Quote:

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

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

January 11: Poetry Inspired by Art

(click to enlarge)

In case you can't make it before January 11th, James Warwick Jones has provided pictures of some of the art on display:

Hollister Weber - Hundertwasser Visits Whoville



Deborah Ayers - Pink Glow of Motherhood



Julia and Robin Rogers - Trillium


Kathy Little - Gray Matter


Kathy Little - Peony


\Inga Wade - Broken and Repaired, Yet Holding Together, My Beautiful Life


Richmond Happenings in January!!

Poetry & Jazz Tasting
C'est Le Vin, 15 N. 17th St.
Thursday January 15, 7pm
Come celebrate with us and a glass of good red at C'est Le Vin! 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. Sip your favorite vino from C'est le Vin's generous wine selection and sample savory tapas while feasting your eyes on a 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.
While we have your attention, please make note that come February, our Poetry & Jazz night will be switching to the first Thursday of every month-- so mark your calendars now for February 5th!

Poetry Night @ taZa
taZa Coffee n Creme, 5047 Forest Hill Ave., RVA 23225
Friday January 23, 7pm
Join us at taZa for our first poetry night here of 2015! With an open mic that is quickly becoming known for nurturing new voices, this is an evening of poetry 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 cool wordsmithery. Sign up early to maximize your mic time. New poets always welcome!

Poetry in Abandoned Spots and Forgotten Spaces: Fireside in Byrd Park
Saturday January 24, 3:30pm
Meet by Shields Lake (The Shields Lake Shelter, with entrance right next to the Byrd-side/nature center entrance to Maymont)
RSVP required (reply by email)
Brighten up the midwinter dark with bardic inspiration! We are sticking by the fire this month, meeting again in Byrd Park at the Shields Lake Shelter. Join us! We'll be spending the afternoon sharing and discussing recent works and in general all things poetic. Bring poems! Note that this is an open air event with minimal amenities. Feel free to pack blankets & whatever else you need to get cozy, or an extra bundle of wood to add to the blaze. Light picnic fare is likewise encouraged. In case of seriously bad weather or lack of interest, this event will be cancelled, so RSVP today!

Freewrite Tuesdays @ Globehopper
GlobeHopper Coffeehouse & Lounge
2100 E. Main St., RVA 23223
Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am
Don't let those new year's writing goals get away from you! Pick up your pen in good company with us at Globehopper coffee every Tuesday. This is an informal meeting to freewrite and converse-- we believe writing doesn't have to be a solitary sport, and that you never know what inspiration might walk through the door. Group is open to specialized topics and sharing, but there is no formal critique or workshop agenda-- just busy souls making writing a priority! Feel free to join in!

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, January 12, 6:30-8pm– Small group critique, 
Urban Farmhouse Shockoe, 1217 E. Cary St. RVA 23219

Monday, January 19, 6:30-8:30pm– Workshop: Haiku Crash Course, 
Urban Farmhouse Church Hill, 310 N. 33rd St. RVA 23223

Monday, January 26, 6:30-8pm– Small group critique, 
Urban Farmhouse Shockoe, 1217 E. Cary St. RVA 23219

Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas Weekend Poetry Spots!

12-26-14
Poetry Salon
Jack Callan’s House
2931 Somme Ave
Norfolk VA
8:00 –    (4th Fri)
757-622-8721 - BYOB!!
Hosts:  Jack & Judith

*****

12-26-14
Feel Write Friday
Club 5018
5018 Princess Anne Rd
Norfolk VA
8:00 – 10:30
Host:  Breeze ILifeThis The Poet
Cover:  $5
Hollyna:  757-215-8004
Breeze:  757-277-6054 

*****

12-27-14
The Wet Poetry Spot/
Erotic Poetry (EXPLICIT!)
Fifty Eighteen
5018 Princess Anne Rd
Norfolk VA
8:00 – midnight
Host:  Godchild the Omen

*****

12-27-14
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


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Feel Write Friday!!


December's Music and Poetry Nights!


This Afternoon: Good Medicine Workshop in Richmond


If you happen to be free this Sunday afternoon, we have just a coupla slots left for our "Good Medicine" workshop at taZa.  Check it out:
Disease is an intense, intimate human experience, and poetry is a medium not only for understanding and empathizing, but for unburdening and finding acceptance.
Geared toward those who suffer from chronic illness and the caregivers and companions of those who do, as well as toward healthcare providers of every stripe, this workshop will focus on the healing properties of poetry.
In a three-hour Sunday afternoon session of guided discussion and writing, we'll study examples & techniques, share stories and do a little healing. This is to be a safe space for expression and questions. Come prepared to write!

taZa Coffee n Creme, 2-5pm, RSVP by DM, workshop fee $10.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

2015 Poetry Inspired by Art

In conjunction with our current exhibitions, The Peninsula Glass Guild 27th Annual Exhibition and Fluid Variations: Recent Works in Glass by Clay McGlamory at The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center in Hampton, we are sponsoring a Poetry Inspired by Art event.

