Author: Patsy Anne Bickerstaff

president of the Poetry Society of Virginia

Poetry Society of Virginia

The Poetry Society of Virginia was founded in May 1923 in Williamsburg, Virginia, at the suggestion of Dr. C. E. Feidelsohn, a faculty member of the College of William and Mary. Its purpose is the encouragement of excellence in the writing, reading, study, and appreciation of poetry. The organization began with a broad mission, embracing both poets and audience—a mission that has expanded since its founding. The society focuses neither on publication nor a particular “school” or “movement” of poetic creation. Instead it welcomes published poets, educators, non-writing readers, aspiring writers, and “casual poets” who write for personal pleasure.