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As 2016 comes to an end.....

Posted by Linda Clark on November 27, 2016 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)
When the Gettysburg Poetry Society was created the group enjoyed monthly meetings. For a few years, our energetic members requested extra sessions to do writing workshops as well as poetry readings! As the years have passed, though, our membership has dwindled due to various reasons. Although we still enjoy wonderful friendships, currently there is no regular schedule of meetings. Hopefully our busy members can find time in the future to write, write, write!

2014 Pennsylvania Poetry Society Conference

Posted by Linda Clark on January 19, 2014 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)


Come enjoy Pennsylvania's Award-Winning Poets

at the

2014 Spring State Conference of the

Pennsylvania Poetry Society

Sponsored by the Gettysburg Poetry Society

Come hear and see what's happening with poetry in Pennsylvania!

May 17, 2014

9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Hilton Garden Inn

1061 York Rd.   Gettysburg, PA


Writing the Transcendent: Writing Faith and the Divine

Poetry Reading, Presentation and Workshop

State Contest Awards


Christin Taylor - Keynote Speaker

Adjunct English Professor

at Gettysburg College

Published Author and Poet

More information and registration available at

Facebook: Gettysburg Poetry Society 

Handicap Accessable

$20.00 Pre-registration Includes:

Morning Refreshments Lunch and Conference




      State Conference Registration


Registration Deadline: May 1, 2014

Event: May 17, 2014 

  Please send your check and registration information to the PPS treasurer:


Name _____________________________________________

    Phone # __________________________

Address: ______________________________________________________________________________

Email Address _______________________________________

PPS Chapter _______________________

Name _____________________________________________

Phone # __________________________

Address: ______________________________________________________________________________

Email Address _______________________________________

  PPS Chapter _______________________

$20.00 per/person Registration fee includes morning refreshments, lunch and conference attendance.


Payment by Check for ___ person(s): Check # _____________ Amount $ _______________

Please make check payable to: Pennsylvania Poetry Society, Inc.

Mail registration information and check to:

Wendy Bream, PPS Treasurer

 114 South Bedford Street

 Carlisle, PA 17013

   If needing overnight accommodations,please send your name to GPS HOTEL ACCOMODATIONS: Available Friday Night @ $199.00 per room                                                                                                         

Room Reservation Deadline April 16.

Rooms are very limited on a city wide basis for the weekend.

Hotel accomodations are available at the conference facility if needed. They have held two rooms for us.

One room has complete handicap accessability, the other room is not. Let them know you are attending the PA Poetry Conference for this discounted rate. Your Credit Card is needed for reservation. Call:

Hilton Garden Inn... 717-334-2040


  Check our the Gettysburg Poetry Society Facebook page!

 GPS Officers:  Denise Jackson - President                                                                      Lisa Cantwell -VicePresident                                                                                     Imogene Hunt - Secretary/Treasurer


2014 PPS Conference Agenda


9:00 Greetings & Welcoming

 9:15 Convene General Meeting

 Greetings & Welcoming

 Officer Introductions

10:30 Poetry Awards & Winner Readings

 12:00 Lunch

 1:10 Christin Taylor Key Note Speaker

 2:00 Workshop

 3:30 Closing for Attendees

 3:30 Board Meeting (Officers Only)


 Hope to see you there!


Spring Into Spring With Our Poetry Contest!

Posted by Linda Clark on April 9, 2013 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The Gettysburg Poetry Society announces their 2013 Poetry Contest !

 Please notice a change in our entry procedure!!!!!  Thanks!

The following contest rules are the same.  However, since we have received so many entries, our website mailbox is full.  So, please send your entry to my email address.  It will receive the exact attention as all the other entries.  I am sorry about the tech glitch! 

Email - [email protected]

   Your name -

   Your email -

   Adult or Student?

   Poem Title

   Copy your poem into this email


Contest Rules:


Categories: Youth (Grades 7-12) and Adults


Theme : Any theme or topic (1 entry per poet)


All Styles: Free form or formal, any length


Submission Date: Entries are due by May 14th


Submit to:


On this website go to the "Contact Us" page. Type in your information. Include "Student" or "Adult" in phone box.


Then copy your poem into the message box.


Prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd and Honorable Mention will be awarded at the Poetry Reading and Celebration Reception on June 1st. Winners will be notified by May 20th.




The Public Is Welcome to Attend the Poetry Reading and Reception on                  Tuesday June 11, 2013 from 6:30 -9:00 at the


Adams County Arts Council Center


125 South Washington Street, Gettysburg, PA




Good Luck!

Our Hearts Are Saddend By Our Great Loss...

