News and Announcements

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 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 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, by February 1, 2018.

The Deadline for the 2018 Manningham Trust Student Poetry Contest is Feb. 1st. Details are here==> Manningham Trust Contest Information

The 2018 Spring Meeting – Save the Date! Saturday, April 7th at the Saginaw Country Club. Thank you to our hosts – The River Junction Poets with a focus on writing workshops! More details will be coming soon.

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.

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

River Junction Poets News

The upcoming meetings; Wed. Jan 24 7PM and Wed. Feb 28 7PM at Zauel Library. The annual Spring Performance will be Sunday, April 29 at First Congregational Church.

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

2018 Roethke Poetry Festival – March 23-28 at various locations in the Saginaw area. Poet Douglas Kearney will receive the Roethke Poetry Prize and give a reading Mon. March 26 at SVSU.

Minutes from the 2017 PSM Fall Meeting – 
are available here: PSM Minutes Fall Meeting 2017

News from Glen Arbor/ Traverse City area:

Poets Meet Musicians – Monday, December 18 @ 7-9 PM
This month’s theme is a riff on the classic song: “Danny Boy” – Poets Meet Musicians is a free, monthly event where the public is invited to share both poetry and music. Bring some poetry or some songs to perform. Mingle with other poets, musicians, and local performers. All levels of experience are welcome! Join us for poetry, music, and good company. Acoustic Mead Tap Room 119 N. Maple, TC 49684

Poetry Workshop at NMC
NMC English Instructor and poet, Sarah Wangler is offering a 16 week poetry workshop that will focus on the art of the poetic line. Class sessions meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 -2:30pm during the Spring 2018 semester. First class meets on January 16, 2018.
Contact Sarah at for information on how to sign up. This workshop can be taken for credit, audit, or through NMC’s Extended Educational Services (EES).

Glen Arbor Art Association Artist-in-Residence Program
The Glen Arbor Art Association’s Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program is now accepting applications for its 2018 program. A program prospectus and an on-line application can be found on the GAAA website, deadline for submissions is February 9, 2018. To learn more about the GAAA’s AIR program, please click on this link: http://

Jack Ridl’s latest weekly poem: 

Walking the Creek with Dogs

Congratulations to Denise Przymusinski Sedman on winning 1st place in Fiction for her story, “Hitched” in the 2107 contest by Current Journal. A celebration with winners will be at Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor at 7 PM on Nov 29. Details here


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!

Congratulations to Denise Sedman. Her poem “This Really Happened” – Erasure from first Trump press conference on January 11, 2017  is now live at Gravel Literary Journal


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


Congratulations to Jennifer Clark Winner of the Traveling Trophy at the Fall Meeting for her poem “Oberon “.


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.