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).

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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.

See more on Facebook.

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.

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