There’s still a little time to sign up for the World Peace Poets annual Peace Poetry Postcards Fest and exchange postcards with poets around the world who care about peace. Just sign up and during the month of February send one postcard each to the 29 people on your list.

The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, January 28, 2020. Simply send an email to worldpeacepoets AT gmail.com with your name, and your street address (or PO Box), city, country, and Zip Code. You will receive brief instructions along with a list of names and addresses.

No previous poetry experience required!

today, tomorrow, etc.

February 1, 2019

Following the death of someone she loved, artist Candy Chang “wanted to start a conversation, so she covered a crumbling house in her neighborhood in New Orleans with chalkboard paint and stenciled it with the prompt, “Before I die I want to _____,” so anyone walking by could pick up a piece of chalk, reflect on death and life, and share their personal aspirations in public. By the next day, the wall was entirely filled.” That was 2011. Since then, “over 4,000 Before I Die walls have been created in over 70 countries, including Iraq, China, Brazil, Kazakhstan, and South Africa.”

Now you can visit a Before I Die wall and add your own aspirations. Visit the Deming Library to contribute your voice to this international conversation. Chalk supplied. It will be on display through February 23, 2019. (Note: the Facebook event says 3:00-6:00pm daily, so check availability with the library if you plan to visit at other times.)

Coming right up: February

January 29, 2019

The shortest month brings more than Valentines. It’s National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) and it’s the LetterMo challenge. Surely there must be some way to tie those two together?

And while it may be short, there’s more to February than meets the eye. Do your part: celebrate.

post some peace

January 3, 2019

If you’re interested in peace, poetry, and postcards, it’s time to sign up for 2019 Peace Poetry Postcards. The project is open to poets of all ages throughout the world.

You can sign up between now and January 28, 2019. Beginning on February 1 and continuing through the month of February, send an original poem each day to those on your list.

To register and receive a list of 28 addresses, send an email to worldpeacepoets@gmail.com following these instructions:

  1. Use the subject line: Peace Postcard Signup.
  2. Provide your name and complete mailing address. This will not be shared anywhere beyond your group.
  3. Once your group has filled to 28 members, you will receive your address list via email. Find your name on that list and make sure your information is correct.
  4. Gather 28 postcards, which can be homemade, or purchased online or in bookstores, thrift shops, etc.
  5. Buy stamps. (NOTE: as of January 27, 2019, domestic postage for postcards no larger than 4.25″ x 6″ is $0.35; for oversize postcards the “forever” stamp rate is $0.50; international rate for standard-sized postcards is $1.15 for all countries.)
  6. Once you get your list, start writing original peace poems directly onto postcards addressed to the names on your list. START WITH THE NAME BELOW YOURS on the list of poets. (If you are #7 on the list, your first postcard will go to #8 and proceed from there, circling back to the top.) Be sure to sign/write your name on your poem postcards. No one can publish your poem without your permission.
  7. A list of prompts will be posted on the World Peace Poets Facebook page
  8. If you sign up, please be sure to complete your 28 postcard poems.
  9. Please do not share your list or use it to promote other projects or products.

Sign up now and post some peace! The deadline is January 28, 2019. If you have questions, contact Carla Shafer or CJ Prince at worldpeacepoets@gmail.com
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artwork by A.E.Originals

a busy weekend in Oregon

February 3, 2018

The last weekend in February will be packed with poetry as poets and poetry-lovers gather for the Silverton Poetry Festival in Salem and the FisherPoets Gathering in Astoria.

The Silverton Poetry Festival was established in 2001 as a community celebration of poetry. The annual festival, presenting free public readings by published poets, has evolved to include poetry workshops, open mic readings, musical-poetic collaborations, and other activities. See the schedule of events on the Silverton Poetry Association website and more on Facebook.

Founded in 1998, the FisherPoets Gathering invites those who have worked in the commercial fishing industry and who have been a part of its community to share poems, songs, and stories. See a list of participating fishers on the FisherPoets website and more details on Facebook.

it’s back!

February 1, 2018

Yes, it’s February, and that means it’s National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo). Here’s the scoop from Michael Dylan Welch:

The idea is to write at least one haiku a day for the entire month of February — the shortest month for the shortest genre of poetry. Most of the action takes place on Facebook and on Twitter (#nahaiwrimo). The NaHaiWriMo Facebook page provides daily writing prompts (find them in the Notes tab), which you are free to follow or not. You are encouraged to post your haiku to the main NaHaiWriMo page on Facebook — and share them on your own timeline, on Twitter, and on your blog or website. And please feel free to encourage others to try National Haiku Writing Month too (hey, NaHaiWriMo is more fun with friends). And no, haiku don’t have to be 5-7-5. Write on!

In addition to being National Haiku Writing Month (more on that later), February is PEACE Poetry Postcard Month.

Poets sign up by January 29, 2018, to send 28 original, peace-themed poems on postcards to folks on the list you’ll receive by February 1, 2018. People in all countries, states/provinces are encouraged to participate. To register and recieve the list of 28 addresses, send an email to worldpeacepoets@gmail.com.

