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Welcome to the website of the Iowa Poetry Association! Through this website and other links, we invite members of IPA and the general public to keep in touch with other poets. The Iowa Poetry Association is a non-profit organization whose sole objective is to promote interest in and appreciation of poetry among Iowans through educational opportunities, poetry writing contests and the publication of our annual anthology of Iowa poetry, Lyrical Iowa.

The IPA newsletter is published quarterly with news on events and members of the association, as well as submission and contest resources for poets and resources for teachers.

Each year, IPA offers two workshops in the Des Moines area, where poems are critiqued by eminent teachers, editors or publishers. Submissions of poetry to be critiqued are accepted as indicated. Please check guidelines on our Events page.

IPA is now going LIVE! with monthly mini-workshops and readings via Zoom! More information on the IPA LIVE! page.


Honorary Poet Laureate: Lucille Morgan Wilson (1925-2021)

We are honored and thrilled to share that Humanities Iowa is posthumously designating Lucille Morgan Wilson as Honorary Poet Laureate, a first-of-its-kind recognition. Go to Voices from the Prairie (Click Current Issue link, pg 11) to read the Humanities Iowa article and an excerpt of Lucille's poem, "In Any Language," recited each year at the World Food Prize Award.

At Iowa Poetry Association, we are ever grateful to Lucille for her tireless dedication in promoting poetry across Iowa. She served as IPA Treasurer 1975-76, IPA President 1976-1978, then 1988-2016 as IPA Editor-in-chief of our annual Lyrical Iowa anthology and quarterly newsletters. Lucille managed the annual IPA contests, writing thousands of encouraging notes and helpful suggestions to aspiring poets over the years. Lucille was also board member and Treasurer of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, among many other service positions, earning her the Interfaith Service Award by the Des Moines Area Religious Council in 1996 and was the first recipient of the Robert D Ray Iowa SHARES Humanitarian Award recognizing her 30 years with the Des Moines Area Hunger Hike.

Thank you to Humanities Iowa for this distinguished acknowledgement of Lucille's contributions. And thank you to all who sent in testimonials in support of Lucille.


COMING SOON:

  • Lyrical Iowa Student Reading Celebration! Join IPA LIVE on Weds June 12 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. when student winners and whose work will be published in this year's Lyrical Iowa, along with Iowa's Student Poet Ambassador Tanya Rastogi, will be featured. You will hear poetry written and read by students from elementary school through college. Tanya will discuss the role of poetry in her life, her advice to students, and she will read from her work. Every year the student voices program is a favorite--you won't want to miss it! If you're not already on the login email list, please send an RSVP to ipa@iowapoetry.com with Students in the subject line.

  • Announcing Lyrical Iowa Adult Division Winners! Click here. Congratulations to all of this year's winners! Poems will be posted after release of the anthology, around Oct 1.

  • Welcome to Teresa Lawler who has accepted the position of IPA Teacher Liaison! More about Teresa here Teresa will host the IPA Teacher Panel in August's IPA LIVE program.

  • More NEWS here

Can you help us find some older back issues of Lyrical Iowa?
We are attempting to archive our complete collection of Lyrical Iowa, but are still missing the following issues: 1946, 1951, 1955, 1956 and 1964. Please let us know if you hear/see of estate sales, libraries, individuals disposing of old issues. Please contact Heather Clark




                                   


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