Posted by Linda Clark on February 20, 2013 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The Gettysburg Poetry Society has suffered a tremendous loss. Longtime member Dana DeSimon passed away suddenly of a heart attack at age 55. He was the author of a poetry collection entitled Discovering Darkness in the Light. Many GPS members were in attendance at his funeral and expressed their sympathy to Dana's 99 year-year-old mother. Dana, you will be missed. Your passion for writing and presenting poetry were amazing. We were fortunate to know you. May you rest in peace.

The following was submitted by Imogene Hunt, GPS secretary/treasurer:

.Tues, Feb 12, 2013 GPS minutes:

First we discussed about the unexpected and very untimely death of Dana De Simon,

who passed away from a heart attack at the age of 55 (too young), and members plans


to attend the services that they could. In the Gettysburgs Times were listed:

a site to share memories of; and for contributions

in Dana's memory...St. James Luthern Church, 109 York St, Gettysburg, PA 17325

and...Adams County SPCA, 11 Goldenville Rd, Gettysburg, PA 17325

Also to honor Dana's memeory for his contribution in creating the GPS Poetry Contest,

for Adams County youth, and adults 2 years ago...the first places in each category will

each be: The Dana De Simon Memorial Award.


Denise Jackson asked for ideas for new venues for GPS readings especially because

we are now in the 150th anniversary year events here in Gettysburg. Suggestions were:

-Thurmont's coming historical anniversary events;

-Venues in town located at possibly '17 on the Square', and 'Spirited Ladies'

-Historical sites such as the Jennie Wade House

-At some of the various Balls and or Fetes that the Shriver House hosts

If any of you have any suggestions, please let GPS know at the upcoming meetings, or email.

In connection with this subject is the type of poetry to be read, such as the Civil War poems

by GPS members, and also favorite authors, such as the poetry we have read at the 2

Seton Readings in Jan 2012, and Jan 2013.

I have a suggestion that I thought of after the meeting, and am extending it now: perhaps in front of the Wills House, or Civil War Museum on Steinwehr...would we need a permit?

Please email any poems to Denise as soon as possible, within the next couple weeks.

Denise will visit the Gettysburg Convention Center to check out other possibilities.


GPS meeting times have changed: we will continue to meet the 2nd Tues of each month

at 6:30 at the Eisenhower Rm, at the Adams County Library here in Gettysburg. We will

also meet the last Weds of each month at Dunlaps Restaurant on Buford Ave, for our

monthly workshop; NOTE: there will no longer be meetings on the 3rd Tues of the month.


The workshop scheduled Feb 27 is valentine related, given by Imogene Hunt...Imogene has

sent out emails detailing the workshop, including a home poetry excercise, and another

poetry excercise at the meeting, and readings of our work



Treasurer's report: Imogene gave a report on the present balance, and will report further

on incoming monies. Also Denise reported that PPS will be sending a re-imbursement

to GPS to cover a personal paymt by Imogene and Roger Hunt to cover the overage of one of the November PPS conference in Gettysburg venues. Imogene and Roger and GPS want to thank Richard Lake and PPS for their help in this.

Denise suggested that GPS lower the price of our anthology, as sales have subsided.

GPS members agreed...the cost will be changed from $14.95 to $10.00


Also discussed at the meeting was a web-site for writers, and suggestions from Mark

Drew who spoke on Friday at the PPS conference in November:

HOPE CLARK FUNDS FOR WRITERS; chosen for Writer's Digest 101 best Websites

for Writers, 11 years in a row. Filled with contest information, tips on writing, marketing,

and publishing.

Suggestions for entering works from Mark Drew:

Illinois Press

Pittsburgh Press

Barrel House Review


The GPS Poetry Contest 2013, was bought up. The contest opens March 1rst. The


deadline for entries is May 10th. Judging is May 14th, and winners will be notified May


21rst. The reading and reception will again take place at the Arts Council Center on

Washington St., from 5:00-8:00 on Tues June 11, 2013. The Arts Council is providing

space for us for this event at a reduced rate.

This year we will be charging a $3.00 entry fee per poem, to cover expenses. Denise


can accept payments thru her web-site; or by snail-mail. This info will be posted on the

GPS web-site, and posters and fliers thru out the area, and to school web sites, as we


have done in the past. It is our hope to produce chap-books of the winning poems.

Again this contest is open to Adams county youth; 7th -12th grades; and adults.


Last but not least: Lisa Cantwell bought to the meeting with her, copies of the "Catoctin

Banner", Feb edition. Her column "Catoctin Voices" showcased 2 poems by GPS member

Sandi Palvinole. Lisa also bought with her, Dana De Simons, last workshop poem, wriiten

at the November/December workshop, presented by Maggie Abbot-Fowler.


