The Poetry Society of Virginia

Since 1923

Speakers Bureau

 

Various members of the Poetry Society of Virginia, including experienced speakers, teachers, and published poets, are available to present readings, workshops and/or programs for your club, church, school or other organization. 

This section of our website provides information for the general public. It is  a way to present members of the Poetry Society of Virginia who are willing to provide public appearances. We include credentials, availability and contact information for your convenience.  Please contact the individual directly for updates, supplementary details and required honoraria. During this contact, you can arrange dates, times and places for your presentations. 

Your contract and fee arrangements for these appearances will be with the individual speaker and not with the Poetry Society of Virginia as a whole.

No fee is due the Society for providing information about the speakers.

 

Speakers


Robert P. Arthur has won numerous awards for both poetry and drama, including awards from the Poetry Societies of Virginia, Florida and New Hampshire.  His works include several poetry books and poem/plays, and he has held the positions of Writer-in-Residence at Wilkes University, Pennsylvania, and Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Richmond and Tidewater Community College.  He has served as a contest category judge, on the Advisory Board, and currently is an Executive Director of the Poetry Society of Virginia. 

Publications: Hymn to the Chesapeake, Horse Hammock Point, Strokes, Vija’s War, Crazy Horse’s Woman, Phaedra, Music of Leaves, Jamestown Symphonic, Fut Gar, Ur

Presentations: Poems or Poem/Plays
of the Chesapeake, Stroke, Jamestown Symphonic, Van Gogh, Appalachia Preferred Audiences:  College, Adults, Senior Citizens

Available: Anywhere in Virginia

Contact information:
Telephone 757-787-7768
Email
Robert_p_arthur@yahoo.com

 



Edward Wright Haile
has won awards for War Poems, and recognition from Florida and New Hampshire Writers.  His publications include a translation and a prose piece on which he served as editor. 

Publications:  Oresteia of Aeschylus (translation), Open, Not Glass, Here on a Mission, Where None Before Hath Stood, Jamestown Narratives.

Presentations:  Readings and presentations on previous works.

Preferred Audiences:  High School, College, Adults, Senior Citizens

Available:  Anywhere in Virginia

Contact Information:
3079 Daingerfield Landing Road
Champlain, VA 22438
Telephone 804-443-4813
Email: ewhaile@hotmail.com


 

Edward W. Lull won the Grand Prize in the Joseph V. Hickey Rights & Responsibilities Award competition, and has won awards and recognition in the Poetry Society of Virginia contests.  He has served as a vice-president and president of the Poetry Society of Virginia, and chaired the Society’s annual Poetry Festival for ten years. He is currently an Executive Director of the Society.  He has published two books of poetry.

Publications:  Cabin Boy to Captain, Where Giants Walked

Presentations:  Readings of previous publications.

Preferred Audiences:  Elementary, Middle School, High School, College, Adults, Senior Citizens

Available:  Eastern, Central and Northern Virginia

Contact Information:
100 North Berwick
Williamsburg, VA 23183
Telephone:  757-258-5582
Email: 
ewlull@verizon.net

 

 


Elizabeth Doyle Solomon has won awards and recognition from the Poetry Society of Virginia, and the Blue Ridge Wiriters; her work has appeared in various publications.  She has served as Contest Chair of the Poetry Society of Virginia.

Publications:  Seasons,  prose and poetry in From Riverbanks to Mountaintops, Cethral Virginia Leader, Blue Ridge Anthology.

Presentations:  Readings of previous published work

Preferred audiences:  Elementary School, Adults, Senior Citizens

Available:  Anywhere in Virginia

Contact Information:
3954 Burnley Station Road
Barboursville, VA 22932
Telephone:  434-973-3577


Martha Steger

Martha Steger has published poetry in Pocitesme 2010, The Pen Woman, The Poet’s Domain, and numerous anthologies.  In addition to poems, she is also the creator of short stories.  She enjoys presenting both within Virginia and outside the Commonwealth, as well. Martha has served as President, Virginia Press Women (1992-94) and President, Richmond Branch, National League of American Pen Women, (1982-84).

