Quote:

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

Sunday, May 31, 2015

This Saturday: Verses & Vibes


June Richmond Happenings!!

Poetry & Jazz Tasting C'est Le Vin, 15 N. 17th St. RVA 23219 Thursday June 4, 7pm No better way to relax of an evening than with good friends, good wine, and good words! As per our usual, we’ll spend the first Thursday of the month feasting our ears and souls 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 us a “taste” of what they do, and Randy Burton and Bob Lambert of Super64, with 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.

Tea for Two: Poetry in Library Park Richmond Public Library, Main Branch, 101 E.Franklin St., RVA 23219 Saturday June 6, 11am-1pm I hope you’ll join me in welcoming amazing poetesses Angela Marie Carter (whose poetic memoir Memory Chose a Woman’s Body is up for a Library of Virginia Literacy Award this year) and internationally acclaimed Nicole Yurcaba to our own River City. Having heard them both read previously, I can assure you this will be a powerful afternoon! In this second of our 2015 Tea for Two series, each will be reading on RPL’s newly reopened veranda. As always, there will be coffee & tea (and, yes, brownies), plenty of time to relax, chat and meet the poets. In case of rain, event to be held inside.

Poetry Night @ taZa taZa Coffee n Creme, 5047 Forest Hill Ave., RVA 23225 Friday June 26, 7pm Join us at this cool & casual Westover Hills spot for a hot dose of verse! With an open mic that is quickly becoming known for nurturing new voices, this is a not-to-miss night of poetry. A relaxed atmosphere, good eats and adult refreshment make this a perfect place to take in some awesome poetizing of an evening.

Abandoned Spots and Forgotten Spaces: Poetry on the Pipeline II
Where: meet by the overlook/parking lot at S. 12th St. When: Saturday June 27, 4:00pm; event to be postponed in case of rain RSVP required (reply by email: dottoressa.joanna at hotmail dot com)
Our river-time last month was so awesome we're back for another dose in June! As before, we'll be spending the afternoon sharing and discussing recent works and in general all things poetic while taking in an iconic Richmond river scene. Exploring encouraged, so bring your walking shoes & sunscreen, and bring poems! Note that this is an open air event with minimal amenities, narrow walkways and ladder-only access. Pack blankets/towels/whatever else you need to get comfortable, and dress for the weather. Light picnic fare and discrete adult beverages are likewise encouraged.

Freewrite Tuesdays at Sub Rosa! Sub Rosa Bakery 620 N. 25th St., RVA 23223 Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am 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 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 & Café (Shockoe), 1217 E. Cary St. RVA 23219 Even poets get vacays! Our 3rd Monday workshops are currently on hiatus until September. Join us, though, for our regularly scheduled critique groups on the 2nd and 4th Mondays—just to make sure you’re still writing through the summer! Sessions are always completely free and open to all experience levels. Please bring 1-3 poems-in-progress with a handful of copies (4-8) to share round the table.

Small group critique dates: Monday June 8th & Monday June 22, 6:30-8pm

Tonight: Feature Sundays at the Venue

05-31-15
Feature Sundays:
The Venue on 35th
631 35th St   - Norfolk VA
$5 cover
7:00 – 11:00
757-469-0337
https://www.facebook.com/events/990046514352442/
Host:  Jorge Mendez
Featuring: Sue Chainz, Tom Williams, Jossiah the Messiah, Richard Love & More!!



Friday, May 29, 2015

June 6th: D-Day Reading Event

 
 
June 6. Norfolk VA. The Veterans Writing Project, Hampton Roads Veterans Writing Group, and Chrysler Museum of Art are partnering to put on a special D-Day veterans reading event. The reading will take place on Saturday, June 6th at 3:00PM at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, and will feature the work local veterans from the Hampton Roads Veterans Writing Group–all of whom have attended VWP workshops. Admission to the event is free, but reservations are recommended. To reserve your tickets, please follow this link: https://vetsreading.eventbrite.com If you have any questions, please contact Sam Pressler via e-mail at sjpressler@email.wm.edu.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Acting for Poets Returns to The Venue!

