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

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Richmond Poetry in September!

Words on Fire: Poetry Happy Hour at Firehouse Firehouse Theatre, 1609 W. Broad St., RVA 23220 Tuesday September 1st, 6pm Tomorrow night! Add a little mid-week spark to your late summer calendar with our inaugural open mic poetry event at Firehouse! Featuring mini-readings by local poets, an open mic sign up for those wishing to sling some spit themselves, a cash bar, and lots of good vibes & people, we can’t think of a hotter way to wind down your day & get the night rolling! $5 at the door gets you in.

Poetry & Jazz Tasting C'est Le Vin, 15 N. 17th St. RVA 23219 Thursday September 3rd, 7pm A double dose this week! Get your pre-Labor Day party going with us at award-winning C’est Le Vin! Over the course of the evening, local wordsmiths of all experience levels will give us a “taste” of what they do in five minutes or less. This month, keep your ears amazing Bob Lambert & co. Want to join in the fun? Make sure to get on the open for a special musical guest in addition to the smooth sounds of the list! Look for yours truly early in the evening or email ahead of time.

Abandoned Spots and Forgotten Spaces: The Whispers of Belle Isle Where: meet in the parking area at 300 Tredegar St.  When: Saturday September 12, noon; event to be postponed in case of rain RSVP required (reply by email: dottoressa.joanna at hotmail dot com) A must-see RVA site for all those poetically inclined! We'll be spending the afternoon sharing and discussing recent works and in general all things poetry while taking in a bit of history & more of so bring your walking shoes & sunscreen, and bring poems! Light picnic the Richmond river scene. Gentle hiking is a part of this particular session, access. fare, water bottles and discrete adult beverages are likewise encouraged. Note that this is an open air event with minimal amenities and pedestrian-only access.

Poetry Night @ taZa taZa Coffee n Creme, 5047 Forest Hill Ave., RVA 23225 Friday September 25, 7pm Always a solid night of poetry with new voices and old friends! TaZa’s relaxed atmosphere, good eats and adult refreshment make it a perfect place to take in some excellent wordsmithery of an evening. First-time readers encouraged!

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

Monday Night Workshop & Critique Series Urban Farmhouse Market & Café 3rd Monday workshops are back! Check out on Facebook for September specifics. Join us, too, for our regularly scheduled critique groups on the 2nd and 4th Mondays to keep those creative juices levels. For critique nights, please bring 1-3 poems-in-progress with a handful flowing! All sessions are always completely free and open to all experience of copies (4-8) to share round the table. September dates:
September 14, 6:30-8pm, Urban Farmhouse Shockoe (1217 E. Cary St.): Small group critique 
September 21, 6:30-8:30pm, Urban Farmhouse Church Hill (310 N. 33rd St.): Workshop 
September 28, 6:30-8pm, Urban Farmhouse Shockoe (1217 E. Cary St.): Small group critique

Tuesday Night Options!!

09-01-15 (NEW!!)
(Cash Bar!)
Words on Fire:
Poetry Happy Hour at Firehouse
1609 W Broad St
Richmond VA
6:00 – 7:30
Host:  Joanna Lee

Open Mic (Poets, Singers, etc.)
Cipher Tuesdays
Fifty Eighteen
5018 Princess Anne Rd
Norfolk VA
$5 cover
Host: Q5
Live Art & Live Band Doors Open at 8:00, shows starts at 9:00

Open Mic - Tuesdays Verses
Addis Ethiopian Restaurant
9 N 17th St
Richmond VA
7:00 – (Every Tues)

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Halloween and Open Mic at the Venue!

Every year in the month of October we suspend Feature Sunday and instead have a Halloween event called Screecher Sunday. This year and going forward the Halloween event will be it's own thing to be held on the 3rd Friday of October. The 16th. From 7 to 10. There will be a screening of independent short horror films and animations. Games. Tricks and treats and Halloween related performances. There will also be an open mic portion but the only catch is your pieces have to fall in with the theme of Halloween. Sharpen your pencils, tune your instruments and see what kind of horror filled art you can come up with. And don't forget your costume.
We learn. We laugh. We love. 
We are Venue 35.

Poetry Inspired by Art/Exhibit Pictures


     In conjunction with our current exhibition, Virginia Artists 2015 Juried Exhibition 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 Sunday, August 22 up until Sunday, October 4 at 1:30, the day of the Poetry Reading, which begins at 2:30. You are also invited to the Opening Reception on Sunday, August 23, 2:00-4:30 pm, when you will have an opportunity to meet and talk with the artists.  Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10-6 and Saturday and Sunday, 1-5.
            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. 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, October 4 at 2:30 pm, here in our galleries. Participants are welcome to bring an appetizer or non-alcoholic beverage to share following the reading. If time permits, poets may also read one other of their poems, unrelated to the artwork in the exhibition.
 Our most important visual arts competition of the year, this annual competition will showcase the talents of many of Virginia’s finest artists and craftsmen and features $6,750 total cash awards, including a $1,500 Best in Show and awards in each media including drawing, printmaking, painting, photography, crafts, watercolor, mixed media and sculpture. This year’s exhibition attracted 712 entries by 278 artists, making it one of the largest juried exhibitions in the state.
This year 113 artworks by 112 artists in all styles, genres, sensibilities, subject matter and media will be represented, selected by Teresa Annas, independent arts writer and former curator of the Virginia Beach Arts Center.
              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
727-1490   jwjones@hampton.gov


From the Exhibit
Icarus' Daughter, Siena - Samantha Hand

Aunt Trudy at the Shore - Robert J Burnell

Most Wanted - John Balasa

SAY Festival on 35th St!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Tomorrow: Teen Open Mic in Norfolk

The Muse Writers Center
816-A Orapax St, Norfolk, Virginia 23507
Teen Open Mic Night

Friday, August 28, 7-9 p.m. at The Muse Writers Center.

Open to Teens 12-17. Come read original short stories, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

Pizza & Refreshments Provided!

Sign-ups begin at 7 p.m. Approximately 5-minute slots available. The event will be chaperoned, and the teens request the audience be mostly teens beside the chaperones.

More Information: Visit www.the-muse.org/readings-events.html#teen or email Noa Greenspan at noa@the-muse.org.

Join other 12-17 year olds for a fun night of listening to and reading original writing!