NFSPS Convention 2016

We had an amazing time at the 2016 NFSPS Poetry Convention hosted by the League of Minnesota Poets in Chaska this last week.

We're floored by all the positive feedback. We could not have done it without such a great crew of volunteers who helped out with the event.

Mary Schmidt, Sue Stevens, Gina Hunt, David Stein, Christina M Flaugher, Amanda Bailey, Henry Panowitch, Colin Chambers, Libby Casey Irwin,

Linda White, Brendan Brophy, Lee Landau, Micki Blenkush, Nancy Cook, Ellen Lager, Susan McMillan and Rebecca Ramsden.

The League of Minnesota Poets and the ‪#‎POLOMP could not have done it without you!

Thank you and we're so glad to have such stalwart members.

2016 Spring Convention

League of Minnesota Poets host their annual spring conference at Autumn Ridge Church in Rochester. Click Here for convention info and registration form.

Book your room at the Kahler Apache Hotel. Follow the link for the group rate.

This Phoenix We Fly On
League of Minnesota Poets’ Spring Conference in Rochester, Minnesota


FRIDAY, April 15 - Kahler Apache Hotel, 1517 16th Street SW, Rochester, MN

Check-in at hotel        

Dinner on your own anywhere in Rochester, MN

7:00 pm           Read around at breakfast room, Kahler Apache


SATURDAY, April 16 - Autumn Ridge Church, 3611 Salem Road SW, Rochester, MN

8:30 am           Set up by local hosts

9:00 am           Gathering

9:00 am           Welcome & Introductions

                        Susan McMillian, President, Southeast Minnesota Poets

9:10 am           Read around

9:10 am           Board meeting

10:15 am         BREAK

10:30 am         KeynoteYuko Taniguchi - Surviving Tsunami Waves through Poetry, Narrative & Arts 

Noon                InvocationJane Belau, Rochester Poet Laureate 

LUNCH downstairs at Autumn Ridge catered by Some Like It Hot

12:15 pm         Board meeting (continued)

12:45 pm         Spring General Meeting, Elections, National Convention updates

President, League of Minnesota Poets

2:00 pm           BREAK

2:15 pm           Workshop 1Steven Vogel – The Essential Poet: Owen Barfield’s Poetic Diction

3:15 pm           Workshop 2Char Donovan – Aspire to Judge Poetry

4:15 pm           Bus to Zumbrota, MN; Board at Autumn Ridge

5:00 pm           Dinner at Coffee Mill, Zumbrota, MN

6:30 pm           Poet Artist Collaboration Reception at Crossings at Carnegie

7:30 pm           Poet Artist Collaboration Program at State Theatre

9:15 pm           Bus to Autumn Ridge, Board at State Theatre


SUNDAY, April 17 - People’s Co-Op, 519 1st Ave SW, Rochester

10:30 am         Set up by local hosts

10:45 am         Gathering  (Food available for purchase at the co-op)

11:00 am         Welcome & Introductions

                        Susan McMillian, President, Southeast Minnesota Poets

11:00 am         Poetry Critique – Sr. Rafael Tilton

Noon                Prizes!! 

12: 15pm         Adjourn