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Five poets at Peterborough Toadstool on Saturday

National Poetry Month was inaugurated in 1996 by the Academy Of American Poets and is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the U.S. band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. The Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough is joining the celebration with two special events.

Billed as “NXNE Reading: Five Poets, Five Voices,” the event on Saturday at 2 p.m. will feature Christopher Locke, poet and former editor of Lungfish Review; Martha Carlson-Bradley, poet and editor; Pat Fargnoli, former state poet laureate; Sid Hall, poet and publisher of Hobblebush Books; and Rodger Martin, poet and editor of Worcester Review. They will read from their works and discuss poetry.

Author of the just published volume “Waiting For Grace & Other Poems,” Locke was born in Laconia.

He has published five previous collections and won numerous awards. U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins says Locke’s work will have you “helplessly engaged.”

Carlson-Bradley is the author of three other poetry collections and recipient of a fellowship from the N.H. State Council On The Arts, she lives with her family in Hillsborough.

Fargnoli, the N.H. Poet Laureate from December 2006 to March 2009, is the author of four books and two chapbooks of poetry. Her newest book is “Then, Something.” Fargnoli, a retired social worker, has been a MacDowell Colony fellowship.

Hall is the author of three books of poems, including “Fumbling In The Light.” He is founder and publisher of Brookline-based Hobblebush Books and “Hobblebush Granite State Poetry Series.”

Martin lives in Harrisville and is author most recently of “The Battlefield Guide” poems of Harper’s Ferry, Antietam, and Gettysburg. He is a touring artist for the New England Foundation for the Arts and teaches journalism at Keene State College.

On April 20 at 11 a.m., Chard deNiord will be at the bookstore to discuss, “Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs,” his recent book of interviews with seven senior American poets — Jack Gilbert, Donald Hall, Galway Kinnell, Maxine Kumin, Lucille Clifton, Ruth Stone, and Robert Bly — and essays on Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell’s correspondence, specifically her delicate outrage over his use of his wife’s and daughter’s letters in his 1974 book, “The Dolphin.”

The author of four books of poetry, Deniord  is a  professor of English at Providence College.

He lives in Putney, Vt., with his wife, Liz.

Both events are free and all are welcome. For more information, call the bookstore at 924-3543.

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