from NM State Poetry Society president Shirley Blackwell, via Paul White, Santa Fe Poetry and Prose Meetup Group
It pays to be an NMSPS member: Check out this scholarship offer for NMSPS from Tupelo Press
The Conferencia del Encanto (registration form here) has captured attention across the country. In support of our efforts to host the Convention, Jeffrey Levine, owner of Tupelo Press in Massachusetts, is offering $300 scholarships to Tupelo Press' upcoming poets' conference in Truchas, NM (between Santa Fe and Taos) to the FIRST TWO NMSP MEMBERS WHO QUALIFY. You can check out this conference and the preparatory session for it here.
The Truchas conference will be led by Jeffrey and our own Veronica Golos, the Walking Rain (Taos) chapter member who is presenting one of our June National Convention workshops in tandem with member Bonnie Rose Marcus, events director at Poets & Writers. Applicants for the Truchas events, which occur June 18-21 and 21-24, will be asked to submit 5 poems to Tupelo Press, and Jeffrey Levine will use them to select TWO NM SOCIETY MEMBERS TO WIN THE $300 SCHOLARSHIPS. Jeffrey is flying in on June 16 to announce the winners at the Conferencia del Encanto's Gala Banquet that evening Tupelo Press publishes about 40 titles a year from top notch authors, so this is an opportunity to meet an East Coast publisher of note.
The deals don't stop there, however. Jeffrey will be sending me--for our Conferencia del Encanto hospitality bags--200 coupons, each of which offers a $100 DISCOUNT ON FUTURE Tupelo Conferences. These coupons go to the first 200 Federation members who register for La Conferencia del Encanto. I am letting NMSPS members know about this before I tell the rest of the Federation. Right now, we have 120 registrants for the Convention, and the pace of registration is picking up. The rest of those coupons will go to the next 80 who register, and I would like for that to be you, members of the hosting Society.
So, New Mexico members, if you have been waiting to register--this is reason not to wait any longer.
I will send this notice to the National Federation officer in charge of Conventions on Friday, and if he is true to form, the message will go to all the other State Poetry Societies on Saturday.
I wish all of you the best of luck and good poetry
Shirley Blackwell, NMSPS President
via Paul White (email@example.com), Santa Fe Poetry and Prose Meetup Group