Send a postcard poem

August 15, 2017

A number of youth-serving organizations in Charlottesville have come together for the #DearYoungPerson campaign. They are asking people everywhere to send postcards of support and encouragement to Charlottesville youth, many of whom are experiencing the community’s confusion, anger, sadness, and frustration. 85% of the youth served by Big Brothers Big Sisters in Charlottesville are of color. Most of the participating organizations serve diverse populations of children and youth whose identities were publicly attacked on Friday and Saturday.

Send a note, a postcard or a poem to P.O. Box 814, Charlottesville, VA 22902, and your message of support will be distributed by youth-serving organizations in Charlottesville, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia, Madison House, The PB&J Fund, Piedmont CASA – Charlottesville, Piedmont Family YMCA, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville, Albemarle County Parks & Recreation, and the City of Charlottesville.

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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.

get it write

February 10, 2017

Mindport Correspondence Club

Is correspondence with politicians, local organizations, far flung friends, on your list right now? Need info about size and postage requirements when making your own postcards? Need supplies? Typewriters? Mindport’s Correspondence Club meets Saturday, February 11, 2017, 10:30am-12:30pm, 210 W. Holly St. in Bellingham. Bring your addresses and postage, they supply the rest!

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.

It’s sign-up time!

July 4, 2016

August Poetry Postcards

Once again, it’s time to sign up for the August Poetry Postcard Fest. Registration for the 10th annual APPF begins today, July 4, 2016. To pay the small fee and register, you can go directly to Brown Paper Tickets (be sure to complete your address information carefully so postcards will find their way to you through the mail!) and you can get all the Fest details on the official APPF page.

What’s new this year is that participants will be eligible to submit postcard poems for an anthology, 56 Days of August, to be published in October 2017 by Five Oaks Press. More information on the anthology at 56 Days of August.

send a card

May 2, 2016

poetry postcardsThe first week of May is National Postcard Week. After a month of writing (or intending to write) a poem a day, NPW is an opportunity to share snippets of what you wrote during National Poetry Month — or to craft something brief and new. (Postcard stamps for U.S. mail are currently $0.34.)

This is also a good time to get that reminder into your calendar: signups for the 10th August Poetry Postcard Fest begin in early July. (At the APPF link, subscribe to Paul Nelson’s newsletter to make sure you’re notified and then start gathering postcards from shops, garage sales, thrift stores…and that box in your closet.)

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