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Coming to You LIVE! in 2022


Thank you for the overwhelming positive response to IPA LIVE. With your feedback about IPA's online Zoomcast, which has reached poets from across the state, IPA LIVE returns with new topics and readings in 2022.

IPA LIVE programs will be aired monthly on the second Wednesday of the month (except for April and October with two programs each). Programs will be scheduled for 90 minutes, airing from 7-8:30 pm. When possible, programs will be recorded and available to members.

As summer draws to a close, join IPA LIVE in August to remember the good stuff. Share your summer memories, sunsets, romances, and adventures. Sign up to read(or listen) during IPA LIVE's Poetry of Summer reading on Weds., Aug. 24. Thinking about participating as a featured reader? Plan on sharing up to 10 minutes of poetry. Open mic time is also always available near the end of the program.

On Oct. 12, Lyrical Iowa Editor Marilyn Baszczynski will discuss the 2022 poetry contest and newly released anthology. We’ll hear from adult category contest judges as well as winning poems in those categories. You'll want to hear what's new for 2023-- be sure to Zoom in!

On Feb. 8, 2023, IPA LIVE will present a generative workshop with nationally-known poet James Crews, "Path to Kindness: Writing for Self-Compassion." In this workshop we'll read poems about compassion and joy, then write together from prompts. We'll experiment with timed writing to capture fleeting moments of kindness and joy, plus look at the act of writing as an act of self-compassion. A workshop like this is what we need now. (This program is rescheduled from Sept. 21)

To add your name to the IPA LIVE login distribution list or for more information, please contact IPA LIVE at ipa@iowapoetry.com.

Check out our Facebook page for monthly events. IPA members, check your email for monthly reminders.

Our workshop/readings line-up so far...

  • January 12: Ekphrastic Writing and History Enthusiasts - Grant Wood Writers Forum and IPA Collaborate!
  • February 9: Online Reading: Poems with Love
  • March 9: Honing the Craft: Titles, Endings, Line Breaks and Craft Resources
  • April 13: Catching Up with Iowa Poets
  • April 27: Online Reading in Honor of National Poetry Day
  • May 11: Ecopoetry and Nature Poetry
  • June 8: Teacher Panel
  • July 13: Online Reading: Lyrical Iowa Student Winners and Iowa Student Poet Ambassador
  • August 24: Summer Reading
  • September 14:re-scheduled
  • October 12: Lyrical Iowa and the 2023 Iowa Poetry Contest
  • November 9: What's up? A plethora of live poetry events!
  • December 14: Reading: Poems in Celebration and Grant Wood Forum
  • January 11, 2023: New Year's Poetry Resolutions: Education, Submissions, Creating a Chapbook or Collection
  • February 8, 2023: Generative workshop and poems of compassion with James Crews

WHEN and HOW TO JOIN IN to listen

Reserve the second Wednesday of the month from 7:00 - 8:30 pm. (April and October have two programs.) Login information will be distributed to those who RSVP in advance to ipa@iowapoetry.com. In the subject line please write RSVP WORKSHOP for mini-workshop events, RSVP READINGS to listen to the readings. Login information will be emailed prior to each event.


IPA LIVE! also features the voices of IPA poets. Members will have an opportunity to share their poetry during a series of online topical readings (see the schedule below). Poets who would like to read on the monthly topic should sign up by email at ipa@iowapoetry.com. In the subject line write POETRY READING and indicate in the body of the email the topic. Plan on sharing 3-5 poems (depending on length). We would like to hear from 6-8 poets per session. Sign-up is first come, first served, unless a poet has not yet read during the year; we would like to hear from as many Iowa poets as possible. See the calendar for reading topics below.


Monthly reminders will be emailed to IPA members who have email addresses. If you would like to make sure you're on the email list or to update your information, please email ipa@iowapoetry.com. Please join and check the Iowa Poetry Association Facebook page for reminders about upcoming monthly workshops and reading topics.

Check the IPA calendar on our Events page!

If you have questions, please email Dawn Terpstra at dterp@me.com, or call 641-521-1837.

Please join us LIVE! for new poetry connections in 2022.

Grant Wood Country Writers Forum
and IPA LIVE! Bust the Winter Blahs in January

Creative writers (and, most certainly poets) will have the opportunity to learn, converse and write over the course of ten weeks starting in January.

Iowa's iconic artist Grant Wood, the enduring legacy surrounding his life and works, will serve as the springboard for this lively series. Grant Wood Country Writers Forum, in partnership with the Cedar Rapids Public Library and the Anamosa Public Library & Learning Center will offer this forum chockfull of alluring insights, as well as ideas and resources, to jumpstart the creative process.

Forum presenters include author/historian Paul C. Juhl, author Barbara Feller, author Dorothy Bunting Montgomery and poet Elaine Mattingly. Each of these presenters brings in-depth knowledge of Grant Wood and the area known as "Grant Wood Country." Additionally, participants in the series include those who have much knowledge of the land of this beautiful area.

Writing is not a requirement for participation in the forum. History and culture enthusiasts may participate. Attendance is not required for all ten sessions.

There will be at least four reading sessions incorporated into the series, as well as culminating digital and printed end-projects to capture the writing created during the series.

Will YOU come down with a case of Ekphrasia this winter? We hope so--you'll be in good company!

All sessions are free and open to the public (via Zoom); registration information provided soon.

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