Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP)

AWPAWP is an invaluable resource for serious writers, and their national conference, described as “an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers,” is the largest in North America.

Academy of American Poets
“The Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets.” The organization hosts programs such as National Poetry Month,, and American Poets.

poetryfoundationThe Poetry Foundation
A huge force in modern poetry advocacy, The Poetry Foundation aims to be a home for up-and-coming, powerful, and engaging poems and to keep the art of poetry relevant and present. Vines has had two poems published on their website, and his profile can be viewed here.

Poetry Out Loud
The Poetry Out Loud contest encourages high school students nationwide to learn, memorize, and then recite poetry by hosting competitions and awarding cash prizes. Interested in building students’ public speaking skills, confidence, and appreciation for the arts, they also provide free curriculum materials.

Poets & Writers Magazine
poetswritersThis magazine is a key resource for poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction essayists, containing “provocative essays on the literary life, practical guidance for getting published and pursuing writing careers, in-depth profiles of poets, fiction writers, and writers of creative nonfiction, and conversation among fellow professionals.”

University of Florida MFA Program

heron_mfa@flaThe University of Florida’s MFA program is known for being one of the strongest
in the country, especially for students interested in formalism. Current poetry faculty includes William Logan, Michael Hofmann, Sidney Wade, and Ange Mlinko. As an alumnus, Vines remains a strongly connected advocate of this program.

Nitty Gritty Magic City Reading Series
Local to Birmingham, Alabama and held at the Desert Island Supply Company, the Nitty Gritty Magic City Reading Series aims to bring strong talent to the city and promote “creative exchange through the spoken and written word.”