Postcards for Charlottesville

From Lucia Sanford:

Dear Paul,

This is my third year participating in the Postcard Poetry Fest. I live in Charlottesville, Virginia. I am still too raw and stunned to write a personal note or poem about what happened here on Saturday. I did not think this situation could feel any worse, but alas, I learned differently after hearing the press conference the President gave at Trump Tower this afternoon (Tuesday, August 15).
I ask that you consider forwarding the information attached below to all Fest participants so they will be aware of a chance to incorporate sending postcards to help young people in our community. I just learned of the #DearYoungPerson campaign a few moments ago, and immediately sat down to write this note and forward the information to you.
Tomorrow morning, Wednesday, August 16, at 11 AM  Eastern Time, there will be a memorial for Heather Heyer, the woman killed by one of the alt-right rally attendees who used a car to murder her and injure 19 others in an act of domestic terrorism. Please also consider notifying all Postcard Poetry Fest participants of the memorial for Heather. There may be some who would want to take a moment at that hour tomorrow to contribute their peaceful, uplifting thoughts and prayers. I heard that the memorial will be live-streamed should anyone wish to attend virtually.
It has been a balm to the thousands of grieving hearts in our community to see the outpouring of support as people in cities across the country have taken to the streets to denounce what happened in Charlottesville and the people who came to our town to perpetrate it. I have such profound sorrow for all who loved Heather, for our country and for the world. Those images of great numbers of people unequivocally opposing this kind of hatred gives me hope, gives Charlottesville hope, and ultimately gives our country hope that one day the ancient, festering wounds that ooze this pain and evil will find healing.
With Love,
Lucia Sanford

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Oct 9 Postcard Panel

It’s in YEAR ELEVEN which is hard to believe, but the August Poetry Postcard Fest started in 2007 by Lana Ayers and me is going as well as it ever has. With the launch of the poetry postcard anthology 56 Days of August this Fall, there are going to be several events to celebrate the practice of writing poems on postcards to send to strangers. Thanks to one of the co-editors, Judy Kleinberg, an event in Bellingham is the first such event. From Judy:

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.

As you may know, 2016 was the 10th anniversary of the August Poetry Postcard Fest (APPF) and to mark the occasion, we are publishing 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. I’m 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 — — which you’re invited to share far and wide.

Several of our panelists will be joining us from outside the Bellingham area. If you are in Bellingham and able to host a postcard poet for the night, please let me know.

And please be sure to mark your calendar for Monday, October 9, and let me know if you have questions.

Happy postcarding,


j.i. kleinberg

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Nurse Log Poem at Bradner Gardens

I think it might be seven times now that I have been invited to read poems by Jim O’Halloran at his annual concert at Bradner Gardens. One of the jewels of Seattle’s P-Patch system of community gardens, Jim is a brilliant flute-playing/band-leading/ composer and arranger. The bands he assembles play a sort of fusion-influenced, post-bebop repertoire that includes Weather Report, later Miles Davis, Kenny Garrett and world music influences.

Date: August 12
Place: Bradner Gardens
Address: 1730 Bradner Pl S, Seattle, WA 98144
Time: 6:30-8:30pm

This year I am going to do something more ambitious with the band. Jim has agreed to create an accompaniment for a long piece I wrote in the spring of this year about the nurse log in Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park that sits, decaying, in a “greenhouse” called the Neukom Vivarium. More info on my poem and the permanent installation here.

The setting for this annual concert is magnificent and you are invited to bring a blanket, chairs, food, libations and anything that would enhance your appreciation of the music and poetry. My friend Carletta Carrington Wilson is one other poet featured and this promises to be a magical night. I hope to see you.

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