By paying the annual dues ($20), anyone may become a member who:

  • is interested in poetry

  • subscribes to the objectives of the society

  • agrees to participate in the activities of the society

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

Download a Membership Application.

Note to Members

TO: Maine Poets Society Members
FROM: MPS Executive Board
DATE: March 10, 2017
RE: MPS Elections, May 2017
Maine Poets Society is seeking people to fill the following positions which will soon be coming vacant. If you are interested in being considered to serve in one of these capacities (which would also make you a member of the MPS executive board), please respond to James Breslin at or Sally Joy at If you are not currently an MPS member, that would, of course, be a prerequisite to your being considered to be a member of the board. A membership application is available on this website.

This is an elected position, with a term of two years.

  • The Secretary is responsible for taking notes at all meetings and reading the minutes from the previous meeting at the next meeting. The secretary will write thank you notes, send notes to ill members, have cards signed at meetings, and offer condolences to families of deceased former MPS members.

Hospitality Chair (Hostess)
This is an appointed position, with a term of two years.

  • The Hospitality Chair/Hostess is responsible for the morning and lunch set up, including bottled water, regular and decaf coffee, teas and morning foods, plates, napkins and cups as well as the appropriate condiments.

(NOTE: The 13th is the SECOND Saturday in May, and we will meet at the Continuum for Creativity in Westbrook.)

Membership Opportunty Grants

Grants are to be issued solely for the purposes of defraying the costs of attending conferences or writing experiences, taking classes or courses, whether online or face-to-face. Grant money is not for purchase of materials or products, contest submissions, travel, etc. other than for computer software needed to access an online course. These grants are designated for actual educational experiences for our members. Opportunity grants (on a first-come, first-served basis) are available to members in good standing for help?up to $300 - for attendance at a workshop, to take a class, or to attend a poetry festival or residency. You can download a Membership Opportunity Grant Application and guidelines from our website (see below).

Thanks to the opportunity grant from Maine Poets? Society, I was able to go on a week?s residency in North Adams, MA, with Tupelo Press. There were eight of us in the group, and we were provided with comfortable apartments across the road from the Massachusetts Museum of Creative Arts (Mass MoCA), and an individual studio in a building that was part of the MoCA complex. The studio was just an empty white room with a table and chair ? perfect for making you concentrate! All of us had objectives we wanted to achieve ? mine was to get my existing work organized for my forthcoming poetry book (published by Moon Pie Press and due out in the fall). However, we also had time with experienced editors to workshop some poems and to discuss and generate new ones. We had time with Carol Ann Davies, John Schlay and Jeffrey Levine, all of Tupelo Press, and a wonderful morning session with Lawrence Raab of nearby Williams College. I came away feeling refreshed and encouraged in my work, and having made the acquaintance of some lovely people. Thank you MPS! ~ Jenny Doughty

Download a Membership Opportunity Grant Application.

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