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

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Open-Mic in Portsmouth Tonight!

@ Kad-a-lac Restaurant & Lounge
Hosted by "The Poetess" Tabitha Robinson
Every Tuesday @ 7pm 448 Green Street (Downtown P-Town)

"If you can spit it...bring it"

Sunday, January 29, 2012

What the Good Word This Week??

“To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music the words make.”  ~Truman Capote, McCall's, November 1967

Hello Fellow Writers and Listeners,

I hope everyone is enjoying the weekend.

February is promising to be a very active month for poetry.  Be sure to get out and enjoy what’s going on in the writing community.

If you know of any events going on, please let me know.  If you will be part of an event, please let me know.  If you have event fliers, please let me know.


  1. Great news for prose writers!!  There will be a monthly open-mic at the Virginia Beach Central library auditorium, starting February 25th.  I know some of us poets are prose writers, so I wanted to pass it along.

  1. There will not be an Iris poetry reading for the month of February because the CNU Writers’ Conference is that same weekend (2/24-2/25). There still plenty of time to register for the conference, just go to:  http://writers.cnu.edu/

  1. There will be a Visual Art Workshop on Sunday, Feb 12th from 1:00 – 3:00, taught by fellow poet and PSV member, Michal Mahgerefteh.  For more info, please click on the link:  http://www.the-muse.org/workshops.html#art

  1. Aromas’s February challenge is to write a poem about things you’ve lost, things you’ve found or share a favorite love poem or do both!  The next open mic is on 2/14 (Valentine’s Day).  I hope you, and/or you’re loved one can make it!!

  1. Saturday, February 11, 2012, 12 noon till 3:00 p.m.  Creative Writing/An Ekphrastic Event. This event is sponsored by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads and the Hampton Roads Writers. The event takes place at Barnes & Noble on Virginia Beach Boulevard. The store will feature a display of six paintings by Maria Winfield. Free writing pads and pencils will be furnished by Hampton Roads Writers. Jack Callan of the Poetry Society of Virginia will emcee. Students of all ages and adults are invited to view the artworks and then to write poems inspired by one or all of the paintings, then read them to the group, if they wish. The artist will be available for comment and encouragement, as well members of the Cultural Alliance and the Hampton Roads Writers. 

  1. Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 6:30 till 8:00 p.m.  Readings of African American Poets, Famous and Familiar!  Nathan Richardson of Spiritual Concepts Publishing in Suffolk will emcee this event sponsored by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads and the Hampton Roads Writers at Barnes & Noble on Virginia Beach Boulevard. Featured works include those by Phillis Wheatley, James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni, Rita Dove, John Starks, Shonda Buchanan and others. The Not Just for February Players will perform vignettes of selected poems and passages, too. Nathan has titled the event Uncategorically American--Celebrating the African American Writer.
Please be sure to keep checking the blog, www.goodwordpoetryplus.blogspot.com, for any new announcements during the week

That’s all for now, and take care!!

Poetry First,

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Internet Open-Mic Tonight @ 8:00ish!!

Just click on the link and you're there!!

Today - Poetry Reading at Iris Studio in Poquoson

There will be a poetry reading today at Iris Studio in Poquoson from 1:00 - 3:00.  The guest reader is Frank Kozusko.  Come by and enjoy some light refreshments, a little wine, if that's your taste, great company, conversation, and poetry!!

Iris Art Studio
454 Wythe Creek Rd Ste D
Poquoson VA
1:00 – 3:00

Friday, January 27, 2012

It's Friday...Do You Know Where the Venues Are??

Happy Friday All,

If you're looking for something to do in the writing community, there are plenty
to choose from:

Open-Mic Poetry
Poetry, Prose and Pizza
Russell Memorial Library
Chesapeake VA
6:45 –
Host: Nathan Richardson

Open Mic Poetry
Barnes and Noble
Newport News VA
7:00 – 9:00
Every 4th Friday
Host: Hollis Pruitt

Poetry Salon/Open-Mic
Jack Callan’s House
2931 Somme Ave in Norfolk
Hosts:  Jack and Judith

Open-Mic Poetry
Prime Time Poetry Show
Bean There Café
223 E City Hall Ave
Norfolk VA
$5.00 cover charge
8:00 – 10:00
Host:  Synnika Lofton

Open-Mic for Poets, Comedians, Songwriters, etc…
The Muse Jam
816 A Orapax St
Ghent Norfolk, VA
6:00 - 11:00
757-818-9880 (11:00 - 5:00)
$2.00 donation
Hosts:  Matt Hutchison
Tom Robotham

Songwriter's Night
Wesley United Methodist Church
2510 N Armistead Ave
Hampton VA
$5.00 donation

I hope you can make it out to one of the venues this evening.
Gotta love options!!