Lisa is going to publish Dana's poem..."Blue Seasons" in the March edition. Lisa read


Dana's poem to us, which was beautiful...we ended this GPS meeting with prayers for

Dana and his mother.

Imogene Hunt/Feb 17, 2013



New Officers for GPS!

Posted by Linda Clark on November 12, 2012 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Thanks to all who attended and participated in the recent PPS fall conference here at Gettysburg. Your support was greatly appreciated.

The members of GPS recently held an election for the upcoming two year period. Thanks to all for agreeing to serve! The following GPS/PPS members who will lead are:

President - Denise Jackson

Vice President - Maggie Abbott Fowler

Secretary - Dana DeSimon

Treasurer - Imogene Hunt

I, Linda Clark, will continue to serve as the webmaster of this site and make entries when requested by the above officers, and maintain a history of the GPS.

Our calendar if events has not been verified, so the scheduled meetings are subject to change. Thanks for your understanding as we transition to new officers!

PPS Fall Conference at Gettysburg - Registration Form

Posted by Linda Clark on August 27, 2012 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Pennsylvania Poetry Society Fall Conference - Pennsylvania's Poetic Synergy ! November 1-3, 2012

Hope to see you all at this event. The more poets, the more synergy! The full schedule for the three days and the poster are available below the registration form.

Please copy the form below and fill out your copy. Due to the recent hospitalization of our PPS treasurer, Nancy Kline, please send your registration form to:

Mrs. Imogene Hunt, GPS Treasurer Post Office Box 3068 Gettysburg, PA 17325

Hope you feel better soon, Nancy!


Name ___________________________________________ Phone # ______________

Address: _____________________________________________________________________________

Email Address _______________________________________

PPS Chapter ______________________

$ 30.00 Early Registration fee for conference and lunch at the historic Dobbin House (if mailed by Oct. 2nd))

$ 15.00 Dinner/Poetry at Pickett’s Buffet; Thursday Nov. 1st

$ 45.00 Total Due

Plus Additional Fees:

• ___ $18.00 Annual Penn. Poetry Society Membership for 2012-2013 Last day for acceptance is 11-30-12

• ___ $25.00 You may wish to add $25.00 to become a PPS Patron

• ___ $5.00 Late Conference Registration Fee… if mailed after Oct. 2, 2012

• ___ $10.00 Additional Late Fee… After Oct. 15th: Includes walk-in Registrations at door only

• Payment by Check: Check # _____________ Amount $ _______________

Make checks payable to: Pennsylvania Poetry Society, Inc.

Mail registration form and check to:

Nancy Henry Kline

Pennsylvania Poetry Society Treasurer

P.O. Box 125 1040 Dogwood Drive,

Cornwall, PA 17016

For more information contact Linda Clark at [email protected]

___ I would like to do a poetry reading Thursday evening OR Friday evening

Accommodations Available

Quality Inn

Call: 717-334-1103

380 Steinwehr Avenue (Business Rt. 15 South)

When making reservations: Contact Quality Inn and request one of the blocked rooms for PPS Conference.

$72.00 for single $77.00 for double $82.00 for triple $87.00 for quad

PPS! - Pennsylvania's Poetic Synergy - PPS!

Posted by Linda Clark on August 3, 2012 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The Gettysburg Poetry Society is proud to announce the Fall conference of the Pennsylvania Poetry Society. Entitled Pennsylvania's Poetic Synergy, the event will be held November 1-3, 2012 in Gettysburg.

The letters PPS are well-known as the acronym for the Pennsylvania Poetry Society which was founded over 60 years ago. It is our intention is to expand upon the acronym PPS to create Pennsylvania's Poetic Synergy! By definition, the word "synergy" seems to describe what we hope to accomplish -

Synergy - The combined effort being greater than the parts; the working together of two or more people, organizations, or things, especially when the result is greater than the sum of their individual efforts or capabilities

We invite you to come enjoy the camaraderie of other poets as they enjoy poetry with a Pennsylvania Connection! Our Saturday November 3rd presentation will include the general meeting of PPS, as well as published poet William "Kit" Hathaway. (His impressive biography is included below.) GPS members will also be presenting a costumed timeline of Pennsylvania poets!

But come early and enjoy Friday presentations by Mark Drew of the Gettysburg Review who will speak on the subject of publishing poetry. Brian Kennel, caretaker of the Evergreen Cemetery will be speaking on "resident" poet Marianne Moore. Also, GPS members will present "From Diary to Poetry", "Native American Indian Poetry of Pennsylvania" and "Henry and Blanche Shoemaker - PPS Founders." Plus, there will be time to share your own poetry on both Thursday and Friday evenings!

