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Poetry & Robert Frost

 

 

2020 MacGregor Poetry Contest

Calling all poets! Submit your best to our third annual MacGregor Poetry Contest.

Rules:
Submit up to 2 poems, no more than 2 pages each.
No restrictions as to form or subject.
Submissions accepted February 1 to March 13, 2020.
Contest results will be announced in April 2020.

To enter, submit your poem to: macgregorpoetrycontest@derrypl.org

The contest will be judged by Derry Poet Laureate, Robert Crawford, and staff members of the Derry Public Library. All entries will be judged anonymously.

Winner receives a $250 cash prize!*

*provided by the Frost Farm Trustees


 

Derry has its first-ever Poet Laureate!

Selected and nominated by the Derry Public Library and endorsed by the Derry Town Council on January 24, 2017, Robert Crawford will serve a term of two years as Derry Poet Laureate.

 

Congratulatory letter from Senator Jeanne Shaheen

   

 

Robert  Crawford has published two books of poetry, The Empty Chair (2011, Richard Wilbur Award), and Too Much Explanation Can Ruin a Man (2005). His sonnets have twice won the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. His poems have appeared in many national journals including The FormalistFirst ThingsDark HorseThe Raintown ReviewThe LyricMeasureLight and Forbes. He co-founded the Hyla Brook Poets, and is a long-time member of the Powow River Poets of Newburyport, MA. Currently, he is Co-Chairman of the Robert Frost Farm Board of Trustees, Director of the Frost Farm Poetry Conference and Frost Farm Prize. He is a Frost Farm guide during the season. He lives in Chester, NH, with his wife, the poet Midge Goldberg.

 

 

 

Robert Frost Farm

 

 

 

The Robert Frost Farm was home to Robert Frost and his family from 1900-1911. Frost, one of the nation’s most acclaimed poets whose writings are said to be the epitome of New England, attributed many of his poems to memories from the Derry years. Find out more about this local landmark at the Frost Farm website.



 

Frost Farm Literary Series

 

Inviting guest speakers to Derry to celebrate the work of America’s foremost poet is a tradition at the farm. Lectures are held in the Farm’s barn theater beginning at 2:00 pm and are open to the public free of charge.

Programs are made possible by grants from the New Hampshire Humanities Council and are sponsored by the Division of Parks and Recreation, the Robert Frost Homestead Trustees, and the Friends of the Robert Frost Farm.

 


 

Hyla Brook Poets

 

 

The Hyla Brook Reading Series events take place monthly, May through September, in the intimate space of Robert Frost’s barn. Except for May, which is the third Thursday of the month, all readings take place the second Thursday of the month from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Each reading also features a Hyla Brook Poet and is followed by an Open Mic. Readings are free and open to the public.

 


 

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Find out in depth information about the Farm on the NH State Parks website.

The Robert Frost Farm State Historic Site is open daily from May 26 to September 1.  The farm is open Wednesday to Sunday September 3 until closing for the season October 13. Operating hours are 10 am to 5 pm.

Tours, displays, a trail, and poetry readings are all available at the park. Seasonal Programs are offered to the public at no charge, and run from May through October. They are made possible by grants from the N.H. Humanities Council and are sponsored by the Division of Parks and Recreation, the Robert Frost Homestead Trustees, and the Friends of the Robert Frost Farm.