From Brendan McBreen:
I will be sending out one long list this year instead of individual lists of 32 names.
You can send postcard poems to the 31 names below your name, please do not use this list for advertising or for any other purpose than postcard poems. If your name is toward the bottom of the list, when you reach the bottom you go to the top of the list and finish your 31 from there.
I will send out the list three times, our international participants often require an earlier start due to longer delivery times, so I will send the incomplete list out on July 16th and July 23rd. The final version I will send out on July 30th. The 30th is the cut off date, I will not be adding any more names to the list after that, the list sent out on the 30th will be the final list for this year. So Please be sure to send in your information before that. I will email the list to the participants in an attached word document as well as in the body of the email.
If you know anyone who would like to participate, feel free to forward them this message!
Thanks for putting up with this long winded explanation!
Hope you enjoy the Poetry Postcard Fest!
What to write? Something that relates to your sense of “place” however you interpret that, something about how you relate to the postcard image, what you see out the window, what you’re reading, a dream you had that morning, or an image from it, etc. Like “real” postcards, get to something of the “here and now” when you write. Present tense is preferred… Do write original poems for the project. Taking old poems and using them is not what we have in mind. Letting a card linger for a while before you respond to the next person on your list is cool.
David Sherwin’s article from a couple of years ago is worth reading: http://changeorder.typepad.com/weblog/2010/08/sending-postcards-to-strangers.html
The fest started in 2007, so this is the 7th year.