Finding Your Way: The Night Sky
Friday, November 3 at 5:00 pm on Zoom
From the 12th century BCE to the present, poets have turned to the night sky for metaphors to express uncertainty and loneliness, but also adventurousness and the awe that people feel when starting out on something new. Connecting The Bear to these literary traditions, poet Midge Goldberg will lead us in discussion using select passages about the night sky in The Bear, exploring how the story grapples with the journeying into the unknown, and will share poems from her anthology Outer Space: 100 Poems. Together we’ll examine how writers and poets, here in New England and all around the world, create stories from the night sky. Register now
The Mindful Storyteller in You
Presented by Alexandria Peary
Saturday, October 21 at 10:30 am
Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main Street, Keene
What stories connect you to the Granite State? This workshop, led by New Hampshire State Poet Laureate Alexandria Peary, will focus on jumpstarting your most important place-based stories. You'll practice mindful writing techniques to find a fresh way to start a story you've contemplated telling for a while and discover completely unexpected stories. Developing an openness to the present moment, you'll free yourself from thinking there are stories you should write. You'll practice moment tracking to develop a map of where your piece could head. The session will close with strategies to continue the creative momentum at home and finish the story. We'll talk about how to remain receptive to changes in the draft, keeping an open mind about its final form through genres like flash nonfiction, the personal essay, and prose poetry. Register here
Community Project Grant-Funded Programs
One Book One Valley
Now in its 17th year, the Mount Washington Valley strengthens community ties and promotes literacy through reading and discussing a book with a theme that resonates locally. MORE INFORMATION
If the Earth Told Stories
Wed., Oct. 18, 6:30 pm, Cook Memorial Library, Tamworth
Storyteller Andy Davis will talk about the role oral folklore has played in traditional societies in instilling the value of a sustainable relationship to the natural world, as part of the One Book One Valley program.
Experiencing the Wild
Thursday, Oct. 26, 6:30 pm, Conway Public Library
Jo Radner will examine how we make meaning of our lives in relation to the wild and the natural world as part of the One Book One Valley program.
An Evening with Andrew Krivak,
Author of The Bear
Thursday, Nov. 2, 7:00 pm, The Majestic Theatre, Conway
The 17th One Book One Valley culminates in a valley-wide evening with Andrew Krivak, author of this year’s One Book One Valley title, The Bear. Krivak will talk about the book, his writing, and answer audience questions. This is a hybrid event.
Other Grant-Funded Programs
Nebizun: Water is Life Exhibit
Open through Oct. 31, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Warner
Nebizun: Water is Life draws its inspiration from Native American grandmothers who have been doing water walks to pray for the water, and the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. More information is available at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum website. DETAILS
Expanding the Canon 4:
A Play Reading Circle
Sunday, November 12, 2:00 pm, theatre KAPOW, ZOOM
In the fourth presentation of this program, theatre KAPOW is focusing on contemporary playwrights uplifting the disabled voice. In November, they will discuss I Never Slept with Helen Keller by Raymond Luczak, a Deaf playwright. Stephanie Barton-Farcas, a theatre artist and author of the book Disability and Theatre: A Practical Manual for Inclusion in the Arts, will facilitate this discussion. Sign up in advance to receive an emailed PDF of the play, a dramaturgical packet with contextual information, and the zoom link for the meeting. RSVP
Story Book Trail
All Persons Trail at Cardigan Lodge, Alexandria
The Appalachian Mountain Club recently opened a Story Book trail at the Mount Cardigan Lodge in Alexandria. This trail is an accessible All Persons trail so people of all abilities can enjoy nature. Read more about the project.
Fall Deadlines for Community Project Grants:
WORKSHOP: Learn how to apply for a Community Project Grant on November 15 at 3:00 pm RSVP
Major Community Project Grant draft proposals (up to $10,000) and budget are due Dec. 15, 2023. Final application is due Jan. 15, 2024. For more information and to access the application materials, click here.
Mini Community Project Grants applications (up to $2K) are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more here.
Attend a Perspectives book group near you!
Perspectives book discussions take place across the state and we invite you to attend one in your community or join us online! See below for upcoming discussions, and RSVP to the host organization to reserve your spot and your free Perspectives book prior to the discussion.
October 23, 10:00 am, Randolph Public Library (Virtual)
The Coffin Ship: Life and Death at Sea during the Great Irish Famine by Cian T. McMahon DETAILS
October 23, 7:00 pm, Orford Public Library
Beneficence by Meredith Hall DETAILS
October 25, 6:00 pm, Sandown Public Library
The Women With Silver Wings by Katherine Sharp Landdeck DETAILS
October 30, 6:00 pm, Pease Public Library
Black Elk Speaks by Nicholas Black Elk DETAILS
For more information about the books and scholar facilitators, visit www.nhhumanities.org/Perspectives or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For even more programs and events happening across New Hampshire, visit our online calendar!