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

Saturday, November 24, 2012

What's the Good Word This Week?!?


Poetry must have something in it that i barbaric, vast and wild. - Denis Diderot

Hello Writers and Listeners!!

I hope everyone enjoyed their Turkey Day and stayed safe on Black Friday!!
 
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.  Last Tuesdays – Last Tuesdays is known for showcasing artists of different genres, and the next one is no exception, but the featured poet reader will be Tim Seibles!!  The cost is $5, but those proceeds go to the artists performing that evening.  Get on out and show your support.  Please see venue for details.  (flier in Events folder)

2.  Potluck and Poetry – We will have the monthly poetry salon at Rose’s house on December 10th beginning around 6:30.  Rose will provide the main course, and I’ll provide the drinks (to include the wine) we just ask that everyone bring a side dish and/or condiments.  Please be sure to let us know what you’ll bring so we don’t have a lot of the same thing.  For those interested, please let me know, so we can provide the address to you!!

3.  One Man Show!! -  Fellow poet, DD Delaney will put on a one man, one hour dramatization of DD’s adaptation of The Concise Dicken’s Christmas Carol at The Venue on 35th on Nov 30th, Dec 1st, Dec 22nd thru Dec 24th.  All performances begin at 8:00 with the exception of Dec 24th that will begin at 2:30.  I’ve heard many great things about this performance, and Mr. Delaney is a great performer, so I’m looking forward to seeing this for the 1st time. Tickets are $12 (cash only).  To make reservations (recommended), and/or for more information, please call 757-469-0337.

4.  Warm Up Finds a New Home – The Warm Up Sessions, hosted by Nita Hurt on Thursday nights in Chesapeake, will be moved to the Thai Pan Restaurant beginning Thursday, December 13th.   Please see venue list for more details. (flier in Events folder)

5.  Returning – Flow Manifesto is back at the Stone House Lounge in Norfolk, on Friday, November 30th, beginning around 8:00.  There will be a $5 charge at the door.  This is a smoking establishment so decide accordingly.  I will pass on more information as it becomes available.

6.  Inspiration – There will be an Inspiring Writer’s Workshop on December 28th from 7 to 9 at the Apape Int’l Ministries in Richmond.  This event is hosted by author, Venus Mason Theus, and is sponsored by Breathe Again Magazine.  For more info, please go to:  breatheagainmagazine.org or on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/414792995253630/?ref=ts&fref=ts (see flier in Events folder)

Reminders
 
a. Slammin’ Stories???  - The Venue on 35th welcomes storyteller, David H Claunch, who will be the facilitator for the inaugural Story Slam being held Thursday, November 29th, beginning at 7:00 pm.  The night will start off with a 30 min story slam workshop, followed by a story slam where 10 participants will be randomly chosen to tell their story in 5 minutes or less.  The theme will be “The First Time”.  (I’m sure there are so MANY stories to be told…)  Prize money will be rewarded to the winner of the slam!!  General admission is $7, and students and seniors, $5.  (no credit card payments).  For more info, please contact Patti Wray @ 757-469-0337.

 b. 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.

c.   TWO Places Looking for Featured Readers.  Are you next???
(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 Virginia Beach 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.

d.  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!!!

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

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Important Change Notice!!

The Java Open-Mic in Chesapeake normally scheduled for the 3rd Wednesday has been changed to TODAY because of the upcoming holiday. Sorry about short notice and be sure to tell somebody!!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Poetry Salon at LaBodega in Hampton: Veteran's Day Edition...


