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.

21st Annual PCCA Awards for Poetic Excellence

All entries are currently with the judge. Poets will be notified of results via a mailed letter arriving by mid-March. An award ceremony will take place on Wednesday, April 17 at 6 p.m. at River Bend Hop Farm & Brewery (1800 Lower Bailey Road, Newport). All are welcome to attend. The awards will be followed by a Coffeehouse open mic.

Meet This Year's Judge - Jeanne Marie Beaumont

Jeanne Marie Beaumont is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Letters from Limbo. Her other books are Burning of the Three Fires, which was a finalist for the Writers’ League of Texas Book Award, Curious Conduct, and Placebo Effects, which won the National Poetry Series in 1996. She is also coeditor of the anthology The Poets’ Grimm: 20th Century Poems from Grimm Fairy Tales. Her poems have been published in numerous anthologies and magazines including Good Poems for Hard Times, Harvard Review, The Manhattan Review, The Nation, Ploughshares, Poetry Daily, The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror 2007, and many others. She won the 2009 Dana Award for Poetry. She currently teaches at the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd St. Y and has also taught for the Stonecoast MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine, Rutgers University, and the Frost Place. She was born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs and now resides in Manhattan.


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
Lynne Reeder-2018