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

Sunday, April 28, 2013

What's the Good Word this Week??

“Poetry of the earth is never dead.” – John Keats

National Poetry Month is winding down, and what a great month this has been!!  If you couldn’t find something to do this month, you didn’t want to in the first place!  And to those doing the 30 for 30 day challenge….my many hats off to y’all!!!!

***Words of Thanks***

Thank you for all the kind words of encouragement and support concerning my interview in the Daily Press.  I really thought it would be somewhere in the corner of the paper, but it was front and center.  When I think about it, that’s the way poetry should be!  So thanks to Leah for this golden opportunity, and thanks to all the poets, the hosts, the listeners and supporters that make this all possible.  Without y’all, there would be no poetry scene.  The 757 and 804 poets are a great poetry family, and I’m so glad to be a part of it!!


1.  TODAY in Richmond!!  -  Don’t miss Art in the Shop 4 with poetry readings from Shann Palmer and Dean King.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and children under 12 are FREE!!  Proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project!!  (Village Exxon 7100 Patterson Ave Richmond VA beginning at 2:30)  https://www.facebook.com/events/356266907808516/?suggestsessionid=87ad08f7aa16ad2f6a303fb126decdc8

2.  “Saving our Youth” is an annual event that sheds light on issues affecting our youths like suicide, depression, bullying and sexual abuse.  Some of these teenagers will share some of those stories through creative expression to include poetry.  Show your support on May 4th starting at 1:00 pm at the Hampton Teen Center; tickets are only $10. To learn more about this event:  http://savingouryouth2013.eventbrite.com/

3.   Mary Martin, author of “Tapestry”, will be one of the readers at the 1st Saturday Poetry Reading in Norge on May 4th.  http://www.poeticapublishing.com/.  Please see venue list for more details.

4.  You’re invited to attend “Ambassador Hunray the Truth Spitta” album release party on May 25, 2013.  Tickets are $10 or 2 for $15.  If you’ve never heard holy hip-hop poetry, then you’re in for a real treat.  I’ve heard him spit at a few venues and I gotta say….amazing!!

5.  Nathan Richardson will facilitate a 5 hour workshop on The Business of Becoming a Published Author on Saturday, June 1st, beginning at 10:00 am.  The cost, for this wealth of knowledge, is only $55.  For more info:  http://www.meetup.com/writers-962/events/96134472/

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,

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Important Rescheduling Notice!!

Dr. Maya Angelou

Those who are planning to see Poet Maya Angelou Thursday, May 2 at Chrysler Hall will have to hold off a little longer.

Angelou canceled her speaking event due to health reasons. She was scheduled to speak as part of the
Norfolk Botanical Garden’s 75th Anniversary Celebration.

Angelou spent time in the hospital earlier this week and will be recovering in her North Carolina home for the next three-to-four weeks.

We have a tentative rescheduled date for Friday, June 21. More information to follow.

Hump Day Poetry Style!!

Quarterly Open Mic Poetry
Moses Myers House
323 E Freemason St
Norfolk VA
6:30 – 8:30
Free and open to public!
Host:  Jack Callan

04-24-13 (FF)
Open-Mic Poetry
Mary D Pretlow Library
111 W Oceanview Ave
Norfolk VA
6:30 – 8:30
(Sign up begins at 6:00)
Host:  HRW

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

Poetry, Comedy & Music
Ethereal Cupcakes &
Coffee Shoppe
3150 Allainby Way
Hampton VA
6:00 - 9:00 (Every Wed)


Internet Open-Mic
Spoken Ink! 
7:00 – 8:00 (Every Wed)
(Listen online or by phone)
Host: Sen Bravo & Mr. Speaker
Open-Mic for All Artists
Soul Case Experience
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

Looking for Mother's Day Poems/Books/Stories (Time Sensitive Info)

In honor of Mother's Day, I plan on running a column about stories/books by local authors that either feature a "mother" theme (e.g., having babies, single motherhood) or that would make great gifts for the moms in our lives (e.g., gardening).  These don't necessarily have to be new releases, but they should be by local (Hampton Roads) authors or take place in our area.

If your members have published books that might fit, I invite them to send me the following for possible inclusion:

*       Title
*       Author's name and website (if applicable)
*       Publisher and date of publication
*       Available formats (print, digital, audio)
*       Jpg file of the cover
*       Short story blurb (up to 100 words)

Deadline:  April 30

Any questions, please let me know.

Leah Price
Coordinator, Writers' Block Blog | Daily Press Media Group
7505 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23607 | Voice/Fax 757.247.4745

Sunday, April 21, 2013

PSV Festival: May 17th - May 19th (Time Sensitive Information)

For more information on this year's Poetry Society of VA Festival, please go to:  http://www.poetrysocietyofvirginia.org/festival.htm

What's the Good Word this Week?!?

