About SMPS

The Southern MN Poets Society (SMPS) is a group of poetry-loving and poetry-generating people. We are a chapter of the League of Minnesota Poets. Meetings are free, open to the public and held at the Emy Frentz Guild (523 S. 2nd Street, Mankato, MN).


NOTE: It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the loss of one our SMPS poets: Janelle Hawkridge of Winnebago, Minnesota.   She died unexpectedly Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Mayo Hospital in Mankato. Janelle was 56 years old. Visitation will be 5:00pm - 7:00pm on Wednesday, March 23 at the Spencer Owen Funeral Home in Winnebago, Minnesota, and one hour prior to service at the church. Funeral service will be 11:00am on Thursday, March 24 at the United Methodist Church of Winnebago.

Janelle was a fine poet, an active member of SMPS, and a lively participant of our writing retreats. She delighted us with interesting programs and delicious foods, and an enthusiasm for life that was contagious. She will be greatly missed by all of us. Our prayers and thoughts are with her family.

Poets and Lovers of Poetry

SMPS is a part of community events like Image and the Word, Eisteddfod and the Mankato Poetry Walk and Ride and we encourage all poetry going on in our area - Good Thunder Reading Series at MSU, Big Deal Open Poetry at the Coffee Hag and more.

Opportunities for Youth Poets in the Mankato area

SMPS Calendar of Events 2015-2016

You are welcome to any SMPS event. Most events are free. You can bring your own poems and share if you want to or just come listen to others.

Poetry LIVE - Fourth Thursdays

Featured readings by one or two poets, sometimes accompanied with live music.  An open-mike reading follows the performance. Bring your favorites! The fourth Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Emy Frentz Guild.

Lunch and Poetry – SMPS Meetings

YOU are invited to our SMPS meetings on the second Saturday of each month at 12:30 (bring your lunch)

Agenda: Eat, speaker or panel talking about poetry, sharing of poems, critique workshops or other fun poetry-related activities.

For more information about SMPS, contact Susan Chambers, SMPS President, (507) 420-4031 or info@southernmnpoets.org.

2015 Mankato Poetry Walk and Ride

Poems for 2015 are on display until next spring.

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