Quote:

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

Monday, June 30, 2014

July Richmond Happenings!!

Thank you, Joanna, for all that you do in the 804. :-)

River City Secrets Henry Street Gallery, 422 W. Broad St., RVA 23220 Friday July 11, 7pm Poetry and the divine are hand-in-hand this month at the Henry Street Gallery. This is gonna be a spectacular evening, as RCS in July coincides with the gallery's opening for its latest show, "Gods & Goddesses," from 6-10pm. The main event though, will be our dynamic feature poet, James "Mr.Speaker" Sears. Trust me, it's a performance you don't wanna miss. As always, our open mic is free to all and any wishing to share a verse or two of their own. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is supported by CultureWorks, but we will be accepting donations to help out the gallery itself. The secret is out... where the locals go to get their word on.


Monday Night Workshop & Critique Series Urban Farmhouse Market & Cafe 6:30-8pm We're suffering through the dog days of summer with reduced critique/workshop hours. Never fear! We'll be back full swing in the fall. In the meantime, our small group critique session powers on. Please join us Monday, July 14 with a poem or two and a handful of copies to share. We'll be at the Shockoe location (1217 E. Cary St. RVA 23219) eager & ready for feedback. As always, these sessions are open to all experience levels & completely free.


Poetry & Jazz Tasting C'est Le Vin, 15 N. 17th St. Thursday July 17, 7pm Cool off with a glass of chilled white, smooth tunes and of course some ear-soothing poetry at C'est Le Vin on our third-Thursday Poetry & Jazz Tasting. Over the course of the evening, you'll get a taste of poetry from local wordsmiths of all experience & publication levels, layered with live jazz by the gentlemen of Super64 and songstress Wendy Carter. The whole is as always set off by C'est le Vin's alluring wine selection, plus a re-vamped menu & backdrop of inspiring art. (Have a few verses to throw down yourself? Make sure to get on the list! Look for me early in the evening or email ahead of time: dottoressa.joanna at hotmail dot com)


Poetry at (the) Crossroads Crossroads Art Center, 2016 Staples Mill Road, RVA 23230 Friday July 18, 6:30pm We're delighted to have been invited back to Crossroads for their July third-Friday opening! Last time (way back in November!) was such an amazing evening for River City poetry-- let's make this one even better. We'll be sharing what we've got with old friends and new from 6:30 on, with unparalleled open mic opportunities. All are welcome! Come join in or listen; you can find us to the right as you walk in, in Classroom 2. There's no cover for this event. Crossroads will have light refreshments and libations available. Hope you can make it!


Poetry Night @ taZa taZa Coffee n Creme, 5047 Forest Hill Ave., RVA 23225 Friday July 25, 7pm We're back again at this cozy & inspiring Westover Hills coffee shop! With an open mic that is quickly becoming known for nurturing new voices, this is an evening of pure poetry you don't want to miss. Sign up early & don't get left off the stage!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Weekend Highlights!!

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Saturday

https://www.facebook.com/events/555525657885393/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Verses-and-VIBES/303477056430354

Sunday 

https://www.facebook.com/events/533355020102950/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=1


https://www.facebook.com/events/750265611663536/

For more information and/or a full listing of venues this weekend, please check out the Google Calendar and the venue list to the left.  Have a great weekend!!

Poetry First,
Talya








Thursday, June 26, 2014

Doris Gwaltney Book Signing This Saturday!!


What's This Good Word I Hear??

“Poetry is an orphan of silence. 
The words never quite equal the experience behind them.”
– Charles Mimic

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.  Poetry Prose and Pizza returns to the Greenbriar Library on July 11th and Price George Library on July 24th.  Please see venue list for details.

 
2.  The Wet Poetry Spot returns to Fifty Eighteen in Norfolk this Saturday, June 28th.  Please see venue list for more details.

3.  The next Poetry Inspired by Art is July 13th.  The Charles H Taylor Arts Center invites everyone to check out the exhibit to see what inspires you from June 7th until July 13th at 1:30.  All poems must be sent as a MS Word document in 12 point font to James Warwick Jones @ jwjones@hampton.govPlease see venue list for more details.

 4.  The Nearest Poem Anthology Book Celebration will be on August 9th at Prince Books in Norfolk.  Please see venue list for details.

 
5.  Poetic Consciousness will be on summer hiatus.  I will keep you posted on its return.  The 1st Saturday Poetry Series at Norge is also on summer hiatus and will return on September 6th.
 

6.  The Poet’s Domain is looking for your poetry submissions until the end of July.  For more information:  http://livewirepress.wordpress.com/2010-submission-guidelines/

A Few Reminders

a.  V&Vx2 – No, it’s not a weird equation.  Verses and Vibes returns to Williamsburg x 2 with “Prose & Cons” on June 14th at Applebee’s and then Verses & Vibes on June 28th at the Southern Pancake House, both off of Richmond Rd.  Features include:  Mr. Cabel and Sylvantria Hawkins!!  Please see venue list or click on link for more details:  http://goodwordpoetryplus.blogspot.com/2014/06/verses-vibes-is-back-in-williamsburg-x-2.html
 

b.  Queens of Wordplay – Krush Groove Present “Queens of Wordplay” at 45 Degree Martini Lounge on June 29th.  Features include:  Beautiful Dizaster, Poetry Jackson, Glo Shines & Steph Love.  Please click on link for details:  http://goodwordpoetryplus.blogspot.com/2014/06/queens-of-wordplay-in-chesapeake.html

c.  Writer’s Conference:  The 6th Annual HRW Writers’ Conference comes to The Westin Town Center in VA Beach in mid-September featuring Brad Parks and Janet Burroway.  Please click on HRW link for more details:  http://www.hamptonroadswriters.org/2014conference.php
 

d.  James City Writers Conference:  You’re invited to attend the 12th Annual James City Writers Conference in October.  Please click on link for more details:  http://www.jamesriverwriters.org/what-we-do/programs/annual-conference

Also check out the Google calendar at the bottom of my blog for additional venues that are not on the venue list!!

