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

Saturday, May 20, 2017

June 9-11: 2017 Little River Poetry Festival in Floyd

For more details, you can click on the link on my blog (on the right) or go to: http://littleriverpoetryfest.com/.

Check out this video from last year's festival:


Tonight: Speakeasy 3: Poetry + Music

Source:  
https://www.facebook.com/events/327345244348969/?acontext=%7B%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D

Speakeasy is a curated lineup of poetry and tunes intended for audiences enchanted by both the spoken word & the musical note. We will feature performances from the following poets & musicians...

+ Will Huberdeau
+ Pete Curry (Richmond, VA)
https://petecurry.bandcamp.com/

+ Colada Morada
+ Petunia (Philadelphia, PA)
https://petunia.bandcamp.com/

+ Iota
+ dapzam
https://soundcloud.com/dapzam

+ Danny Bullets of Hooks And Bullets
+ Ashes (Richmond, VA)
https://ashesrva.bandcamp.com/

Come with an open mind and open ears as we test the format of ~5 minutes of poetry followed by ~30 minutes of music in four movements. We hope this arrangement will be welcoming to all parties, but we are completely open to opinions and critiques to take this idea further. We are calling on all poets, writers, and spoken word artists to contact us if you're interested in performing at a future Speakeasy event, and we thank you in advance for those willing to come out and give this series a third breath, and please invite your friends!

Doors at 8PM / $5 / 18+

Flyer by TBA Productions

Presented by TBA Productions

Monday, May 8, 2017

May Richmond Poetry Happenings!!

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While National Poetry Month may be winding down, we're only just getting started...

Dear poet,

Don't give up on April yet! In fact, I hope to see you in a few short hours at Zata for a final open mic huzzah. Or to catch you tomorrow for our first 2017 Poetry in Forgotten Places adventure. Then we'll dive right in next week with a workshop on May 1st, and not one but two reading events you may have been missing. Read on below!

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Poetry & Jazz Tasting

C'est Le Vin, 15 N. 17th St., RVA 23219
Thursday May 4, 7pm
After a four-month hiatus, we're thrilled to be a part of C'est Le Vin's grand re-opening! Come celebrate a night of live music & verse and raise a glass to six years of poetry at this happening Shockoe Bottom wine bar. (If you'd like to share a poem or two, drop me a message or find me early on in the evening!)
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Tea for Two: Poetry on the Veranda

Richmond Public Library, Main Branch
101 E. Franklin St., RVA 23219
Saturday May 6, 11am
Speaking of comebacks... this month we're also welcoming back our outdoor spring/fall reading series in partnership with Richmond Public Library, Tea for Two! Join poets Leona Sevick and Jeffrey Schwaner on the veranda for a reading and discussion. Coffee/tea and light refreshments will be served. In case of rain, the reading will be held in the Gellman Room.
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Poetry Night @ Café Zata

Café Zata, 5047 Forest Hill Ave., RVA 23225
Friday May 26, 7pm
We're back again in May for our regularly scheduled fourth Friday night of open mic inspiration! Hang out with friends new and old, share what you've been working on, or just kick back and take it all in. No language or theme restriction. Always a great space to hear and get heard!
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Words on Fire: Poetry Happy Hour at Firehouse

Firehouse Theatre, 1609 W. Broad St., RVA 23220
Friday May 30, 6pm
Round out the month with a dose of heat! Come join us at Firehouse for one last May open mic opportunity... plus hear from community showcase Laura Bassin and relax with friends and a beverage or two. We don't call it happy hour for nothing!
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Monday Night Sessions

We're doubling up on our workshops this month to make up for our missed 3rd Monday in April. Villanelles this coming Monday!!
Workshops are held at Rocketts Landing; their details by month as well as any pre-assignments can be found on Facebook. Critiques are held on 2nd and 4th Mondays in Shockoe Slip; if you have a poem to share, please bring 6-9 copies for the table.
May dates:

Monday, May 1, 6:00-8:00pm– Third Monday Workshop (rescheduled):The Villanelle: Do not go gentle into that good night, Urban Farmhouse, Rocketts Landing, 4821 Old Main St., RVA 23231
Monday, May 8, 6:30-8pm– Small group critique, Urban Farmhouse Shockoe, 1217 E. Cary St. RVA 23219
Monday, May 15, 6:00-8:00pm– Third Monday Workshop: Performance, Urban Farmhouse, Rocketts Landing, 4821 Old Main St., RVA 23231
Monday, May 22, 6:30-8pm– Small group critique, Urban Farmhouse Shockoe, 1217 E. Cary St. RVA 23219
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 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 these sessions. Thanks for all your help so far!
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Hope to see you, if not this weekend, then some time next month. Hang in there! The season's only starting to warm up...

Yours in poetry,
Joanna
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Saturday, May 6, 2017

This A.M.: Tea for Two at the Richmond Library

This May, we're welcoming back our outdoor spring/fall reading series in partnership with Richmond Public Library, Tea for Two! Join poets @Leona Sevick and Jeff Schwaner on the veranda for a reading of their works, plus plenty of time to chat and check out their latest books. Coffee/tea and light refreshments will be served. In case of rain, the reading will be held in the Gellman Room.