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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 $1,000. It also sponsors the Stevens Manuscript contest for a collection of poems by one poet, with a cash prize of $1,000 plus publication, 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 .

Honorary Chancellor - Peter Meinke
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/Membership Coordinator : James Barton, P.O. Box 263, Huttig, AR 71747 - James Barton
1st Vice President/Publicity Chair, Electronic Media, Website Assistant: Julie Cummings, 9428 Fallen Rock Road, Conifer, CO 80433 - Julie Cummings
2nd Vice President/Strophes Editor, Electronic Media Assistant: Paul Ford, 10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092 - Paul Ford
3rd Vice President/Special Awards Chair:
Charmaine Pappas Donovan 18755 Tracside Road Brainerd, MN 56401Charmaine Pappas Donovan
4th Vice President/Development Chair (Endowments/Sponsorships): Joseph Cavanaugh, 3722 Longford Cir., Ormond Beach, FL 32174 Joseph Cacanaugh
Chancellor/Youth 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/Publicity Co-Chair (Electronic Media):

Immediate Past President/Presidential Advisors Chair: Eleanor Berry , 22614 N. Santiam Hwy., Lyons, OR 97358 - Eleanor Berry

Appointive Board

Board Liason to State Societies: Russell H. Strauss, 18 S. Rembert, St. Memphis, TN 38104 Russell H. Strauss
College Undergraduate Poetry Competition
Chair: Shirley Blackwell, P. O. Box 1352, Los Lunas, NM 87031 Shirley Blackwell
2016 Contest Chair: Emory D Jones 608 N. Pearl St, Luka, MS 38852 ~ pianot@bellsouth.net
Contest Sponsors/Brochure Chair: Sharon Martin Turner, 10807 Silhouette Dr., San Antonio, TX 78216 -  Sharon Martin Turner
Convention Coordinator: Polly Opsahl, 7316 Huntington, Oscoda, MI 48750
Polly Opsahl
Historian: Nancy Baass, 2306 De Leon St., Victoria, TX 77901-4812 Nancy Baass
Judges Chair:
JoAn Howerton, 2563 Twin Woods Cove, Memphis, TN 38134 JoAn Howerton
Legal Councelor: Susan Stevens Chambers, 57310 166th Lane, Good Thunder, MN 56037
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
Publicity Chair (Traditional Media, and Poetry Day/Poetry Month Co-Chair): Amy Jo Zook, 3520 State Rd. 56, Mechanicsburg, OH 43044
Special Events/ State Outreach: Peter Stein, 5216 23rd Ave. S, Mineapolis, MN 55417 Peter Stein
Stevens Manuscript Competition Chair: Wilda Morris, 499 Falcon Ridge Way, Bolingbrook, IL 60440, Wilda Morris
Strophes Associate Editor: Jim Lambert, 11617 Sherry Lynn Dr., Carbondale, IL 62901-0732 Jim Lambert
Website: Billy Pennington, P.O. Box 7842, Moore, OK 73153 - Billy Pennington

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 Berry

*Deceased