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

  • Darlene Glover & Linda DeSantis (sharing the position), Secretary

  • Sally Joy, Stanza & Publicity

President’s Message

As we poets cautiously peer out of our burrows, hoping to avoid six more weeks of winter if we don’t see our shadows, and contemplating what kind of poem to write about it if we do, let’s look forward to our next meeting on April 27th at the First Universalist Church in Auburn. I hope to see as many of you there as possible, and I would like to encourage you to enter the contest. Our judge, former President of MPS and former Poet Laureate of Rockland Carol Bachofner, has set us an intriguing topic and I am currently puzzling over what to write. So many characters to choose from! And I could even make one up!

Our winter regional gathering in Westbrook, about Revision Strategies, was enjoyed by everyone, including the presenter (me). We studied early drafts of poems by famous poets alongside the finished versions, and considered how they had gone about revision. We looked at the various tactics that can be employed during revision, and at the purpose of revision. After lunch, and some delicious baked goodies kindly donated by our generous host Alice Persons, we workshopped poems brought by attendees. You’ll find one of them – post-revision – in this newsletter. Thanks to Nancy Orr for allowing us to publish her work.

I hope a lot of MPS members can make it to the Open Mic at the Maine State Library on Saturday March 23rd, from 10:30-12:30. It’s free! How many lovely winter events are free? And we would love it if you could bring along a poem of your own to read.

If you can’t make the Open Mic event at the Maine State Library, please do bring along a poem to share at our own open mic at the beginning of our April meeting.

At our April meeting, I will offer copies of the hand-out from the Revision Strategies workshop to attendees. Some of it is photocopied from handwritten drafts and I don’t have it available in email form, but I will happily donate extra copies for those who attend the meeting. Live events and gatherings are a great way to network with like-minded people and pick up ideas that can help you with your own work.

Also at our April meeting, during the business meeting portion of the day, we will need to discuss and vote on the new board for 2019, so I welcome anybody who would like to become more involved with the running of the Maine Poets Society.

I would like to remind members that MPS is affiliated with the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NSFPS) and as such we are allowed to enter any of their contests that are open to people from out of their state. You’ll find a list of them on their website and in the current issue of their newsletter, Strophes, available online at http://www.nfsps.com/Strophes2019-Jan.pdf. Browse their website and hunt through the contests. You’re bound to have a poem that will fit! Happy spring!

See you in April, I hope.

Jenny Doughty

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