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

Friday, April 24, 2015

This Saturday: Poetry Inspired by Art in Hampton

In conjunction with our current exhibition, Artists Who Teach Juried Exhibition 2015 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, March 21 up until Saturday, April 25. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10-6 and Saturday and Sunday, 1-5. Poets are also invited to attend the Opening Reception for the exhibition on Sunday, March 22, 2:30-4:30 pm
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. 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 Saturday, April 25 at 2:30 pm, here in our galleries. Participants are welcome to bring an appetizer or non-alcoholic beverage to share following the reading.
March 21- May 3, 2015
Artists Who Teach Juried Exhibition
Artists currently teaching art in the four peninsula colleges and universities, as well as its public, private, and parochial schools are featured in this juried exhibition of over 150 art works. Works in drawing, watercolor, painting, printmaking, photography, crafts and sculpture will be on view. Cash awards totaling $850, including $500 First Place, $250 Second Place, and $100 Third Place, five Awards of Merit and five Honorable Mentions were selected by the juror, Jenny Windsor. Ms. Windsor an award winning painter who received her BA degree in Art from The College of William and Mary. Her drawings are in the permanent collection of The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center
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

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Friday Poetry Line-Up!

Poetry Night! (FF)
Barnes & Noble
12170 Jefferson Ave
Newport News VA
7:00 – 9:00
Host:  Talya
Challenge:  Villanelles

Poetry Night @ Taza
taZa Coffee n Crème
5047 Forest Hill Ave
Richmond VA
7:00 – 9:00 (4TH Fri)
Host:  Joanna Lee

The Writers Den
Anex Hookah Bar & Grill
1814 E Main St
Richmond VA
7:00 – 2:00 am
Host:  Roscoe Burnems
$5 to spectate/$10 to participate
Prize:  $100

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

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

This Friday: Poetic Consciousness!

Poetic Consciousness Open-Mic
House of Consciousness
633 W 35th St
Norfolk VA
8:00 –
Host:  Mr. Speaker, Quiet Storm and Maddie G!!


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Aromas Open Mic!

This Thursday: Quarterly Chrysler Open-Mic, Artist for Peace & Spoken Spades!!

Chrysler Museum Open Mic (FF)
2nd Floor Baroque Gallery
1 Memorial Place
Norfolk VA
6:30 – 8:30
Host:  Jack Callan



Friday, April 10, 2015

Tonight in Chesapeake!!

Poetry Prose & Pizza (FF)
Russell Memorial Library
2808 Taylor Rd
Chesapeake VA
6:45 -
Host:  Nathan Richardson

For Dates and Times for PPP in Prince George & Suffolk:

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Free Youth Authors Programs This Saturday!

FREE Youth Author Programs
Saturday, April 11, 2015
South Morrison Library
746 Adams Drive, Newport News

11:45 am: Children's book author Kim Norman offers lively activities for young readers and writers, ages 6-12. Come ready for plenty of belly laughs and sparks of creativity.

12:45 pm: Author Doris Gwaltney will help budding writers find their voice in a workshop based on Mrs. Gwaltney's renowned Simon and Schuster mid-grade novel, HOMEFRONT. Ages 11-14.

Open Mic Poetry at the MEOC Library!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Class is in Session at the Venue!

Instructor: Jeff Hewitt
Fees: $10 per Class Session
There are a limited number of volunteer engagements for interested students in return for a waiver of class fees. Contact The Venue on 35th for more info.

Word as Craft
Venue on 35th
631 W 35thSt
Norfolk VA


Course will start out examining the basic building blocks of form poetry and why one might use form in contemporary work. Subsequent lessons will concentrate on a specific form weekly through a discussion involving each form’s history and examples therein. The course will culminate in a practicum performance at the Venue at 35th Street with students performing work they’ve written through the class.


April 7th 7PM: Components of craft.
April 14th 7PM: Blank Verse
April 21st 7PM: The Cinquain
April 28th 7PM: The Villanelle
May 5th 7PM: The Sonnet
May 12th 7PM: The Ghazal
May 19th: The Sestina
May 26th: Haiku

Performance Practicum: Date TBA


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NaPoMo Richmond Happenings!!

Poetry & Jazz Tasting
C'est Le Vin, 15 N. 17th St. RVA 23219
Thursday April 2, 7pm
This very week! Raise a glass with us to kick off your NaPoMo at C'est Le Vin! Feast your ears on poetry & jazz while sampling from CLV’s amazing selection of vintages and small plates. Over the course of the evening, local wordsmiths of all experience levels will give you a “taste” of what they do, and Randy Burton and Bob Lambert of Super64 (and songstress Wendy Carter) will show off their stuff. Want to join in the fun? Make sure to get on the list! Look for me early in the evening or email ahead of time.

