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To encourage poem-making and
poem-reading in South Dakota.

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SDSPS was organized in 1927 and incorporated as a South Dakota non-profit on August 8, 1970.

Our Mission

To encourage and foster the writing and publication of poetry by South Dakota writers and to promote excellence therein; to arouse in students of high school and college age, interest in the creative writing of poetry; to foster or publish Pasque Petals, a magazine, on a regular basis, thereby continuing the publication which was begun before the Society was organized, which publication is devoted chiefly to poetry, to stimulate by such proper means as the sponsoring of contests, awarding of prizes, and by other means of encouragement, the writing of poetry; and by these means to aid in the cultural growth of South Dakota.

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Wisława Szymborska’s “Could Have”

By Willingham | January 16, 2017

It is difficult to explain good fortune. I inspected a garage fire last week. I could tell you that I went further into the wreckage than I should have to get a better look at his tool chests. I could tell you that my cell phone rang while I stood under charred rafters that were …

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Re-Seeing: The Role of Revision in the Writing Process

By Christine | January 9, 2017

“Writing Process” refers to a method or way of approaching the practice of writing; it’s a series of recursive activities that begins with generative writing and ends with a polished text. I use “writing “ and “text” generally because I use this process for all kinds of writing that I compose, including poetry, memoirs, essays, …

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January Happenings

By Willingham | January 2, 2017

Beat the South Dakota winter by taking part in poetry, art and literary happenings around the state. Here are a few things coming up this month that we know about: January 12 Great Faces  What: Juried visual and literary arts show sponsored by Arts Night @ The Pub Where: Dempsey’s Pub • 127 N. Broadway, Watertown …

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Call for Poems: Spring 2017 Pasque Petals

By Christine | December 29, 2016

The submission period for our Spring 2017 Pasque Petals is now open, through February 1. Get the details and submit your poems.

Great Faces Juried Visual & Literary Arts Show

By Willingham | December 28, 2016

Check out the juried visual and literary arts show sponsored by Arts Night @ The Pub coming up on January 12th at Dempsey’s Pub at 127 N. Broadway in Watertown, SD. Submission deadline is December 31. Contact Doris Symens Armstrong at 605-680-1872 or Ann Taecker at 605-882-1780 for more information. Featured image on home page …

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2016 Annual Poetry Contest Winners Announced

By Willingham | December 13, 2016

Warm thanks to all who entered our 2016 Annual Poetry Contest. Congratulations to the following poets, as selected by judge Jodilyn Andrews: South Dakota Portrait First – “Eddie Little Sky Retells His Ancestors’ Story” by Barbara Blanks, Garland, TX Second – “Drumming Circle” by Marsha Mittman, Spearfish, SD Third – “Our Rite of Spring” by Norma …

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