Monday, August 18, 2008

About This Blog

This blog, begun by Andrew Christ, stems from an activity begun in Saginaw, Michigan by the River Junction Poets. The activity is aimed toward readers who have little or no formal training in this fine art. Perhaps the market share of readers can, for poetry, be expanded. The ongoing series of Poets Birthday Readings serves as a reminder that poetry comes from poets. By providing a friendly, non-threatening reading experience, poetry in general can become something for inexperienced readers to engage themselves in more. This blog features multiple contributors, lists of poets and their birthdays, titles of their recent works and links to publishers and other pages with information about the poets. Frequently this blog features pieces written by other bloggers.

About the activity: Since June 2005 the River Junction Poets have hosted free Poets Birthday Readings at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Saginaw Michigan to read and discuss life, poetry and the pursuit of happiness. We plan our events around the birthdays of poets; the bookstore mentions our events in its monthly in-store Newsletter. When we send a birthday card to the poet we celebrate, we include the Newsletter that mentions the event. We've received Thank You notes from several of these poets.

If you are interested in having Poets Birthday Readings where you live, great! If you are wondering whether you have what it takes to host such an event yourself, consider whether you would be willing to sit in a Barnes & Noble bookstore and read poems by yourself. Since I don't expect anyone to sign up ahead of time, I never know exactly who will join the group on any particular occasion. For me, it isn't time wasted if no one shows up. So far, that's happened once. (I was the only one who showed up for Lewis Carroll's birthday reading. I actually ended up talking about Lewis Carroll, his poetry and our group
with shoppers who happened to be there at the time.) You can get ideas and information for starting your own tradition at this blog. Please feel free to contact me, Andrew Christ, through this blog or through Facebook if you have any questions or want to say hi. Have a great time!

If you like what you see here, please show your support by donating to the Birthday Card fund and/or by buying me a cup of coffee. Thanks so much!

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Marc said...

Is Marvin Bell the poet that wrote "I used to follow birds everywhere now birds follow me whever I go."

larry goodell said...

so how do you get yr birthday listed if you're a published poet?
larry goodell

Andrew Christ said...

Hi Larry, I'm glad you asked. The best way is to send an e-mail to me (at riverjunctionpoets at gmail dot com) with the following info: your birthday, the title of your most recent book, the year of publication and the name of the publisher. It would also be helpful to include a website address or two that feature info about you &/or your work. Andrew