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

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

C.I.P.H.E.R. 1st Anniversary - New Location (Tonight Only)

From Facebook Page:
New location. One night. It's a celebration every time we link up. C.I.P.H.E.R. Tuesdays 1 Year Anniversary: The Potluck Edition: 2802 Build America Drive Hampton, VA. Doors open at 8. Show starts around 9. $5 Cash Cover at the door! Pull up! ‪#‎757SUPPORTS757‬ ‪#‎CIPHERTUESDAYS‬ ‪#‎OPENMICNIGHT‬ ‪#‎1YEARANNIVERSARY‬ ‪#‎MUSICIANS‬ ‪#‎COMEDIANS‬ ‪#‎SINGERS‬ ‪#‎EMCEES‬ ‪#‎757ARTISTS‬ ‪#‎PAINTERS‬ ‪#‎UNIFY‬ ‪#‎HAMPTON‬ ‪#‎HAMPTONU‬ ‪#‎HAMPTONROADS‬ ‪#‎Q5TV‬

May 12: Art + Words Welcomes Nancy Powell

Nancy Powell will be reading from her latest book:

Open Mic Poetry
Peninsula of Fine Arts (PFAC)
101 Museum Dr
Newport News VA
6:00 – 7:00 (2nd Thurs)
Host:  Barbara Drucker Smith
(Open Mic To Follow Reading)

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Richmond Poetry Happenings in May!!

Poetry & Jazz Tasting 
C'est Le Vin, 15 N. 17th St. RVA 23219 
Thursday May 5, 7pm
This month, we’re celebrating FIVE YEARS of poetry at C’est Le Vin—and it’s going to be epic! Not only will we have our usual excellent samplings from local poets, but our musical compadres Super64 & friends will be pulling out all the stops. Plus, there’ll be a free wine tasting, plenty of time to network & chat, and CAKE! Also, in honor of our 5 years, 5% of sales for the evening will go back to River City Poets (so it’d be a great time to pick up that bottle you’ve been wanting to try—hint, hint!). Make sure to get on the list and add your voice to the celebration if you’ve got a poem or two to share! (Find me early in the evening or shoot me an email beforehand.)

Tea for Two: Poetry on the Veranda
Richmond Public Library, Main Branch, 101 E. Franklin St., RVA 23219
Saturday May 7, 11am-1pm
Our signature outdoor reading event in partnership with Richmond Public Library is back! In this first of our 2016 Tea for Two series, local poets Bettina Judd and L.G. Parker will do a combined reading on RPL’s lovely veranda. As previously, there will be coffee & tea, time to relax, chat, meet the poets and check out their books. In case of rain, event to be held inside. (Although as this is written it looks to be in the 70’s and perfect for a poetry reading, so keep your fingers crossed!)

Poetry in Abandoned Spots and Forgotten Spaces— Maymont’s Italian Gardens
Meet by the Hampton Street /Historic Estate Entrance, 1700 Hampton Street, RVA 23220
Saturday May 14, 1pm; please see below for inclement weather location
RSVP required (reply by email)
Ok, so Maymont isn’t exactly abandoned. But, it is an iconic Richmond spot you should definitely know. (Plus, the Italian Gardens are perfect inspiration for our terza rima workshop on the 16th—coincidence? I think not.) What to bring for this month’s outdoor adventure: comfortable shoes (as we’ll do a bit of walking), water, snacks, camera, pen/notebook & poems! This will be a chance to read, share, write and discuss all things poetic while getting to know one of RVA’s horticultural gems.  
*Note that this is an open air event with limited amenities. RSVP required. In case of bad weather, we’ll be keeping it Italian and meet instead at Stuzzi, 1 N Belmont Ave, RVA 23221. 

Poetry Night @ Café Zata
Café Zata, 5047 Forest Hill Ave., RVA 23225
Friday May 27, 7pm
It’s always a good evening at the café formerly known as taZa, so join us for a night filled with friends and poetry! Zata’s relaxed atmosphere, fresh-made fare and adult refreshment make this a perfect place to hang with the poets & maybe step up to the mic yourself. No language or theme restrictions. New voices always welcome!

Words on Fire: Poetry Happy Hour at Firehouse
Firehouse Theatre, 1609 W. Broad St., RVA 23220
Tuesday May 31, 6pm
Step out of your boring work week routine and meet us at Firehouse for a poetic twist on happy hour! Featuring showcases by local poets, an open mic sign-up for those with a verse or two to share themselves, and of course drink specials at the bar, there’s no better way to wind down a long day! $5 at the door gets you in. 

Freewrite Tuesdays at Sub Rosa!
Sub Rosa Bakery
620 N. 25th St., RVA 23223 
1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am-ish
Need a push to get writing, or just need to get out of the house? We hear you! Come write with the cool kids at Sub Rosa on May 3 or May 17! This group’s purpose is to create a cozy and informal venue to freewrite and converse-- we believe writing isn’t necessarily a solitary sport, and that you never know what kind of poem might walk through the door. Although we're open to specialized topics and sharing, there is no formal critique or workshop agenda, and no RSVP required— simply show up & bring your writing utensils!

Monday Night Workshop & Critique Series
Urban Farmhouse Market & Café 
Looking to hone your poetic craft? Our Monday night series is the place to be! Check out the Event page on Facebook for 3rd Monday workshop specifics, and keep your pen sharp with our regularly scheduled critique groups on the 2nd & 4th Mondays. For critique nights, please bring 1-2 poems-in-progress with a handful of copies (6-10) to share around the table. For workshop, take note of our new digs, and come ready to write—this will be our LAST workshop before summer break! 
All critique nights and workshops are always completely free and open to all experience levels, but if you feel inspired by what you learn on Monday nights, you can still show your appreciation by donating whatever you can to our poetry cause. 100% of funds (minus a small PayPal fee) go directly to the instructor and the furthering of these workshops. Thank you to all who have so far contributed—it means a ton! (http://bit.ly/inspiredpoet)

May Dates:
May 9, 6:30-8pm, 
Urban Farmhouse Shockoe (1217 E. Cary St.): Small group critique
May 16, 6:00-8:00pm, 
Patrick Henry Pub (2300 E. Broad St, RVA 23223): Workshop
May 23, 6:30-8pm, 
Urban Farmhouse Shockoe (1217 E. Cary St.): Small group critique

Speak Your Truth!! (Open Mic Showcase)

Little River Poetry Festival !!