New Hampshire Poet Laureate ALICE FOGEL introduces incoming New Hampshire Youth Poet Laureates RACHEL STURGES of Peterborough and FALON SMITH of Littleton and outgoing CATE DIXSON of Exeter reading from their writings. This event is sponsored by The Peterborough Poetry Project. Attendees, especially students, are encouraged to write a poem and enter a current contest with the theme of New Hampshire (past, present, future, or fantasy) by September 30th. The contest is sponsored by the Poetry Project. Details for the contest are at: peterboroughpoetryproject.org/contests. The NHYPL is an honorary one-year unpaid position held by NH high school students with a dedication to excellence in writing, and who have the enthusiasm to heighten the visibility and value of poetry by and for young people in New Hampshire.
Cate, the immediate past NH Youth Poet Laureate, is a senior at Exeter High School. She has always balanced her affinity for words with her early-life struggle with social speaking. Cate is the founder and captain of her school's Poetry Team with the goal of creating opportunities for emerging poets.
Rachel, a senior at Conval High School, has done a reading of her own poetry once and enjoys reciting works by other poets. Some of her poems are published in a book with a few other young poets called “I NEED TO SEE THIS ON PAPER” that was compiled by the writing group at Avenue A Teen Center.
Falon, a senior at Littleton High School, enjoys studying literature and writing both prose and poetry. She began writing fiction in middle school and began endeavors into poetry at the beginning of her junior year. She is very excited for all the opportunities in the upcoming year.