Poetry First,

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Muse Jam, the 2nd and 4th Friday

The Muse Jam
The Poetry Salon and the Muse Jam Have Merged! Join Us Friday!
6-11 p.m., the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month
At The Muse Writers Center (816-A Orapax St., Ghent, Norfolk, https://webmail.east.cox.net/do/redirect?url=http%253A%252F%252Fwww.the-muse.org%252Fdirections.html for maps/directions). Hosted by Matt Hutchinson. Suggested donation: $2 (goes to our scholarship fund; donation not required to attend). Open to all. Attention all writers & poets, musicians, singers, songwriters, comedians, and improvisers: Join us for an evening where everyone gets to express themselves. We'll alternate between individual-led and collaborative performance, practice at the microphone, and pure unplugged jams. Who's welcome? Anyone from beginners to professionals, whether you like to play an instrument or just listen, sing or be sung to, read your work or hear great stories, practice your standup or improv or laugh yourself silly. Feel free to bring songbooks, sheet music, instruments, and friends.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Collage: Visual Art for Writers Workshop at The Muse Writers' Center 2/12

Collage: Visual Art for Writers - to Register www.the-muse.org  
In this workshop writers will discover a whole new world of artistic
possibility while enjoying the traditional method of cut and glue. We
will create a palette composed of a variety of materials including your
own writing and others: prose, poems, newspapers, old books, song
lyrics, as well as artistic papers, photographs, magazine images,
fabric and found material. We will release our "creative spirit" while
ripping and tearing paper, using a repeated process of arranging,
rearranging, adhering materials. Michal will guide you through the
process and you will leave with a finished one-of-a-kind collage for
yourself or as a gift. If you are "not artistic" this workshop is for
you. Materials provided, bring images and texts to create with.

Sunday, February 12, 1-3:30 p.m. (a 1 meeting seminar)
816-A Orapax St., Norfolk, Virginia (VA), 23507

Instructor: Michal Mahgerefteh (michalih@aol.com)
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience
(mature teens, 15 and older accepted)

Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)

HRW's Annual Writers' Conference 9/20 - 9/22

HRW's 4th Annual Writers' Conference
It’s not too early to think about this year’s writers’ conference, which will be held in Virginia Beach, September 20-22. We have several confirmed presenters with experience in many genres. For starters, Rick Mofina, award-winning author of thirteen thrillers, will be joining us from Ottawa, Canada. The International Thrillers Writers, Private Eye Writers of America, and the Crime Writers of Canada have cited his novels as being the best in the genre.
We’ve been listening to what our conference attendees have said they want more of, and in keeping with that, we are pleased to announce that Patricia Hermes, author of nearly fifty books for readers from middle grades through young adults, as well as two nonfiction adult books, will be our second keynote speaker. Her books have won many awards and recognitions, and she has been haled as a superb lecturer and speaker, engaging her audience with her lively presentations. Patricia hales from Fairfield, Connecticut.
In addition to our two keynote speakers, three agents have committed to our conference. Molly Jaffa, a literary agent with Folio Literary Management, has an extensive back-ground in editing and e-publishing in addition to her experience as an agent, and is looking to develop and nurture YA and children’s authors. She is aggressively building her list of clients. Join us for the conference and you might just make her list!
Rachel Dugas, literary agent with Talcott Notch Literary Services, represents authors of cookbook and young adult, middle grade and adult fiction. She would love to see more cookbooks, especially ones written from a unique perspective, as well as beautifully written historical or literary fiction, terrific memoirs, and fun, contemporary YA and adult fiction.
We have too many other presenters to mention them all here, so hop on over to our website, hamptonroadswriters.org, for all the details. One evening plus two full days of workshops, two best-selling keynoters, numerous other fabulous presenters, two first ten lines critique sessions, panel discussions, ten-minute agent pitches, and three cash prize contests for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Clear your calendars in September for a writing conference you don’t want to miss.

