Category: January

January 31, 2018 – Writers’ & Poets’ Birthdays & Other Literary History

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. It’s the birthday of poet Jane Johnston Schoolcraft, and writers Zane Grey and Norman Mailer. It’s from Schoolcraft that we have today’s poem, “Invocation,” which you’ll find below. Thank you for reading and listening to Bidwell Hollow. If you enjoy Bidwell Hollow, please share it with others. Jane Johnston Schoolcraft Born today in 1800...

January 30, 2018 – Writers’ & Poets’ Birthdays & Other Literary History

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. It’s the birthday of historian Barbara W. Tuchman and writer Allan W. Eckert. It’s also the birthday of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Today’s poem is “Closed” by Elizabeth Drew Stoddard. Thank you for reading, listening to, and sharing Bidwell Hollow. Barbara W. Tuchman Today is the birthday of Barbara W. Tuchman (affiliate link). She was...

January 29, 2018 – Writers’ & Poets’ Birthdays & Other Literary History

Today is Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. It’s the birthday of writers Anton Chekhov, Robin Morgan, and Thomas Paine. And it’s on this date, in 1845, that Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” published for the first time. Our poem for today is Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Block City.” Thank you for reading, listening to, and sharing Bidwell Hollow. Anton Chekhov Born today...

January 27 & 28, 2018 – Writers’ & Poets’ Birthdays & Other Literary History

This weekend is Jan. 27 and Jan. 28, 2018. Birthdays this weekend include Lewis Carroll, Colette, Pierce Brown, Mozart, and James Grippando. Our poem for the weekend is Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Ocean.” Thank you for reading, listening to, and sharing Bidwell Hollow. Lewis Carroll Jan. 27 is the birthday of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. We know him today as Lewis Carroll...

January 26, 2018 – Writers’ & Poets’ Birthdays & Other Literary History

Today is Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. Born today were writers Jonathan Carroll and Mary Mapes Dodge. It’s also the birthday of songwriter Lucinda Williams. And on a programming note, we’re going to publish a single blog post and podcast episode this weekend. Saturday’s and Sunday’s post/podcast will publish Sunday morning. Thank you for reading and listening. If you enjoy Bidwell...

January 25, 2018 – Writers’ & Poets’ Birthdays & Other Literary History

Today is Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. It’s the birthday of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns. It’s also the birthday of writers Virginia Woolf and Gloria Naylor. Burns provides our poem for today, which you’ll find below. Thank you for reading and listening to Bidwell Hollow. Robert Burns It’s the birthday of the man regarded as the national poet of Scotland....

January 24, 2018 – Writers’ & Poets’ Birthdays & Other Literary History

Today is Jan. 24, 2018. It’s Edith Wharton’s birthday, and it’s the birthday of singer/songwriter Neil Diamond. Claude McKay’s “On Broadway” is our poem for today. If you enjoy Bidwell Hollow, please share us with others. Thank you for reading, listening to, and sharing Bidwell Hollow. Edith Wharton Born today in 1862 in New York City was Edith Newbold Jones....

January 23, 2018 – Writers’ & Poets’ Birthdays & Other Literary History

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. It’s the birthday of John Hancock, poet Derek Walcott, and painter Édouard Manet. Our poem today is Leonora Speyer’s “Swallows.” You’ll find the poem and this episode of our podcast below. Thank you for reading and listening to Bidwell Hollow. Derek Walcott Today is the birthday of poet Derek Walcott (Books by Walcott; affiliate link),...