetry contests and hosts poetry readings and workshops. The society also publishes anthologies, most recently The 2010 Poets Guide to NH and The Other Side of Sorrow, Poets Speak Out About Conflict, War and Peace (winner of the 2005 IPPY Bronze Award), and the occasional chapbook.
The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts is a publicly funded agency within New Hampshire's Department of Cultural Resources. It began in 1965 with the passage of a law designed "to insure that the role of the arts in the life of our communities will continue to grow and play an ever more significant part in the education and welfare of our citizens." Funding comes from state appropriations and from the National Endowment for the Arts. By law, the Arts Council can also accept private, tax-deductible donations and bequests.