The Basics

The San Antonio Poets Association was founded in 1979 with its purpose being to stimulate, cultivate, and perpetuate the art of poetry writing and its appreciation. We are an official chapter of the Poetry Society of Texas, which is a member of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies and is affiliated with the American Academy of Poets.

We invite you to join us for a relaxing, yet stimulating, afternoon of poetry. Our association is a diverse, yet companionable group of men and women of all ages, races, and walks of life who share a common love of language and poetry.

The poets in our association represent all stages of development in the craft of poetry writing. Whether you are an accomplished published poet, or you are just beginning to dabble in the art of poetry, you will find a comfortable niche in this nurturing, encouraging environment. Whether you want to write or just listen, you will find that belonging to SAPA is a satisfying experience.

Each month SAPA sponsors two poetry contests: 1) an open topic (poet's choice) poetry contest, and 2) an assigned topic poetry contest. And even though there is friendly competition, we celebrate each other’s successes. We desire to become better at our craft of writing, and we measure ourselves against our own personal progress, not against each other (but admittedly, winning or placing in a contest does add to the fun).

Our nominal annual dues of $25 provide each member with a copy of our outstanding anthology, Inkwell Echoes, a Member’s Handbook, an opportunity for members to have their poems judged and critiqued by outstanding state and national judges, a chance to win certificates, trophies, or plaques for their poetry, and a warm, welcoming environment in which to form lasting friendships with fellow poets.

In September we will again be meeting in person on the third Saturday of every month, September through May at 1:00 p.m. at the San Pedro Presbyterian Church at 14900 San Pedro Avenue (281 North) in the north central part of San Antonio between Bitters Road and Brookhollow Boulevard. In addition, we will continue to host our meetings via Zoom. This allows out-of-area members and others to continue to meet and participate in our meetings remotely.

SAPA embraces traditional values and does not accept for reading, contests, or publication poetry containing obscenity, profanity, vulgarity, or racism. Political poetry is strongly discouraged because in today's world politics are far too divisive and inflammatory, and we consider friendship and mutual support to be far more valuable and important than political affiliation. Finally, we are a family conscious organization where students from children to youth are welcome to participate as well.

For more information, please send an e-mail with your queries to info@sapoets.org, and we certainly hope you will visit us soon.