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Thanks to all of our followers, readers, and contributors for your ongoing interest in our site. We plan to extend our hiatus through autumn 2017. During the coming months, we hope you will visit some of our previous poetry & prose series (links below).

ALL ABOUT MY NAME

I AM WAITING

IF I 

LEARNING TO DRIVE

LOOKS LIKE ME

LOST & FOUND

ME, AS A CHILD

ME, DURING THE HOLIDAYS

ME, AT 17

ME, IN A HAT

ME, IN FICTION

MY FIRST JOB

MY IMAGINARY SKILL

MY MANE MEMORIES

MY METAMORPHOSIS

MY PERFECT VACATION

MY PRIZED POSSESSION

MY SWEET WORD

MYTHIC

SAME NAME

SELF-PORTRAIT

STARTING TO RIDE

WHEN I HEAR THAT SONG

WHEN I MOVED

WHERE I LIVE

IMAGE: “White Birch in Autumn” by Georgia O’Keeffe (1925).

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We plan to take time over the summer for rest, reflection, and recharging. In the meantime, please revisit some of our poetry and prose series. Click one of the links below to reach all the selections in that series. Enjoy!

ALL ABOUT MY NAME

BEACH & POOL MEMORIES

I AM WAITING

IF I 

LEARNING TO DRIVE

LOOKS LIKE ME

LOST & FOUND

ME, AS A CHILD

ME, DURING THE HOLIDAYS

ME, AT 17

ME, IN A HAT

ME, IN FICTION

MY FIRST JOB

MY IMAGINARY SKILL

MY MANE MEMORIES

MY METAMORPHOSIS

MY PERFECT VACATION

MY PRIZED POSSESSION

MY SWEET WORD

MYTHIC

SAME NAME

SELF-PORTRAIT

STARTING TO RIDE

WHEN I HEAR THAT SONG

WHEN I MOVED

WHERE I LIVE

We started the Silver Birch Press blog on June 24, 2012 — and today celebrate our fifth anniversary. Thank you to our community of contributors, readers, and nearly 10,000 followers for making the Silver Birch Press blog part of your daily routine.  Cheers!

For a trip down memory lane, below is a replay of our first post (June 24, 2012).

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To me, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is the quintessential summer book. It chronicles the hot months of 1922, when the Great War was over and the Great Depression was yet to come. The 1920s were a blissful time when possibilities seemed limitless — and everyone seemed to be having fun (despite, or perhaps because of, Prohibition). These were the years when the cocktail was borne (to make the booze go farther), when women bobbed their hair and danced with abandon. It was The Jazz Age, as Fitzgerald called it — a name that stuck.

Every time I pick up The Great Gatsby — and I’ve read the book perhaps a dozen times — I am drawn in and enraptured by the book’s poetry and romance. To quote the song Kiplinger plays: In the morning, In the evening, ain’t we got fun. Yes, Gatsby is great fun — even with its sad ending. The story seems fresh and real, even though it took place 90 years ago.

I believe, though, that required high school reading of Gatsby is ill advised. Teens are too young to appreciate the longing and loss portrayed in the book — which is much better read after you’ve suffered some major hard knocks out in the big, bad world.

We all have a Gatsby in us — a hopeless romantic, an impossible dreamer who tries to hang onto the inner spark that makes life worth living. So pour yourself a lemonade (or something stronger), plop yourself in a lawn chaise, and dive into the greatest novel of all time. Happy Summer!

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We started the Silver Birch Press blog on June 24, 2012, and experimented for a few years while finding our niche. Today — May 8, 2017 — we hit one million views. Most of our growth has taken place in the past couple of years — since we initiated our Poetry & Prose Series, starting with our Self-Portrait Poetry Series in July 2014. Thank you to our community of contributors, readers, and nearly 10,000 followers for making the Silver Birch Press blog part of your daily routine.  We are honored and grateful for your interest and participation in this labor of love. Poem by poem and story by story, we are making the world a better, more welcoming place. Cheers!

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Some time in May 2017, the Silver Birch Press blog will reach a significant milestone — one million total views! As of today — April 27, 2017 — we have hit 990,090 views! Thanks so much to our daily followers, readers, and all of our contributors for this amazing accomplishment! We started the blog on June 24, 2012 — and it’s been a great five-year ride! Our deepest thanks to all of our supporters! Onward!

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During 2016, the Silver Birch Press blog featured 11 poetry and prose series. Many thanks to all who participated. All told, our 2016 writing prompts generated 917 poems and stories — the vast majority written specifically for our series. Cheers!

