Sophie’s Writers Group welcomes wordsmiths of all genres and forms – novels, plays, poetry, journalism, songs, and short stories to meet monthly in a relaxed atmosphere to share and critique their work. There is no charge and the group is always open to new writers! Held monthly at Landis House, 67 N. Fourth St. in Newport.

Currently, there are no meetings scheduled.

20th Annual PCCA Awards for Poetic Excellence

2018 Award Winners

Join us on Thursday, April 26 at 6 p.m. at River Bend Hop Farm & Brewery (1800 Lower Bailey Road, Newport) for a special awards ceremony followed by Coffeehouse open mic.

Perry County Poet Laureate
Lynne Reeder for her poem “Dirges (O Grandmother)


Kenneth P. Allen Competition
(theme: Mountains)
Laura Messner, “Mountain Soul”

First Place
William G. Davies, Jr. for his three poems
“Christmastide”, “Clarks Ferry”, “Winter”

Second Place
Samantha Schultz, “Vegas Bridge Girl”

Third Place
Samantha Schultz, “Boots”

Honorable Mentions
Lynne Reeder, “Rewritten”
Eydie Wight, “Come Pick Elderberries with Me”
Beth Jacobs, “The Song of the Flute”

The judge for this year’s PCCA Awards for Poetic Excellence was Gary Fincke. Gary Fincke’s latest collection is Bringing Back the Bones: New and selected Poems (Stephen F. Austin, 2016), featuring work from twelve full-length books originally published by such presses as Arkansas, Ohio State, Lynx House, and BkMk. His new and selected stories The Out-of-Sorts was published in November by West Virginia University. Just retired, he was the Charles Degenstein Professor of Creative Writing at Susquehanna University.

Elizabeth Yon-1999
Ed Rech-2000
Melody Davis-2001
Joy Campbell-2002
Ann Benvenuto-2003
Melody Davis-2004
Melanie Simms-2005
Cordelia Jensen-2006
Cordelia Jensen-2007
Beth Jacobs-2008
Sandra Philpott-2009
Samantha McAlicher-2010
Fritz Williams-2011
Sandra Philpott-2012
William Davies Jr.-2013
Kenneth J. Little-2014
William Davies Jr.-2015
Lynne Reeder-2016
William Davies Jr.-2017