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    H THE POETRY SOCIETY OF TEXASH Founded November 5, 1921

    A member of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Inc. www.poetrysocietyoftexas.org

    We Plan to Reschedule Robert Schinzel The Executive Board regrets the circumstances that caused our meeting to be canceled, but we will do all we can to reschedule a speaking engagement with Robert (Bob) Schinzel.

    Bob has an unusally varied life experienc with diverse cultures that has given him a unique perspec- tive on the world, along with a poetic gift that allows him to express these perspectives with poetry that is engaging, responsive, and understandable.

    We look forward to rescheduling Bob in the very near future. We want you to have the opportunity to hear this talented poet.


    Editor: Valerie Martin Bailey March 2020


    PST’s Recording Secretary, Barbara Blanks announces that there are no Minutes for the

    General Meeting of the Poetry Society of Texas for Saturday, March14, 2020.

    The meeting was canceled because the Preston

    Royal Library in Dallas was closed for the week to comply with city guidelines.

    APRIL PROGRAM TO FEATURE CHERYL E. RENTIE Author, Speaker, Commentator and Spoken Word Artist

    Cheryl’s accomplishments range from fashion show and art production, fine art gallery curator and owner, to theatrical production and producer of some of the most extravagant events in Southern California. That was Chapter One, Two, and Three. It wasn’t until Chap- ter Four, following retirement, that Cheryl entered into a time when she forgot she was somebody until God reminded her “You don’t have to be all that to be all that because in the eyes of God you’ve been all that all the time.” So in 2018, Cheryl published her first

    book, and her publications include: For Divas Only, followed by For Divas Only, the Edified Edition and Cali, The Art of Scriptures by the Sea. This brings us to Chapter Five, the introduction to spoken word. Her artistry is undeniable, her poetry the depth of her soul, and soon to be published in her upcoming book, Melodies of My Heart in the Key of Me. Cheryl’s full bio can be found on her Website: Woman of Purpose at https://cherylerentie.com.


    Critic Judge: Lucille Morgan Wilson, NFSPS Officer and former editor of the Lyrical Iowa anthology. First: Von S, Bourland, Happy ~ “Improbable Matrimony” Second: Janet McCann, College Station Third: Jacinta Mooney. The Woodlands

    Laugh Lines

    Judge: Beth Ayers, Mckinney Winner: Richard Kushmaul, Denton

    Book Prizes

    Because the meeting was canceled, no book prizes were awarded.

    Send contest entries before the 15th of each month to Contest Chair, Richard Weatherly at 7617 Palomar Dr., N. Richland Hills, TX 76180 • 817-428-8088 • [email protected]

    PST Nominating Committee Announced President Irene Robertson announced that the fol- lowing have accepted a position on the nominating committee: Chair: Catherine L’Herisson, Marilyn Stacy, Budd Powell Mahan, and Aman Kahn. A confirmation for the fifth member of the commit- tee could not be made before the Bulletin dead- line. We will announce this name later.

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    THE IRVING CAMPBELL CHAPBOOK CONTEST 2020 Offered Under the Auspices of Denton Poets’ Assembly

