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The National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS) is a non-profit organization, exclusively educational and literary. Its purpose is to recognize the importance of poetry with respect to national cultural heritage. It is dedicated solely to the furtherance of poetry on the national level and serves to unite poets in the bonds of fellowship and understanding.

The NFSPS sponsors fifty annual poetry contests with cash prizes totaling over $6,000, including a grand prize of $1,000. It also sponsors the Stevens Manuscript contest for a collection of poems by one poet, with a cash prize of $1,000 plus publication, the BlackBerry Peach Poetry Awards, with total cash prizes of $1,750.00, plus publication, and the College Undergraduate Poetry competition, which awards two $500 prizes, plus publication.

Strophes is the national society's official newsletter. It is published quarterly with national news but also with state societies' news. It announces numerous contests and lists the national board members and state presidents. The summer issue provides names of judges and winners for the national contests.

Annual conventions are conducted for business, instruction, and fellowship. Poets who attend share poetry, ideas, and inspiration, which they carry home to their local organizations. 

The Federation Library Collection is housed at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. In addition to the Encores (prize poem anthologies which contain winners of the national poetry contests), the collection includes books and materials provided by organizations and individuals.

The emblem of the Federation is the Athenian Greek coin insignia that appears on all NFSPS publications and has been incorporated into the design of the medal (see above) which is presented to NFSPS presidents at the end of their terms.

The members of the Federation are members of an NFSPS affiliated state organization. Any poet wishing to know the location of his or her state society may contact NFSPS for this information. Send a business-sized SASE to James Barton, P.O. Box 263, Huttig, AR 71747 .

2017 ENCORE is now available here AMAZON

Honorary Chancellor - Jo McDougall
Executive Board: The Executive Board shall be comprised of all elected officers of the NFSPS
and the immediate past president. This body shall serve as the governing body of NFSPS.
[NFSPS Bylaws, Article VI--Executive Board, Section A.]

President/Membership Coordinator : James Barton, P.O. Box 263, Huttig, AR 71747 - James Barton
1st Vice President/Publicity Chair, Electronic Media, Website Assistant: Julie Cummings, 9428 Fallen Rock Road, Conifer, CO 80433 - Julie Cummings
2nd Vice President/Strophes Editor, Electronic Media Assistant: Paul Ford, 10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092 - Paul Ford
3rd Vice President/Special Awards Chair:
Charmaine Pappas Donovan 18755 Tracside Road Brainerd, MN 56401 - Charmaine Pappas Donovan
4th Vice President/Development Chair (Endowments/Sponsorships): Joseph Cavanaugh, 3722 Longford Cir., Ormond Beach, FL 32174 - Joseph Cavanaugh
Chancellor/Youth Chair:
Steven Concert, 49 Kitchen Ave., Harveys Lake, PA 18618 - Steven Concert
1st Vice Chancellor/Poetry Day/Poetry Month Liaison Co-Chair:
Dena Gorrell, 14024 Gateway Dr., Edmond, OK 73013 - Dena Gorrell
2nd Vice Chancellor/Encore Editor Emeritus: Valerie Martin Bailey, 2207 Parhaven Dr., San Antonio, TX 78232 - Valerie Martin Bailey
Secretary/Assistant Treasurer: Linda Harris, 711 6th St. SE Altoona, IA 50009-1926 - Linda Harris
Treasurer: Lucille Morgan Wilson, 2325 61st St., Des Moines, IA 50322 - Lucille Morgan Wilson
Immediate Past President/Presidential Advisors Chair:
Eleanor Berry , 22614 N. Santiam Hwy., Lyons, OR 97358 - Eleanor Berry

Appointive Board

2017 BlackBerryPeach Prizes for Poetry (BBP3): Spoken and Heard Chair: Joseph Cavanaugh, 3722 Longford Cir., Ormond Beach, FL 32174 - Joseph Cavanaugh
Board Liason to State Societies: Russell H. Strauss, 18 S. Rembert, St. Memphis, TN 38104 - Russell H. Strauss

