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ISPS History

The Illinois State Poetry Society was chartered in 1991 at the yearly convention of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies held in Madison, Wisconsin. ISPS was formed "to encourage the crafting and enjoyment of poetry in the State of Illinois...." From its twelve charter members, ISPS has grown to about 100 members and is actively working at its mandate.

More complete ISPS history (PDF)

Current ISPS Officers

  • Susan T. Moss, President
  • Jim Lambert, Vice President
  • Melissa Huff, Secretary
  • Judith Tullis, Treasurer
  • Carolyn Jevelian, Historian

Other current ISPS Leaders

  • Barbara Eaton, southwest suburban facilitator
  • Susan T. Moss, north suburban facilitator
  • Kathleen Murphy, north central facilitator
  • Kathleen Robinson, central facilitator
  • Kathy Cotton, southern facilitator and newsletter editor
  • Caroline Johnson, west suburban facilitator
  • Susan B. Auld, Haiku Chapter facilitator
  • Frank Hubeny and Sheila Kirscher, members-at-large

Past ISPS Presidents

  1. Glenna Holloway (Founding President)
  2. William Marr
  3. Phil Zurowski
  4. Don Cornwell
  5. Larry Turner
  6. Mardelle Fortier
  7. Alan Harris
  8. Wilda (Wendy) Morris
  9. John Quinn
  10. Susan T. Moss

Archive of Recent Presidents' Messages

Membership Requirements and Privileges

Membership in the ISPS is $20.00 per year, which includes membership in NFSPS (National Federation of State Poetry Societies). Each member may have one poem published on the ISPS Web site per bi-monthly submission period (see Submitting Poems). Members receive the NFSPS quarterly publication Strophes and may enter NFSPS competitions. The ISPS newsletter Illinois Poets is emailed to all members bi-monthly. ISPS members are admitted free to ISPS seminars and lectures.

Members who wish to pay at least $30 for a year's dues will be listed on the ISPS Web site home page as Patrons. Members who wish to pay at least $50 for a year's dues will be listed as Benefactors.

Meetings

Currently we have seven ISPS chapters.

  • The Southwest Suburban Chapter meets in Lisle at the Lisle Public Library (777 Front Street, Lisle, IL) at 1:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of February, April, June, August, October and December.
  • The North Suburban Chapter meets in Northbrook at 1:00 p.m. on the second Sunday of January, March, May (third Sunday), July, September, and November at the Northbrook Public Library.
  • The North Central Chapter meets in Pontiac on the second Saturday of even-numbered months: February, April, June, August, October, and December at 1:00 p.m. at the Pontiac Public Library.
  • The Central Chapter meets in Champaign at 1:30 p.m. on the first Sunday of every month.
  • The Southern Chapter meets in Carbondale on the second Sunday of January, March, May, July, September, and November at 2 p.m. in the Carbondale Public Library.
  • The West Suburban Chapter meets in Darien on the first Saturday of the odd-numbered months: January, March, May, July, September, and November at the Indian Prairie Public Library at 1:00 p.m.
  • The Haiku Chapter meets in Northbook at 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the third Sunday of the even-numbered months: February, April, June, August, October, and December at the Northbrook Public Library.
On occasion, a meeting date or location is changed, so it is wise to verify the date, time, and location before attending. Check Upcoming Meetings on the ISPS home page.

Within the fellowship of our common interest in poetry, we read to each other our current work for comments and suggestions. Sometimes ISPS also sponsors workshops or readings.

How To Join ISPS

To join, please print and fill out the membership form and mail it with your check for the yearly dues of $20.00 to Illinois State Poetry Society, 6455 Big Bear Drive, Indian Head Park IL 60525. Also, please include a short bio of yourself so that you can be introduced to the rest of the membership.