    PURPOSE ~ This contest is designed to encourage professional writing partnerships between authors in a dialogue exchange of poems. In dialogue poetry, each poem acts as an inspiration for the following poem, so that each new poem is both follower and leader in a continuing round of mutual exploration into the unknown. Each poem must contain a noticeable reference to some element in the preceding poem, i.e., mood, detail word, phrase, image, etc. PRIZE ~ The winning entrants will each receive a cash prize of $50 and twenty-five copies of a market-ready 6” by 9” soft-cover book. This includes editing, cover design by KDP.com (Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing), pricing, and ISBN registration. The winners may assume the cost of additional copies. WHO MAY ENTER ~ The competition is open to all Texas residents and currently enrolled students of Texas col- leges and universities. One of the two persons in the writing partnership must qualify. The manuscript should be the original work of both authors. The winners must agree to three public readings from their book. One reading for (1) a monthly meeting of Denton Poets’ Assembly; (2) one at the annual PST summer conference ; and (3) a third reading will be arranged by the authors. Entry acknowledges agreement with these stipulations. See DPA Website for further clauses. DEADLINE ~ Manuscripts must be postmarked between March 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020. PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED MATERIAL ~ Because of the nature of the writing partnership, it is expected that the manuscript includes only unpublished poems, written specifically for the dialogue project. If a poem has been published within the time frame of the dialogue, the author must have first rights at the time of submission of the manuscript. ENTRY FEE ~ A check for $10 payable to Denton Poets’ Assembly for each manuscript. Multiple entries are allowed with separate fees. LENGTH ~ The submitted manuscript should contain between 24 and 30 poems for a total of about 40 pages of poetry, not including other matter. FORMAT ~ Submit a single copy of the manuscript, written in English. No line of poetry in the manuscript shall contain more than 60 characters (letters, spaces, and punctuation). The manuscript must have a title page without authors’ identification. Number the pages. The table of contents will be divided by author. See DPA Website for examples. THE MANUSCRIPT ~ Must be bound in some manner (manuscript clip is preferred). No identification may appear on the manuscript. Include these items separate from the bound manuscript:

    1. A manuscript title page with your names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. 2. Separate statements from both authors on the experience of the writing partnership and its impact on your

    work. These will be included in the printed book. 3. One copy each of two sequential poems from the manuscript (I.e. one from each author). If your manuscript wins, these poems will be read at the PST Awards Banquet in November. These copies should have your authors’ identification and a notation that they are a part of your Irving Campbell manuscript.

    SEND ENTRIES TO: Susan Maxwell Campbell 115 North Wisteria Mansfield, Texas 76063-1835 Judge and winners will be announced at the annual PST Awards Banquet in November, 2020. Note: Visit the Denton Poets’ Assembly Website at http://DentonPoetsAssembly.weebly.com


    Antonia Murguia Reporting Our treasurer, Sheila Moore, led the pledge. We then observed a moment of silence.

    Antonia Murguia presented a workshop. She read a wonderful poem called “Poet Without a Collar’’ by her friend who is also a San Antonio poet, Rod Carlos Rodriguez. She then had the members fill in an Ab Lib she created from Rod’s poem. Members created their own poems, which they reported were fun to do. Everyone enjoyed the workshop and Antonia said she would thank Rod for allowing her to use his great poem.

    We proceeded with the February winners as follow: Assigned Topics: 1st HM~Sheila Moore; 3rd Place~Lou Taylor; 2nd Place~Carol Siskovic; 1st Place~John Friedland.

    Open Topic: 1st HM~Lois Heger; 3rd Place~ Sheila Moore; 2nd Place~Vivian Skinner; 1st Place~Carol Siskovic. The February judge was Budd Powell Mahan.

    Iris Maahs as well as her spouse, Harvey, who passed, were founding members of Alamo Area Poets of Texas. Sadly, Iris will be leaving to livein Florida, where her family resides. We had a cake and tea and a gift to celebrate her. We will miss her greatly.

    Alamo Area Poets of Texas would like to say congratulations to the Sun Poet’s Society which will celebrate 25 years as the longest running weekly poetry open mic in South Texas (includes San Antonio). This celebration will take place at the Guadalupe Theatre on March 21st. We reported this last month; however there was an error. The featured speakers will be Carmen Tafolla and Joaquin Zihuatanejo, and not Octavio Quintanilla.

    April topics are A Person Whom You Admire or A Dream. The judge will be Marilyn Stacy of Dallas. Remember to write everyday.


    The Austin Poetry Society normally meets the third Saturday of each month from 1:30 to 3:30 at various locations in the Austin area. The APS board has decided to cancel this month’s March 21 meeting

    owing to concerns related to COVID-19. Please note that the annual poetry contests for the Austin Poetry Society are open. For poetry contests, information about membership and poetry events in the Austin area, the APS encourages interested poets and poetry lovers to visit our website at http://www.austinpoet- rysociety.org/.


    Birma Castle Reporting for Barbara Powell Because the first Thursday was on New Year’s Day, we met on the fourth Thursday in January 2020 in the home of Birma Castle,

    We really missed our favori

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