Please join us this evening at the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room where Poetry Postcards: a panel and conversation will be a lively exploration of the poetry and art of postcards. We have a terrific panel of poets, artists, educators, and avid fans of the postcard, including Tallie Jones, Nancy Pagh, Eugenia Hepworth Petty, Ina Roy, Joanna Thomas, and moderator Paul Nelson.

There will be lots of images, poems, and conversation about spontaneous poetics and how postcards fit into our text/social media/email/hashtag lifestyle, plus a couple of the panelists will offer prompts or exercises.

The event is also a book launch for 56 Days of August, the anthology of the 2016 August Poetry Postcard Fest.

ALSO, we are doing a free POSTCARD EXCHANGE. Bring unused postcards (commercial or homemade) and take a new card home for every one you bring.

The entire event is free (except for book sales, which are encouraged) and should be a lot of fun. Please join us and bring your art/poetry pals!

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poetry postcards 2017

October 5, 2017

As a seven-year veteran of the August Poetry Postcard Fest (APPF), I think it just keeps getting better. This year, I received more postcards and better poems than in previous years (several arrived after the above photo was snapped).

Taking a hint from other postcarders, I wrote all of my poems on a theme. What that means is that I now have a collection of short poems to revise into a chapbook! The theme added an unexpected energy to the process: while I gave little thought to what I’d write the next day, each morning a poem seemed to be waiting to be shaped to postcard size.

Each year, a number of participants do a recap of their APPF adventures. Here are a few who have provided links:

Paul E. Nelson | Barbara Jean Sunshine Walsh |
Christine Hartzell
| Jane Swanson | Judith van Praag | Kristin Cleage Williams | L. Lisa Lawrence | Linda Crosfield |Margo Jodyne Dills | Rosanne Martine-Braslow (2016) | Sarah Sousa

One of the pleasures of APPF is that it explores the boundary between words and image. Many participants make their own postcards and many use images from cards sent or received as a place to begin their poems.

At an event coming up this Monday in Bellingham, we’ll explore that boundary. More than your typical stand-up-and-read poetry reading, Poetry Postcards: a panel and conversation will examine the postcard experience from many directions, including the visual. Please join us at this free event and postcard exchange!

Monday, October 9, 2017, 7:00pm
Bellingham, Washington
Poetry Postcards: a panel and conversation
at the Mount Baker Theatre, Encore Room

A conversation with panelists Tallie Jones, Nancy Pagh, Eugenia Hepworth Petty, Ina Roy-Faderman, and Joanna Thomas, plus moderator Paul Nelson. They will show images, offer resources, read postcard poems, lead exercises, and offer prompts. As a bonus, there will be a postcard exchange: bring unused postcards (commercial or handmade) and take home an equal number contributed by others. Click for PDF event flyer with panelist bios.

There are other APPF events scheduled in October, in Seattle and Portland, and more on the way. Meanwhile, the countdown to August Poetry Postcard Fest 2018 has already begun (to make sure you don’t miss the sign-up call, go to that page and sign up for Paul Nelson’s newsletter).

books!

September 26, 2017

Very excited to finally have in hand the August Poetry Postcard Fest (APPF) anthology, 56 Days of August (Five Oaks Press).

Each August, hundreds of people from around the world write and mail a daily poem on a postcard — spontaneous, un-edited, and, more often than not, going to a complete stranger. 2016 was the tenth anniversary of APPF, and the anthology was assembled to honor the occasion. It includes poems and full-color images selected from the participants’ submissions. Your faithful blogger was honored to be invited to co-edit the collection with Paul Nelson and Ina Roy-Faderman.

A number of free book-launch-poetry-postcard events are scheduled and more are in the works:

Monday, October 9, 2017, 7:00pm
Bellingham, Washington
Poetry Postcards: a panel and conversation
at the Mount Baker Theatre, Encore Room
A conversation about the possibilities of postcard poetics with panelists Tallie Jones, Nancy Pagh, Eugenia Hepworth Petty, Ina Roy-Faderman, and Joanna Thomas, plus moderator Paul Nelson. They will show images, offer resources, read postcard poems, and may even lead exercises or offer prompts. As a bonus, there will be a postcard exchange: bring unused postcards (commercial or handmade) and take home an equal number contributed by others. (J.I. Kleinberg, coordinator) Click for PDF event flyer with panelist bios.

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 7:00pm
Tacoma, Washington
56 Days of August Book Launch
at King’s Books
Readings by contributing poets — just one of many events scheduled for the Cascadia Poetry Festival

Friday, October 27, 2017, 7:00pm
Portland, Oregon
56 Days of August Anthology: PDX Launch Event & Poetry Reading
at Mother Foucault’s Bookshop
Readings by contributing poets

56 Days of August will be for sale at each event and online. In addition, there’s a 56 Days of August Indiegogo campaign to cover a variety of costs. There are some swell perks — primarily signed copies of poetry books due out this winter. Have a look, buy a book, and please join us at one of these events.

Hope you’ll mark your calendar and plan to attend Poetry Postcards: a panel and conversation on Monday, October 9, 2017. Thanks to Paul E Nelson for sharing all the details.

last chance

July 14, 2017

PLEASE NOTE: Registration for the August Poetry Postcard Fest CLOSES on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at 12:01am. If you want to play, now’s the time! All the details and a link to the registration page here.

APPF is great. In addition to connecting with poets all over the world and keeping your mailbox busier than usual, you end the month with a chapbook’s worth of draft poems!

it’s time!

July 4, 2017

Hold the fireworks! It’s time to register for the August Poetry Postcard Fest (AugPoPo)! Registration opens today, July 4, 2017, and will continue through the month. Come August (or late July), participants write a postcard-length draft poem on a postcard each day and mail it to the next person on the list they’ve been issued. If they’re lucky, they get a postcard from each person on their list; if they’re extra lucky, they’ll get bonus cards from old AugPoPo friends and other ambitious postcarders.

There’s a small fee to participate, plus the cost of postage (some of the people on your list may require international postage, currently $1.15), and anything you might want to spend on postcards. Many people make their own and inexpensive postcards are easy to find at book shops, thrift stores, and garage sales.

Skibble on over to the AugPoPo page on Paul Nelson’s site and register!

Last year, 2016, was the 10th anniversary of the Fest and a variety of related activities are in the works, including an anthology, 56 Days of August, Poetry Postcards: a panel and conversation (October 9 in Bellingham, WA), and a Poetry Reading and Book Launch (October 20 in Portland, OR). More on those soon.

reminders!

July 14, 2016

August 2016

Though it’s not quite mid-July and August seems waaaay off, there are a couple of August opportunities with deadlines you may not want to miss.

Signups for the August Poetry Postcard Fest close on Sunday, July 17, 2016.

Signups for The Poetry Marathon close on Tuesday, July 19, 2016.

Both of these poem-generating events require a personal commitment and a certain amount of prep. But participating in one or both means that you’ll end up with a chapbook’s worth of poem drafts to show for your summer.

You can find more information on the August Poetry Postcard Fest (APPF) on the APPF website, the official call, the 56 Days of August site (about the APPF anthology) and 56 Days of August Facebook page.

There’s more on The Poetry Marathon on the website, the blog, The Poetry Marathon Facebook page and on NewPages.com.

P.S. These are both international events. Poets everywhere are invited to participate.

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