News and Announcements

Congratulations, Connie! PSM member Connie Jarka published a book of inspirational poetry in 2017 and entered it in the 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Here is commentary from one of the judges:



WELCOME IN!…TO DAILY THOUGHTS FROM MY TIME ACROSS THE OLE’ BLUEBERRY FARM FIELDS OF LIFE–SO FAR! by Connie McDonald Jarka is a lovely collection of poetic thoughts readers will cherish. The book is well done, with a pleasant green cover, and produced in a hardback edition that many readers will buy to keep forever. The photograph on the front cover is lovely, as is the illustration of a blueberry vine. The joyous picture on the back made me smile from ear to ear! I enjoyed seeing the endorsement, too. The urging to “appreciate the day” is lovely. I want to do just that! Here is my favorite entry: Each step toward the mountaintop If only just a few Gives us a chance to lift life up And celebrate the view. I love this! You don’t have to go to the peak to experience joy. Each step along the way gives you a chance to stop and wonder. I have hiked (small) mountains, and I can attest that stopping often to observe is just as rewarding as the view from the top. This is an especially valuable thought to those who may never reach what they consider the top in life. What a wonderful thought — worth framing. I could write just as much about each entry, but you get the idea. And this book offers so much more. Readers will thank this Jarka for this book!- Judge, 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.


Joy Gaines-Friedler would like to thank PSM for the invitation and opportunity to teach two workshops (and to work with such fine people and writers) at last Saturday’s annual meeting. She looks forward to seeing everyone again soon and would like to make this offer: Should anyone like to send her anything they wrote at the meeting, she would be happy to read it and to comment extensively. You can contact Joy via FB or this email address:

River Junction Poets news: Spring Poetry Performance, Sunday, April 29th from 3-5 PM at First Congregational Church’s Bradley House. The theme is “In Time of Silver Rain” by Langston Hughes.


Congratulations to Karin Hoffecker. Her book, The Nell Poems, has been published by Blue Light Press and 1st World Publishing. The collection of poems are written for her granddaughter to honor her father in light of his untimely death in 2016. It is available on Amazon and can be ordered from the author at



Brace_Kristin_COVCongratulations to Kristin Brace on the publication of her first book, a chapbook of poems called Fence, Patio, Blessed Virgin, due out July 13 from Finishing Line Press. The chapbook weaves together memories of her grandmother with narrative from the last two years of her life. It is available for presale through May 18  at A second chapbook, Each Darkness Inside, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press later in 2018.






News from the River Junction Poets in Saginaw

Mark your calendars – RJP’s February meeting will be at 7PM on Wed. Feb. 28th at Zauel Library. The March meeting will be Wednesday, March 28th at 7PM at Zauel Library. The Spring Performance will be 3PM Sunday April 29th at the First Congregational Church.

Congratulations to RJP members: Marian and Les Tincknell and Pat Yockey. They will be honored as part of the “Yes We Can!” Celebrating the Creative Legacy of Artists, Scientists, Scholars and Community Leaders 80 or Older.


The state of Michigan has lost a wonderful poet and friend of PSM,  Jean Kilburn passed away on January 30, 2018.  Her charming ways and delightful poetry will be missed by the many hearts she has touched by her gentle kindness and her well-crafted poetry. – Dennis White, Downriver Poets & Playwrights

Jean E. Kilburn
1924 – 2018

Trenton – Age 93, of Trenton. January 30, 2018. Beloved wife of the late Thearon Kilburn. Loving mother of Dawn (Vince) Fedell and Darry (Tula) Alexander. Proud grandmother of Marnie, Kyle and RaChelle. Great grandmother of Nicole, Jacob and Madelyn. Visitation Friday, Feb. 2, 5-9pm at The Trenton Chapel-Martenson Family of Funeral Homes, 3200 West Rd.  Funeral service Feb 3, Saturday 12 noon at the funeral home. Visit – Published in The Detroit News & Detroit Free Press on Feb. 1, 2018

The January issue of Strophes, the National Federation of State Poetry Societies newsletter is available at the NFSPS website and here: Strophes2018-Jan

Beware of Scam Artists! The Poetry Society of MI will never email you or call you soliciting you to send money. We will only ask you for annual dues or registration fees for the Spring and Fall meeting through our newsletter, Facebook, and website. Those fees should only be sent to our Treasurer: Poetry Society of Michigan, PO Box 1035 Cadillac, MI 49601 Her email is If you get email requests from anyone else please forward them to We have been targeted by scammers posing (falsified email addresses) as board members asking the treasury to send funds to cover an unexpected expense. We did not fall for it thankfully and we just want to alert our membership not to fall for any such trickery either. The only time you should send funds would be for your membership dues, contest entry fees, meeting registration, additional book purchases or if you wish to make a charitable donation to the Society. Any such funds should be made payable to the Poetry Society of Michigan.

