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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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2021 Annual Contest Landscape Category Winners

By sdpoetry | January 27, 2022

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 ūüôā 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

By sdpoetry | December 9, 2021

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‚Äôs 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 sdpoetry | December 7, 2021

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 sdpoetry | October 11, 2021

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

By sdpoetry | September 26, 2021

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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Silver Linings and Zoom in the Pandemic

By sdpoetry | May 12, 2021

I’ve never been a fan of technology; there’s dozens of poems stored away on hard drives, social media sites, and the cloud to prove it. That’s why it was no small suprise that when the COVID-19 pandemic seized the world and essentially quarantined me on the other side of the globe, technology was the thing …

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