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IPA Spring Workshop - Sat. Apr. 29th, 2017

At Wesley United Methodist Church - 800 E. 12th Street, Des Moines

Critics Jeanne Emmons and Kyle McCord with readers Virginia Mortenson and Max Molleston at our last workshop.

Critics: Jeanne Emmons and Kyle McCord

Jeanne Emmons has published three books of poetry: The Glove of the World, winner of the Backwaters Press Reader's Choice Award; Baseball Nights and DDT (Pecan Grove Press), and Rootbound, winner of the New Rivers Press Minnesota Voices Competition. She has won the Comstock poetry prize, the James Hearst Poetry Award, and the Sow's Ear poetry award, among others. Her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, The American Scholar, Carolina Quarterly, Louisiana Literature, North American Review, South Carolina Review, Prairie Schooner, The River Styx, South Dakota Review, and many other journals. She is poetry editor of the Briar Cliff Review and professor emeritus at Briar Cliff University. She and her husband Adam Frisch live on McCook Lake in South Dakota.

Kyle McCord is the author of five books of poetry including National Poetry Series Finalist Magpies in the Valley of Oleanders (Trio House 2016). His work has been featured in AGNI, Boston Review, Crazyhorse, Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly and elsewhere. Kyle has received grants from the Academy of American Poets, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Baltic Writing Residency. He serves as executive editor Gold Wake Press and lives in Des Moines, Iowa where he teaches at Drake University.

Our next workshop will be Saturday, October 28th, 2017.

If you are new to IPA or have not yet attended one of our semi-annual workshops, here's our usual format:

Any member or non-member planning to attend the workshop may submit a single poem, up to 20 lines, no name on poem sheet, please. Non-members may do so on a first-time visitor basis. One of two qualified critics receives your poem in advance, studies it, writes comments -- some of which may be in addition to those he/she gives verbally at the workshop. Your original poem is returned to you at the end of the day.

Workshop starts promptly at 9:00 a.m. (Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Coffee & juice will be ready.) Cost of the noon meal is included in your $10.00 fee. If you prefer NOT to eat on site, or if you must cancel--at least 24 hours ahead of time--a workshop fee of $4.00 applies, whether or not you have sent in a poem. However, we encourage you to stay the whole day to get the most benefit from comments on upwards of fifty poems in a variety of forms and content. We usually finish between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m.

A brief business meeting, as necessary, follows the noon recess: Secretary's, Treasurer's, Editor's reports, etc.

You are welcome to bring your own publications for display and/or sale. Each author will be responsible for collecting money and unsold items. Each critic will be invited to read from his/her own work for about 10 minutes after the lunch hour, before workshop is resumed.

Suggestions: You will benefit most from the workshop if you 1) send a poem that you are struggling with, not a "finished" piece of work; 2) come with expectation, prepared to learn from comments about others' poems, too; 3) know that comments by either critics or workshoppers can be sifted and applied, or not, as YOU choose.

Submissions must be postmarked October 2nd, 2017 remembering:

  • no identification on the poem sheet
  • 20-line limit
  • include check (made out to Iowa Poetry Association) for lunch/workshop reservation

Send poem and check to Marilyn J Baszczynski, 16096 320th Way, Earlham IA 50072.


IPA Fall Workshop - Sat. Oct. 29th, 2016

Readers Virginia Mortenson and Max Molleston with critics Heather Derr-Smith and Paul Brooke
Editor-in-Chief Lucille Morgan Wilson

NFSPS Annual Convention - June 9-13, 2016

This year's National Federation of State Poetry Societies Annual Convention was held in Chaska, Minnesota, hosted by the League of Minnesota Poets (Peter Stein, President). A number of IPA members attended the numerous panels, discussions, writing workshops, readings, dinners and other activities organized for the convention. Among attending Iowans, we found Marilyn Baszczynski, Maxine Bulechek, Marjorie Dohlman, Linda Harris, Frank Kutchen, Virginia Mortenson, Delia and Jim Ralston, Mary Shaw, Pat Underwood and Lucille Morgan Wilson. Although we didn't get a group photo of our entire Iowa contingent, we do have a few to share, thanks to Maxine Bulechek.

The Oak Ridge Convention Center in Chaska, Minnesota.
Panel discussion with keynote speakers Natalie Goldberg, Laura Hansen, Matt Rasmussen, Gretchen Marquette and Philip Bryant.
IPA members Linda Harris, Lucille Morgan Wilson, Marilyn Baszczynski.
Maxine Bulechek with keynote speaker, Natalie Goldberg.


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