Tiny Writes Poetry Project

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Poets living in New Hampshire and beyond are participating in an interactive community poetry project called Tiny Writes.

As the 2018 Millspace Arts and Culture Laureate of Newmarket, NH, Carand Burnet organized a two-part event where residents anonymously collaborate with writers. The project, titled Tiny Writes, involves an interactive exhibit and poetry reading.

Inside Millspace: A Center for Art, History & Culture, Burnet will be displaying shadow boxes with staged miniature items from May 25th – July 7th.  All who attend the exhibit are encouraged to anonymously write a line about a favorite “poetic theater” box.  After the show, Burnet will collect this writing and distribute it to poets who will compose a poem inspired by this material written by the community.  On September 14th, participants will read his or her Tiny Writes poem during a celebration at Millspace.

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Example of a “poetic theater” shadow box. Photo courtesy Daniel J. Clapp.

Located at 55 Main Street in Newmarket, NH, Millspace: A Center for Art, History & Culture is a vibrant civic space dedicated to cultural exploration and experimentation. Millspace offers community members roundtable discussions, workshops, panel sessions, lectures, gallery installations, film festivals, historic engagement, musical performances, education, and live theater.  This year is Millspace’s 5th anniversary!

Carand Burnet is Newmarket’s 2018 Millspace Arts and Culture Laureate. Burnet is a writer, visual artist, and musician.  Her poetry and essays have been featured in Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, jubilat, and her writing has previously been listed as a notable in the Best American Essays.

Generative prompts and experimental writing exercises have helped shape Burnet’s creative direction as a poet. The idea for this project originated in a writing group lead by poet Emily Pettit at Flying Object. One of the exercises was to distribute envelopes that contained disparate images or miniature items and writers would compose a poem based on the provided material.  It allowed class participants to explore new subjects, imagery, and tone. The hope is that Tiny Writes will be an equally rewarding experience for poets who participate!

Examples of Tiny Writes “poetic theater” boxes:

Burnet and the organizers at Millspace would like to congratulate the following poets selected to participate —

Sarah Anderson, Exeter, NH
Bethanie Beausoleil, Belchertown, MA
Wendy Cannella, York, ME
Kathleen Clancy, Rye, NH
Nicholas M Coulombe, Pownal, ME
Mark DeCarteret, Stratham, NH
Todd Dowey, Portsmouth, NH
Amy Fukuizumi, Newmarket, NH
Alison Harville, Dover, NH
Matt Jasper, Farmington, NH
Kate Leigh, Portsmouth, NH
Marybeth McNamara, Somersworth, NH
Phil Montenegro, Claremont, NH
Mike Nelson, Portsmouth, NH
Jessica Purdy, Exeter, NH
Cyndle Plaisted Rials, South Berwick, ME
Jim Rioux, Kittery, ME
Holly Wren Spaulding, Williamsburg, MA
S Stephanie, Manchester, NH
Lauren WB Vermette, Dover, NH
Jeff Volk, Eliot, ME
Jess Waters, Newmarket, NH

Thanks to every poet who submitted an application.  This project wouldn’t be possible without you!

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Press Materials

Celebration Poetry Reading Press Release

Exhibition Press Release

June 2018 Newsletter

April 2018 Newsletter

Exhibit Poster