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

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

2/29 Poetry Slam and Open-Mic in VA Beach Tonight!

Hampton Rds Poetry Jam Slam
Montego Caribbean
544 Newtown Rd
Virginia Beach VA
$10 cover charge
8:00 – 10:00
Host:  Beatty Barnes

Open-Mic Poetry
Meyera Oberndorf Library
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd
Virginia Beach VA
6:00 – 8:30
Theme: Love
Host: Jack Callan

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

2/28 Happenings in the Area Tonight!!

Open-Mic Poetry
Mic-Check: A Spoken Word Experience
Kad-A-Lac Rest. and Lounge
448 Green St
Portsmouth VA
7:30-9:00 (Every Tuesday)
Host: Tabitha Robinson
The Poetess
(For Mature Audience)

Poets, Lyricists, Singers
Lyrically Spoken
544 Newtown Rd
Virginia Beach VA
$5 cover charge
6:00 –
Host:  Poetikk Justice

Showcase of Singers, Spoken Word & Hip Hop Artists
Last Tuesdays
45 Degrees Martini Lounge
1400 Kempsville Rd
Chesapeake VA
9:00 (Last Tues of the Month)
$5 cover charge goes to showcased artists
Host: Marco

Open-Mic Poetry
Poetic Expressions
Queens Way
Soul Café
1144 Big
Bethel Rd
Hampton VA
8:00 – midnight (Every Tues)

Poetry Reading
Uncategorically American--Celebrating the African American Writer
Barnes and Noble
4485 VA Beach Blvd
VA Beach VA
6:30 – 8:00
Emcee: Nathan Richardson

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

Monday, February 27, 2012

2/28 - Uncategorically American-Celebrating the African American Writer

Celebrate African American history. Welcome Nathan Richardson, hear the works of Phillis Wheatley, James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni, Rita Dove, John Starks and Shonda Buchanan. Performances by the Not Just for February Players.

Tuesday February 28, 2012 6:30 PM
Barnes and Noble 4485 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23462, 757-671-2331

Sunday, February 26, 2012

2/27 MindSpill Soul Filled Open-Mic Mondays!

The first (5) email CONFIRMED poets get in FREE.. You can email Nita @ nitahurt@gmail.com.

2/26 - The Good Word This Week!!

A poet must leave traces of his passage, not proof.  ~Rene Char

Good Morning Writers and Listeners of the Word,

What’s going on with this weather? 
Friday - almost 80 degrees
Saturday – in the 50s, cool and breezy
Just pick a season, please!!

If you know of anyone who would like to be on the email list, please feel free to share my info with them.  If you know of any events, please let me know.  If you have fliers, please pass them along.  If you will be part of an event, please share.  If there is something wrong on the venue list, please let me know as soon as you can.  I just don’t want to send people to a venue that no longer exists or has had a change in its program.  Remember knowledge is power!!

1.  Choices are a Good Thing!! - There have been a few venues added to the list, to include those venues in the Richmond area.  I’m attaching the James River Writer’s link which is a great source of literary information for the Richmond area. (Thank you, Pete!!). http://www.jamesriverwriters.org/river_city_lit/calendar.htm.  Boy, the list keeps getting longer and longer, and I love it!!

2.  $50 For Your Thoughts… - From Their Facebook Page:  Sunrise Productions/The Thespian King Productions presents the "Poetry Slam Jam" at Montego's in VA Beach on Wed., Feb 29th, 2012. This special event will be hosted by The Legendary Beatty Barnes. General admission is $10 and $5 for performing poets. Doors open at 7pm. 16 poets will be chosen for a bracket style competition, the list is closing fast. All poets must register via email prior to the slam to participate. The winner of the Poetry Slam Jam will receive a $50 Visa card. See you there!  For more info contact lamont_ferguson@yahoo.com or marlon.hargrave@thethespianking.com

