“The world begins at a kitchen table.
No matter what, we must eat to live.”

   – Joy Harjo

Click here to read the whole poem "The World Ends Here"
by Joy Harjo on the Poetry Foundation website.

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Poetry Mesa celebrates poets and poetry with a menu of delicious readings, contests, events, and other resources to serve poets and poetry lovers everywhere. Our preference will be for the fun, the magical, the exuberant and the inspired.

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Accepting Submissions Now!

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Poetry Mesa has teamed up with hot new poetry publisher Wild Rising Press to bring you our first annual Poetry Chapbook Contest.


We invite all poets to submit their 20-poem manuscript (maximum 35 pages of poems) for consideration. Individual poems may be previously published in journals, but the collection may not be previously published.


The winner will receive 10 author copies (sent to a U.S. address) and a beautifully custom-designed, perfect-bound edition of your poems available on Amazon and for distribution with Ingram Spark. The winner and top five finalists will be featured on a global Poetry Mesa Zoom presentation.

The judges this year are the co-directors of Poetry Mesa, poets Judyth Hill and Catherine Marenghi, and the book will be designed by acclaimed book designer Mary Meade of Wild Rising Press.


The deadline for all manuscripts to be received is 12:00 midnight CST, 1 November, 2022.


The submission fee is $25 and may be paid via PayPal to


Please submit your manuscript in Word, single-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman or Garamond. Submit via email to Please include in your email a short 75-word bio and your transaction ID # from your PayPal payment.


Please make SURE your name does NOT appear anywhere on your manuscript!


We will announce the winners on Sunday, November 20, 2022. We look forward to reading your work!

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Writing Table Gallery 


Charles Dickens’s actual writing table  and chair. 



       Poetry Mesa Past Events…     

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 A Night With Pablo Neruda

Monday, 1 July, 2021. Featuring Mark Eisner, Jennifer Clement, and Cristina Wormull

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A Night with Walt Whitman

Thursday, 30 Sept., 2021. Featuring Mark Doty and Zachary Turpin