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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South Dakota Poets You Should Know: David Allan Evans

By Barbara Duffey | August 8, 2016

The South Dakota Poet Laureate until last year (2015), Evans has an understated, imagistic aesthetic that is deceptively simple.  His poetic voice is deeply rooted in concern for the natural world and in exploring how humans encounter nature.  It’s a great example of what South Dakotan poetry can be in the 20th and 21st centuries.  …

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South Dakota Poets You Should Know: Jeanne Emmons

By Barbara Duffey | August 1, 2016

I’m a fan of Jeanne Emmons’s poetry in general, and though the poems in Rootbound are my favorites, a good poem of hers that you can access easily online is “The Poetry Class at The Girl’s Club” from The Glove of the World at her publisher’s website, The Backwaters Press:   The Poetry Class at …

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South Dakota Poets You Should Know: Darla Biel

By Barbara Duffey | July 25, 2016

Hello!  I’m Barbara Duffey, a board member of the SDSPS and an assistant professor of English at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, SD.  For the next three months, I’ll be writing weekly blog posts, each highlighting a contemporary South Dakota poet whose work merits your attention.  My criteria for the current project is poets whose …

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April is the Cruelest Poetry Month

By ThatBrandyn | April 27, 2016

Poetry month is again on its way out. Poof. Were you able to write a poem-a-day? Read one? Every other day? If you’ve even written or read one poem this month, kudos. If you’ve been prolific and productive daily, quadruple kudos! I start off each poetry month with the same mindset: I’m going to write …

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By ThatBrandyn | April 8, 2016

Copy and paste this link to access Strophes, the newsletter for the NFSPS (National Federation of State Poetry Societies). http://www.nfsps.com/Strophes2016_Apr.pdf Write on–

Scurfpea Publishing Opportunity

By ThatBrandyn | March 11, 2016

The Scurfpea Publishing 2016 Anthology   Call for poems.   Scurfpea Publishing invites submissions for our 2015 anthology to be edited by Brandyn Johnson (Black Hills State University). Poems must not have been previously published. No simultaneous submissions will be accepted. Previous Scurfpea anthologies can be found at scurfpeapublishing.com and at amazon.com.   Submission of …

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