Linda Wallin © 2017

Linda Wallin © 2017


Board Members

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Caroline Johnson


Caroline Johnson has two poetry chapbooks and more than 100 poems in print. A nominee for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, she has won numerous state and national poetry awards. Her full-length poetry collection, The Caregiver (2018), is available from Holy Cow! Press or Amazon. Visit her website at



Vice President

Sheila Elliot has been an active member of Poets and Patrons, Inc. since 2008, but traces her first association with the group back to 1985, when a newspaper notice alerted her to their annual contest and two of her poems received prizes. Along with her lifelong interest in poetry, Elliott writes fiction and non-fiction. Her work has been honored by the Illinois Woman's Press Association, the regional affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women, and she is a member of the Illinois State Poetry Society. Since 2015, Elliott has been on the Editorial Committee of the Oak Park Writers Group's annual anthology, Keystrokes.




Judith Tullis retired from the secretarial business she owned for years, loves to work in her garden as well as in the word garden that is poetry. Her poems, which have won several state and national contests can be found in anthologies, in print and online. She is former Vice President and current Treasurer & Membership Chairman of Illinois State Poetry Society and has recently been appointed to the Board for the National Federation of State Poetry Societies.


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Beth Staas holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in English. Her poetry has won or placed in numerous contests and is included in several anthologies and websites. Her most recent novel, listed on, is entitled Beside the Golden Door, a family memoir. She is past president and current treasurer of Poets & Patrons and member of Illinois State Poetry Society and Poets Club of Chicago. 



At-Large Member

Myron Stokes is a 9-year Air Force veteran, and a clinical psychotherapist who counsels combat veterans. He has been writing poetry and short stories for 15 years. His poem, "For My Ancestors," won first prize in the 2012 Margaret Reid Poetry Contest for Traditional Verse. A member of the Illinois State Poetry Society and Oak Park Writers Group, he has work published in Margie, International Journal of American Poetry 2005, and the Ellen LaForge Poetry Prize 2007.



At-Large Member

Diane O'Neill is a Chicago writer with degrees from Columbia College and National University. Her essays and poems have appeared in Solstice Literary Magazine's blog, the South Side Weekly, the Journal of Modern Poetry, The Shine Journal, National University’s Gnu Journal, Still Crazy Literary Journal, The Chicago Tribune, and It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure. Highlights for Children has accepted one of her articles, and LADYBUG Magazine has accepted one of her stories. Her poem “Nighthawks” won third prize in the “Chicago: The Arts” category of the 2017 Poets and Patrons Chicagoland Poetry contest.

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Wilda Morris

Workshop Chair

Wilda Morris is an award-winning poet who leads poetry workshops for adults and children. A past president of both Poets & Patrons of Chicago and the Illinois State Poetry Society, she has published widely in journals and websites. Her blog at provides a contest for other poets each month.


barbara eaton

Contest Chair

Barbara Eaton has been the contest chair for Poets and Patrons for more than 10 years. She is a published poet and works as a community college English teacher in the Chicago area.




Curt Vevang is a Chicago native and a product of the Chicago Public Schools and the University of Illinois. He has self published two full length poetry books, a scant bagatelle and the nature of things. He has also published two rhyming children's books, The Prince and The Elf and The Prince, and the Elf Too.