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.

2021 ASPS Board of Directors

 

Christy White

President

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.


Christy also serves as President of the Scottsdale Mustang Poets (SMP), Co-Editor of Sandcutters,  Annual Conference Chair and Annual Contest Chair.

Elaine Powers

Vice President

Elaine A. Powers is the current President of the Tucson Poetry Society.  A retired research biologist, she now writes rhyming science-based children's books. She dabbled in poetry as a child in Peoria, IL, but became serious about writing poetry when she started her book writing second career. Her home is filled with reptilian companion animals and she is active in iguana rescue and conservation.  Elaine produces educational materials as part of her work with the IUCN Iguana Specialist Group. She created Lyric Power Publishing, LLC, which specializes in entertaining, educational materials.


Elaine also serves as President of the Tucson Poetry Society (TPS).

Kris Perry

Secretary


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.

Kris also serves as Editor of The Desert Voice, Membership Director and  Sandcutters Co-Editor.

Bill Brown

Treasurer

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.

Branch Presidents

Jim Platt


East Valley Poets (EVP)


Jim Platt is a former paperboy, college-scholarship recipient, dishwasher, construction worker, university graduate-teaching-assistant, and a recovering sales executive and company president.  He joined the East Valley Poets to become a better poet.  He’s not sure if he has improved but is honored to have become friends with the many talented writers who have taught him so much.  He is the founder/editor of poetrytrek.com, dedicated to remembering EVP members from the “Greatest Generation.”

Christy White


Scottsdale Mustang Poets (SMP)


Christy has served on nonprofit boards 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.


Christy also serves as President of the Arizona State Poetry Society (ASPS), Co-Editor of Sandcutters,  Annual Conference Chair and Annual Contest Chair.

Elaine Powers


Tucson Poetry Society (TPS)


Elaine A. Powers, a retired research biologist, writes rhyming science-based children's books. She dabbled in poetry as a child in Peoria, IL, but became serious about writing poetry when she started her book writing second career. Her home is filled with reptilian companion animals and she is active in iguana rescue and conservation.  Elaine produces educational materials as part of her work with the IUCN Iguana Specialist Group. She created Lyric Power Publishing, LLC, which specializes in entertaining, educational materials.


Elaine also serves as Vice President of the Arizona State Poetry Society (ASPS).

Open


West Valley Poets (WVP)

Appointed Chairpersons

Rhonda Brown


Hospitality Coordinator


Rhonda Brown came late to writing poetry, but has been involved since the late 1990’s or early 2000’s with  ASPS. She enjoys sharing, writing with other poets, and has appreciated their encouragement and gentle criticism.  She has published poems in Sandcutters. She loves to talk to people and is looking forward to being a hospitality representative for ASPS.


Dianne Brown


Member-Only Contest Coordinator


Dianne Brown is the author of two books. She also has published Catching Colors, a book of poetry. She is currently working on Colors Caught, the sequel to Catching Colors.

Dianne recently moved back to Arizona after a thirty-year sojourn in California with her husband Rich. She was involved in the arts for over forty-five years and a custom picture framer for twenty-five of those years. Now retired, they reside in the small town of Wellton, which is east of Yuma.

Born in Denver, Colorado, and raised in Southern Indiana, Dianne has always had a place in her heart and life for poetry. Discovering ASPS in May of 2020 was a most fortuitous event—or perhaps an answer to prayer. Either way, poetry has become a reunion of her roots and a new source of energy.

Alan Perry


Program Development Coordinator


Alan Perry joined ASPS in 2016 having been published in Sandcutters Anthology for the first time. He holds a BA in English from the University of Minnesota and is a Senior Poetry Editor for Typehouse Literary Magazine, and a Best of the Net nominee. He and his wife, Kris, divide their time between a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Tucson, Arizona. More on his poetry at Alan Perry Poetry.

Volunteer Opportunities

Historian -

Responsible for maintaining a cumulative log of ASPS activities as well as files of Board Meeting Minutes, The Desert Voice newsletters, Sandcutters Anthologies, and other important documentation.

Membership Coordinator -

            Actively seeks new members, receives membership applications, and assists in the formation of new Branches.

NFSPS Strophes Reporter -

Sources and/or prepares reports on ASPS activities for regular placement in the National Federation of State Poetry Societies’ Strophes Newsletter.

Social Media Coordinator -

            Actively promotes ASPS by placement of announcements, events, and programs in a variety of social media outlets.


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

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