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

  • South Dakota
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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Calls for Events

By ThatBrandyn | February 20, 2016

Calls for Events!   As you may or may not know, I currently reside in Rapid City. That means I don’t always know what other poetry events are happening across the state. If you have any poetry-related event that you’d like the SDSPS to promote, please submit the details and I’ll get it on the …

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What’re You Reading 1/8/16

By ThatBrandyn | January 8, 2016

What’re You Reading?   Poets and poetry lovers,   Hopefully you received some new books over the holiday. If not, maybe you had enough time to crack open one you’ve been meaning to get to. Maybe it wasn’t even a book, but a poem that leapt from a journal or an online archive into your …

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Happy New Year!

By ThatBrandyn | January 8, 2016

Welcome 2016!  Greetings poets and poetry lovers,  Happy New Year, first of all. I wish all of you a fruitful 2016. I expect many good things out of this year. Why not? We have a new Poet Laureate to get to know. We have a state peopled with poets and readers from border to border. …

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Publication Opportunity

By ThatBrandyn | October 19, 2015

Our friends at Black Hills Books are looking for submissions. Take a look at their website and consider sending them something. They are looking for more than poetry? http://blackhillsbooks.com/anthology-submissions

Call for Archives

By ThatBrandyn | October 19, 2015

Call for Archival Materials! Greetings, poetry supporters of South Dakota.   As you may or may not know, the South Dakota State Poetry Society is in the process of securing archives to preserve our long, proud history of serving poetry in our great state. We are looking for any materials that you may have lying …

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2015 SD Festival of Books

By ThatBrandyn | September 24, 2015

The 2015 South Dakota Festival of the Book is upon us. Please come out to Deadwood and check us out. We will be hosting an open-mic reading on Friday night in the Deadwood Mountain Grand Prospector Room from 7:30-9:00. Twist some arms and bring some friends to join us at our membership table. There are workshops, …

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