Upcoming Events


River Poets -

River Poets will return  to the Bloomsburg Public Library

the first Thursday of the month, September 2023 through June 2024

poetry outdoors July and August 2024

One Calendar of Poetic Stuff, Information, and Miscellany 

with a nod to some of our friends.

When? - Usually beginning at 7:30 PM on the 1st Thursday of the month; summer events start earlier

Where? - the Bloomsburg Public Library, Community Room – 2nd floor; July and August are outdoors at parks – see dates for the particulars


River Poets will follow the event location’s guidelines regarding Covid caution.

The community room is a small space so

                  bring and wear a mask and social distance as much as possible.





Featured Poet: Carol Ann Heckman at Kocher Park

August 1, 2024 6:30 pm

Theme: Connecting with animals in our lives, on any level, is the theme. Since the pandemic, I have been exploring a deepened connection with animals as it expresses in poetry. Relationships with pets or wild animals, dream imagery, imaginary animals, animals used in expressions (the cat’s meow; a monkey’s uncle; dumb like a fox). Bring your poems about animals, or your favorite poet’s poems, to share—anything is fair game.” Picnic: Bring something to eat; bring your own food and beverage.                            Wear insect repellent.

Kocher Park 1519 SR 487, Orangeville, PA north of Lightstreet

MC: Dave Barsky

River Poets at the Susquehanna Greenways Outdoor Expo

August 3, 2024 10:00 am

The River Poets will be present at the Outdoor Expo

with poetry and advice as well as marketing the group

Steven Concert, Michael DeMarco, and others

RP Planning Meeting

August 15, 2024 6:00 pm

Planning for October 2024 to March 2025 events

Bring ideas.

Food and beverage are available to purchase (please do not bring in food from other places)


Nothing at the moment.

Disclaimers and Possible Grains of Truth Department:

Connecting with the RIVER POETS – Still waiting for the world to right itself, our power of ESP has dissipated, so the responsibility rests solely in your hands to make contact with us. You could show up and track us down at any of our events; however, if you are not the stalking type, connect with us by contacting any one of these members:

Mike DeMarco at mdmep@ptd.net or telephone him at (570) 387-0920

 Linda Dietrichson at lindadietrichson@gmail.com

If you are computer friendly and would like to receive reminders of poetry events, please send your email address to Janet Locke at janetmarielocke@gmail.com. Do not forget to mouse click your way to and through our digital home at www.riverpoets.com.

Publication Opportunity – Ours has a catch: you must be heard for you to be seen. Poems submitted for consideration in our booklet must have been read aloud at a River Poets reading between March 20 23 and March 2024. Show up, enunciate, invoke elocution, and then Submit! Submission limit is four typed pages of poems per poet. Your last chance to submit occurs at the March 2024 reading, bring hard copies of poems, or attach to an e-mail (only .odt, .doc, .docx, or .rtf file formats will be accepted) and send to Steven Concert at paperlesspoets@gmail.com with “River Poets submission” in the email subject header & copy to wordrummager@gmail.com.

The plan is for our booklet to be assembled and ready for distribution by the June 2024 reading and you may buy at least one (at a ridiculously low price for these original works). If you miss this year’s booklet deadline (as you are new to the River Poets), there will be future opportunities to submit. There are copies of earlier River Poets booklets if you are curious about River Poets progress, art, and production efforts over time. We know where they are and we are darn proud to be amateurs.

Please understand, we have reached tentatively into this century and continue to explore the junction of space, time, energy, and matter with varying degrees of success.

OTHER THINGS of importance somewhere. Our readings often feature a poet/reader and sometimes a theme; sometimes both a reader and a theme are present, and usually followed by an “open reading opportunity”. Although not strictly rule-bound, we do encourage a 3-poem or 5-minute time constraint on open readers (not open-ended) before we bring out the hook. Mostly we try to avoid having the audience wander away before the teapot makes a circuit or fall off their chairs while sleeping. All people and all works are welcome — bring original items, favorite works, songs, a story, even a complete fabrication or two. River Poets are an encouraging and supportive group of pilgrims, pioneers, and seekers of wisdom. Hopefully you will find us notoriously polite and not too preachy. Honestly!

open reading opportunity® is trademarked, copyrighted, and reserved by the River Poets of Bloomsburg (as far as we know and believe). People may use those words singly or in combination, but we would like some recognition or a citation that River Poets® (also copyrighted) was an early user and promoter of that particular order of letters. Thank You. (FYI — we do not claim these two words as original).

You may obtain similar information (possibly updated, hopefully not outdated) on our web page.

While there, you will find random links to other people, places, and things.

We may be coming soon to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, (check Wikipedia eventually). And yes, we are approachable in person.

THINGS TO KNOW – If you go you will return, so there is time to learn it all.

Please enjoy being here; choose to be happy (no, we can’t do that work for you).