The Poetry Society of Virginia invites proposals for presenters and readers at our Centennial Celebration to be held May 4, 5, 6 and 7, 2023 in Richmond, Virginia.

The PSV is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, and fostering mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all individuals and groups. We are committed to fostering a supportive community that offers motivation, encouragement, and educational opportunities aimed at creating equity and a sense of belonging in Virginia’s poetry community.

Group proposals as well as individual submissions are welcome.

Presenters are asked to explore opportunities, challenges, and trends specific to poetry through presentations, panel discussions, creative readings, craft talks, and workshops led by contemporary poets. The conference will offer writers a space to gather for inspiration, further education, support, and networking.

Our Mission and History

The Poetry Society of Virginia seeks to promote the writing and enjoyment of poetry through a wide range of programs and monthly events, offered in seven regions across Virginia.

In May 1923, a small group of poets, hoping to foster an interest in poetry in the Commonwealth, met in the Chapel of the Wren Building at the College of William and Mary. There they drew up a constitution and bylaws for the organization and named it The Poetry Society of Virginia. Since then, the Poetry Society of Virginia – through publications, readings by members and visiting poets, poetry events around the state, contests, workshops, in-school programs, poetry festivals, and other activities – has helped to advance the cause and appreciation of poetry throughout Virginia.

General Information

Sessions will be 1-1 1/2 hours long and may employ a variety of formats, including panel and roundtable discussions, creative readings, or workshops.

The Centennial Festival event will be held in-person. While we hope to offer a hybrid experience for those who are not able to join us in-person, it is not yet a certainty.

The Centennial Presenters will be supported as follows:
Outside a 50-mile radius, mileage reimbursement. Outside 100 miles, (and only if there is a Virginia connection such as former resident) airfare. Meals (except for the Centennial Banquet, which is separate). Free attendance to all other Centennial Festival events. Honoraria to be determined. Please submit a figure as to your honoraria expectations.


· Submit a proposal for a reading or a workshop that is no more than 1-1 1/2 hours in length.

· Proposals may be based on the suggested topics below but are not limited to those topics.

· The proposal should include a summary of the workshop/presentation, what you hope to accomplish, how it will address poetry in Virginia and who the presenters will be.

· Participants should be residents of Virginia or show some connection to Virginia (e.g. prior resident).

· All proposals should be submitted via Submittable 

· · All proposals should be submitted via Submittable at, or by October 30, 2022.

· Decisions will be made by January 10, 2023.

Suggested Presentation Topics

· Writing and the community

· Poetry and technology

· Performance Poetry; Spoken Word; Spoken Word on the Page

· Non-white (non-Caucasian) historic poetry figures of Virginia—

e.g. Anne Spencer—and how their early contributions paved the way for others.

· Virginia Poetry: An Overview

· How to responsibly build diverse communities around poetry

· Ballads and The Ballad Tradition in Virginia

· Ekphrastic Poetry: workshops that integrate poetry and the arts

· Visual Poetry: visual art that integrates words and images,

· Found Poetry

· Collage Poetry

· Poetry highlighting the natural resources of Virginia, geographical regions, plant and animal life, environmental poetry.

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