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Thanks for visiting our website. We are a nonprofit literary organization based in Springfield, Illinois, home of our 16th U.S. president Abraham Lincoln. We are proud to have served central Illinois since 1993, inspiring and supporting the literary arts. Since 1999, our annual teen poetry anthology, Navigating the Maze, has reached teens, their families and friends, and others around the world.

In Spring 2021, Springfield Poets and Writers participated in The NEA Big Read Sangamon County with other area arts, education and public groups. For more information, visit The Big Read Sangamon County page. Read about our March 17 online event on our Big Read 2021 Poets & Painters Event page. View or download a PDF (32 pages) of the program book for the event from that page, and view the video recording of the event.

Poetry in CyberSpace: SPW Open Mic

During and after the Coronavirus pandemic, the Springfield Poets and Writers monthly open mic will continue, on the third Wednesday of every month, via Zoom Cloud Meeting. Link information for the September 15, 2021 "Poetry in Cyberspace: SPW Open Mic" is posted below. Share your own work, read the words of your favorite writers, or join us to listen to others read and recite.

Time: September 15, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
Click this (shortened link), or copy and paste it into your browser address window


Or, from the Zoom app, join using the Meeting ID: 867 1783 9201 and Passcode: 626258

On a smartphone, one tap mobile: +13126266799,,86717839201#,,,,*626258# US (Chicago)

Poetry in person! SPW Open Mics -- 2 PM @ Buzz Bomb Brewing Co.

What we've all breathlessly awaited: in-person open mics after our long isolation! Join us on at 2 PM Sunday September 19 at Buzz Bomb Brewing Company, 406 East Adams in lyrical Downtown Springfield (62701). For those who want to read their own or favorite authors' works en plein air outside or in the tent. Enjoy delicious locally brewed craft beers and interesting spoken word performances. Musical performers are welcome, too.

Future open mics at Buzz Bomb: October 24 and November 28

Past President
Hugh Moore

The 25th anniversary
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