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.

November 3, 2016 – Features: Susquehanna University’s Slam Poets

November 3, 2016 7:30 pm


THEME:  A slam of awesome poetry and words

SU SLAM provides an outlet to study, research, analyze, write and perform slam poetry.

MC: Tara Holdren

December 1, 2016 – Feature: Matt Perakovich

December 1, 2016 7:30 pm

Matt Perakovich is a teacher and writer born in Atlantic City, New Jersey. His interests include the end times, baseball, and taking long walks in the woods. Everything is going to be different when he paints his masterpiece.

MC: Richard Brook

January 5, 2017 First Thursday of 2017 & Winter Party

January 5, 2017 7:30 pm


THEME: First one – What was the first poem or poet who brought you to poetry? Think of it as the first party on the first Thursday of the first month of a strange new year.  Informal attire.

Bring some underused items to sell, others will buy, and all will help fund the River Poets. A gathering, happening, a bit of milling about, and as always, some poems.


MC: Susan Brook


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 ?