Please follow these INSTRUCTIONS, which also appear on the World Peace Poets PEACE Poetry Postcard Month Facebook page:

  • In the subject line, write Peace Poetry Postcards.
  • Give your name and address. This will not be shared anywhere beyond your group.
  • Gather together 28 postcards, one for each day of February. Some participants make their own postcards; others use commercial cards they have collected. Many online sites offer postcards with personal photos or artwork at a reasonable price. Be ready to have fun with this process.
  • After you register, and once your group has filled, you will get a list via email. Find your name on that list and make sure your info is correct. (You will not get your group list at registration, but when there are 28 in your group or when registration ends January 29th, 2018.)
  • Once you get your list, start writing original poems directly onto postcards addressed to the names on your list. Start with the name BELOW you on the list of poets. (If you are #7 on the list, your first postcard will go to #8 and proceed from there.) No one can publish your poem without your permission and you are writing to only one person.
  • Once you have written cards to all poets below your name on your list, continue up to the top of the list. Please do write 28 postcard poems if you sign up.

There will be a list of prompts posted on World Peace Poets Facebook page to help you get started or give you a boost if you’re bogged down.

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image: art by Rin Dawson

send some peace

January 12, 2017

Peace Poetry Postcard

February, which is National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) is also Peace Poetry Postcard Month. Sign up, write a peace poem each day and mail one a day to a name on your pre-assigned list. Prompts will be posted on Facebook if you need a jump start.

To sign up

  • Send an email to worldpeacepoets [at] gmail.com
  • Use the subject line Peace Postcards
  • In the body of the e-mail include your name, mailing address, city, state, country and Zip or postal code

Write poems. EASY.

haiku update

February 22, 2016

Jenny Holzer - Meijer Gardens

With National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) well under way, it seems a good time for an update…

In the “poetry walk” and “poetry map” category, we’d have to add the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The 158-acre sculpture and botanic garden includes the newly-opened Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden. Designed by Hoichi Kurisu and the firm Kurisu International (who also designed the Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon), the DeVos Garden includes “For the Garden,” a commissioned work by the artist Jenny Holzer. Thirteen hand-carved boulders display text that Holzer selected from across the distinguished traditions of Japanese literature from the 9th century to the 20th. To see more, visit the garden (!) or go to Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden, click on Highlights, then For the Garden, and scroll down for a description and link to a downloadable PDF with photos and poetry credits.

Our next haiku update is a reminder that The Ferndale Arts Commission invites Whatcom County Poets to submit cherry blossom-themed haiku in celebration of this year’s Ferndale Cherry Blossom Festival (April 16 & 17, 2016). Each poet may submit two unpublished haiku poems. There are Youth and Adult categories and the winning haiku will be selected by Michael Dylan Welch. The submission deadline is Monday, March 14, 2016. For guidelines, see Call To All Whatcom County Poets and find the submission form on The Ferndale Cherry Blossom Festival page. For inspiration, see “Some Suggestions for Writing Haiku” on the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational page.

And speaking of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, the 2016 Haiku Invitational will begin accepting haiku submissions (up to two unpublished poems) from around the world beginning March 1, 2016. The theme is celebration. Watch the Haiku Invitational page for information on how to submit.

Finally, we circle back to NaHaiWriMo. To encourage you to meet the goal of writing a haiku each day of February (29 in 2016!), NaHaiWriMo’s Michael Dylan Welch offers a daily prompt (Z-words!) on the NaHaiWriMo Facebook page. Actually, the daily prompts continue throughout the year, with a guest prompter each month. You can see the collected prompts in the Notes section of the NaHaiWriMo page.
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image from “For the Garden” by Jenny Holzer. Words by Mitsuhashi Takajo, translation by Makoto Ueda, © 2003 by Columbia University Press, from Far Beyond the Field: Haiku by Japanese Women, edited by Makoto Ueda.

No 5-7-5This post comes courtesy of Michael Dylan Welch.

Have you written a haiku yet today? How about every day throughout the month of February? February is National Haiku Writing Month, also known as NaHaiWriMo — the shortest month for the shortest genre of poetry. The goal is to write at least one haiku each day for the entire month. It’s harder than it seems — are you up for it?

For more information, visit www.nahaiwrimo.com, where you can learn about the myths and realities of haiku (and why 5-7-5 syllables is a sort of urban myth for haiku in English). You can also get involved, along with 2,100+ others, at the NaHaiWriMo page on Facebook, where daily writing prompts inspire participants.

To learn more about haiku, visit “Becoming a Haiku Poet” and “The Burning Word: Getting Started with Haiku.” There’s also a NaHaiWriMo Facebook page in French, and in Bulgarian.

Whether you write in English or another language, please join us and write one haiku a day for February — National Haiku Writing Month.

If you’re not on Facebook, please follow @NaHaiWriMo on Twitter, and tweet your daily haiku to #nahaiwrimo. National Haiku Writing Month was founded in 2010 by Michael Dylan Welch.

[Ed. note: 2016 is a bonus year for NaHaiWriMo — there’s an extra day, so you can write 29 instead of 28 haiku!]

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