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Please fill up the application form below and click the submit button. You will shortly receive an email confirmation of your application.

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Membership and Registration Fees

Dues are $30 per year or $50 for two years
(Note: Congress Registration fees do not include hotel fees. Hotel fees are separate and may be arranged via link below.)

Day by Day Registration: $60 per person per day $______ (please circle days attending)

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Please send registration fee (and dues if applicable) to UPLI Treasurer via Paypal, bank transfer or US check (info above)

Please send registration form, proposals, membership papers (no money) and Anthology material (poem 20 lines or less, recognizable photo, and brief bio 75 words or less. Include email address if you like) to Deadline for Anthology and program listings is August 1, 2016. Send to WCP President, Judy Cheung, 704 Brigham Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95404 USA.

Hotel reservations with DoubleTree by Hilton Sonoma Country Wine Country:

Hotel room rate is 135.00 + 22.9% sales and state tax = $165.98 per night. per standard room with 1 king and 1 sofa bed.

The last day to reserve your hotel room at these rates will be October 27, 2016. After that, regular hotel rates will apply.

Sonoma County Airport Express bus from SFO to the DoubleTree


Theme: Joy is Contagious, Spread It Around Joy is a deep feeling of well being, acceptance, happiness, contentment, belonging–everything that allows us to participate in constructive interactions with others. It is also something that is frequently lacking in our modern world. With this theme, let us look at ways to share positive influences with the Congress through our poetry, papers, workshops and discussions. As poets, we all have something to say. Perhaps it is our duty to lead the world through our words, innovative juxtapositions, new metaphors and unique imagery. As poets at this Congress, we will influence those around us. When we return home, those we influenced will influence those around them. So the ripples grow, even if we do not perceive the changes we began.

Contact information:

Please let us know if you would like to be addressed as Mr., Mrs., Ms. or Dr.. We also need to know your contact information in case we have any questions for you regarding registration information, registration fee confirmation, anthology material, and to let you know if you have been chosen to give a paper or workshop.

Participation Information

Specified time to read: We plan that everyone who wants to read a poem they have written will have an opportunity to do so, with their name on our program if registered by August 1. We will also have open readings and spontaneous happenings which will not require pre-registration on the application form.

Workshop leaders: We are planning to have 6 to 12, maybe more, workshops where we split into various interest groups, hear presentations, then discuss topics and maybe even have some time to write poetry about what was discussed. Early topics being considered: Classical Poetry Forms from Many Countries, including “Tanka a Japanese Form;” and Spreading Joy Through Poetry, including “Labyrinth–a Structure in Poetry and Motion.” We are looking for more topics and workshops of interest for our Congress.

Topics to suggest: Frequently those who want to discuss, but do not want to lead, have great ideas. Give us your ideas and we will see if we can match them with a presenter who has similar interests.

Scholarly Papers: Workshop leaders will present material in their workshops. Others can present at other times. We are planning at least one panel discussion where we will hear papers on classical forms of poetry from various countries. We may also group together other panels with other proposed papers. We also plan sessions where additional papers will be presented in lecture form.

Due to time factors, we might not be able to accept all papers or workshop topics proposed. A committee will review your synopsis and let you know prior to the Congress. It would be best if those who want to present give us the information by April 24, 2016. That will give everyone time to properly prepare. Proposals received between April 24 and August 1 also will be considered, but will have less chance to be scheduled.

Anthology: All who register for 3-5 days can be included and will receive an Anthology. If you plan to attend 0-2 days only, but would like to be in and receive an anthology, please send $15 to the treasurer. This fee covers printing and mailing. If you are not a member, please send your dues in addition to your Anthology fee.

Please have all anthology material in by August 1, 2016. Send your original poem, photo and bio (with email if you like), to Judy Cheung, The Anthology will be 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ format printed in a paperback, no color. It is planned that each poet will receive 1 page.

Membership and Registration Fees

Membership: The World Congress of Poets is a function for members of United Poets Laureate International. If you are not a member but would like to attend, you may join UPLI at the same time you register for the WCP.

Dues are $30 per person per year or $50 for two years. New and renewing dues may be sent at the same time as your registration. If you have been a member for many years, a new application form to update your information will be welcomed, but not required.

