February 10, 2017
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!
January 12, 2017
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.
July 4, 2016
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.
May 2, 2016
The 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.)
March 29, 2016
If you visit this page regularly, you know that the August Poetry Postcard Fest gets regular coverage here. But in case August is just too far away, you might consider participating in a postcard poetry exchange for National Poetry Month. Using the August Poetry Postcard Fest as a model, Lenora Rain-Lee Good has started an April poetry postcard exchange and invites you to participate. To sign up, use the form on her Contact page to provide your name and correct snail mail address, then gather your postcards and stamps and start writing. Lenora will send you your list of names and addresses.
January 23, 2016
World Peace Poets invites you to participate in Peace Poetry Postcard Month, starting February 1. (It’s also National Haiku Writing Month. Peace haiku, anyone?) Here is the information as posted on the World Peace Poets Facebook page:
Leap Into Peace in 2016
SIGN UP for February Peace Poetry Postcard Month.
2016 has an extra day for Peace!
JOIN poets from around the world (29 to a group) and send one of your original peace poems on a postcard for the 29 days of February.
SIGN UP at firstname.lastname@example.org and you will become part of a group of 29 who promise to send new poems on peace to each other.
To SIGN UP use the subject line: Peace Postcards
In the body of the e-mail provide:
Your Name, Street Address, City, State, Country and Zip or Postal Code.
For every 29 poets who sign up, a group is formed.
You will receive an e-mail with your list as soon as your group reaches 29 names and addresses.
On the first day of February (or before) write an original poem on the post card of your choice and send it to the person whose name is listed below your name. Proceed down the list sending a new post card every day. Circle back to the top of the list until you come back to your own name. It’s that easy!
POSTAGE: From the U.S., International postage is $1.20 per card or four first class Forever stamps. (Within the U.S., postcard rate is $0.35.)
PROMPTS! Original poems of peace can be inspired by a postcard you have received or by a prompt listed at World Peace Poets.
POST! Feel welcome to post your peace poem on the World Peace Poets Facebook page if you wish and give peace a jump start (leap ahead) in 2016!
December 2, 2015
Though early December seems a trifle late to be doing the wrap-up on the 2015 August Poetry Postcard Fest, here it is, better overdue than never.
The big change this year was that Paul Nelson, who masterfully coordinates the project, decided to implement a $10 participation fee. While this inspired a certain amount of whining initially, it had the overall effect of almost completely eliminating the people who were not serious about participating. In past years, the biggest disappointment has been how many people signed up but never mailed any cards. (Ideally, each participant sends/receives a postcard to/from each person on a list of 31, self sometimes, but not always, excepted.) This year, the deadbeat list was short and many of the non-receipts could be written off to lost-in-the-mail.
While not in its first year, the August Poetry Postcard Fest group on Facebook was more active than ever. One of the added benefits of the group was identifying poets whose names did not appear (by oversight, intent or damage in the mail) on the cards they sent.
About the project, Paul says, “The quality of the writing, of the images and of the kind notes has set a new water mark for the fest for me. I can’t begin to articulate how humbled am I by all the participants, by the liveliness of this here PCFB [Facebook] page and by how many people are chipping in to take this project to the next level… Abrazos!” Here is Paul Nelson’s Highlights from 2015 and his 2015 Afterword.
A number of participants posted their own recaps, some including images and text from their postcards. Here is a sampling (most date from September, so you may have to scroll back): Barbara Jean Sunshine Walsh | Courtney LeBlanc | Elizabeth Woods | Gabriel Cleveland | Kristin Cleage Williams | Margo Jodyne Dills | Mary Beth Frezon | Ruby Kane | S.E. Ingraham | Taffe Cortinas Dongham.
An unexpected bonus to the 2015 Fest has been the arrival of additional postcards well into November. A number of postcarders committed themselves to sending a card to each of the participants on this year’s list — an ambitious undertaking, but that adds up to 208 draft poems that are ready for reworking!
In all, it was a fine month of poetry. Thanks to Paul and all.
2016 will mark the 10th August Poetry Postcard Fest and the countdown clock is already running. See more on the August POetry POstcard Fest page.