January 5, 2017 7:30 pm
THEME: First one – What was the first poem or poet who brought you to poetry? Think of it as the first party on the first Thursday of the first month of a strange new year. Informal attire.
Bring some underused items to sell, others will buy, and all will help fund the River Poets. A gathering, happening, a bit of milling about, and as always, some poems.
MC: Susan Brook
February 2, 2017 7:30 pm
Originally from Jamaica, Shara McCallum is the author of five books of poetry:
Madwoman; The Face of Water: New and Selected Poems; This Strange Land; Song of Thieves
and The Water Between Us (winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for Poetry)
Since 2003, McCallum has served as Director of the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University, where she also currently holds the Margaret Hollinshead Ley Professorship in Poetry & Creative Writing. She has been a faculty member in the University of Memphis MFA program, Drew University Low-Residency MFA Program, Stonecoast Low-Residency MFA program, and at the University of West Indies in Barbados.
MC: Linda Dietrichson
March 2, 2017 7:30 pm
FEATURES: g emil reutter & Diane Sahms-Guarnieri
Two poets/writers from southeast Pennsylvania
MC: Michael DeMarco
Disclaimers and Possible Grains of Truth Department:
Our Very own BOOKLET– You must be heard to be seen. Poems for the annual booklet must have been read aloud between the April 2014and April 2015 readings; so show up, enunciate, invoke elocution and SUBMIT!! Limit is TWO Typed PAGES of poems per poet. You may bring a paper copy of poetry to the April 2, 2015 reading or e-mail it as an attachment to Richard Brook at email@example.com. Most often booklets are assembled and ready for distribution by May’s reading and you may buy at least one (ridiculously low price for original works, too). Yet another pitch: there are copies of earlier River Poets booklets if you are curious about RP’s progress, art, and production efforts over time. We are proud to be amateurs. Please understand, we have reached tentatively into the 21st century and continue to explore the junction of space and time with varying degrees of success.
ORIGINS – Founded in May 1994 at the Bloomsburg Public Library, River Poets has attracted members and poets from Scranton to Selinsgrove and other undisclosed locations. The format is themed (suggested, not required; encouraged not forced) or a featured reader(s) followed by an open reading. Although not strictly rule-bound, we do encourage a 3-poem or 5-minute time constraint on open readers, before we bring out a hook. Mostly we try to avoid having the audience zone out or run away screaming. All people and all works are welcomed – bring original items, favorite works, songs, a lie or two. River Poets is an encouraging and supportive group of pilgrims, pioneers, not too preachy, and notoriously polite. Really!!
Connecting – Seriously, it is your responsibility to contact the River Poets, as our ESP skills have evaporated.
You could just show up at the Bloomsburg Public Library on most any first Thursday or track us down at any other scheduled event (refer to calendar, website, please seek us out).
However, ifthat is not your style (you continue to be shy?) then please try any or all of the following:
If you are computer friendly and would like to receive reminders of poetry events, please send your e-mail address to Janet Locke firstname.lastname@example.org. Did we mention to VISIT (electronically, ethereally) the website www.riverpoets.com ?