Quote:

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

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Cancellation Notice...

The following venue has been cancelled for this week only:

11-1-12
The “Warm-Up” Spoken
Word and Soul Sessions
The Gourmet Breakfast Place
838 Old George Wash Hwy N
Chesapeake VA
8:30 – 11:30 (Every Thurs)
$5 cover charge 
Host:  Nita Hurt
If you want to be a featured reader, please contact the host:

Saturday, October 27, 2012

This Afternoon: Mendel's "I Am Beautiful"

Soooooo, I just got back from Mendel’s book and project launching party in Yorktown.  I really wasn’t sure if I was going to make it with the rain and all, but it looks like the universe worked with me.  If you haven’t met Mendel, then something is missing from your life, you just don’t know it yet.  She is an amazing, jovial, positive, uplifting, poet, artist, singer, and the list goes on.  She sat down and told us a little about her life, and there were no crystal stairs in any of the many places she lived, but she persevered.  We all know that unfortunate things happen to some people and they become bitter, but some of them become better, and Mendel is one of those “better” folks.  When we’re kids, we don’t know anything about race or racism.  That stuff is taught to us or sadly, we learn about it personally.  Can you imagine being called a n**** and not even knowing what it means?  Can you imagine being shot with a pellet gun that grazes you by other black kids because you “act white”?  (I personally experienced being called “white” growing up, and that stayed with me well into my 30s.)  Can you imagine being scared to touch a man because you’re afraid you would get pregnant by that touch?  Can you imagine growing up where it was a sin to be happy or play music?  Can you imagine not being accepted by not only classmates, but also your own family?  Can you imagine being taught that the human body is ugly and should only be used for practical or mechanical purposes, like only having sex to have babies?  And the list goes on.  No, I can’t imagine it, but Mendel experienced them, and this is just a snippet of her life story.    She came to a realization that she would never be pretty, but she would and she is beautiful, and to me, that’s the better deal, learning to love yourself, from the inside out, to the outside in.  Pretty is a physical state open to interpretation, but beautiful is a state of mind that transcends that five senses.  Mendel’s goal is to share her story with the world because her stories are so relatable to everyone.  You’ve been there on some level, whether it was to a higher or lower degree.  We are all beautiful, men and women, but sadly, some people will never know because some people feel they are alone and that no one can understand their pain or sadness or their experiences.  We are all connected.  We are the phone lines of human nature, as it were.  It’s just a matter of getting the right number to reach the right person that can help you through or help you more.  And know that no matter how old you are, you can make a change.  As long as there is air coming in and out of your body, it is NEVER too late.  What an insightful evening!!  This is one of those events I will treasure because I love to meet and know people who just get it, and if you know what “it” is, then you know what I mean.  Well, it’s Saturday night, not passed by bedtime and the rain is turning everything to a darker shade especially against the night sky.  (Yes, I got a little poetic.)  I’m gonna kick back and enjoy the rest of this evening, so until next time…….GOOOOO Creativity!!  GOOOOOOO Beauty!!!   GOOOOOO Mendel!!

What's the Good Word This Week?!?

Language is fossil poetry. -  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hello 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, if you will be part of an event, or if there is an error on the venue list (I don’t want to send people to a venue that no longer exists or has changed its day or time.), please let me know as soon as possible!!  Also, if you have fliers, please pass them along.  Remember knowledge is power!!

The Good Word This Week!!:

1.  Poetry in Portsmouth:  The Gail Hart Performing Art Center opens its door to “Strictly Poetry Open-Mic (Family Entertainment) in Portsmouth on Friday, November 2nd from 8:00 to 10:00.  The admission fee is $5.  For more info, to include contact info, please refer to the venue list or check out the Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/287532044691404/

2.  2012 Alli Awards!!:  What is the Alli Awards???  Well, every two years, the Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads puts together an event that recognizes individuals who have made a direct impact on the arts and the cultural community.  Well, I’m happy to announce that one of our 757 poets, Mr. Jack Callan, is one of those nominees!! 

You can read about Jack and the other nominees at the Cultural Alliance website: http://www.culturalli.org/alli.nominees.html.

If you would like to attend this event being held on November 4th at 4:00, you can purchase tickets from their website:  http://www.culturalli.org/alli.awards.html.  Congratulations, Jack, on your nomination!!

