Boston Globe Feature

The Penny Poet of Portsmouth gets a wonderful write-up as a Tuesday Stories feature in the Boston Globe, with thanks to writer James Sullivan and photographer Jonathan Wiggs.


Penny Poet of Portsmouth Named a Best Book of 2016

Honored to have The Penny Poet of Portsmouth named a Best Book of 2016 in Non-Fiction by Entropy Magazine. There are some outstanding books on this list, and it is truly an honor to be among them.

More Best Book Honors

The Penny Poet of Portsmouth has been named a Best Under-Recognized Book of 2016 by Longreads and makes the best of 2016 Indie Presses list from Book Riot.

Best of 2016 Longreads

Book Riot

Now on YouTube

Great quality video of my reading from The Penny Poet of Portsmouth at my Water Street Bookstore event with the book's hardback tour, with thanks to Exeter TV98.

Word of Mouth Interview on NPR

A conversation with Virginia Prescott, Word of Mouth host, about The Penny Poet of Portsmouth. I was delighted to have a recording of Robert Dunn reading one of his poems included.

Portland Press Herald Review

Great review in the Portland Press Herald, with thanks to Michael Berry: "By juxtaposing the steadfast poet and the transforming small city, [Towler] asks compelling questions about the longing for creative solitude and the need for community."

Feature on LitHub

The first chapter of The Penny Poet of Portsmouth is up as a feature on Literary Hub with a cool photo of a scene a couple of blocks from my house.

Do Writers Need to Be Alone to Thrive?

Michele Filgate has put together the brilliant Red Ink Series of panels with women writers in New York City. I appeared on the launch panel for this series with Leslie Jamison and Angela Flournoy, and our topic was writers and solitude. You can read the transcript of this great conversation, published on LitHub:

NHPR Interview

Interview with Peter Biello of New Hampshire Public Radio on The Bookshelf. We talk about what happens when a small city gets gentrified, writing mentors, and of course the Penny Poet.