Monday, February 24, 2014

Poetry Events in March

Dear Poets -

March is coming up fast and so are several submission deadlines.  Get moving and don't miss out on the following:
March 1st - submit poems about Animals (30 lines or fewer) for joint ISPS/Highland Park Poetry display at the Highland Park Public Library. Visit for details.
March 3 - deadline for 2014 Poetry Challenge.  This year's options: Colors, Fairy Tales & Legends, and Cinquains.  Submission guidelines and entry form attached.
March 13 - deadline for East on Central.  Visit for submission guidelines and entry forms.
Jennifer Dotson is offering Poetry Writing Workshops on Tuesdays in March from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  Workshops held at comfortable and conveniently located Coldwell Banker Office at Second Street/Laurel in downtown Highland Park.  Cost is $20/session or $75 for all four.  Space is limited so register now by contacting

NW Suburban Poetic Moment Meetup presents "Fun & Games" - Pam Larson facilitates a free writing workshop in Rolling Meadows on March 2 at Coffee Planet.  See attached flyer for details and how to rsvp.

Highland Park Poetry presents two (2) fabulous poetry events in March:

Friday, March 14 at 8:00 p.m. at The Art Center (1957 Sheridan Road) - Donna Pecore Reading & Poetry Open-Mic.  Donna Pecore reads from Bindle Stick, winner of Journal of Modern Poetry Book Award published by Chicago Poetry Press.  Copies available for purchase.  Refreshments served.  Poets may bring up to 6 poems to share.

Saturday, Amrch 29 at 8:00 p.m. at Madame ZuZu's (582 Roger Williams Avenue) - Tania Runyan Reading & Poetry Open-Mic.  Highland Park Poetry welcomes back prolific poet/author Tania Runyan.  Her recent publications include Second Sky and How to Read a Poem.  Poets may bring up to 6 poems to share.
BONUS OPPORTUNITY - Poets may participate in Highland Park Poetry's Synesthesia Project at both of the events.  This is a stimulating exercise inspired by the surrealist poets that will expand your mind and your imagery.

Please share this information with other creative folks you know!

Many thanks,

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

ISPS Poetry Critique March 1

Dear Poets,

The Illinois State Poetry Society will be having a poetry critiquing meeting on Saturday, March 1, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Hinsdale Public Library, 20 E. Maple Street.  Bring 8 - 10 copies of up to 2 poems, a food item to share, and a drink for yourself.

The Hinsdale Library is located just one block north of the Metra train station.
Caroline Johnson

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Indiana State Federation of Poetry Clubs Contest

Hello Poets.

I hope you had a good weekend. This is Caroline Dewey, Contest Director for Indiana State Federation of Poetry Clubs (ISFPC).

Our 36th Annual Fall Rendezvous Contest brochure has been printed, and is going out for competition. You can be part of this excellent contest.

We have over 16 forms of poetry represented, two anonymous sponsorships, interesting subjects called for, and a highest prize ever, with our #1 Category on friendship (see brochure); First Place award = $250.00; Second place prize = $150; and Third Place = $100. Now that is lovely!

Several other notable and exciting categories are contained. We achieved more categories this year than in the last two years at least, resulting in sponsorships for 31 categories! One category specifically names a high school teacher, who is being honored. Have you ever had a teacher who made a great impact on your life?!  This was that perfect reflection. We hope you try your hand at this contest, as your writer mentor would be proud.

If you have questions or comments, please private e-mail or call me. I would be happy to answer.  Entries begin being received beginning July 1st. Please have your membership in before the new (July 1st) period, to be counted as an ISFPC member (at the reduced rate), all other non-members may enter at the slightly higher amount. Have some fun and enter. Thanks. Happy writing, and wishing you the best! Have a great day.

Open Mic March 8th

Dear Poets and Writers, Come join us on March 8 for the first ever open mic in Naperville!!

Monthly Open Mic beginning March 8, 2014 - sponsored by Naperville Writers Group (NWG), Illinois State Poetry Society (ISPS), and Poets and Patrons of Chicago.