South Dakota State Poetry Society was founded in 1927 by Dr. James C. Lindberg at Northern State College, and then incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1970. Since 1927, SDSPS has published its official literary magazine, Pasque Petals, now the oldest poetry journal in continuous publication in the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. This official literary magazine has grown from a mimeographed monthly publication to the current two annual professionally printed editions that exhibit a wide swath of writers who use various genres to express their regional imagery and ideas.
SDSPS is directed by a board made up of South Dakota poets who select an editor for Pasque Petals, oversee the annual national competition of poetry (now in its 37th year), and recommend the South Dakota Poet Laureate to the Governor. Currently Lee Ann Roripaugh is the South Dakota State Laureate. Past Poet Laureates are Badger Clark, Adeline Jenny, Mabel Frederick, Audrae Visser, and David Allan Evans.
Our work grows from our Mission Statement. “For the purpose of connecting to all South Dakota writers, rural and urban, and contributing to the state’s cultural growth, SDSPS seeks to foster the creation and appreciation of poetry that appeals to the senses, challenges the imagination, and stimulates creative and intellectual thought.”