Pennsylvania Poetry Society


The Pennsylvania Poetry Society was founded on October 21, 1949, under the auspices of the Pennsylvania Folklore Society by Colonel Henry W. Shoemaker and his sister, Blanche Shoemaker Wagstaff.

The Pennsylvania Poetry Society is a member of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS). The Pennsylvania Poetry Society is one of the ten charter-member states of NFSPS. In June 1960, the NFSPS Constitution was adopted in Philadelphia, PA. The Pennsylvania Poetry Society has hosted the annual convention of NFSPS several times: 1960 in Philadelphia, and 2005 in Harrisburg. Historical records of the Pennsylvania Poetry Society can be found and researched at the State Archives Building in Harrisburg, PA.

Col. Henry W. Shoemaker

Past Presidents of PPS
2015-2016 Marilyn Downing, Hershey, PA

2014-2015 DeAnna Spurlock, Carlisle, PA

2013-2014 Susan Vernon, Carlisle, PA

2010-2013 Richard Lake, New Cumberland, PA

2006-2010 DeAnna Spurlock, Carlisle, PA

2004-2006 Steven Concert, Harveys Lake, PA

1999-2004 Marilyn Downing, Hershey, PA

1995-1999 Harry D. Eshleman

1991-1995 Marilyn Downing, Hershey, PA

1989-1991 Hanny Gilhespy-Grace*

1985-1989 Dorman John Grace*

1981-1985 L. J. Reho

1977-1981 Cecilia Parsons Miller*

1975-1977 Irene Abel*

1971-1975 Will S. Pollard*

1967-1971 Athaleen LaHaise*

1965-1967 Charles S. Ferguson*

1961-1965 Dale T. Guhl*

1957-1961 Cecilia Parsons Miller*

1949-1957 Blanche Whiting Keysner*


Asterisk denotes deceased.