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Each year, Poets &
Patrons hosts four workshops, led by established poets, editors, and
teachers from Illinois and surrounding states. The workshops are
designed to increase skill in writing both traditional and
non-traditional poetry. Unless otherwise noted, the workshops will be
at in room 6-N on the third floor of the Harold Washington Library, 400
S. State Street, Chicago, Illinois. Workshop participants are invited
to join us for an optional lunch at the Panera at 501 State Street
before each workshop in order to enjoy each others' company and talk
about poetry generally. Members of Poets & Patrons who have
published books are invited to display them for sale at any of our
workshops and/or at the reading of the winning poems from the
Chicagoland Poetry Contest.
2014 - POETS AND
PATRONS CRITIQUING WORKSHOP:
EKPHRASTIC POETRY –
Led By Donna Vorreyer and Cynthia Gallagher.
poems are poems
written about works of art,
paintings, sculpture, or photo-
graphs. Most definitions include
poems about architecture, films,
novels, symphonies, operas,
and other arts as well. You can
find a large number of examples
of Ekphrastic poems side-by-side
with the works of art that inspired
them at http://valerie6.myweb.uga.edu/ekphrasticpoetry.html.
Donna Vorreyer’s collection, A House of Many Windows, is available from Sundress Publications. Her work has appeared in many journals including Rhino, Redactions, Lablettter, Linebreak, Cider Press Review, Stirring, Sweet, wicked alice, and Weave. Her fifth chapbook, We Build Houses of Our Bodies was released in late 2013 by Dancing Girl Press and her second full-length manuscript Washed with Hymns and Singing is slated for release in 2016.
Cynthia Gallaher is listed on Chicago Public Library's "Top 10 Requested Chicago Poets." Her most recently published chapbook "Omnivore Odes: Poems About Food, Herbs and Spices" was published by Finishing Line Press (2013). She holds a degree in the History of Art and Architecture from UIC and is working on a new manuscript "Leaning Tower of Touhy and Other Ekphrastic Poems."
Join us for this Poets & Patrons Workshop Saturday, August 23, at 1:00 p.m. in Room 6N (on the third floor of the Harold Washington Library at 400 S. State Street.) NOTE: THIS ROOM IS ON THE THIRD FLOOR. LIBRARY STAFF MEMBERS MAY NOT BE ABLE TO TELL YOU WERE WE ARE MEETING..
Some members will gather at Panera’s on the southeast corner of State and Congress (diagonally across the street from the library) between 11:30 and noon, to eat lunch or drink a cup of coffee or tea and socialize before the meeting. You are welcome to join us there.
Donna Vorreyer and Cynthia Gallagher
"Landscape with the Fall of Icarus"
William Carlos Williams (1962)
when Icarus fell
it was spring
a farmer was
the whole pageantry
of the year was awake tingling near
the edge of the
sweating in the
the wings' wax
unsignificantly off the coast there was
a splash quite
October 25 at the Hinsdale Public Library: reading of winning poems from our annual contest, and a workshop on Haiku, led by Charlotte Digregorio.
Write! Chicago Workshop:
August 14, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Contact Caroline Johnson at email@example.com or 708-839-1699 for more information.
The optional assignment for August is to write an ekphrastic poem, i.e., a poem inspired by a painting or another creative work. The poem can be free or formal verse. Poems submitted in advance will be critiqued at the meeting, if the author is present. You are always free to ignore the assignment and submit another kind of poem instead.
Members may mail their poems to Wilda Morris, 499 Falcon Ridge Way, Bolingbrook IL 60440, by August 13, or (preferably) email them to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 17 (put P & P in the subject line). If mailing, send a check for $5 per poem submitted ($10 for non-members), made out to Poets & Patrons. (Non-members may attend a couple of meetings before deciding to join. Or send $20 for 2014 membership and $5 with a poem for critique). If you email your poem(s) bring your check to the workshop or mail it to Beth Staas at 1634 Barnsdale Road, LaGrange Park IL 60526. E-mail questions (or late poems) to Wilda. If you do not get a reply to an e-mailed poem, call Wilda at 630/739-2983 to be sure your poem was received. You may send a maximum of two poems for critique; the fee must be paid for each poem submitted.
Poetry Contest is one of the longest-running literary traditions
in Chicago. This competition allows both members, and non-members to
compete in various categories. First, second, and third place contest
winners will receive their awards by mail this year. A $10.00 entry fee
is required of all entrants. Poetry editors and teachers from across
the nation are selected each year to judge all entrants anonymously.
2011 Contest Winners
2012 Contest Winners
2013 Contest Winners
August 14, 2014 Write! Chicago workshop at Peggy Notebart Museum
August 23, 2014 Workshop at the Harold Washington Library
We are pleased to provide a partial listing of book publications by our Members. We have also tried to indicate which books are still available and where you can obtain a copy. We hope to continually expand and promote this list as Members contact us with additional information. Click on the above link to learn more.
Our members are a diverse group, comprised of writers from widely varying backgrounds and ages. What unites us is a deep appreciation for poetry. In order to facilitate an open and non-exclusive environment, we keep our membership fees at a very reasonable level.
Membership entitles poets to hone their skills through interaction with like-minded people in both formal and informal sessions, including four workshops per year, notice of the annual Chicagoland Poetry Contest.
For further information, please contact
us by sending a request for Membership to Beth Staas, Beth@staas.com.
If you would like to join us, please fill out the following form: Membership
Form. The cost of membership for 2014 is $20.
Poets & Patrons
evolved from common desire to promote a meeting ground for poets and
poet enthusiasts in the
By 1954, Poets & Patrons was established. It was set up as a non-profit outreach group for poets who wished to receive professional criticism, with four workshops a year, held on the fourth Saturday in February, April, June and August. In 1956, Poets & Patrons created a Chicagoland Poetry Contest, open to all in the area. At one point there were 22 categories with awards and cash prizes.
Finding suitable meeting places was always a challenge for the group - libraries, a bank, the Cultural Center, Carson, Pirie, Scott - were discovered. Among the early meeting rooms was an unforgettable one offered by one of the group’s founders, Anne Nolan. In the early 1950s, she offered space in the inner offices of her family's business, the Nolan Boiler and Tank Service. Members dubbed the group the Poetry Forge and Anne was the registered agent for 31 years. She was a highly skilled poet, as were her husband Clifford and her three sons. Her death in October 2006 greatly saddened Poets & Patrons members.
Sincere thanks and gratitude go to all members who have helped the group survive and flourish since 1954. The Court of awards held in 2006 marked the 50th celebration of The Chicagoland Poetry Contest. This event has become so important to this area’s finest poets.
Officers and board members are listed below:
|The 2009 Chicagoland Poetry Contest Award Winners|
|The 2008 Chicagoland Poetry Contest Award Winners|
|The 2007 Chicagoland Poetry Contest Award Winners|
|The 2006 Chicagoland Poetry Contest
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