Premier Poet's Corner - Today's post features a poem by the talented George Wolfe. He writes, "I wrote this poem about my experience in India. The poet in Indian philosophy is likened to the "seer" who records the hymns of the Hindu scripture known as the Rig Veda."
PSI members, if you would like me to pair your short poems with an image for use on our PSI website and Facebook pages, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
YOUTH POETRY SOCIETY OF INDIANA (YPSI) Publication
Opportunity Guidelines for Doorways, a youth poetry anthology
1. Open to ALL Indiana students in public, private, or home
schooling and currently in Grades 6-12.
2. Up to six (6) poems may be submitted including the poem submitted for the Manningham Contest. Each poem should be neatly typed in a standard font and font size using black ink on white paper. Poems should be single spaced, have a title, and be up to 65 lines, including space lines. Any topic or style can be submitted. Non- rhyming poetry is preferred. Include a short biography, your age, school information, statement of originality and permission to publish with parent/guardian signature.
Declaration of Originality: “I certify that this poem is my original work and has not been copied in whole or in part from any author’s poems.” Followed by student signature. Also include a PERMISSION TO PUBLISH statement: “I give my permission for publication in the 2020 publication of Doorways, a youth poetry anthology.” Followed by parent/guardian signature.
3. There are no submission fees and no royalties paid if published, but proceeds will be used to purchase copies of the anthology for libraries around Indiana. When published, books will be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and through many outlets in the U.S. and around the world in softcover and ebook formats.
4. Deadline for submissions is February 15, 2020
5. Send entries to:
634 North A
Elwood, IN 46036
Electronic submissions to and questions answered at: email@example.com
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With sadness PSI mourns the passing of member Esther Towns, who passed away August 19.
We send our heartfelt sympathies to Esther's friends, family, and fellow PSI poets, and give thanks we were able to share in her poetry.
Services will be held at 2:00 pm. on Thursday, August 23, 2018, at Hazelwood Christian Church with Rev. Jason Jones officiating. Private graveside services will follow in Gardens of Memory Cemetery.
Friends may call at The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday or one prior to services on Thursday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, 50 E. 91st St., Suiter 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at meeksmortuary.com.
It takes a lot of enthusiastic people to make our organization run! PSI is currently recruiting members for the following positions:
• Secretary and Treasurer (elected positions, will be voted on at Spring Fling 2019 and nominated at Fall Rendezvous, contact Nominations committee chair David Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org)
• Website Coordinator (appointed position, contact Deborah Peterson at email@example.com)
• Spring Fling committee (Will help plan our Spring 2019 conference. Nancy Simmonds is chair, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org)
• Fall Rendezvous committee (will help plan our Fall 2018 conference, contact Deborah Peterson at email@example.com)
We want YOUR talents! See us to get involved.
Nancy Simmonds was elected our PSI 2nd Vice President at our Spring Fling in May. To get to know her better, I interviewed her about her life as a poet. Enjoy!
1. What is your home club?
NI Poets in Fort Wayne
2. Where is your hometown?
The first third of my life was in Minnesota. The second traveling for my husband’s Family Practice schooling and residency. And then we settled in Fort Wayne and I have been a Hoosier for many years.
3. How long have you been writing poetry? (since what age?)
I started writing poetry in 2014 or so.
4. Do you remember what first turned you on to poetry?
As a child I could check out as many books as I wished from the library as long as one of them was a book of poetry. A favorite book of mine was “Read Me Another Story” compiled by the Child Study Association of America. There were many poems interspersed with stories in that yellow book and I was enchanted by Christina Rosetti, Old Shoes and New Shoes by Irma Simonton Black, Over in the Meadow (that rhyming song) , Margaret Wise Brown, and Robert Louis Stevenson.
5. Favorite form of poetry to write?
6. To rhyme or not to rhyme? (which do you do?)
I really struggle with rhyme.
7. Favorite poets?
Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Billy Collins, some of Linda Patten, Adrian Matejka’s Big Smoke, whoever happens to pop up on Poetry 180.
