Ten Piscataqua Writers 2024
An Anthology from the Watershed

6″ x 9″ Trade Paperback, 262 pages
Shipping November 6th, 2023 

Crowdfunding Goal:  $5,000
Funds Raised: $100
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Ten Piscataqua Writers 2022 is a way for the regional arts community to regularly discover, explore, and celebrate the outstanding writers we have among us. We intend to publish this anthology of regional writers on an annual basis. It’s not an anthology solely of short stories, or one of essays, or just poetry, our goal is to present an eclectic mix from outstanding established and emerging writers in the region on a yearly basis. Writers we think you should know about.

• A regular arts platform for writers. Our Call for Entries and selection process proved what we knew already, that our region is blessed with incredible writing talent, both established and emerging, and working in all kinds of genres. Most folks who belong to that community become aware of each other through local writers’ groups, readings, book signing events, and hoots. But what’s missing is a way to discovering these talents, or at least a sampling a group of them, in print. Many magazine publications have come and gone, publishing is a cutthroat business, especially for publications dependent on advertising. Book publishing too is in a state of upheaval, but one that offers new opportunities and business models. Our model is to build on community at all levels, not just folks who want back a good read for $20, but for those who can recognize and support a good community idea. 

• Writing community building. Our books recognize a larger arts community than any individual city or town. They celebrate the arts community of a larger region—the Piscataqua River watershed straddling the southern NH &ME border and all the tributaries that feed into it. We feel strongly that the more a community is aware of and supports its local genius, the more grounded and sustainable that community is. Members of the writing community have come together in this book in various ways: the writers who’ve offered us their visions; creative professionals who invested their time and talent to produce and market the book, readers who back us when collecting or gifting copies of it, and art patrons (businesses, organizations, and individuals) who support the effort with generous donations because they recognize the larger community benefits.

• Supporting local writers! Support local where ever you can but support significant achievements among local writers especially. Every dollar we can raise beyond our crowdfunding target to get the book on press starts putting money directly into the pockets of not only the ten painters contributing in the book, but the creative professionals who have also invested time and talents to produce and market the book.

• An ongoing series. We are building on our success with our coffee table books that showcase local visual artists, Ten Piscataqua Photographers, and Ten Piscataqua Painters. If we can achieve similar modest success with Ten Piscataqua Writers 2022, then it’s all the more likely we’ll be announcing a “Call for Entries” for a 2023 edition this coming summer.

• An educational tool. This book opens a window into the worlds of ten different storytellers. It teaches what regional writers are up to. It teaches that good writing is not just about decoration, good writing has things to say. These writers have things to tell us. A book in your hand is an intimate way to take the time to explore, and see, as well as listen to what they’re saying.

• An historical document. The Piscataqua region has a rich history of writers, and Ten Piscataqua Writers 2022 presents a snapshot of writing in the region today.

The ten chapters of the book have all been written, selected, edited, designed, and paged and are just about ready to go on press. What we need now is to raise the money with pre-orders from readers in the community, along with more generous donations from patrons. Please use the Donate Now button above to pre-order your copy with as large a donation as you can.

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The 2024 Writers

Many thanks to all the terrific Piscataqua writers who answered our Call for Entries last summer by sending us 15–30 manuscript pages to consider for a chapter in our anthology. We regret we could not include everyone. The ten writers below were chosen not only for outstanding work, but also to represent a wide diversity of style, subject matter, media, and geography. You’ll find no two chapters in this book are alike. We do not say these are the best ten writers in the region, rather we think these are ten diverse and outstanding writers the community should know about.  We will be holding readings and book signings all around the region in the year following publication so the community will have opportunities to meet them


Richard Foerster
The Birder
Poetry, short poems


Laura Pope
Nonfiction, memoir   excerpt 


Amy Sauber
Fiction, short story


Mark DeCarteret
Spirit Board
Poetry, short poems


Nico Sloss
Following Hannibal: A Beginning
Nonfiction, travel


Andrew Mitchell
Three Short Stories
Fiction, short fiction

Nancy Wheaton
You, Love, Center
Poetry, short poems


Pat Spalding
It Just Happened
Nonfiction, short essays


Tim Horvath
The Spinal Descent
Fiction, novel excerpt 


Mimi White
Fugitive Song
Poetry, short poems

The Crew

Phillip Augusta
Kittery Point, ME

Merrill Black
Portsmouth, NH
Nonfiction Editor

Cathy Wolff
Kittery, ME
Nonfiction Editor

S Stephanie
Rollinsford, NH
Poetry Editor


Ann Joslin Williams
Fiction Editor

Lynn Davey
Newfields, NH
Website Administration

Peter Welch
Kittery Point
Cover Illustrator

Kimberly Capriola
Portsmouth, NH

Advance Reviews


This truly is an amazing anthology. I really appreciate how you give each of the writers adequate space. Most anthologies just give a small bite of the work. Thank you!
          —Bill Schultz, founder & editor of Hole In The Head Review

The river-centered Piscataqua region of coastal Maine and New Hampshire has inspired writers for generations. Immerse yourself in this wide-ranging anthology to connect with ten gifted wordsmiths. 
          —John Breneman, writer & editor, Portsmouth and York 

It’s not often that a reader is given the opportunity to experience the sweep of a writer’s oeuvre, culled from her published work, in such a carefully curated gallery of poems, each one engaged in conversation with the others. Mimi White, our docent, invites us to see her world “looking out and in,” however thorny the themes. She asks us to “Assume nothing: illness, safety, spring, / and begin with wonder . . .” And at the heart, every poem in this collection is wonder-full.
          —Marie Harris, author of Desire Lines (Hobblebush Books)

What a treat to dive into this Whitman’s Sampler of reading selections: sweet poetry, dark mystery, the crunch of memoir—all in one place, tinged with the region’s particular beauty. You will delight in wondering what to choose next!
          —Jean Anne Feldeisen, author of Not All Are Weeping

Hope is an oak full of crows in a clearing of caws, a shag on a rock, a duck on a bay. These Foerster poems thrive on a chorus of birds, on a shimmer of words, on a flash of sheer insight from his canopy of song. Reader, as you wander this dusk for sustenance, savor these lines: the breadth of their wings.
          —John Perrault, author of Season of Shagginess, North Hampton

The Piscataqua region is brimming with terrific writers, and this anthology collects ten of the best. What a treasure of talent awaits the reader in these pages.
          —Grace Mattern, artist & writer, Northwood





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