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Thanks for visiting our website.  We're a nonprofit literary organization based in Springfield, Illinois, home of our 16th U.S. president Abraham Lincoln. We're 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 In-Person Reading, December 6, 2023 

Join SPW members and friends for our live, in-person, indoor, spoken word open mic from 6-8 PM December 6 -- and the first Monday of every month -- in the parlor at historic Edwards Place,  706 North Fourth Street, in Springfield. Because Edwards Place contains many historic items, please refrain from touching furniture and artifacts, and please remain the parlor and hall areas. You may bring refreshments (except coffee and red wine, which stain), but please take packaging and waste materials with you when you leave. See you at the open mic! Note that the November 1 date will not be an open mic, but instead the readings for the Sangamon Watercolor Society/SPW "Poets & Painters" event, from 5:30-8 PM.

Poetry in CyberSpace: SPW Open Mic November 15, 2023

The Springfield Poets and Writers monthly open mic via Zoom Cloud Meeting continues, on the third Wednesday of every month. Link information for the November 15, 2023 "Poetry in Cyberspace: SPW Open Mic" is posted below. Share your own work, read the words of your favorite writers, or join just to listen. Time: November 15, 2023, 6:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
To Join the Zoom Meeting  at 6 PM on November 15,
Copy and paste this shortened link into your browser's address window https://tinyurl.com/5s2nwfdf

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)

Poets & Painters event with Sangamon Watercolor Society 

Once again, we're collaborating with the SWS and the Springfield Art Association's M.G. Nelson Gallery to bring you an exciting ekphrasis event. See the event page on this site for more information, or to view the event's program book

SPW 30th Anniversary T-Shirt graphic, incorporating the winning design submitted by Jennifer Holleran. Coming soon: how to order. 

Past President
Hugh Moore    

25th anniversary
t-shirt graphic designed by SamBDavis. Another T-shirt contest is planned for 2023.