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IPA Youth Poetry Celebration - Sat. June 15th, 2019
|President Jerry Narland with Crystal Stone, Dawn Sly-Terpstra, Robert Tremmel and Dennis Maulsby|
|Stephanie Novotny, Hospitality, Shelly Thieman, Communications, Jerry Narland, President|
|Lucille Morgan Wilson, Past-Editor, IPA members Virginia Mortenson, Frank Kutchen, Mike Wilson|
|IPA member James Sandin, Maxine Carlson, 2nd Vice-President and Historian, Marilyn Baszczynski, Editor|
|Maggie Westvold, Secretary, far left, members Joyce Allen, Wally Moll (foreground). Rodney Reeves, Nominations (far back center), Linda Harris, Treasurer (standing back right). Other IPA members: Joan Waske, Lucy Ringold, Kay Harris, Pat Underwood|
Critics: Kyle McCord and Isaac Pressnell
Kyle McCord is the author of five books of poetry including National Poetry Series Finalist, Magpies in the Valley of Oleanders (Trio House Press 2016). He has work featured in AGNI, Blackbird, Boston Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly and elsewhere. He is married to the visual artist Lydia McCord.
Isaac Pressnell received an MFA in poetry from West Virginia University in 2008. His poems have appeared in Best American Experimental Writing 2015, Hotel Amerika, Indiana Review, Mid-American Review, Ninth Letter, Southern Indiana Review, and many other publications. He teaches at Graceland University in Lamoni, IA where he lives with his wife and dog.
At Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave., Ames; 7:00-9:00 p.m. both days
Oct. 13th: Marc Smith (founder of Slam Poetry) and Courtney Smith. Hosted by Jim Coppoc and
It is incredibly rare in human experience to be able to share a room with the founder of a major and historic movement in literature and pop culture, but on October 13, 2018 Ames Public Library will offer exactly that. Marc Smith is coming to Ames, and he is bringing his poems and his wisdom with him.
Smith will be joined by Courtney Smith (no relation), a rapidly emerging Des Moines poet in the confessional strain, with prosody and musicality every bit as moving as her story. Smith (Courtney) is also a mentor for Half Pints Poetry, and will speak to her experience helping young children grow a love of language and performance.
Oct. 14th: Mary Swander (Iowa Poet Laureate) and Movement 515. Hosted by Jim Coppoc.
The final event of the Signal Poetry Festival will bring the youth of Movement 515 to the Farwell T. Brown stage to join Iowa Poet Mary Swander in a celebration of community and possibility and poetry out loud!
Provided in partnership with Ames Public Library and Iowa Poetry Association. Supported by the Ames Public Library Friends Foundation.
Iowa Poetry Association Student Contest Winners of the 2018 Lyrical Iowa Poetry Competition were invited to read their winning poems in a Special Celebration of Iowa Youth Poetry at the State Historical Museum of Iowa Auditorium 600 East Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday June 9th, 2018. Fourteen students participated, reading their winning poems to an audience of about seventy (family, friends, teachers, IPA board members).
This year's National Federation of State Poetry Societies Annual Convention was held in Denver, Colorado, hosted by the Columbine Poets of Colorado (Julie Cummings, President). Six IPA members, Maxine Carlson, Frank Kutchen, Virginia Mortenson, Linda Harris, Pat Underwood and Lucille Morgan Wilson, attended the numerous panels, discussions, writing workshops, readings, dinners and other activities organized for the convention. (Photos by Maxine Carlson)
|IPA members attending: Linda Harris, Frank Kutchen, Lucille Morgan Wilson, Pat Underwood, Maxine Carlson, Virginia Mortenson|
|Lucille and Pat|
|Presenter Rosemerry Trommel during a workshop|
Congratulations to the following Iowan poets who won at total of 18 awards in the 2018 NFSPS Contests announced during the convention: John McBride, Virginia Mortenson, Pat Underwood, Lucille Morgan Wilson and Mary Zachmeyer. Two Iowa students ranked in Contest #50: Lindsey Zuideman, Hull (1st place), and Josie Jones, Cedar Rapids (4th HM).
Please consider joining the Iowa delegation to the 2019 NFSPS Convention in Santa Fe, NM, June 23-26, 2019. Start working now and enter your best poems before the March 15, 2019 contest deadline. Check the NFSPS website and IPA mailings for more information
Critics: Jim Coppoc and Debra Marquart. Both Jim and Debra have been IPA critics in the past, and we were happy to have them return.
Jim Coppoc is an award-winning writer, teacher and performer and the author of two books and three chapbooks of poetry, a blended-genre lyric memoir and several plays. Coppoc has recently been getting a lot of good attention from the literary world, with four Pushcart nominations for both poetry and nonfiction. Among other projects, Jim teacher Film, Literature and American Indian Studies at Iowa State University; plays bass in the Gatehouse Saints and huitar/keys/vocals in Love Rhino; blogs for Coal Hill Review; and lives in Ames, Iowa with his two sons.
Debra Marquart is the author of six books including,Small Buried Things: Poems (2015), The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere (2007), and a co-edited anthology of experimental writing, Nothing to Declare: A Guide to the Prose Sequence(2016). She teaches nonfiction in the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine, and directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University. The Senior Editor of Flyway: Journal of Writing & Environment, Marquart has delivered over 250 invited readings and keynotes at universities and conferences from New York and Washington to Greece and Ireland. Her work has been featured on three NPR programs-- Morning Edition, The Writer's Almanac, and On Point--and the BBC. She is the recipient of over 50 grants and awards including an NEA Fellowship, a PEN USA Nonfiction Award, and Elle Magazine's Elle Lettres Award. Her environmental poem, "Lament," was recently honored by inclusion in Best American Poetry 2016.
Critics Rustin Larson and Barbara Lau with readers Virginia Mortenson and Max Molleston.
A big THANK YOU to all who attended our open house in appreciation of Lucille Morgan Wilson's dedication to Iowa Poetry Association, to thank her for over 28 years as Editor-in-Chief of Lyrical Iowa, not to mention a stint as IPA Hospitality Chair, Treasurer and President. Her contribution in support of poetry in Iowa is huge.
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