A listing of special events and notices will be published here.

FALL 2010

A Garden Party with Potted Poets ! (…)



Wednesday, December 1 · 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Location Broad Arts Center, UCLA 5th fl. Balcony

Facebook Group: Join here

Be our guest for a Poetry Reading, Garden Party, and surprise Mayhem at Claire Kohne’s Venue.

Guest optional is wear your Sunday’s Best.
Bring your lovely self and make a toast at the table. Poetry, Music, Rambles, and Silence welcome.

Guests Readers include:

Nathan McClain
Claire Hellar
Laura V. Rivera
Johnny Nelson
Seth Newmeyer


Readings at the Clark Sat DEC 4th WWar Poets

The UCLA Clark Library, well known for its lavish, gorgeous atmosphere and rare books, is hosting a reading of World War poets next Saturday December 4th at 3 pm. I believe registration is required and TODAY (11/24/2010) is the deadline. DO sign up as soon as possible. If they are not to capacity, I doubt they will turn down a late reservation, so please do.

This will be a gorgeous and inspiring event. Just look at this:

To RSVP click here:

Amplify Open Mics

If you are wandering the streets of Westwood Sundays around 8:30 pm with wanderlust for some poetic freedom, dare to be undressed at Amplify open mic at BrewCo.


Howl Film with James Franco as Allen Ginsberg

Two Nights Only!!! October 1 in Sunset 5 on Sunset in West Hollywood, then on Oct 8 in Laemle in Santa Monica (Monica 4-plex). Be sure not to miss this!  Email us if you are interested in offering a car or in being part of a carpool, or join our Facebook group for updates: Society of Poetry Facebook Group

Email us with the night and location that is most convenient to you and we will hook up a group for then and there. There are group discount tickets for 8 dollars, but first we need to find a crew! Email us right away if you are interested in these tickets.


Beyond Baroque Readings!

Beyond Baroque is one of the main hubs of poetry in Los Angeles, providing readings for nearly every week of the month. This week, there are quite a few interesting poets, especially this Friday: September 24, Friday 7:30 PM

If you would like to CARPOOL to this event or meet at the entrance of Beyond Baroque, confirm with me at or

For more information, Visit their page at:

For more information on the poets visit these respective pages:

Julie Sheehan
Douglas Kearney

WESTWIND Literary Magazine Editorial Applications

Tuesday, September 28 · 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Location    Haines A6

Westwind is open for applications! Come by this upcoming Tuesday and get to know the team.

Come to the first meeting of Westwind! We will be handing out applications for Prose, Poetry & Art Staff, as well as discussing what Westwind is and how it works. Interested in poetry, short stories, plays, screenplays, art or photography? Join UCLA’s Literary & Arts Journal!

Check us out at
And invite your friends.



College Night at the Getty, April 7th

This upcoming WEDNESDAY April 7th, the Society of Poetry will excursion to The Getty Museum’s *Free* College Night, from 6:30-9:30 pm. There will be artists, tours, and foods provided. Bring your moleskines!

Please do RSVP to set up a time and place of meeting. A carpool may be provided.

Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Time: 6:30?9:30 p.m.

Location: Getty Center

Creative Writing Contests

The English Department is pleased to announce the following competitions

for prizes in 2009-2010:

    THE FRED AND EDITH HERMAN MEMORIAL PRIZE from THE ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS. For the best poem or groups of poems.  Open to any UCLA student, graduate or undergraduate.  Cash award of $100 and inclusion of the prize winner’s name in a list of national winners published by the Academy.
    THE RUTH BRILL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD. For a work of fiction.  Open to any UCLA student enrolled in current or previous creative writing courses.  Submission must indicate course(s) and quarter(s) taken.  Cash award in an amount to be determined.
    THE SHIRLE DOROTHY ROBBINS CREATIVE WRITING AWARD. Given in alternate years in fiction and in poetry.  This year’s award will be for a work of fiction.  Open to any UCLA student.  Cash award(s) in amounts to be determined.
    THE MAY MERRILL MILLER AWARD. Given in alternate years for a poem (or group of poems) or fiction.  This year’s award will be given for a work of poetry.  Open to undergraduate women who are preferably neither beginning freshmen nor graduating seniors during the quarter in which the award is given.  Cash award(s) in an amount to be determined.

