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November 2020 Poetry Missive

November 2020 Poetry Missive (running a little late!)

Hello, Poets…

I didn't forget, and there's still so very much going on in the poetry world. I wish I could say that I'd written my 50,000 word novel, but not this year. For me it is still about poetry and my pleasure with the words that seem to magically arrange themselves. I hope it is still that way for you. The changes we have witnessed in our lifetimes should be recorded for the future, and what better way than to write poetry of sorrow and grief, joy and relief, something lost, something found, something discovered about who we are during challenging times.

We have become in the last many months zoomies (better than zombies, don't you think?!). It seems we are going to be continuing to hold virtual meetings, conferences, poetry readings. It's not a hug, handshake or pat on the back, but we are learning how to use technology to become better writers, and have adjusted ourselves (somewhat) to socializing via our computers, tablets and phones. However, some poetry readings and events are being held in real life as long as we are masking and keeping safe distances. I have a mix to share with you and I hope you get to experience poetry through whatever means you are comfortable with.

Blessings and gratitude for you and the light you all bring to me!

As always, if you hear of something poetry going on, especially if it is by Zoom, share on the Arizona State Poetry Society's Facebook page!

Be safe, be healthy, be creative.

Metaphors be with you!

Christy White

eddress: [email protected]

for Arizona State Poetry Society (look for us on Facebook)

and our website: or email us at [email protected]

MA Creative Writing/Poetry, Wilkes University (dreams do come true!)


Many of us may be growing nostalgic about when a "normal"

What kind of MASK will you be wearing?

Something to write about??

Always check to see that the listing has not changed

because, well, things change.

Most times are Pacific/Arizona times, differences will be noted.

Tuesdays, November: UA Poetry Center's Director's Choice Watch Parties, 5 pm, register online at Join the celebration leading up to the Poetry Center's 60th Anniversary on November 17th for archived readings. More information on how to join the parties is at the Center's website. Your choice of hors and drinks provided by you will be available! J

Wednesdays, November: Phoenix Poetry Slam at Lawn Gnome Publishing, 912 N. 5th St., 7 - 9pm, $10. Our capacity is limited to the first 50 ticket purchasers in order to provide a live experience as safely as possible. For more information and tickets, visit:

Saturdays, November: Poetry in the Brew Online Open Mic, 6pm-8pm CENTRAL Time. Done by zoom from Nashville, Tennessee, you must sign up ahead of time to read at For more info and to see previous open mic readings, visit their blog:

Monday, November 9: Mustang Poets by Zoom, 6 pm. Join this group as we read our poems and discuss the state of poetry today. Our library is closed, so we are meeting by Zoom. Email [email protected] for more info and to receive instructions on connecting (from your desk, couch or kitchen to our computer!). A branch of ASPS.

Tuesday, November 10, Terrance Hayes Watch Party from the 2010's, 5 pm by Zoom, join at

Passcode: 738951 Sponsored by UA Poetry Center.

Saturday, November 14: Tucson Poetry Society by Zoom, 10 am. The Tucson Libraries are closed and/or limited at this time, so they are meeting by zoom and sharing poetry. To receive a link to their curated meeting, and to receive details, send an email to [email protected] A branch of ASPS.

Saturday, November 14: Micro-Poetry: A Workshop with Rosemarie Dombrowski, 1 pm - 2:30 pm, limited with 16 openings remaining, by Zoom. In anticipation of Poetry Illuminated, the public art project sponsored by the city of Goodyear, this workshop will focus on the art of writing very short poems, or micropoems - poems under 40 words. Register:

Sunday, November 15, Sorrow for Our Songs: A Study of Lament with Tess Taylor (Master Class), 3-6 pm EST, by Zoom, $100. Explore patterns and variations of the lament for our time. You may want to read the book, Lamentations, from the Bible in preparation (Yes! It's poetry, too!). To learn more about the workshop and register, visit

Thursday, November 19, ASU Undergraduate Writers Showcase, 6:30 - 8 pm, by Zoom, please register at Features include Chris Clements, Austin Davis, Kelsey Kerley, Darkota Lovins, Francisca Ribar, and Carolina Qunitero.

Thursday, November 19, Stellar Alumni Reading Series w/Caitlin Horrocks & W. Todd Kanecko, 7-8:30 pm, by Zoom. The ASU Creative Writing Program presents a reading with two of its star graduates. Please register at

Saturday, November 21: East Valley Poets by Zoom, 9:30 am - 12 pm. Their theme is "No pressure, just poetry" and this month instead of bumping elbows, they are sitting at their computers! Join them in a discussion and possible mini-workshop to share poetry and community. To register for the meeting, please email [email protected] and Zoom instructions will be sent to you. A branch of ASPS.

Saturday, November 21: Queer Poetry Salon, online, 6:30 - 8 pm. Hosted by Equality Arizona. To join the event, paste this link into your browser:

Kean Writing Center: Virtual Poetry Series:

Friday, November 13, Poetry Structure & Writing Workshop, 5 - 6 pm EST, attendees will work alongside writing coaches to develop their own poetry. Users can register for this session here.

