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This past weekend members of ISFPC gathered at Spring Mill State Park for Fall Rendezvous. Here are the highlights of a great event!
ISPFC Poets gathered at the Inn at beautiful Spring Mill State Park this past Friday-Sunday.
The banner is up and ready to welcome poets!
Closeup of the banner.
Caroline Dewey and friends set out these lovely fall decorations.
Beautiful Autumn decor.
Outgoing President Sandra Nantais served as Master of Ceremonies. Sandra will be moving to Louisiana soon as her husband has accepted his dream job. Although she is stepping down as ISFPC President, she will continue to be involved in projects long distance, including retaining her office of Historian. We thanked Sandra for her service to ISFPC, passion for poetry, and leadership though words and gifts. Good luck, Sandra! We will miss you!
Deborah Petersen, 1st Vice President, will be stepping into the President position, and David Allen will become 2nd VP. At Rendezvous, she presided over the awards portion of our Annual Poetry Contest. Deborah did a great job her first year as Contest Chair, organizing the 27 categories, judges, poems, certificates, and readings! See our contest page for results and congrats to all!
Poets placing 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in each category read their poems to us. Here's Georganna Tresslar presenting us with her poem.
If the winning poets were not present or out of state, a panel of readers presented the winning 1, 2, and 3 placings in each categories of the contest. Here is Steve Zimmerman.
Shelia Hite is ready to read!
Caroline Dewey reads a winning poem from Annual Contest.
Mary Couch, Premiere Poet, treated us to a reading of her poetry and invited us to try a new form and share our results. This was Mary's last Rendezvous as Premiere Poet. She has done a lovely job promoting poetry around the state, and tapped into the power of social media as a platform. She wrote a poem almost every day on her Facebook Page!
And the new Premiere Poet of ISFPC is....Michael Erdelen! We love Michael's skill in writing poetry (esp. humor). He is also a warm people person and will do much to promote poetry in Indiana this next 3 years. Michael was present to receive this position (a surprise!) but I was clapping so hard I missed getting a good shot. Here is a picture of him last year leading the workshop "Immortality for Poets." Michael already has his first newsletter article written and will be highlighting the works of lesser known classic poets during his term, which he deems "treasures."
Each evening concluded with our famous round robins - any poet, share a poem! Here is Marlene Million.
Georganna Tresslar admires a gift from our President to all members - a special Indiana bookmark.
Sandra Nantais commissioned these lovely bookmarks to commemorate ISFPC's diamond anniversary and Indiana's bicentennial.
Speaking of Bicentennial, we've had a full year of Officially Endorsed Bicentennial Legacy Projects. Here's the proof!
Caroline Dewey, who chaired the Bicentennial Committee, reported on the climactic event of the year. Dozens of Indiana poets, including many of our ISFPC members, gathered in Greenfield at the boyhood home of James Whitcomb Riley. We shared our poetry with hundreds of people coming to Riley Fest.
Display the team took to Riley Days, sharing what we are about at ISFPC.
As part of Caroline's Bicentennial presentation, poets read poems they presented at Riley Days or about Indiana. Here Jenny Kalahar, Marlene Million, Alice Couch, and Mary Couch present a collaborative poem about state parks.
We were honored to have Indiana Poet Laureate Shari Wagner as our feature speaker. Shari is warm and friendly and has done much to promote poetry around the state. She is working on 4 books simultaneously! She treated us to a sneak preview of one of them, a collection of poems written from the persona of a Mennonite farmwife. Read more about Shari's work on her website, Through the Sycamores.
After dinner, Shari Wagner coached us through a great workshop about writing poetry as memoir. As part of the exercise, we each told the group about something we'd inherited. This was both inspiring from a writing standpoint and insightful from a personal standpoint. We learned all kinds of new things about each other. For example, the fact the Alice Couch used to help her dad perform trick flycasting shows! What a daredevil poet!
Here's the gang!
The joy of meeting at a state park is taking breaks to enjoy the scenery!
This scarecrow says thanks for coming and see you at Spring Meet with Last Stanza Poetry Club!
Join us in just TWO DAYS for Fall Rendezvous at Spring Mill State Park!
