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

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tuesday Highlights!!

Poetry Night
Discover Teas
2710 William Styron Sq
Newport News VA
7:00 – 9:00 (4th Tues)
Host:  Jill Winkowski
Theme: Irony
Feature:  Ann Shalaski

Last Tuesdays
45 Degrees Martini Lounge
1400 Kempsville Rd
Chesapeake VA – 9:30
$5 cover goes to the artists
Host:  Marco 

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

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Spooky Sunday Poetry!!

Poetry & Bones Workshop
taZa Coffee n Crème
5047 Forest Hill Ave
Richmond VA
2:00 – 5:00
Host: Joanna Lee
RSVP Required: 


Screecher Sunday!
Theme: Halloween!
The Venue on 35th
631 35th St - Norfolk VA
$5 cover 
7:00 – 10:00
Host: Jorge Mendez

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Poetry, Please!




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

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Thursday Poetry? We've Got You Covered!!

Poetry at the Crossing (FF)
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
15 N 17th St
Richmond VA
6:00 – 9:00
Monthly, but date will vary
Host: Joanna Lee

Open-Mic Poetry (FF)
Chrysler Museum of Art
245 W Olney Rd - Norfolk VA
6:30 - 8:30
Host:  Jack Callan

Open Mic @
The Venue on 35th
631 35th St   - Norfolk VA
Minimum $2.00 donation
7:00 – 10:00 (Every Thurs)
Host:  Jorge Mendez

Spoken Spades
Poetry Showcase
Spades R&L
3601 Holland Rd Ste 833
Chimney Hill Shopping Center
VA Beach VA
8:00 – 10:00 (Every Thurs)
Host:  Godchild the Omen

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Aromas Open Mic This Tuesday!

Today: Poetry Inspired by Art


 Check out some of the other pictures from the exhibit:

In conjunction with our current exhibition, That’s Funny: Art with a Sense of Humor exhibition at The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center in Hampton, we are sponsoring a Poetry Inspired by Art event.

Poets are invited to write a limerick or poem inspired by one of the artworks in the exhibition, followed by a poetry reading here in our galleries. The poems would also be posted adjacent to the artworks, with the permission of the artist. They will also be available in notebooks for perusal by our visitors.

Poets can write their poems or photograph the artwork for reference in our galleries and write their poems later beginning Saturday, September 13 up until Saturday, October 11 at 5:00. You are also invited to the Opening Reception on Sunday, September 14, 2:30-4:30 pm, when you will have an opportunity to meet and talk with the artists.  Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10-6 and Saturday and Sunday, 1-5.

When you have completed your limerick or poem, please email it to me, preferably in 12 point font and as a WORD friendly document attachment. Include the name of the poem, your name and the artist name and title. CHTAC reserves the right to reject any submission for any reason, at its discretion.

We will be hosting the Poetry Reading of these limericks or poems Sunday, October 12 at 2:30 pm, here in our galleries. Participants are welcome to bring an appetizer or non-alcoholic beverage to share following the reading.

That’s Funny: Art with a Sense of Humor

Art doesn’t always have to be serious. It can also be funny, droll, comical, playful, silly, whimsical, farcical, witty, satirical or humorous. This group exhibition will present about 120 artworks in all media by invited artists whose works display a sense of humor. The Gallery Manager will also select artworks juried in from an open call for entries. Works will include a wide range of media in both two, three or four dimensions including traditional art forms as well as cartoons, comic strips or books and videos

We hope you will participate and invite you to contact your poet friends who might also be interested. You may reach me at jwjones@hampton.gov or 727-1490 with any questions.

James Warwick Jones, Gallery Manager
The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center
4205 Victoria Boulevard, Hampton, VA 23669
727-1490   jwjones@hampton.gov

Sunday, October 5, 2014

October Richmond Happenings!!

River City Secrets Henry Street Gallery, 422 W. Broad St., RVA 23220 Friday October 10, 7pm We'll be back again in October at the Henry Street Gallery for live word and our signature open mic, free to all and any wishing to share a verse or two of their own. This month's feature poet is Poetry Virginia Central Region VP Derek Kannemeyer (who will also be leading a peer workshop in Richmond later in the month-- ask him about it!). As ever, 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.

Poetry & Jazz Tasting C'est Le Vin, 15 N. 17th St. Thursday October 16, 7pm Shake off the work day with a glass of good red, some smooth tunes and of course mind-provoking 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 savory tapas menu & backdrop of ever-changing 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.)

Poetry Night @ taZa taZa Coffee n Creme, 5047 Forest Hill Ave., RVA 23225 Friday October 24, 7pm We're back in Westover Hills for 4th Friday poetry awesomeness! With an open mic that is quickly becoming known for nurturing new voices, this is an evening you don't want to miss. Plus, taZa's selection of beer & wines and fresh-made sandwiches & goodies make it easy to while away an evening taking in some new poetry. Sign up early to maximize your mic time. 

Workshop-- Poetry & Bones: Mining Your Dark Places taZa Coffee n Creme, 5047 Forest Hill Ave., RVA 23225 (upstairs meeting room) Sunday October 26, 2-5pm RSVP required (reply by email-- dottoressa.joanna@hotmail.com). $10/participant. Light refreshment provided. Poetry has been an outlet for countless creatives to bring some of their deepest and darkest to light. The transformative power of its language can both illumine and heal. Depression, addiction, abuse; the gruesome; the gritty; the overly intense at any level: these and more have been fodder for poets and the inspiration for works both personal and well known. What skeletons do you have lying about that need to be fleshed out in words? And why should you go looking for them at all? 

We'll cover this and more in guided discussion, study up on a few well known examples, and hopefully sublimate some darkness into art at this three-hour Sunday afternoon session. This is to be a safe space for sharing and questioning. Come prepared to write!

Monday Night Workshop & Critique Series Urban Farmhouse Market & Cafe After an excellent kickoff workshop last month, we continue into October with our Monday night workshop and critique group series in full swing. Sessions are always completely free and open to all experience levels. Workshop details can be found on Facebook. See times/dates below:

Monday, October 13, 6:30-8pm– Small group critique, Urban Farmhouse Shockoe, 1217 E. Cary St. RVA 23219 Monday, October 20, 6:30-8:30pm– Workshop: Immediacy and Observation: Ginsberg's American Sentence (and Other Ultrashort Forms)…, Urban Farmhouse Church Hill, 310 N. 33rd St. RVA 23223 Monday, October 27, 6:30-8pm– Small group critique, Urban Farmhouse Shockoe, 1217 E. Cary St. RVA 23219

Poetry Workshop in Norfolk!

Friday, October 3, 2014

October 12th: Poetry Inspired by Art

Can't make it to Charles H Taylor before October 12th?
Here are some pictures from the exhibit.  
Courtesy of James Warwick Jones

Craig Hyman - The Get Away

RJ Clark - Self Portraits in a Little House

Ed Gibbs - Different Cat

Gerry Lee Merriwether - Encountering The Master's

John Tobin - Close Encounters

Gray Wilson - Artists & Model

Fred Freeman - Bad Hare Day