Poetry and Environment

The process of nature writing evokes the image of an individual striving to build connections with the natural world. Observations of forests and fields, roadside parks and rooftop gardens provide us with raw materials. The nature journal, for example, contains descriptions, impressions and other incomplete renderings tracked in with the mud, wind and rain. A …

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Great Plains Writer’s Conference

Readings and Book Signings Featured Writers: Heidi Czerwiec, Barbara Duffey, Patrick Hicks, Christine Stewart-Nuñez and Steven Wingate Women Poet’s Collective: Lysbeth Benkert, Heidi Czerweic, Barbara Duffey, Jeanne Emmons, Lindy Obach, Marcella Remund, Christine Stewart-Nuñez, Norma Wilson Workshops, Craft Talks & Roundtables Making Fiction out of Nonfiction Digital Literature: What it is and Why Humans Do It …

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Annual Contest Winning Poems: Landscape Category

Congratulations to Katy Beem, John Nelson, and James McEnteer for winning the annual contest in the landscape category! Katy Beem secured first place with her poem “Fortress Instructions,” John Nelson won second place for “Monuments,” and James McEnteer won third place for “Mountain Time.” To view the poems, click the following link: Landscape contest winners …

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Annual Contest Winning Poems: Portrait Category

Congratulations to Roberta Haar and Bill Quist for winning the annual contest in the portrait category! First Place 50, today by Roberta Haar What part of me is 50? What specks, particles, motes or grist over the years? Hair keeps growing molecule by molecule while cells replenish from time to time. Nails renewed. Even nerves …

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Poems, part 2

Here are some more poems that were read at our recent poetry reading. Enjoy! Sidewalk Impressionist -From Fall 2016 Pasque Petals by Brooklyn Gross Kids stampede over my slender fingers, But they don’t break my bones. Bicyclists roll over my palms, Their tires leaving no imprint on my skin. My invisible hands lie on the …

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SDSPS is in the process of getting more poetry up on our site, and I thought that it would be fun to feature poetry that was shared at our recent reading for the next two blog posts. So, here are three poems from SDSPS publications that were read at the reading: All a-winter-ling -From Pasque …

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Annual Poetry Contest: 2016 Landscape Winners

The Annual Poetry Contest’s deadline is December 1, 2017. The contest has two categories: Landscape and Portrait. The poems are read blind and judged by an independent committee. For more information about the contest click here The following two poems won the first and second place prizes in the 2016 Landscape category: First Place Dakota Flamenco …

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Poetry of Presence Anthology and Book Bash

“Some poems are good medicine. and some “good medicine poems” are mindfulness poems.” So say Phyllis Cole-Dai and Ruby R. Wilson, both members of the South Dakota State Poetry Society, who are celebrating the recent publication of Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems. Cole-Dai, a resident of Brookings, and Wilson, who lives in …

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Submission Opportunities through NFSPS

The South Dakota State Poetry Society belongs to the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, which hosts many poetry competitions. You can check out the Strophes publication here for more information about specific contests and submission opportunities around the country. Featured image by kiler129, under the creative commons license.

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