Soooo, I just got back from the Poetry Salon in Hampton.  You never know what to expect, but it’s always good!!  We had some new faces in the crowd.  I don’t think we scared them away.  Hopefully, they’ll be back next month.   Oh, I need to make a program note.  We will still have our poetry salon every 2nd Monday, but it will be from 6 to 8.  I will start as close to 6 as I can because I don’t want a CP time poem written about me (hee, hee…We’ll get back to that later…)  I started off things with my Oktoberfest poem that spoke of the adventures (and misadventures) I shared with my fellow GI buddies.  One of those guys, just happens to be one of my fb friends (yes, it’s a small world, especially in fb-land.)  Diana shared a poem about how her grandparents met.  It was really one of those whirlwind romances that lasted for 60 years.  That’s a whole lot of awesome.  You never know where love will take you.  It can be a short or long ride.  It can go in circles or up and down.  It might be sturdy, but it might be shaky.  So a special shout out to those romances that stayed together on those rides because being with the right person really does make the trip worthwhile.  Mendel shared a poem about the importance of finding your inner beauty because we all know physical fades.  Mendel was also quick to point out that pretty people have to find their inner beauty as well.  She reminded us that “pretty” folks didn’t ask to be born that way; they just are, and they have their own set of challenges.  That was kind of a humbling experience for me!  (Side note:  It was really great to see you Mendel.  It was truly a pleasant surprise.)    Bobby K did a poem about going to a free clinic for writer’s block.  I’ll just let you use your imagination.  What would your poem say if you had writer’s block???  He didn’t intend for it to be funny, but it just came out that way.  Sometimes, the poems guides you, so just go with it….That’s where you’ll usually find your best work!!  One of the new faces, (whispers, I forgot her name) didn’t intend to share, but she decided to and I’m glad she did.  She did a poem about her reaction to her brother’s passing.  That is quite a thing to share your first time at a venue, but I’m glad she felt comfortable enough to read it.  The poem involved a plethora of thoughts and emotions.  This is something I can understand because I lost my brother, too.  I can’t believe it’s been almost 15 years.  I know in the beginning, you question so many things that have no answer, but you question them anyway.  Over the years, I’ve learned to come to terms with his death.  Maturity has given me a better understanding of the choices he made.  I don’t know if there is a next world, but if there is, I sincerely hope he has found peace….Mr. Speaker did his poem about fear and overcoming it.  Sometimes, fear is good thing, if it keeps in your check the right way.  And if it keeps you in check in the wrong way, you better be making a phone call to God.  (Don’t worry, he’ll answer.)  He also did about a poem called “For You”.  At first, I thought it was a love poem in a romantic way, but I realized it was a love poem in an unconditional way.  It talks about how service members face wars abroad AND at home with some giving the ultimate sacrifice.  And regardless if we support them or vilify them, they will still fight for your freedoms because that’s what they do, so a special shout out to those who have served and are serving.  You will never be forgotten.  My dad, both my brother s and I served in the military, and I’ll be the first to say, I’m very proud that I had that opportunity.   Frank did a poem about a friend he knew in high school and how he decided to go to college and his friend decided to join the Marines and now he is on, “The Wall”.  It was a short piece, but what a powerhouse of a poem.  We were silent for a bit taking it in.  James did a piece about those who talk, but never listen or absorb anything because they are too busy talking.  It’s amazing how oblivious some people can be, but that’s what makes the world go round, right?  This was followed up by Tonie’s, “You Talk Too Much,” and at first, all I could think about was Run DMC.  That poem was hill-arious!  There was a part in the poem where she said that some people talk so much they don’t pick up on non-verbal cues, likes when the listener falls asleep!!  This was followed-up by Frank’s “Can You Hear Me Now?” about how phones used to be phones and had a dial tone, but not no mo’!!  Tonie’s, “Late” poem was absolutely wonderful.  She talked about getting somewhere at 8, but they don’t start until 10 and then they wonder why she is leaving…Really???  The host isn’t there, the band isn’t there, the people aren’t there, but she was there on time….LATE, LATE, LATE!!  I have to admit that can be a bit frustrating.  I know when I first starting going to other venues, I used to be on time or get there a little early, and then I started adjusting accordingly even if it meant no going anymore.  I got a bedtime to deal with when I get home….(Subject change)  And just in case you don’t know, one of the poets reminded us that when it comes to relationships, all that glitters is not gold.  Sometimes it can be pretty rusty underneath.  (ijs), but I know we’ve all been there before, and on both sides.  The other guy who was there (I forgot his name too…) didn’t read, but he did share some of his experiences as they related to poems.  He told the story about how he used to refer to people as black and white.  His mother or grandmother instructed him to go buy some crayons, and to take out the white crayon and told him to go find someone who had the same color as the crayon.  Being the trooper he was, he actually went in search of this “white” person, and quickly discovered, there was no such thing.  He said he discovered we are not a race of color; we are a race of joy.  I like that!!  And on that note I will close.  I don’t know about everyone else, but I genuinely had a wonderful time and I’m so glad for those who stopped on by to listen and share because without y’all, there would be no such thing as a wonderful time.    A final special shout out to LaBodega (Luis) for opening their doors tonight, so we could share our love of poetry.  Let’s see, it’s not past my bedtime (yeah), but I gotta an early morning and very long day ahead of me tomorrow.  So until next time…….GOOOOO POETRY AND MORE IMPORTANTLY…..GOOOOOO VETERANS!!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

