May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize

We are now accepting submissions for the 2015 May Sarton NH Poetry Prize!

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306-83D-Mayatdesk1The May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize is named for May Sarton, the renowned novelist, memoirist, poet, and feminist (1912-1995) who lived for many years in Nelson, New Hampshire, not far from Peterborough, home of William L. Bauhan Publishing. In 1967, she approached Bauhan and asked him to publish her book of poetry, As Does New Hampshire. She wrote the collection to celebrate the bicentennial of Nelson, and dedicated it to the residents of the town.
May Sarton was a prolific writer of poetry, novels, and perhaps what she is best known for—nonfiction on growing older (Recovering: A Journal, Journal of Solitude, among others.) She considered herself a poet, first, though, and in honor of that and to celebrate the centenary of her birth in 2012, Sarah Bauhan, who inherited her father’s small publishing company, launched the prize.






The May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize for 2014 was given to Deborah Gorlin of Amherst, Massachusetts, for Life of the Garment

The judge was Gary Margolis.






The May Sarton NH Poetry Prize for 2013 was given to David Koehn of Pleasanton, California for Twine

The Judge was Jeff Friedman







CDtoE_CoverwebThe May Sarton NH Poetry Prize for 2012 was given to Nils Michals of Santa Cruz, California for Come Down to Earth.

The Judge was Alice B. Fogel






Wreck_CoverwebThe May Sarton NH Poetry Prize for 2011 was given to Rebecca Givens Rolland of Boston, Massachusetts for The Wreck of Birds

The Judge was Walter Butts