PST News

  • Tennessee Voices 2021-2022 Released

    Tennessee Voices 2021-2022, PST’s anthology of winning contest poems (and more) is now available on Amazon for just $5.99. Order yours today!

  • Sep 2022 Poetry Contest Results

    The Poetry Society of Tennessee (PST) formally announced its members-only September 2022 contest results at their September 10 member meeting. Winners receive cash prizes. The first place poem will be published in an upcoming edition of PST’s anthology, Tennessee Voices.

    Out of seven humorous poem entries, sponsor and judge Florence Bruce selected three winners (no honorable mentions):

    • 1st: “Fix Me” by Bill Hill
    • 2nd: “Clark’s Dilemma” by Russell Strauss
    • 3rd: “my Old Man” by Ann Carolyn Cates

    Meeting attendees enjoyed the readings of these winning poems.

    Enter Your Poem

    October’s contest is right around the corner, but you have to enter to win. You can write an American haiku, the cinquain: but make it a sequence. Get details. Not a member? It’s not too late to join. Learn more.

  • September 2022 Program

    A Poet in Progress: A Decade of Practice and Study

    As the 2022 PST Program Chair, this session will be a chance to get to know Lacy Snapp better as she shares her previous writing passions, such as ekphrastic poetry, working-class poetry, and ecological poetry. She will also describe her current endeavors and interests and discuss how those new focuses are impacting the poems she is writing today. 

    About the Presenter

    Lacy Snapp She is Director for Humanities Tennessee Young Writers’ Workshop and Adjunct Professor, Department of Literature and Language, East Tennessee State University. She has over a decade’s worth of writing, studying poetry, and participating in workshops throughout her undergraduate degree in Creative Writing at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Master’s Degree in English at East Tennessee State University, and her first three semesters in her Master of Fine Arts’ Degree at Vermont College of Fine Arts.


  • All About the Books

    All About the Books
    A Message from the President

    I was recently in a Zoom meeting with some fellow poets from Colorado. When they learned of my affiliation with PST I was asked, “What are you doing about the book banning in Tennessee?” They were referring to a law passed in late April of this year (see  final legislation).

    My honest response was “Not much!” It was too easy to say, “I don’t actually live in Tennessee, and The Tennessee Poetry Society must remain apolitical.” While those statements are true, I felt like a coward. 

    Putting aside the jokes about my southern accent, I realized those mountain folks had a legitimate question. It is not a question we can explore and answer as an organization. But it is an important question we must ask ourselves. As individuals who carry the title of POET, we also carry a responsibility for ourselves and fellow writers and readers.

    I encourage you to familiarize yourself with this legislation, then take any action you deem appropriate. There is no wrong way to respond. Maybe you will choose to contact local or state politicians. Maybe you will explore the impact of the issue on area schools and libraries. Maybe you will organize a protest. Maybe you will monitor the situation. Maybe you’ll do something else entirely. Whatever you do, do it for all of us. Do it for the poets, writers, and readers yet to come. 

    Bill Hill
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