3.  Qualifying Rounds: Richmond Slam Team in Progress:  (from Facebook) Yes, Lyricist Lab! is sending a slam team to the National Poetry Slam! NPS 2013 is next August but our qualifying begins now! Over the next few months we will have 7 slams to determine who will be on the Lyricist Lab! slam team!

This is our inaugural slam so it's going to be incredible! Join us Friday, November 9th, beginning at 8:30 p.m. for the weekly open mic and 9 p.m. for the slam competition! Sign up for both lists begins at 8 p.m.

Poets: Spread the word! This is a chance to get to Nationals!

Fans of Spoken Word and Poetry: Tell your friends to come! As per the standard, random audience members are to be chosen as judges, not those who know the slammers. This will be a great introduction to those whom you've been wanting to get involved in poetry!

4.  Barnes and Noble Open-Mic Holiday Break:  There will be no open-mic at Barnes and Noble for the months of November and December due to the holidays, but they’ll be back in full swing on January 25th.  It’s okay to make plans now!!!

Reminders!!

Two Places Looking for Featured Readers.  Let Your Voice Be Heard!!

(1)  Verses and Vibes is one of the newest Friday night venues in the 757 areas hosted by the talented poet, Glo Shines.  If there is anyone who has 20 minutes of material and is interested in being a featured reader, please contact her through Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Glo-Shines/246147712130921?fref=ts.  If you don’t have Facebook, please let me know, and I’ll forward your interest to her.  (Please include your name and email address.) 

(2)  Warm-Up Sessions in Chesapeake is also looking for talented poets with 15 to 20 minutes of material.  If you are interested, please contact the ever talented and positive, Nita Hurt @ nitahurt@gmail.com.

PSV Student Contest Brochures: The 2013 PSV Student Contest is upon us, and we need you to help spread the word!!  For those who don’t know this contest is an annual event sponsored by PSV (Poetry Society of VA) with cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.  There are no entry fees, and you don’t have to be a PSV member to participate, but we do encourage membership.  The categories range from 1st grade to undergraduate.  If you would like brochures (10 maximum) to pass around, please contact PSV Contest Coordinator, Nancy Powell at nancyp1734@aol.com.

Reading in Yorktown: The Chesapeake Bay Writers will hold their annual, “All Star Luncheon Gala and Writing Contest,” on Wednesday, November 14th at 11:30.  For more details, please click on the link:  http://www.chesapeakebaywriters.org/PressRoom.htm

Please be sure to check my Facebook page or my blog:  www.goodwordpoetryplus.blogspot.com, for things that may come up or change during the week.

That’s it for now.  Be careful out there over the next few days.

Poetry First,
Talya

Friday, October 26, 2012

B&N Cancellation Notice!!

Hello All,

Due to inclement weather and necessary preparations for this weekend's storm, Barnes and Noble open-mic will be cancelled, but don't worry, there are other poetry events going on in the area tonight.  Please be sure to contact the venues first before attending to be on the safe side, and if you go out, please be careful, and have a safe weekend!!

10-26-12
Poetry Reading/Featured Poet
Verses and Vibes
Island Flavours Caribbean Rest.
2280 Executive Dr
Hampton VA
8:00 9:00
Host:  Glo Shines

10-26-12
Poetry Salon/Open-Mic
Jack Callan’s House
2931 Somme Ave
Norfolk VA
8:00     (Every 4th Fri)
757-622-8721
BYOB!!
Hosts:  Jack and Judith

10-26-12
Spoken Lyrics for Poets, Singers, and Lyricists
Traditions Lounge & Rest
133 E Sycamore St
Petersburg VA
Every Friday
Hosts: Demetria & Roscoe B

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Wednesday: From Norfolk to Richmond With Internet Radio In Between...