D.D. Delaney has announced that a new Acting for Poets 101 class, a basic introduction to acting techniques for spoken-word poets, will begin on Wednesday, May 27, at The Venue on 35th, 631 W. 35th St., Norfolk, and continue every Wednesday evening for eight weeks through July 15, with a class performance to follow on Fri. and Sat, July 17 and 18. Classes begin at 7 p.m. and end at 9:30 and cost $10 a session. For more information or to register call 757-587-3663.

This Friday with Special Host: Bobby K!!


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Tuesday Night: Word4Word at Aromas!!

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June 21st: Poetry Inspired by Art

POETRY INSPIRED BY ART
Self Portrait True to Nature No. 3 - Paul Germain
     
       In conjunction with our current exhibition, A Journey from Realism to Abstract and Non-
Objective Art 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, May 9 up until Saturday, June 20. 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 Saturday, May 9, 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 Sunday, June 21 at 2:30 pm, here in our galleries. Participants are welcome to bring an appetizer or non-alcoholic beverage to share following the reading.    

May 9 – June 21, 2015
A Journey from Realism to Abstract and Non-Objective Art



          This survey will lead the viewer on a journey from photo realism, painterly style, and expressionism to abstract and non-objective art. In all of these diverse approaches, artists use a visual language of form, color, line and the other elements and principles of design to create a composition. The content may be based on natural observation, realistic rendering and illusionism for a depiction of our surroundings. In Western art, from the renaissance to impressionism, this tradition of naturalistic rendering to depict our world was the dominant motif. At the beginning of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and others developed an abstract approach to create a new direction in art, partially influenced by those qualities in ethnocentric art. Soon after, Wassily Kandinsky and other artists began creating art without any reference to the reality of the world around them. Whatever the idiom, artists are expressing their personal vision, feelings, ideas and sensibilities.
            This group exhibition features artworks in all media by artists with a regional connection, working from realism to abstraction to non-objective traditions. Some works by the same artists will show a direct line as they have moved from one style to another, while other artists include characteristics of these three movements in all of their exhibited artworks.
                          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

Saturday, May 9, 2015

This Thursday: Art + Words Featuring Frederick Foote



May 7, 2015                                                                                                                                              

Navy Medic to Share Original Poems at PFAC
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – The Peninsula Fine Arts Center will host Frederick Foote, poet and retired military doctor, as its featured reader at Art + Words on May 14.

Foote will be reading from his book “Medic Against Bomb: A Doctor’s Poetry of War” at 6 p.m.  This free event, offered in conjunction with the Hampton VA Medical Center, is open to the public. Art + Words is a monthly poetry night offered on second Thursdays.

Foote served 29 years in the U.S. Navy as an enlisted medical Corpsman, general medical officer, and neurologist, and has spent much of his career at The National Naval Medical Center (now the Walter Reed National Military Center) in Bethesda, Md. Since 2000, he has developed over a dozen holistic medicine programs at Walter Reed, ranging from healing buildings and gardens to alternative medicine projects, like the Epidaurus Project, which researches and advocates the use of holistic medicine throughout the armed forces.

Foote detailed his experience about coming back from war and trying to find ways of coping and moving forward with life in his book of poetry, “Medic Against Bomb: A Doctor’s Poetry of War.”  The book describes the experiences of America’s Wounded Warriors, as well as foreign Muslim patients, and extols the healing feats of the military and VA medics. The book was published in October 2014 and has since won the Grayson Books Poetry Prize.

Foote also directs the Warriors Poetry Project at Walter Reed and is the poetry editor of “0-Dark-Thirty,” the magazine of the Veterans Writing Project. Foote brands himself as a “good grey poet,” following the tradition of Walt Whitman, and says that “by doing a multimedia show of my poetry, I can educate and motivate audiences very quickly, bridging the military/civilian divide. Programs for healing are the result. Who can say where art stops and ‘real life’ begins?”