3.  Talents of the 757 area - On the last Tuesday of the month, 45 Degrees Martini Lounge showcases the best talents in the 757 area.  There is a $5 cover charge, but those proceeds go to the talents showcased that evening.  This is a great way to support artists in the 757 area.  For talents for this month are:

Stef Love- Spoken Word
Amara- Beautiful voice and acoustic
Devaye- On the guitar, singing for the ladies
Spring Ent.- Hip Hop forever...
Young, Rich and Famous- Hip Hop/R&B
J Pharaoh and The Manhattan Project- Live Band (all of the above)

4.  Black History Month - As a reminder, The Cultural Alliance and Hampton Roads Writers Celebrate African American History at Barnes and Noble in VA Beach on Tuesday, February 28, 2012, beginning at 6:30 PM. Welcome Nathan Richardson, hear the works of Phillis Wheatley, James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni, Rita Dove, John Starks and Shonda Buchanan with performances by the Not Just for February Players.

5.  Need Inspiration??? – (from their website) Come to Chop Suey Books for an invigorating series of writing prompts that will help you access the right side of your brain and provide you with a working portfolio of ideas that you will revisit again and again. Come prepared to read and to write! Possible side effects may include: inspiration, mixed metaphors and the urge to write with stronger and more intense frequency. Please bring a journal and a pen. Chocolate provided!!  All workshops will be held on the 4th Saturday of each month from 2-5 pm in the upstairs art gallery of Chop Suey Books, 2913 West Cary Street in Carytown. It is $40 per workshop, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit a scholarship fund for Richmond Young Writers.  To reserve your seat at the table, please email valleyhaggard@gmail.com and send a check payable to Valley Haggard at 1202 Hillside Avenue/Richmond, VA 23229.
Have a great week, and I’ll see you soon!!
Poetry First,

Thursday, February 23, 2012

2/24 Open-Mic Plus in P-Town Hosted by God Child The Omen

Things To Do This Friday Night!!

Poetry Salon/Open-Mic
Jack Callan’s House
2931 Somme Ave
in Norfolk
7:00 –    (Every 4th Fri)
Hosts:  Jack and Judith

Open Mic Poetry
Barnes and Noble
12170 Jefferson Ave
Newport News VA
7:00 – 9:00 (Every 4th Fri)
Host: Hollis Pruitt

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 (Every Friday)
Host:  Synnika Lofton

Open-Mic (Poets, Comedians, Songwriters, etc…)
The Muse Jam
816 A Orapax St
Ghent Norfolk, VA
6:00 - 11:00 (2nd and 4th Fri)
757-818-9880 (11:00 - 5:00)
$2.00 donation
Hosts:  Matt Hutchison
Tom Robotham

(Poets, Singers, Comedians, etc)
Iron Street Productions
1008 J Clyde Morris Blvd
Newport News VA
8:00 –  (Every Friday)
$10 cover charge
Contact: 757-594-9711

CNU’s Annual Writers’ Conf
The Freeman Center
1 University Place
Newport News VA
For More Info/Registration, Please Go To:

2/23 Illustrations Hampton Golf Course Clubhouse!

The Hamptons Golfcourse Clubhouse
320 Butler Farm Rd
Hampton VA
Donations are welcomed.
8:00-11:00 (Every 4th Thurs)
Host:  Seven Pierce
(For Mature Audience)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

2/23 Mary Helen's Open Mic and Poetry

Jon Bibbs presents "The Blue" Open Mic and Poetry
Mary Helen's Southern and Creole Cuisine
87 Lincoln St
Hampton VA
Thursday, February 23:  8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$7 Cover and $7 minimum purchase required.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

2/21 Open-Mic in Portsmouth


"MIC CHECK" (Open Mic)
@ Kad-...a-lac Restaurant & Lounge
Hosted by: "The Poetess" Tabitha Robinson
Every Tuesday @ 7:30 pm 448 Green Street (Downtown P-Town)

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

2/21 Poetic Expressions: Black Is...

