Of Poets and Poetry
Newsletter of Florida State Poets Association, Inc. www.floridastatepoetsassociation.org
August 2017 Volume 43 No. 4
2017 Anthology ORDER FORM, p7
2017 U.S. Poet Laureate, p7
Board Members and Publishing, p2
Chapter News, p 5-6
Committee & Officer Reports, p3
From the Editor, p8
FSPA Fall Convention, p4 & 8
FSPA Spring Fling, p4
In Remembrance, p6
Members-at-Large News, p6
Dont forget to visit On-Line OPAP for more NEWS!
THE PRESIDENTS MESSAGE
Build it and they will come. And come you did. Thank you, New River and Sunshine Poets
for an outstanding Spring Fling. Three top poets in the State of Florida came to Tampa to spend Spring Fling weekend with us and what a weekend it was. We had poetry, music, games, toys, speaking exercises, writing exercises, food, books, speakers, and more poetry. If you are a poet, it was an A list party with A list guests.
If you missed Spring Fling, do not fear, Fall Convention is coming to electrify your eyes, tingle your taste-buds, palpate, peak, and peddle your poetry. You will be excitedly entertained and cheerily challenged. Orlando Area Poets have sweated, slaved, and succeeded in creating a walloping, wonderful, whale of a weekend. Join us October 13, 14, and 15 at the Hilton Hotel in Altamonte Springs. You will go home happy and exhausted. Dont forget to pick up your new anthology, Cadence before you leave. All details are in this newsletter.
After an extensive survey of our membership, it was decided to follow through with having our newsletter Of Poets and Poetry become electronic. The survey showed that a large majority of our membership is in favor of this move. OPAP has been online for the last four years and is visited often. Except for those of you who do not have computers, this is the last paper OPAP you will receive. An email will be sent to all members stating that OPAP and Strophes is now online and give you a click here message. The electronic version, as many of you already know, is in color and has a little more to offer such as poems, pho-tos, etc, etc. Those members that do not have computers will receive a paper copy in the mail just as always. This will be a HUGE savings for our organiza-tion as prices for Fling, Convention, and other services have risen steeply. It is one way to keep our programs and information going to all of you at affordable levels. If you have any questions, PLEASE do not hesitate to contact any of the officers. We will help anyway we can.
Our anthology has also taken another step forward. The name that got the most votes was Cadence. Our anthology will now be Cadence: Florida State Poets Association Anthology (+ issue no.). This elevates our anthology to a higher level of importance and acceptance in the publishing world. It makes your poems more important and gives you higher bragging rights. I am all for that. You deserve that. I am thrilled to show off our anthology and say This is what Florida State Poets members do. I love showing you off.
Hope to see you all in Altamonte Springs in October!!!!!
Mary-Ann Westbrook, president
2017 October Convention
Voices Carry October 13, 14 & 15
Hilton HotelAltamonte Springs
Orlando Area Poets
Good Friends, Good Food,
350 Northlake Boulevard
Altamonte Springs, Florida
Details on pages 4 & 8.
August 2017 Of Poets & Poetry Volume 43 No. 4
Florida State Poets Association, Inc. An affiliate of the National Federation
of State Poetry Societies Organized October 1974
Henrietta Kroah, Founder
President: Mary-Ann Westbrook, 6 Juniper Dr, Ormond Beach, FL 32176; 386.441.1839; [email protected]
Vice President: Al Rocheleau, 3903 Township Square Blvd, Orlando, FL 32837; 407.592.4527; [email protected]
Secretary: Alice Friedman, 603 Wood-ridge Drive, Fern Park, FL 32730; 407.260.6786; [email protected]
Treasurer: Robyn Weinbaum, 2626 Whalebone Way DR, Kissimmee, FL 34741; 407.432.2714; [email protected]
Anthology: Gary Broughman, 741 S Pal-metto Ave., Daytona Beach, FL 32114; 386.690.9295; [email protected]
Contest Chair: Mary Rogers-Grantham, 23 Zorro Court, Palm Coast, FL 32164; 816.536.2569; [email protected]
Electronic Media Coordinator: www.floridastatepoetsassociation.org Linda Eve Diamond, Webmaster & Social Media Coordinator: [email protected]
Historian: Elaine Person, 3707 S. Lake Orlando Pkwy., #11, Orlando, FL 32808; 407.298.9636; [email protected]
Membership: Mary Marcelle, 107 Magno-lia Drive, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714; 407.832.8603; [email protected]
National Poetry Day/Month: Coleen Ward, 955 Thompson Court, Melbourne, FL 32935; 321.242.2815; [email protected]
OPAP Editor: Patricia Stevenson-Gingrich 184 McGowin RD, Wilsonville, AL 35043; 850.445.1302; [email protected]
Slam Coordinator: Kevin Noir Jente Campbell, 532 Hemingway CT, Deland, FL 32720; 386.717.8324; [email protected]
Youth Chair: Janet Watson, 7908 West Drive, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544; 813.973.0763; [email protected]
Board of Directors (chapter presidents)
Big Bend PoetsTallahassee For infor-mation on this chapter, contact Mary-Ann Westbrook, FSPA President. Contact info in left column under Executive Board.
