The Poetry Society of Tennessee
A member of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies

By: PST | June 23, 2018

SAVE THE DATE!! “Diamonds Crown the Poet In the City Different”, NFSPS 60th Anniversary Annual Convention. Sunday June 23rd through Wednesday, June 26th at the Hotel Santa Fe Hacienda and Saga Inn (2 hotels) Registration is now available at and there is a link on the website to the convention. You may already register at the hotel. The time is different because of the cost of hotels. One hotel, the Saga Inn is less expensive. Website:

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By: PST | June 23, 2018

Here are the 2017-2018 Student Contest Winners:

Student Winners List

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By: PST | June 23, 2018

Please plan to attend the Poetry Society of Tennessee's 62nd Annual Poetry Festival. Jerri Hardesty will be our workshop leader; winners of our annual contest will be announced. See our festival brochure for details!

Festival Brochure 2018

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By: PST | May 28, 2018

President — JoAn Howerton,, 901-361-0077

Vice President — Russell Strauss

Treasurer — Leslie Blakeburn,, 901-833-1793

Corresponding/Recording Secretary — Lori Goetz,, 901-753-4385

Parliamentarian — Randy Stoker

Director — Frances Cowden

Director — William Hill

Our poet laureate for 2018/2019 will be Janet Qually.

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By: PST | May 28, 2018

Any subject, Any rhymed and metered form, 30 lines max

Pete Harris, Sponsor and Judge

1st - The Eyes Have It, Barbara Blanks

2nd - Insomnia, Lori Goetz

3rd - Retirement Age, Ann Carolyn Cates

1HM - Frightful Curtains, Gail Denham

Category: Contests 

Tags: Monthly, April, 2018 

By: PST | May 28, 2018

 Month SponsorSubject Form Line Limits
 September Florence Bruce
 Any Serious
 Rondeau As prescribed by form
 $15, 10, 5, 1HM
(N/A, Festival)(N/A, Festival)(N/A, Festival)(N/A, Festival)(N/A, Festival)
 November Lori Goetz
 Any, but must contain at least 5 different colors; get out that thesaurus and be descriptive (don't just use red, blue, green, etc.)
 Any 20 max
 $25, 15, 10
 December JoAn Howerton (to be judged by Crystal Robbins Czerwinski)
 Holiday Theme
 Shakespearean Sonnet
 As prescribed by form
 $25, 15, 10, HM
 January William King
 Any Any 40 max
 $15, 10, 5, HM
 February Russell Strauss
 The title of any Elvis song. Please specify the song.
 Any 10-30 lines
 $15, 10, 5
 March Janet Qually
 Any Blank Verse
 10-40 lines
 $15, 10, 5
 April Sarah Gurley
 Spring Surprise
 None TBD
 May PST-NE Any Any 40 max
 $25, 15, 10

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By: PST | May 28, 2018


Thomas Waldrip, Shelby Oaks Elementary

Amy Bogdal, teacher

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By: PST | April 01, 2018

The 2018 Poetry Society of Tennessee Annual Contest Brochure is now available at the link below. Members and non-members are welcome! All submittals are due (postmarked) by August 1, 2018. All winners will be announced at PST's 62nd Annual Festival to be held on October 6, 2018. Please see the Contest Brochure for additional contest details. Additional details regarding the Festival will be posted shortly.

2018 Poetry Society of Tennessee Annual Contest Brochure

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By: PST | April 01, 2018

Patriotic Theme

Sponsor and Judge: Janet Qually

Any form, 10-40 lines

1st, Sara Gipson - "For Love of U.S.A."

2nd, Florence Bruce - "Hirohito on MacArthur"

3rd, James "Mac" Perry - "America"

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By: PST | April 01, 2018

"When I'm 64" or "When I Was 64" whichever is appropriate

Sponsor and judge: Russell H. Strauss

Any form. 10-40 lines

1st, Barbara Blanks - "An Oldie But A Goodie"

2nd, Lori Goetz - "Retirement Plans"

3rd, Florence Bruce - "Enchanting Event"

1HM, Sara Gipson - "Celebrating Sixty-Four"

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By: PST | April 01, 2018


Sponsor and Judge: Randy Stoker

20 lines max

1st, Russell H. Strauss - "Elevator Dance"