ME, IN FICTION Poetry & Prose Series (January 2-15, 2016): 28 participants

SAME NAME Poetry & Prose Series (Jan. 16 – February 13, 2016): 60 participants

MY MANE MEMORIES Poetry & Prose Series (February 14 – March 4, 2016): 80 participants

LEARNING TO DRIVE Poetry & Prose Series (March 25 – May 5, 2016): 95 participants

STARTING TO RIDE Poetry & Prose Series (May 6 – June 4, 2016): 76 participants

MY IMAGINARY SKILL Poetry & Prose Series (June 5 – June 25, 2016): 51 participants

BEACH & POOL MEMORIES Poetry & Prose Series (June 26 – August 8, 2016): 130 participants

WHEN I MOVED Poetry & Prose Series (August 9 – September 27, 2016): 151 participants

IF I Poetry & Prose Series (September 28 – October 26, 2016): 87 participants

MY PRIZED POSSESSION Poetry & Prose Series (October 27 – November 24, 2016): 78 participants.

ME, IN A HAT Poetry & Prose Series (November 25 – December 31, 2016): 81 participants

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Every once in a while, someone asks if we pay contributors — the person assumes we are making money from the ads that run under some posts. First off, wordpress.com runs these ads (and keeps all the revenue) to defray the cost of hosting free sites, such as ours. If a blogger wishes to remove the ads, it costs about $75 per year. To end this controversy, I have paid the fee — so, voila, the ads are gone (at least until next August).

Second of all, we feel that we “pay” contributors by offering them the opportunity to promote their work — their websites, publications, and books — to our nearly 10,000 followers (and 800,000 site visits).

Hope everyone enjoys our ad-free site!

IMAGE: “Zero dollars” (detail) by Keith Haring.

4 years
We just received a reminder from WordPress that today — June 24, 2016 — is our blog’s 4th anniversary! Thank you to all of our visitors over the past four years who, as of today, at 4:15 p.m. in Los Angeles, have visited a total of 742,016 times (yes, 3/4 of a million — each day, we are getting closer to the big number!).  Thanks to the blog’s current 8,804 followers!

We started the blog on a whim, with no idea where to take it — and meandered for a while (a long while) before deciding to issue calls for submissions around various writing prompts, including (so far):

All About My Name Poetry Series
April Fool’s Day Erasure Poetry Series
Beach & Pool Memories Poetry & Prose Series
Beat Erasure Poetry Series
Celebrity Free Verse Poetry Series
Half New Year Poetry Series
I Am Waiting Poetry Series
Learning to Drive Poetry & Prose Series
Looks Like Me Ekphrastic Poetry Series
May Poetry Series
Me, During the Holidays Poetry & Prose Series
Me, as a Child Poetry Series
Me, in Fiction Poetry & Prose Series
My Imaginary Skill Poetry & Prose Series
My Mane Memories Poetry & Prose Series
My Metamorphosis Poetry & Prose Series
My Perfect Vacation Poetry & Prose Series
My Sweet Word Poetry & Prose Series
Mythic Poetry Series
Same Name Poetry Series
Self-Portrait Poetry Series
Starting to Ride Poetry & Prose Series
Valentine’s Day Erasure Poetry Series
When I Hear That Song Poetry & Prose Series
When I Moved Poetry & Prose Series
Where I Live Poetry & Photography Series

Thank you to everyone who participates in our blog — as visitors, readers, writers, photographers, artists, commenters, and browsers! You have helped us build a thriving and vibrant community of readers and writers — from all corners of the world.

Cheers!

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During 2015, the Silver Birch Press blog featured 10 poetry and prose series. Many thanks to all who participated. All told, our 2015 writing prompts generated 965 poems and stories — the vast majority written specifically for our series. Amazing!

IAM WAITING Poetry Series (Dec. 1, 2014 – Jan. 31, 2015): 137 participants

WHERE I LIVE Poetry & Photography Series (Feb. 1 – March 31, 2015): 132 participants

ME, AS A CHILD Poetry Series (April 1 – May 31, 2015): 175 participants

ALL ABOUT MY NAME Poetry Series (June 1 – July 18, 2015): 160 participants

MY PERFECT VACATION Poetry & Prose Series (July 19 – Aug. 21, 2015): 71 participants

MY METAMORPHOSIS Poetry & Prose Series (Aug. 22 – Sept. 15, 2015): 52 participants

MY SWEET WORD Poetry & Prose Series (Sept. 16 – Oct. 31, 2015): 98 participants

WHEN I HEAR THAT SONG Poetry & Prose Series (Nov. 1 – 23, 2015): 47 participants

LOOKS LIKE ME EKPHRASTIC Poetry Series (Nov. 24 – Dec. 4, 2015): 23 participants

ME, DURING THE HOLIDAYS Poetry & Prose Series (Dec. 5, 2015 – Jan. 1, 2016): 70 participants

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On the second birthday of the Silver Birch Press blog — June 24, 2014 — we’d like to thank our visitors for spending time with us. A sincere thank you to our valued guests from 182 geographic designations around the world (shown in the shaded areas on the map below).

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