How Do You Define Your Black?
Come out and share it with fellow writers!
Poetic Expressions
Queen Soul Cafe
1144 Big Bethel Rd
Hampton VA
8:00 - 12:00

Sunday, February 19, 2012

2/20 - Verse-A-Style presents AGAPE: The Tiffany Wright Benefit Show

The Good Word This Week!

Poetry is prose, bent out of shape.  ~J. Patrick Lewis

Good Afternoon Fellow Writers and Listeners!

If you know of anyone who would like to be on the email list, please feel free to share my info with them.  If you know of any events, please let me know.  If you have fliers, please pass them along.  If you will be part of an event, please share.  If there is something wrong on the venue list, please let me know as soon as you can.  I just don’t want to send people to a venue that no longer exists or has had a change in its program.  Remember knowledge is power!!

Wow!!  This past week was a great week for poetry.  I went to 4 of the venues!!  Just call me tired.  It is always great to see familiar faces and new ones!!  The poetry family is a VERY BIG and GROWING family!! 

1.  In the Community – There will be a Verse-A-Style Poetry Help the Homeless Fundraiser on March 1st at db Mongolian Grill, 3530 Von Schilling, Hampton VA from 4:00 – 9:00.  20% of the meal proceeds will go to Help the Homeless, but you must have a coupon and have attached the coupons for your convenience.  The evening will also include an open-mic at 7:00 p.m. and an auction at 8:00.  If you have any questions, please go to their Facebook page:  Verse-A-Style Poetry Help the Homeless Fundraiser.

2.  Save Your Pennies!! - This is a note from the host of Verse-A-Style, Catherine Sexeekittee Hodges:  I challenge each of you to save just your pennies for the rest of February and all of March. Let's make this happen. Spread the word, pick those pennies up...I love to wrap pennies. Let's make the 3HR-2012 (Help the Homeless) campaign the beginning of the new season for many lost souls!  To make arrangements for penny pickup, please contact Sexeekittee on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100001244363039
I will also be more than happy to take those pennies off your hands and pass them on to her.  Just let me know, and be sure to pass on the good word!!

3.  Contest - Nimrod Internal Journal of Prose and Poetry will be holding their 34th annual Nimrod Literary Awards; top prize $2000!!  Because there are so many details, I will forward this information in a separate email.

4.  Reaching out to 804 – I will begin including Richmond events on the venue list.  I failed to realize that those in Williamsburg are closer to Richmond than they are to VA Beach.  I will be working with Joanna Lee to get those venues on the list, but if anyone knows of any events going on in Richmond, please pass them along!!

5.  Writers’ Conference - Next weekend (2/24 – 2/25) is the Writers’ Conference at CNU.  It’s not too late to sign up!!  Please go to www.writers.cnu.edu to register.

6.  Prose Writers Need Lovin’ Too - SHOW AND GROW your prose -- Modified, Open Mic-format, critiquing Workshop -- SATURDAY, February 25, 10 AM – 12, at the Meyera Oberndorf Central Library in Virginia Beach. Don’t miss this opportunity to read ten minutes of your prose (short story, memoir, or novel chapter) to the audience, followed by a brief professional critique by the moderator. Anyone may attend, BUT registration is required to read, and will be filled on a first come/first serve basis (8 readers max). Send your work as a Word or PDF file to HRWriters@cox.net. This Long Form Open Mic will be moderated by Dr. Dennis Bounds, associate professor in the Department of Cinema-Television at Regent University specializing in cinema-television history and criticism.   This is a monthly event.  To find out about future workshops, please go to:  http://hamptonroadswriters.org/events.php

That’s all for now.  Enjoy the rest of your week, and I have no doubt, I’ll be seeing you soon!

Poetry First,

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Looking For Something To Do Tonight???

