Welcome to the Poetry Society of Michigan!

The Poetry Society of Michigan encourages and celebrates poetry groups across Michigan. It is a member of National Federation of State Poetry Societies. PSM provides workshops, contests and opportunities to be published in two annual editions of their literary journal Peninsula Poets. Statewide meetings are held twice each year. (See the Events Page.) Please visit the Membership page for details on joining.

Calls for Submissions – Peninsula Poets Members Only Edition

Poetry – Please send up to three poems with your contact information on each poem by February 1, 2018. We strongly prefer email submissions. Email poems (all in one file, please) to editor.psm@gmail.com. You will be notified of acceptance by email. If you do not have email, please mail to PSM Spring Edition, 2272 114th Ave., Allegan, MI 49010.  Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification. Questions? Contact Melanie Dunbar at editor.psm@gmail.com. Looking forward to reading your work!!

Cover Art– For this issue, we are accepting submissions for cover art. Please send your original photo or piece of art as a JPEG image to editor.psm@gmail.com, by February 1, 2018.


The deadline for sponsoring a Category is the Spring Meeting of 2018. There are many categories that are not sponsored. If you would like to Sponsor an existing category, or sponsor a new category of your own choosing, please contact Melanie Dunbar at mdunbar15@gmail.com. The contest opens in May of 2018. Entries must comply with the submission guidelines, include appropriate fees, and be received by Melanie no later than August 1, 2018. For more info, check the Contest page.


The 2017 Fall Meeting was held in Muskegon at the Community College October 21, 2017.

Many new and existing members attended our meeting. It was nice to mingle with old friends and meet poets from the Muskegon area. Elections were held in the morning.  Here are the results:

Elizabeth Kerlikowske, President
Jennifer Clark, Vice President
Recording Secretary- vacant at the time of the meeting- position has been filled
Corresponding Secretary- Debra Bechtel-Briggs, effective immediately
Treasurer- Susan Anderson
Newsletter Editor- vacant- Phillip J. Sterling will continue as Editor until a replacement has been found.

Appointed Offices:

Historian- Inge Logenburg Kyler
Jerry Lang- Parliamentarian
Melanie Dunbar- Peninsula Poets Editor and Contest Chairperson

All board member positions take effect January 2018, unless noted. Thank you, outgoing Board Members, for your service to PSM. We look forward to seeing you at the Spring Meeting!

Julie George was honored as a long-standing member of the PSM. President Polly Opshal presented her with a Certificate, and Julie read winning poems from Poetry Society of Texas’ contest, of which she is a judge. She also read one of her own poems. Julie has been an indispensable part of the Society for many years. She has held many (if not all!) board positions during her membership. Thank you Julie, we appreciate you!

Larry Thomas Workshop Photo

Honorary Chancellor Larry Thomas led the membership in a writing workshop. He gave a very interesting presentation, challenging members to write  a poem based on one of the poems in the packet he discussed.

The Travelling Trophy winner was announced just before we adjourned. Brenda Gasahl of Norton Shores is this Fall’s winner. Congratulations, Brenda!

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