The conduit that connects the creative poetic voice

Arizona State Poetry Society


The conduit that connects the creative poetic voice, especially

in rural and remote areas of Arizona; we are connected to

excellent poetry and stimulated by the resonance of

other poets. Roberta L. Howard, CEO, NAVCARE 



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January 2020 Monthly Contest Winners

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Rhonda Brown


Betsy Huhn Clark

--If His Eye is on the Sparrow

Gail Denham

--Blizzard on the Prairie


Charles Firmage

--Home to Glory (Sand Hill County, South Carolina 1950)

Jane Stuart

--A Cold Winter Night

--How Long Ago

Mariana Warner


Stuart Watkins

--Somebody Died

2019 Annual Contest Winners

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I. ASPS Award

1. Alan Perry--Synesthesia

2. Claire Scott (Rubin)--Car Keys at Eighty-Two

3. Megan Jacobson--Starving

II. Legacy Award

1. Von S. Bourland--Celestial Courtship

2. Sara Gipson--Fishers

3. Gail Denham--New Car

III. Long Free Verse

1. Nancy Simmonds--Because of Blackbirds

2. Jody Serey--At the Diner in Cincinnati, 1975

3. Jody Serey--Tiny Death

IV. Short Free Verse

1. Linda Rittenhouse--Snowbird

2. Kolette Montague--The Trickster's Shadow

3. Joy Valerius--Cactus Ghosts

V. Nature on the Edge

1. Von S. Bourland--Shades of Gray

2. Gail Denham--Picture

3. Michael Fleming--In the Woods

VI. Traditional Rhyming Poetry

1. Nancy Simmonds--The Threat

2. Kolette Montague--Morning Sparrows

3. Robert Schinzel--Autumn Chill

VII. Shakespeare Matters

1. Tia Ballantine--The Beautiful Empty

2. Rita Aiken Morita--Love Tends to Disconcert

3. Von S. Bourland--Only Silence Can Suffice

VIII. Humor

1. V. Kimball Barney--Baseball in Heaven

2. V. Kimball Barney--Dying for a Cookie

3. V. Kimball Barney--Terrified Taxi Driver

IX. Haiku Roundup

1. Von S. Bourland--Bare Harvested Field

2. Joy Valerius--Cactus Wrens

3. Dr. Emory D. Jones--Trees Stretch

X. Young Poets Award

1. Divya Mehrish--Abecedarian Proceedings

2. Divya Mehrish--Phonetic

3. Divya Mehrish--The Landline After the Divorce

September 2019 Monthly Contest Winners

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Tia Ballantine


Sharon Browning

--We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

Gail Denham

--The View From Here

Charles Firmage

--Throwing Rice

Annette Gagliardi

--Old Hotel

Mark Hudson

--Ashley and the Worm

Brooklyn Sabine


Jane Stuart

--Finding Thon

--What is the wind? Without a summer day

August 2019 Monthly Contest Winners

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Tia Ballantine

--Documentary Evidence of Yesteryear

--Donner Party Revisited

Gail Denham

--Action...for William Stafford

Charles Firmage

--Fake News

Annette Gagliardi

--My Hand in His

Janet Rives

--(haiku) Girl style three speed bike...



Jane Stuart

--Summer Evening

July 2019 Monthly Contest Winnners

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Tia Ballantine

--A Map of Summer (or Political Optimism)

--No Warning

Gail Denham


Charles Firmage

--Desert's Changing

Annette Gagliardi

--Nature Sings

Alan Perry

--Bird Feed

--Pas de Deux

Kim Sosin

--Return to Yellowstone

Eva Willis


June 2019 Monthly Contest Winners

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Paul Callahan

--Father's Time

--Our Hero

Gail Denham


Charles Firmage

--What Is Truth

Janet Rives

--Cold Snap

Jane Stuart

--Breezy Morning

--Fence Building

--The Fairy Orchard

Steve Watson

--Snow Falls Blue

May 2019 Monthly Contest Winners

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Rhonda Brown

--I Delight in the Day Lilies

Gail Denham

--Tree Down

Charles Firmage

--Emmylou Whitehall

--Mourning Dove

Jane Stuart

--Outside Conversation


Steve Watson

--Baja Bad

Eva Willis

--Spring in the Southwest

Sonya Zetlan

--Academic Discourse

April 2019 Monthly Contest Winners

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Gail Denham

--One Day, One More Wind

Mark Hudson

--Blind Raftery's Gold Tombstone

Walter Ralston


Janet Rives


Stuart Watkins

--Gold for a Farm

Steve Watson

--The Mog

--The Wasp

Christy White


Raney Wright

--Ribs of Gold

March 2019 Monthly Contest Winners

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Charles Firmage

--Lexus in Texas

Mark Hudson

--Two Nine-Year-Old Girls on a Cruise

Jane Stuart

--We Wait For Rain

--Disappearing Earth

--The Night Wind Blows

Steve Watson

--La Serena

--Apache Teardrops

Christy White

--Mockingbird Lullaby

Eva Willis

--High Country

Another TPS Poetry Workshop

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On March 9, 2019 the Tucson Poetry Society (TPS) held the second in its 2019 series of poetry workshops for its members. TPS members Gene Twaronite and Alan Perry conducted  "How to Hold A Poetry Editor's...Attention: Tips on Submitting Your Poems". The workshop topics included:

--Top 10 Tips on submitting your poems

--A learning activity on how to use the Poets & Writers website and tools to research markets for your poetry

--12 "approachable" poetry markets--some "poet-friendly" places to submit your poetry

--A sample cover letter to accompany your submissions

--The article "Where to Submit Your Work" which names additional submission resources

--A poem "Submission Request" that has a tongue-in-cheek view of the submission process

With nearly 25 members in attendance, the feedback on the workshop was very positive. Attendees went online to the Poets & Writers website and began searching for journals to which they could submit their poems. Several members said the workshop gave them the tools and motivation to submit their!