Live Poets Society of Daytona Beach Robert E. Blenheim, 515 Silver Beach Ave-nue, #10, Daytona Beach, FL 32118; 386.506.9930; [email protected]
Miami Poets Tere Starr, 9925 SW 97th Place, Miami, FL 33176; 305.595.9452; [email protected]
New River Poets Janet Watson, 7908 West Drive, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544; 813.973.0763; [email protected]
North Florida Poetry Hub Steffani Fletcher, 3886 Atlantic Blvd, Jack-sonville, FL; [email protected]
Orlando Area Poets Elaine Person, 3707 S. Lake Orlando Pky, #11, Orlando, FL 32808; 407.298.9636;
Poetry for the Love of It Tallahassee Charles Hazelip, 3011 Barclay Court, Tallahassee, FL 32309; 850.878.0412
Sunshine Poets Crystal River Cheri Herald, 18 SJ Kellner Blvd, Beverly Hills, FL 34465; 352.746.3394; [email protected]
Tomoka Poets Mary-Ann Westbrook, 6 Juniper Drive, Or-mond Beach, FL 32176; 386.441.1839; [email protected]
A Chronology of FSPA Presidents: Mary-Ann Westbrook 2016 Joseph Cavanaugh 2012-2016 Cheri Neuman Herald 2010-2012 Betty Ann Whitney 2008-2010 Robert E. Blenheim 2004-2008 Caroline Walton 2002-2004 Coleen Ward 1998-2002 Gail Teachworth 1994-1998 Carolyn Walton 1992-1994 Virginia Martin* 1989-1992 Ruth Cunliffe* 1989-1989 Gwen Thomas 1988-1989 Madelyn Eastlund 1984-1988 Agnes Homan* 1982-1984 Robert DeWitt* 1978-1982 Harvey Winters* 1978-1978 Beatrice Branch* 1976-1978 Henrietta Kroah* 1974-1976 *Deceased
Of Poets & Poetry is published four times per year: August, November, January/February, and April/May. The deadlines for submitting News and Reports can vary so always check here! Send content prior to the deadline to: Patricia Stevenson-Gingrich, OPAP Editor (addresses below).
ALL Chapter & Member News due by October 1, 2017, for the November issue. All other reports, news, & photos due by Oct. 20. MUST submit via the Internet as an email attachment: Word (.doc or .docx), RTF, TXT, or PDF format files. News embed-ded in an email will not be accepted unless it has been okayed by me. Any photos should be high resolution in JPEG (jpg) format. If you are unable to do this, contact the Editor at 850.445.1302.
Email: [email protected] or Mail: Patricia Stevenson-Gingrich 184 McGowin Road Wilsonville, AL 35186-8033
NFSPS 2017 Stevens Manuscript
August 1 midnight, Nov. 15, 2017
Complete Information in Strophes and on the NFSPS website: nfsps.com
Cadence picked for FSPA Journal Name
The winner of the anthology naming contest was announced at Spring Fling in Tampa. The finalist names for the anthology were: 1) Cadence, 2) Cause-ways, and 3) Rafters. From this year forward, the anthology will have the name of Cadence, and carry the subti-tle "Anthology of the Florida State Po-et's Association, No. ##." The Cadence name may be used as a credit by our members in cover letters for poem submissions to other journals and Ca-dence may eventually be listed in Po-et's Market (with the proviso that submissions to our journal/anthology requires FSPA membership). This kind of effort has enhanced the stand-ing of anthologies of other state socie-ties, and will assist our own members in their publishing efforts long-term. ~Al Rocheleau, project coordinator