National Federation of State Poetry Societies Convention 2017
The Art and Soul of Poetry
Hosted by the Poetry Society of Texas
Hilton Downtown Fort Worth
Entertainment ~ Meals ~ Open Readings ~ Contests ~ Workshops ~ Music ~ Fun
June 29-July 2
“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship
At the 2017 NFSPS Convention, there will be music, poems, art, words, and more, as we celebrate The Art and Soul of Poetry. Our headquarters will be the historic Hilton hotel, located in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. Reserve your room by calling 1-817-870-2100, and be sure to mention that you are with the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Single and Double rooms are $119, Triple is $129, and Quad is $139. Valet parking at the hotel is $18 a day (which is a reduced rate for convention attendees). Public parking is also available, which is free on Friday night and all day Saturday and Sunday.
For those arriving on Wednesday, what about going out to Billy Bob’s Texas, the world’s largest honky-tonk? If you prefer a quieter evening, there will be an open mic and a chance to visit with old and new friends. There are three restaurants in the hotel, and others within walking distance.
A trip to the Stockyards on Thursday morning will provide the opportunity to see the longhorn cattle drive, peruse the shops, and enjoy lunch. Thursday afternoon, art lovers may visit one or more of the museums in the Arts District. After dinner Thursday night, winners in the convention contest will read their prize poems (deadline is March 15—see more info elsewhere in this issue of Strophes), followed by musical entertainment. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will be packed with programs, meetings, workshops, meals, readings, contest announcements, and other activities. A poetry/art project will be ongoing, culminating on Sunday morning with a reading at the FW Water Gardens and the creation of a PoetTree. We have a great line-up of speakers: Urania Fung, instructor at Tarrant County College; Anne McCrady, poet and storyteller; Pat Stodghill, Poet Laureate of TX, past president of PST and NFSPS; Dr. Nathan Brown, Poet Laureate of OK—who now lives in Texas; Karla Morton, Poet Laureate of TX; Beth and Mark Ayers, Magic Lantern enthusiasts; Scott Wiggerman, Dos Gatos Press; and Carmen Tafolla, Poet Laureate of TX, our keynote presenter.
The April issue of Strophes will have our complete schedule and the convention registration form. Y’all come!
“Forward, the Light Brigade!”
Using this line from Tennyson’s poem, in which he wrote of nobleness
in supporting one’s country, PST is reaching out to our noble members
for financial support of our organization’s plans for hosting the 2017
NFSPS convention in Fort Worth. Although registration fees for the
convention will cover most expenses, Light Brigade donations will help
cover additional costs necessary to have a Texas-proud event.
Check nfsps.com for more info.
Email contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to see you there!