HearRadicalsCover2The Perfect Gift for Valentine’s Day Heart Radicals is a book of love poems (the good, the bad, the funny) written by Les Kay, Allie Marini, Sandy Marchetti, and PSM member Janeen Rastall. Released this Valentine’s Day by About Editions. Preorder here,

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Congratulations to the Marquette Poets Circle. This fall, the Library of Michigan requested submission of “Maiden Voyage – the Five Year Anthology of the Marquette Poets Circle” to be considered as a 2018 Michigan Notable Book. While they did not receive the award, they are honored by this unsolicited request by the Library of Michigan. Copies of “Maiden Voyage” are now in the Library of Michigan catalog and in many libraries across the U.P.

News from the Lansing Poetry Club- Our primary location is:  Dublin Square Irish Pub & Restaurant, 327 Abbot Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823. We meet on one Sunday a month at 3PM, generally the 3rd Sunday, but not always.  – Ruelaine Stokes, president Lansing Poetry Club Schedule 2017-8


Congratulations to Terry Blackhawk!

Congratulations to Edward Morin on publication of Housing For Wrens

In Housing for Wrens, Edward Morin’s new chapbook and third collection of poems, “housing” represents shelter, home, and the act of caring for them. His poems feature birds and animals whom the poet takes as seriously as they take themselves.  He seeks to be in touch with himself and other people, knowing kinesthetically what takes place in the world. The cover art is a plate from John James Audubon’s Birds of America.wren

“Edward Morin has assembled lyrics and narratives touching on subjects you and I like to read about. The exquisite title poem prepares us for engagements with blue jays, bank swallows, wood thrushes—and also the pleasures of singing, fishing, even of aging. The language is to be savored and the hard-won wisdom taken to heart.”                                        — Laurence Goldstein, poet and former Editor of Michigan Quarterly Review

The book is available from Cervena Barva Press in Somerville, MA 02144, at

PSM Member Chimanlal Patel has published his first book, “PETALS IN THE WIND.” It is 305 pages and contains 300 poems! It can be ordered through Amazon. Congratulations, Chimanlal!


A Letter from Jack Ridl
Dear Poets–

Say it’s not so!! My time is up!

Being your Honorary Chancellor has lifted my spirits time and time and time again. I can only hope that I carried your confidence as you would have hoped.

To be honored by you who love poetry for the right reasons will sustain me always. Your inviting me to hold this honor has been an affirmation of what I believe about poetry and of what I have tried always to do in its behalf. I am and will ever be joyfully grateful to you.

I admit to feeling very wistful about having to leave. The honor has been something I have, without a twitch of self-consciousness, announced with a feeling of great pride.

My hope is that poetry will continue to bring to each of you that which will nourish, heal, strengthen, and always lift your great good souls.

Congratulations to Phillip Sterling! His new collection of poetry – And Then Snow is now available at Main Street Rag!



PSM member, Russ Thorburn is available as a manuscript consultant for poets. Reasonable fees to arrange orphan poems into a publishable sequence, turnaround time three weeks. Former clients include Pamela Porter, Ulrike Narwani, and Barb Pelman, who recently received contracts from Ronsdale Press, British Columbia. Contact Russell Thorburn, NEA Fellow, poet laureate of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, at Learn more about Russ at his website


Ongoing Opportunity–Workshops and Classes are available from Zilka Joseph. Learn more here ==>


A Message from Jack Ridl, Click Here ==> Being With, Now

From Jack Ridl, Honorary Chancellor:

Dear Fellow Poets,

Water Music is a gift not only to each and all of us but to all who happen
to wander within it. I’ve always joyfully told others that the poets in the
PSM are an uncommon lot, each with an authentic voice and vision, each
unencumbered by trends, critics, and narrow definitions and dictates of what a
poem should be and what poetry is. Open our anthology to any page and
we meet what matters. Open many a literary magazine and discover much
that doesn’t. Once again, I am humbled, honored, joy-filled to be
your Honorary Chancellor. I don’t know and never will know why you smiled
my way with this designation. I would argue that we are each a chancellor
of the numinous.
May the ineffable reality of poetry continue to walk with each of you.
With joy and gratitude,


Congratulations to Ginny Grush on the publication of her poetry book, ABSINTHE


PSM 5 Year Anthology



Congratulations to Marquette Poet Circle member Kathleen M. Heideman. Her work was named a quarter-finalist for the 2016 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize, semi-finalist for the 2016 Diagram Chapbook Contest, and runner-up for the 2016 Dead Bison Editors’ Prize. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Arcadia, Burningword, Emerge Literary Journal, untethered, and anthologies from Caffeinated Press, Silver Birch Press, and Michigan State University Press.

Brief Perversions is a collection of flash fiction and prose poetry by Marquette Poets Circle member Jesse Koenig. The title of the collection reflects the brevity of the individual pieces and the various twists they often take. On a broader level, the title also reflects the collection’s theme of life as a brief perversion, as a short and twisted journey. Many of the pieces engage with pop culture in various ways—alluding to and quoting celebrities, songs, poems, novels, textbooks, commercial products, cereal boxes, etc. In addition, many pieces call into question aspects of western culture (our treatment of the elderly, the emphasis on physical attractiveness, the reality vs. the fairy-tale of love, male-dominated politics, and much more), hopefully without moralizing. That is, the collection, ideally, is a philosophical conversation about what society values and what many of us consider normal.