FRIDAY OCTOBER 14
4 -5 Sign in
5 – 6 Dinner
6:30 – 7:15 Mary Couch
7:30 – 8:45 Contest winners
9 – 9:30 Executive Board meeting
9 - ? Round Robin readings
SAT OCTOBER 15
8 – 9 Breakfast
9:15 Business Meeting
10:30 -11 Break
11 – 11:45 Caroline Legacy
12 – 1 Lunch
1 -1:45 ISFPC History
1:45 – 2 Break
2:15 – 2:45 Contest winners
2:45 – 3 Break
3 – 4 Shari Wagner
4 – 5 Free Time
5 – 6 Dinner
6:15 – 7 Shari Wagner
7 – 7:15 Break
7:15 Final Contest Winners
SUN OCTOBER 15
8 – 9 Breakfast with Indiana State Poet Laureate
Enjoy this gallery of pictures of poets presenting Oct 7 and 8 during Riley Fest. This was an Indiana Bicentennial Poetry Event of ISFPC and Indiana Poets. The event took pace in Greenfield, Indiana, at the boyhood home of James Whitcomb Riley. The weekend included a visit to the Riley Museum, a Riley reenactors, the unveiling of a new Riley statute, and of course lots of pride in the poetry of Indiana! Many of our own ISFPC poets read their poets during this 2 festival. Great job, all! Pictures courtesy of Caroline Dewey.
Hello, POEts out there! No, that's not a typo, it's a callout for you fans of Edgar Allen Poe. You're invited to hear a dramatic reading of Poe's works by poet Patrick Kalahar:
Jenny Kalahar tells us more about the event:
"Tania, the bookshop owner, decorates for the Halloween season and has tea/cider/coffee and snacks. Pat reads The Raven by candlelight, dressed as Poe with his hair and mustache dyed, and then takes questions about Poe's writing and life. He's done this for a few years. Started off with maybe five people in the store to listen, to a full house the last three years. One girl came a couple of years ago who had Poe's face as a large tattoo on her thigh! Now, that's a Poe fan!"
They look pretty similar, don't they? Good job, Patrick, and good luck!
Brick Street Poetry Inc. is seeking submissions of original children’s poetry – poetry for children written by either adults or kids of any age. Poems submitted must have never been published anywhere before. Poets are permitted to submit a maximum of three poems.
Each poem is to be contained to one page of a Microsoft Word document, prepared in Times New Roman 12-point font, with one- inch margins on all four sides. The poet’s contact information - name, address, email and phone number - are to be placed at the top of each page. Preference will be given to poems that contain one or more of the following characters: a frog, a moose, bees and bears. However, poems without these characters will still be considered.
Deadline for submissions is Sept 22. Please email your submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org with your poems sent as attachments.
The poems selected will be published in a book before the end of 2016 and given to children who are patients in Indianapolis hospitals. The cost of publishing was made possible by a grant from the Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr., Memorial Foundation.
Brick Street Poetry Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit based in Zionsville, Indiana that sponsors the monthly poetry series, Poetry on Brick Street, publishes the Tipton Poetry Journal, and hosts a wide variety of other poetry-related projects.
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Lots of great opportunities to network with other poets and hone your craft this Fall! Hope you join in the fun.
1 We have til the end of the month to register for ISFPC Fall Rendezvous. This is a weekend gathering of poets for reading, workshops, fellowship, and nature at Spring Mill State Park, Oct 14-16. Shari Wagner, Poet Laureate, will be our keynote speaker. Info here: http://www.isfpc.org/fall-rendezvous.html.
2. One of the main events at Fall Rendezvous is hearing ISPFC Annual Contest results. It’s time to submit in up to 27 categories! Contest ends Sept 1st. http://www.isfpc.org/annual-contest.html.
We need a leader like Lincoln today! Not only was he an outstanding politician, he was a poet!
NI POETS /ACPL present:
The Poetry of Lincoln
If you "Like" ABRAHAM LINCOLN you will love the Lincoln speaker, Sara Gabbard, as she shares the Poetry of Lincoln.
Main ACPL (Ft Wayne Library)
7-8:30 pm Wednesday 8/10/2016
Begins at 7:00 p.m. sharp.
Come to the Globe Room
Adult artists of any medium and experience level are invited to our NICE Creativity Workshop! Gather with your fellow creatives at Logan Street Sanctuary to brainstorm about great works of literature, and we want YOUR creative ideas! We are especially looking to increase the representation of writers and poets.
What is the NICE Creativity Workshop, July 23-24?
NICE stands for Noblesville Interdisciplinary Creativity Expo. It is a signature event at Logan Street Sanctuary, but participants need not live in Noblesville to contribute their art. We are delighted when people from out of town are involved, as long as they or someone they delegate can be present at our main event to show off their art.
My partner in crime, Alys, and I picked 4 quotes from classic pieces of literature. The works this year are Macbeth, Rebecca, Alice in Wonderland, and Wynema: Child of the Forest. Wynema is not as well-known but it’s the first novel written by a women of Native American descent (in the late 1800s). We wanted to hear voices from a range of authors. Artists of ANY medium (music, painting, cake decorating, textiles, poets, writers, dancers, ANY medium) create works of art inspired by these quotes, or the works as a whole. The idea is we use the quote as an entry point to explore great works of literature through art.
