ABOUT US

In May 1923, a small group of poets, desirous of fostering and stimulating an interest in poetry in the Commonwealth, met in the Chapel of the Wren Building at the College of William and Mary. There they drew up a constitution and bylaws for the organization and named it The Poetry Society of Virginia. They elected Dr. Charles N. Feidelson to serve as its first president. Since then, the Poetry Society of Virginia – through publications, readings by members and visiting poets, poetry events around the state, contests, workshops, in-school programs, poetry festivals, and other activities – has helped to advance the cause and appreciation of poetry throughout Virginia. Visiting poets have included Robert Frost, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Carl Sandburg, Richard Wilbur, Donald Hall, Charles Wright, and many others. Membership in the society has grown to over four hundred, with about fifteen percent from outside Virginia.

The organization is instrumental in assisting the Governor of Virginia with the selection of Poet Laureate. An appointed committee makes recommendations to the organization’s elected President who then forwards nominations to the Governor for his final review and decision.

OUR MISSION

The Poetry Society of Virginia seeks to promote the writing and enjoyment of poetry through a wide range of programs and monthly events, offered in seven regions across Virginia.

When I sang, words stuck in my teeth like seeds.
Rows of scrubbed faces swiveled into mirrors…

 

Something smoldered behind the rooster mask
until the whole room filled with smoke. 

~Henry Hart

MEET OUR PRESIDENT

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Terry Cox-Joseph is a former newspaper reporter and editor. From 1994-2004 she was the coordinator for the Christopher Newport University Writers’ Conference. She has had numerous poems, essays and articles published. Her first chapbook, “Between Then and Now,” was published by Finishing Line Press in 2018. Terry graduated from Minneapolis College of Art and Design and has lived in Newport News since 1987.  Contact Terry at 757-930-1375 or president@poetrysocietyofvirginia.org

Terry Cox-Joseph

MEET OUR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE

Bill Glose 

           

NORTH CENTRAL REGIONAL VP

David Anthony Sam

NORTHERN REGIONAL VP

Cathy Hailey

NORTHWEST REGIONAL VP

TBD

CENTRAL REGIONAL VP

Joanna Lee

EASTERN REGIONAL VP

Kathleen Decker

SOUTHEAST REGIONAL VP

Kindra McDonald

WESTERN REGIONAL VP

Angela Dribben

TREASURER

Pamela Denyes

MEET OUR CHAIRS

ARCHIVIST

Dr. Melissa Johnson

BOOK AWARD CHAIR

Sofia Starnes

DEVELOPMENT CHAIR

Daniel Pearlman

FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIR

TBD

FESTIVAL CHAIR

Terry Cox-Joseph

OUTREACH AND COMMUNICATIONS CHAIR

Catherine Fletcher

MEMBERSHIP & ELECTIONS CHAIR

Peter Kelly

NEWSLETTER EDITOR

Marjie Gowdy

OUT-OF-STATE COORDINATOR

Linda Nottingham

PARLIAMENTARIAN

David Sam

POET LAUREATE NOMINATIONS CHAIR

Sofia Starnes

POETRY IN THE SCHOOLS

Cathy Hailey

RECORDING SECRETARY

Bill Glose

SATURDAY SERIES CONTACT

James Wilson