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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, August 28, 2016
Poets Michael Welch and Susan B. Auld will be featured at Brewed Awakening, 19 West Quincy (across from the train station), Westmont, on Sunday, August 28, 2016, at 12:30 PM. There will also be an open mic. Cover charge of $10.00 includes coffee (even the special ones) and a snack. The event is sponsored by the Illinois State Poetry Society and Brewed Awakening.
Michael Welch was the winner of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies' Florence Kahn Memorial Award, and the author of the chapbook But Sometimes I Remember. His work has appeared in South 85 Journal and MULR.
Susan B. Auld is a poet and a retired pediatric speech-language pathologist who lives in the Chicago suburbs. She has nurtured a relationship with nature and spends many hours finding inspiration in the natural world which she believes is a gift meant to be noticed, remembered and revered. Her free verse poetry, haiku and haibun have been published both online and in print journals and recognized in contests. One of her poems is displayed as part of a laminated-glass art installation in the New York City subway system.
Susan teaches continuing education writing classes for new writers and those who wish to use writing to heal and meditate. She facilitates the Haiku Chapter of the Illinois State Poetry Society and a haiku group at her local library and is a member of the Haiku Society of America and the Illinois State Poetry Society.
Susan has published three chapbooks: Waiting Innocence, Visiting Morning and Other Quiet Places, and Chrysanthemum Dusk, which is her first haiku collection.
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