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.

The Spring Meeting will be held at the Delhi Cafe in Holt (4625 Willoughby Rd #9) on Saturday April 29th beginning at 9 A.M.

PSM member Eric Torgersen, Professor Emeritus at Central Michigan University will lead a workshop-style presentation on the ghazal. “The workshop,” Eric writes, will begin with a handout with samples of three forms of ghazal commonly written by American poets, each progressively more “formal.” We will practice the most formal of these, with rhyme and refrain, as described by Agha Shahid Ali in his book Ravishing DisUnities: Real Ghazals in English. After defining the form clearly and discussing some of the conventions, we’ll practice briefly by each writing a couplet using the same rhyme and refrain, producing a kind of group ghazal. Then each member will write his or her own ghazal and be invited to read it to the group. The meeting cost is $25 per person, which includes a soup and salad lunch. Please contact our PSM Treasurer, Susan Anderson to make your meeting reservation by phone at (231) 429-2443 or by mail at PO Box 1035 Cadillac, MI. 49601 or email treasurer.psm@gmail.com


Melanie Dunbar, PSM Contest Coordinator, has announced the Category themes for the 2017 Poetry Society of Michigan Annual Poetry Contest. See the contest brochure for details. Submit often and spread the word. Entries must comply with the submission guidelines, include appropriate fees, and be received by Melanie no later than August 1, 2017. For more info, check the Contest page

We have some openings on the board – If you are interested in volunteering, contact Polly Opsahl

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