||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 $1,000. It also sponsors the Stevens Manuscript contest for a collection of poems by one poet, with a cash prize of $1,000 plus publication, the BlackBerry Peach Poetry Awards, with total cash prizes of $1,750.00, plus publication, and the College Undergraduate Poetry competition, which awards two $500 prizes, plus publication.
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 James Barton, P.O. Box 263, Huttig, AR 71747 .
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Honorary Chancellor - Jo McDougall
Executive Board: The Executive Board shall be comprised of all elected officers of the NFSPS
Coordinator : James
Barton, P.O. Box 263, Huttig, AR 71747 - James
BlackBerryPeach Prizes for Poetry (BBP3): Spoken and
Heard Chair: Joseph Cavanaugh, 3722
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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, Russell H. Strauss, Jeremy M. Downes, and Eleanor
Past NFSPS Honorary Chancellors:
Joseph Auslander, John Crowe Ransom, Glenn Ward Dresbach, Jesse Stuart, Grace Noll Crowell, Jean Starr Untermeyer, Loring Williams, Harry M. Meachum, John Williams Andrews, August Derleth, William E. Stafford, N. Scott Momaday, Richard Armour, Richard Eberhart, James Dickey, Judson Jerome, John Ciardi, Robert Coles, Richard Shelton, Marcia Lee Masters, Robert Penn Warren, Richard Wilber, William E. Stafford, Rodney Jones, Tess Gallagher, Michael Bugeja, David Wagoner, Maxine Kumin, Naomi Shihab Nye, Li Young Lee, Lewis Turco, Ted Kooser, Natasha Trethewey, Peter Meinke.