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

Friday, May 31, 2013

This Saturday!!: Poetry Reading to Poetry Slam to Grand Slam (see the connection)

06-01-13 (FF)
Poetry Reading
James City County Library
Williamsburg VA
11:00 – 12:00
Every 1st Saturday
Host: Ed Lull

Featured Poets:  

Carolyn Kreiter Foronda

Sophia Starnes

Edward Lull

Henry Hart

J Ron Smith


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


HRYP Grand Slam Final
Norfolk State University
700 Park Ave
Norfolk VA
5:00 – 7:00
Free, but please donate!!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

This Just In!!

931 W 21st St
Norfolk (Ghent) VA

Please be sure to tell somebody!!!

Word Up Cancellation Notice!!!


Please be sure to share.  There's nothing more tragic than going to a venue and you're the only person there...

Monday, May 27, 2013

Let Me Check My Tuesday Bag.....We Got Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Hampton, VA Beach, Manassas & Richmond!!

Showcase of Spoken Word, Hip-Hop Artist & Singers
Last Tuesdays
45 Degrees Martini Lounge
1400 Kempsville Rd
Chesapeake VA
9:00 (Last Tues)
$5 cover charge goes to showcased artists
Host: Marco Mercado
Featured Poet:  M Haze


Open-Mic Poetry
Poetic Expressions
Queens Way Soul Café
1144 Big Bethel Rd
Hampton VA
8:00 – (Every Tues)
Host:  Mr. Speaker
Cashmere the Legacy


Open-Mic Poetry
Kad-A-Lac Restaurant
448 Green St
Portsmouth VA
7:30 – 9:00 (Every Tues)
Host:  Juice James/Tabitha


Poets, Lyricists, Singers
Lyrically Spoken
544 Newtown Rd
Virginia Beach VA
$5 cover charge
8:00 – 11:00 (Every Tues)
Host:  GodChild/Poetikk Justice


Open-Mic Poetry
(21 & Up)
Spirits& Lyrics
City Tavern Grill
9405 Main St
Manassas VA
9:00  (Every Tues)
Cover Charge:  school supplies, non-perishable food items, or gently used clothes


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

Sunday, May 26, 2013

This Just In!!!

Open to musicians, singers, and POETS!!


This Week in Review....(Whew!!)

