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

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Poetry Inspired by Art!!

For those who can't make it, but still want to write and attend the next Poetry Inspired by Art on November 30th, James Warwick Jones has provided a few pieces that may inspire you!!

As a reminder for those attending, please feel free to bring a light snack and non-alcoholic beverage for social time after the readings.

See below for more details about this event!

Flower Girl - Angeletta

Shore Things - Betty Anglin

Evening at the Winery - Mary Christie

      In conjunction with our current exhibition, Small Works: Miniatures by Tidewater Artists 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 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, October 25 up until Sunday, November 30 at 1:30. You are also invited to the Opening Reception on Sunday, October 26, 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 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 poems Sunday, November 30 at 2:30 pm, here in our galleries. Participants are welcome to bring an appetizer or non-alcoholic beverage to share following the reading.

            In organizing this exhibition, over 250 artists living in Hampton Roads were invited to create miniature art works in any media. The only requirement given was size. Two dimensional works were required to be no larger than 20 square inches; 4 by 5 inches for example. Three dimensional works must fit within a 4.5” cube. Of the invited artists, 154 accepted the challenge and submitted, one, two, or three pieces. The resulting two-dimensional and three-dimensional works comprise a total of more than 385 artworks. Media represented include drawing, painting in oil and acrylic, watercolor, pastel, printmaking, photography, sculpture, jewelry, quilting, fiber, ceramics, and glass. As would be expected there is a wide range of styles, techniques, content, imagery and intent. Some of the works utilize the traditional miniature techniques focusing on very precise, painstakingly detailed realism while others employ a bold, expressive style usually associated with much larger work. Historically, miniatures represented larger objects, such as a portrait using a much smaller scale, but some of these artists elected to actually paint a small object at a slightly larger scale.

              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

An Evening With Mendel Has Been Cancelled



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

This Weekend....Starting Thursday!!

Open-Mic Poetry
Poetry & Jazz Tasting
C’est Le Vin
15 N 17th St
Richmond VA
7:00 – 9:00
Monthly, but date will vary
Host: Joanna Lee


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
Featuring:  Shonda Buchanan & Nancy Schoenberger


Music and Poetry Night
The Performing & Creative Arts Center
300 Butler Farm Rd
Hampton VA
7:00 - 9:00
Host:  Dreason Ruckett
Special Guest Host:  Casey


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


3rd Friday Open Mic
Studio C
4801 Shore Dr Unit A-2
VA Beach VA
8:00 to midnight (3rd Fri)
$5 cover


Venue Voices:  A Concert of Poetry
The Venue on 35th
631 35th St   - Norfolk VA
$5.00 (all proceeds go to The Venue to help recoup losses from break-in last month)
7:00 – 10:00 (Every Thurs)
Host:  Jorge Mendez


Poetry Workshop & Reading
With Tim Seibles!
Hampton Roads Academy
739 Academy Ln
Newport News VA
10:00 – 2:30
Lunch:  $13.00
For more info, contact Christy Lumm: clumm@hra.org (Subject Line: PSV Poetry Workshop) or call 757-234-6256
Free & Open to the Public 


Poetry Writing and Performance Workshop
The Performing & Creative Arts Center
300 Butler Farm Rd
Hampton VA 
4:00 -
Host:  Dreason Ruckett 
Registration Required by November 21st 


Hot Spot Open-Mic Night
(Ages 15-21)
The Performing & Creative Arts Center
300 Butler Farm Rd
Hampton VA
7:00 - 9:00 
Host: Johvani Cruz


Slam Richmond’s
Poetry Slam Workshop
(5-7) Open-Mic (8-11)
ArtSpace Gallery Annex
The Shop – Zero E 4th St
Richmond VA (Every Sat)
Paid parking in some areas - 804-072-6464

A Wednesday Evening with Mendel!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Poetry Writing and Performance Workshop

From the Music and Poetry Facebook Page:

Spoken Word Poet and Author, Dreason Ruckett will lead this workshop that focuses on writing skills enrichment, feedback on poetry, and performance techniques. This workshop is for those who have never shared their work before and those who have been doing it for years. This workshop is in enrichment for any poet and directly after the workshop, you'll be able to show what you've learned during the Hot Spot Open Mic! REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, PLEASE CALL 766-1510 TO REGISTER. You can pay at any Hampton Parks and Recreation Community Center. You must register by November 21st The Price is $5.00 to attend.

Venue Voices: A Concert of Poetry!!

From Facebook Page:  

As you may know, The Venue on 35th was burglarized on the night of Oct. 21-22. Much of our sound system and all of our concessions, among other items, were stolen. To help recoup those losses, the poets of The Venue's Acting for Poets class, meeting now for one year, will hold a concert of poetry on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22-- (8:00 - 11:00) one month to the day of fateful the break-in. Venue Voices will feature some of these poets' best work in a dynamic concert-style production, with all proceeds going to The Venue. Minimum donation at the door is $5. Come out to hear some amazing words, witness how our local poets have grown over the past year, and support The Venue in her hour of need!

