Upcoming Events


River Poets -

River Poets will return  to the Bloomsburg Public Library

the first Thursday of the month, September 2022 through May 2023

poetry outdoors from June through August 2023

One Calendar of Poetic Stuff, Information, and Miscellany 

with a nod to some of our friends.

When? - beginning at 7:30 PM on the 1st Thursday of the month

Where? - the Bloomsburg Public Library, Comminity Room – 2nd floor


River Poets will follow the event location’s guidelines regarding Covid caution.

The community room is a small space so

                  bring and wear a mask and social distance as much as possible.





NOTE: Second Thursday Poetry – April 13, 2023

April 13, 2023 7:30 pm

4/13         April 13th – second Thursday          

A different evening – same location – Bloomsburg Public Library

Theme: Ars Poetica (poem(s) on the art of poetry) ~ Get Ready to Rumble! Get Ready to Tumble! See BIO section below for our Battle Royale description. *** April is National Poetry Month ***


7:30 pm to 9 pm

Katie Hays—————First Thursday Poetry

May 4, 2023 7:30 pm

(photo credit: Emily Paine)

Theme: With consideration for the date, May the Fourth Be With You. The theme for the evening is not necessarily the Force, but forces. 

K.A. Hays–– Katie was born and raised in Southeastern PA, and has lived in Central PA for twenty years. She’s the author of four poetry collections, most recently Anthropocene Lullaby, published in 2022. She has also published short stories and verse translations. Her work has appeared in many venues, including Gray’s Sporting Journal, Northern Woodlands, Orion, and Best American Poetry. Her poems have been recorded in audio form by people who are much better readers than she is, including Nidia Hernández in Spanish translation for the radio show La maja desnuda; Garrison Keillor for NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac; and Ada Limón for The Slowdown podcast. Katie enjoys working with undergraduate writers at Bucknell and living in downtown Lewisburg with her husband, two kids, and a border collie who supervises them all.

 MC: Linda Dietrichson

7:30 to 9 pm

Marguerite Chamuris————————-First Thursday Poetry

June 1, 2023 7:00 pm

Marguerite Chamuris




Nothing at the moment.

Disclaimers and Possible Grains of Truth Department:

Connecting with the RIVER POETS – Due to Covid-19, our power of ESP has dissipated, the responsibility rests solely in your hands to make contact with us.  You could show up and track us down at any of our scheduled events; however, if you are not the “stalking” type, you can contact any of the following members:

            Mike DeMarco at mdmep@ptd.net or telephone him at (570) 387-0920

            Susan Brook at scbrook@ptd.net or telephone her at (570) 784-8363

            Linda Dietrichson at lindadietrichson@gmail.com

If you are computer friendly and would like to receive reminders of poetry events, please send your email

address to Andira Dodge at wordrummager@gmail.com .  Did we mention that you can visit our website? It is a mouse

click away at www.riverpoets.com.

We also publish our very own Booklet – Here is the catch, you must be heard to be seen.  Poems published in our annual River Poets booklet must have been read aloud at one of our readings between May 2021 and April 2022.  Show up, enunciate, invoke elocution and SUBMIT!  There is a limit of two typed pages of poems per poet. You may bring a paper copy of your poetry to the April 2022 reading or e-mail it as an attachment to Richard Brook at richardb@ptd.net and copy to wordrummager@gmail.com.

The plan is for our booklet to be assembled and ready for distribution by June’s reading and you may buy at least one (a ridiculously low price for these original works, too).  If you miss this year’s booklet deadline (as you are new to the River Poets, or just woke from a coma), there will be future opportunities to submit.  There are copies of earlier River Poets booklets if you are curious about River Poets 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.comNo 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).