National Federation of State Poetry Societies' National Convention

Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 1:00pm to Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 12:00pm

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Consider traveling to Albuquerque New Mexico for the National Convention! The convention will include wonderful speakers, writing works shops and more!

Convention Schedule

 ♦ Bookstore open 9A-12P and 3-6P on Thurs-Sat; 9-12:30 on Sunday. 

 ♦ Invocation winners at each of 6 meals. 
 ♦ All cash bars will also offer no-alcohol "mocktails." 
 ♦ Filming of Contest Awards (FCA) for souvenir DVD at every meal except Sunday lunch. 
 ♦ Please save noisemakers for Winners' Circle celebration after dinner 
 ♦ Poetry circles whenever; planned open readings at 9P. 


Wednesday, June 12 - Early Bards Arrival

1-6P - Early Registration

6P - Short walking tour of Old Town Plaza (wheelchair accessible)

6:30 P - Self-pay dinner on Plaza or in Hotel

Thursday, June 14 

8A-6P - Registration

9A - Tours to Acoma or Pueblo Feast Day

2:30P - Bus returns to hotel from Acoma

3:30-5:30P - NFSPS Board Meeting

6P - Group dinner at Church Street Café. Self-pay.

7-10P - Acoustic music jam, Pavilion, cash bar.

Friday, June 14 (Flag Day, )

7:30 - 8:45A - State Presidents' breakfast meeting.

9-10:30A - First plenary

10:45-noon - D. McQuaid "The Alchemical Heart"

12:30P - Lunch. Welcome by ABQ mayor, Manningham Awards, FCA

3-5P - H. Bellamy "Fountain Pen of Youth"

5-6:15P - Music (Dog Star) in Pavilion. Cash bar.

6:30P - Dinner. Student & University Awards, FCA

8:30P - WHM, open readings follow

Saturday, June 15

7:30-8:45A - Breakfast seminar "Building SPS websites"

9-10:30A - A. Watson & M. Garner "The Learning Curve"

10:30-11:30A - Panel "Alternatives in Publishing"

11:30-noon - Q&A on Publishing Choices

12:30P - Lunch, Convention Contest prizes, FCA

3-4:30P - V. Golos and B. Marcus "Poets of Witness"

6:30P - Dinner, Stevens MS Winner, FCA

8:30P - WHM, open readings follow

Sunday, June 16 (Fathers' Day) 

8:45-11A - "Haiku in the Garden" at ABQ BioPark.

11:30A-12:45P - 2nd Plenary, Special Awards.

12:30P - Deadline to retrieve books from Bookstore.

1P - Lunch. (Plan B time, no FCA)

2:30-4:30P - New Mexican Voices "Writing from Place."

4:30-6P - "Presenters-Only" book signings and sales.

5:30-6:45P - Reception, cash bar, music.

7P - Banquet. Keynote, expanded filming for Contests 1-3.

9P - Book sales/signings by Dana Levin, open readings.

Monday, June 17 (see "Tours") 

8A - Taos (overnight)

8A - Allan Houser/Rancho de las Golondrinas

5P - Aerial Tram to dinner on Sandia Peak

Tuesday, June 18 

9A - Santa Fe by RailRunner (train)

12P meetup in SF with Taos group


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