So What's the Good Word this Week?

Poetry should….should strike the reader as wording of his highest thoughts, and appear almost as a remembrance. -             
John Keats

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.  5 Points and 5 Poets:  Just another reminder that this afternoon, 5 Points Community Farm Market will feature poets:  Bill Blake, Anne Meek, Tanya Cunningham, Kay Middleton, and Diana Ray from 2:00 to 4:00.  Please see venue list for more details. 

2.  Poetry Salon - Veteran’s Day Edition:  The next poetry salon happens to fall on Veteran’s Day.  What better way to show our respects than by sharing a few poems about those who have and are serving in the military.  If you don’t have one, that’s okay, please come on in and share what you got!!

3.  The Happy Place at Aromas:  The next open mic at Aromas is this Tuesday.  The challenge for this month is to write a poem about a place that makes you happy.  In honor of Veteran’s Day, feel free to bring a poem about those who have and who are serving in the Armed Forces. 

Reminders!!

a. First Colonial Inn:  The 3rd Annual Coffeehouse Faire will be held at First Colonial Inn in VA Beach from 7:30 to 9:30 on Wednesday, November 14th.  Come on out and enjoy some poetry, music and theatre!!  If you would like to attend or sign up to perform, please contact Judith at 757-622-8721, no later than Friday, November 9th.  Please see venue listing for more details. 

b. 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

c. PSV Eastern Region Event:  “Hang Loose:  The Art of Revision” is the upcoming workshop sponsored by PSV that will be held at the Center Street Grill on November 17th from 10:00 to 3:30.  CNU Professor, Jay Paul will facilitate this event.  For more details and/or to register, please see the attached flier or go to the PSV website:  www.poetrysocietyofvirginia.org.

d. Slammin’ Stories???  - The Venue on 35th welcomes storyteller, David H Claunch, who will be the facilitator for the inaugural Story Slam being held Thursday, November 29th, beginning at 7:00 pm.  The night will start off with a 30 min story slam workshop, followed by a story slam where 10 participants will be randomly chosen to tell their story in 5 minutes or less.  The theme will be “The First Time”.  (I’m sure there are so MANY stories to be told…)  Prize money will be rewarded to the winner of the slam!!  General admission is $7, and students and seniors, $5.  (no credit card payments).  For more info, please contact Patti Wray @ 757-469-0337.

e. 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.

 f. TWO Places Looking for Featured Readers.  Are you next???

(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.

g.  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!!!

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

In a Few Hours....5 Points, 5 Poets, in Norfolk!!

11-11-12
Poetry Reading
5 Points Comm. Farm Market
2500 Church St in Norfolk
2:00 – 4:00
757-622-8721
Host:  Jack Callan

Guest Readers:
Tanya Cunningham
Anne Meek
Bill Blake
Diana Ray
Kay Middleton

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Poex: Poetry and Politics Edition - 11/6