 Publications:

Poetry Society of Virginia 80th Anniversary Anthology of Poems; The Poet’s Domain (Volume 24, 2009); A Common Wealth of Poetry (PSV newsletter); Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln (2009 anthology); Virginia Farms Cookbook & Tour Book (2004); and Four Years of Winners (2006 chapbook, Roanoke Valley Branch, National League of American Pen Women).
Short stories published in The Delmarva Quarterly; journalistic articles regularly published in The Free Lance-Star’s magazine, Town & County; The Boomer Magazine; Style Weekly; Recreation News; Cooperative Living Magazine; and the Midlothian Exchange.

Awards:

First, second and third place-awards over the past three decades in poetry categories of contests sponsored by Virginia Press Women, the National Federation of Press Women and the National League of American Pen Women. Most recent awards include first place, VPW 2010 and second place, NFPW 2010. Journalistic articles and short fiction have also received first, second and third places in competitions by the same three professional organizations over the past three decades, with most recent award being the Marjorie J. Rollins Award for Outdoor Writing 2010, NLAPW

Presentations:
Two-part program (45 minutes each) comprising haiku and narrative poetry (presented to elementary school students); dramatic readings of poetry and non-fiction to diverse groups; and numerous, slide-illustrated presentations for all ages on “Virginia Off the Beaten Path” to diverse groups. 

Preferred Audiences:
Elementary, Middle School,  High School, College, Adults, Senior Citizens, and Persons with Disabilities

Available: Anywhere in Virginia and outside of the state, as well 

Contact Information:
Address: 13617 Twin Team Lane, Midlothian, VA  23113-3713

Telephone:  804-794-7724Email: hartwood@rcn.com; Steger4@Verizon.net


Marguerite Thoburn Watkins has won awards in the Stevens Poetry Manuscript Contest of the National Foundation of State Poetry Societies, and numerous state and national poetry society awards, including virtually annual awards and recognition in the contest of the Poetry Society of Virginia.  She has also served as a contest category judge for the Poetry Society of Virginia, and her work has appeared in many publications, including her two books of poetry.

Publications:  Patterns in Henna,  Two Taproots

Presentations:  (Poetry Readings)Preferred Audiences:  Adults, Senior Citizens

Available:  Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Roanoke

Contact Information:
1939 Fox Hill Road
Lynchburg, VA 24503
Telephone:  434-384-1436
Email: 
Margwat@aol.com

 

Patsy Anne Bickerstaff is an award-winning poet whose work has appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies, and in her two books of poetry.  She has served as president of both the Virginia Writers Club and the Poetry Society of Virginia.  She has also served in other offices, and is currently an Executive Director of the Poetry Society of Virginia.  Awards include the Robert Penn Warren Award, the International Shakespearean Sonnet Award and many awards from the Poetry Societies of Virginia and other states.  She has served as a judge for the Poetry Society of Virginia contest categories, Young Virginia Writers’ Conference, and Thomas Jefferson High School of Technology Literary Journal.  She presents workshops and teaches poetry reading and writing at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Richmond, Virginia.

Publications: Mrs. Noah’s Journal, City Rain, Alcohol-Free Entertaining (non-poetry recipe book.)

Presentations: Becoming A Poet. Playing With Words. 19th Century Southern Poets, Introduction to Reading and Writing Poetry, Literary Laughter:  Light and Humorous Verse (Readings and Workshops)

Preferred Audiences:  Elementary, Middle School, High School, College,  Adults, Senior Citizens, Individuals with Disabilities

Available:  Anywhere in Virginia

Contact Information:
26 Skipwith Green Circle,
Richmond, VA 23294
Telephone: 804-290-0113 
Email
granypatsy@yahoo.com 


 

Laura J. Bobrow

 Laura J. Bobrow is well known in Northern Virginia for her captivating stories.

She is currently presenting an exciting program that is suitable for classroom or assembly groups. It combines the fascination of ancient folk tales with the telling of them in rhyme, much in the way of old-time bards. Giambattista Basile collected oral tales from Naples and Venice in the late 1500's. They were published posthumously in 1630 by his sister, in a collection called "Il Pentamerone." These are very early tales which predate the more familiar Perrault and Grimm stories, although many of the motifs are the same.