College Undergraduate Poetry Competition Chair: Shirley Blackwell, P. O. Box 1352, Los Lunas, NM 87031 - Shirley Blackwell
Contest Chair:
Susan Maxwell Campbell 115 North Wisteria,Mansfield, TX 76063-1835 MS - Susan Maxwell Campbell
Contest Sponsors/Brochure Chair:
Sharon Martin Turner, 10807 Silhouette Dr., San Antonio, TX 78216 - Sharon Martin Turner
Convention Coordinator:
Polly Opsahl, 7316 Huntington, Oscoda, MI 48750 - Polly Opsahl
Encore Editor:
Kathy Cotton: 1019 Applewood Lane, Anna, IL 62906 - Kathy Cotton
Nancy Baass, 408 E. Warren AVE., Victoria, TX 77901-4847 - Nancy Baass
Judges Chair:
JoAn Howerton, 2563 Twin Woods Cove, Memphis, TN 38134 - JoAn Howerton
Legal Councelor/Parliamentarian: Susan Stevens Chambers, 57310 166th Lane, Good Thunder, MN 56037Susan Stevens Chambers

Librarian: Catherine L'Herisson, 518 Grinnell Drive, Garland, TX 75043 - Catherine L'Herisson
Manningham  Trust Competition Chair: Budd Powell Mahan, 7059 Spring Valley Road Dallas, TX 75254 - Budd Powell Mahan
Manningham Trust Advisor: Sam Wood, 1570 Auburn Way, Reno, NV 89502
Publicity Chair (Traditional Media, and Poetry Day/Poetry Month Liaison Co-Chair): Amy Jo Zook, 3520 State Rd. 56, Mechanicsburg, OH 43044
Special Events/ State Outreach: Peter Stein, 5612 23rd Ave. S, Mineapolis, MN 55417 - Peter Stein
Stevens Manuscript Competition Chair: Wilda Morris, 499 Falcon Ridge Way, Bolingbrook, IL 60440 - Wilda Morris
Strophes Associate Editor: Jim Lambert, 11617 Sherry Lynn Dr., Carbondale, IL 62901-0732 - Jim Lambert
Website: Billy Pennington, P.O. Box 7842, Moore, OK 73153 - Billy Pennington

Past NFSPS Presidents:

*Cecilia Parsons Miller, *Clinton Larson, *Robert D. West, *Edna Meudt, *Marvin Davis Winsett, *Max Golightly, *Hans Juergensen, *Russell Ferrall, *Jean Jenkins, *Catherine Case Lubbe, *Glenn Swetman, *Carl Morton, *Alice Briley, *Wauneta Hackleman, *Jack Murphy, *Barbara Stevens, *Henrietta Kroah, *Jerry Robbins, Pat Stodghill, *Wanda Blaisdell,*Ralph Hammond, Amy Jo Zook, Susan S. Chambers, Clarence P. Socwell, Madelyn Eastlund, Budd Powell Mahan, Doris Stengel, Nancy Baass, Russell H. Strauss, Jeremy M. Downes, and Eleanor Berry    

 Past NFSPS Honorary Chancellors:

Joseph Auslander, John Crowe Ransom, Glenn Ward Dresbach, Jesse Stuart, Grace Noll Crowell, Jean Starr Untermeyer, Loring Williams, Harry M. Meachum, John Williams Andrews, August Derleth, William E. Stafford, N. Scott Momaday, Richard Armour, Richard Eberhart, James Dickey, Judson Jerome, John Ciardi, Robert Coles, Richard Shelton, Marcia Lee Masters, Robert Penn Warren, Richard Wilber, William E. Stafford, Rodney Jones, Tess Gallagher, Michael Bugeja, David Wagoner, Maxine Kumin, Naomi Shihab Nye, Li Young Lee, Lewis Turco, Ted Kooser, Natasha Trethewey, Peter Meinke.   

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