Open Mic Poetry
Featured Readers:
Kelly Cherry
Michal Mahgerefteh
Peninsula of Fine Arts (PFAC)
101 Museum Dr
Newport News VA
5:30 – 8:00 (Every 3rd Thurs)

Poetry Reading
Guest Readers:
Andrew Cain / Mary DeLara
The Coffeehouse
Williamsburg Crossing Shopping Center
Williamsburg, VA
7:00 – 9:00 (Every 3rd Thurs)
Host:  Mary Haines and Sofia Starnes

Music and Poetry Night
West Hampton Community Center
1638 Briarfield Rd
Hampton, VA
7:00 – 9:00 (Every 3rd Thurs)
Host:  Mary St. Clair

Open-Mic Erotic Poetry
Manila Bay Bar
4221 Pleasant Rd
Virginia Beach
$5.00 cover charge
10:00 - midnight (3rd Thursday)
(For Mature Audience)

Open-Mic Poetry
Poetry, Prose and Pizza
Suffolk Museum
118 Bosley Ave
Suffolk VA
6:30 – 9:00
Host: Nathan Richardson

PFAC Poetry Series for 2012!!

PFAC Poetry Series 2012
Coordinators:  Pete Freas and Shonda Buchanan
During Art After 5
5:30 – 7:30
Poetry starts at 6:15
Open-Mic Sign-Up at Front Desk

Jan 19th
Nathan Richardson and student poets
Feb 16th
Kelly Cherry (Poet Laureate of VA) and Michal Mahgerefth
Mar 15th
Shakena Davis and Isaac Watson
Apr 19th
Tim Seibles and (poet to be announced)
May 17th
Narielle Living, Nancy Powell, and the PSV Student Contest Winners
Jun 21st
PFAC Hiatus
Jul 19th
PFAC Hiatus
Aug 16th
Poet to be announced
Sep 20th
Shonda Buchanan
Oct 18th
Erica Buddington
Nov 15th
Shann Palmer and Hampton Roads Writers Poets
Dec 20th
Jack Callan, Pete Freas, and Holiday Family Poetry

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

No Cringe Night Tonight in Portsmouth, but the Good News is...

Every now and then, my paranoia pays off.  I decided to call the restaurant to verify, and discovered, they will not be having this event tonight, but the good new is Java poets will be meeting tonight at the Greenbriar Library in Chesapeake for their open mic beginning at 7:00.  The host for this event is Nathan Richardson and Synnika Lofton.

2/16 - PFAC Art After 5 in Newport News

Peninsula Fine Arts Center to present Art After 5

2/16 Music and Poetry Night at Westhampton Community Center

The theme for the evening is: How Do Real Men Show Love? The mic is open for all poets, singers, actors and all men who will accept the challenge of our theme.Gifts will be awarded to the early birds. No cost.

Monday, February 13, 2012

2/13 Writing Salon @ LaBodega - Tonight!!

Writing Salon at La Bodega - 22 Wine St in downtown Hampton from 6:00 - 8:00. 
Enjoy a relaxing atmosphere of food, wine, and words.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

2/18 - For the Love of Money.... Poetry Slam!!!

What's the Good Word this Week??

“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.” ~Cyril Connolly
Hello Fellow Writers and Listeners,
If you know of any events, please let me know.  If you have fliers, please pass them along.  If you will be part of an event, please share the good word.  Knowledge is power!!
1.  LaBodega Returns! – I announced last month there would be no open mic at LaBodega until further notice.  Well, the notice came sooner than expected!!  LaBodega will resume their writing salon on Monday, February 13th, but the time has changed from 6:00 to 8:00.  I know it’s short notice, but I wanted to get the word out for those who may be interested.
2.  Poetry and Community Involvement - On Feb. 16th from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., First Colonial Inn will host an open-mic event showcasing the work of area poets and the seniors who are part of a writing/poetry group. The program is in Virginia Beach at First Colonial Inn, 845 First Colonial Road (the Hilltop area), VA Beach, VA  23451.  Local poets, who wish to read, please contact Judith Stevens as soon as possible - at 428-7744 (cell) or 428-2884 (work) so she can schedule accordingly.  Several quality musicians (including Narissa Bond), an improv company, FCI singing group, and a number of senior and community poets are already on board.  A great example of community involvement, indeed!!

