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

Thursday, December 1, 2016

This Saturday: DocuPoetry in Richmond!


Bring your creative flair and curiosity - and take an exhilarating dip into documentary poetry. You'll learn about the wide range of styles in docupoetry (a.k.a. cliophrastic poetry) and try your pen at it yourself. Are you a poet who loves history or who's passionate about social justice? Then you're particularly well-suited to this current within the poetry river.

Leave the workshop energized with ideas for poems you might write informed by or built from documents related to topics that matter to you - whether personal documents like an ancestors' letters, public documents like newspapers and declassified documents, or any number of potential sources. You'll also learn guidelines for fair use of source material in this type of poetry and tips for publishing your finished poems.

INSTRUCTOR: Wendy DeGroat (bio below)
COST: Members $30; Non-Members $35


Immediately after the workshop, join us for a reading at 12:15 p.m. with Wendy DeGroat and At The Inkwell host Matthew Hamilton.

WENDY DEGROAT's poetry has appeared in U.S. and U.K. publications, including Common-place, which recently published five poems from her manuscript about RVA philanthropist Grace Arents (1848-1926), as well as Raleigh Review, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, About Place, Mslexia, Forage, and TRIVIA: Voices of Feminism. Wendy is a librarian in Richmond,Virginia, and curates poetryriver.org. Her chapbook Beautiful Machinery is forthcoming from Headmistress Press in 2017.

MATTHEW HAMILTON is a former Soldier, Congressional Aide, US Peace Corps Volunteer, and Benedictine Monk. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from Fairfield University, and is a four-time Pushcart Prize nominee. His stories and poems have appeared in a variety of national and international journals, including Gravel, Atticus Review, Emerge Literary Journal, Coe Magazine, Noctua Review, Burnt Bridge, Boston Literary Magazine, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, and The Transnational. His chapbook, The Land of the Four Rivers, published by Cervena Barva Press, won the 2013 Best Poetry Book from Peace Corps Writers. His second poetry collection, Lips Open and Divine, was released in 2016 by Winter Goose Publishing. Currently, Matthew is the Librarian at Benedictine College Preparatory, an all-male, Catholic Military high school in Richmond, VA.

Richmond Poetry December Happenings!!

Poetry & Jazz Tasting
C'est Le Vin, 15 N. 17th St. RVA 23219
Thursday December 1, 7pm
This Thursday night! Kick off December with some vino and verse at award-winning C'est Le Vin, where we feature samplings from local poets of all experience and publication levels punctuated with live music. Celebrating over 5 years of poetry here in the heart of the Bottom; come raise a glass with us!  Want to step up to the mic and share a few poems yourself? Make sure to find me early in the evening and add your voice to the mix!

Poetry Night @ Café Zata
Café Zata, 5047 Forest Hill Ave., RVA 23225
Friday December 23, 7pm
For the FIRST TIME EVER: a poetry night in December at the cafe formerly known as taZa! The calendar gods have been kind to us this year, friends-- 4th Friday falls just before the Christmas holidays, so we're getting in one final night at Zata in 2016!
Always a great place to meet old friends & hear new voices, our poetry open mic is an awesome spot to relax from the stress of the holidays. Not to mention that Zata's selection of beer, cider & wine, plus an expanded array of fresh-made menu options, make it easy to settle in for an evening of inspiring word. Hope to see you there!

Freewrite Tuesdays at Sub Rosa
Sub Rosa Bakery
620 N. 25th St., RVA 23223
1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am-ish
Looking for an excuse to to get out of the house and hang in a cozy coffee & pastry spot? We know just the place. Join us at Sub Rosa on December 6th or 20th! Whatever your genre, this is a cool and informal venue to freewrite and feed off the creative energy around us and in each other-- we believe writing doesn't always have to be done at a lonely desk or secluded retreat. Although we're open to specialized topics and sharing, there is no formal critique or workshop agenda, and no RSVP required— simply show up ready to write!

Monday Night Sessions...are going strong through the holiday season; we're even sneaking in a critique group the day after Christmas.

For 3rd Monday workshops (held at Rocketts Landing), please check Facebook for topics by month and any pre-assignments. Critiques are held on 2nd and 4th Mondays in Shockoe Slip; bring 6-9 copies to share around the table.

December dates:

Monday, December 12, 6:30-8pm– Small group critique,
Urban Farmhouse Shockoe, 1217 E. Cary St. RVA 23219

Monday, December 19, 6:00-8:00pm–
Third Monday Workshop: American Sentences Challenge,
Urban Farmhouse, Rocketts Landing, 4821 Old Main St., RVA 23231

Monday, December 26, 6:30-8pm– Small group critique,
Urban Farmhouse Shockoe, 1217 E. Cary St. RVA 23219

Both critique nights and workshops are always open to all writing experience levels (unless otherwise noted) and completely free of charge. If you're inspired by what you learn on Monday nights, however, we encourage you to make an OPTIONAL secure online donation to support our events (http://bit.ly/inspiredpoet). 100% of funds (minus a small PayPal fee) go directly to the instructor and the furthering of these sessions. Your generosity goes a long way!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

This Weekend at V35!!


Jeff Hewitt
Ryan Thomas
Tom Leveille
Terrell K. Mercer
D.D. Delaney
Marlon Thethespianking Hargrave
James Cooper
Erik Lig Roessler
Tom Tab Bryant
Seven Pharoah
Andray Taylor
John Smiles-Uknodacrew Dennis
Gary Mitchell
Joel Palilla
Rudy Mulamba
Jorge Mendez



We've had ten incredible Feature Sundays this year and this one is shaping up to be the best yet. The line up for this month is absolutely unbelievable!!!! We have Musician and recording artist Don Tesla. Poetry from Luisa Black, Lo-Jack, Carlos Bryant, Host of "The Word Art Show J. Scott Wilson and Special Out of Town Guest Poet Anna Weaver. If that wasn't enough we have the absolutely hilarious comedian Ahmad Clemens in the mix. 

Come out and enjoy the last show of the year. We're going out with a HUGE BANG!!!!

Nov. 27th
7 pm doors open at 6:30pm

To learn more about this event and the features:

Friday, November 11, 2016

This Weekend: Authorfest 2016!


WHAT: A gathering of local writers who are members of Hampton Roads Writers and/or the Muse Writing center. Each author will have a table on which to display their books. Throughout the day, authors will be scheduled to read from their books. Come on out and meet some of your favorite local authors.

WHEN: Saturday & Sunday, November 12 - 13, 2016, 10 AM to 4 PM

WHERE: Barnes and Noble. 4485 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23462.


Christine Bacon, Ph.D
Crystal Coombes
Rekaya Gibson
Susan Hastings
James L. Hill
Kimberly King
Lynn Yvonne Moon
Drew Nickell
Reiny Pierson
Parker Sinclair
Gaylia Taylor
Helene Uhlfelder

Tonight!: Don't Miss The C.A.L.L.

To see the full list of features and more information, 
please click this link to Poetry Jackson's Website: