The winner and three finalists have been announced from more than one hundred submissions to the first CPS Experimental Poetry Contest. See the winning poem here
New Contest!! The Vivian Shipley Poetry Award Made possible through the generosity of Vivian Shipley Prizes: $1000 –1st place; $100 – 2nd place; $50 – 3rd place Winning poems will be published in Connecticut River Review and posted on the CPS website. Winners will receive a free, two-year membership in the Connecticut Poetry Society. Submission period: August 1-September 30 Electronic submissions only. Submit https://connecticutriverreview.submittable.com/submit/196240/vivian-shipley-poetry-award. Submit up to three previously unpublished poems, in one document, no more than one poem per page; 80-line limit. No contact info on poems (contact information will be requested separately via Submittable).
Connecticut River Review is OUT!!
Members should be receiving their copy in the mail soon!
While things have changed so much from what we would call “normal” due to the horrible Corvid 19 virus, many things that are familiar and so integral our lives have not. Poetry whether it is read from books or listened to from recordings or shared in workshops is familiar and comforting to those who are sheltering in their homes. We can find inspiration, solace, entertainment and companionship in our mutual love and sharing of our art form. Several groups, CPS chapters and websites have gotten together using e-meeting software such as Zoom, Google Meet or other form of live or recorded video. It is surprising how well it works and the right technology available for free at the perfect time. For some, anything computer related is beyond the realm of possibility, but it is no more difficult than many of the tasks people do now that we thought out of our learning ability and have since become second nature to us. Visual actions and body language and expressions contain so much more communication then just audio or the words written page. If you or your group of favorite poets have not already tried it, I strongly recommend it, people by nature are social and in its way, this helps fulfill some of that need.
POPS Are Back!! PROGRAM: Thursday, September 16th, 7:00-8:15 PM Lucy Terry Prince (c.1730-1821) was stolen from Africa as a child and enslaved in Deerfield, MA. Her only surviving poem “Bars Fight” records the 1746 attack on Deerfield settlers. The singsong ballad, the earliest existing poem by an African American, endured in oral tradition for over 100 years before appearing on the front page of the Springfield Daily Republican in 1854. This POP event explores poetic work that starts in oral tradition, journeys into other constellation points of African American poetry and further back to the griot traditions of Africa. BIO Shanta Lee Gander is an award winning multidisciplinary artist and writer. She is named as Diode Editions full-length book contest winner in her debut poetry compilation, GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA: Dreamin of Mama While Trying to Speak Woman in Woke Tongues reviewed by the Poetry Foundation and Seven Days . Shanta Lee is a Hartford, CT native with an MFA from VCFA, an MBA from the University of Hartford, and an undergraduate degree from Trinity College. Shantaleegander.com.
The Connecticut Poetry Society (CPS), an affiliate of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS), is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of poetry.
Our mission is to welcome a diverse and inclusive community of poets to share thoughts, ideas and poems with one another through chapter meetings, education, and events. At our core is the idea that we demonstrate the deepest part of our humanity through interacting with each other and sharing experiences through poetry.
CPS publishes Connecticut River Review, a national journal of poetry, and encourages all poets in writing and publishing their poetry. Our group has a long tradition of excellence in publishing the work of poets from Connecticut and around the nation. We currently offer four major contests each year, monthly open microphone events, and educational discussions of poetry through our Poets on Poetry series.
We welcome all poets to join CPS! For more information, browse through our website or contact us at email@example.com.
Connecticut River Review Contest Poems 2017 - 2020