About MPS

The Waterville Poets Club and the Dover-Foxcroft Poetry Circle joined in 1936 to form the Poetry Fellowship of Maine. In 1993, the name was changed to Maine Poets Society to reflect the organization's changing emphasis on a statewide network of writers sharing their work.

The society is affiliated with the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS). Maine Poets Society membership fee includes NFSPS membership and allows our memebrs the opportunity to participate in a variety of contests and events each year. For more information, visit NFSPS online at www.nfsps.com.

Who's Who at MPS
Board Members

  • Jenny Doughty, President

  • James Breslin, Vice President and Program Chair

  • Gus Peterson, Treasurer & Membership

  • Bill Frayer, Secretary

  • Sally Joy, Stanza & Publicity

President's Ink

Greetings, fellow Maine poets (and a few from neighboring states). I feel slightly intimidated being a new President in an organization of such talented people, but I hope I can help to keep MPS working for all of us as a resource and an inspiration as well as keeping our meetings a gathering place for those of us who love poetry.

If you are on Facebook, please check out our Maine Poets Society Facebook page and feel free to write on it anything that pertains to your life in poetry or that you think would be of interest to poets in Maine. We also have a newly-created private Facebook group called Maine Poets Society Round Robin, on which members can post drafts of poems and ask for feedback from other members. Please send me a direct message on Facebook if you would like to be added to this group. Poems on this page are not visible to non-members, so cannot be searched by Google and therefore count as "unpublished" if you want to submit them somewhere.

Check out the section about Opportunity Grants on our website, www.mainepoetssociety.com. You'll find it in the "Membership" section. We still have funds available for this year. Any current member (as of January 10th) who has not received a grant within the last three years is eligible to apply. Many of our members would benefit from joining the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, which runs many excellent workshops in different parts of the state, as well as notices of readings and other events. See MWPA for details.

Please also enter our fall contest, which will be judged by Jeri Theriault, an excellent Maine poet whom I had the pleasure of attending a Frost Place conference with a few years ago. She has set a broad topic that most of us should be able to connect with. If you have not yet renewed your membership, you need to do so to be eligible to enter our contest.

The confines of a topic or form are often one of the best ways we can stimulate new work. The apparent freedom of all the options available can kill creativity. Placing some constraints on yourself acts as a challenge. Remember Dr Seuss? His editor bet him he couldn't write a book with only fifty different words, and he came up with Green Eggs and Ham, one of the bestselling children's books ever. This meeting's contest asks us to use some aspect of popular culture and I doubt whether there is one of us who never watches TV, goes to the movies, listens to the radio, surfs the internet, or even looks at adverts!

I look forward to hearing the contest entries and to seeing as many of you as possible at our meeting at the public library in Belfast on September 16th. And remember the words of Octavia Butler: "You don't start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it's good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That's why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence. It's just so easy to give up!"

Jenny Doughty, President.

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