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A Message from the President, February, 2015
by Susan T. Moss, ISPS President
Now that the new year is underway, it could be a good time to make some poetry resolutions. A few examples include participating in this year’s poetry month library display with a March 7 deadline.
Another idea is to participate in more open mics at local coffee houses such as Brewed Awakening in Westmont or Madame Zsu Zsu’s tea shop in Highland Park, The Café Gallery in Chicago or so many other local places in your own area.
Perhaps this is the year to start sending or send more poems to various national, international and local journals. Duotrope, Poets and Writers Magazine and The Line Break (an online blog) are just a few places to check for submission ideas.
You might even decide to assemble your own work into a chapbook or full-length collection. The poems could be self-published or in cooperation with a publishing house.
Hosting one of a growing number of salons held in private homes is a congenial way to share poems and even add music or art as a combination of celebrat- ing creativity.
Try contacting local bookstores for readings by a small group of poets. Many places are happy to host an evening or weekend afternoon event and also sell the poets' books.Start another ISPS chapter with members in your area at the local library. Help is available with guidelines and feedback. Participate in more theme-related poetry contests. This year’s NFSPS offers many choices as do local contests. Highlandparkpoetry has ongoing opportunities. Also watch for the next ISPS poetry contest this year.
Make a video of you reading personal poetry and send it out to the world. This idea is growing quite popular. Check YouTube for some performance ideas.
Set aside more time to collect and respond to ideas for writing poetry. It helps to have some goals for future work and even places you want to submit the finished pieces or compilation for a personal collection.
With this year still new between first days of winter and early sightings of spring, it is time to consider the quote by Rainer Maria Rilke, "And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been."
Susan T. Moss
Doreen Ambrose-Van Lee's poetry features in "The Project(s)"
ISPS member Doreen Ambrose-Van Lee's poetry will be featured in the world premiere of "The Project(s)," written by American Theater Company's Artistic Director PJ Paparelli and Joshua Jaeger and conceived and directed by PJ Paparelli.
For over 50 years, Chicago led the nation in urban renewal by transforming its slums into modern high-rise communities. Today, a handful remain. Combining a cappella music, dance, and multi-media with verbatim text taken from over 100 interviews, Artistic Director PJ Paparelli creates a groundbreaking documentary experience that illuminates the communities deep inside the walls of public housing and asks, "What is America's responsibility to its poor?"
Previews begin on Friday, April 24. Tickets start at $38. Call the box office at 773.409.4125 or visit online at www.atcweb.org to reserve your tickets today!
"The Project(s)" runs at American Theater Company in Chicago from April 24 through May 24th.
"Last Sunday" Reading, April 26, 2015
All poets who attend will be featured at Brewed Awakening, 19 West Quincy (across from the train station), Westmont, on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 12:30 PM. Cover charge of $7.00 includes coffee and a snack. The readings are sponsored by the Illinois State Poetry Society and Brewed Awakening.
Bring a bunch of poems so you can participate in Hat Trick Poetry. You will get to put one topic (or poetry form) in the hat, and get first chance at reading when your card is drawn. There may be one or two surprises, too, as we celebrate the end of National Poetry Month.
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