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A Message from the President, March, 2014
by Susan T. Moss, ISPS President
Several subjects have come to mind as I considered what to discuss for this issue of the ISPS newsletter. Updates of ISPS activities and accomplishments are noted as well as a few comments about poetry.
I am happy to announce that Illinois State Poetry Society now has official archives which have been compiled and sorted by Carolyn Jevelian and me. These are housed at the Northbrook Public Library in the reference section and may be perused on location. Although our society goes back many more years than when we were chartered at the National Federation of State Poetry Societies convention in 1991, historical records have been found for about only the past twenty or so years. The collection will be regularly updated, and I invite anyone who has old ISPS-related material to contact Carolyn or me.
This year there are several libraries where members' poetry will be displayed during April Poetry Month. A couple of libraries have invited us to show poems in May due to conflicts for space. Please consider sending two poems to Sheila Kirscher as described in the mailing sent out to members. So far, participating libraries include Wilmette, Winnetka, Highland Park, Glenview, Hinsdale, Indian Prairie, Aurora, Pontiac and Carbondale.
Illinois State Poetry Society will be offering a chance for members to sell their books at the Poetry Fest held at the Harold Washington Library on April 26. Bring your publications for display on a table in the lobby.
Watch for other announcements about reading opportunities and writing workshops sponsored by ISPS. The Brewed Awakening is an ongoing and popular venue to share your work.
With so much competition among thousands of poets trying to get into hardcopy journals, you might want to try some other venues to share poetry with the world. The internet offers various sites, and one of them is Your Daily Poem (YDP). Go to www.yourdailypoem.com and read some of the archived poetry to see if your work fits. This site is read by people in many parts of the world and can be a fun way to get published if chosen. Another source is to submit previously pub- lished work to littleeaglereverse.blogspot.com and if accepted, it will be shown with accompanying art of your own or publisher’s choice. One more suggestion is A Year of Being Here at www.ayearofbeinghere.com/ for a more meditative genre. These are just a few examples of electronic sources for sending out your poetry.
Susan T. Moss
"Last Sunday" Reading, March 30, 2014
Poets Ralph Hamilton and Virginia Bell will be featured at Brewed Awakening, 19 West Quincy (across from the train station), Westmont, IL on Sunday, March 30, 2014, 12:30-2:00 PM. There will also be an open mic. Cover charge of $7.00 includes coffee and a snack. The readings are sponsored by the Illinois State Poetry Society and Brewed Awakening.
Ralph Hamilton is editor of RHINO. He has an MFA in Poetry from Bennington. His poems have appeared in Court Green, CutBank, Blackbird, and other journals. His first book, Subtle Knot will be published in 2015. He formerly served on the board of the Ragdale Foundation and is the 2013 judge for Fifth Wednesday's prize in poetry.
Virginia Bell is the author of From the Belly (Sibling Rivalry Press 2012). Her poems are forthcoming in Gargoyle and in the anthology The Burden of Light: Poems on Illness and Loss (Foreword Literary 2014). Her work has also appeared in Spoon River Poetry Review, Poet Lore, Calyx, Pebble Lake Review, Wicked Alice, Ekphrasis, Cloudbank, and other journals and anthologies. She is a Senior Editor with Rhino Poetry and an adjunct professor of English at Loyola University Chicago.
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