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.

Open Mic Night

February 24, 2019 6:30 pm

THEME: Love, friendship, and romanceExchange of Bloomsburg has partnered with B.U.’s Student Poetry Association and the River Poets for another evening of poetry, song, rap, and other spoken word for the Bloomsburg community.   Love is a force of nature that is almost indescribable to those that encounter it in their lives. It is something that we all crave, communicate, and desire in our lives whether it is from our families, spouses, friends, or pets. We hope to establish a strong connection of love and understanding between the members of the off-campus community and BU students. We all share this common goal of finding love and friendship and hope that you would join us as we revel in this wonderful event! 


The Student Poetry Association (Bloomsburg University)

March 7, 2019 7:30 pm


THEME:  Love and Self-acceptance

Students in the Student Poetry Association of Bloomsburg University will read original works.


April 4, 2019 First Thursday Poetry

April 4, 2019 7:30 pm

THEME: Night at the FORM (s) Form Poetry – a description and an order; structure is key in sonnets, iambic pentameter, ironic pentameter, AABB; ABAB, style, etc.; quatrains, sestinas looking for patterns and rhythms – find some, write some, bring them, read them.


MCs: Steven Concert & 

Tara Holdren


Nothing at the moment.

Disclaimers and Possible Grains of Truth Department:

Connecting – Seriously, we have no idea that you are looking for us. it is your responsibility to contact the River Poets, 

You could just show up at the Bloomsburg Public Library on almost any first Thursday (exceptions are July and August) or track us down at any other scheduled event (refer to calendar, website, please seek us out).

However, if that is not your style (you continue to be shy?) then please randomly try any or all of the following:

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

Or Charles Weaver at charles_weaver2003@yahoo.com or phone him at 570-752-1592;

Or Richard Brook at richardb@ptd.net  or phone 570-784-8363.

Dick Sweeney at rms8634@verizon.net or 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 jlocke@bloomu.edu.  And please visit (electronically, ethereally) the website www.riverpoets.com.


Our very own BOOKLET – You must be heard to be seen. Poems for the annual booklet must have been read aloud between the May 2018 and April 2019 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 May 2019 reading or e-mail it as an attachment to Richard Brook at richardb@ptd.net and copy to jlocke@bloomu.edu.

We plan for our booklets to be assembled and ready for distribution by May’s reading and you may buy at least one (ridiculously low price for original works, too). If you miss this year’s booklet deadline (as you are new to River Poetry), there will be future opportunities. Another promotional pitch:  there are copies of earlier River Poets booklets if you are curious about RP’s 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, 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 a 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, a lie or two. River Poets is 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 or outdated) at this web place www.riverpoets.com.

No Facebook™, no Twitter, [check Wikipedia eventually] but there are random links to other people, places, and things. 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).