Aiken Gets New Poet Laureate

   We are proud to announce that Joan Lacombe has become the first woman Poet Laureate of Aiken, South Carolina.  The Aiken Poets got their start on August 31st, 2011 after Ms. Lacombe was interviewed by The Aiken Standard for her winning entry  in “Poetry Matters”, an annual poetry contest in Augusta that attracts national and international entries.  In this interview she expressed interest in founding a poetry club in her hometown of Aiken, South Carolina.  Inspired by her dream, many reached out to her about founding a poetry group in Aiken.  The dream finally materialized in the summer of 2011 when Roger Brock, Sarah Bailey, and Joan Lacombe met at the at the New Moon Café for the club’s first meeting. 

   Since then, Roger Brock and Joan Lacombe have co-chaired the Aiken Poets.  Though the group initially met in their respective homes, they have since found a meeting place in Riley’s Whitby Bull Restaurant on Pine Log Road East.   The Aiken Poets have provided a creative outlet for many residents of Aiken.  They are able to promote the power and importance of poetry.  This group has helped fill a void that desperately needed filling.  Recently, this organization has also been able to hold educational workshops and poetry readings with an open mic for the public.  This will continue this coming April.  The Aiken Poets are able to deliver their poetry to Aiken citizens through the monthly “Poets Platform” page in the Aiken Standard, the local newspaper.  Occasionally, some pieces are published in the Bella Magazine as well.  We at the Poetry Matters Project are overjoyed to announce Joan Lacombe as the City of Aiken Poet Laureate

Aiken Gets New Poet Laureate


Would love to have new title Growing Flames reviewed.



BOOK: Flashes Of Vice Vol III

AUTHOR: Vincent De Paul

GENRE: Flash Fiction

ISBN: 978-9966-100-06-1


PUBLISHER: Mystery Publishers (K) Ltd


Flash fiction! And this is even better as we have already had a taste of what the author has produced in his previous books. This very thought provoking and entertaining book is a collection of short stories which leave the reader wishing for more. Like previous volumes, every story penned by the author is interesting in its own way. Soon as you start on the first story, you get the urge to go on and on without having the urge to stop.  “The 72 virgins” is the first story in the book. This is not just a story, it’s more than that. Through this, we…

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Our First Poetry Out Loud Competition

We are pleased to announce that our first Poetry Out Loud competition, held at the Alternative School in Columbia County, was a tremendous success!

For those who don’t know, Poetry Out Loud is a fantastic organization that encourages students to learn about poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.  It has reached over 3 million students and 50,000 teachers throughout the United States.

Special thanks to all the dedicated individuals who made this possible.  Helping promote poetry to younger generations is one of the most important things that we, as poetry enthusiasts, can do.  Poetry helps us interpret the world around us and share what we find important.  It is a form of artistic self-expression that makes the world a more open and loving place.  These children’s passion for the art form is inspiring.

Thank you to all those who read.  Congratulations to this contest’s winner, Breanna Schiller, who will now go to Regionals.




– The Poetry Matters Project


Our First Poetry Out Loud Competition

Call For Entries For 2017

Call for entries OPEN!

Poetry Matters Project Ltd.

Poetry Matters Project is set to receive entires from poets for our 2017 Lit Prize. We are now using Submittables to process entries. For a complete update on entering visit

We look forward to hearing from you. Happy 2017!

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Call For Entries For 2017

Why Does Poetry Matter?

Thanks so much for all who sent a response! Looking forward to working with you this year!

Poetry Matters Project Ltd.

In this post, we address Poetry Matters Project’s central question, “Why does poetry matter?”  In an attempt to answer this question, we asked a variety of poets and people critical to the Poetry Matters Project why poetry mattered to them.  This is what they said: 

“I have been an advocate for poetry, reluctantly at first, for over sixteen years. I learned early on that a great number of people suppress their inner poet. The excuses are many — I can’t write poetry, I don’t understand poetry, I can’t make money with poetry, and so on. Once, I was one of these people. However, I began to see that the love of this great art form wells up in us as children, for example through nursery rhymes, only to be bullied out of us as we move onto ‘real life responsibilities’. 

When we started the Poetry Matters Project, our…

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Why Does Poetry Matter?