"Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast possession of definition." - Eli Khamarov, The Shadow Zone

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Carpe Noctem & Poetry Reading!


       In conjunction with our current exhibition, Carpe Noctem: Seize the Night at The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center in Hampton; we are sponsoring a Poetry Inspired by Art event.

                Poets are invited to write a poem inspired by one of the artworks in the exhibition, followed by a poetry reading here in our galleries. The poems would also be posted adjacent to the artworks, with the permission of the artist. They will also be available in notebooks for perusal by our visitors.

                Poets can write their poems or photograph the artwork for reference in our galleries and write their poems later beginning Saturday, June 27 up until Saturday, August 8. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10-6 and Saturday and Sunday, 1-5. Poets are also invited to attend the Opening Reception for the exhibition on Saturday, June 27, 6:00-8:00 pm.

                When you have completed your poem, please email it to me, preferably in 12 point font and as a WORD friendly document attachment. Include the name of the poem, your name and the artist name and title. Attached is the suggested format. CHTAC reserves the right to reject any submission for any reason, at its discretion.

                 We will be hosting the Poetry Reading of these poems Sunday, August 9 at 2:30 pm, here in our galleries. Participants are welcome to bring an appetizer or non-alcoholic beverage to share following the reading.


Carpe Noctem: Seize the Night-  June 27 to August 16

       Organized by Gallery Manager James Warwick Jones and guest curator Barbara Hennig-Loomis, the exhibit asks visitors to look into the shadows to see what might emerge.

   Night and darkness, death and nightlife, nocturnal light as well as the black depths of humor and horror all have a place in this exhibit.

    In an era where light is difficult to escape, it is easy to forget that until the 19th century, most art, as well as a great deal of life was played out by slivers of illumination, and the rhythms of the world shifted dramatically with the setting of the sun.  Portions of the works in this show still reflect that shift.  Just as many depict a different sort of darkness as manifest in the sly, macabre or fantastic: all ask viewers to come over to the dark side, or at least to look a little closer.

    We hope you will participate and invite you to contact your poet friends who might also be interested. You may reach me at jwjones@hampton.gov or 727-1490 with any questions.

James Warwick Jones, Gallery Manager

The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center

4205 Victoria Boulevard, Hampton, VA 23669


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July 9th: Art + Words at PFAC

The Peninsula Fine Arts Center will feature poet Michal Mahgerefteh at its Art + Words at 6 p.m. July 9. Michal Mahgerefteh is an award-winning poet and artist from Israel who has lived in Virginia since 1986. She's the author of four poetry collections: In My Bustan (2009), What's Left Behind (2012-2014), Sipping Memories: A Poetic Journal to Morocco (2014) and Field of Harps (2013).

Art + Words welcomes lovers of the spoken word to share original or favorite poems during its open mic portion, offered at each event. Art + Words is offered at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month for free.

In August, our featured reader will be Nicole Emmelhaiz, an assistant professor at Christopher Newport University who will share her original poetry.

Thank you so much and please spread the word to fellow poetry lovers!

July Richmond Happenings!!

Poetry & Jazz Tasting
C'est Le Vin, 15 N. 17th St. RVA 23219
Thursday July 2, 7pm
Kick off the July 4th weekend early—this very week!—with a helping of poetry, live music, good friends & good wine! Over the course of the evening, local wordsmiths of all experience levels will give us a “taste” of what they do, and Randy Burton and Bob Lambert of Super64 will keep us chill with some cool tunes. Want to join in the fun? Make sure to get on the list! Look for me early in the evening or email ahead of time.

Abandoned Spots and Forgotten Spaces June Raindate:
Poetry on the Pipeline II
Where: meet by the overlook/parking lot at S. 12th St.
When: Saturday July 18, noon; event to be postponed (again!) in case of rain
RSVP required (reply by email: dottoressa.joanna at hotmail dot com)
Alas! Our June Pipeline poetry adventure got thunderstorm-ed out, so we’re giving it another go in July. Please note the time change! We'll be spending the afternoon sharing and discussing recent works and in general all things poetic while taking in an iconic Richmond river scene. Exploring encouraged, so bring your walking shoes & sunscreen, and bring poems! Note that this is an open air event with minimal amenities, narrow walkways and ladder-only access. Pack blankets/towels/whatever else you need to get comfortable, and dress for the weather. Light picnic fare and discrete adult beverages are likewise encouraged.

Poetry Night @ taZa
taZa Coffee n Creme, 5047 Forest Hill Ave., RVA 23225
Friday July 24, 7pm
We’re back again on the 4th Friday of the month for another night of wordsmithery at taZa! With an open mic that is quickly becoming known for nurturing new voices, this is a not-to-miss night of poetry. A relaxed atmosphere, good eats and adult refreshment make this a perfect place to take in some awesome poetizing of an evening. First-time readers are always welcome and encouraged!

Freewrite Tuesdays at Sub Rosa!
Sub Rosa Bakery
620 N. 25th St., RVA 23223
Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am
Who says poetry has to be done in a shuttered attic or at a lonely desk? Come battle your writer’s block with us! This group’s purpose is to create a cozy and informal venue to freewrite and converse-- we believe writing doesn't have to be a solitary sport, and that you never know what inspiration might walk through the door. Although we're open to specialized topics and sharing, there is no formal critique or workshop agenda— simply show up & come and go as you please!

Monday Night Workshop & Critique Series
Urban Farmhouse Market & Café (Shockoe), 1217 E. Cary St. RVA 23219
Even poets get vacays! Our 3rd Monday workshops are still on hiatus until September. Join us, though, for our regularly scheduled critique groups on the 2nd and 4th Mondays to keep those creative juices flowing! Sessions are always completely free and open to all experience levels. Please bring 1-3 poems-in-progress with a handful of copies (4-8) to share round the table.

Small group critique dates: Monday July 13th & Monday July 28th, 6:30-8pm