The office of poetry is not to make us think accurately, but feel truly. – Frederick William Robertson
Hello Writers and Listeners!!
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The Good Word This Week!!:
The New Year is upon us already. I don’t know about you, but 2013 is going to be a great year for poetry!!
1. Do You Got What It Takes?? – Nelson Marrero aka Latino A2J will host, “The Christ Factor” on Saturday, March 9th from 4:00 – 6:00 at Real Life Church in VA Beach. Currently, they are looking for Christian poets, dancers, and rappers to audition.. The top prize in each category is $200!! And I just learned that Nathan Richardson will be a judge. It just keeps getting better!! To audition and/or for more info, please go to: https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/521269844563865/. If you don’t have Facebook, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. HRW: The Hampton Roads Writers has posted their 2013 calendar of events that begins with Show and Grow Your Prose on January 12th. For more info: http://hamptonroadswriters.org/events.php
3. PPP is Back on Tour!! Poetry, Prose and Pizza is back beginning January 11th in Chesapeake, January 31st in Prince George, and February 7th in Suffolk. For more details, please refer to the venue list.
4. Looking for a Few Featured Poets: Flow Manifesto is looking for artists (poets/spoken word, singers, rappers) who would like to be featured in one of their upcoming events. For more info, please contact Sense, Blind_of_Sense@yahoo.com, or can catch him on Facebook: Shane ‘Sense’ Nassy.
5. Did Someone Say Ekphrastic?: Jack Callan will host an Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop on Tuesday, Feb 5th, from 6:30 to 8:30, at the Virginia MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art). If you have any questions about this event, you can contact Jack at email@example.com.
6. Quarterly Open-Mic Finds a New Home: The open-mic at Chrysler has been moved to Moses Myers House. The next one is on January 23rd from 6:30 to 8:30. Please see venue list for more details or contact the host Jack Callan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. PSV Student and Adult Contest (Deadline January 19th): The Poetry Society of VA sponsors an annual student and adult poetry contest with cash prizes. The student contest is free and categories range from 1st grade to undergraduate. The adult contest is free for PSV members and $4 for non-PSV members with 32 categories to choose from!! For more info: http://www.poetrysocietyofvirginia.org/. I also have a link available on my blog: www.goodwordpoetryplus.blogspot.com.
8. Important Cancellation/Hiatus Notice:
a. There will not be a 1st Saturday reading at the James County Library in January.
b. Poetic Expressions is on hiatus until January 15th! The theme is duets, so get your Peaches and Herbs on!!
9. Looking for a Weekend Trip?: Bridgewater College will host The Bridgewater International Poetry Festival from Jan 17-20. For more info, please go to: http://people.bridgewater.edu/~sgallowa/BIPF2013.htm
a. Open-Mic New Year’s Eve!! – The Venue on 35th will have their open-mic New Year’s Eve at the regularly scheduled time. In lieu of the $2 donation, please bring in canned good item which will go to the FoodBank in Norfolk or you can make a monetary donation.
b. Fredericksburg Slam: You are invited to the inauguration of the Commonwealth Slam Team at Read All Over Books on Thursday, January 3rd, from 7:00 to 10:00. The $5 cover will be waived!! For more details: https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/119023324927667/
c. CNU is back!! – It’s already that time again!! The CNU Conference will be on February 22-23. For more info, please go to: http://writers.cnu.edu/
d. HRW + Amazon = Support: When you purchase items from Amazon through the Hampton Roads Writers (HRW) link, Amazon gives HRW a 4 to 6.5% referral fee. Please be sure to show your support: http://www.hamptonroadswriters.org/
e. Looking for a Few Good Poems: The Venue on 35th will host a poetry night dedicated to the military and their the families in April. For those interested in sharing a military related poem, please contact Mr. Speaker at: email@example.com or send him a message through Facebook (James Sears).
f. NY Trip!! – Some of our 757 poets will be making the trip to NY to do some romance/erotic poetry on February 16th. I will provide more information as it becomes available. I just wanted to give you a head’s up because trips like this have to be planned and will be here before you know it!!
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,and a fantabulous New Year!!