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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Meeting Highlights January 13, 2016

Members Present: Bernardo, Helena, Karen, Jackie, Judy, Luneil, Pam G., Pete, Ruthann, Valia

Jackie asked for bios from Helena, Pete, Ruthann, and Valia. Judy collected dues.

Valia reported his poem "Volcanoes of Northwest Indiana" will be published in AIST's Iron& Steel Technology Magazine, January 2016 issue. His story entitled India...ana will be published in Undeniably Indiana by Indiana University Press. The book will come out in August 2016.

Jackie announced her poem "All Washed Up" was selected to represent Lake County in the Mapping the Muse: A Bicentennial Look at Indiana Poetry book. The poetry book will be available on Amazon. Contributors will receive a free copy.

Ruthann told the group about the IWPA contest and will send the link to members. She explained that since we are published we can become members. 

Jackie will post and send out information about the National Federation of State Poetry Societies annual contest. Submissions are due March 15, 2016.

Pete read his poem "The Chosen Few" dedicated to all America's Heros. He continues to read his poetry over the P.A. system at Lowell Middle School and inspires the students to write poetry as well.

Valia read When Parrots Leave a Mango Tree and a recap of an audio tape he received from his father entitled "The Shortest Day."

Karen urged members to sign up for the SCBWI Wild Wild Midwest Conference scheduled for April 29 to May 1, 2016 in Naperville, IL. Registration begins February 1st. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn from and network with agents, authors, and publishers.

Luneil read her revised Barty the Clumsy Vampire story to the group.

Next Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 10, 2016.