The Ohio Poetry Association presents the NFSPS Annual Convention

Renewal Through Poetry: Join the Ohio Poetry Association and poets across the country for this years NFSPS (National Federation of State Poets Societies) annual convention. They have a great lineup of speakers that are sure to renew your poetry including keynote Hanif Abdurraqib. Find the full schedule and registration details HERE.

If financial barriers prevent you from attending, the NFSPS has a limited amount of fellowships they provide to assist members in covering some or all of the costs. CLICK HERE of the application to apply for a fellowship.

League of Minnesota Poets

2022 Annual Poetry Contest

The League of Minnesota Poets 2022 Annual Poetry Contest is now taking submissions! CLICK HERE to see all the categories we have this year. All prize monies are generously donated to the League of Minnesota by the listed sponsors.

The 34th Annual Woodtick Poetry Retreat

We will be back at the cabin for poetry this summer! Join us July 14th to July 17th in Merrifield Minnesota for a weekend of poetry writing, reading, and programs. What are our poetry retreats all about?  CLICK HERE for all the details. To RSVP, please contact Sue Chambers at schambersmediator(at)yahoo[dot]com.

Richfield Nature Area Poetry Walk


Please visit our Submittable site here for all the guidelines to submit. The deadline to send your work is June 15th, 2022. League membership is required to enter. Stop by our membership page here to sign up today!

Bright Light Stories in the Night

Book Release on Zoom, Friday March 4th, 7pm.
Exhibit opening in person at SEMVA, Saturday March 5th, 2pm


Bright Light Stories in the Night is a virtual, family-friendly arts program where local celebrities — Natalia Benjamin, Guthrie Capossela, Amina Hasan, Samuel Hawkins II, Thalia Kohler, Laura Maciejko, Pasquale Presa, and Sgt. Jean Valere — will read six winning poems from that have been illustrated by local artists and incorporated into an e-chapbook. Two honorable mention poets and artists will also featured at this virtual event.

This year’s e-chapbook features local writers James Armstrong, Emilio DeGrazia, DE Green, Scott Lowery, Steven McCowan, Jean Prokott, Anne Shea, and Steven Vogel and local artists Janie Allen, Rachel Brokenicky, Muhammad Khan, Christie Nicklay, Layne Noser, Sheila Perry, Debb Peterson, and Daniel Veddamuthu.
This year’s Bright Light Stories in the Night will reach “from polestar to terra firma” – bringing us all together as we wait for the end of the winter season.
Winning poems and illustrations will also be on display at the SEMVA Gallery throughout March 2022. Join us for the exhibition opening at SEMVA on Saturday, March 5 at 2 p.m. to meet poets and artists involved in this project. SEMVA is located at 320 S. Broadway in Rochester, MN.