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.

SDSPS acknowledges that we share the traditional lands of the Oceti Sakowin, or Seven Council Fires nations, the proper name for the tribes of the Santee-Dakota, Yankton-Nakota, and Teton-Lakota people, referred to collectively as the Sioux.

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SDSPS Poetry Walk Tour Was a Success!

By sdpoetry | October 3, 2022

On Friday September 23rd, in the afternoon, a sizeable group gathered in downtown Brookings to celebrate the installation of the poetry walk. We walked from permanent plaque to permanent plaque while SDSPS board members and two of our former poet laureates read bios and poems from all the former SD poet laureates. It was a …

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Festival of Books Door Prize

By sdpoetry | September 23, 2022

SD Poetry Walk in Brookings, SD

By sdpoetry | September 9, 2022

For the very first time, the State of South Dakota will have a permanent Poetry Walk.  The Poetry Walk is located on Main Street in Brookings, SD.  It features poems by South Dakota’s seven Poet Laureates:   Badger Clark, South Dakota’s first Poet Laureate, followed by Adeline Jenny, Mable Frederick, Audrae Visser, David Allan Evans, Lee …

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2022 Chapbook Contest Winner: Hit or Miss Yields

By sdpoetry | July 6, 2022

Thank you to everyone who submitted to the 2022 chapbook contest. This year’s winning chapbook is Hit or Miss Yields by Erika Saunders! Congratulations, Erika! The winning chapbook, along with both the spring and fall Pasque Petals, are included in a yearly poetry society membership. So if your membership is up-to-date, you will receive Erika’s …

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Skin Reverberations by Jodi Andrews Published by SDSPS

By sdpoetry | June 29, 2022

The South Dakota State Poetry Society is thrilled to announce the publication of  Jodi Andrews’ debut full-length collection of poetry, Skin Reverberations. “Since I was young, I’ve written poems to process life, especially difficulty,” said Andrews. “When I took my first poetry class in 2015, I learned to craft those ramblings.” Andrews, who teaches English …

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Full Circle Book Co-op

By sdpoetry | June 27, 2022

By Dana Yost The Full Circle Book Co-op in Sioux Falls is doing more than its part to promote poetry in the region. Check that. The Book Co-op is not only promoting poetry, it is making it. Full Circle co-owner Sion Lidster and co-op member Garrett Ammesmaki recently started Milk Carton Press, an independent press …

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