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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, 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:

Julie Cummings
9428 Fallen Rock Road
Conifer, Colorado 80433

2018 ENCORE is now available here AMAZON

Honorary Chancellor - David J. Rothman

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.]


Elective Board

President/Membership: Publicity Chair, Electronic Media: Julie Cummings, 9428 Fallen Rock Road,
Conifer, CO 80433  jcummings3@gmail.com
1st Vice President/Strophes Editor, Electronic Media Assistant: Paul Ford, 10239 Hickory Point Dr
Sandy, UT 84092 pmford3@gmail.com
2nd Vice President/Development Chair (Endowments/Sponsorships): Joseph Cavanaugh, 3722 Longford Cir. Ormond Beach, FL 32174  jcavanaugh@gmail.com
3rd Vice President/Special Awards Chair: Charmaine Pappas Donovan 18755 Tracside Road
Brainerd, MN 56401 charmane@charter.net
4th Vice President: Steven Concert, 49 Kitchen Ave., Harveys Lake, PA 18618 paperlesspoets@gmail.com
Chancellor: Polly Opsahl, 7316 Huntington, Oscoda, MI 48750 pollyopsahl@gmail.com
1st Vice Chancellor/Poetry Day/Poetry Month Liaison Co-Chair: Shirley Blackwell, P. O. Box 1352,
Los Lunas, NM 87031 sonneteer@earthlink.net
2nd Vice Chancellor Poetry Day/Poetry Month Liaison Co-Chair: JoAn Howerton, 2563 Twin Woods Cove, Memphis, TN 38134 - ladyjoan1946@gmail.com
Secretary/Assistant Treasurer: Linda Harris, 711 6th St. SE Altoona, IA 50009-1926- harristaxes@aol.com
Treasurer: Lucille Morgan Wilson, 2325 61st St., Des Moines, IA 50322  lucille_e_wilson@hotmail.com
Immediate Past President/Presidential Advisors Chair: Eleanor Berry, 2614 N. Santiam Hwy., Lyons, OR 97358
eberry@wvi.com


Appointive Board

2017 BlackBerryPeach Prizes for Poetry (BBP3): Spoken and Heard Chair: Joseph Cavanaugh,
3722 Longford Cir. Ormond Beach, FL 32174  jcavanaugh@gmail.com
Board Liason to State Societies: Russell H. Strauss, 18 S. Rembert, St. Memphis, TN 38104  RSTRpoet@cs.com
College Undergraduate Poetry Competition Chair: Steven Concert, 49 Kitchen Ave., Harveys Lake, PA 18618 paperlesspoets@gmail.com
Contest Chair: Carla Jordan, P. O. Box 2863 Evergreen, CO 80437-2863 ContestChair.nfsps@gmail.com
Contest Sponsors/Brochure Chair: To be appointed (if you are interested in this appointment
please contact
Julie Cummings
Convention Coordinator:
Polly Opsahl, 7316 Huntington, Oscoda, MI 48750 pollyopsahl@gmail.com
Encore Editor:
Kathy Cotton: 1019 Applewood Lane, Anna, IL 62906 kacotton7@frontier.com
Historian: Nancy Baass, 408 E. Warren AVE., Victoria, TX 77901-4847 nancy.baass@gmail.com  
Judges Chair: JoAn Howerton, 2563 Twin Woods Cove, Memphis, TN 38134 -ladyjoan1946@gmail.com
Legal Councelor/Parliamentarian:
Susan Stevens Chambers, 57310 166th Lane,
Good Thunder, MN 56037 - schambersmediator@yahoo.com
Librarian: Catherine L'Herisson, 518 Grinnell Drive, Garland, TX 75043 -  catherinepoet@juno.com
Manningham Trust Competition Chair: Susan Stevens Chambers, 57310 166th Lane,
Good Thunder, MN 56037 - schambersmediator@yahoo.com
Manningham Trust Advisor: Sam Wood, 1570 Auburn Way, Reno, NV 89502
Publicity Chair:
(Traditional Media, and Poetry Day/Poetry Month Liaison Co-Chair): Amy Jo Zook,
3520 State Rd. 56, Mechanicsburg, OH 43044
Special Events/ State Outreach:
Peter Stein, 5612 23rd Ave. S, Mineapolis, MN 55417 pwilliamstien@yahoo.com
Stevens Manuscript Competition Chair:
Amanda Partridge, 4 Bowie Point, Sherwood, AR 72120 stevens.nfsps@gmail.com
Strophes Associate Editor: Jim Lambert, 11617 Sherry Lynn Dr., Carbondale, IL 62901-0732  jim@jimlambert.net
Youth Chair: Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, P. O. Box 86, Placerville, CO 81430 rosemerryt@gmail.com
Website:
Billy Pennington, P.O. Box 7842, Moore, OK 73153 zodnoyeb@aol.com


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, Eleanor Berry, and *James Barton
*Deceased


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, and Jo McDougall.



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