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...

February 3 & 4, 2018 – Writers’ & Poets’ Birthdays & Other Literary History

Welcome to the Feb. 3-4, 2018 weekend edition of Bidwell Hollow. This weekend holds the birthdays of writers Gertrude Stein, James A. Michener, and MacKinley Kantor. It’s also the birthday of poet E. J. Pratt and painter Norman Rockwell. Our poem for this weekend is Michael Longley’s “Bird-Watching.” Thank you for reading, listening to, and sharing Bidwell Hollow. See you...

February 1, 2018 – Writers’ & Poets’ Birthdays & Other Literary History

Today is Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. Poets celebrating birthdays today include Langston Hughes and Galway Kinnell. It’s also the birthday of writer Meg Cabot and the start of Black History Month. And Emily Dickinson’s “A Day” is our poem for today. Thank you for reading, listening to, and sharing Bidwell Hollow. Langston Hughes Today is the birthday of Langston Hughes...

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...