Robin and Julia Rogers - Trillium

     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 could photograph the artwork or work here in our galleries beginning Sunday, December 14 and up until Saturday, January 10. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10-6 and Saturday and Sunday, 1-5.
The Arts Center will be closed December 24 and 25, 2014 and Wednesday, January 1 and 2, 2015 for holidays. When you have completed your poem, please e mail it to me in the form you wish at least 12 point font and as a WORD friendly document attachment. Attached is the suggested format. 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, January 11 at 2:30 pm, here in our galleries.


Kathy Little - Gray Matter


Peninsula Glass Guild Juried Exhibition
This 27th annual juried exhibition presents the many forms of glass created by members of the Peninsula Glass Guild. The PGG, established in 1986 to promote quality art glass in the community, is a membership organization of glass artists working in Virginia. The exhibition offers a wide range of creative processes, including blown, carved, cast, painted, flame worked, fused, leaded, neon, sandblasted and stained glass. Juror, Michael Rogers, an internationally known figure from the world of glass art will select and present $3,750 in cash awards and scholarships.
Michael Rogers received his M.F.A. degree in Sculpture/Glass from the University of Illinois and his M.A. and B.A. in Art from Western Illinois University. After spending 11 years in Japan where he was head of Aichi University’s Glass Department, artist Michael Rogers returned to the United States where he is now a Professor in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.
            Clay McGlamory was the Peninsula Glass Guild 26th Annual Juried Exhibition First Place Award Winner in 2013, entitling him to this one person exhibition. McGlamory received a BFA degree from Old Dominion University in 1993 and MFA with honors from Norfolk State University and Old Dominion University (joint program) in 1999. He has taught at ODU since 2000 and at The Governors School for the Arts since 1994. The artist has exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally and is represented in collections worldwide.


Kathy Little - Peony
                                
               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
www.HamptonArts.net

Aromas Open-Mic - This Month's Challenge Is....

(click to enlarge)

Monday, December 1, 2014

December Richmond Happenings!!

Poetry in Abandoned Spots and Forgotten Spaces: Fireside in Byrd Park
Saturday December 6, 3:30pm
Meet by Shields Lake (The Shields Lake Shelter, with entrance right next to the Byrd-side/nature center entrance to Maymont)
RSVP requested (reply by email)
As the weather cools down, we're heating things up: celebrating the season and taking poetry fireside. Please join us! We'll be spending the afternoon sharing and discussing recent works and in general all things poetic. Bring poems! Note that this is an open air event with minimal amenities. Feel free to pack blankets & whatever else you need to get cozy. (We've got the firewood!) Light picnic fare is likewise encouraged. In case of inclement weather, this event will be cancelled.

Workshop-- Good Medicine
taZa Coffee n Creme, 5047 Forest Hill Ave., RVA 23225 
(upstairs meeting room)
Sunday December 14, 2-5pm
RSVP required (reply by email). $10/participant. Very light refreshment (including coffee!) included.
Disease is an intense, intimate human experience, and poetry is a medium not only for understanding and empathizing, but for unburdening and finding acceptance. Geared toward those who suffer from chronic illness and the caregivers and companions of those who do, as well as  toward healthcare providers of every stripe, this workshop will focus on the healing properties of poetry.  In a three-hour Sunday afternoon session of guided discussion and writing, we'll study examples & techniques, share stories and maybe do a little healing ourselves. This is to be a safe space for expression and questions. Come prepared to write!

Poetry & Jazz Tasting
C'est Le Vin, 15 N. 17th St.
Thursday December 18, 7pm
Our last reading event of the year! Wind down with us and a glass of good red at C'est Le Vin. 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.
(Never fear-- we will be back, bright & bold, in the new year. Keep your eyes peeled for a change in our monthly schedule early in 2015!)

*New!*
Freewrite Tuesdays @ Globehopper
GlobeHopper Coffeehouse & Lounge
2100 E. Main St., RVA 23223
Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am
Give yourself the gift of time to write this holiday season! Pick up your pen in good company with us at Globehopper coffee every Tuesday. This is an informal meeting to freewrite and converse-- we believe writing doesn't have to be a solitary sport, and that you never know what inspiration might walk through the door. Group is open to specialized topics and sharing, but there is no formal critique or workshop agenda-- just busy souls making writing a priority! Feel free to join in!

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

Monday, December 15, 6:30-8:30pm– Workshop: Art and the Voice, 
Urban Farmhouse Church Hill, 310 N. 33rd St. RVA 23223


Monday, December 22, 6:30-8pm– Small group critique, 
Urban Farmhouse Shockoe, 1217 E. Cary St. RVA 23219