Working from translation she is currently putting all of the stories into narrative

verse for the benefit of storytellers and educators.  For further information, be sure to visit her website: www.laurajbobrow.com. Click on poetry.

 Awards:
Laura has had more than 50 poems published and has received awards from PSV, the poetry societies of West Virginia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Florida, and the National League of American Pen Women. Her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies; in addition, she is a well-published song lyricist.

 Available:  Northern Virginia. Laura can also visit throughout other tri-state areas if organizations have travel expenses provided.

 Contact Information:
Address: 102 Chesterfield Place SW
Leesburg VA 20175-2700
Telephone: 703.771.7571

Email: Eljbee@aol.com

  


 

 

Linda Dini Jenkins has written poetry appearing in several periodicals and anthologies, including The South Florida Poetry Review, Bay Windows, Tampa Review, Phoebe, Writer to Writer, Arts Letter, Vermont Voices, Poeti Italo-Americani, Color Wheel, and Peregrine,  as well as three books of her own.  She has served as a judge for the Marblehead Festival of the Arts and the Women in the Arts Festival, Marblehead, MA.  She was a finalist for the New Letters Literary Award in poetry, and has won the BEST BOOK award from USA Book News Travel Essays.  She has been a Senior Editor at Great Little Books, LLC.

Publications: Up at the Villa: Travels with my Husband; Journey of a Returning Christian:  Writing into God; Sono Italiano:  A journey back to the beginning.

Presentations:  The Art of Travel Poetry; Crossing Bordes and Writing form the Heart ; Finding Connections, Exploring Creativity, Writing Poetry While the Sun Shines, How Poets Look at Jesus.

Peferred Audiences:  High School, College, Adults, Senior Citizens

Available:  Anywhere in Virginia

Contact Information
4415 Old Fox Trail,
Midlothian, VA 23112
Telephone:  807-744-6377
Email:
ldjenkins@aol.com



Ann Falcone Shalaski
has won awards and recognition from the Christopher Newport University Writer’s Conference, Beginnings Magazine, New England Writer’s Network, Chesapeake Writers’ Conference, and ByLine Magazine.  Her work has appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies, and she is the author of one book of poetry.  She serves as the president of the Christopher Newport University Advisory Council for the university’s Annual Writers’ Conference.  She is a member of the National League of American Pen Women, and has worked on various activities of the Poetry Society of Virginia.

Publications:  World Made of Glass; prose and poetry in The Keeper of the Stories, A Guide to Writing Family Stories, Comstock Review, Port Folio Weekly, Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry.

Presentations:  The Writing Life, Invention Workshop,What We Didn’t Learn in School About Poetry,Polish Your Work as You Revise, Entering Contests, The Best Way to Win, (Readings, hosting open Mic programs)

Preferred Audiences:  High School, College, Adults, Senior Citizens

Available:  Gloucester, Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg, Yorktown

Contact information:
104 Pinewood Court,
Newport News, VA 23608
Telephone:757-877-9090
Email:
ashalaski@msn.com




Jack Trammell
has received awards and recognition from the Poetry Societies of Virginia and  Kentucky, and the Appalachian Writers Guild, and his poetry has appeared in various publications. 

Publications: poems in Blue Ridge anthology, Poetry Society of Virginia anthology, Virginia Adversaria, the English Journal, Voices Net, Conceit Magazine, and Coffee Shop Times.

Presentations: Bringing Out the Poet in You, Having a Word With You, Poets Inspiration: Where to Find Poetry?, Why Poetry?, Fewer Words and Greater Meaning.

Preferred Audiences:  Elementary, Middle School, High School, College, Adults, Senior Citizens, Individuals with Disabilities

Available:  Anywhere in Virginia

Contact Information: 
8411 Cross Country Road
Mineral Springs, VA 23117
Telephone:  804-306-3785
Email: 
jacktrammell@yahoo.com