January 24th at 6:30pm: Waterline Writers Academy, Free Writing Seminar 

RiverRun is so pleased to announce that we will be partnering with Bob Comenole of Waterline Writers Academy to provide fantastic, eclectic, and affordable writing workshops in Portsmouth, starting soon.

To meet Bob and get a sense of what WWA has to offer, we are holding a free two-hour workshop, Keeping an Artist’s Journal, on January 24th. Please email or call us to register. 603-431-2100 or

The Waterline Writers Academy offers a broad range of workshops that focus on developing creative, professional & personal writing. Our seminars are designed for both beginning writers who wish to learn fundamental techniques as well as seasoned writers wishing to acquire more advanced skills; there are no prerequisites.

January 25th at 7:00pm: Poetry After Hours

Our poetry series is back and ready for 2017. We feature three young poets at 7:00pm, followed by an open mic, so bring your best poem to share. Once again, Tamara Collins will be our host, and this month she welcomes Cayden O’dea, Shane Morin, Todd Downey

January 29th at 5pm: Black Trumpet and Serpentine Loop

Join chef Evan Mallett of The Black Trumpet bistro, author of Black Trumpet: A Chef’s Journey Through Eight New England Seasons, and poet Elee Kraljii Gardiner, author of Serpentine Loop, for a reading and Q&A.

Evan, chef and co-proprietor with his wife Denise of the renowned Black Trumpet at 29 Ceres St. in Portsmouth, is a James Beard semi-finalist for Best Chef, Northeast (2011, 2013, 2014). He is actively involved and sits on the boards of Chef’s Collaborative, Slow Food Seacoast, and the Heirloom Harvest Project, an initiative to join farmers, chefs and educators to identify and restore a food system native to the greater NH Seacoast.

Elee Kraljii Gardiner is the author of the book of poems Serpentine Loop (Anvil Press), one of 2016’s “most anticipated spring releases” and already in its second printing. She is the co-editor with John Asfour of V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012), which was shortlisted for the 2012 City of Vancouver Book Award. Elee founded Thursdays Writing Collective, a non-profit organization of more than 150 writers in Vancouver and she is the editor and publisher of its eight anthologies. She is originally from Boston and is a dual US/Canadian citizen.

These writers have known each other for two decades and although they work in different creative environments Evan and Elee share an interest in how we form community- through foods, activities, geographies. Evan’s recipes and stories are an outgrowth of his extensive experience considering local New Hampshire farming, foodsheds and cuisine. Elee’s poems grow from the ground of the Northeast where she was raised (and Pacific Northwest where she now lives) to explore the similarities of the serpentine loop, a shape traced in figure skating, with the way we include and exclude each other. Another intersection: Elee is a poetry ambassador for Vancouver poet laureate Rachel Rose and an editor for Sustenance, her anthology of food writing to which Evan is contributing.

Evan and Elee will each read/talk for about 20 minutes and a Q&A at the end.


March 11th at 6:30pm: Audrey Dillon, The Girl Who Said Yes

Do you know what the book category “New Adult” means? It’s a fairly recent designation for fiction aimed at 17-25 year olds. More adult than “Young Adult,” but focused on themes of interest to the younger generation.

The Girl Who Said Yes is just such a book, and it’s published by our own publishing company, Piscataqua Press. In this novel, Tess Ryan is once again in love, but this time is different. It’s senior year of college and, well, she’s running out of time. Smart and confident yet hopelessly romantic, Tess believes she has found her soul mate. The very strict no dating professors or their hot TAs policy is only a slight problem compared to the fact that no one else in her life seems to support her endeavors to make him love her. Do they know something she doesn’t? Determined to prove that happily ever does still exist, Tess battles the pull to follow the rules against her mission to make her fairytale fantasy come true.