Friday, November 20, Poetry Open Mic Night, 5 to 6 pm EST, participants will have the opportunity to share their poetry with the community. Users can register for this session here.

Sponsored by the Kean University Writing Center, Union & Hillside, New Jersey

The Poetry Spot, curated by Rosemarie Dombrowski and Rashaad Thomas, is seeking your great poetry to publish in The Arizona Republic. Deadline is November 20, 2020! To send your poem(s) for consideration, email [email protected]

Poetry Prompts and other interesting things:

Redrock Writers of Utah are sponsoring the 2021 Chaparral Poetry Forum Contest opens September 1st, deadline December 1, 2020, for submissions to 4 separate categories. 1st, 2nd & 3rd winning poems receive money prizes and will be read at the 25th annual Creative Writing Seminar on March 6, 2021, and will be published in the 2020 chapbook and online. For more info, visit

Iowa City Poetry: visit their website for online events and connect with the Iowa Review which is accepting submissions, deadline December 1st.

The New Yorker Magazine has a podcast with their own poetry editor, Paul Muldoon. Featured are conversations with poets about their work, and poetry readings.

National Federation of State Poetry Societies' website is a great place to learn about other state poetry societies, contests, and conferences. Here's the link to learn more: Read rules and guidelines carefully, some contests are members only!

Autumn Voices out of the UK has competitions and accepts poetry and other writing from older writers. To read more about this interesting opportunity and to read some of the pieces of older, talented writers, visit their website:

Publishing and Other Forms of Insanity is a blog with a lot of information about calls for submission, contests, conferences and recipes! Great sense of humor that entertains as well as informs. Of special note is this post:

Poetry Foundation provides a place to listen to poetry read by the poet or an admirer. You can also hear interviews and conversations about poetry.

Weekends: Poets and Muses is a weekly podcast that chats with poets about their inspirations. Find out more about it at: Sign up for the weekly Poets-and-Muses newsletter at:

Soundcloud: Poets and Muses (
Instagram: poetsandmuses (
Twitter: ImogenArate (

Submishmash Weekly a newsletter with humor, contests for writers of all genres, art opportunities and interesting reads. A weekly human-curated newsletter bringing news and opportunities in publishing and other creative industries to artists, filmmakers, and writers. To sign up, go to:


Central Phoenix Writer's Workshop, a writer's critique group, for more info go to 

Phoenix Poetry Events Facebook Page…there are open mics, contests, slams, readings, and so much more!

Wilkes University has a really great, low residency (I think there will be more and lots of others who will do this now) MA/MFA creative writing program. You can talk to me about it, or look it up and see if it just might be a fit for you. They focus on producing WORKING writers and if that's something that interests you, take a look!  They are on the East Coast in Pennsylvania and this is my alma mater.

Phoenix College on East Thomas in Phoenix has a creative writing program and offers AA and AAFA degrees. If you are looking to refine your writing or to start writing, this might be the place. To learn more visit:

Tupelo Press supports poets and poetry events. Writing conferences are coming up! Take a look at what they do here:

Words Dance Publishing has free stuff, poetry, art and they might even publish one of your poems. Check it out online.

Phoenix Center for the Arts is a great place to try out a new art form (to enhance your poetry, of course!) or maybe teach a workshop on an art form. Visit their website to find out more:

Poetry Out Loud fosters the next gen poets and literati. For more information (teachers are you paying attention?), visit

A Room of Her Own Foundation is the sponsor of some interesting writing projects and contests. To learn more, go here:

Beatlick Press for writers who have something to say and where poets and poetry hit the road!

Poets & Writers Magazine for great info about writing, interviews, contests, workshops and so very much more!

UA Poetry Center in Tucson always has a lot going even if we are staying away from gatherings! They may still be closed as are campuses all over Arizona. To help get the poetry community through this time of isolation, visit their weblog:

Visit and listen or watch on video some of the poets that have come to the Poetry Center over the years. Get to know the voice of poetry!

Virginia G. Piper Center for Writing in Tempe sponsors classes, workshops, readings and more. Website - As with other centers of writing, the Piper Center is closed, but they do have zoom workshops! Here is a sample of what they are currently doing:

Remember to visit to find independent bookstores around Arizona. If you don't see your favorite bookstore listed, let them know! Support and buy locally. Most bookstores have an online portal and, if they don't have the book you are looking for, they usually can get it. Some bookstores have opened and are allowing limited customers, but call before you go. Otherwise, it might just be a drive by. (Don't you love that "drive by" is now a positive thing??)

Visit POG: Poetry in Action! on Facebook, Tucson's premier presenter of avant & experimental poetry. Directed by Charles Alexander, POG is a collective of poets, literary critics, and practitioners of other art forms who have joined together to offer public programming to promote active appreciation and engagement with avant-garde particularly in poetry and multi-disciplinary art.

I find sweet peace in depths of autumn woods,
Where grow the ragged ferns and roughened moss;
The naked, silent trees have taught me this,—
The loss of beauty is not always loss!

~ Elizabeth Stoddard~