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Poems While You Wait

June 26, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - June 28, 2020 @ 5:00 pm


      A very popular feature for FestivALL the past several years has been Poems While You Wait.  Poet Laureate, Marc Harshman, was joined by one or two other colleagues in poetry and then, on old-fashioned, that is, real typewriters, produced on demand a poem for festival goers.   

     This year for virtual simplicity the old typewriters will be gone, as will the tense, sweaty faces of the poets at work but… poems produced for our poetry-hungry, virtual readers will be on offer in real time.  And for free — really!

        Simply follow the rules below and we’ll see that an original poem by either Marc Harshman or Ron Houchin finds its way to you within forty-eight hours of your request. But hurry – we’re only taking the first 30 who register! 

Registration goes live Friday, June 26th at 4PM

What to do?

Select a topic when you register

Submit your information

FestivALL will see that the first thirty requests (divided equally between the two poets) will be sent on to either Marc or Ron and they will begin typing.

That’s it, that simple!

We’ll see that you get your original, speed-typed poem within forty-eight hours or less!

Marc Harshman’s WOMAN IN RED ANORAK, won the 2017 Blue Lynx Poetry Prize published by Lynx House/University of Washington Press. His 14th children’s book, FALLINGWATER, co-written with Anna Smucker, was published by Roaring Brook/Macmillan in 2017. His poetry collection, BELIEVE WHAT YOU CAN, was published by WVU Press and won the Weatherford Award from the Appalachian Studies Association. Poems anthologized by Kent State University, the University of Iowa, University of Georgia, and University of Arizona. He is the seventh poet laureate of WV and co-winner of the 2019 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award.

Ron Houchin has eight books of poetry publish, his ninth, Talking to Shadows, appears this November 25th from LSU Press’s Southern Messenger Poets Series.  In addition he has a short stort collection and a novella published. His awards and nominations include Appalachian Poetry book of the year for 2004, The Weatherford poetry prize in 2013, and Push Cart and Paterson nominations.  His work has appeared in Five Points, Birmingham, Poetry Review, Poetry Daily, and many others.


June 26, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
June 28, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
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