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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Mary Oliver: A Modern Day Thoreau

By Daniel Snethen | March 4, 2019

We lost a great poet this year. The quill of Mary Oliver will ink no more, but the memory of her wonderful nature poems will resonate eternally. And when the natural heritage she captured so beautifully in her poetry has been annihilated by the wanton lust of man, we will remember, what once was, through …

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2018 Annual Contest Winners: Portrait Category

By sdpoetry | February 25, 2019

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 annual poetry contest: Donna Kelly, Katy Beem, and S.D. Bassett. Click below to read their poems! Image by Zan C under the creative commons license on Flickr.

2018 Contest Winners: Landscape Category

By sdpoetry | February 18, 2019

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Annual poetry contest: Julie Martin, Judy Larson, and Kelli Schmidt- Bultena. Click the link below to read their poems! This week’s post highlights the winners in the landscape category, and next week a post will go live with the portrait category winners.

Coming Soon!

By Lindy Obach | January 22, 2019

Check back here on Feb. 1 for information, rules, and guidelines about our 2019 Chapbook Contest!

What does the SD Festival of Books Offer Poets?

By Jodilyn Andrews | September 19, 2018

As many of you know, the annual SD Festival of Books is approaching this weekend, and it intends to brings writers and readers together. I was just reading through the various events and noting which ones I wanted to attend, and I just thought it might be useful to talk about the specific poetry events …

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Annual SDSPS Meeting: Saturday Sept 22

By Jodilyn Andrews | September 17, 2018

Members of SDSPS will meet Saturday, Sept. 22, at the First United Methodist Church in Brookings, room 204, from 4:30-6 p.m. The general membership of our organization is invited to attend; so please spread the word. Meeting Agenda: President Bruce Roseland presides, calls the meeting to order. In attendance: Distribution of Board Meeting Agenda. The floor …

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