About Us

Arizona State Poetry Society (ASPS) is a state-wide, non-profit organization (out of state members are welcome) that has been in existence since 1965. Formed by some of the same people who established the University of Arizona Poetry Center, we have deep roots in the poetry communities of Arizona.

2020 Officers


Christy White


Christy has served the ASPS Board in some capacity most of the years since 1996 when she first joined ASPS. She has served on other nonprofit boards as well and was one of the stakeholders and first committee members that established Arizona’s first poet laureate. Christy has been writing poetry since she was a child and published her first poem in Kentucky at age 12. She has published seven chapbooks and her poetry has been published in a number of regional journals including The Blue Guitar Magazine, Erete’s Bloom, Veil and Four Chambers. Christy’s passion is to help connect the various communities of poets of Arizona, and to that end, five years ago established a monthly email newsletter about poetry events and open mics that is circulated throughout Arizona.

Walter Ralston

Vice President

Walter is  a recovering academic with too many years in graduate school and at the front of the classroom and lab. Escaping from the ivy-covered tower, he has been in computers since 1980.

He has been writing poetry for about a dozen years. However, he's been writing text since the 1980s for software documentation, procedures, release notes, training materials and more. It took him nearly 70 years to discover that the expressions of his heart are truer and of greater import than those just from his head. Thus, Walter turned to poetry.

He is a parent of four sons and one daughter. Raised in Massachusetts, adulted in Minnesota and now living in Arizona.

Kris Perry


Kris has been active in ASPS’ leadership since 2018, serving as secretary, newsletter editor and membership chair.  She is a retired Deacon in the Lutheran Church with emphasis on global mission work.  Kris and her husband split their time between Minneapolis, Minnesota and Tucson, Arizona.  Kris' goal is to grow ASPS membership and expand its reach in Arizona.

Bill Brown


Bill graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Computer Science before they were calling it by that name, went on for an MBA in Management Science, and had a long career in software development. He got into poetry when he got tired of trying to find something else to do while wife Rhonda was at her poetry meetings; he started coming along, and now he writes poetry, too. He is “semi-retired,” which frees up some time to be ASPS treasurer.

Volunteer Opportunities

Hospitality Chair – Rhonda Brown:  [email protected]

            responsible for contacting new members, writing short bios for the newsletter, and finding ways in which to involve all of our members in the life of ASPS

Historian -

responsible for maintaining a cumulative log of ASPS activities as well as files of Sandcutters, Newsletters and duplicates of minutes

Marketing Director - Carol Hogan, [email protected]

           responsible for marketing ASPS state-wide

NFSPS Reporter -

          write short quarterly items about current ASPS activities

Festival Chair -

          lead a group of volunteers to host an ASPS Festivals

If you are able to help, please contact either Christy White or Kris Perry


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