8. Describe your writing environment (at a desk, out in nature, at a coffee house? Morning or night? Do you have a special beverage as you write? Do you write on a computer or longhand?)
I write at a desk in long hand stapling revision to revision to revision. I write mostly in the mornings although if it’s an interruptus kind of day I will steal away to a quiet floor of a library and power write at any other time of the day.
12. What do you find most challenging about writing poetry? What are your particular writing skills?
My favorite writing is using found words and stringing them together into something exciting. I really struggle with structured form.
13. Your day job?
I worked at IPFW at the front desk in Information, Admissions and Student Services. How I missed those inquiring minds when I retired 18 months ago!
14. Other hobbies?
I read LOTS. I make quilts. I run/walk local and virtual races. Currently I am working on the Amerithon, 3521 miles across America. I just started July 4 so I am still enthusiastic. I greatly enjoy traveling and we have visited 18 countries.
15. Any family members/pets you want to mention?
Husband Dan, four kids, two sons in law, a daughter in law, nine soon-to-be-ten grandchildren and a big old wolfhound lab mix named Watson.
With sadness we must let you know about the death of Carol Ogdon. Carol was a former Premiere Poet of PSI, aka ISFPC.
Carol was born on June 30, 1934 and passed away on Friday, October 6, 2017.
Carol was a resident of Linton, Indiana at the time of passing.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at noon at Krabel Funeral Home in Oakland, IL. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Albin Cemetery.
For those who wish, memorials may be made to Hospice Hearts Animal Rescue.
PSI's Executive Committee met to discuss our 2017 Fall Rendezvous. Most of your feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and we thank those who submitted suggestions for improvement. As we plan for future conferences (namely Fall Rendezvous and Spring Fling each year), we discussed the most effective use of our funds to meet our overall mission of promoting poetry throughout the state. We propose the following bylaw amendment, which members will vote on at Spring Fling, May 5, 2018.
Current bylaw reads:
Keynote speakers who are not PSI members will be paid $50 and have their room and meals provided. Non-member workshop presenters will receive $25. Members will not be paid for presenting a program.
We will propose we change this so that reimbursement does not include the cost of a room. Officers may offer to share a room with speakers at their own discretion, but this will not be required.
The new bylaw, if approved, would read:
Keynote speakers who are not PSI members will be paid $50 and have their meals and registration provided. Non-member workshop presenters will receive $25. Members will not be paid for presenting a program.
Our last keynote speaker was well-received but cost $200. As we are a non-profit, we want to be careful how we spend our funds. Cutting out the cost of a hotel room will save us an estimated $100, which could cover 4 other speakers, or could be put toward other projects.
Please bring your thoughts to Spring Fling when we discuss the matter. Thanks!
It's out! Ink to Paper, Volume 2, features the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place winners of all categories PSI's Annual Contest. Read 148 pages of original pieces by poets of all ages from states across the nation. Order now on Amazon.com.
Special thanks to our Contest Director, David Allen, our contest judges, and Jenny Kalahar, who formatted the collection, designed our cover, and took care of all publication details.
PSI members gathered at Pokagon State Park in Angola, Indiana, Oct 27-29, for our 2017 Fall Rendezvous. Here are highlights from our creative weekend together. You can read a list of our 2017 Annual Contest winners here.
Schedule of Events
FRIDAY – OCTOBER 27th
4:00PM – 6:00PM REGISTRATION / DINNER
6:00PM WELCOME – DEBORAH PETERSEN
6:15PM – 7PM PREMIER POET PRESENTATION
7PM – 7:50PM STRUCTURAL POETRY / FORMS
MARY A. COUCH
8PM – 9PM POETRY CONTEST
DAVID ALLEN & READERS
9:00PM - ? ROUND ROBIN READINGS
SATURDAY – OCTOBER 28th
7:00AM – 8:30AM BREAKFAST
8:30AM – 9AM PSI BUSINESS MEETING/
REPORTS/PSI BOARD OVERVIEW
9AM – 10AM PUBLISHING – JENNY KALAHAR
10AM – 10:15AM BREAK
10:15AM – 11:15AM LANGSTON HUGHES
SARAH E. MORIN-WILSON &
11:15AM – NOON POETRY CONTEST
DAVID ALLEN & READERS
NOON – 1:00PM LUNCH
1:00PM – 3:00PM KEYNOTE SPEAKER – LAUREN M. DAVIS
POETRY AS MEMOIR
Finding the Poem; Writing the Memory: Sifting Through Your Past to Create Epiphanic Poetry. To mimic the intimate and resonating connections many poets create through their personal histories, participants in this seminar will be challenged to explore memory by tangibly observing their own pasts, leading readers toward epiphanic realizations. A short lecture will explore specific poetic forms and tactics in this genre. A generative workshop will follow. Attend ready to use your memory, your reflections, and your senses to write a successful poem.