For more information about “Medic Against Bomb: A Doctor’s Poetry of War,” or Frederick Foote visit the book’s website www.medicagainstbomb.com orwww.frederickfoote.com.

The Peninsula Fine Arts Center is located at 101 Museum Drive within Mariners’ Museum Park in Newport News, Va. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays; PFAC is closed on Mondays. Admission is regularly $7.50 for adults, $4 for children (ages 6-12) and free for children 5 and under. Annual membership is $40 for individuals and $60 for families. For more information, call (757) 596-8175 or visitwww.pfac-va.org.

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Amber Lester Kennedy
Director of Marketing & Community Engagement
Peninsula Fine Arts Center
Office: (757) 596-8175
Fax: (757) 596-0807



Tuesday, May 5, 2015

This Sunday: Poetry at 5 Points Featuring...


Poetry at La Bodega


April showers bring May flowers…and poetry!! The challenge this month is: A Memory/In Memory. I wanted to combine Mother’s Day and Memorial Day to share a memory of someone you love or for someone who is no longer with us. Of course, please feel free to bring any poems (I’d love to hear some poems written during National Poetry Month) to share but let’s leave the F-Bomb and epic poems at home. This venue is free and open to the public. Please support local businesses that support venues. I encourage everyone to have dinner and a drink or two while listening to some great poetry. I hope to see y’all there and until Monday, GOOOOOOO Poetry!!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Richmond Poetry Slam Featuring Breeze ILifeThis!!


Classes in Session at The Venue


May Richmond Happenings!!

Poetry & Jazz Tasting
C'est Le Vin, 15 N. 17th St. RVA 23219
Thursday May 7, 7pm
Guys, this is hard to believe, but this month we’ll be celebrating FOUR years of poetry events at C’est Le Vin!  I hope you’ll come out and join us! As per our usual, we’ll be feasting our 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 us a “taste” of what they do, and Randy Burton and Bob Lambert of Super64, with 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 on the Pipeline
Where: meet by the overlook/parking lot at S. 12th St.
When: Saturday May 9, 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 an iconic Richmond river scene. Exploring encouraged, so bring your walking shoes, and bring poems! Note that this is an open air event with minimal amenities, narrow walkways and ladder-only access. Pack blankets/towels/whatever else you need to get comfortable, and dress for the weather. Light picnic fare is likewise encouraged.


Poetry Night @ taZa
taZa Coffee n Creme, 5047 Forest Hill Ave., RVA 23225
Friday May 22, 7pm
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 awesome poetizing of an evening. (Not to mention it’s the home of our own signature coffee blend, Nevermore!)


Freewrite Tuesdays at Sub Rosa!
Sub Rosa Bakery
620 N. 25th St., RVA 23223
Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am
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 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 continues! Sessions are always completely free and open to all experience levels. Workshop details can be found on Facebook. 

See times/dates below:

Monday, May 11, 6:30-8pm
Small group critique
Urban Farmhouse Shockoe, 1217 E. Cary St. RVA 23219

Monday, May 18, 6:30-8:30pm– 
Workshop: Let’s Talk Publishing, 
Urban Farmhouse Church Hill, 310 N. 33rd St. RVA 23223

Monday, May 25, 6:30-8pm– 
Small group critique, 
Urban Farmhouse Shockoe, 1217 E. Cary St. RVA 23219

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Tea for Two This Morning in Richmond!

Tea for Two: Poetry in Library Park
Richmond Public Library, Main Branch, 101 E. Franklin St., RVA 23219
Saturday May 2, 11am-1pm
That’s two days from now, y’all! Join me (Joanna) in welcoming dynamic Charlottesville poetess duo Patsy Asuncion and Polly Lazaron to Richmond. In this first of our 2015 Tea for Two series, the pair will do a combined reading on RPL’s newly reopened veranda. As always, there will be coffee & tea (and even a rumor of brownies), plenty of time to relax, chat and meet the poets. In case of rain, event to be held inside. (Although it looks to be in the 70’s and lovely for a poetry reading, so come on out!)