Soooooo, I went to Poex: The Poetry and Politics Edition, last night in Hampton. So not only did we get schooled on verses, we got a couple of mini-lessons from the host, Mr. Speaker. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with feeling smarter when you leave a venue. I thought it was going to be “light” night, you know, with all of the excitement of the election, but how wrong was I?? I decided to do my “Universal” poem because I thought it was appropriate for the situation. Regardless of our political views, we are ALL connected for the good or the bad or as Rhonda would say, there is no good or bad, it is what it is because it’s all predestined!! We actually had a great discussion at our table about how significant we all are. The smallest thing we do can make a big difference in someone’s life. It can be something as simple as a smile. Never underestimate the power of you!!! Mr. Speaker did his honest poem speech on what he is willing and not willing to do to be President. Ray shared with us that he has sleep apnea, but once he got that taken care of, he now has beautiful dreams and shared a poem about it. He also did one about remembering the past. Most of us can’t remember what we did yesterday, but there are specific moments in time you remember to a tee; good and bad. We cannot change the past, but it doesn’t stop folks from trying and believe me, I’ve tried!! Ms. Key was a first time reader at Poex and she blew it up!! Her first poem about being a poet and having a message was a whole lotta deepness. She said something like we listen to the poem, but not the poet…..I’m still thinking about that. (Mr. Speaker was kind enough to hold the mic as she got her “diva” on, as she said. ) (Random interjection: Tonie, we started about 8:15 and you were missed!!) Dave did his president poem and a sexy poem called, “Gush” and I’ll leave it at that. I think he was elevated from erotic to nasty. One of my favorite comments came from Dave last night from his poem, “You Gotta App for That?”…..4 G-SPOTS and let your imagination soar!! (Random interjection: Tabitha, Bobby told us you weren’t feeling well and I hope you’re feeling better today.) Speaking of which, Bobby K did some of his more known pieces. I never get tired of them. I don’t know which one is my favorite, but “I Want to Write a Poem” is near the top! “I want to write a poem about the homeless actually finding a home.” I love that line. One of the poets did a poem about how we expect men to be flawless, but we have to first remember, we are not flawless, second, the very fact that we are human makes perfection impossible and third, we are not diamonds (I just threw that one in…). The expectations you seek in another, better be the expectations you possess. It was nice to hear something positive about men, because some of us (okay me) are quick to say something no so positive about men, but I will be the very first to admit, I am no where near perfect, I don’t strive to be perfect, and I have no desire to be perfect. There’s something about flaws that make people approachable and attractive. But hey, that’s just me…(Random interjection: When Dnations was called to the stage, Corie whispers loudly, “I like him”. You had to be there to fully appreciate it.) Mr. D got up and did a couple of poems about relationships from the perspective of the hopeless romantic and the skeptic. I really wonder, is it really that hard to find a good guy or gal?? I mean if we are all writing about this, then there should be quite a few good folks out there, but good folks are reluctant to be in relationships. I think mostly due to past relationships. That fear of getting hurt; the fear of rejection, well, for simplicity sake, let’s just say a “blanket” fear. There is so much love out there, but fear is a monster!! Speaking of which, Mr. Speaker did a new personal piece about his fears; thanks for sharing. He also did a piece about his fraternity group. I’m not going to try to spell it, but all that he is from his swag, to his confidence to his performances, he got from the fraternity. As you can see it was a good night of poetry and politics. It’s definitely not past my bedtime, but I got some sleep to catch up on. I stayed up a bit late on Monday and Tuesday. So until next time, GOOOOOO Poetry.!!!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The Venue on 35th...