Abandoned Spots and Forgotten Spaces:
Poetry at the Pump House
Where: meet by the park gates, 1708 Pump House Drive, RVA 23221
When: Saturday April 11, 3:30pm; event to be postponed in case of rain
RSVP requested (reply by email: dottoressa.joanna at hotmail dot com)
Ready to be inspired? We'll be spending the afternoon sharing and discussing recent works and in general all things poetic while taking in a bit of the atmosphere Richmond has to offer. Exploring encouraged, so bring your walking shoes, and bring poems! Note that this is an open air event with minimal amenities. Pack blankets/lawn chairs/whatever else you need to get comfortable, and dress for the weather. Light picnic fare is likewise encouraged.

Poe & Poetry at Triple Crossing
Triple Crossing Brewing Co., 113 S. Foushee Street, RVA 23220
Saturday April 18, noon-5pm-ish
We are joining Richmond’s Poe Museum and Triple Crossing Brewery as they celebrate the release of their collaborative Black Cat IPA, National Poetry Month and all things Poe-esque. Open to the public, the afternoon will feature games and activities such as the infamous Sad Poetry Contest, coffin photo-ops, and poetry readings/performances by local wordsmiths. All are welcome to bring their favorite sad verse (to be read in the most mournful of tones), and to come thirsty! (If you are interested in reading, I *may* have a couple of slots available, so please get in touch!)

Poetry at (the) Crossroads: Ekphrasis-- Poetry from Art
Crossroads Art Center, 2016 Staples Mill Road, RVA 23230
Sunday April 19, noon-4pm
Whether you’re an old hand at ekphrastic poetry or trying it out for the first time, there’s always something new to discover at Crossroads. 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 and include 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 Night @ taZa
taZa Coffee n Creme, 5047 Forest Hill Ave., RVA 23225
Friday April 24, 7pm
Join us for our 2-year anniversary at this cool Westover Hills cafe! Always a great spot to hear new voices and reconnect with old friends, taZa is a night of poetry you don't want to miss! A relaxed atmosphere, good eats and adult refreshment make this a perfect place to take in some sweet wordsmithery of an evening. (Not to mention it’s the home of our own signature coffee blend, Nevermore!) Hope you can make it. Settle in early to maximize your mic time!

Workshop— A New Spring
taZa Coffee n Creme, 5047 Forest Hill Ave., RVA 23225 (upstairs meeting room)
Sunday April 26, 2-5pm
RSVP required (reply by email). $15/participant. Light refreshment provided.
Feeling drained? Seeking inspiration? Looking for ways to keep that NaPoMo momentum going all year round? This may be just what you need.
“…In every wood in every spring there is a different green…”
We’ll be taking a leaf from Tolkien’s book and looking more closely, inside and out, to find those shades & nuances, see the world with slightly more opened eyes. Through study and discussion, we’ll cover techniques and examples to get and keep creativity flowing, harness the power of your unique perspective, and make the world a bit more beautiful through poetry. This workshop is intended for all levels of poetic experience and is practical even for those who generally write in other genres.
Topics to be covered may include poetic form & voice, prompts & resources, and much more. Consider this Sunday afternoon a safe and positive space for expression & questions, the cherry on top of your National Poetry Month! Come ready to be inspired and moreover… to write!

*NEW Location!* Freewrite Tuesdays
Sub Rosa Bakery
620 N. 25th St., RVA 23223
Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am (starting March 31)
Who says poetry has to be done in a shuttered attic or at a lonely desk? Come battle your writer’s block with us! This month we’re moving east to local favorite Sub Rosa in the heart of Church Hill. This group’s purpose is to create a cozy and informal venue 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. Although we're open to specialized topics and sharing, there is no formal critique or workshop agenda— simply show up & come and go as you please!

Monday Night Workshop & Critique Series
Urban Farmhouse Market & Cafe
Our Monday night workshop & critique group is taking it up a notch with an extra evening for NaPoMo! Sessions are always completely free and open to all experience levels. 
Workshop details can be found on Facebook. See times/dates below:

Monday, April 6, 6:30-8:30pm
Workshop/April Kickoff 
Urban Farmhouse Church Hill, 
310 N. 33rd St. RVA 23223

Monday, April 13, 6:30-8pm 
Small group critique
Urban Farmhouse Shockoe
1217 E. Cary St. RVA 23219

Monday, April 20, 6:30-8:30pm
Workshop: Focus on Form, 
Urban Farmhouse Church Hill, 
310 N. 33rd St. RVA 23223

Monday, April 27, 6:30-8pm
Small group critique, 
Urban Farmhouse Shockoe, 
1217 E. Cary St. RVA 23219

As an aside, make an early note in your calendar for Saturday, May 2nd! We’re partnering again with our friends at the Richmond Public Library for the spring/fall reading series Tea for Two, and will be kicking off that first Saturday in May on their newly re-opened veranda. Stay tuned for news of our featured poets!