10-24-12
Open-Mic Poetry (FF)
Chrysler Museum
245 West Olney Rd
Norfolk VA
6:30 – 8:30
Host:  Jack Callan
757-622-8721


10-24-12
Open-Mic Poetry
Fuzzy Wednesdays
Palace on Plume
300 E Plume St Norfolk VA
9:00 (Every Wed)
$8+ cover - Host:  GodChild


10-24-12
Internet Open-Mic
Spoken Ink! 
7:00 – 8:00 (Every Wed)
(Listen online or by phone)
646-478-5603
Hosted by: Senator Bravo & Mr. Speaker


10-24-12
Open-Mic for All Artists
Soul Case Experience
Aurora
401 E Grace St
Richmond VA
8:00 – (Every Wed)
$5 cover charge
Tequilla:  804-564-4189
Jamil:  804-301-9394
True:  757-372-5171

Poetic Expressions in Hampton


Sooooo, I just came back from Poex in Hampton.  I was a little tired because I didn’t get much sleep last night, but that didn’t stop me from having a great time tonight!!  Mr. Speaker is the gracious host that keeps things running and in check.  He opened up with a poem that encourages EVERYONE to educate themselves instead of ingesting what others feed you.  There is so much information out there that’s just waiting to be discovered.  TC did a few deep, deep, deep poems.  I’m pretty sure my mind exploded a few times.  He did a poem on domestic violence and that comment about a man making a woman bleed, like Jesus’ blood wasn’t enough…..WOW!!  It took a minute to let that soak that in.  He also talked about what seems to be an imbalance in the world.  Because it is hard to understand why a child’s life is taken by disease, but a serial killer will live out all of his days in prison with the occasional conjugal visit.  Yes, it does seem wrong….ijs…TC is our Renaissance poet of Poex.  Rhonda reminded us that there really is no good and bad, there just is.  Everything that is, is justified by the existence of its opposite.  For example, you must experience cold to understand heat and vice versa.  You must experience sadness to appreciate happiness and vice versa, and the list goes on.  I can talk about this subject a great length, but in the interest of time and my bedtime, I will move along.  Raymond did a poem about the demons we carry that actually turn out to be us in a different form, and the battle of the snitches continued at Poex.  I will say that violence is not the answer, Mr. Speaker, but your comeback poem is hilarious!!!  (bricks, 2 X 4s, and black eyes, oh my!!).  Chantel did a nice story poem about “celibacy for the better me” and telling those who harm you to kick rocks, beat feet, c’est le vie, as it were. Often times, we go in and out of relationships or choose not to face our problems, and this is a great injustice to ourselves because you owe it to ourselves to face, to learn, to grow and to let go!!   If we’ve been treated badly by someone and we choose not to face it, we are essentially treating ourselves bad all over again.  Okay, that’s all I’m gonna say.  Oh, and Bobby K and the report card…loved it!!  In a perfect world men (and I suppose women) would carry an honest to goodness report card, so you know what you might be getting yourself into.  He also shared a poem about the idea of poets trying to fight the fact that they are poets.  Like I said before, poets don’t become, there are!!  I did a subtle erotic poem.  I wanted to show my soft core side, for lack of better words, and by request did “Death By Soup” (Just for you Katrina, wink!!).  Retha did a poem that put us women in check.  I will admit, it is easier to blame everything on the opposite sex, but we women know we have our cross to bear in this constant battle of Venus and Mars.  I am not really a religious person, but the message of her poem is universal…be careful where you point that finger (wait, that sounds like something Mr. Speaker said in his anti-snitch poem….) because the other fingers are pointing back at you.  (In the words of Katrina tonight, “check yourself, before you wreck yourself (and others because misery loves company)).  I think I just went on a tangent, so let me throttle back here….Okay!!  David usually comes to listen but tonight we had the pleasure of hearing one of his poems and it was so touching and sad.  It was about children who have lost their parents.  I know some of us take for granted that we have our parents, but there are those who are not so fortunate.  I know some of us out there may not care for our parents, but those who don’t have parents would switch with you in a heartbeat.  We’ve got to be more aware and grateful for things we do have because there are those who don’t.  (Whew!!  Getting up and down from this soap box is getting exhausting.)  And finally Gye Nyame came out of hibernation to share some poems.  His spoken words are a breath of fresh air and I never get tired of hearing what he has to say.  I love when he says, “Bring us Barabbas…” and sings Cigarette Girl, and I can’t wait to hear that CD…..Okay, that’s all for now (I ran a little long there.  I put my two cents (more like quarters) EVERYWHERE!!)  Yes, it’s passed my bedtime, shocking, but it was soooo worth it, so until next time…………GOOOOOO Poetry!!