Schedule of Events

Thursday, November 1, 2012

3:00 – 5:45 - Pennsylvania Poetry Society Registration table open at the Quality Inn, 380 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg (Motel check-in begins at 3:00pm) A detailed “Schedule of Events” plus visitor information packets will be available as you arrive.

6:00 – 9:00 - Dinner/Poetry at Pickett’s Buffet (571 Steinwehr Avenue) – ($15.00 per person) After enjoying our meal we will be meeting, mingling, and sharing poetry. Bring along some poetry and sign up to read to the group!

Friday – November 2, 2012

8:00 - 9:00 - Breakfast at the Victorian Cottage (included in your room rate at the Quality Inn)

9:15 - 9:30 - We will carpool from the motel to the nearby gravesite of Marianne Moore.

9:30 -9:45 - Evergreen Cemetery – More and More about Marianne Moore- Presenter- Brian Kennell, Caretaker of the cemetery, local historian and author Since Brian is currently working on a multi-media production honoring some of those citizens buried here, he will continue his presentation at the library.

9:45 –Carpool to Adams County Library – 140 Baltimore Street – Workshops and Presentations

10:45 – 11:45 – Mark Drew, assistant editor of the Gettysburg Review, will speak on the publication process that poets need to follow to find success! There will be a question and answer session.

11:45-12:45 - Workshop - From Diary to Poetry - Imogene Hunt, PPS/GPS member Imogene will be sharing diary entries from Anne Frank of World War II, as well as diary entries from Gettysburg resident Salome Myers of the Civil War. Additionally, she will provide attendees with time and special materials for journaling/poetic creations!

1:00 – 2:00 - Lunch on your own – The library is in downtown Gettysburg. There will be sample menus for nearby restaurants available.

2:15 - 3:15 Presentation - Native American Indians of Pennsylvania and their Poetic Contributions (including George Catlin) –Lana Hawley GPS member

Lana will provide attendees with poetic, as well as musical and artistic examples of Native Americans from our own Penn's Woods.

3:30 – 4:30 -Meet the Founders of PPS, Col. Henry Shoemaker and his sister Blanche: They Popularized Pennsylvania and Poetry! – Linda Clark, PPS/GPS member Linda will enlighten attendees on the founders of our organization. Her powerpoint will utilize a wealth of information featuring the poetic works of our founders. (One was a much more famous and prolific poet than their sibling!)

4:30 – 7:30 Enjoy First Friday in Gettysburg! Enjoy dinner on your own! Most shops are open until 8:00. There will be much more information on what is available downtown that evening as the merchants make their plans available to us! Typically there is plenty of music and art to enjoy in the shops and galleries, as well as themed snacks and wine-tastings.

GPS members will be located at various downtown venues for book-signings, etc!

7:30 – 10:00 – As you arrive back at the Quality Inn at 380 Steinwehr Avenue there will be another opportunity to share your poetry and enjoy the poetry of others! The motel has graciously furnished us with a lovely room for this special occasion.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

8:00 -9:00 Continental Breakfast at Victorian Cottage

9:30 -10:30 – PPS General Meeting at the Dobbin House 89 Steinwehr Avenue -

10:30-11:00 – Poetry with Pennsylvania Connections – Gettysburg Poetry Society -

11:00-12:00 – Kit Hathaway Poetic Presentation

12:00-1:00 – Buffet Lunch- $ 30

1:00- 2:00 – Kit Hathaway - Revisiting Keats' Notion of Negative Capability in a New World Too Much With Us

2:00 -2:30 –Traveling Troubadours – Musical numbers/poetry presented by GPS members

2:30-3:30 – Pennsylvania Timeline of Poetry

3:30 – PPS Board Meeting

William K. Hathaway (born 1944) is a contemporary American poet who has published eight collections of poetry with Ithaca House,[1] Louisiana State University Press, University of Central Florida Press,[2] Canios Editions, and Chester Creek Press.[3] His most recent book, The Right No, was published in April 2012 by Somondoco Press. He currently resides in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.[4]

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Hathaway is perhaps best known for his poem "Oh, Oh," which is included in many college textbooks, including The Bedford Introduction to Literature.[5] His poems have also appeared in several anthologies, including New American Poets of the '90s[6] and Disenchantments: An Anthology of Modern Fairy Tale Poetry.[7] In a jacket blurb for Hathaway's 1992 collection Churlsgrace, poet Hayden Carruth remarked, "when I finish reading a poem by Hathaway I feel smarter than I was before, not, as with most poems, stupider. . . . Hathaway has a rare intelligence, and when he writes he uses it--which is even rarer. May he be showered with blessings."[8]