National Poetry Month is winding down, and what a great month it's been!!!!  There are about 25 events going on this week.  Please be sure to check out "Where to Go This Week?!?", (on the left) so you can plan ahead!

Poetry has become a force of nature in the 757 and 804 area.  Let's keep up that fighting spirit!!!

Thanks to everyone for their support!!

Poetry First,


Here are some of the highlights, fliers style:
(Please see venue list for more details on these venues.)








Friday, April 19, 2013

Plan Your Weekend....Starting Tonight!!

Open-Mic Poetry
The Wet Spot (Explicit)
Thai Pan Restaurant
3497 Holland Rd #101
Virginia Beach VA
9:00 –  (3rd Friday)
Hosts:  GodChild & Seven
Featured Reader:  Ms. Creoleness


New Spot!
Open-Mic Poetry
Poetic License
410 Gallery
3824 Granby St
Norfolk VA
$3.00 cover
8:00 until it’s over


Open-Mic Poetry
Revolution VA
3118 High St
Portsmouth VA
Featured Reader:  13 of Nazareth


04-20-13 (FF)
Hampton Roads Youth Poets Semi-Finals
Downing Gross Cultural Arts Center
2410 WickhamAve
Newport News VA
5:00 – 7:00


Poetry Slam Wkshop (5-7)
Open-Mic (8-11)
ArtSpace Gallery Annex
The Shop – Zero E 4th St
Richmond VA (Every Sat)
Paid parking in some areas


Oceans of Feelings
A Concert of Poetry
With DD Delaney
The Venue on 35th
631 35th St
Norfolk VA
$10 cover, no credit cards
8:00 -

Oceans of Feelings:
A Concert of Poetry
With DD Delaney
The Venue on 35th
631 35th St
Norfolk VA
$10 cover, no credit cards
2:30 -

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Tonight!!: PFAC's Art After 5 Includes Open-Mic Hosted by Barbara Smith and Other Thursday Things....

Open-Mic Poetry
Art After 5
PFAC Newport News
101 Museum Dr
Newport News VA
5:30 - 8:30
open-mic usually starts around 6:00 - 6:30


Music & Poetry 
Open-Mic Night
Westhampton Comm. Center
1638 Briarfield Rd
Hampton, VA 
7:00 – 9:00 (3rd Thurs)
757-896-4692 mstclair@hampton.gov
Host:  Dreason Ruckett 


04-18-13 (FF)
Open-Mic Poetry
The Coffeehouse
Williamsburg Crossing Shopping Center 
Williamsburg, VA
7:00 – 9:00 (3rd Thurs)
Hosts:  Mary Haines, 
Sofia Starnes & Serena Fusek


Open-Mic Poetry
Poetry & Jazz Tasting
C’est Le Vin
Wine and Art Gallery
15 N 17th St
Richmond VA
6:00 – 9:00 
Monthly, but date will vary

Saturday, April 13, 2013

What's the Good Word This Week?!?

“I write poetry in order to live more fully.” – Judith Rodriguez

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!!

Advertise for Free on the Daily Press Blog!!:
We are only as effective as the resources we use, so if you want to reach a broader audience, the Daily Press blog is the way to go!!  I’ve had the pleasure of working with and meeting Leah Price, who is a fellow writer in arms, so she knows the importance of getting the “Good Word” out there!!  It is absolutely free to advertise your event, so there are no excuses!!  To submit your event, please go to:  http://findlocal.dailypress.com/user_updates/submission/event (Under “Type of Event” select “Literature).  Once it’s quickly reviewed by Leah, it’s posted.  It’s really that simple!! 
You’ve got nothing to lose, but everything to gain!

The Good Word This Week!!:

1.  A New Weekly Spot Coming Soon!:  Beginning April 25th, Quentin Jennings-Sherman aka Q5 will host Word Up Thursdays, at Total Blend Restaurant in Norfolk ($5 cover).  Please see venue list for details!!  It just keeps gettin’ better and better!!  Please share and pass it on!!

2.  Encore!!:  In honor of National Poetry Month, DD Delaney is bringing back, Oceans of Feelings to the Venue on 35th on Saturday, April 20th at 8:00 and Sunday, April 21st at 2:30.  Tickets are only $10 and worth every penny!!  (see venue list for more details)

3.  Program Note!:  This month Poetry at the Crossing in Williamsburg will be an open-mic!!

4.  Program Change:  There will not be a Verses and Vibes this Friday, April 19th.  However, it will resume the following Friday, April 26th with Q5 and Outspoken Poetress as features.

