About the Illinois State Poetry Society|
ISPS Member Poems
Poem Index by Poet
Poem Index by Title
ISPS Member Books
To Join ISPS
ISPS HistoryThe 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 OfficersSusan T. Moss, President; Jim Lambert, Vice President; Melissa Huff, Secretary; Judith Tullis, Treasurer; Carolyn Jevelian, Historian
Other current ISPS LeadersBarbara Eaton, western suburbs facilitator; Susan T. Moss, northern suburbs facilitator; Kathleen Murphy, central Illinois facilitator; Kathy Cotton, southern Illinois facilitator and newsletter editor; Caroline Johnson, Hinsdale facilitator; Susan B. Auld, Haiku Chapter facilitator. Our members-at-large are Frank Hubeny and Sheila Kirscher.
Past ISPS PresidentsGlenna Holloway (Founding President), William Marr, Phil Zurowski, Don Cornwell, Larry Turner, Mardelle Fortier, Alan Harris, Wilda (Wendy) Morris, John Quinn, Susan T. Moss
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.
Currently there are six ISPS chapters.
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 ISPSTo 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.