SALEM — Alexandria Peary, an English professor at Salem State University, was recently named New Hampshire's Poet Laureate for her "commitment to helping others advance their writing and for her accomplishments as a poet."
Peary has taught in the English Department at Salem State since 2011. She teaches several writing and poetry courses.
She was nominated by New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, confirmed by the state's Executive Council on Oct. 23 and sworn in as Poet Laureate at Londonderry Town Hall on Nov. 1.
Peary holds Master of Fine Arts degrees from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, as well as a Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire. She will serve in the post until March 2024.
"I am experienced in building systems and opportunities for people around writing, and I will be transferring this experience into the Poet Laureate position. I've several initiatives already in mind," Peary said in a statement.
Those initiatives include developing a writing retreat for New Hampshire children who are survivors of the opiate crisis, a young poets' conference for the state's North Country, and a series of statewide mindful writing workshops.
Peary has written six books and more than 150 other works that have appeared in literary journals and publications. She's also the recipient of the Iowa Poetry Prize and has 18 years' experience administering college and university writing programs.
Peary specializes in mindful writing theory and recently presented on this subject at a 2019 TEDxSalemStateUniversity event in September.