How a Poem Happens

Contemporary poets discuss the making of poems. Facilitated by Brian Brodeur, Assistant Professor of English at Indiana East University.

Greater Cincinnati Writers League​

Established in 1930. Current dues $35 yearly. A group of poets began meeting on the second Friday of the month. Known for warmly welcoming poets of all skill levels. Visiting critics help workshop your poems.

Ohio Poetry Association

​An affiliate of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS), the Ohio Poetry Association exists to promote the art of poetry and support poets and others who appreciate poetry. Since 1929, the OPA has been eager to assist poets, whether amateur or professional, as they hone their craft.

Friends of William Stafford​

​The Friends of William Stafford (1914-1993) is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of poetry and literature in the spirit of Stafford’s life, legacy and work.

Dos Madres Press​

​Founded in 2004 by Robert J. Murphy, Dos Madres Press is dedicated to the belief that the small press is essential to the vitality of contemporary literature as a carrier of the new voice and new works by established poets, as well as the older, sometimes forgotten voices of the past. Fine books, pleasing to the eye and hand.

Finishing Line Press​

Kentucky-based publisher of chapbooks. Home to New Women’s Voices Chapbook Competition. Reads general subscriptions year round. No reading fee in November.

American Life in Poetry​

​A free weekly column featuring contemporary American poems. The sole mission of this project is to create and promote a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. A project created by poet Ted Kooser, Poet Laureate of the United States 2004-2006.


Duotrope is a subscription-based service for writers and artists that offers an extensive, searchable database of current fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and visual art markets, a calendar of upcoming deadlines, and a personal submissions tracker.

Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperation

​Dedicated to the support of contemporary Appalachian literature and writers, SAWC fosters community, activism, and publication through their literary magazine, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel.


A completely writer-voted online journal of poetry and short stories. Rigorous, thorough, fair, transparent editorial selection process. To create each issue, hundreds of writers vote to select the best fiction and poetry manuscripts with much more discernment than any other editorial. You give and get feedback along the way. Highly recommended!

Hocking Hills (Ohio) Festival of Poetry

If you live within 500 miles of Hocking Hills, Ohio, you won’t want to miss this amazing April annual festival. Write to founder Alan Cohen and get on his mailing list. Cost of festival is by donation. Past poets have included: Ted Kooser, Coleman Barks, Naomi Shihab-Nye, Jack Ridl, Ellen Bass and others.

Poetry Foundation

​The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture.  

Academy of American Poets

​The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture.