PPF Open House Video and Q&A!

PPF Open House Video and FAQ! On June 16, 2024, CPL hosted a Zoom open house for the Poetry Postcard Fest, where the PPF committee answered any questions regarding the fest and postcard poems were shared! If you missed it, you can now watch the full Zoom below! Below,...

PPF ZOOM OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY JUNE 16!

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Postcards From Here

Postcards From Here Cascadia Poetics Lab will be celebrating the Poetry Postcard Fest with its first in-person postcard event on July 14, 2024 at 11 A.M. PDT at the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, WA! The event will feature three long-time Poetry Postcard Fest...

Postcards From Mapes Creek

Postcards From Mapes Creek Join us next to Mapes Creek as Tim Mateer, of Austin, TX, Abhaya Thomas of Portland, OR, and Colette Dutton of Yellville, AR, talk about their approach to the annual Poetry Postcard Fest along with local poets Zach Charles, Sally...

Press Release: Cascadia Poetics LAB to Host 18th Poetry Postcard Fest and Postcards From Here Event

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Less Than One Month

18th Poetry Postcard Fest Registration Update with 13 groups already formed with less than a month to go.

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Poetry Postcard Fest

Is an annual literary event and self-guided workshop in spontaneous compositionwhere people sign up to send 31 original poems on postcards to folks on a participation list before the end of August. The Fest was initiated in 2007 by poets Paul Nelson and Lana Ayers, and has grown to include poets participating worldwide. Registration opens annually on September 1.

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Poetry Postcard Fest News

PPF Open House Video and Q&A!

PPF Open House Video and Q&A!

PPF Open House Video and FAQ! On June 16, 2024, CPL hosted a Zoom open house for the Poetry Postcard Fest, where the PPF committee answered any questions regarding the fest and postcard poems were shared! If you missed it, you can now watch the full Zoom below! Below,...

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PPF ZOOM OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY JUNE 16!

PPF ZOOM OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY JUNE 16!

PPF ZOOM OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY JUNE 16! Join the Poetry Postcard Fest project board on Sunday, June 6, 2024 at 1 P.M. PDT for a PPF Zoom open house! Now that we are less than a month away from the Poetry Postcard Fest, prepare for the fest by attending the Zoom and asking...

read more
Postcards From Here

Postcards From Here

Postcards From Here Cascadia Poetics Lab will be celebrating the Poetry Postcard Fest with its first in-person postcard event on July 14, 2024 at 11 A.M. PDT at the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, WA! The event will feature three long-time Poetry Postcard Fest...

read more
Postcards From Mapes Creek

Postcards From Mapes Creek

Postcards From Mapes Creek Join us next to Mapes Creek as Tim Mateer, of Austin, TX, Abhaya Thomas of Portland, OR, and Colette Dutton of Yellville, AR, talk about their approach to the annual Poetry Postcard Fest along with local poets Zach Charles, Sally...

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The Poetry Postcard Fest

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This is the official page for the Poetry Postcard Fest.

The Fest was initiated in 2007 by poets Paul Nelson and Lana Ayers and involves people signing up to send 31 original poems on postcards to folks on their list before the end of August. In 2021 there were 519 participants in over 14 countries. Registration opens Sept 1 each year. See this essay in Rattle Magazine about the fest:

Once you are registered (click here to register) here are the INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Obtain or make at least 31 postcards, one for each poet on your list.

Some people make their cards. Many places can turn your pictures into cards, as can any decent print shop. DO print on decent card stock.

2. After you register, and once your group has filled,

you will get a list via email and pdf. Find your name on that list and please make sure your info is correct. (You will not get your group list at registration, but when there are 32 in your group or when registration ends.)

3. Once you get your list, start writing original poems directly (1st take) onto postcards addressed to the names below you on the list of poets.

(If you are #8 on the list, start with #9 and proceed from there.) Just like you’d write a typical postcard, only this one is a poem and linked to the epistle form, as you are writing TO someone. The idea is to practice spontaneity, that is write directly on the card in one take. If it’s hard at the start of the fest to do that, relax, because it gets better as the month goes on, no one can publish your poem without your permission and you are writing to a PERSON. Review the links below for guidance ESPECIALLY the sending postcards to strangers blog post by David Sherman, the Ina Roy-Faderman testimonial and Linda Crosfield’s 7.14.16 blog post. Remember Allen Ginsberg’s paraphrase of the Blake quite: “Abstractions and Generalizations are the plea of the hypocrite, knave and scoundrel.” Or as Ezra Pound said: “Abstractions must be earned.” Really.

4. Once you have written cards to all poets below your name on your list, continue to the top of your group of 32.

Ideally you’ll be incorporating themes, tones or motifs from cards you have received. If you do not get cards from participants right away, or are not inspired by them, no problem, but do write at least 31 postcard poems if you sign up. This is on YOU dear Poetry Postcard Fest poet.

5. DON’T POST YOUR OWN POEMS ONLINE UNTIL A MONTH AFTER YOU SEND THEM.

Also, do not publish anyone else’s poem without their written permission. Having a scanner helps to archive the image perfectly and scanners are now $100. Or you could take a photo of the image (or scan it) with your cellphone. Do realize if you are sending a card abroad, it may take longer than a month. Do not disclose any participant’s address online.

6. There is a Facebook page for the Poetry Postcard Fest but it is best to let the cards speak for themselves during the fest. Social media is a soul-sucking invention and your poetry needs all the soul you can dedicate to it.

You might want to write after the fest about your experience. NEVER spam the list about any product or service, including your books.

7. The fest is open to people who contribute at least $15.00* U.S. to the Cascadia Poetics LAB.

I want to be a resource for you especially if you are trying to make the shift from relentless editing to learning how to develop trust for your instincts. This is the force behind the fest and, I think, the reason that it has grown in popularity over the years. Contributions are welcome. *The suggested fee goes up June 4. If money is tight, ask for a scholarship. Some generous fest regulars add extra for people who are just getting by financially.

8. Ina Roy and J.I. Kleinberg and I have created a postcard anthology.

56 Days of August (Poetry Postcards)

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We send out an average of two emails a week from this blog, PaulENelson.com and Cascadia Poetics LAB, the literary arts-oriented non-profit org founded in 1993.

9. Other pages nearby worth a look regarding postcards and spontaneous composition

are on the drop down nav button below the Poetry Postcard Fest link above and here:

10. The Poetry Postcard Fest is supported by SICA-USA, the Subud International Cultural Association.

This is the cultural wing of my spiritual community and produces Zoomuse Poems for Peace.

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