About MPS

The Waterville Poets Club and the Dover-Foxcroft Poetry Circle joined in 1936 to form the Poetry Fellowship of Maine. In 1993, the name was changed to Maine Poets Society to reflect the organization's changing emphasis on a statewide network of writers sharing their work.

The society is affiliated with the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS). Maine Poets Society membership fee includes NFSPS membership and allows our memebrs the opportunity to participate in a variety of contests and events each year. For more information, visit NFSPS online at www.nfsps.com.

Who's Who at MPS
Board Members

  • Jenny Doughty, President

  • James Breslin, Vice President and Program Chair

  • Gus Peterson, Treasurer & Membership

  • Bill Frayer, Secretary

  • Sally Joy, Stanza & Publicity

President's Ink

The May meeting will be my final meeting as your president. I have had the pleasure of serving the Society, first as Programs Chair and then as President, serving in that capacity for the past four years. One naturally reflects back and looks forward at a time like this. I recall those snowy icy meetings in Saco when I stayed overnight the night before, just to make sure I could get there safely and in a timely fashion. I am happy to see the successful implementation of our winter gatherings which replaced the February meeting with its weather "possibilities." I recall the hard work your board did to get our bylaws and our policies gelled into an efficiency that will serve our members for years to come. Of late, the board has implemented a slightly different, and I think member-friendly, member-inclusive meeting format: having one judge only and moving the reading in the round (now called Poets Corner) to the morning after our brief business meeting and a short exercise and discussion. Under my tenure, we developed Opportunity Grants which have provided a few members the chance to afford attendance at retreats and conferences. I hope these continue and urge members to explore the grants as a way to further your adeptness and interest in poetry. None of these changes could have happened without a board ready and willing to look at how we were doing things and asking the hard question: "can we do things differently for the benefit of the membership?" I am ever so grateful to Margie, Jenny, Sally, James, Deb, and the late Anne Hammond for their unflagging dedication to the Society and its mission of writing and enjoying and promoting poetry.

Going forward, I am confident that the board will keep looking at ways to build on what we have now and birth more great suggestions into reality. As I move toward completion of a long-neglected manuscript and enjoyment of travel with my husband, I hope that you will each find one memory of my time as your president and think of me. I hope to be invited back to judge or to present workshops. The Society is dear to me in so many ways, not the least of which is the opportunity I have had to make so many poetry friends. I will carry you with me always. I will keep track by reading the web site on a regular basis so I can see our poems and know what you are doing in the world of MPS. I am always available by email, so don't be strangers! I will remain a member and may attend a meeting here or there in the future. Until then, thanks for your dedication to the Society and your help in making my job as president easier.
Wishing you, as always, GOOD INK.
Carol Bachofner, retiring President

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