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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.

Poetry Under the Paintings Group

June 7, 2018 7:30 pm

Our friends from the west are our guests, featured poets and presenters. Poetry under the Paintings organized in May 2012.  Their readings are the second Thursday; they have wonderful opportunities to read poetry in a beautiful gallery.  

                                                                                                  MCs: Andira & Ben Dodge    

  

Poetry in the Park

July 5, 2018 7:00 pm

At the Bloomsburg Town Park,  East of Market Street, beyond kids-burg, pavilion near  the lagoon

THEME:  Guerilla Poetry,  making poetry public                                            

 

 

7 PM start time

Poems are read and then shared with the trees. The sheet-protected paper is returned to the source with string as we ‘leave’ the poems on trees. Original poems are welcome on any subject. These and others provided may be left.

MC: Michael DeMarco

Bill Baillie: “The Whitmore Saga

August 2, 2018 7:00 pm

THEME-LESS (as an endless summer)

During the Revolutionary War an isolated family living at Jerseytown was attacked by an Iroquois raiding party.  Five of the children were carried off, separated, and raised for years by Native Americans in five areas in New York and Ontario.  Their exciting stories, including heroic battles and dramatic reunions, tell us much about multiculturalism in the time of our country’s origin.

Bill Baillie – Presenter Bill Baillie is author of several books and scores of articles on Columbia County history.  A retired educator, he is past president of the Columbia County Historical & Genealogical Society.

                                                                                                              MC: Charles Weaver


Announcements

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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:

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

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

Charles Weaver at charlesweaver2003@yahoo.com or phone him at 570-752-1592

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