Sunday, April 9, 2017

Poetry Reading April 13th at 5pm

In celebration of National Poetry Month, after-words bookstore is proud to host Poets and Patrons, along with the Illinois State Poetry Society, for a reading by local poets.

Join us April 13th, 2017 at 5pm.

We will hear from 15 different local poets, all members of Poets and Patrons, the Illinois State Poetry society or both.

Poets & Patrons evolved from earlier attempts to create a meeting ground for poets and poet enthusiasts in the Chicago area.  Established in 1954, it was set up as a non-profit outreach group for poets who wished to receive professional criticism through four workshops each year. In 1956, Poets & Patrons created a Chicagoland Poetry Contest, open to all in the area.

More recently, Poets and Patrons has expanded its outreach to offer free writing workshops at area museums (Write! Chicago), participation in the Printers Row Lit Fest, and open readings for its members. Visit their website at for further information.

The Illinois State Poetry Society (ISPS) was chartered in 1991.  The society was formed “To encourage the crafting and enjoyment of poetry in the state of Illinois.”  Equally important is the goal to offer opportunities for improving and sharing the crafting of poetry.

ISPS members meet all over Illinois to gather and critique poetry.   From its 12 charter members, ISPS has grown to more than 130 members. 

The society sponsors workshops on poetry writing for all ages.  There are also opportunities for featured readings by members throughout the year.  Monthly gatherings at a coffee house are one such example. Themed poetry displays at participating public libraries also showcase members’ work.

ISPS sponsors a poetry contest every year. Information is available on their website, The society also participates in the Manningham contest for students, with a follow-up awards gathering for winners and mention of their poems on the ISPS website.

Below is a list of the participating poets:

Peter Halliday  (P&P)
Jocelyn Ajami  (P&P)
Susan Moss (ISPS and P&P)
Diane O'Neill (P&P)
Mary Ann Eiler (ISPS)
Judith Tullis (ISPS and P&P)
Caroline Johnson (P&P and ISPS)
Melissa Huff (ISPS)
Myron Stokes (ISPS)
David Nekimken (P&P)
Beth Staas (P&P and ISPS)
Sheila Elliott (ISPS)
Joe Carey (ISPS)
Fereshteh Azad (ISPS)

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