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Coming to You LIVE! in 2021


Have you ever wanted to know how to write a haiku, a sonnet, poetry for children, or an ekphrastic poem? Have you wanted to learn more about poetry communities near you? Would you like to hear from teachers and students about the role poetry plays in and out of the classroom? If so, the Iowa Poetry Association through IPA LIVE! plans to bring members from across the state together for online workshops each month.


IPA LIVE! will also feature 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. Poets should plan on reading only one time during the year as we would like to hear from as many Iowa poets as possible. See the calendar for reading topics below.

WHEN and HOW TO JOIN IN to listen

Reserve the second Wednesday of the month for IPA workshop night, the fourth Wednesday of the month for IPA reading night. Workshops will take place from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. 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 monthly readings. Login information will be emailed prior to each event.


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.


We hope you'll join us for our first workshop on Wednesday January 13th, to learn about the art and craft of haiku with Dennis Maulsby and writing sonnets with Allison Berryhill. Coming up in February, learn more about writing poems for children as well as poetry focused on national and world events. In March, learn about ekphrastic poetry. April is national poetry month. IPA LIVE! plans three programs in honor of the event.

Check the IPA calendar on our Events page!


Jan. 27 - Pandemic poetry July 28 - Summer
Feb. 24 - NFSPS contest poems Aug. 25 - Passages/transition
Mar. 24 - Spring/Nature Sept. 22 - Labor/work
Apr. 28 - Poets/poetry/ars poetica     Oct. 27 - Haunted
May 26 - Veterans/soldiers Nov. 24 - Thanksgiving/harvest
Jun. 23 - Family/mother/father Dec. 8 - Celebrations

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 2021.

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