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Coming to You LIVE! in 2024


Thank you for the overwhelming positive response to IPA LIVE. IPA LIVE programs will be aired monthly on the second Wednesday(with some exceptions on Tuesdays, as necessary). Programs will be scheduled for 90 minutes, airing from 7-8:30 pm. When possible, programs will be recorded and available to members.

So far this year, our programming included a generative workshop with Kelsey Bigelow in January; an open mic reading of Poems of Love with guest host Dennis Maulsby in February; a sneak-peek at Poetry Palooza! with Diane Glass, Kelsey Bigelow and Paul Brooke in March; April featured incoming Poet Laureate Vince Gotera and outgoing Iowa Student Poet Ambassador Lola Nakashima-Brooke; in May, Kelly Madigan and Karen Shoemaker from Larksong Writers Place shared their work; June was the Lyrical Iowa Student Reading Celebration including the 2024-25 Iowa Student Poet Ambassador Tanya Rastogi; July featured a generative writing workshop by Dawn Terpstra and open mic reading of poems of summer.

Check back for more programming to be added soon!

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.

Previous workshops/readings...


  • January 11, 2023: New Year's Poetry Resolutions: Education, Submissions, Creating a Chapbook or Collection
  • February 8: Generative workshop and poems of compassion with James Crews
  • March 8: Learn more about Poetry Palooza!
  • April 12: Iowa's Poet Laureate Deb Marquart and Iowa Student Poet Ambassador Johnnie Each
  • May 10: Poetry of Spring & Summer Reading
  • June 14: Student Reading Celebration!
  • July 11: William Bortz on experiences with the submission and publication process. Hosted by Kelsey Bigelow.
  • August 9: Annual Teachers Panel hosted by Allison Berryhill
  • September 13: Open mic Poetry of landscapes-place, regions, interiors, self, past, future
  • October 12: Lyrical Iowa 2023 winners, Pushcart nominees; meet new judges, Michael Dylan Welch and Vince Gotera
  • November 8: Haiku Targets workshop with Michael Dylan Welch
  • December 14: Open mic Poems for celebration and holidays


  • January 12, 2022: 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

WHEN and HOW TO JOIN IN to listen

Reserve the second Wednesday of the month from 7:00 - 8:30 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 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.

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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