Alabama State Poetry Society 


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                                        ~ E.E. Cummings

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Our society consists of members who are venturing into writing poetry as well as those who are active poets, many of whom have published in journals, created chapbooks and books of their own, and who appear at poetry readings and poetry slams. We are an affiliate of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies.

ASPS sponsors contests as well as Spring and Fall meetings where poets can meet, read their work and participate in programs and workshops to improve their writing abilities. We welcome all to join us.

Founded in 1968, ASPS continues to encourage poets and to provide them with opportunities for sharing and growing. Our newsletter, the Muse Messenger, is published quarterly. It features articles on writing, news about members’ readings and publications, publishing opportunities and contest information from a variety of sources.

Our primary purpose is to promote poetry. We do this by staying in contact with one another…through our Facebook Page, our website, our Spring and Fall meetings, and through local readings and local groups.

Interested in becoming a member? Dues are $20 annually (due on Jan. 1 of each year). Students (full-time college or university) join for $7 per year. See our Membership Page if you wish to join.

The regular mailing address (Snail Mail) for ASPS is:
                                                                      P.O. Box 2
                                                                        Pell City, AL 35125
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OCTOBER 7th 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


We invite poets and lovers of poetry to attend the October 7, Poetry Festival at the meeting house (east end of town) at Gorham's Bluff in PISGAH, ALABAMA.


The Festival will begin at 10:00 AM with a workshop conducted by Barry Marks, followed by lunch at noon, the reading of winning poems, and an open mic. Readers are encouraged to read their own poem or a favorite poem. The Festival will end at 3:00 PM. There will be a reception Friday Night at Deb and Bill Jeffers house at 6:00 PM.


There will be a $250 prize for the best original poem with certificates for the winner and two runners-up. Please submit one original, unpublished poem by September 1 (postmarked) to Roger Carlisle at the email or mailing address below. Please limit all favorite poems to one page. Readings must be 3 minutes or less. Original competition poems may be about any subject, in any style, up to 42 lines (or 500 words if a prose poem). Submit two copies, one with your name and contact information, one without. ALL WRITERS OF ORIGINAL POEMS MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE FESTIVAL TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE CASH PRIZE.

Please send reservations and entries to or to:
               W. Roger Carlisle
               4312 OVERLOOK RD
               BIRMINGHAM, AL 35222.

There will be an $12 charge to attend, which includes lunch. You may pay onsite or by mail before September 25. Original poems must be submitted/postmarked by September 1.

Gorham's Bluff is a two hour drive north from Birmingham. Lodging is available at the Bluff, in Scottsboro, and in Fort Payne. Please visit the Gorhams Bluff website for lodging reservations( Call the Lodge at 256-451-2787 if you need lodging.