Monday, October 22, 2012

LaBodega Poetry Salon


Soooooo, I just got back from LaBodega Poetry Salon in Hampton.  First of all, I didn’t realize we had been there 2 years, so a special shout out to Phyllis for starting this venue, and Luis for allowing us to use his space.  We really are grateful!!  I gotta say no matter how big or small this group is, I always have a good time!!  It was great to see everyone:  Diana, Bobby K, Mr. Speaker, Katrina (wink!!), Raymond, and a couple of new faces.  Lorenzo was one of the new faces and he actually wrote a love poem while he was there and shared it, and guess what?   He’s 16!!  Personally, I’ve never been able to write a poem off the cuff, much less share it with folks, so kudos to Lorenzo!!  Lorenzo’s mom (I forgot her name, sorry) read a poem from another poet about being a black woman that was extremely meaningful and powerful.  Raymond did his poem about being a HRT bus driver.  If you haven’t heard it before, it is PRICELESS!!  He also did another favorite, “Snitch”, but what made it especially special is that Mr. Speaker had a response to “snitch” and it was awesome!!  I think we all got a good laugh.  Hopefully, they will do it again on Friday at B&N (hint, hint).  Bobby K did a couple of poems about growing up in Buffalo.  It was really nice to see another side of his poetry, and I gotta say, there is a book there waiting to be written.   Oh, and, “Five Feet of Paradise”…..talk about a love poem.  All I can say is, Bobby K love him some Tabitha!!  Mr. Speaker talked about how marriages should work.  He thinks there should be an expiration date on them and he provided a list of good arguments and I’ll leave it at that.  Did you know that Mr. Speaker is so cute when he is tired???  ijs….Diana did a poem on women’s rites of passage with some we could do without, thank you very much, to include the dreaded hot flash and how “You’re hot!!” takes on a whole new meaning.  The poem about Jimmy was oh my goodness!!  That was just an amazing poem.  Thank you a billion times over for sharing it.  It made me think of the movies, “The Messenger” and “Taking Chance” (both great movies).  I did a poem about an incident I experienced at Pearl Harbor.  I also did my Mother’s Day poem and a poem about October and grocery shopping (I enjoyed writing that one!!).  Thanks to everyone who came out.  The next time we meet will be on Veteran’s Day.  I hope y’all will be able to make it with it being a holiday and all, but either way, we will have a good time.  It’s NOT passed my bedtime.  I’m multi-tasking: watching or rather listening to the debate, eating pulled pork, and writing a review.  I think I’ve pulled it off, so until next time…….GOOOOOOOOO Poetry, and then go a little more…

Sunday, October 21, 2012

What Is The Good Word This Week??

“Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.”
- Virginia Woolf
 Hello 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, if you will be part of an event, or if there is an error on the venue list (I don’t want to send people to a venue that no longer exists or has changed its day or time.), please let me know as soon as possible!!  Also, if you have fliers, please pass them along.  Remember knowledge is power!!

The Good Word This Week!!:
1.  Chrysler Open-Mic:  It’s that time of the quarter again.  Chrysler Museum’s Open-Mic will be this Wednesday, October 24th, from 6:30 – 8:30.  This free, open to the public, family friendly venue hosted by Jack Callan.  Come on out and share your love of poetry!!

2.  Important Changes!!:  (1)The open-mic at Bean There Café is now monthly instead of weekly.  The next open-mic is on November 9th.  Please see venue list for more details.  (2)  The open-mic at Kad-A-Lac on Tuesdays and Wednesdays is in hiatus until future notice.

2a.  La Bodega Date Change:  The Poetry Salon at LaBodega is tomorrow (October 22nd) from 6:30 – 8:30.  It will go back to its normal scheduled date next month, November 11th.  Bring your poems, your ears, and your appetite (not necessarily in that order.), and tell someone!!  See venue list for more details.

3.  Want to Be a Feature Reader??:  Verses and Vibes is one of the newest Friday night venues in the 757 areas hosted by the talented poet, Glo Shines.  If there is anyone who has 20 minutes of material and is interested in being a featured reader, please contact her through Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Glo-Shines/246147712130921?fref=ts.  If you don’t have Facebook, please let me know, and I’ll forward your interest to her.  (Please include your name and email address.)

