Join us for the first Ferguson Reading Series event of the 2019-2020 season! We always have a featured reader, followed by an open mic. Our featured reader for September is the new Portsmouth Poet Laureate, Tammi Truax. Please bring one or two poems to share, or just come to listen.
Tammi J. Truax, a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, has worked as a teacher in a variety of settings from preschool to prison, always with an emphasis on literacy. She has lived and worked throughout New England and Germany. In 2008, with New Hampshire poet Kyle Potvin, Tammi founded the non-profit The Prickly Pear Poetry Project to share the healing power of poetry for people whose lives have been impacted by cancer. She is the editor of The Poet’s Tale; Lady Wentworth (illustrated) by Henry W. Longfellow (Bookbaby, 2013), and released her debut novel Broken Buckets as an eBook the same year. Her poetry has appeared in ten anthologies, including The Widows’ Handbook: Poetic Reflections on Grief and Survival, edited by J. Lapidus and L. Menn, with a foreword by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Kent State University Press, 2014). A young adult novel in verse, For to See the Elephants was released May 2019, and volume of her own are forthcoming from Local Gems Press and Hobblebush Books. She is serving as the Maine Beat Poet Laureate for 2018-2020 and the Portsmouth (NH) Poet Laureate for 2019-2021. She is currently completing a two-book historical novel for adults.