3.  Poet’s Domain is back! - Live Wire Press will publish volume 27 of The Poet’s Domain in 2012.  Call for submissions open until May 31, 2012.  Submission guidelines are on the web site at www.livewirepress.net.  This is a great way to share your poetry with others inside and outside the 757 area!

4.  Venue Schedule Change – Poetry and More has changed their meeting date and venue.  They will meet every 3rd Tuesday at the UUFP in Newport News VA.  Please refer to the venue list for more details.
5.  Poetry Day – The 3rd Thursday should be changed to Poetry Day because there are SIX events that evening from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach!!  I hope everyone gets a chance to get out to one of the venues!!
That’s all folks, and for the hopeful and hopeless romantics, Happy Valentine’s Day!!
Poetry First,

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

6 Phenomenal Women ............ 1 Night Only!!

Mulberry Inn
16890 Warwick Blvd
Newport News ,VA 23608
February 11, 2012 at 4pm-9pm

Rachel Berry, Poncier Lynch, Rev. Gracie Jones,
Stephanie C. Smith, Helen Noel, and China Ball 
Live Chat/ Reading / Q&A
Door Prizes, Light Refreshments
Advance tickets $10 and $15 at the Door
Autographed Books Will Be Available to Purchase

Tickets are on Sale Now Contact: Ellen A. Sudderth (757) 303- 4863

Special Guest Opening Act: Poet Mrs. Tiffany Starks, Wife Of John Starks, and Poet Ms. Tonie Sheeley

Sunday, February 5, 2012

What's the Good Word this Week??

“Poetry is frosted fire.” J. Patrick Lewis
Hello Writers and Listeners,
Welcome to the month of February, and it promises to be a busy month for poetry!
1.  If you know of any events, please let me know.  If you have fliers, please pass them along.  If you will be part of an event, please share.  Remember knowledge is power!!
2.  To love or not to love…That could be the question?  NSU will host a “Love vs. Anti-Love”, Battle of the Sexes open-mic event on Monday, February 13th from 6:30- to 9:00 pm in Norfolk State's New Student Center Rm 149.   Poets from surrounding colleges and universities are invited to attend, and all local poets are welcomed to attend and participate.  Come see what talents Hampton Roads has to offer, and who will win the battle of the sexes??  Only one way to find out!!
3.  ODU back to back – ODU will have their slam poetry competition on Friday, March 16th at the Webb University Center.  The festivities begin at 7:00.  For more info, please go to:  http://www.odu.edu/apps/calendar/index.php?todo=details&id=30464
The following day, March 17th, there will be an Ekphrastic event from 2:00 – 4:00.  Wanna know more?   http://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-the-MFA-Creative-Writing-Program-at-ODU/123122614434794
4.  Children are the future!  The Youth Career Center of Hampton Roads holds a monthly open-mic, every 1st Friday, for talents between the ages of 14 and 21.  It’s not limited to poetry; it also includes singers, dancers, and musicians.  To learn more about this event and the career center, please go to:   http://www.myyouthcareercenter.org/
5.  757 and 804 poets at the Farmer’s Market.  Jack Callan hosts a poetry reading every other month, and chooses 5 readers to share 20 minutes of their work.  Well, on March 11th, Word4Word Poets, Ann Shalaski, Mike Correa, Bill Glose, Talya Chatman, and Joanna Lee, an amazing poet from Richmond, will be the guest readers.  Please be sure to come on out, and show your support for the poetry community.  Details are on the venue list.
If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please feel free to contact me!
Well, that’s all folks.  Have a great week!! 
Poetry First,