Sooooo, I went to the Venue on 35th in Norfolk last night.  Good times!!  Good times!!  And I don’t mean the TV show…Well, I signed up to go 3rd but wound up going first which was okay.  I did my Doritos poem, and for some reason I was getting nervous because was knee was shaking.  I guess the important thing is that I made it through!!  Gayle was in the house.  She let the audience decide whether to sing a political piece or love song.  We opted for the political piece, but after a few missteps, the universe decided that she was going to sing the break-up song.  That girl has a beautiful voice; a natural talent.  Victor was one of the newbie’s and read a poem about his dreams inhaling another person’s dreams and he said something like with her eyes sewn shut, she is mine forever (I pretty sure this is a bad paraphrase.). It was one of those loving, but haunting poem.  You know, that fine line between being romantic and being “touched” with the crazies.  I didn’t get the comedian’s name, but she was hilarious.  She was one of those real talk comedians.  She pondered if e-cigarettes could give e-cancer.  She also said she was not black enough to play spades (As some of you know, spades can evolve into a smack talking contact sport..), so she plays UNOS and puts the smack down on the DRAW FOURs!!  (Admit it, we’ve all done it…) Dave did a funny poem that listed all the things that would happen if he wasn’t elected President.  Isaac was a 19 year old kid who did sad love poem.  And we’ve all been there!!  I think a lot of us start writing after that first heartache because we have to get our feelings out.  Where o’ where does the time go???  Weren’t the days of our youth like yesterday???  Jake did an open and honest poem about his first time and the un-pleasantries that went with it….all 2 minutes of it.  We gave him a hard time about it, but I have to give him props for being brave enough to share that with us.  Not everyone could do that or someone would embellish here and there.  Jake is absolutely right, not all moments are beautiful, and they’re not supposed to be.  His memory of that moment was so vivid, you would have thought it happened on his way to the venue.  There was another poet (name escapes me) who said, it doesn’t matter how many friends you can count, but how many friends you can count on, which ironically would be your actual friends.  Jorge shared a little about himself in his poem, “Profile”.  At the end of the day, he is a hopeless romantic or is it a hopeful romantic, but he keeps his heart guarded because of past experiences.  We’ve all been there.  He said something about taking his heart off his sleeve and putting in his pocket, but it doesn’t feel right there.  I liked that line!  Thanks for your honesty, Jorge.  Mr. Delaney did a political piece, but it was about love and peace.  I didn’t really think about it, but anytime we have disagreements, we always choose war over love, and that’s really unfortunate.  And Mr. B rounded up the night nicely with his a capella version of Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come”.  What an amazing song, and what a powerful, powerful voice!!  Well, that’s all for now.  It feels funny writing this today instead of yesterday.  Even though I chose sleep over writing, I still didn’t get the sleep I needed.  Maybe I should have stayed up and wrote it after all.  Well, that’s all for now.  If you haven’t been to the Venue……Go!!  Yes, it’s just that simple.  And remember the Venue is for singers, poets, dancers, magicians, and comedians, so there’s no excuse.  So until next time, GOOOOOOO POETRY!!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

What's the Good Word this Week?!?

There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money, either. – Robert Graves

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!!

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to set your clocks back one hour. 
Yes, it’s that time to fall back again!!  Can you say an extra hour!!!

The Good Word This Week!!:

1.  First Colonial Inn:  The 3rd Annual Coffeehouse Faire will be held at First Colonial Inn in VA Beach from 7:30 to 9:30.  Come on out and enjoy some poetry, music and theatre!!  If you would like to attend or sign up to perform, please contact Judith at 757-622-8721, no later than Friday, November 9th.  Please see venue listing for more details. 

2.  Slammin’ Stories???  - The Venue on 35th welcomes storyteller, David H Claunch, who will be the facilitator for the inaugural Story Slam being held Thursday, November 29th, beginning at 7:00 pm.  The night will start off with a 30 min story slam workshop, followed by a story slam where 10 participants will be randomly chosen to tell their story in 5 minutes or less.  The theme will be “The First Time”.  (I’m sure there are so MANY stories to be told…)  Prize money will be rewarded to the winner of the slam!!  General admission is $7, and students and seniors, $5.  (no credit card payments).  For more info, please contact Patti Wray @ 757-469-0337.

3.  PSV Eastern Region Event:  “Hang Loose:  The Art of Revision” is the upcoming workshop sponsored by PSV that will be held at the Center Street Grill on November 17th from 10:00 to 3:30.  CNU Professor, Jay Paul will facilitate this event.  For more details and/or to register, please see the attached flier or go to the PSV website:  www.poetrysocietyofvirginia.org.

