Upcoming Events

NOTE: Most events are held on the first Thursday of each month at Bloomsburg Public Library, 225 Market Street, Bloomsburg (downtown, revitalized) PA. Poetry readings will start PROMPTLY at 7:30 pm.

Friends of Tara

October 5, 2017 7:30 pm


THEME: Resist and Rebel


Susquehanna University Slam! poets.

There will be poetry, you will be poeticized, and you may even be radicalized.

MC: Tara Holdren

Dead Poets Night

October 19, 2017 7:30 pm

THEME: Dead Poets Revival

Solely an open reading night

Wear masks, costumes, bring words and a voice.
6:30 Poetry Potluck upstairs (bring a dish to share if you can).
7:30 Potluck of Poetry downstairs.

MC:  John Dietrichson

Sue Brook & Michael DeMarco

November 2, 2017 7:30 pm

THEME: Travel (On the Road)  

A couple of River Poets share their works.  Have you traveled?

Looked at a globe? Studied road maps? Found yourself on a ‘you are here’ spot? Thought about time travel or out of body experiences?  Have you longed to be somewhere else? Take any road, but travel to the library for a poetic stop.

 Features are MCs, too



Nothing at the moment.

Disclaimers and Possible Grains of Truth Department:


Our Very own BOOKLETYou must be heard to be seen. Poems for the annual booklet must have been read aloud between the May of one year and April of the next year 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  reading or e-mail it as an attachment to Richard Brook at richardb@ptd.net.  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:

Dick Sweeney at rms8634@verizon.net or phone him at 570-437-2661;

Or Mike DeMarco at mdmep@ptd.net or phone him at 570-387-0920;

Charles Weaver atdreamweaver@earthcomm.netor phone him at 570-752-1592

Or phone Dave Barsky at 570-784-9231


Did we mention to  VISIT (electronically, ethereally) the website www.riverpoets.com ?