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Arizona State Poetry Society


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

excellent poetry and stimulated by the resonance of

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January 2019 Monthly Contest Winners

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Rhonda Brown


--A Thank You Note to Teachers

Paul Callahan


--A Nation Rose Free

Gail Denham

--haiku - “sleeping deep...”


--Grandma Heaven

Mark Hudson

--Begin with a Grin

Christy White

--Joy Will Find Me

2018 ASPS Annual Contest Winners

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1. ASPS AWARD (57 poems) - KARA van de GRAAF, Judge

Any subject, Any form - 60 line limit, Sponsor: Arizona State Poetry Society

1st $50 - The Boy, Barbara Blanks, Garland, TX

2nd - $30 - Tia's Olfactory Field Trip, Jean Emrick, Tucson, AZ

3rd - $20 - The Burning Cross, Susan Smith, Oracle, AZ


In honor of my mother, Priscilla White, Any Subject, Any form, Maximum 2 typewritten pages, Sponsor: Christy White

1st - $50 - Poetry Can't Save the World, Troy Cunio, Titusville, FL

2nd - $30 - Forgotten, Tanya R. Whitney, Sorrento, LA

3rd - $20 - Through Sarah's Eyes, Jerri Hardesty, Brierfield, AL

3. FREE VERSE (65 poems) - MELANIE DUNBAR, Judge

Any Subject, Up to 32 lines, Sponsor: Tucson Poetry Society

1st - $50 - passage, artiste-te, Paradise Valley, AZ

2nd - $30 - Here in This Trench, Gail Denham, Sunriver, OR

3rd - $20 - Until Nine, Sara Gipson, Scott, AR

HM - Bushwhacker, Dream Weaver, Poet, Jacqueline Williams, Mesa, AZ


Any form – 32 line limit, Sponsor: Scottsdale Mustang Poets

1st - $50 - Ropin' Rainbows, James Robert Platt, Mesa, AZ

2nd - $30 - Beautiful Sky, Carol Christy White, Phoenix, AZ

3rd - $20 - Ode to the King of the Cowboys, Becky Alexander, Cambridge, ON

HM - Vista, Jerri Hardesty, Brierfield, AL


Any subject – 32 line limit, Sponsor: Sun Cities Poetry Society

1st - $50 - The Panhandle, Tanya R. Whitney, Sorrento, LA

2nd - $30 - Arizona Cloudbursts, Donna Meyer, Prescott, AZ

3rd - $20 - Spring Green Boy, John Crawford, Arkadelphia, AR

HMs - Music Appreciation & Summer Day at Grandpa's Farm, Betsy Huhn Clark, Sun City West, AZ

September, Becky Alexander, Cambridge, ON, Canada


Any Form, Length: 40 Lines, Sponsor: East Valley Poetry Society

1st - $50 - God's To Do List, Troy Cunio, Titusville, FL

2nd - $30 - Saving Light, Kolette Montague, Centerville, UT

3rd - $20 - Latin Dancing, Walter Ralston, Sun City West, AZ

HMs - Sad State of Many Poems & My Poem Protest, Gail Denham, Sunriver, OR

Poetry on the Runway, James Robert Platt, Mesa, AZ

Traveling Through the Cholla, Sally Curd, Tucson, AZ

The Maven, William Brown, Mesa, AZ

God Bless the NRA, Mac McGowan, Laveen, AZ

2019 TPS Poetry Workshop Series

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by Jeanne Missey Osgood, TPS President

The Tucson Poetry Society is offering a free workshop series to ASPS/TPS members as part of its monthly meeting schedule. The first workshop, “Poetry Revision" with Frank Iosue, was held on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at the Joel Valdez Main Library in Tucson from 10:30am – 12:00, with a short meeting following. There were 23 participants in attendance and comments on the evaluations included, “It was beyond great…felt like I was back in a graduate level class”; “The presentation showed both subject matter expertise as well as the knowledge of a working poet and the creative process”; and “This presentation could have been three hours, it was jam-packed with gems”.

The next two scheduled workshops will be held on:

March 9, “I Long to Hold the Poetry Editor's...Attention: Tips on Submitting Pooetry” with Gene Twaronite and Alan Perry, and 

April 13, “Children’s Rhyming Picture Books” with Elaine Powers.

Both workshops are from from 10:30 – 11:30am and will be held at the Joel Valdez Main Library.