Friday, November 7, 2014

PSV Workshop & Reading with Tim Seibles

Poetry Workshop
Sponsored by the Poetry Society of Virginia

Saturday, Nov. 22
Hampton Roads Academy Library    
739 Academy Lane
 Newport News, VA  23602

Directions:  from Hampton or Williamsburg:  From I 64, Take the Oyster Point Exit, 256 A.  HRA is “tucked into” the exit buffer zone.  Academy Lane is directly across from Canon Blvd. (City Center). Come into the clearly marked main door. 
Schedule of Events
10 a.m.                        Registration
10:30 – 11:30               Workshop with Tim Seibles
11:45 – 12:30               Reading, Tim Seibles

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.         Lunch   $13.00 pre-ordered.  Please send your lunch order form with a check for $13 (made out to Christy Lumm) to Christy Lumm, PSV, 6 Miller Road, Newport News, VA  (see order form)

1:30—2:30                   Open Mic
Tim Seibles is a member of the English and MFA in writing faculty at Old Dominion University.  He is the author of several poetry collections, including his latest collection, Fast Animal,  one of five poetry finalists for the 2012 National Book Award and the recipient of the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry award.  He has been a workshop leader for Cave Canem, a writer’s retreat for African American poets, and for the Hurston/Wright Foundation.  He is visiting faculty at the Stonecoast MFA in Writing Porgram at U. of Southern Maine.  His poem, “Sotto Voce: Othello, Unplugged” was featured in Best American Poetry 2013.  His poem “Allison Wolff” was included in Best American Poetry 2010.

If you have questions, email Christy Lumm:  clumm@hra.org - (subject line, “PSV Poetry Workshop”) or call 757-234-6256 (home). 

(Pre-registration is strongly suggested but not required)              


                           Lunch is from Jason’s Deli.  Cost is $13.00 
                           Please make the check out to Christy Lumm. 

Send order form and check to Christy Lumm
                                                          6 Miller Road
                                                          Newport News VA  23602

Deadline for ordering is Saturday, Nov. 15.  Pre-ordered lunches only. 

Please check your choice among those listed below.
Traditional Box:  Contains a sandwich, pickle, cookie and chips
_____ Turkey breast on whole wheat bread with Swiss cheese

_____ Ham on rye bread with provolone cheese
Other options:
_____ Spinach Veggie Wrap (organic spinach, guacamole and pico de gallo, mushrooms and Asiago, chips and cookie)

_____ Gluten Sensitive (Turkey Breast on gluten-free bread and fresh fruit instead of cookie)

Deadline for receiving your order and check is Nov. 15.  Thank you!

If you would like to order lunch, please contact Christy Lumm for the order form:  clumm@hra.org

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

PFAC Poetry Night Welcomes Jay Paul !!

Jay Paul will be the feature for this month's PFAC Poetry Reading on November 13th, beginning at 6:00.

Paul is a Professor of English and the Director of the CNU Honors Program.

He will be reading from his latest poetry collection, "The Last Monument."

This is a rare opportunity you DO NOT want to miss!!

Please share this with everyone!!

Richmond Poetry in November!

Poetry in Abandoned Spots and Forgotten Spaces: Canal Walk
Meet by the Christopher Newport Cross at S. 12th & E. Byrd St.
Saturday November 8, 3:30pm
RSVP requested (reply by email)
This month we're taking outdoor poetry downtown and exploring some on-the-water corners you might not have known existed. We hope you can join us for an afternoon of round-table poetic sharing and discussion. Please note this is an open air event with minimal amenities. Feel free to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets as well as light  picnic fare and (discretely-- we will be in a public space) adult beverages. In case of inclement weather, this event will be cancelled.

Poetry at (the) Crossroads: Ekphrastic Workshop-- Poetry from Art
Crossroads Art Center, 2016 Staples Mill Road, RVA 23230
Sunday November 9, noon-4pm
Workshop fee: none
RSVP requested (reply by email)
Ekphrasis is an exercise in which the artist relates one medium of art to another medium, defining and describing its essence and transposing its "illuminative liveliness." In this workshop, we'll be studying examples of ekphrasis from classical to modern, and we'll then use Crossroads' ever-changing labyrinth of art as inspiration to create poems of our own. Participants are encouraged to share their poems with the group at the end of the session in an intimate, friendly, round-table setting that will be open to the public. If time allows, we may even do a walking "poetic tour" of the gallery! This workshop is not focused on any one poetic form or style, and all experience levels are welcome.

Poetry & Jazz Tasting
C'est Le Vin, 15 N. 17th St.
Thursday November 20, 7pm
Wind down with us and a glass of good red at our monthly Poetry & Jazz Tasting! Sit back, relax, and take in 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 November 28, 7pm
Give yourself a break from shopping and nurse that turkey-hangover with a special night of post-Thanksgiving poetry! This will be our LAST 2014 open mic night at taZa (we're taking December off), so we really hope you can make it! As anyone who's ever shared here can attest, this is a great place to cut your teeth on the open mic, and the words are always inspiring. 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. Bonus points if you've got a Black Friday-inspired piece to throw down!

Monday Night Workshop & Critique Series
Urban Farmhouse Market & Cafe
Our Monday night workshop & critique group series continues in full swing this month! Sessions are always completely free and open to all experience levels. Workshop details can be found on Facebook. See times/dates below.

Monday, November 10, 6:30-8pm– Small group critique, 
Urban Farmhouse Shockoe, 1217 E. Cary St. RVA 23219

Monday, November 17, 6:30-8:30pm– Workshop: TBA, 
Urban Farmhouse Church Hill, 310 N. 33rd St. RVA 23223

Monday, November 24, 6:30-8pm– Small group critique, 
Urban Farmhouse Shockoe, 1217 E. Cary St. RVA 23219


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Saturday Poetry!

Poetry Reading (FF)
James City County Library
7770 Croaker Rd
Williamsburg VA
11:00 – 12:00 (Every 1st Sat) 
Host: Ed Lull
Talya Chatman
Jill Winkowski
Terry Cox-Joseph
Charles Wilson
Mary DeLara

Carolyn Kreiter Foronda
Poetry Reading 
& Free Workshop
Peninsula Fine Arts Center
101 Museum Dr
Newport News VA
11:00 – 2:00

Slam Richmond’s
Poetry Slam Workshop 
(5-7) Open-Mic (8-11)
ArtSpace Gallery Annex
The Shop – Zero E 4th St
Richmond VA (Every Sat) 
Paid parking in some areas - 804-072-6464