Reminders!!

PSV Student Contest Brochures: The 2013 PSV Student Contest is upon us, and we need you to help spread the word!!  For those who don’t know this contest is an annual event sponsored by PSV (Poetry Society of VA) with cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.  There are no entry fees, and you don’t have to be a PSV member to participate, but we do encourage membership.  The categories range from 1st grade to undergraduate.  If you would like brochures (10 maximum) to pass around, please contact PSV Contest Coordinator, Nancy Powell at nancyp1734@aol.com.

 The Beauty Experience: Mendel Style:  One of our 757 poets, Mendel Denise, will have an “I Am Beautiful” Project and Book Launch at ArtInspired Studio One in Yorktown on October 27th from 5-7.  The event will include an art exhibit, book sales and signings.  I’ve had the opportunity to listen to her poetry, and she is an amazing story teller and writer.  You will not be disappointed.  For more info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/418401528224495/ (flier attached)

Reading in Yorktown: The Chesapeake Bay Writers will hold their annual, “All Star Luncheon Gala and Writing Contest,” on Wednesday, November 14th at 11:30.  For more details, please click on the link:  http://www.chesapeakebaywriters.org/PressRoom.htm

Please be sure to check my Facebook page or my blog:  www.goodwordpoetryplus.blogspot.com, for things that may come up or change during the week.

That’s it for now.  Have a great week!!

Poetry First,
Talya

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Saturday's Poetry Calendar!!

10-20-12
Talk on Water,
A Poetry/Jazz Moonlight Cruise
Rudee Inlet (Rudee Flipper)
200 Winston Salem Ave
VA Beach VA
8:00 – 11:00 (boarding 7:30)
Featuring GodChild, Various Poets, and The O Band
Tickets $30
POC CeeCee 757-470-9613



10-20-12
SlamRichmond’s
Poetry Slam Workshop (5-7)
Open-Mic (8-11)
ArtSpace Gallery Annex
The Shop – Zero E 4th St
Richmond VA (Every Sat)
Paid parking in some areas
804-302-6464



10-20-12
TWP - Vibes - Teen Open Mic
Downing-Gross CAC
2410 Wickham Ave
Newport News VA
6:00 – 8:00 (Every 3rd Sat)
Free Event, Donations Welcomed!
Hosted by TWP:
(Teens With a Purpose)



10-20-12
Open-Mic Poetry
2600 Chestnut Ave
Newport News VA
9:00 - midnight
Host: Nfinitee Xcaliber

Friday, October 19, 2012

Verse and Vibes

Sooooo, I went to Verses and Vibes in Hampton for the first time tonight, and what a great show!!  I don’t know if the bonus was the poetry or the food at Island Flavours….I’m just kidding.  Of course, the poetry was the bonus…I’m just kidding again.  When I saw that Cassandra IsFree was being featured, I was thinking I gotta go, and when I saw My Main Man Keion was featured, too, I was like, the universe has spoken!!  It’s kinda cool to know you’re in for a treat before a single word is said…!!  If you haven’t had the opportunity to hear them, then your life is not complete.  (Yes, I got a little dramatic there.)  I want to give props to Island Flavours because they had fliers for people to take with them and they even advertised the event on their screens.  It’s great to see a business supporting poetry and poets supporting the business (win, win!!).  Keion went in first.  He has a point of view and is not afraid to speak it.  He talked about the death of true hip-hop and how R&B is getting pretty close to it.  (Remember when music used to be about the music and not the money?)  I love his poem “Bragadocious” that talks about the famous artists in their own mind riding on the coattails of others but claiming to be the “original”, and Friday Night Accountability was hilarious!!  I have no doubt we’ve all had those moments in our drinking lives when we haven’t been able to account for things and/or the person we woke up next to….His piece on anatomy was an “all of the above” poem.  It was a song, play, spoken word, an air guitar or was it a piano….(you had to be there), but some of those words he spit, were so thought provoking!!  Cass came to the stage and talked about the poet who writes and tries to impress others with words like “antidisestablishmentarianism”.  Not being true is one of the top poet offenses.  I think you can be arrested for false identity in a court of poetic law which, I know does not exist, but I digress.  She also reminds that poets are, they don’t become.  I thought about DD Delaney’s poem about What Will We Tell Our Children, when Cass talked about how we dress 3 year old girls in hoochie mama outfits and post it on Facebook like it’s the cutest thing in the whole wide world, but when she does it at age 14, we are horribly disgusted.  What’s wrong with that picture?  Or how about the little boy holding a toy gun that we think is boss, but when he picks up a real gun at 18 and goes to jail, we try to wipe our hands clean of the offense.  What’s wrong with that picture?  Two of my favorite lines from Cass tonight were, “hurt people, hurt people” and “people robbin’ banks and banks robbin’ people”.   She even got political reminding us that who you vote for should a reflection of your values, not the color of your skin.  Educate yourself (beyond the debates) and make an informed decision.  Don’t become part of the problem because we are part of the solution.  We all matter, regardless of our personal opinions!!  It was a great night of spoken word and island food.  You gotta check out Verses and Vibes on Friday nights.  A special shout out to Miss Glo Shines for putting this together.  You gotta good thing going here, girl.  I think I’m gonna watch an episode of Matlock and then I’m gonna roll on to bed.  Yes, it’s past my bedtime, but I could’ve called it a night about 90 minutes ago, so that’s on me, so until next time….. GOoOoOoOo Poetry!!!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Toni Morrison's: Sheer Good Fortune!!!!



