June 6, 2013 7:30 pm
Humes’ most recent collections of poetry are Butterfly Effect, published by Milkweed Editions in1998; August Evening with Trumpet was published by the University of Arkansas Press in 2004. His poems have been published in Poetry Northwest, Poetry, Gettysburg Review, Shenandoah, Hampden-Sydney Review, Hollins Critic and elsewhere. He lives with his wife near Kutztown, PA. Influences are probably W. B. Yeats, then Frost, and all the other poets he has read over the years. MC: Dave Barsky
Disclaimers and Possible Grains of Truth Department:
BOOKLET – You must be heard to be seen. Poems for this year’s booklet must have been read aloud between the April 2011 and April 2012 readings; so verbalize and SUBMIT!! Limit is TWO PAGES of poems per poet. You may bring a paper copy of poetry to the April reading, or e-mail it to Richard Brook at email@example.com. Most often booklets are assembled and ready for distribution by April’s reading and you may buy one (or more). Another Pitch: there are copies of earlier River Poets booklets if you are curious about RP’s progress, art, and production.
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!!
GETTING CONNECTED – Well, you could just show up at the Bloomsburg Public Library on any first Thursday at 7:30 PM or to any other scheduled event (see July and August when we play outside). However, if that is not your style (you are shy perhaps?) then Phone Dave Barsky at 570-784-9231; email Mike DeMarco at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone him at 570-387-0920; or email Dick Sweeney at email@example.com or phone him at 570-437-2661.
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.