Brief Perversions is available from Burdock Press, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. All proceeds from the first 500 copies will be donated to Doctors without Borders. Like Brief Perversions on Facebook ( for online orders, fun sound bites, upcoming events, excerpts, booking a reading, giveaways, and other promotions.


Congratulations Marion Frahm Tincknell of Saginaw Township on her book: Sunstars in the Meltswamp.

From Inge Logenburg Kyler: 

If you are interested in submitting one or two copies of your published books to the State of Michigan Library (one copy for archives, one copy for circulation) , the address is: State of Michigan Library, 702 W. Kalamazoo, Michigan 48915.


Manningham Award to Devin Bradbury

I am very pleased to announce that one of our Manningham students placed very high in the senior division. Devin Bradbury’s poem, Small Friendly Town, was awarded second place in the prestigious national level contest. For those unfamiliar with this contest, it is a national student competition drawing entries from around the country. To be awarded any prize in this event is a significant achievement. To place second is extraordinary. In addition to his exciting result, Devin has won $50.00 in prize money, a formal certificate of achievement from the National Federation of State Poetry Societies and his
poem will be published in the Manningham anthology. Also, a copy of the anthology will be provided to Devin’s school, Allegan High School for their library as soon as it is available. Congratulations to Devin, his teacher, Nancy Hascall and to Allegan High School.
Mono D’Angelo
PSM Maningham Chairman

PSM Manningham Participation Award

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PSM Participation Award

Congratulations to PSM member Zilka Joseph. Her poetry collection Sharp Blue Search of Flame has been published by Wayne State University Press. Sharp Blue Search of Flame

Three Ponds Farm Writing Retreat with Betty Stolarek and Phillip Sterling June 10-11. Details here Three Ponds Farm
News from our partners at CavanKerry Press: Imagine what we can do in 2016

PSM Partners with CavanKerry Press

At the PSM Fall Meeting, Jack Ridl, the Honorary Chancellor of PSM, invited the members of PSM to bring poetry to a person who is a shut-in or disabled. Mr. Ridl is on the CavanKerry Press ADA Advisory Board. He has blogged at their website about how poetry can be a tool for healing  PSM has been asked to volunteer, to share our art in order to improve the lives of the  Be inspired by Jack’s experiences detailed in his most recent article ( Learn more ==> Outreach Project

Congratulations to PSM members

Congratulations to Terry Wooten! His collected works, The Stone Circle Poems, was chosen as a Michigan Notable Book!. The book covers 45 years of his wonderful poetry career. HOORAY! The full list of MI notable books is at

Congratulations to Ron Weber. Award winning poet Ron Weber participated in the recent formal opening of the Dorothea Lange exhibit at the nationally recognized Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph, Michigan. Lange was one of the most renowned photo journalists of the Great Depression. Many of her pictures remain familiar to this day. Weber performed his poem Migrant Mother: Legacy in Time-Lapse, which was inspired by one of Lange’s most iconic photos and for which he received the Special Merit Award in Poetry from the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

Congratulations to Raymond Arnold Wills. His latest book, Romance in the Everglades,  is now available at Xpress Publications  Xpress Publications – Romance in the Everglades

Congratulations to Chimanlal Patel  His first book of poetry Petals in the Wind  is now available as an E-book or in hardback or softback from Amazon and directly by calling 1-888-795-4274  Ext. 5022

Congratulations to Inge Logenburg Kyler on her new book :

Stories for Lilah, dedicated to my newest great-granddaughter and to all persons young at heart.  It contains 27 stories and 27 poems that I had written over the years and decided to put them in book format before the family tosses them when I am gone!!  Story content includes:  Donald the Ornery Goose, three Millie the Cow stories, Bennie Bear, and various mouse stories, some of which contain messages such as “Don’t feed the bears,” etc.   It has been a labor of love.  I think that makes my 27th book!  It is available on Google, Amazon, ebook, etc. as well as book stores that can order it.   – Inge Logenburg Kyler

News about member Terry Wooten:

The collected works of Terry Wooten, The Stone Circle Poems, published by Parkhurst Brothers Publishers will be out this spring, with print copies available on March 6, 2015 and ebooks live on and by March 31. The book covers more than four and a half decades of Wooten’s career as a poet from 1971 through his best poems of the Elders Project. This Elders Project connects middle and high school students with elders of their community. Students interview the elders then transcribe their favorite part of the tape and write free verse poems using the elders own words. Wooten transcribes the rest of the tapes and writes around the students’ works. The Elders Project received the 2013 State History Award in Education from the Historical Society of Michigan. Mark your calendars for the book tour: book launch at the Traverse City Public Library on March 11 at 7 pm, and another at Horizon Books in downtown Traverse City on March 14 from 4 to 6 pm. I will also be at the Harrison Community Library on April 20 at 3:30 to 6 pm, The Norton Shores Branch Library in Muskegon on April 28 at 7 pm, and the Marion Public Library (my hometown) on the evening on April 30.