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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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

April 2018 Monthly Contest Winners

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Bill Guthrie

--Of Blue

--Overwhelmed by Possibilities

Alan Perry



Janet Rives



Jane Stuart

--Wind Song

Mariana Warner


--I Got Shoes

March 2018 Monthly Contest Winners

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Paul Callahan--I Walked Miles

                         --Winter’s Onset

                         --Feeling Wronged

Arjai Barrington Kennedy--Dreadful Companion

                                              --Aunt Edna Lee

Alan Perry--A Plot

Jane Stuart--A Chilly Day

                     --2 on the Red

Eva Willis--Mother’s Eyes

February 2018 Monthly Contest Winners

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Rhonda Brown--Piracy

Gail Denham--Young Girl’s Love

Charles Firmage--Time Keeps Moving On

Alan Perry--Tabled

Janet Rives--Desert Winter

Mariana Warner--Winter

Eva Willis--Looking Back

                  --Montezuma’s Castle

                  --Southwestern Haiku

January 2018 Monthly Contest Winners

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Paul Callahan--Flight of Snowbirds

Gail Denham--Cajun Senior

                         --Look Up

Charles Firmage--Nearest Place to Heaven

Bill Guthrie --Abandoned Dreams

                      --The Perfect

Arjai Barrington Kennedy--Art Gallery

Janet Rives--To Be an Artist

Mariana Warner--Forecast

Stuart Watkins Presents at Sun City Chapter

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Stuart Watkins, Vice President of ASPS, recently presented a poetry program to members of an Arizona State Poetry Society chapter. Marlene Little of the Sun City Chapter of ASPS invited Stuart to present a program on, "The Book I Am Going to Write."

It was a fantastic success.

The poets and writers in attendence wrote poems that brought tears to the eyes of many in the group. They all went home with a note pad to continue their writes about a key that opened up memories and things from their past, so they could continue, or start, the book they are "Going to Write." The group of writers from the Sun City Chapter shared some fantastic writes.

Stuart hopes that some of the wonderful, warm writes that came form his presentation will result in poems being published, or a book being started and fininshed, before the end of 2018!

2016 and 2017 Sandcutters

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The 2016 Sandcutters journal with the monthly and annual contest winners and a featured artist has been mailed to all members, winners and judges.

We have also mailed the 2017 Sandcutters to all members. Paul Callahan and his team did a beautiful job of producing the 2017 issue of our annual ASPS poetry journal. There will be an opportunity to purchase additional copies of this issue and we will post a notice on the ASPS website as soon as that capability is available. Until then, enjoy your 2017 Sandcutters!