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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.

SOME IMPORTANT NEWS:

  • LYRICAL IOWA 2021 is now available--shipping will begin shortly. If you haven't ordered yours yet, there are still copies available. Order here.
  • CONGRATULATIONS to all students and adults receiving awards and those who have a poem selected for publication in Lyrical Iowa 2021! Adult division award winning poems are now posted on the Lyrical Iowa page. We invite our 2021 adult and student winners to read their winning poem on our "Lyrical Iowa Poetry" Facebook page. Visit us there to have a listen! Some of the 2020 poems are also still online.
  • Congratulations to our Nominees for the 2022 Pushcart Prize! Read more HERE.
  • IPA's 2021 Fall Workshop is online. Please go to our Events page and IPA calendar for more information.

  • 2022 Contest Rules are posted!
  • NEW! Meet our Judges for the 2022 contests!

  • 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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