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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 mourns the September 20 death of a friend and ally, SamBDavis, poet, photographer, filmmaker, artist and the designer of the SPW 25th Anniversary t-shirt graphic (see below). His memorial service and burial at Camp Butler National Cemetery took place on Monday, September 27. You're invited to honor his memory at a "Blind Wine SamB Davis Celebration of Life" on Thursday, October 14 at 6:15 PM at It's All About Wine, 1305 Wabash Avenue, Springfield 62704. A $10 donation is suggested. Click to see more information in the Facebook 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: October 20, 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 October 24 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. Enjoy delicious locally brewed craft beers and interesting spoken word performances. Musical performers are welcome, too.

A future open mic is scheduled for 2 PM at Buzz Bomb on November 28.

Past President
Hugh Moore

The 25th anniversary
t-shirt graphic designed by SamBDavis. T-shirts will be available soon from Zazzle.com.