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IPA Fall Workshop - Sat. Oct. 27th, 2018
At Wesley United Methodist Church - 800 E. 12th Street, Des Moines
If you are new to IPA or have not yet attended one of our semi-annual workshops,
here's our usual format:
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.
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.
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 Oct. 1st, 2018 remembering:
Send poem and check to Marilyn J Baszczynski, 16096 320th Way, Earlham IA 50072.
NEW: You may also submit your poem electronically to email@example.com. Type or copy your poem into the body of the email (NO ATTACHMENTS). Include your name, address and phone number and you may pay the $10 workshop fee at registration.
Signal Poetry Festival - Sat. Oct. 13th and Sun. Oct. 14th, 2018
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
Oct. 14th: Mary Swander (Iowa Poet Laureate) and Movement 515. Hosted by Jim Coppoc.
Provided in partnership with Ames Public Library and Iowa Poetry Association. Supported by the Ames Public Library Friends Foundation.
IPA Youth Poetry Celebration - Sat. June 9th, 2018
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). The complete list of student winners is available here.
NFSPS Annual Convention - May 31 - June 3rd, 2018
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)
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
IPA Spring Workshop - Sat. April 28th, 2018
Critics: Jim Coppoc and Debra Marquart. Both Jim and Debra have been IPA critics in the past, and we are 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-- em>Morning Edition, The Writer's Almanac, and On Poiny--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.
IPA Fall Workshop - Sat. Oct. 28th, 2017
"Thank-you Lucille" Celebration, Saturday September 16th 2017
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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