A New Open-Mic for Prose Writers!!

New Opportunity Knocks for HRW Prose Writers
Have you felt squeezed by trying to fit your short short story into 300 seconds or less during our traditional Open Mic nights? Well, you’re not alone. We prose writers like to have a beginning with a hook, tension and conflict built through a meaningful middle, and a satisfying resolution, which usually can’t be shared in three to five minutes.
HRW is pleased to present the new Show and Grow ten-minute open mic sessions for writers of prose, followed by five minutes of professional critique by established writers and/or university professors.
The free and open to the public sessions will be held at the Virginia Beach Central Library auditorium. Prior registration and text submission for readers is required, and the eight slots for reading will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Please e-mail by attachment in PDF or Microsoft Word format to: https://webmail.east.cox.net/do/mail/message/mailto?to=HRWriters%40cox.net at least thirty days prior to the event.
Even if your work is not featured for reading and critique, there’s still a lot to be gained from listening to the professional critiques of others’ work. We all tend to make the same mistakes, especially at first. Learning how to critique prose meaningfully is one of the best ways to improve your own writing. HRW encourages all writers to attend these long form open mic sessions.
Please see the sidebar for the Show and Grow schedule.
Show and Grow Open Mic Schedule
Saturday, February 25 from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M. Please note: We are honored to have Dr. Dennis Bounds, screenwriting professor from Regent University, for our critiques. Therefore, screenplay synopses or scenes may also be presented within the ten minute limit of this session.
Wednesday, March 7, 6:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. (Reviewer TBA)
Tuesday, April 10, 6:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. Shonda Buchanan critiquing
Saturday, May 26, 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Bill Ruehlmann moderating
Saturday, July 7, 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Michael Kandelwal critiquing

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Good Word This Week!!

“A poet is someone who stands outside in the rain hoping to be struck by lightning.  ~ James Dickey
Good Sunday Afternoon Everyone,
I hope all is well in your neck of the neighborhood.
Poetry is definitely in full swing.  Last Thursday, we had 5 events, and this Friday, we have 4 events, just to name a few!!  You can say that nothing is going on in Hampton Roads!!
1.  Great News!!  This Friday (1/27), Barnes and Noble will be resuming open-mic.  Welcome back, Mr. Pruitt!
2.  The open-mic held at PFAC will now include featured reader(s).  Nathan Richardson was the featured poet this month, and next month, the guest readers are the Poet Laureate, Kelly Cherry and Michal Mahgerefteh.  I am attaching a link of PFAC calendar of events that includes upcoming featured guest through May:  http://www.pfac-va.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2&Itemid=5
3.  The open-mic at LaBodega will be discontinued until we are able to find a new location to hold this event.  If anyone has any suggested places, please feel free to let me know!
4.  Fellow poet and publisher, John Koehler, will be hosting a book launching celebration for Michelle L Johnson and Rue Elliott, on March 10th at 7:00 at Doc Taylor’s in VA Beach.  For more details, please go to:   https://www.facebook.com/events/213177658774179/
5.  The featured poet at Iris studio this Saturday is Frank Kozusko.  He is a professor at Hampton University and the author of, “The Man in the Moon has no Testicles – Poems and Ponderings”.  I look forward to hearing what he has to say on the subject!
6.  To see what else is going on in the writing community, please feel free to go to my blog:  http://www.goodwordpoetryplus.blogspot.com/.  You will also find a weekly listing of poetry venues in the 757 area.

Well, that’s it for now.  Have a great week!!

Poetry First,

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Five on Thursday!!

There are 5, count them, 1-2-3-4-5 open-mics tomorrow!!! 
Check out the "Where To Go This Week?" to help you make a poetic decision.
I "heart" poetry!!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Ready to step up to open-mic?

I thought this was an interesting article about open-mics and wanted to share.
If you have any problems using the link, just copy and paste:


If anyone has articles or videos to share, please feel free!!