Our NICE main presentation will be in the Fall, Sept 30-Oct 1. This is when artists present or display their finished works. The workshop on July 23-24 is so artists can begin to prepare their works. It is intended to be a 2-day workshop (4 hours Saturday, 3 hours Sunday), but it is not required anyone attend both days.
Day 1 will focus on the quotes by themselves. Day 2 will focus on the quotes in context of the work or play as a whole.
Among the things we will cover:
On Day 1:
· Take a tour of Logan Street Sanctuary http://loganstreetsanctuary.org/, a local artists venue and registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
· Discuss what makes a timeless literary classic and how we can use a quote as an entry point.
· Learn several brainstorming techniques for drawing artistic inspiration from a literary quote. These will involve balloon outlines, theater improv games, musical “conducting” using our favorite words from each quote, and. All the brainstorming techniques are designed so ANYONE can participate regardless of skill level in that particular art. We want to be a safe place for artists to experiment and exchange ideas. Our exercises will include movement, writing, rhythms, and color.
· “Free play” – We encourage participants to bring their art supplies with them – anything from pen and paper to paint to knitting needles – whatever your thing is! During free play, you can start to create your work, continue brainstorming, or even collaborate with another artist.
On Day 2:
· Learn the history of each work as a whole, characters, plotline.
· Participate in collaborative visual art.
· Discuss major themes in each book.
· More free play. Our goal by the end of the workshop is that most participants will be ready to submit a proposal form for our NICE event on Sept 30-Oct 1. The work does not have to be finished for the artist to submit a form – but they should have a clear idea of what they will be creating and how it fits one of our literary works. We also hope at least some artists will be inspired by each other and wish to collaborate. We would love some cross-pollination of the arts – a musician writes a piece for a dancer, a poet writes a poem and a painter writes it on canvas with illustrations, etc.
We would love to have you come! Adult artists of any kind and any experience level are welcome. The workshop is a great value – just $15 for both days, and there is a group rate of $10 per person for groups of 4 or more. More info at: http://loganstreetsanctuary.org/nice-noblesville-interdisciplinary-creativity-expo or like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NICE.Noblesville.Interdisciplinary.Creativity.Expo/?fref=ts.
Thursday night I attended a special poetry reading sponsored by Brick Street Poetry at the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library in Zionsville. Poets delighted us with excerpts from the recent publication, Mapping the Muse: A Bicentennial Look at Indiana Poetry. This event was an official Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project, and every poem of the evening treated us to a different view of an Indiana landmark, the Hoosier lifestyle, or our state landscape.
JL Kato served as Master of Ceremonies. He opened with a couple collaborative poems. The first was a collaborative poem by ISFPC about Indiana State Parks. Each poet was assigned a different state park and contributed a stanza. Authors include: Joyce Brinkman, Alice Couch, Nancy Simmonds, S. Evan Walters, Marlene Million, Alys Caviness-Gober, Jenny Kalahar, Kathy Maves, Mary Couch. The group includes a Poet Laureate, Premiere poet, and several members from my club, the Noble Poets (yea!). JL Kato and Susan Miller read the next poem, entitled “Prairie,” by John D. Groppe, Pat Kopanda, Carlee Tressel Alson, Marcia Smith-Wood, Maia Hawthorne, Shannon Anderson, Doris Myers, J. Patrick Lewis, Gus Nybergm, Sally Nalbor, Alyssa Cook, Connie Kingsman, and Joyce Brinkman.
Individual poets who presented their works represented 6 different counties. I’m including some of my favorite lines. Apologies to anyone I unintentionally left out!
I bought the Kindle version of Mapping the Muse as soon as I got home (too eager to wait for a hard copy). The book is also available in softcover on Amazon and at the libraries of the poets included in the collection.
Let me tell you, you are in for a treat. The general tone of the book is nostalgic, as many poets reflect on the landmarks and atmosphere of their home counties. But the book hits plenty of other tones - ranging from humor to awe to tragedy. It covers subjects from Hoagy Carmichael to tornados to covered bridges to county fairs to Quakers. Small but beautiful nature photographs accompany some of the collaborative works.
I was impressed with the range of experience levels represented in the book. A 5th grade class submitted a poem, as did a 90 year old. All four Indiana Poets Laureate are featured in the front: Joyce Brinkman, Norbert Krapf, Karen Kovacik, and George Kalamaras.
I recommend this collection as a great way to reflect on Indiana in our bicentennial year. Reading it felt like sitting down on a leisurely afternoon and eating a Hoosier pie, with each slice giving me a little taste of a different county. (The poets represent 59 counties.) Well done, poets, editor Barry Harris, JL Kato, Brick Street Poetry, and all the many people involved in this project (including lots of ISFPC members)!
The Indiana State Federation of Poetry Clubs is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and creative process of poetry.