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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.

SPW is participating in the Downtown Springfield Inc. (DSI) Holiday Walks, Saturdays and Wednesday evenings from November 27 to December 22. If you would like to be a Poet in a Downtown Business, to entertain customers, contact a downtown retailer and schedule your appearances, then let us know your dates at springfieldpoetsandwriters@gmail.com and we'll let DSI know, and your appearance(s) will be noted in their Holiday Walks schedule!

Poetry in CyberSpace: SPW Open Mic

The Springfield Poets and Writers monthly open mic continues, on the third Wednesday of every month, via Zoom Cloud Meeting. Link information for the December 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: December 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.

Bring your corporeal body to the SPW Open Mic, 2 PM Sunday November 28 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 to a live audience. Enjoy delicious locally brewed craft beers and interesting spoken word performances. Musical performers are welcome, too. This is the last in-person open mic SPW has scheduled for the year; we plan to resume in-person open mics in Spring 2022. Watch this page for information, and join our monthly Zoom Open Mics over the winter!

Past President
Hugh Moore

The 25th anniversary
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