2nd, Sharon M. Fox - "Crocodile Tears for the Alligator"

3rd, Ann Carolyn Cates - "Fear Factor"

HM, Lori Goetz - "Trapped"

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Tags: Contests, January, 2018 

By: PST | January 06, 2018

The Eye-Poem was invented by Kenneth L. Beaudoin. The idea was to create a collage using visual and verbal imagery. A free verse poem is constructed by combining images from magazine pages with words, phrases and clauses to create a poem on one page. The objective is to create a mood or inspiration. Do not write a poem first and then look for pictures.  The poem is a discovery of words that fit with the graphics. You should be able to read the poem three feet away.


1. Find a picture or pictures up to 8 1/2 x 11 inches. Vertical is best.

2. Go through one or more magazines and find words or phrases etc. that remind you of the graphics (pictures). Cut the words out neatly and place on the page of  graphics. Do not use words ...

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By: PST | January 06, 2018

"Cleaning House"

20 lines max, Lori Goetz, Sponsor

1st, Ann Carolyn Cates - "Hoarding"
2nd, Russell H. Strauss - "Modern Household Solution"
3rd, Pete Harris - "Christmas Mourn"

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Tags: Contests, December, 2017 

By: PST | November 11, 2017

Russell needs more entries for his Minute Poem entries. He’s going to extend his deadline.

He is sweetening the pot with some additional cash, so get your entries in! You can enter up to 3 of them; remember to rate your poems 1, 2, or 3 based on how you feel, and add $1, $2, or $3 as appropriate for your “bet.” Use the poem samples blog ( as the go-by for technique! Send by 11/20.

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By: PST | November 11, 2017

Remember all monthly contest submittals are due to Pete Harris no later than the 20th of the month.


December - "Cleaning House" 20 Lines max. Lori Goetz, sponsor.

January – Elevators, any/20 lines max. Randy Stoker, sponsor.

February – "When I'm 64" or "When I Was 64" whichever is appropriate. Any form. 10-40 lines. Russell H. Strauss, sponsor.

March – Patriotic Theme, any form. 10-40 lines. Janet Qually, sponsor.

April – Any subject, any rhymed and metered form, 30 lines max. Pete Harris, sponsor.

May - Dorsimbra. Sarah Hull Gurley, sponsor.

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Tags: Contests, Monthly, 2017, 2018 

By: PST | November 11, 2017




1. The deadline for Grades 6-12 is December 5, 2017; Elementary and Eye-Poem is February 5, 2018.  No exceptions.

2. The competition is open to all TENNESSE students in grades 2-12. Public, private, and homeschools are eligible.

3. Submit two copies of each poem. Put the division (elementary, junior or senior) in the upper left corner of both copies. One copy must have student's ID in upper right corner. The ID information is student name, school name and address, student grade level, and the student's language arts/English teacher's. No font larger than 12 point should be used.

4. Each poem must be neatly typed o...

By: PST | November 11, 2017

Just a reminder that Russell holds his monthly critiquing sessions prior to the meeting; the purpose of the critiquing sessions is to help improve writing skills. These sessions focus on select 2018 NFSPS contests. These sessions are shown below:

November: #3 NFSPS Board Award

Subject: Any
Form: Rondeau (NFSPS brochure has a description of this form)

December: #2 The Diamond T Award

Subject: Cowboy Poetry detailing the life of a cowboy at work. Past or present cowboys. (See Baxter Black for examples)
Form: Any/50 line limit

January: A guest host will be chosen to direct this critiquing. The contest chosen will be that person’s choice.

February: #40 Poetry Society of Oklahoma Award
Subject: Any
Form: Trimetric/13 line limit

March: #46 San Antonio Poets...

By: PST | November 11, 2017

Subject: "Cleaning House"

Form: Any, 20 lines max

Sponsor: Lori Goetz

These need to be sent to Pete Harris by 11/20.

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By: PST | October 15, 2017

Something New Poetry Round Robins

Please see the attached flyer, and respond to Lori Goetz if you’re interested in participating.

Poetry Round Robins

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By: PST | October 15, 2017

The 2016 Mid-South Poetry Festival took place on October 7, 2017

Please click here to see the Winner's List!

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