Category: February

February 16, 2018 – Writers’ & Poets’ Birthdays & Other Literary History

Today is Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. It’s the birthday of poet Peter Porter, biographer Nigel Hamilton, and screenwriter Albert Hackett. And today in 1741, Benjamin Franklin published the first issue of “The General Magazine.” Today’s poem is “On a Pair of Garters” by Sir John Davies. Thank you for reading and sharing Bidwell Hollow. Peter Porter Born today in Brisbane,...

February 15, 2018 – Writers’ & Poets’ Birthdays & Other Literary History

Today is Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. It’s the birthday of Susan B. Anthony, “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening, and Galileo Galilei. It’s also the birthday of poet Bruce Dawe and Norman Bridwell. He created Clifford the Big Red Dog. Today’s poem is “Hallucination,” by F. S. Flint. Thank you for reading Bidwell Hollow. Hope you have a beautiful day. Matt...

February 12, 2018 – Writers’ & Poets’ Birthdays & Other Literary History

Today is Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. It’s the birthday of writers Judy Blume and Jacqueline Woodson. Also sharing a birthday today are Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. And it’s the birthday of storyteller Jackie Torrence. Today’s poem is John Gould Fletcher’s “The Swan.” iPhone and iPad users, Bidwell Hollow is now available on Apple News. To access us on Apple...

February 10-11, 2018 – Writers’ & Poets’ Birthdays & Other Literary History

It’s the weekend of Sat., Feb. 10 and Sun., Feb. 11, 2018. Birthdays this weekend include writers Lydia Maria Child, Boris Pasternak, and Mo Willems, poet Else Lasker-Schüler, as well “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan. Our poem for today and tomorrow is Willa Cather’s “L’Envoi.” Thank you for reading and sharing Bidwell Hollow. Have a great weekend. Boris Pasternak Born...

February 8, 2018 – Writers’ & Poets’ Birthdays & Other Literary History

Today is Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. It’s the birthday of poet Elizabeth Bishop and writers John Grisham and Jules Verne. It’s also the birthday of composer John Williams. And today in 1944, an African-American reporter covered a Presidential press conference for the first time. Thank you for reading, listening to, and sharing Bidwell Hollow. Elizabeth Bishop Today is the birthday...

February 7, 2018 – Writers’ & Poets’ Birthdays & Other Literary History

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. It’s the birthday of writer Charles Dickens. It’s also the birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Sinclair Lewis, and poet David Ignatow. Our poem for today is “Diana in the Hunt,” by Forceythe Wilson. Thank you for reading, listening to, and sharing Bidwell Hollow. Charles Dickens Today is the birthday of Charles John Huffam Dickens...

February 6, 2018 – Writers’ & Poets’ Birthdays & Other Literary History

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. It’s the birthday of singer/songwriter Bob Marley, playwright Christopher Marlowe, and writer Lothar-Günther Buchheim. Also on this day in 1952 Princess Elizabeth became Queen of England. Emma Lazarus’ “Work” is our poem for today. Thank you for reading, listening to, and sharing Bidwell Hollow. Aaron Burr Today is the birthday of the United States’ third...