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  The National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS) is a non-profit organization, exclusively educational and literary. Its purpose is to recognize the importance of poetry with respect to national cultural heritage. It is dedicated solely to the furtherance of poetry on the national level and serves to unite poets in the bonds of fellowship and understanding.

The NFSPS sponsors fifty annual poetry contests with cash prizes totaling over $6,000, including a grand prize of $1,500. It also sponsors a contest for a collection of poems by one poet, with a cash prize of $1,000.

Strophes is the national society's official newsletter. It is published quarterly with national news but also with state societies' news. It announces numerous contests and lists the national board members and state presidents. The summer issue provides names of judges and winners for the national contests.

Annual conventions are conducted for business, instruction, and fellowship. Poets who attend share poetry, ideas, and inspiration, which they carry home to their local organizations. 

The Federation Library Collection is housed at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. In addition to the Encores (prize poem anthologies which contain winners of the national poetry contests), the collection includes books and materials provided by organizations and individuals.

The emblem of the Federation is the Athenian Greek coin insignia that appears on all NFSPS publications and has been incorporated into the design of the medal (see above) which is presented to NFSPS presidents at the end of their terms.

The members of the Federation are members of an NFSPS affiliated state organization. Any poet wishing to know the location of his or her state society may contact NFSPS for this information. Send a business-sized SASE to Steven Concert, 49 Kitchen Ave., Harveys Lake, PA 18618 .

Honorary Chancellor 
NatashaTrethewey
Executive Board: The Executive Board shall be comprised of all elected officers of the NFSPS
and the immediate past president.  This body shall serve as the governing body of NFSPS.
[NFSPS Bylaws, Article VI--Executive Board, Section A.]

President: Jeremy M. Downes , 832 Tacoma Drive, Auburn, AL 36830 - Jeremy M. Downes
1st Vice President/Publicity Chair: N. Colwell Snell, P. O. Box 520698, Salt Lake City, UT 84152-0698 - N. Colwell Snell
2nd Vice President/College/University Chair: Eleanor Berry, 22614 N. Santiam Hwy., Lyons, OR 97358 - Eleanor Berry
3rd Vice President/Special Awards Chair:
Diane Glancy, 368 North Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia, CA 91016- Diane Glancy

4th Vice President/Convention Coordinator: James Barton, P.O. Box 263, Huttig, AR 71747 - James Barton
Chancellor/Membership Chair:
Steven Concert, 49 Kitchen Ave., Harveys Lake, PA 18618 - Steven Concert
1st Vice Chancellor/Poetry Day/Poetry Month Liason:
Dena Gorrell, 14024 Gateway Dr., Edmond, OK 73013 Dena Gorrell

2nd Vice Chancellor/Encore Editor:
Valerie Martin Bailey, 2207 Parhaven Dr., San Antonio, TX 78232 - Valerie Martin Bailey

Treasurer:
Lucille Morgan Wilson, 2325 61st St., Des Moines, IA 50322 - Lucille Morgan Wilson
Secretary:
Polly Opsahl, 270 Brewster Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48309 Polly Opsahl
Immediate Past President/Presidential Advisors Chair: Russell H. Strauss, 18 S. Rembert Street, Memphis, YN 38104
Russell H. Strauss

Appointive Board

Contest Chair: Mikki Pennington, P O Box 7842, Moore, OK 73153 Mikki Pennington
Contest Sponsors/Brochures: Sharon Martin Turner, 10807 Silhouette Dr., San Antonio, TX 78216 -  Sharon Martin Turner
Historian: Nancy Baass, 2306 De Leon St., Victoria, TX 77901-4812 Nancy Baass
Judges Chair:
Julie Cummings, 9428 Fallen Rock Road, Conifer, CO 80433 - Julie Cummings
Librarian: Catherine L'Herisson, 518 Grinnell Drive, Garland, TX 75043 - Catherine L'Herisson
Manningham  Trust Competition Chair: Budd Powell Mahan, 7059 Spring Valley Road Dallas, TX 75254 Budd Powell Mahan
Manningham Trust Advisor:
Sam Wood, 1570 Auburn Way, Reno, NV 89502
Stevens Manuscript Competition Chair:
Amy Jo Zook, 3520 State Rd. 56, Mechanicsburg, OH 43044
Strophes Editor:
Paul Ford, 10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092 - Paul Ford
Website and Contest Clerk:
Billy Pennington, P.O. Box 7842, Moore, OK 73153 - Billy Pennington
Legal Advisor and Parlimentarian: Floyd (Michaud) L. Lamrouex, 4147 Acorn Hill Suite 1, San Antonio, TX 78217 - Floyd (Michaud) Lamrouex

************Officers, please review the above information. If you wish to make any corrections/changes please email me************

Past NFSPS Presidents:

*Cecilia Parsons Miller, *Clinton Larson, *Robert D. West, *Edna Meudt, *Marvin Davis Winsett, *Max Golightly, *Hans Juergensen, *Russell Ferrall, *Jean Jenkins, *Catherine Case Lubbe, Glenn Swetman, *Carl Morton, *Alice Briley, *Wauneta Hackleman, *Jack Murphy, *Barbara Stevens, *Henrietta Kroah, *Jerry Robbins, Pat Stodghill, *Wanda Blaisdell, *Ralph Hammond, Amy Jo Zook, Susan S. Chambers, Clarence P. Socwell, Madelyn Eastlund, Budd Powell Mahan, Doris Stengel, Nancy Baass, and Russell H. Strauss

*Deceased