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Introduction

Poets & Patrons is a group of poets who encourage others to write and appreciate poetry. We meet in workshops four times a year and have started a series of meetings called Write! Chicago, where poets gather in a specific Chicago location and write afterwards.

 

 

 

Workshops

Turquoise columns along a sidewalk in Chicago.

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.

October Meeting

Please join us Saturday, October 25, at the Hinsdale Public Library, 20 W. Maple Street, Hinsdale, for an afternoon of poetry.  The event will commence at 1 p.m. with a reading of the winners of the 2014 Poets and Patrons Contest, followed by a workshop on haiku and senryu led by Charlotte Digregorio.  Light refreshments will be served.

The event is free and open to the public.  The Hinsdale Public Library is located one block north of the BNSF Metra train station (Hinsdale station).

 

Write! Chicago Workshop

Looking for some inspiration?  Join us Saturday, Oct. 18, as Write! Chicago ventures to the Gage gallery at Roosevelt University, 18 S. Michigan Avenue, to view some photography exhibits.

The Gage Gallery at Roosevelt University is Chicago�s premier space for showcasing contemporary critical social photo-documentary (Newcity Art). The Gallery exhibits work that is consonant with the mission of the University and its ideals of social justice. It serves the academic goals of the University by hosting numerous public lectures, panel discussions, and symposia, which allow groups to learn about, and discuss, the important social issues of our time. Gallery exhibitions have explored themes including immigration, incarceration, gun violence, terrorism, mental illness, LGBTQ activism, and poverty.

We will meet at 11 a.m., disperse to view the exhibit, then convene to write and go to lunch.  It has been suggested that there are several cafes and restaurants nearby we can walk to. To RSVP, please e-mail Caroline Johnson at twinkscat@aol.com.  The museum is accessible by public transportation.

 

Contact Caroline Johnson at twinkscat@aol.com or 708-839-1699 for more information.

 
Information on the Gallery can be found here

 

 

 

Chicagoland Poetry Contest 

The Chicagoland 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.

The Helen Schaible International Sonnet Contest

2011 Contest Winners
2012 Contest Winners
2013 Contest Winners
 

 

Poetry Events

Oct. 18, 2014 Write! Chicago workshop at Gage Gallery

Oct. 25, 2014 Awards Ceremony at Hinsdale Public Library
 

 

 

 

Book Publications by Members

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.

Membership

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.

A Brief History

Poets & Patrons evolved from common desire to promote a meeting ground for poets and poet enthusiasts in the Chicago area. The Midwest Writers Conference previously filled the need with meetings and contests, but folded in the mid 1940s. Another poetry group, Poets Club of Chicago, was founded in 1936 by a group of high school teachers. Admission to Poets Club was by invitation and submission of poets' work. Members paid modest fees, held workshops and discussion sessions and shared a mutual love of poetry. At one point, Poets Club president Isabelle Gillespie Young, proposed a new club that would be open to all.

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:

Officers

Officers
President
Vice President
Contest Chair
Workshop Chair
Webmaster
Treasurer
           
Caroline Johnson
Linda Wallin
Barbara Eaton
Wilda Morris
Linda Wallin
Beth Staas

Links to other organizations

Chicago Poetry Blog
 
Haiku Society of America

Illinois State Poetry Society

Jupiter Blog

Naperville Writers' Group

Wallin's Wave

Wilda Morris' Poetry Challenge

Whisper From the Heart
 

Windy City Writers

 

 

The 2013 Chicagoland Poetry Contest Award Winners

The 2012 Chicagoland Poetry Contest Award Winners

 The 2011 Chicagoland Poetry Contest Award Winners

 The 2010 Chicagoland Poetry Contest Award Winners

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 Award Winners

The 2005 Chicagoland Poetry Contest Award Winners

The 2004 Chicagoland Poetry Contest Award Winners

 
 
Last updated 8/1/2014.

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