Welcome to the Austin Poetry Society!

The Austin Poetry Society (APS) encourages the reading, writing, and appreciation of poetry.

The November Museletter is here!

Go to our Newsletters page to access it.


Congratulations to the Winners of the September/October Monthly Contests!

Judge’s Choice:

This month’s entries were judged by Frank Pool. Frank Pool has published poetry in journals including Di-Verse-City, Borderlands, Ilya’s Honey, Sulphur River Review, and Best Texas Poetry II. He has written several chapbooks and a collection, Depth of Field, Plain View Press. He has also written literary criticism and writes a weekly column on language in the Longview News-Journal.

General Verse:

1st Place – “The Hurrying” by Michael Eaton
2nd Place – “Fire Leafs Through Her” by Omer Zamir
3rd Place – “Nine” by Brooke June
4th Place – “Afternoon” by Benjamin Nash
5th Place – “Last Light” by Lavern Spencer McCarthy

Light Verse:

1st Place – “Summer and the Living is Crowded” by LaVern Spencer McCarthy
2nd Place – “Hose Crying Now” by Barbara Blanks
3rd Place – “Time & Ink” by Jeffrey L. Taylor
4th Place – “Cruising…to the Fat Farm!” by Preston Kirk
5th Place – “Halloween Night” by Ailana Larson

Popular Vote:

General Verse:

1st Place -“Last Light” by Lavern Spencer McCarthy
2nd Place -“The Hurrying” by Michael Eaton
3rd Place -“Afternoon” by Benjamin Nash

Light Verse:

1st Place -“Cruising…to the Fat Farm!” by Preston Kirk
2nd Place -“Summer and the Living is Crowded” by LaVern Spencer McCarthy
3rd Place – “Time & Ink” by Jeffrey L. Taylor

Thank you to everyone who entered!



Send us your Poetic Insights!

Where do you find poetic inspiration? Who first introduced you to poetry? How has poetry changed your life? Do you have a funny poetic anecdote to share? APS is looking for short, poetry-related insights to post on our website homepage each month. If you’re interested in providing a snippet of poetic prose, email us at austinpoetrysociety@gmail.com. Blurbs should be 200-300 words long and accompanied by a photo of you. We look forward to hearing from you!

Don’t forget to renew your membership!

All APS memberships expire in May of each year, so now is the perfect time to renew. We’ll be starting up the meetings and monthly contests again this fall, and you don’t want to miss out! To renew your membership or join for the first time, visit our Join the APS page. You can submit your application online or print a copy and mail it in. We hope to see you all again this September!

April 2016 APS meeting

Share Your Photos!

If you have pictures from our Annual Awards Ceremony or any of our recent meetings that you would like to post to our Gallery page, email the files to austinpoetrysociety@gmail.com. If you did not take the photos yourself, please tell us who did so we can give proper credit. Thanks!



If you are a member of the Austin Poetry Society and would like to volunteer, please email us at austinpoetrysociety@gmail.com. We are currently looking for a treasurer, as well as people to chair various committees. Let us know if you can help!