Below is the link to the recording of this amazing event!




Where Poetry Meets the Waves....

This Saturday: Poetry and Jazz on the High Seas!!

The tickets are now only $20.00.
 
So, if you're looking for something different....


Featured readers include the talents of:

Simba Castano

My Main Man Keion

King Shakur!!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

What's the Good Word This Week?!?

Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. - Plutarch

Hello 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, if you will be part of an event, or if there is an error on the venue list (I don’t want to send people to a venue that no longer exists or has changed its day or time.), please let me know as soon as possible!!  Also, if you have fliers, please pass them along.  Remember knowledge is power!!

The Good Word This Week!!:
1.  The New Spot:  The Wet Spot has found a new home at the Thai Pan Restaurant in Virginia Beach beginning Friday, October 19th at 9:00.  See venue list for details.  P.S.  The food is yummy!!:  http://www.thaipanvb.com/

2.  A New Source:  The Daily Press has a new blog called, “Writers’ Block”.  This is another great source for writing information, articles and happenings in the 757 area!!  I know Leah Price has been working very hard to get this blog up and running!!  Check it out.  It’s only just a click away:  http://www.dailypress.com/entertainment/books/writers-block-blog/.  I also have the link on my blog, www.goodworpoetryplus.blogspot.com.

3.  The Beauty Experience: Mendel Style:  One of our 757 poets, Mendel Denise, will have an “I Am Beautiful” Project and Book Launch at ArtInspired Studio One in Yorktown on October 27th from 5-7.  The event will include an art exhibit, book sales and signings.  I’ve had the opportunity to listen to her poetry, and she is an amazing story teller and writer.  You will not be disappointed.  For more info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/418401528224495/ (flier attached)

4.  PSV Student Contest Brochures:  The 2013 PSV Student Contest is upon us, and we need you to help spread the word!!  For those who don’t know this contest is an annual event sponsored by PSV (Poetry Society of VA) with cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.  There are no entry fees, and you don’t have to be a PSV member to participate, but we do encourage membership.  The categories range from 1st grade to undergraduate.  If you would like brochures (10 maximum) to pass around, please contact PSV Contest Coordinator, Nancy Powell at nancyp1734@aol.com.

5.  PPP Suffolk:  Just in case you missed Pizza, Poetry, and Prose in Chesapeake this past Friday, there will be another PPP at the Suffolk Museum on Thursday, October 18th.   Please see venue list for more details.

6.  In Case You Missed It:  If you missed the opportunity to see the new VA Poet Laureate, Sofia Starnes, at Aromas in September, you’re in luck because Mike Correa has put her visit on the Word4Word website:  http://www.word4wordpoets.org/blog/.  Thanks Mike!! 

6a. Don’t Forget!! – Sofia Starnes is now accepting submissions for her Nearest Poem Anthology through June 2013.  For more info and details:  http://www.sofiamstarnes.com/page11.html

Reminders!!

