Anthology Launches

Launch events

56 Days of August  is now available!

We are launching this beautiful anthology at events around the U.S. and internationally. Please join us at any (or all!) of the launch events listed below (we’ll be adding to the list as more events are confirmed). Please check back regularly for additional events.

You can acquire a copy of the anthology at any of the launch events,  purchase the anthology on Amazon, or buy it online before the Book Passage event through their webstore.

Upcoming

San Francisco / Silicon Valley (March 24-25)

Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 11 a.m. : Book Passage, Ferry Building, San Francisco CA

Join us for a poetry reading celebrating the publication of 56 Days of August (Five Oaks Press) . Readers will include participants in the yearly August Poetry Postcard Festival, Tupelo 30/30 alumns, and anthology editors Ina Roy-Faderman and Paul Nelson. A great opportunity to hear some amazing short-form poetry, meet he poets,  and purchase your own copy of this gorgeous poetry-and-art anthology. If you can’t make the reading or would like to purchase an anthology ahead of time, the book is available through Book Passage’s webstore for the month before the reading.

  • Poet/interviewer/anthology editor Paul Nelson founded: SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival, is author of American Sentences, A Time Before Slaughter and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies. His 2015 interview with José Kozer was published in 2016 as Tiovivo Tres Amigos and is one of 500 hours of interviews he has produced since 1993.
  • Elizabeth Aamot is a writer living in Oakland, California. Her postcard poems store transparent gravity, which she disperses as fuel to time travelers. To read mere transcriptions of the postpoems she has transmitted and to learn more about how you can join her timescaping efforts, please visit www.postpoet.xyz
  • Carol Keslar is a writer, photographer, editor and collage artist whose work is focused on tales ofhuman identity and life passages. Carol lives in Oakland and is working on a book about the lives of Tibetans in exile.
  • Clyde Long writes poetry and practices law in East Bay. His work has appeared most recently in the Tupelo Press anthology Open Hands, and in the San Francisco Chronicle and various online poetry venues.
  • Lisa Ludden is the author of the chapbook Palebound (Flutter Press). A finalist for the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards, her poems are forthcoming in Natural Bridge, with recent publications in Caesura, and Glass: A Journal of Poetry. She is currently at work on her first full-length book of poems.
  • Avid cyclist, End of Life Counselor, grandmother of 5, Nancy L. Meyer lives in the SF Bay Area. Her work appears in 5 anthologies including Open Hands  Tupelo Press 30/30, forthcoming in AROHO Waves  Anthology and Torch Song for Nelson Mandela.  Journal publications in 2017/18: The Centrifugal Eye, The Sand Hill Review, Caesura, Snapdragon, forthcoming in Passager.
  • June Sanders lives in northern California, loves writing, photography, playing piano, and travel. Her poems and photography have been included in several small-press publications. She can be reached at juneinca@aol.com
  • Ina Roy-Faderman, anthology editor, is a fiction Pushcart Prize nominee and award-winning poet with work appearing RightHandPointing and WhatRoughBeast, among others. Educated at Stanford (MD) and UCBerkeley (PhD), she is biomedical ethics professor and an associate editor for Rivet Journal.

Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 2 p.m.: Red Berry Coffee Bar, Los Altos, CA

Join us for an intergenerational poetry dialogue to celebrate the publication of 56 Days of August at this editor’s favorite, art-friendly, and non-pretentious Silicon Valley coffee house. Readers and discussants will include participants in the yearly August Poetry Postcard Festival, local adult and youth poets, and anthology editors Ina Roy-Faderman and Paul Nelson. A great opportunity to hear some wonderful  poetry, meet local poets, and purchase copies of individual poets works and your own copy of this gorgeous poetry-and-art anthology.

