Last summer I learned about the August Postcard Poetry Fest, an event that has me sending 31 postcards to 31 strangers, all over the world. Each postcard has a poem written on it, a poem I wrote. In exchange, I receive 31 poetry postcards from 31 strangers. Last summer was my first time participating in the fest and I loved it. I loved finding the postcards I would send – last year I sent postcards featuring the work of artist Edward Gorey, the package of postcards was titled “Mysterious Messages, Cryptic Cards, Coded Conundrums, Anonymous Notes” perfect for a poem to a stranger! I loved writing short poems and getting creative. I loved dropping them in the mail each day and thinking of how the person on the other end would feel when they read my poem. But most of all I loved getting the postcards. I love postcards anyway, I travel a lot for work and I always send postcards to my friends. But to get a postcard with a poem written on it, it’s combining two things I love into the perfect package!
This year’s postcards were chosen because I felt they were perfect for the fest – they’re postcards featuring books and libraries!
I’ve addressed all my postcards, now I’ve just got to get writing and get them out the door! Tomorrow kicks off this year’s Postcard Poetry Fest!