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:  Students may enter as many of these FOUR competitions as they are eligible for.  Entries in the poetry contests must be separate from entries in the fiction contests.

In the case of the POETRYcontests, each student’s work must be submitted in ONE manila envelope that bears the names of ALL the poetry competitions being entered.  This one manila envelope must also contain, in addition to the work being submitted, a smaller sealed envelope enclosing a card that bears the writer’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, class standing, social security number, student ID, and major.  The writer’s name should not appear on any page of the submission itself or on the outside of the envelope.

Exactly parallel regulations govern entries in the FICTION contests.

Therefore, a student entering BOTH poetry and fiction contests would submit TWO manila envelopes.  All submissions will be destroyed after the contests have been judged.

DEADLINES: Entries must be received in the English Department, 149 Humanities, no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, 16 April 2010.  Results of the competitions will be posted in the English Department Office Monday, May 3, 2010.

Conceit Magazine’s

Mother’s Day Writing Contest

DEADLINE: April 09, 2010


READING FEE: $5.00 per short story entered

READING FEE: $3.00 poem entered

Unpublished, simultaneous and previously published entries accepted.

One time publication rights to CONCEIT MAGAZINE’S

“Mother’s Day Digest” entitled


$60.00 – First Prize    $50.00 – Second Prize

$40.00 – Third Prize    $30.00 – Fourth Prize

$20.00 – Fifth Prize    $10.00 – Sixth Prize

(Yes, there will be 6 winners !!!)

For the Mother’s Day Digest, you are invited to send pictures to be printed with your work. (Optional)

E-mail entries to:

PayPal users pay to

Snail Mail entries and reading fees to:

Perry Terrell, Editor

P. O. Box 761495

San Antonio, TX 78245


Perry Terrell, Editor

Mother’s Day Writing Contest

P. O. Box 884223

San Francisco, Ca 94188-4223

(NOTE: Entries can be e-mailed or snail mailed)

(Cash, check or money order – Make payable to

Perry Terrell)

Submissions for Umbrella Journal

Subject: Call for Submissions: Umbrella: A Journal of Poetry and Kindred

Umbrella, the “supremely rereadable electronic journal,” is now accepting
submissions for our spring-summer issue, online May 1, 2010. Both general
poetry subs and poems on the theme of “gall” are invited, as is
poetry-related prose.

Please see the submit page for complete guidelines and specific needs and

On an ongoing basis we also read poems written in repeating forms for our
sister publication, Tilt-a-Whirl. Guidelines at the bottom of theUmbrella
submit page.

Deadline: April 10, 2009

NYU Creative Writing Summer Program

Dear Colleague,

NYU has long been recognized as a vibrant center for writing and literature,
and was recently named one of the top ten creative writing programs in the
country by the Atlantic Monthly. This summer we will again offer two writing
intensives especially for undergraduate writers: WRITERS IN NEW YORK (JUNE
1-JUNE 24) and WRITERS IN PARIS (JUNE 26-JULY 24). We hope that you will
encourage your students to apply. Undergraduate writers can learn more about
our summer offerings by visiting our website:

If you’d be kind enough to share this information with your students we’d be
grateful. If you have any questions or would like more information, please
feel free to contact us ( or 212-998-8816). Thank
you for inviting your students to join our writing community.

Very truly yours,

Deborah Landau

4 Weeks (June 1-June 24), 8 Undergraduate Credits 

FACULTY: Matthew Rohrer, Elissa Schappell, Helen Schulman, Brenda
Shaughnessy, Irini Spanidou, and Darin Strauss

VISITING WRITERS & EDITORS: Joshua Beckman, Thomas Beller, Jason Brown,
Lydia Davis, Nick Flynn, Keith Gessen, Anna Godbersen, Matthea Harvey, Adam
Haslett, A.M. Homes, Brigid Hughes, Major Jackson, Sam Lipsyte, Meghan
O’Rourke, Ed Park, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Rachel Sherman, Wells Tower, Rebecca
Wolff, Matthew Zapruder, and more!

