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.

September 1, 2016 David Bauman

September 1, 2016 7:30 pm

 THEME – Moons, Roads, and Rivers David’s work often uses place as a metaphor for person, drawing on inner and outer landscapes to explore his experiences as father, son, and partner. His poems have appeared in San Pedro River Review, Blue Hour Magazine, Contemporary American Voices, and T(OUR), among others. Recent poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Yellow Chair Review, and Watershed: A Journal of the Susquehanna. Please visit DavidJBauman.com (blog) or  http://wordfountain.net

MC: David Barsky

October 6, 2016 – Mary Oliver Poetry Celebration Facilitator: Steve Engelhardt

October 6, 2016 7:30 pm

THEME:  The poetry of Mary Oliver    River Poets will have the opportunity to read, hear and appreciate the poetry of Mary Oliver. Her spare yet vital verse conveys learning from the natural world and joins the pervasive themes of the human heart. Copies of several of her books will be available; Steve would like everyone who chooses to read at least one poem. Aficionados of MO are invited to read up to three of your favorites. There will also be time for reading of our own poetry work. Invite a friend!


MC: Steve Engelhardt

October 27, 2016 – Feature: Dick Sweeney

October 27, 2016 7:30 pm

THEME: Annual (still) dead poets –

Poetry that takes you beyond, comes from beyond, or involves cats.

MC: Dick Sweeney


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 April 2014and April 2015 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  2, 2015 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


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