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Join the League of Minnesota Poets at Arrowwood Lodge, located at 6967 Lake Forest Road, off Highway 371 in Brainerd Lakes Country/Baxter. All the hotel rooms are cozy with an “Up North” décor including log furniture. Make your room reservations early, before September 14, 2016 to take advantage of the reduced rate and room availability. Make sure you let the staff know you are attending the League of MN Poets Fall Conference. Only a few rooms are available on Friday night, some with semi-private rooms, where a bathroom separates the two beds. Call 1-218-822-4044 or 1-877-687-5634. Ask for the lowest rate for attendees at the League of Minnesota Poets Conference.

LouAn Muhm from the Park Rapids be our keynote speaker. She has a lot she can share about her experience as an educator and poet. Learn about how a rural poet makes connections to increase her visibility.

Send a 1-page poem of 40 lines or fewer for Sunday morning critique. Font must be 12 point or larger. Send 2 copies, one with identifying information, the other without. Put form in the right hand corner. Do not send prize-winning poems. Send poem-in-progress that need a fresh pair of eyes and a different perspective--which could improve the poem. Send copies to: Suz Wipperling, 4979 White Gables Trail, #8, Brainerd, MN 56401 on or before October 3. You can also Email the poem to: by October 3. Critique notes will be handed out after the session.      


Friday “Early Bird” Attendees:

6 pm                Dutch-treat dinner and Open Mic Poetry Reading at Last Turn Saloon.

                        Free and open to the public



8:30–9 am        Registration

9 - 10 am          Sharing poetry w/ Heartland Poets in Bait & Tackle and Board meeting in

10:15-11 am     NFSPS 2016 Report: Meredith Cook & General Session: Peter Stein

11-noon            Special Report / Session – Peter Stein and other Board Members

12 – 1:15          Buffet lunch in Ojibwa Room (next door to Bait & Tackle)

1:30 -2:45        Keynote Poet: LouAn Muhm (books signing following her talk)

3 pm                 Break

3:30 – 5 pm     LOMP Annual Contest Results – Peter Stein

5:30-7 pm        Dinner in Club Room

7:30-9 pm        LOMP Annual Contest Finale---Peter Stein

Afterwards:      Informal read-around for ‘those who can’t get enough.”




8:30-9:30 am    Sharing poetry & 2nd Board Meeting (if needed or desired)

9:30-11:30 am  Poetry Critique session – Overhead projector used to discuss poems submitted     


11:30 am           Door prizes/Wrap up

Noon – 2pm      Board members: Strategic Planning Session in Bait & Tackle Room

The Moccasin- Submitting Information

The Moccasin is published annually by the LEAGUE OF MINNESOTA POETS and features only poems by members of the League of Minnesota Poets.

SEND POEMS! Keep at least six poems on file with the editor.
Vary the subject matter, form, length, and width; keep quality strong.
Very short strong poems are especially desirable, especially 8 lines and under.

  • There is a 24-line maximum limit for all poems that are not NFSPS contest prize winners.
  • Do not put more than one poem on a page.
  • Do not type on the front and back of the same page.
  • Use 8-1/2 inch x 11-inch paper.
  • Type or print your submissions.
  • All poems except haiku and senryu must have titles.
  • Proofread your work carefully.
  • Check your spelling, especially hyphenated words.
  • Check that your name and phone number are on the poem.
  • Check that your subject and verb agree and your tense remains consistent.
  • Do not use inversions or archaic language.

If you intend to punctuate a poem unconventionally, send with it a statement that you are doing so on purpose and what effect you are striving for in doing so. Otherwise the editor may assume it is inadvertent and conventionally punctuate the poem. Remember, this is your magazine, and strive to make it as fine as possible. If you want to use your whole book of poetry as your submission, please include $1.00 for every 20 pages for photocopying costs. Keep the Moccasin editor and the League’s corresponding secretary informed of loss of loved ones and of changes of address.

FINAL DEADLINE for submission to this year’s Moccasin is July 9, 2016 (postmark). (Deadline is always the second Saturday in July.)

While The Moccasin accepts previously published poetry, we only list credits for previous publication for the NFSPS contest winners and poems published in other magazines and anthologies.

This is done to encourage participation in NFSPS contests and to show members the kinds of poetry that win and are being published. The Moccasin prints up to three NFSPS contest prize-winning poems by any given member per issue/year.

NFSPS Convention 2016

We had an amazing time at the 2016 NFSPS Poetry Convention hosted by the League of Minnesota Poets in Chaska this last week.

We're floored by all the positive feedback. We could not have done it without such a great crew of volunteers who helped out with the event.

Mary Schmidt, Sue Stevens, Gina Hunt, David Stein, Christina M Flaugher, Amanda Bailey, Henry Panowitch, Colin Chambers, Libby Casey Irwin,

Linda White, Brendan Brophy, Lee Landau, Micki Blenkush, Nancy Cook, Ellen Lager, Susan McMillan and Rebecca Ramsden.

The League of Minnesota Poets and the ‪#‎POLOMP could not have done it without you!

Thank you and we're so glad to have such stalwart members.