4.  Poetry at the Crossing:  Join host, Mary Haines, for the monthly poetry reading The Coffeehouse in the Williamsburg Crossing Shopping Center on November 15th, beginning at 7:00.  The featured readers for this month:  Guy Terrell and Flora Adams. 

Reminders!!

a.  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!!

b.  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 who have been wanting to get involved in poetry!

c.  TWO Places Looking for Featured Readers.  Are you next???

(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.

d.  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.

e.  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

f.  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!!!

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

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Something for Everyone FRIDAYS from VA Beach to Petersburg!!

11-2-12
Poetry Reading/Featured Poet
Verses and Vibes
Island Flavours Caribbean Rest. 2280 Executive Dr
Hampton VA
8:00 – 9:00
Host:  Glo Shines
Featured Readers:  Steph Love and Gye Nyame!!

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11-2-12
Conversations over Cocktails
Where the subject is whatever you want it to be!!
Thai Pan Restaurant
3497 Holland Rd
Virginia Beach VA
9:00 -
Host:  GodChild and Ebony Reed
$5 admission

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11-2-12

Teen Open-Mic & Live Music
Hampton Teen Center
300 Butler Farm Rd
Hampton VA
7:00 – 10:00 (Every 1st Fri)

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11-2-12
Strictly Poetry Open-Mic
Family Entertainment @
Gail Hart Performing Art Ctr
2513 Victory Blvd
Portsmouth VA
8:00 – 10:00
$5 admission

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11-2-12
Spoken Lyrics for Poets, Singers, and Lyricists
Traditions Lounge & Rest
133 E Sycamore St
Petersburg VA
Every Friday
Hosts: Demetria & Roscoe B

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11-2-12
First Fridays
Open-Mic for all Artists!
(Exclusively for Ages 14-21)
Youth Career Center of HR
Pembroke Mall
Virginia Beach VA
7:00 – 9:00
757-233-8686

Richmond Happenings in November Begin Tonight!!

Open Mic Night at Tangueros
Tangueros Studio,
10049 Midlothian Turnpike
Thursday November 1
poetry & live jazz from 6-8pm; open dance following
THIS THURSDAY!! Dust off your dancing shoes-- our night of poetry and jazz is right around the corner. We're washing away the dregs of the storm with an evening of open mic poetry, live music and dancing. Our good jazzmen friends, Super64, will be there to play some sets and provide backup to any poet so wishing. Sign-up at the door beforehand for any wordsmith wishing to share work. Stick around afterward as the floor gets even hotter for Tangueros' open dance, including lesson. $5 cover is good for the whole evening.


River City Secrets
art6, 6 E. Broad St.
November 9, 7pm
Talented local wordsmiths will be kicking off the night with featured readings; the evening progresses with an open mic where all of the poetic persuasion are welcome to share a piece or three of their own. Light refreshments are served for the whole, and your $5 at the door goes to support the gallery & our ongoing events there. Come out and get heard!


Poetry & Jazz Tasting
C'est Le Vin, 15 N. 17th St.
November 29, 6pm
Got the post-Thanksgiving blues? Come wind down with verse and vino at local Shockoe hotspot & wine bar C'est Le Vin. Randy Burton of Super64 will be on hand, lending his fabulous musical talents to the verses of both new and established area poets. The whole is set off by C'est le Vin's alluring wine selection, delicious tapas & inspiring art. We "mini-feature" a wide array of wordsmiths from all experience & publication levels, giving them each 5 minutes to present a "taste" of what they do as poets. Be sure to give me a heads up (dottoressa.joanna@hotmail.com) to reserve your slot on the list this month.


Workshop & Critique
Urban Farmhouse Market & Cafe, 1217 E. Cary St.
6:30-8pm
Small group critique and workshops continue! We've got only three precious Monday nights this month, so come out & make 'em count. As always, all of these sessions are open to everyone, completely free and held at the Urban Farmhouse Market and Cafe in Shockoe. November dates are listed below and specific details/assignments forthcoming on Facebook (http://bit.ly/tenthmuse).
November 12-- small group critique
November 19-- workshop (Lance Kelley): Dabbling in Ekphrasis
November 26-- small group critique