4 Weeks (June 26-July 24), 8 Undergraduate Credits

FACULTY: Dan Chiasson, Yusef Komunyakaa, Jonathan Lethem, Meghan O’Rourke,
Helen Schulman, and Darin Strauss


6-Week Sessions (May 17-June 25 & June 28-August 6), 4 Undergraduate Credits

FACULTY: Lee Briccetti, George Foy, and more!


Writers Review

A National Undergraduate Literary Journal

To All Poets and Writers of Fiction:

Writers Review, a new national undergraduate literary journal, is posting a call for poetry and fiction. We are looking for the best work of passionate undergraduate students pursuing/practicing creative writing. At this time, submissions are under consideration for our inaugural issue, planned to be printed by May 2010. In other words, we would love to see any and all work. Diversity excites us, and a general mastery of language, form, and/or allegory is what our search aims to uncover.

If you are interested in submitting, please email 3-5 POEMS or a maximum of 12 PAGES OF FICTION to Please attach submissions as .doc files and include your full name, telephone number, and email address on the first page of each poem or piece of fiction. In the subject please write POETRY or FICTION where appropriate. In the body of the email please include the following information:

Ø  Name

Ø  Email Address

Ø  Current Undergraduate Institution of Study

Ø  Year of Expected Graduation

Ø  Previous Publications (if applicable, but not necessary)

Ø  A Brief Statement (if you desire)

Our submission deadline is quickly approaching: April 1, 2010. Notification will be prompt. Please direct any questions to



This upcoming Monday Feb 12 has been put to sleep. It was a good Monday, a fun and frolicsome day and will forever be missed.


Matchbox Magazine, UC-wide Accepts Submissions!

Matchbox Magazine, the only UC-wide literary arts magazine, is now
accepting submissions in art, poetry and prose. Email submissions to by February 20th, 2010. Find us on Facebook and
join the group for updates or check out for more information.


Leslie Chavez

This upcoming Monday Does Not Exist

Monday the 18th of January has ceased to exist for the Society of Poetry due to passed American Presidents.

Spoken Word Benefit for Haiti

From: Cassandra Ashura Tesch <>
Date: Sat, Jan 16, 2010 at 7:29 PM
Subject: Haiti Benefit – Spoken Word and Performance Art

Greetings Community,

In light of the recent happenings in Haiti, The African Activists
Association of UCLA is organizing a Benefit for Haiti.  We Need you.

On Wednesday, February 3, 2010 from 6-9 pm we are hosting a

Spoken Word and Performance Art Benefit for Haiti

At UCLA (location TBA)

We need your support by being there, bringing people to the event

Do you perform Poetry, Dance, Music, etc?  We would love your participation.
If you know of others, please inform us.

If you are on facebook, please add the event

We appreciate your support.   The proceeds to this event will go to PSI’s
work in Haiti.   PSI – Population Services International is a wonderful
organization that works with reproductive health services around the globe
and is working on the ground in Haiti with emergency medical relief.   A
Teacher and friend of mine   is currently working with their organization,
and has worked in Haiti herself.  The financial help that we give will help
with immediate and long-term assistance  to help people get back on their
feet and to stem the tide of illness that can occur in the days and weeks
following a crisis of this magnitude.

Please contact me, Cassandra Tesch at

For more involvement.

Thank you,

Cassandra Tesch, member of AAA

Fowler Museum Poetry Reading

Do not forge to sign up! For more information, contact

{Prague Summer Program: Creative Writing}

Oh, young poets, consider the warm keys of a typewriter during a July in Prague. Applications are up! Get on that list!

Poetry Contests

Keep your eyes out for these poetry contests! There is not much time to submit, but if you have a packet ready this is surely a great opportunity to get your work out there.

2010 /St. Petersburg Review/ Poetry Contest (deadline Jan 15)

2010 Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook Contest (deadline Feb 28)


Good Luck!