2021 Annual Contest Portrait Category Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our annual poetry contest! Thank you to everyone who entered the contest. The following portrait poems were judged by Dana Yost. He was so impressed with the submissions. Enjoy the winning poems 🙂 FIRST PLACE Stopping in at La Leona Roadhouse, Patagonia, Argentina By Peter Colson On the way to …

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2021 Annual Contest Landscape Category Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our annual poetry contest! Thank you to everyone who entered the contest. The following landscape poems were judged by Christine Stewart. She was so impressed with the submissions. Enjoy the winning poems 🙂 FIRST PLACE Ode to the Ground Cherry By Amanda Potter I first saw you, physalis, hiding next …

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Nebraska Poetry Society’s 2021 Open Poetry Contest

Submission Deadline: Jan 15th, 2022·     1st Place: $500     2nd Place: $250    3rd Place: $100     Honorable Mentions: Up to 20 poems will be selected as honorable mentions.·       All winners and honorable mentions will be published on the Nebraska Poetry Society’s online publication, The Poet Rabble. Guest Judge: Matt MasonMatt Mason is the Nebraska State Poet and Executive Director of the Nebraska Writers …

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Reflections on Teaching A Poetry Course to Seniors

By Linda Hallstrom A friend and I recently facilitated a four-session course designed to introduce people to poetry writing and help them decide whether poetry is a hobby they might enjoy. During the course, I shared my thoughts from the perspective of a person who likes to write poems. My co-presenter, Dr. Rosanne Kirts, brought …

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Sioux Falls Poetry Course for Senior Citizens

By Linda Hallstrom Chronic Poetry Inspired by Sarah Yerkes, a woman who started writing poetry at the age of 96 and published her first book at the age of 100, two Sioux Falls women will be teaching a poetry writing class for senior citizens this fall. Linda Hallstrom and Dr. Rosanne Kirts are offering the …

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Mentoring Young Writers by Erika Saunders

Last week I was invited along with some other SDSPS members to present poetry workshops in local high school and middle school classrooms in support of a program hosted by the Brookings County Youth Mentoring Program (BCYMP) based on the recently compiled poetry anthology South Dakota in Poems https://sdpoetry.org/product/south-dakota-in-poems/. BCYMP is a youth mentoring program that recruits, …

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Poetry Interactions: The Basics of Submitting and Publishing

Now that we have covered the pleasure of interacting with poetry every day, reading and sharing poetry, taking online classes, and writing and revising, I thought we better cover the next step: submitting and publishing. Different people write poetry for different reasons. Some people just want to write it down without anyone else reading it. …

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Poetry Interactions: Online Classes and Revision

As part of challenging myself to interact with poetry, I also ended up taking a few online poetry classes. At first I just wanted to learn more of the poetry basics for a refresher and hopefully to be introduced to some new information. So, I took Coursera’s free course: “Sharpened Visions: A Poetry Workshop.” This …

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