3PM – 5:00PM FREE TIME (Visit, Hike, Shop, Write a poem)
5:00PM – 6:00PM DINNER
6PM – 7:00PM BOOK SWAP & OPEN FLOOR
7:00PM - ? POETRY CONTEST
DAVID ALLEN & READERS
TBD ROUND ROBIN READINGS
SUNDAY – OCTOBER 29th
8AM – 9AM BREAKFAST & GOODBYES
9:00AM EN PLENAIRE POETRY/HIKE
2018 FALL RENDEZVOUS-TURKEY RUN STATE PARK OCTOBER 5-7
Students! We want your poems!
INDIANA STATE POETRY CLUBS
THE MANNINGHAM STUDENT TRUST AND NFSPS CONTESTS
Rules of Entry – 2018
1. There are two divisions: Grades 6-8 (Junior Division) and 9-12 (Senior Division). Poems may have been printed and have won previous awards.
2. This competition is open to all students attending school in our state including public, private, and parochial schools. Only ONE entry per student is allowed.
3. Submit two copies of each poem. Put division (junior or senior) in the upper LEFT corner of both copies. FIRST copy must have student's ID in the upper RIGHT corner including: student name, teachers full name, school name and address, and student grade level. Also include this acceptable declaration of originality statement on the BOTTOM of the ID COPY ONLY: I certify that this poem is my original work and has not been copied in whole or part from any author's poems in print or on the internet. Signed: _________________________
The SECOND copy must NOT have any ID information. Only the Division status in the upper LEFT corner. ( Note: ISP would also like the home addresses in order to mail each Indiana winner an honorary year’s subscription to its newsletter, Indiana Poet. This information could be included in the ID copy or attached to the ID copy if permissible by the student.)
4. Each poem should be neatly typed or computer-generated, single spaced, have a title and no more than 35 lines including space lines with no line having more than 60 characters including spaces and punctuation. The poem should be on a single sheet. Do not staple the two copies (FIRST and SECOND copies) of the poem together.
5. PLEASE, no large print, illustrations or unusual type fonts (i.e. gothic, script, etc.) Best fonts are Times New Roman or Arial and no larger than 12 point.
6. Separate copies with no ID from those with ID, placing originals on the top. Identification should not be on the back of the poem.
7. Entries should be postmarked no later than January 15, 2018
SEND ENTRIES TO:
Linda Eaton, Manningham Chair
7543 East 300 South
Elwood, IN 46036
8. State Prizes in each division: 1st $50; 2nd $30; and 3rd $20. Places 4-7 will receive Honorable Mention Certificates. NOTE: ISP’S ranking of Indiana’s winners will have no bearing on the National Manningham’s Judging. NOTE: ISP will give out State and (if any) National Manningham Awards in May.
9. NATIONAL AWARDS: First, second. and third place winners in each division will have their poems submitted to the national contest with winners receiving additional prize monies. Winning Poems in the national contest will be published and each national winner and his/her school will receive a complimentary awards booklet. State winners are honorary members of ISP for one year.
The only poems eligible for awards in the National Manningham Contest are those selected by ISP as the top 10 in each division.
CAREFULLY CHECK FOR COMPLIANCE WITH THE RULES
The Indiana State Federation of Poetry Clubs is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and creative process of poetry.