Sooooooo, I was a busy little beaver this week, too!!  
Let’s see…on Monday, I went to the Venue.   They changed the hours from 7 to 11 and we still didn’t get out of there until 11:30!!  I got there about 7:40ish and the place was already full.  The Venue really has something spectacular going on there.  If you haven’t been…..GOOOO!!!!  You talk about poet family, like for real!!  Jorge did this new piece about love set against music, and it was OMG!!  It ain’t easy to effectively capture the essence of love in a poem, but he hit it out of the water!!  I think he got a little standing ovation for that one and with good reason.  Jorge is just so freakin’ talented.  
Another performance that stood out was the comedian talking about Presidents Washington, Jackson and Lincoln.  It was absolutely priceless.  I had to give him a standing ovation on that one.  I won’t even try to recap anything he said; you’ve just got to hear it!  Most of the cast of Soul Manifesto stopped by and they all shared some pieces.  It was also a chance to say our good-byes to Ms. Simba, who has been a positive force in the community as a woman and a poet.  You will be missed.  
On Tuesday, I went to Poex, and we just cut up.  Cashmere….I mean, Sue Chainz!! is an awesome host.  She truly has a beautiful spirit and energy.  First of all, I was so glad when they started playing “Killing Me Softly,” because I actually knew the song….like the whole song.  For those who don’t know, I’ve been out of touch with music since….it’s been awhile.  
Well, Jade did a beautiful love poem.  I think there might be something in the air because Mr. Bane did a love poem, too.  
J Free debuted “Hood Love” Part 3 which was the main reason I was there and I was not disappointed until he did that cliffhanger thing he does; it’s like Dallas, seriously!!  It was good to see Bobby K and Tonie’s niece is getting very comfortable in front of the mic.  She’s been bitten by the mic bug….
Wednesday and Thursday, I took a break and was back out on Friday times two.  I hosted the open-mic at B&N.  It was a smaller group, but I loved it.  
One gentleman tried to write in the form of Byron in an attempt to get a better understanding of Byron’s work.  I have to absolutely commend that guy, because I know I totally don’t get Byron and I’ve made no effort to either.  He stepped outside his comfort which is something every poet should do.  I truly believe that he will be a better poet for it.  He also did a piece about his relationship with his mom, which triggered a childhood memory of someone else.  She told the story of when she didn’t eat her food for dinner, it would be there for breakfast.  If she didn’t eat it breakfast, it was there for lunch, and so on, but at some point, she was soooo hungry, that she was willing to eat anything, so she finally conceded and ate it, and now she eats anything.  I’ve known Monika for some time and I don’t think I’ve ever seen her in such a good mood.  Moments like this are what poetry is all about.  
John shared a couple of pieces about his daughter since her birthday’s coming up.  He is like the king of sonnets-an absolute talent.  Tonie spoke on Moderation (I think that would be a good title for the poem???)  Some people were not familiar with the term and I’ll leave it at that, but I will say the word, “loquacious”.  
Then I went to Verses and Vibes where Matthew debuted one of his new pieces and I will say, I was quite impressed with how much of himself he was willing to show and I know even with that, it is still just the surface, but you have to start somewhere.  I found that people, to include myself, will write in spirally.  They don’t spiral out, but spiral in because you’ll write several pieces about the same thing.  You will come to the same point on a circle, but just at a different level until you get to the core of what you are trying to get out and say.  I really hope that made sense because it sounded wicked cool in my mind…..I did, “Duffle Baggage” and I was so nervous.  I don’t know why because I’ve done that piece before, but I just get like that sometimes.  
Tonie told us why she writes, Jamaica style, and Manolo shared a deeper side of his talents.  
And then on Saturday, I went to Ambassador Hunray’s album release party with Samantha, TC, and a couple of other poets.  I didn’t realize it was going to be at a church, so there was that fear I would be struck by lightning, but I survived.  It was certainly a change of pace, but I love TC’s collaboration with Jon and Samantha piece, and of course, Ambassador doing a couple of pieces with his kids was priceless.  I think that’s enough for now.  
For the places I’ve mentioned, The Venue is every Monday, Poex is every Tuesday, B&N is every 4th Friday and Verses and Vibes is every Friday; please see the blog for more details.  I was thinking about taking next week off, but who knows, I’ll just see where life and poetry takes me.  So until next time, GOOOOO Poetry and then go a little more…..    

New Date for Maya Angelou Event in Norfolk

It has been reschedule to Friday, June 21st.  For more info or to purchase tickets, please click on the link below:  http://norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/75th-anniversary-celebration-with-dr-maya-angelou/

What's the Good Word This Week!?!

“Poetry is the one place where people can speak the original human mind. 
It is an outlet for people to say in public what is known in private.” – Allen Ginsberg

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!!

1.  HRYP Grand Slam!!:  This is the final round to determine who’ll be going to Brave New World in Chicago.  The event is free, but donations are needed and welcomed.  Please show your love for those teens that’ll represent 757 in Chi-Town!!  For more info:
·         Please see the venue list
·         Go to Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/448865011865148/
·         Go to the TWP website:   http://www.twpthemovement.org/twp.slam.2013.html
·         Also check out their video promotion on YouTube:    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwG72zfmapM

2.  June PSV Features:  The next PSV Poetry Reading is on June 1st with featured poets: Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, Henry Hart, Ed Lull, J Ron Smith and VA Poet Laureate, Sofia Starnes.  This is a morning you don’t want to miss!!