Setting Sail, Poetry (and Jazz) Style:  The next installment of the poetry invasion spreading across 757 will be “Talk on Water,” a moonlight cruise scheduled for Saturday, October 20th, from 8:00 to 11:00.  The tickets are $30.  For more info, please contact CeeCee @ 757-470-9613.  You must have a ticket to board.

Date Change:  Because of the holiday, the Poetry Salon date has been changed to Monday, October 22nd, for this month only, from 6:30 – 8:30.  See venue list for more details.

Reading in Yorktown: The Chesapeake Bay Writers will hold their annual, “All Star Luncheon Gala and Writing Contest,” on Wednesday, November 14th at 11:30.  For more details, please click on the link:  http://www.chesapeakebaywriters.org/PressRoom.htm

Please be sure to check my Facebook page or my blog:  www.goodwordpoetryplus.blogspot.com, for things that may come up or change during the week.

That’s it for now.  Have a great week!!

Poetry First,
Talya

Sunday, October 7, 2012

What's the Good Word this Week??

Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat. -   Robert Frost

Hello 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, if you will be part of an event, or if there is an error on the venue list (I don’t want to send people to a venue that no longer exists or has changed its day or time.), please let me know as soon as possible!!  Also, if you have fliers, please pass them along.  Remember knowledge is power!!

The Good Word This Week!!:

1.  Date Change:  Because of the holiday, the Poetry Salon date has been changed to Monday, October 22nd, for this month only, from 6:30 – 8:30.  See venue list for more details.

2.  Want More Poe??:  As if The Poe Project wasn’t enough, The Poe Museum will be celebrating Poe’s death today from 2:00 to 5:00.  The event is free with admission to the Museum.  For more info: https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/249435415178225/

3.  Patrick Hayes Writers Series – David Wojahn, poet and Pulitzer Prize finalist will be reading from his latest poetry collection at William & Mary on Wednesay, October 10th, beginning at 7 pm.  For more info:  http://www.wm.edu/news/stories/2012/poet-david-wojahn-reads-here-on-oct.-10.php

4.  The 2nd Tuesday Already?!?:  Aromas open mic is this Tuesday!!  Check out their website to find out about this month’s challenge, and that’s the truth!!:  http://www.word4wordpoets.org/blog/

5.  Inside Check:  Lance Kelley is doing a workshop entitled, “Delving Deep” at the Urban Farmhouse in Richmond.  If you have any questions, please contact Joanna Lee @ joanna.lee.23219@facebook.com.  To learn about other Richmond events, check out Joanna’s blog:  http://the-tenth-muse.com/eventsandhappenings/
 
Reminders!!

Performing at W&M:  Nathan Richardson will perform for The College of William and Mary's Theater and Dance Department during a Spoken Word Jam Session and talk to the students about the role poetry plays in communication and public speaking on October 10th from 9:00 to 10:00 am.  http://www.scpublishing.com/information/nathans-calendar/1-general-events/25-spoken-word-jam-session-william-a-mary-university

Facing Your Battles:  Do you need to get some heavy words off your chest and on to the page?  The Muse Writer’s Center will have a 6-week bi-weekly class entitled, “Writing Your War,” facilitated by local area poet, Pete Freas beginning Saturday, October 13th, from 10:00 to 12:30.  This class is open to all writers ($185 to attend and $175 for returning students.)  There are only 7 seats remaining, so sign up ASAP!!

Setting Sail, Poetry (and Jazz) Style:  The next installment of the poetry invasion spreading across 757 will be “Talk on Water,” a moonlight cruise scheduled for Saturday, October 20th, from 8:00 to 11:00.  The tickets are $30.  For more info, please contact CeeCee @ 757-470-9613.

Reading in Yorktown: The Chesapeake Bay Writers will hold their annual, “All Star Luncheon Gala and Writing Contest,” on Wednesday, November 14th at 11:30.  For more details, please click on the link:  http://www.chesapeakebaywriters.org/PressRoom.htm

Please be sure to check my Facebook page or my blog:  www.goodwordpoetryplus.blogspot.com, for things that may come up or change during the week.

That’s it for now.  Have a great week!!

Poetry First,
Talya