In a recent interview with Adam Tavel at Poets' Quarterly, Hathaway comments that he considers much of his work to be in the lyrical tradition of Keats and Wordsworth, but that his more sardonic poems "take on a sort of “anti” voice, but with not a consciously subversive intention."[9] Much of Hathaway's early work is written in confessional free verse, as it addresses his struggles with alcoholism that "made a struggle of life,"[10] but the central focus of his oeuvre is nature and the rural landscape which remains "ceaselessly poignant."[11]

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Hathaway taught for over thirty years at several colleges and universities, including Cornell University, Union College, and Louisiana State University.[12][13]

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• True Confessions & False Romances. Ithaca, NY: Ithaca House. 1972. ISBN 978-0-87886-013-5.

• A Wilderness of Monkeys. Ithaca, NY: Ithaca House. 1975. ISBN 978-0-87886-072-2.

• The Gymnast of Inertia. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press. 1982. ISBN [[Special:BookSources/99780807109816|99780807109816]].

• Fish, Flesh & Fowl. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press. 1985. ISBN 978-0-8071-1233-5.

• Looking into the Heart of Light. Gainsville, FL: University Press of Florida (The University of Central Florida Contemporary Poetry Series). 1988. ISBN 978-0-8130-0901-8.

• Churlsgrace. Gainsville, FL: University Press of Florida (The University of Central Florida Contemporary Poetry Series). 1992. ISBN 978-0-8130-1126-4.

• Sightseer. Sag Harbor, NY: Canios Editions. 2001. ISBN [[Special:BookSources/99781886435100|99781886435100]].

• Promeneur Solitaire. Chestertown, NY: Chester Creek Press. 2005.

• The Right No. Shepherdstown, WV: Somondoco Press. 2012. ISBN 978-0-9853898-0-2.

GPS Summer Schedule!!!

Posted by Linda Clark on May 29, 2012 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The Gettysburg Poetry Society will be starting the summer with a major celebration! Thanks to the wonderful response to our poetry contest, GPS will be hosting an awards ceremony from 5:30-7:30 at the Adams County Arts Council Center at 125 South Washington Street. in Gettysburg. (Most parking is metered, so bring dimes and quarters. Sorry, but I thought it was worth the warning.) The poems that were entered are truly exceptional. We are looking forward to meeting our local talent, and giving them a chance to present their winning poems!

This event is truly in keeping with the goals of the Gettysburg Poetry Society which include:

~Giving Poetry a Stage

~Guiding Poetic Session

~Granting Poets a Sanctuary

~Generating Public Sentiment

~Guaranteeing Poetry's Survival

Obviously, poetry is alive and well in the Gettysburg area!

The Gettysburg Poetry Society invites all poets and lovers of poetry to their monthly events:

~ Tuesday, June 12 - 6:30-8:00 - Adams County Library - Baltimore Street

Bring a poem to share with the group. It may be original or not.

Suggested Theme - Poetry of Pennsylvania/Pennsylvanians

~Tuesday, June 19- 6:30-8:00 - Adams County Library - Baltimore Street

Planning session for the Pennsylvania Poetry Society conference

which will be held November 1-3, 2012

~Wednesday, June 27 - 6:30 -8:00 - Battlefields and Beyond Military

Bookshoppe (777 Baltimore Street) Workshop - Dana

DeSimon - Summer!

~Tuesday July 10 - 6:30-8:00 - Adams County Library - Baltimore Street

Bring a poem to share with the group. It may be original or not.

Suggested Theme - Poetry of Pennsylvania/Pennsylvanians

~Tuesday July 17 - 6:30-8:00 - Adams County Library - Baltimore Street

Planning session for the Pennsylvania Poetry Society conference

which will be held November 1-3, 2012

~Wednesday July 25 - 6:30 -8:00 - Battlefields and Beyond Military

Bookshoppe (777 Baltimore Street) Workshop - Surprise!

Tuesday August 14 - 6:30-8:00 -Adams County Library - Baltimore Street

Bring a poem to share with the group. It may be original or not.

Suggested Theme - Poetry of Pennsylvania/Pennsylvanians

Tuesday - August 21 - Adams County Library - Baltimore Street

Planning session for the Pennsylvania Poetry Society conference

which will be held November 1-3, 2012

Wednesday - August 29 - 6:30 -8:00 - Battlefields and Beyond Military

Bookshoppe (777 Baltimore Street) Workshop - Bernadette - School poems