3.  Christ Factor Returns:  Because of the success of the first Christ Factor, Real Life Church and Latino A2J are bringing it back on June 22nd starting at 5:00.  For more info, please see venue list or Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/events/278663068936930/

4.  HRW Conference:  Hampton Roads Writers 5th annual Writers’ Conference is from 9/19 to 9/21 at the Westin VA Beach Town Center.  For more info, go to Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/162475817250328/ or the HRW website:  http://www.hamptonroadswriters.org/2013conference.php (flier attached)

5.  Martian Haiku Contest:  How many can say that one of their poems is on Mars???  For more info:  http://lasp.colorado.edu/maven/goingtomars/contest-rules/


a.  Let Your Words Be Heard:  Come on out to The Fuse Box on May 31st from 7 to 11 for a night of words.  Poets, Singers, and Rappers are welcomed, but the only thing you can bring is your voice; NO MUSIC!  The $5 cost helps to support C.L.E.A.N. (Citizens Learning & Educating About Neighborhoods) an organization dedicated to mentorship & education.  For more info or to sign up, contact RW @ 757-717-9148 (flier attached)

b. 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/

c.  The Charles H Taylor Cultural Arts Center will host an ekphrastic poetry event on Sunday, June 9th at 2:00.  Poets will have an opportunity to see photos of the artwork or come by between May 31st and June 3rd to write about the pieces.  For more details, see venue list or please contact James Warwick Jones at jwjones@hampton.gov or 757-727-1490.  (flier attached)

d.  New Poetry, Prose and Pizza Dates!!:  The July dates are here for Chesapeake, Prince George and Suffolk.  For more info, please refer to the venue list or click (copy/paste) on this link:  http://www.meetup.com/PoetryProsePizza/?scroll=true

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, 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Saturday Day and Saturday Night!!

12:00 – 2:00
Christ Factor Auditions
(Poets, Singers, Rappers)
Real Life Church
4877 Princess Anne Rd
VA Beach VA

6:00 – 9:00
“Ambassador Hunray the Truth Spitta”
Album Release Celebration
Empowered Believers Christian Learning Center
2096 Nickerson Blvd Hampton VA  23663
$10 or 2 for $15

7:00 – 9:00
Lady S Poetry Party/Fundraiser/Open-Mic!!
Borjo Coffeehouse
4416 Monarch Way
Norfolk VA

7:00 – 10:00
Carolyn Kreiter Foronda Book Reading & Open Mic
Gloucester Arts
6580-B Main St
Gloucester VA
$5, if you’re NOT reading

5:00 – 7:00 (Poetry Slam Workshop)
8:00 – 11:00 (Open-Mic)
ArtSpace Gallery Annex
The Shop – Zero E 4th St
Richmond VA (Every Sat)
Paid parking in some areas

Friday, May 24, 2013

Just In!!: Carolyn Kreiter Foronda in Gloucester Saturday Night!!

(Thank you, Shonda, for the info!!)

Carolyn Kreiter Foronda reads tomorrow evening from her book, "The Embrace", about. Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Hope to see some PSV poets there!! Open mic also.
Sat, May 25, 7pm – 10pm
Where: 6580-B Main Street, Gloucester, VA 23061
"Join us for an inspiring evening of open mic poetry! All poets welcome - read your own or one that inspires YOU! And if you write short stories, you can bring those to read, too! $5 cover to help support our organization if you're not reading."

Be Careful...Your Friday (and Saturday) is Showing!!!

Verses and Vibes
Island Flavours Caribbean Rest.
2280 Executive Dr
Hampton VA
8:30ish – (Every Fri)
Featured Readers:  TBA
Host:  Glo Shines


New Spot!
Open-Mic  @ Taza
5047 Forest Hill Ave
Richmond VA
7:00 – 9:00
Host:  Joanna Lee


Open-Mic Poetry
Poetic License
410 Gallery
3824 Granby St
Norfolk VA
$3.00 cover
8:00 until it’s over (Every Fri)


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


Poetry Salon
Jack Callan’s House
2931 Somme Ave
Norfolk VA
8:00 –    (4th Fri)
757-622-8721 - BYOB!!
Hosts:  Jack and Judith

Poet Party
Borja Coffeehouse
4416 Monarch Way
Norfolk VA
7;00 – 9:00
(sign up 6:30 – 7:00)
Host:  Lady S


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