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August 4, 2022

Feature: Paul Loomis 8/4/2022 7 PM @ Bloomsburg Library Community Room

Feature: Paul Loomis

Theme: Struck by the poetry-lightning-bolt

Late change:

Due to the chance of thunderstorms this event has been  moved to the Bloomsburg Public Library Community room 

The event begins at 7 pm and ends at 8:30 pm

Who threw that first poetry-bolt your way?

Lightning never strikes the same place twice, so how did you get here? What was the shape of your bolt?

Paul Loomis ~ Paul is a folksinger-songwriter, math professor, distance runner, father of two, and spender-oftime-in-the-Andes who occasionally gets struck by the poetry-lightning-bolt. He is also – evidently – a frequent hyphenator. His fourth album of original folk songs about whatever came into his head that day as he was playing the guitar should be out by August. You can read more at or find his music at itunes and all those places.

MC: Linda Dietrichson






Start: August 4, 2022 7:00 pm
End: August 4, 2022 7:00 pm
Venue: Bloomsburg Public Library
Market Street, Bloomsburg , PA, United States

May 5, 2022

Feature: Jesus Salas-Elorza Cinco de Mayo

Theme: Hispanic poetry/poets ~ Poems from Hispanic poets, etc. Poems in another language, or translated into English.

Event begins at 7:30 pm and ends at 9 pm

Jesús Salas Elorza ~ Born in Veracruz, Mexico, Jesús joined the Department of Languages and Cultures at Bloomsburg University in 1996 as a professor of Spanish and Italian. He participated at the international poetry festival Poesía en Mayo organized by some Chicago universities and the Hispanic community. He has published dispersed poems in various venues, including Carver, Diálogo (DePaul University) and Círculo de Poesía (University of Puebla, Mexico). Together with members of River Poets, he contributed to the translation of Mall by Venezuelan poet Julieta León. He has been an active member within the community, volunteering teaching Spanish, and participating in other events. Since 1996 he has participated as a reader or by being featured as a poet in River Poets. His passion is watching water birds from his apartment perched next to the Susquehanna River in Pittston.

*** May is the River Poets’ anniversary –come and celebrate with us as we turn 27 ***

MC: Richard Brook

Start: May 5, 2022 7:30 pm
End: May 5, 2022 7:30 pm
Venue: Bloomsburg Public Library - community room
Market Street, Bloomsburg

April 7, 2022

Feature: Dawn Leas

Theme: Letting Go ~ an unexpected loss, an unfulfilled dream, a job, an ex, grown children, etc.

Event begins at 7:30 pm and ends at 9 pm

Dawn Leas is the author of A Person Worth Knowing (Foothills Publishing), Take Something When You Go (Winter Goose Publishing), and I Know When to Keep Quiet, (Finishing Line Press). Her poetry has appeared in New York Quarterly, The Paterson Literary Review, Literary Mama, The Pedestal Magazine, SWWIM, and elsewhere. A writing coach, manuscript consultant, and arts educator, she is also a back-of-the pack runner, newbie hiker, salt-water lover, and mom of two grown sons.

*** April is National Poetry Month ***

MC: Steven Concert

Start: April 7, 2022 7:30 pm
End: April 7, 2022 7:30 pm
Venue: Bloomsburg Public Library - community room
Market Street, Bloomsburg, United States