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Rattle Postcard Poetry Edition

I’m delighted to have a poem in the latest edition of Rattle #68 (June 2020) as well as an interview which touches on POPO.  Tim Green did a first-rate job on the interview and the magazine is $6.95. See if you can spot any postcard regulars in there.

POPO registration is at 335 at this writing, just about 100 away from last year’s record total of 424. Registration is linked HERE.

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PoPo Poet News: Books for Prisoners/Poems on the Death Penalty

from Sally:


I wanted to personally tell you how much I enjoyed participating in this year’s postcard poetry event. I feel my work has grown from where it was a year ago.

I am coordinating the reading of Strange Fruit at Elliott Bay on November 17th. Could you plug the reading? There will be a box for dictionary donations for Books to Prisoners at the reading. I am personally delivering the dictionaries to Books to Prisoners.

If someone wants to donate dictionaries in good condition before the reading, there are two local coffee shops that are accepting donations— Katy’s Corner Cafe at 20th and E. Union and Cortona Cafe at 2425 E. Union.

Sally Hedges-Blanquez

Books To Prisoners is a Seattle-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster a love of reading behind bars. We believe that books are tools for education, empowerment, and connection. We provide books to more than 10,000 people in prisons across the country every year, and the #1 request made to our organization is always for a dictionary. Our organization relies on donated books; with more than 2,000 annual requests for dictionaries, we unfortunately fall chronically short of being able to provide this basic instrument for self-help to all who are in need.

The Strange Fruit reading is for a new anthology of poems AGAINST the Death Penalty. Sarah Zale is the co-editor and the poster looks like this:


Your humble narrator has a poem in said collection, so buy two copies and give one to a prisoner or a friend.

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82 Signed up for APPF14 (2020)

82 postcard poets have signed up for APPF14 in 2020:

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Colette Rebecca Diana Mary Beth Mary Beth Laura Alley Kristen Christine Mary Laura Meghan S.E. Ingraham Julie Alan Martha Jackson Vasiliki Heather Katie Carol Judy Sarah Walter Jessie Jessie Teri Mary Ruth Deborah Tim Raymond Carolyn NanLeah Lylanne Rochelle Jerrold Julie Diane Paul E Rosina Trilla Theresa Elizabeth Janet Shelly Valerie linda StanleydelGozo Sigrid Nancilynn Ellen Bob Sarah Dickenson DEB Abhaya Marc Timi Peggy KJ Martha Martha Barbara Jean Maggie Donna Kath Abela Bernadette.

We hope to exceed our 2019 total of 424. Won’t you help us spread the word?

#APPF13 (2019) Wrapups

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Call: The Art of the Postcard

From APPF veteran Denise Hill:

Hi Paul –

Thank you for another wonderful year of the August Postcard Poetry Festival! I received a wonderful gob of postcards this year, and enjoyed the satisfaction of completing the event!

Just ran across this: Inverted Syntax has an Art of the Postcard call open until October 15:

Denise Hill

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Rattle Call for Postcard Poems

From Rattle Magazine:

Ends on January 15, 2020

Our Summer 2020 issue will feature to Postcard Poems. The poems may be any style or subject, but must have been written on and be accompanied by a related postcard. The issue itself will likely include both the poems as written on the postcards and the postcards themselves, so we need to know who created both the postcard artwork and the poem. Homemade postcards, artists you know, or public domain/Creative Commons licensed art is extremely preferred, but we’ll do our best to work with what we want to publish. Our goal is to support and encourage the act of writing poems on postcards and sharing them in this personal and intimate way. For an idea of how postcard poetry works, read our essay by Paul Nelson about his annual August Postcard Poetry Festival. CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT.


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#APPF13 (2019) Wrapups

#APPF13 (2019) Postcards received by Paul E Nelson, Postcardmaster General

#APPF13 (2019) Postcards received by Paul E Nelson, Postcardmaster General

After year 13 of the August Poetry Postcard Fest (aka PoPo) several folks have written short summaries of their experience. These are not all of the summaries, but a selection:

APPF13 (2019) Wrapups

(Pate Conaway)

(Sarah Sousa)

(Elizabeth Woods)

2019 August Postcard Poetry Fest

(Raymond Maxwell)

(Paul E Nelson)

The Steadfastness of Ink: A First-Timer’s Poetry Postcard Tale

(Lara Callahan Phelps)

(Amy Miller)

(Sarah Koenig)

And one note from last year (2018) that still makes me feel good:

Thanks to Paul and Lana for kicking off the August Poetry Postcard Festival and to Paul, for continuing to steward this creative endeavor from year to year. As a longtime participant, the fest has become a fixed part of the calendar, as established as Easter or Thanksgiving or Christmas. It’s been lovely to see old timers’ names from year to year, and new poets popping up each year. I appreciate all of your poems, postcards, and thoughts here in the Facebook Group and wish you the very best of luck with your poetry. Until next year—

(Judy Jensen, 2018)

Registration for #APPF14 is open at:

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