Snail Mail from an Inland Valley Daily Bulletin Reader

What a wonderful surprise to find this delightful card in my mailbox! She wrote in response to my December 12, 2021 column titled “Writing Someone a Letter Would Be the Gift of a Lifetime.”

The writer shared her lifelong enjoyment of corresponding with “Pen Friends.” She remarkably maintains correspondence with twenty people around the world.

She spends an hour-and-a-half to two hours writing each letter with a BIC pen, whose six-sided barrel she praises for its non-slip grip. Her immaculate penmanship supports her claim.

What a pleasure to connect with someone who enjoys my love for correspondence! I hope she will let me join her global group of Pen Friends.

I will definitely treasure her letter to me as a gift!

Note: Her stationary is designed by Yoshiko Yamamoto and printed by the Arts & Crafts Press.

150 Years of Postcards

After I wrote my latest Inlandia Literary Journeys column for the Southern California News Group in which I encouraged people to send postcards to those in varying degrees of isolation due to the Covid pandemic, I learned that October 1, 2019 marked the 150th anniversary of the first postcard.

The Universal Postal Union organized a celebration of the postcard and created a website along with Postcrossings describing the history of postcards.

Poets should note that next year will be the fifteenth anniversary of the Seattle Poetics LAB‘s August Poetry Postcard Festival. Registration to participate in the exchange of original poems through postcards begins in September of 2020. The project is a fun way to encourage yourself to write a series of new poems.

If you would like to receive a postcard from a random person in the world, consider joining Postcrossings.

I hope you will take the time to send a postcard today.

Inlandia Literary Journeys Column on Claremont Poetry Readings

My latest column for the Southern California News Group highlights the Open Words and Fourth Sundays poetry readings in Claremont. The column ran in the Sunday, May 12, 2019 editions of The Inland Valley Bulletin, The Press-Enterprise, The Redlands Daily Facts, and The Sun.

“To hear the diverse voices of Southern California’s poets and beyond, head to Claremont, a town that values poetry.”

I never know how the editors of the various papers will title or illustrate my columns. This column ran with the same title in all four papers, but with variations in the number and color of the photos.