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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.


    Cedar Rapids Prairie High School Student Johnnie Each Selected to Serve as Ambassador. Read full article.
  • The LYRICAL IOWA One-Time Give-Away of selected back issues is NOW through April 30th. More info here.
  • LYRICAL IOWA 2021 If you haven't ordered yours yet, there are still copies available. Order here.
  • NEW! Meet our Judges for the 2022 contests!
  • Check out the new line-up for the 2022 IPA LIVE! program!
  • In January, IPA LIVE! begins by introducing an exciting program offered by the Grant Wood Country Writers Forum!
  • IPA's 2022 Spring Workshop is online. Please go to our Events page and IPA calendar for more information.

  • 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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