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JANUARY 13, 2019

Second Sunday Poetry Readings at the Depot in Norman, The Depot, 200 S. Jones


This program provides a monthly venue for selected regional poets to share their work.  Former Oklahoma Poet Laureate and Oklahoma Book Award winner Carl Sennhenn hosts.


Carol Koss to Read at January Second Sunday Poetry


Poet and writer Carol Koss will read from her recent work at Second Sunday Poetry on January 13, 2019.  The free reading begins at 2:00 pm.  All are welcome.


By birth a New Yorker, Carol Davis Koss has lived in Oklahoma City for over forty years.  In her many years of teaching English, Creative Writing, and Remedial Reading, she has taught students from middle school through college; and in venues that range from wealthy suburbs to the South Bronx, from churches to prisons.  A graduate of the City College of New York, Koss has a masters in English from Purdue University and has done post masters work at Teachers College (Columbia University), and the University of Oklahoma


Koss is the author of three chapbooks:  Chapter and Verse (1997), Camera Obscura  (2001 Oklahoma Book Award  finalist), and  Painted Full of Tongues (2002). In addition, her poetry has appeared in the following publications:  Best Minds, Best of MAP (Map of Austin Poetry): Featured Poetry Vol. II;  Bomb: A Collection of Poetry by Oklahoma Poets, Broomweed,  Crosstimbers, Fishbones:Poems and Other Things that Get Stuck in Your Throat; Full Frontal Poetry, Living Out Loud, Long Islander Newspaper: Walt’s Corner; Midtown News, New Orleans Coffee House Poets, Nimrod, Poems for the New Decade, Poets Against the War, Poets Bite the Bullet, Sugar Creek Review, What About War?, and 911: Poems for an Emergency


Koss retired from Bishop McGuinness High School, in Oklahoma City, having taught there for eighteen years.  She continues to write, publish an occasional poem, do the 'every-now-and-then' reading, and relishes her monthly poetry groups and frequent walks in the zoo.  She finds truth in Plato's words: "The contemplation of beauty causes the soul to grow wings." 


To view other poetry readings in the area, visit website www.okpoets.org



Poetry East: Now Seeking Poetry Submissions

Established in 1979, Poetry East is a respected print journal affiliated with DePaul University and helmed in Chicago. They publish accessible poetry, translations, interviews, and criticism with universal appeal and page-turning immediacy.

All submissions should be mailed in #10 envelopes and should include contact information. Only manuscripts accompanied by self-addressed stamped envelopes will be returned.




Contemporary prose or poetry written from personal experience that reflects the thoughts and feelings people today want to communicate to one another, but don't always know how to put into words. Because our cards capture genuine emotions on topics such as love, friendship, family, missing you, and other real-life subjects, we suggest that you have a friend, relative, or someone else in your life in mind as you write. Writings on special occasions (birthday, anniversary, congratulations, etc.), as well as the challenges, difficulties, and aspirations of life are also considered. We pay $300 per poem for the worldwide, exclusive rights to publish it on a greeting card and other products, and $50 per poem for one-time use in a book.




At DaySpring we are committed to the publication of greeting cards as a ministry. We believe the ministry of our cards is found in the truth of Scripture and in the heart of God. Currently we are only accepting submissions from writers who have previously had work published. DaySpring pays $60 for each piece of copy purchased.






$500 for poetry and $500 for prose; previously published material and simultaneous submissions accepted. Working title: Embers and Flames. One to four poems or 2,500-word fiction or creative nonfiction. no deadline seen.




The Poetry Center will award one residency in the summer for one poet to spend two weeks in Tucson, Arizona developing his/her work. The residency includes a $500 stipend and a two-week stay in a studio apartment located within steps of the Center's renowned library of contemporary poetry. 

The residency is offered between June 1 and August 31.


Poetry Reading -  ongoing

Poetry and Open Mic Readings (all free)

Please double-check before attending these readings, since there are often schedule changes. 


Updates on OKC area poetry happenings at Oklahoma Poetry Events Facebook page. 


Every Wednesday, 8:00 p.m., Sauced on the Paseo, 2912 Paseo, OKC. Weekly open mike and monthly slams. Updates at Red Dirt Poetry Facebook page.


First Sunday, 2:00 p.m., The host for first Sunday poetry readings is Terri Cummings. The event is held at IAO gallery, on Sheridan across the street from Paramount. Terri’s email: terrilcummings@gmail.com

Always at 2 pm. 701 W. Sheridan Ave., OKC. Featured poet and open mic. 


Second Sunday, 2:00 p.m.: Norman Performing Arts Studio, 200 S. Jones. Featured poet. (No open mic.)


Third Thursday, 7:00 pm: Benedict Street Marketplace, 613 N Pottenger Ave, Shawnee, OK 74801. Featured poet and open mic.

Last Sunday, 2:00 p.m.: Full Circle Bookstore, 50 Penn Place, OKC.



Poetry events at IAO are organized by the IAO Poetry Committee and include monthly readings with featured poets and open mic formats. For information about how to become more involved with the IAO Poetry Committee, please contact committee chairperson, Rob Sturma - ratpackslim@gmail.com.


Five Points

for short stories, creative nonfiction & poetry. Founded 1996, publishes 3 times a year, circulation 2,000, payment $15 per page for prose; varies for poetry. Send up to two prose pieces or three poems via the online manager at tellitslant.com/writer_session/new. 

Include cover letter. 

for detailed guidelines: tellitslant.com/home/journal_details/27


Poets & Writers


Another fantastic source for legitimate writing contests, Poets & Writers vets competitions, contests, awards and grants to verify they are following legitimate practices and policies. It’s worth checking out regularly as it features both annual and one-time contests.


Many thanks to Sandra Soli for helping with updates to this page!