2020 National Federation of State Poetry Societies Annual Convention


The 2020 NFSPS Convention will be held at the Holiday Inn Aladdin, Kansas City Missouri, June 11th-14th, 2020(*Cancelled). Room and Convention Registration/information will be posted as soon as available at

2020 Poetry Day in Arkansas

October 31, 2020
Little Rock, AR

PRA’s 2020 Poetry Day Conference is scheduled for October 31 at the Darragh Center Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Rock Street, Little Rock. The Center is located in the main library building in the River Market next door to the Butler Center where many PRA meetings have been conducted. Registration will begin at 9:15 am. There is no registration fee and lunch will be on your own. There are eateries located across the street at the River Market.

Laura Bridges will serve as Poetry Day Chair and Marie Allison will serve as Poetry Day Contest Chair.

Sandy Longhorn will be the featured speaker. She has received the Porter Fund Literary Prize for Arkansas authors and the Collins Prize from the Birmingham Poetry Review. She is the author of three books of poetry: The Alchemy of My Mortal Form, The Girlhood Book of Prairie Myths, and Blood Almanac. Her poems have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, North American Review, Oxford American, and elsewhere. Longhorn teaches in the Arkansas Writer’s MFA program at the University of Central Arkansas, where she directs the C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference.

Poetry Day is the main poetry event in Arkansas. Each year this conference honors Arkansas Poet Laureate Rosa Zagnoni Marinoni (1953-1970). As a result of her efforts to promote poetry in Arkansas, Governor Ben Laney proclaimed October 15, 1948, the first annual Poetry Day in Arkansas. For conference questions contact Frieda Patton at or 501-847-5328.

(Use of Central Arkansas Library System meeting facilities does not constitute endorsement of the beliefs, viewpoints, policies or affiliations of the user by the library board or staff.)