West Virginia Poetry Society

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The West Virginia Poetry Society

The West Virginia Poetry Society, a member of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, was established on July 13, 1950. Many of our members are nationally known poets and activists within the poetry community. At present, we have five local chapters in Charleston, Milton, Morgantown, Ripley and Weirton as well as members from around the country. The Poets' Crossroads is our quarterly newsletter and Laurels is a chapbook of member poetry and is also published each quarter. The Annual convention is held in October at rotating sites and provides educational sessions on poetry, announcement of annual poetry contest winners, open readings, and an opportunity to meet and discuss mutual interests with other members.

WVPS State Officers & Chairs 2005-2007


Robin Bailey,  President, Rt 1, Box 35-A, Liberty, WV 25124

Debra J Harmes Kurth, 1st VP, 1050A McGhee Street, Milton, WV 25541

Dennis Leischner, 2nd VP & Editor Poets CrossRoads, 1050A McGhee St, Milton, WV 25541

Jean Crolius Ehman, 3rd VP, POB 1644, Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Beverly Taylor, Recording Secretary, 678 W. View Avenue, Morgantown, WV 26505 

Natalie Johnston Doty, Treasurer, 189 Vireo Drive, Wintersville, OH 43953-4054

Lawrence E. Bloomfield, Historian, 617 Boggs Run Road, Benwood, WV 26031

Melba Dungey, Contest Brochures Chair, 115 Heritage Point, Morgantown, WV 26505

Linda Poe, Annual Contest Chair, Route 1, Box 25, Gay, WV 25244   

Jim Bush, Editor, Chapbook Laurels, Route 2, Box 13, Ripley, WV 25271 

Betty Grugin, Membership Chair, 225 Simmons Drive, Ripley, WV 25271

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