Lyrical Iowa book to feature area poets

Two Hamilton County poets will be featured in Lyrical Iowa 2013, a compilation of works from 368 Iowa poets. The works were selected from the Iowa Poetry Associations annual contest.

Poems by Margot Conrad of Stratford and Mary Dingman Noffke of Webster City will be included in the book.

Submissions came from 76 counties across the state, and many were first-time entrants, with nearly 60 of them -?about 18 percent of the adults – having poems selected for publication in this edition.

Copies of Lyrical Iowa 2013 are available from the IPA for $10 per copy. Send payments to the Iowa Poetry Association, 2325 61st St., Des Moines, IA?50322.

The 2014 poetry contest is now open. Rules are available online at or by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the address above.

The deadline for entries is Feb. 28. The contest is open to anyone with an Iowa residence and there is no entry fee or membership requirement.