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 weekend!!

Poetry First,
Talya

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Mark Twain at The Wells Theatre This Thursday!


https://myvastage.com/single/EventDetail.aspx?p=1164

The Crosslow Slam in Richmond June 20th!!


Arts Out Loud! I Am Woman! VA Beach - June 27th!!!


Charles Wright Named U.S. Poet Laureate

Read the PBS Article:
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/poetry/charles-wright-named-u-s-poet-laureate/


Learn more about Charles Wright:
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/charles-wright#poet

*****

Listen to some of his pieces on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=charles+wright+poet


Check out a few of his books on Amazon!!


http://www.amazon.com/Black-Zodiac-Poems-Charles-Wright/dp/0374525366/ref=pd_sim_b_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0BKQ7BJAY501TZ22Y2YD


http://www.amazon.com/Appalachia-Charles-Wright/dp/0374526249/ref=pd_sim_b_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=1RRHJ8QC2Q7AHKA16TCP


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Victoria Raine's Book Signing in VA Beach This Wednesday!!

Simply Fresh Cafe & Market
180 Central Park Ave
VA Beach
5:30 - 7:30
https://www.facebook.com/events/783086348389565/

Friday, June 13, 2014

What's The Good Word on Friday the 13th??

“The poetry you read has been written for you, each of you –
black, white, Hispanic, man, woman, gay and straight.”
- Maya Angelou

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.  Open House:  TWP will host a Poetry Open Mic Saturday, June 14th, from 6:00 – 9:00 at the Vivian C Mason Teen Center.  For more info:  http://goodwordpoetryplus.blogspot.com/2014/06/poetry-open-house-this-saturday.html

A Few Reminders

a.  2nd Saturday at Norge:  The poetry reading in Norge will be on the 2nd Saturday (6/14) this month and will feature:  Sophia Starnes, Ed Lull, Henry Hart & Carolyn Foronda!!  Please see venue list for more details or click on this link:  http://goodwordpoetryplus.blogspot.com/2014/06/poetry-reading-at-norge-date-change.html
 

b.  V&Vx2 – No, it’s not a weird equation.  Verses and Vibes returns to Williamsburg x 2 with “Prose & Cons” (FEATURED READER:  M HAZE!!) on June 14th at Applebee’s and then Verses & Vibes on June 28th at the Southern Pancake House, both off of Richmond Rd.  Please see venue list or click on link for more details:  http://goodwordpoetryplus.blogspot.com/2014/06/verses-vibes-is-back-in-williamsburg-x-2.html
 

c. Book Signing:  Tracey Moore will have a book signing at Gent’s Men’s Clothing Store in Norfolk on June 14th.  Please click on link for more details:  http://goodwordpoetryplus.blogspot.com/2014/05/save-date-tracey-moores-new-book-and.html
 

d.  Fuzzy Returns! -  Fuzzy Wednesdays is back at its new location, Aqua in VA Beach. Doors open at 8:00 with an $8 cover.  For more info:  https://www.facebook.com/fuzzywednesday
 

e.  Poetry Channel:  Check out Bill Glose’s New VA Poetry Online Channel.  You might recognize a few folks… https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC7f1_Eb-0R__INdSuK6Yzg
 

f.   The Poetic Monologues:  WHODIGGSME & Godchild the Omen Presents:  Relationship Status - The Play:  Eating Soup with Chopsticks on Friday, June 20th.  This should be very interesting!!  Please click on link for more details:  http://goodwordpoetryplus.blogspot.com/2014/05/coming-in-june-whodiggsme-in.html or https://www.facebook.com/events/1435396250045550/
 

g.  Queens of Wordplay – Krush Groove Present “Queens of Wordplay” at 45 Degree Martini Lounge on June 29th.  Features include:  Beautiful Dizaster, Poetry Jackson, Glo Shines & Steph Love.  Please click on link for details:  http://goodwordpoetryplus.blogspot.com/2014/06/queens-of-wordplay-in-chesapeake.html

h.  James City Writers Conference:  You’re invited to attend the 12th Annual James City Writers Conference in October.  Please click on link for more details:  http://www.jamesriverwriters.org/what-we-do/programs/annual-conference

i.  Writer’s Conference:  The 6th Annual HRW Writers’ Conference comes to The Westin Town Center in VA Beach in mid-September featuring Brad Parks and Janet Burroway.  Please click on HRW link for more details:  http://www.hamptonroadswriters.org/2014conference.php

Also check out the Google calendar at the bottom of my blog for additional venues that are not on the venue list!!

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 weekend!!

Poetry First,
Talya