About Us

Peterborough Poetry Project is a fledgling not-for-profit* project, created by Bill Chatfield in January 2019 to support and promote literacy in general with an emphasis on poetry. [To see how to contribute to our projects, please page down on this page to "Support."] We now have a six-person Board of Directors again. Our aim is to promote poetry in Peterborough and beyond. This Spring we ran three poetry contests; see "Contests" page for info. We have now published two books: "On and Off the Road: Poems of NH," and "Out of Darkness," and will be publishing our third book - "you, genesis," the first book of poems by Rachel Sturges, a 2019-2020 NY Youth Poet Laureate. See "Books" page for more info. We organized and co-sponsored (with the Peterborough Town Library, 1833 Society, and New Hampshire Antiquarian Booksellers Association) a successful rejuvenated Peterborough Book Fair and a related student poetry contest, held at the Peterborough (NH) Community Center on May 12, 2019.

For our next projects, see our "Contests" page.

In general, our mission is to promote the writing, reading, and thinking of poetry as part of everyday life. Writing poems is a way to have fun while sharing observations and insights with other people or just saving your poems to ponder later. By sponsoring public events such as the book fair, discussion groups, and poetry contests, we hope to encourage the understanding and appreciation of poetry. 

Thinking poetically may mean:

  • making a mental snapshot of a moment in time

  • realizing a connection that you feel with other people – now, in the past, or in the future

We’re open to suggestions about sponsoring future events.

* Not for profit for us is this: In our first year, we almost broke even; any donations we receive are not tax-deductible, but go towards our contest prizes or book publication costs.


  • Please participate in our events.

  • Tell others; point them to our website.

  • Write poems when they come to you, before they evaporate.

  • For specific suggestions for the next Book Fair, the next poetry contest, or the next project, contact us by email through the "contact us" page on this website. 

  • Financial: We welcome your support, although contributions are not tax-deductible. Small donations (up to $50) always welcome. Make checks payable to "Peterborough Poetry Project," and mail to Peterborough Poetry Project, PO Box 247, Peterborough NH 03458.

Contributing Sponsors:
The Toadstool Bookshops
eene, Milford, & Peterborough, NH 

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