On joining the SoA, poets automatically become members of our Poetry and Spoken Word Group (PSWG) and receive all PSWG mailings.
PSWG is run by an elected committee and a professional secretary from the SoA. We welcome new and existing SoA members. Please email Lily Levinson if you would like to get involved.
"The moment I knew that I had grown up as a writer was when I joined the SoA.
From that point on I'd see myself as a professional author; it was not a hobby or a sideline. I was part of a world of working writers who, however different in genre, earning power, or experience, all share certain challenges, and need to share our know-how, in an increasingly challenging economy. If that seems like a bold step for a poet ... well, that's why it is all the more necessary."
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We are trying to build a comprehensive picture of the industry in order to develop a set of best practice guidelines for poets and event organisers, leading to fairer negotiations in future and a better understanding of the value of poets' work and time.
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Making a Living as a Poet
Throughout our first year (2016-17), we have held a series of events at festivals across the country on the theme of making money while working in poetry. Conversations with many different poets have thrown up lots of useful advice and interesting anecdotes (you can read about individual events on our Noticeboard below), and we have also produced an introductory guide, covering the most common tips. Click here to download it for free.