5.  It’s Back!!:  Soul Manifesto is back on April 13th at the Bayside Inn and Restaurant on Saturday, April 13th.  The doors open at 8:30 with a $5 cover that will include a raffle.  Some of the features include:  Charles Table, the very talented and host of Verses and Vibes, Glo Shines and the one and only Q5!!

6.  Grand Opening Open-Mic – 410 Gallery will have their grand opening on Saturday, April 13th, from 7:00 – 10:00, followed by a late night open-mic from 10:30 – 1:00.  For more info:  https://www.facebook.com/Gallery410
(flier attached)

7.  An Afternoon at Prince Books:  Please join poets and authors, Nina Brewton and Benjamin Daniel on April 14th for a Sunday afternoon of prose and poetry.  They will be reading from their books, “Heart of a Queen” and “These Long Tailed Words”, respectively.  Books will be for sale and you can also purchase them in advance.  For more info, see venue list or go to:  https://www.facebook.com/events/445485072197839/?notif_t=plan_user_invited


a.  Are you the next Daily Press Poet Laureate??:  The Daily Press is accepting poetry submissions from April 1st to April 30th!!!  For more information and details:  http://www.dailypress.com/entertainment/poetry/dp-poetry-story,0,3488843.story.  And for those who submit, Good Luck!!

b.  Chesapeake Poet Festival:  It’s that time of the year!!  Synnika is back with the 4th Annual People Poetry Festival beginning April 6th and running thru April 27th.  The festival will include workshops, seminars, an open-mic and a book club meeting.  (flier attached)

c.  New Venue!!:  Joanna Lee invites you to be a part of the christening of a new open-mic at Taza Coffee n Crème in Richmond on Friday, April 26th starting at 7:00!!  It just keeps gettin’ better and better!! 

d.  In Honor of the Military:  The Venue on 35th will host a military poetry performance entitled, “These Colors Don’t Run, But They Do Bleed,” on April 27th only with 2 shows on one night:  2:00 to 4:00 and 5:00 to 7:00.  The tickets are only $10 and limited!!  For more info, please contact Mr. Speaker: jamessears79@yahoo.com and/or Latino A2J: info@latinoa2j.com.

e.  It’s Back!!!:  The Mic Fiend is in full effect on Saturday, yes, Saturday, April 27th at Harry O’s in VA Beach.  I am telling you that this is a show you do not want to miss!!  Featured poets include:  Firefly, Glo Shines, Champ the Poet, Mr. Speaker and Jorge Mendez, just to name a few.  The doors open at 8:00, and tickets are only $10 (subject to change).  Get there early because it will be a full house!!!  https://www.facebook.com/events/351135485003127/?fref=ts

f.  Talent Anyone??:  The Fuse Box in VA Beach is hosting Arts On Blast Youth Talent Show on Saturday, April 27th.  Participants can win cash prizes, free studio time, and private lessons, just a name a few!!  If you wanna audition, please contact Keyz at 757-323-8685.  (flier attached)

g.  Wanna Become a Published Author?:  Nathan Richardson will facilitate a 5 hour workshop on The Business of Becoming a Published Author on Saturday, June 1st, beginning at 10:00 am.  The cost, for this wealth of knowledge, is only $55.  For more info:  http://www.meetup.com/writers-962/events/96134472/

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,

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Friday is the Spice of Life!!!

(Click on Image to Make it Larger and For More Details!!)




You are not seeing double 13 of Nazareth will be here AND Verses and Vibes!!!




4-12-13 (FF)
Poetry Prose and Pizza
Russell Memorial Library
2808 Taylor Rd
Chesapeake VA
6:45 – 9:00
Host: Nathan Richardson

Prime Time Poetry Show
Bean There Café
223 E City Hall Ave
Norfolk VA
$5.00 cover charge
8:00 – 10:00 (2nd Fri)
Host:  Synnika Lofton

Sunday, April 7, 2013

4/6 Verses & Vibes Suffolk Edition Recap!

Soooooo, I went to Verses and Vibes in Suffolk last night.  I’m telling you, that ride to Suffolk is a scary b-rated movie waiting to happen.   There are no lights and really no one on the road except those who were going to V&V that night!  There was a lot of energy and love and positivity and support and a few drinks here and there.  The features last night were:  GodChild, Gye Nyame, Simba, and Marisa, and none of them and I mean none of them disappointed!  Here are the highlights:

It doesn’t happen often or probably ever, but there was a special request for Haze or Fitz or Matthew to share one of his pieces.  He did one for the ladies about the Egyptian cotton…………………….wait what was I talking about, oh, yes, his love poem  about his love for this women.  His use of architectural pieces and oceans and canals and the curves in the moon to describe this woman was beautifully done.  I mean who DOESN’T want to be that woman?  Who DOESN’T want to be seen like that?  If you say, “I don’t”, I call “fib!”.  I don’t care how many times I hear it.  A love poem is a love poem is a love poem and a love poem always stands the test of time because we all love!

