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The Mission of FSPA:

  • To secure a fuller public recognition of the art of poetry
  • To stimulate a finer and more intelligent appreciation of poetry
  • To provide opportunity for study and incentive for practice in writing poetry

Florida State Poets Association (FSPA) Inc., is a nonprofit, tax-exempt (501-C-3) organization founded in October of 1974, and chartered by the State of Florida in July, 1979. FSPA was founded by Henrietta A. Kroah of Deland, Florida, with the assistance of Hans Juergensen, past president of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS). FSPA is a member of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS) and, as such, maintains local chapters throughout the state.

Executive Board 2014-2016

President: Joe Cavanaugh jcavanaugh1@gmail.com
Vice-President: Walter Mims wmims@hotmail.com
Recording Secretary: Mary-Ann Westbrook 1poetry.3@gmail.com
Treasurer: Judith Krum judithkrum@att.net

Appointed Board

Anthology Editors: Patricia Stevenson-Gingrich, Big Bend Poets; Elaine Person, Orlando Area Poets; Gary Broughman, Tomoka Poets
Contest Chair: Mary Rogers-Grantham, merlee1992@att.net
Editor, Of Poets and Poetry (OPAP) Newsletter: Patricia Stevenson-Gingrich,  patriciasg.bbp@gmail.com

Historian:Elaine Person LnPrsn@aol.com
Membership Registrar: Joey Everest,  cancaygirl@gmail.com
National Poetry Day/Month: Coleen Ward cojeward@bellsouth.net
Youth Contest Chair: Janet Watson   jmpwat@aol.com