Welcome!

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.

Everyone is a featured reader plus Word-shopping, White Elephant Sale, & Winter Party

January 4, 2018 7:30 pm

Welcome 2018!

THEME: Word-shopping and Open Reading

Magnetic poetry board, word dice, photos, phrases to get the new year started with a creative angle.

A chance to share works in progress.

The annual white elephant stuff sale (things you may have acquired last year and wish to move on- benefiting you with space and the River Poets with money)

 

 

 

MC: A motley crew of poets

Planning what may be next

January 11, 2018 6:00 pm

 

Planning meeting

Future possibilities, schedules, themes, etc. 6:00 – LIBRARY

Jerry Wemple

February 1, 2018 7:30 pm

THEME: All things Pennsylvania (on Groundhog’s Day Eve).

 

From a young age, Jerry Wemple noticed things and sometimes wrote about them. He still notices things, and sometimes writes about them.

He’s the author of three collections of poetry, numerous essays, and teaches in the creative writing program at Bloomsburg University.

 

MC: Richard Brook


Announcements

Nothing at the moment.

Disclaimers and Possible Grains of Truth Department:

BOOKLET

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 ?