If, like me, the idea of being invited into the homes of remarkable poets thousands of miles apart to hear them read their best work is an exciting prospect then you, my friend, are living in the right era. That time is now. – Robert Peake
Technology is creating so many opportunities for poets. The chance to connect in new ways through social media allows poets in very distant communities to share their voices. The Transatlantic Poetry Community is just forming with an inaugural reading and live Q & A featuring Jane Hirshfield and George Szirtes on August 14th, 2013. The time is currently 8 PM BST / 3 PM EDT / Noon PDT through Google Hangout On Air. Robert Peake, an American poet living in England, is the founder of this community, which can be joined through Google+. Any poet writing in (or translating to) English from the US, UK, and Europe is welcome. Future readings will be announced through the Google+ community.
Virtual poetry meetups are also taking place on Twitter. I’ll forward news about these meetups as I hear of them through my Facebook and Twitter. These meetups are a great way to have a quick introduction to other poets and to share tips, calls for submissions, news items, and links to your latest project and website.
The opportunity to attend virtual poetry readings is a huge relief for me. One of my biggest frustrations as a writer and parent is the feeling of being geolocked. It isn’t always possible to attend every writing conference or reading that might be of interest to me, which limits my chances to meet other poets and to hear what is going on in the larger poetry world. The main reason for creating this blog is to move out of the comfort zone of my immediate geographic area and to participate in poetry in a broader way.