Alabama State Poetry Society 


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The regular mailing address (Snail Mail) for us is:
                                                                        P.O. Box 2
                                                                        Pell City, AL 35125
Officers for the Alabama State Poetry Society
Photograph ASPS Title: Name & Email Address
ASPS President (Acting): Alina Stefanescu:

     Alina Stefanescu was born in Romania and lives in Alabama with her partner and four small mammals. A Pushcart nominee, she is the author of 'Objects In Vases' (Anchor & Plume, March 2016), 'Letters to Arthur' (Beard of Bees, August 2016), and 'Ipokimen' (Anchor and Plume, November 2016). Her first fiction collection, 'Every Mask I Tried On', won the 2016 Brighthorse Books Prize. She can't wait for you to read it. More online at:

ASPS 1st Vice President (Acting): Steven Gillis:

     Steven Gillis is currently a library director in Orange Beach Alabama. His undergraduate degree is in English with a Creative Writing Minor from the University of Alabama where he studied poetry under Thomas Rabbitt. He earned his Masters in Library and Information Science in 2005 and is the President Elect of the Alabama Chapter of the National Library Honor Society, Beta Phi Mu.
     Steven has published multiple poems in literary journals and served as chief judge for the Island Wide Poetry Contest for lower Baldwin County for over 4 years. His principle joy in verse is sounds and stresses and how form can bring these out in a poet's work especially when reading aloud. His basic stance be summed up by the lines: "I write for sound, for sound I crave. Yet still I long to hear, and fear, /the roar of discontent or praise."

ASPS 2nd Vice President: Jeanette Willert:

     Jeanette has a Ph.D. and taught English Education at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY and served as director of the Western New York Writing Project for 8 years until her retirement.
     Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of Writes Anonymous in Pell City, Alabama and as Vice-President of Contests for the Alabama State Poetry Society. Her poems have won recognition in ASPS contests, the Robinson Jeffers Poetry Festival, and Birmingham Library Haiku contest. Her poems have been published in Birmingham Arts Journal, Buffalo Evening News Poetry Page and later this year in Charles Frazier’s Anthology of Appalachian Writers.
     She lives in a log home on Lake Logan Martin with her husband and two Great Danes, Buddy & Holly.

ASPS Secretary: Kimberly Wright:

     Kimberly lives in Prattville, AL. Her poetry has appeared in various literary journals including The Southeast Review online, Blood Lotus Journal, UCity Review, Eunoia Review and Poydras Review.

ASPS Membership: Myra Ward Barra:

     Myra Ward Barra is a life long resident of Alabama. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a bachelors degree in Allie Health.
She holds five registries in medical imaging. For 22 years she owned and managed Sonoservice, Inc., a mobile imaging company and conducted medical educational seminars through it's subsidiary, Medical Education in Progress (MEP).
     As a child she was a member of Alabama Writers Club. Upon retiring from the medical field she returned to writing poetry.
     She has won multiple awards in ASPS contests. She lives with her husband, three cats, and various rehabbed wild birds and animals on Lake Logan Martin in St. Clair County, Alabama.


ASPS Treasurer: Myra Ward Barra:
ASPS Contest Chair: Jeanette Willert:
Historian: Cleveland Brown:
ASPS Parliamentarian: Evelyn Hurley:
Immediate Past President: Jodi Adamson:
Muse Messenger Editor: Rita Moritz:

     Rita Moritz is a writer, poet, blogger, editor, and inspirational speaker who often speaks at churches, civic groups, and ladies’ conferences. She is also the founder and president of Writers Anonymous, a local group of creative poets. Rita was selected as the ASPS's 2017 Poet of the Year.
     Rita and WA have organized the Mid-Winter Writer’s Conference held in Pell City for the past four years. Rita is the fearless leader, the perpetual cheerleader, the gentle guide, and tenacious teacher of this inspired group. She says that: “I love words and the people who write them. I consider it a privilege to be able to encourage them and be a part of their success.”
     Rita is the author of Precious Poems: A Journey of Hope which was published in 2013. She has also been published in Educational Leadership, Indeed magazine, and Open Windows, and has won numerous awards for her poetry. She published her second book, So You Love a Prodigal in 2017. Rita also is a regular contributor to the St. Clair News Aegis.

Webmaster: Harry Moritz:

    Harry is a national award winning webmaster with more than 35 years Federal government service. He is Vietnam era veteran of the Army Security Agency and holds a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Geology. Harry has more than 20 years experience working with computers and as a Webmaster. He has had a poem published in the St. Clair News Aegis. Harry also works with Rita to produce the Muse Messenger.