Gye Nyame was certainly in some kind of way.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen him quite like that.  I could tell he really wanted people to understand and listen, and I mean listen, to his words and his message, and I think he was successful!  He smiles with the rest of us, but he let us know that he has fears and doubts and being vulnerable takes courage!  I’ve had the opportunity to hear Gye Nyame at a poetry salon where he didn’t stand up to perform, he either read or recited his piece sitting down, so I could focus on his words, and he’s a very talented wordsmith!!  Last night, he went in hard heart, mind, soul, and body.  Like Glo said, every single word of his has meaning all the way down to the punctuation.  We got a glimpse into his world; a glimpse beyond the performance.  It was crazy and weird, but it was real and I loved it.  He told us, “any mic open was mine” and he is absolutely right.  His presence is larger than life. 

I had never heard Marisa speak before.  Unfortunately, I missed it when she was a featured reader at V&V in Hampton.  Based on her performance last night, I hope she will be featured at V&V again because I would love to hear more of what she has to say.  The one piece that stood out to me was the one about her father.  I’m here to tell you that forgiveness, only looks easy on TV, but it’s a monster.  She told the story of how her father left and after a few years he called and told her that he had cancer.  Her first thought was “so”, but she concluded this was not about her.  Her father had his demons and they were hitting him pretty hard now.  Marisa, I admire your courage for sharing that piece; family can be a sensitive issue and some people won’t go there, but you did!

GodChild did a piece about how good men are punished for the wrong doing of other men, and I absolutely agree, but I’m also quick to say, it works both ways.  I can’t say for others, but I recognized that I wasn’t ready to date, so I didn’t date because I knew it wouldn’t be fair to bring my baggage into another relationship, so I completely understand.  Ladies we’ve got to stop making generalities about men, and men, you’ve gotta do the same.  Sometimes, we simply don’t recognize a good thing because we’ve never had it and/or we feel uncomfortable because it’s not what we’re used to.  Just some food for thought……He also talked about the power of words and how poetry is auditory colors and how drugs take poetry to get high…..nice…….I really don’t think people realize how powerful words are, like seriously, the pen IS mightier than the sword.  I hope everyone who writes know how significant they are.  People wonder what they can contribute, you can contribute YOU!!!

Simba is a poet and activist.  She walks the talk and talks the walk.  She is one of those individuals who is making this world a better place for women and beyond.  She started with a piece about interracial relationships.  You know, it’s crazy that in 2013, that’s STILL an issue.  Seriously, I just don’t get it.   In the words of Depeche Mode, “People are people, so why should it be that you and I should be along so awfully??”  People are people are people are people.  She also did a piece about mothers needing to check themselves when it comes to sex and children.  Some people have their priorities a little mixed up.  I’m pretty sure that the club should take precedence over a child, but hey, that’s me, and that’s all I’m gonna say before I get worked up.  She also did a poem about the world being wiped out and how she and her husband were given the heavy responsibility of re-populating the earth.  I mean, can you imagine?  Some would see it as a blessing while other could see it as a burden.  What if I can’t carry to term?  What if I can’t conceive?  What if this or that happens?  I guess that is about the time faith kicks in.
In the battle of the sexes, the women won, but I will say this.  The men probably won that one, but women will never ever concede.  We stick together in competition.  I’ll just say everyone was great and it was all in good fun!!

A special shout out to Island Krave and the bartender who made that crazy jagerbomb drink with ice….you know that’s a shot drink, right?  So needless to say, it took a little longer than usual to finish the drink.  (I just conceded and started to drink from straw, really, really fast!)  Another shout out to 7 for doing the rounds and representing the ladies in the dance off and Shaun who was a good sport with a great sense of humor.  And lastly and bestly, a shout out to Glo for being an amazing, personable and down to earth host.  I gotta say, I would’ve been freaked out if someone was staring at me like that; it was kinda creepy, but you kept it in stride because you’re Glo and you got it like that.  More power to you!!!

As a reminder, Verses and Vibes Suffolk Edition is every 1st Saturday at Island Krave.  Doors open at 8:30.  Verses and Vibes Hampton Edition is every Friday night.  Doors open at 8:00.  The featured readers this Friday are Jay Poetry and 13 of Nazareth!!!!  YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS….I PROMISE…unless, you’re in Vegas.  :0)  I got a little wordy, but it is what it is…..so until next time, GOOOOOOOOO V&V and GOOOOO Poetry!!