These events are free to ASPS/TPS members and their guests. RSVP Jeanne for either event at [email protected]

September 2018 Monthly Contest Winners

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Rhonda Brown

--Bus Ride

Paul Callahan

--Evening’s Tide

Bill Guthrie

--Sonnet for Autumn

--The Color of Song

--How Speaks the Night

Jane Stuart

--September Moon

--A Small Kismet

--From My Window

Eva Willis

--A Japanese Soul

East Valley Poets Meeting--Poetry of Autumn

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The East Valley Poets (EVP) Chapter of ASPS met on September 15, 2018 at the Pyle Center in Tempe, AZ. The program was lead by ASPS Vice President Stuart Watkins, filling in for Jim Platt.

The poem prompt for the month was "The Poetry of Autumn", around which the meeting was centered. Stuart read several autumn-related poems from his new book, Fire So Hot, Make You Scoot Way Back. Other attendees also shared their poems for the month on autumn and other topics, and the group commented on each other's writings. Although a smaller group than normal, there was good, detailed discussion about the poems presented, and a new member, Kaya Kotzen, was welcomed. Kaya's book, Coming Into My Wisdom was noted, and Stuart and Kaya traded their books with each other!

An adjacent meeting room drew some members to atttend the lecture there on "Marketing Your Book". The EVP attendees discussed some publishing options as well, including CreateSpace, Kindle Direct Publishing, and others.

August 2018 Monthly Contest Winners

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Rhonda Brown

--Swim II

Bill Guthrie

--Runes of Sonora

--The Railroad Buildings at Stein’s

Janet Rives

--Swept Away

Jane Stuart

--A Song of Southern Wind

--A Clog Dance

Mariana Warner



--Re William Carlos Williams

July 2018 Monthly Contest Winners

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Paul Callahan

--Call in the Night

--A Road Through the Dell

--Gathering Darkness

Gail Denham

--Is Anyone Paying Attention?

Gene Rockwell Gant

--The Well

Jane Stuart

--Long Before Time Began, Among the Flowers

--Looking for Unicorns

--A Wish-For Memory

Joan Wick

--Poet’s Dream


Poetry Reading and Craft Talk

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“Writing Poems from Your Life with Tom Speer”

by Jeanne Missey Osgood, TPS President

The Tucson Poetry Society hosted a poetry event on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the University of Arizona’s Main Library from 11:00am – 2:30pm. There were 47 participants in attendance and the comments on the evaluations were glowing: “very well organized event”; “thoroughly enjoyed Tom Speer’s poems and craft talk”; “TPS poets were entertaining, and even though I don’t write poetry I feel inspired to give it a try”; “free event with lunch and door prizes – absolutely wonderful”; “excellent event”.

Some suggestions for future events included: “offering an open-mic portion”; “a better sound system”; “more workshop time for crafting poems”; “larger event for networking, but, breaking into smaller groups for workshops”.

Special thanks goes to organizing efforts of John Dell, Steve Chaffee, Jon Sebba and Jeanne Missey Osgood; media communications/advertisements of Jon Sebba; food donations by Jeanne and Christopher (Kit) Osgood, Sandra Luber, Jon Sebba and Anna Frances; registration by Anna Frances; picture-taking by Stuart Watkins and Joy Valerius; and door prizes by Hank Dellago, Christopher (Kit) Osgood, Frank Iosue, Steve Chaffee, Stuart Watkins, and Gene Twaronite.

TPS hopes to host a larger and longer event in 2019, perhaps the Arizona State Poetry Society’s Annual Conference. A sincere thank-you to everyone who helped make the Tucson Poetry Society Spring Event a success!

June 2018 Monthly Contest Winners

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Rhonda Brown

--Listening to a Piano Concerto with a Friend

Paul Callahan

--True Love Grows

Bill Guthrie


--Rain Flowers

Mark Hudson

--Ghost Ranch

Jane Stuart

--The Magic Waltz

--Near the Acropolis

--The Changing Circle---an altered life

Mariana Warner

--How Do I Know What to Say?

May 2018 Monthly Contest Winners

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Paul Callahan

--Eye on the Sky

--Brothers at War

--The Story Teller

Mark Hudson

--Halstead Goes to Texas

--Going to See Captain America

Alan Perry

--A War in Black and White

--A Superman

Jane Stuart


--The Risen Spirit Speaks to Those who Hear