Readers:

  • Poet/interviewer/anthology editor Paul Nelson founded: SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival, is author of American Sentences, A Time Before Slaughter and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies. His 2015 interview with José Kozer was published in 2016 as Tiovivo Tres Amigos and is one of 500 hours of interviews he has produced since 1993.
  • Elizabeth Aamot is a writer living in Oakland, California. Her postcard poems store transparent gravity, which she disperses as fuel to time travelers. To read mere transcriptions of the postpoems she has transmitted and to learn more about how you can join her timescaping efforts, please visit www.postpoet.xyz
  • Lisa Ludden is the author of the chapbook Palebound (Flutter Press), which will be available for sale at the event. A finalist for the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards, her poems are forthcoming in Natural Bridge, with recent publications in Caesura, and Glass: A Journal of Poetry. She is currently at work on her first full-length book of poems.
  • Shailaja Vats Das is a poet-in-exile disguised as a software engineer in the Bay Area. She has been a writer only in her own mind for years and is just beginning to crawl back to her old place of refuge. Her recent work can be found in notebook scribbles around her home and in postcard scribbles sent around the world. You can “”find”” her on her blog https://thevoicenotspoken.com/
  • Katie T. [youth poet] is a 6th grade student at Helios who has loved to write since she was four years old. Check out her web site at www.inkblotwriting.net, which follows the rule “If you think you’re done, you’ve only just begun!”
  • Ananya [youth poet]  is a 5th grader who loves to sing, perform in theater, and to read and write. She wrote her 1st poem in 2nd grade. She finds the book “Out of the Dust” written by Karen Hesse , a novel written entirely in poetry  a huge inspiration.
  • Nilakash JIRF [youth poet] is a sixth grader, composer, and creative writer. He is a member of his school’s literary magazine and an editor at Creative Kids Magazine, where a number of his poems and the first movement of his Symphony #I appeared.
  • Jakey S. [youth poet] is in 4th grade and likes playing games and snuggling cats.
  • Ina Roy-Faderman, anthology editor, is a fiction Pushcart Prize nominee and award-winning poet with work appearing RightHandPointing and WhatRoughBeast, among others. Educated at Stanford (MD) and UCBerkeley (PhD), she is biomedical ethics professor and an associate editor for Rivet Journal,.

Past

October 9, 2017:  Poetry Postcards: a panel and conversation

Poetry Postcards: a panel and conversation will be held on Monday, October 9, 2017, 7:00pm, at the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room in Bellingham. The event is free.

2016 was the 10th anniversary of the August Poetry Postcard Fest (APPF) and to mark the occasion, we have published an anthology, 56 Days of August (Five Oaks Press). This event was initially conceived as a book launch and has grown from there. Moderator and APPF founder Paul Nelson will be joined by panelists Tallie Jones, Nancy Pagh, Ina Roy, Carla Shafer, and Joanna Thomas. JI Kleinberg will be  the host and coordinator. The panelists will discuss where postcards fit in the poetry/art/real world conversation. They will show images, offer resources, read postcard poems, and may even offer a prompt. Also, you are invited to participate in a POSTCARD EXCHANGE. Many of us have unused postcards (commercial or homemade) that we’d be willing to give up. Bring them along, throw them on the exchange pile, and take an equal number home with you.

We expect to have a lively conversation and hope you will plan to be a part of it. We have a Facebook event — https://www.facebook.com/events/1621902237821603/ — which you’re invited to share far and wide.

Thursday, October 12, 2017: 56 Days of August Launch as first event in the Cascadia Poetry Festival

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 7pm, at King’s Books, 218 St Helens Ave Tacoma, WA, we have the launch of 56 Days of August as the first event in the Cascadia Poetry Festival. Ina Roy, Judy Kleinberg and many other postcard poets will be reading that evening. Admission is free, but we would encourage you to stay in Tacoma all weekend and get a gold pass for the most ambitious poetry event I have ever attempted, with the support of Dale King, the Puget Sound Poetry Connection, the SPLAB Board, key volunteers and many other poetry lovers.

 

 

 

Friday, October 27, 2017: Portland Launch Event

Friday, October 27, 2017, 7pm at Mother Foucault’s bookstore, 523 S.E. Morrison, Portland, OR, the PDX launch event for 56 Days of August. Join Kelleyanne Pearce, the organizer, and other Postcard Poetry Fest alums for a poetry reading and open mic event to celebrate the launch of the 56 Days of August anthology. Enjoy a beverage, hear poets read their best and latest works, buy a book and check out the cool, quirky, cozy and endearing Mother Foucault’s Bookshop. Hear great poetry from Beth Bown, Carolyn Adams, Keli Osborn, Abhaya Thomas, Rachel Barton, Eliza Rinaldi and Susan Tracy! The newly released 56 Days of August Anthology will be available for sale.