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A Message from the President, August, 2016
by Susan T. Moss, ISPS President
As we finish the summer season and begin all the possibilities autumn offers in the world of poetry, much has been underway with preparing our next membersí anthology, sponsoring the annual poetry contest and planning for a November gala. Itís a good time to be a participant in ISPS and meeting with long-time members and many new ones.
Our annual poetry contest deadline is October 15, and details can be found on page 5 of the ISPS newsletter. The categories offer potential for interesting and challenging poetry from both member and nonmember poets. New judges from several states will participate in reading blind entries. Jim Lambert is presently receiving submissions.
The creation of Distilled Lives volume 3 includes the efforts of a committee to choose poems from the sixty-eight poets who submitted work. Blurb writers for the back cover have been chosen as well as a photo for the front cover. Editors have worked carefully on content and format details. The first launch of the books will be at the November Gala.
Speaking of the Gala, this event will be the second time we have joined together for a congenial and informative day-long event at the Park Ridge Country Club. It also marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of our charter membership with NFSPS. The location offers easy access off of Oakton and Touhy plus abundant free parking. There is an elevator to the second floor where we shall have two spacious rooms. The day will start with a continental breakfast and registration followed by our first presenter, Lee Gurga, who plans to discuss contemporary haiku. After lunch Mark Devorak will offer songs and poetry of Illinois poet Carl Sandburg. The third presentation of the day involves a panel discussion by three people with various publishing experiences. Audience participation is invited as well. Reading our poems from the new anthology and an open mic complete the day. Also, start sorting through your books, both poetry and other appropriate volumes, to share in a book swap. The cost for the Gala will be thirty-five dollars, and further details are forthcoming.
A line from The Great Gatsby suggests that fall is when we start over again, and so too, new ideas expressed through our poetry await each of us.
Susan T. Moss
"Last Sunday" Reading, October 30, 2016
Two highly regarded Chicago-area poets, Annmarie OíConnell and Patrick Dunn, will be featured at The Brewed Awakening, 19 W. Quincy Street, Westmont, on Sunday, October 30. The readings begin at 12:30 p.m. and run (with open mic) until 2 pm. A cover charge of $10 includes a beverage and snack. Bring a couple of your own poems to share.
Annmarie O'Connell is a lifelong resident of the south side of Chicago. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming with Sixth Finch, Vinyl Poetry, Slipstream Press, Verse Daily, and many other wonderful journals. She is the author of Eleanor published by dancing girl press. Her first full length manuscript Your Immaculate Heart was released at this yearís AWP with Trio House Press. She can also be found at AnnMarieOConnell.com
Patrick Dunn is an associate professor of English at Aurora University, where he teaches classes in linguistics, stylistics, and creative writing. He is the author of four books on esoteric spirituality and a book of poetry, entitled Second Person. His poetry has appeared in Fifth Wednesday, Poetry Sky, and Edgz. His work has been translated into several languages, including Czech, Russian, and Chinese. His poetry has won the Founders Prize, and his second book won the COVR award. He is currently working on a translation of the Orphic Hymns from Greek to English.
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