Early Bird Registration: If you reserve your hotel room prior to April 24, 2016, is $225. This does not include hotel room registration. However, the Congress must meet our minimum hotel room requirement by April 24 to avoid additional costs for our meeting rooms. Also, if you are wanting to lead a workshop or present a paper, it will help with the planning to have those proposals early.

Registration: If you reserve your hotel room between April 25, and November 27, Congress registration is $250 per person including spouses and traveling companions who will not share our meals and tours.

Spouses and traveling companions who take part in the Congress are to pay the same fees.

Full registration includes entry into all sessions of the 24th World Congress of Poets, a page in the Congress Anthology, and a specified time to read a poem if you choose. Planned but not yet fully confirmed (as of 2/20/16) are two tours: a half-day bus trip to Snoopy’s Home at the Charles M. Schulz Museum and campus; and a day long bus ride through scenic Sonoma County with stops at a redwood forest, winery and the rugged coast of the Pacific Ocean. Full registration also includes one day with breakfast, lunch and two snacks; a traditional BBQ dinner, and our elegant awards banquet. Other meals will be on your own in the hotel or nearby restaurants, some of which are within walking distance.

Day by day registration: $60 per day, Sunday-Tuesday. Our dress-up awards banquet dinner will be held on Wednesday, November 30. Due to the banquet’s cost, Wednesday’s Day by Day registration is $100.

Thursday’s day-long trip is optional to the Congress program and not open to day by day or session registration.

Local half-day sessions: $30 for sessions held in the hotel, not including any Congress meal or tour.

Day by day and local session registration may be paid at the door, depending on availability.

Deadline for Anthology and Program listings: To be in the Anthology and to be listed in the program to read your poetry, or to be considered for presenting a paper or workshop, please have all materials to the president by August 1, 2016. Compiling and printing takes a very long time!

For proposals of workshops and papers, it is best to have them in by April 24.

Hotel Reservations

All travel, hotel reservations and payments are the responsibility of the participant.

The Congress will be held in the DoubleTree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country in the town of Rohnert Park, CA, USA. DoubleTree has provided a link to complete all transactions by internet. The hotel’s rate is $165.98 per night for 1-2 people. A third person in the room will be $10 per night extra. The last day to register at the Congress rates is October 27, 2016. After that, regular hotel rates will apply.

DoubleTree will honor the Congress rates 3 days before, during and 3 days after the Congress. If you want to come early or stay late for private tours on your own, there is time at Congress discount rates. If you make reservations, but leave early, there will be an extra $50 hotel fee.

If you have a problem with the link, go to and use the link there. If you still have problems, contact 24th WCP President Judy Cheung at

How to get to the DoubleTree Hotel: By air, fly to San Francisco International Airport. Take the Sonoma County Airport Express to the DoubleTree.

To arrive by car, take Highway 101 north or south to Rohnert Park. Turn onto Golf Course Drive. Go east about 1/4 mile, turn left into DoubleTree.

Airport transportation to the DoubleTree: The Sonoma County Airport Express is found outside the door of the arrival area at San Francisco International Airport. Cross the street to the bus and shuttle island. Look for the sign that says Sonoma County Airport Express. Busses leave every hour on the half hour (5:30 a.m. through 12:30 a.m.) One way fare is $34 ($32 seniors, military with I.D. and students 13-21 with I.D.) Round trip tickets may be purchased online for a discount. You will be asked for your ticket or to pay in the city of Petaluma. Do not get off there. Continue to the next stop which is the DoubleTree.

Please enjoy this scenic two hour ride through San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge, through pastoral scenes and finally to our destination at The DoubleTree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country in Rohnert Park, CA, USA.

Previous Congress Photos: www.upli-wcp,org

Tentative General Schedule Of 24th World Congress Of Poets

Sun., Nov. 27, Day 1: arrival, after dinner welcoming session, poetry reading

Mon., Nov. 28, Day 2: Morning general session, afternoon tour Charles M. Schulz Museum, after dinner sess.

Tues., Nov. 29, Day 3: General sessions, traditional California BBQ dinner, poetry reading

Wed., Nov. 30, Day 4: General sessions, Awards Banquet with entertainment

Thur., Dec. 1, Day 5: Tour of scenic Sonoma County, winery, vineyards, redwood forest, rugged coast

Sponsorships and donations to add meals or help with general expenses will be gratefully acknowledged.