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

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Cancellation Notice!!

Poetry Night at La Bodega will be cancelled this month 
(Monday, December 14th) .  

I sincerely apologize for the last minute notice.  

I hope to see you next month!!

Poetry First,

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Poetry Inspired by Art!


               In conjunction with our current exhibitions, The Virginia Glass Guild 28th Annual Exhibition and Through the Looking Glass: Introspective Studies of Glass and Video by Charlotte Potter 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 could photograph the artwork or work here in our galleries beginning Sunday, December 13, at the Opening Reception and up until Sunday, January 10. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10-6 and Saturday and Sunday, 1-5.
The Arts Center will be closed December 24 and 25, 2015 and January 1, 2016 for the holidays. When you have completed your poem, please email it to me in the form you wish, at least 12 point font and as a WORD friendly document attachment.  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 10 at 2:30 pm, here in our galleries.

Virginia Glass Guild Juried Exhibition
This 28th annual juried exhibition presents the many forms of glass created by members of the Virginia Glass Guild. The VGG, originally established in 1986 as the Peninsula Glass Guild to promote quality art glass in the community, is a membership organization of glass artists working in Virginia. The PGG was renamed the Virginia Glass guild in 2015. The exhibition offers a wide range of creative processes, including blown, carved, cast, painted, flame worked, fused, leaded, neon, sandblasted and stained glass. Juror, Diane C. Wright, the Barry Curator of Glass at The Chrysler Museum will select and present $3,750 in cash awards and scholarships.
               Charlotte Potter was the Peninsula Glass Guild 27th Annual Juried Exhibition First Place Award Winner in 2014, entitling her to this one person exhibition.
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

December Richmond Poetry Happenings!!

Poetry & Jazz Tasting
C'est Le Vin, 15 N. 17th St. RVA 23219
Thursday December 3, 7pm
Our last reading event of the year! Come out and get your festive spirit on with us! Over the course of the evening, local wordsmiths of all experience levels will give us a “taste” of what they do in five minutes or less. Live music is an integral part of the mix, with the likes of Super64 playing some jaunty sets & providing musical accompaniment to any poet so desiring. Want to join in the fun? Make sure to get on the list! Find me early in the evening or get in touch beforehand.

Freewrite Tuesdays at Sub Rosa!
Sub Rosa Bakery
620 N. 25th St., RVA 23223
Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am-ish
Don’t let your writing get lost in the busyness of the season! Resolve to spend some quality time with your muse every week 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 & be ready to write!

Monday Night Workshop & Critique Series
Urban Farmhouse Market & Café
A full complement of writing awaits in December! Check out the Event page on Facebook for 3rd Monday workshop specifics, and keep your pens sharp with our regularly scheduled critique groups on the 2nd & 4th Mondays. For critique nights, please bring 1-2 poems-in-progress with a handful of copies (5-8) to share around the table. All sessions are always completely free and open to all experience levels.

December Dates:
December 14, 6:30-8pm, Urban Farmhouse Shockoe (1217 E. Cary St.): Small group critique
December 21, 6:00-8:00pm, Urban Farmhouse Church Hill (310 N. 33rd St.): Workshop
December 28, 6:30-8pm, Urban Farmhouse Shockoe (1217 E. Cary St.): Small group critique