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Poetry & Jazz Tasting
C'est Le Vin, 15 N. 17th St. RVA 23219
Thursday April 5, 7pm
Kick off your April with a dose of poems & jazz! Local wordsmiths are joined by Bob Lambert of Super64 & friends for an exciting night of word & live tunes. Let's raise a glass to poetry together!
It bears repeating:
Despite the construction work & road closings in & around 17th St., we're at C'est Le Vin the first Thursday of every month. Please come out and #supportShockoeBottom!
Pints & Poems
Strangeways Brewing, 2277 Dabney Rd. RVA 23230
Saturday April 14, 7pm
We're excited to announce a brand new open mic opportunity at Strangeways Brewing! There'll be plenty of time for both poems & brews, as well as local gourmet foodtrucks, and showcases by some folks you may know (including the always impressive Jamil Jasey). Open mic sign up is onsite starting a little before the event opens at 7pm, so come out early, settle in with a pint, and get ready to get strange.
Sunday Poetry Brunch
Blue Bee Cider, 1320 Summit Ave. RVA 23230
Sunday April 15, noon
The weekend festivities continue at Blue Bee Cider on Sunday! There'll be guest poet readings and opportunities to share your own work (with and without musical improvisation). A table for bookselling. Live music by the Monument City Jazz Trio. Brunch by Cafe Zata. Plenty of the bubbly (cider). All combining to form a fabulous mini-festival atmosphere where you can connect (or re-connect) with your fellow wordsmiths. Join us for an epic afternoon!
RCP@10: A Reading Event with the 2018 RVA LitCrawl
10 Italian Cafe, 3200 W. Cary St. RVA 23221
Saturday April 21, 8pm
So stoked that River City Poets will take part in the 2018 LitCrawl in Carytown April 20-21! Our reading time is 8-9pm Saturday night, just before the afterparty at Can Can. Come for the poetry, stay for the party!
Yours truly will be one of our four poets, as well as poetesses Dorinda Wegener, Lydia Armstrong, and Victoria Flanagan. It's going to be an awesome set, and 10 is cozy & cool (serving both espresso and wine, as you'd expect of an Italian cafe). Hope to see you!
(Interested in LitCrawl-ing beforehand? Check out a full list of the weekend's readings here.)
Poetry Night @ Café Zata
Café Zata, 5047 Forest Hill Ave., RVA 23225
Friday April 27, 7pm
We're rounding out the month with a huzzah at Cafe Zata... where it also happens to be our 5-year anniversary! If you've not yet been to this southside cafe to see what we do on 4th Friday nights, you're definitely missing out. Our ever-growing open mic always inspires, is open to new voices, and has no language or theme restriction.
Monday Night Sessions
Workshops & critiques continue! If you're out of ideas with your April writing goals, our ekphrastic workshop on the 16th might be a source of timely inspiration. And as always, bring what you've been working on for feedback on the 2nd & 4th Mondays!
Workshops are held on 3rd Mondays at Rocketts Landing and begin at 6pm sharp. Critiques meet on 2nd & 4th Mondays in Shockoe Slip starting 6:30p. For critique nights, if you have a poem to share, please bring 6-10 copies for the table.
Monday April 9, 6:30-8pm– Small group critique, Urban Farmhouse Shockoe, 1217 E. Cary St. RVA 23219
Monday April 16, 6:00-8:00pm– Third Monday Workshop: Ekphrasis, Urban Farmhouse, Rocketts Landing, 4821 Old Main St., RVA 23231
Monday April 23, 6:30-8pm– Small group critique, Urban Farmhouse Shockoe, 1217 E. Cary St. RVA 23219
Both critique nights and workshops are open to all writing experience levels (unless otherwise noted) and always completely free of charge. If you're inspired by what you learn on Monday nights, though, we welcome you to make a totally OPTIONAL secure online donation to support our events. 100% of funds (minus a small PayPal fee) go directly to the instructor and the furthering of our programs. Thanks for all you do to support poetry!