In a countryside green as a dollar bill,
with the much handled commercial vegetation
from around mall parking lots or in freeway divides,
in a landscape where the wireless has been shut off,
emoji are at war.
“Being New Hampshire’s poet laureate is more than just an honor for Alexandria Peary—it’s a chance to effect change in a part of our state that’s too often underserved. Meant to reach kids in Coӧs County, her inaugural North Country Young Writers’ Festival took place this past May, bringing together graduate and undergraduate student leaders, accomplished student poets and bright young writers via virtual workshops, games, activities and more....The two-day event was free to New Hampshire residents, and featured advice and input from bestselling authors, published poets and more.”
Best of New Hampshire (For Inspiring Poet), 2021
At the Poetry Foundation, Laura Mullen says of Alexandria Peary that she is “one of those wonderful writers who know how to stay, as de Kooning put it, ‘on the edge of something.’”
Alexandria Peary serves as New Hampshire Poet Laureate and is the recipient of a 2020 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship. She is the author of eight previous books, including the poetry collections Control Bird Alt Delete, The Water Draft, Lid to the Shadow, and Fall Foliage Called Bathers & Dancers. She holds a MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a MFA in Poetry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a PhD in English/Composition from the University of New Hampshire. A professor in the English Department at Salem State University and recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Faculty Award, Alexandria Peary specializes in mindful writing to help others manage writing apprehension. She is the architect and host of the popular mindful writing webinar at the National Council of Teachers of English as well as the author of Prolific Moment: Theory and Practice of Mindfulness for Writing and the TEDx talk, “How Mindfulness Can Transform the Way You Write.”
As state poet laureate, her signature initiatives to date include the 2020 and 2021 editions of COVID Spring: Granite State Pandemic Poems, the 2021 North Country Young Writers’ Festival, Submit-a-thons for adult and teen writers, mindful writing workshops, and the establishment of the Jack & Hannah McCarthy Scholarship. Currently, she is collaborating with teen editors from across the state on a new online literary magazine.
More information about her work can be found at the Poetry Foundation
and the Academy of American Poets
Information about her past and upcoming initiatives for New Hampshire residents can be obtained on her blog
https://newhampshirepoetlaureate.blogspot.com/ and on Twitter @NHPoetLaureate.