The yearly August Postcard Poetry Festival has become an international event. In 2019 there were 424 poets from around the world sending each other original poems written spontaneously on postcards. Many of the postcards sent were also made by participants. Registration is open for 2020 at: https://appf14.brownpapertickets.com/.
This event is the largest annual fundraiser for SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB), founded in 1993. The SPLAB mission is to present poetry events, develop the audience and resources to support poetry, lead a bioregional cultural investigation using poetics, poetry festivals, publications and education as main methodologies and build bioregional community through shared experience of the spoken and written word.
This website supports the fest and the book and,hopefully, future books of poetry postcards. An essay about the fest was published by Rattle Magazine in 2019.
In celebration of the 10th year of the Fest and the community that has developed around it, Paul Nelson (Co-Founder of the Fest), Ina Roy, and Judy Kleinberg edited an anthology of poems written for the 2016 August Postcard Poetry Fest. The anthology, 56 Days of August: Poetry Postcards, was published in October of 2017. All revenues from the 10th August Poetry Postcard Fest benefited the 4th Cascadia Poetry Festival .
Why 56 Days of August? Since the fest lists go out July 4 and the list of participants a day or two later, each PoPo participant has 56 days to write 31 poems. We’ve taken a bit of poetic license with the Gregorian Calendar and made August longer.
For nuts and bolts information on participating:
- See Fest-founder Paul Nelson’s information
- Check out our blog
- Follow us on social media
- on Facebook
- on Twitter by following @56daysofAugust
Paul Nelson, Editor and Co-Founder of the August Postcard Poetry Festival
Poet/interviewer Paul Nelson founded SPLAB & the Cascadia Poetry Festival, published: American Sentences (Apprentice House 2015); A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House, shortlisted for a 2010 Genius Award by The Stranger) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (essay, Lumme Editions, Brazil, 2013).
He’s interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Sam Hamill, José Kozer, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Joanne Kyger, George Bowering, Brenda Hillman and Daphne Marlatt, presented poetry/poetics in London, Brussels, Qinghai & Beijing, China, and published work in Golden Handcuffs Review, Zen Monster and Hambone. Awarded The Capilano Review’s 2014 Robin Blaser Award, he writes an American Sentence every day.
Ina Roy-Faderman, Managing Editor
Ina has an M.D. from Stanford University, a Ph.D in Philosophy from U.C. Berkeley, several mammals (some human), and a huge sleep debt. She lives near San Francisco, teaches for Oregon State University, and functions as librarian and humanities events coordinator for a school for gifted kids. Recent literary activities include the participation in the Tupelo 30/30 and the HIV Here & Now Poem-A-Day projects, and publication in Right Hand Pointing, Punchnel’s, Pif, and the Midwest Studies In Philosophy (animal uplift in science fiction). She drinks unbelievable amounts of coffee.
Judy Kleinberg, Editor
Artist, poet, and freelance writer, J.I. (Judy) Kleinberg lives in Bellingham, Washington, and blogs most days at Chocolate Is A Verb and The Poetry Department . She is co-author of the book Fat Stupid Ugly: One Woman’s Courage to Survive (Health Communications, Inc.) and co-editor of the anthology Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington (Other Mind Press 2015). A Pushcart nominee, her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Diagram, One, PoemMemoirStory, Clover: A Literary Rag, The Precise Dimension of Light (Leaf Press, 2016) and elsewhere.
David O. Seaver, Designer
David Seaver is a designer with a degree in engineering, which may explain a lot. Most of the time, he does visual and UI design in Silicon Valley. In his off hours, he lifts weights, exasperates the cats, and makes things.