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

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Poetry Prose & Pizza Comes to Portsmouth in May!!

Poetry Prose & Pizza
Portsmouth Main Library
601 Court St
Portsmouth VA
4:30 – 6:30
Host:  Nathan Richardson


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The 4th Annual William Carroll Writers Festival !!

Directions to NSU William Carroll Writers Festival:
From 264: Exit at Brambleton Ave. and go right on Park Ave.
From downtown Norfolk or Portsmouth: take left from Brambleton onto Park Ave.
Take quick right onto campus at Gate 1.  Get parking permit for festival from
guard at gate.  Proceed through campus past tennis courts and baseball field. 
Go left at football stadium.  Pass Madison Hall on right and Student Center on
left. Take first right and quick left into parking lot.  Cross street to get to
the Student Center and proceed to Rooms 138 or 149.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

March Richmond Happenings!!

Poetry & Jazz Tasting
C'est Le Vin, 15 N. 17th St. RVA 23219
Thursday March 3, 7pm
Kick off the month and get a head start into the weekend with us at the award-winning C’est Le Vin! Over the course of the evening, local poets of all experience levels will give us a “taste” of their talents in five minutes or less. We’ll also be grooving with the likes of Super64 & friends, who’ll be sharing some tunes and providing accompaniment to any poet so desiring. Got a verse or two to get off your chest? Make sure to get on the list! Find me early in the evening or get in touch beforehand.

Words on Fire: Poetry Happy Hour at Firehouse
Firehouse Theatre, 1609 W. Broad St., RVA 23220
Tuesday March 8, 6pm
Step out of your boring work week routine and meet us at Firehouse for an innovative twist on happy hour! Featuring showcases by local poets, an open mic sign-up for those wishing to sling some spit themselves, and of course discounts at the bar, there’s no better way to wind down a long day. $5 at the door gets you in.

Poetry Night @ Café Zata
Café Zata (formerly taZa Coffee n Crème), 5047 Forest Hill Ave., RVA 23225
Friday March 25, 7pm
New name, same great venue! It’s always an inspiring night filled with old friends and new voices, and of course lots of poetry. Zata’s relaxed atmosphere, good eats and adult refreshment make this a perfect place to take in some excellent wordsmithery of an evening. No language or theme restrictions. Hope you can join us!

Freewrite Tuesdays at Sub Rosa!
Sub Rosa Bakery
620 N. 25th St., RVA 23223
Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am-ish
Spend some quality time with your pen this season & hang out with the cool kids at SubRosa any Tuesday morning! This group’s purpose is to create a cozy and informal venue to freewrite and converse-- we believe writing isn’t necessarily 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, and no RSVP required— simply show up & bring your writing utensils!

Monday Night Workshop & Critique Series
Urban Farmhouse Market & Café
Monday night workshop and critique series is in full swing! Check out the Event page on Facebook for 3rd Monday workshop specifics, and keep the muse at your elbow 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 (6-10) to share around the table. For workshop, take note of our new digs, and come ready to write! (If you’re planning on attending either session and the weather is iffy, do send me a note to make sure we’re on.)
March Dates:
March 14, 6:30-8pm, 
Urban Farmhouse Shockoe (1217 E. Cary St.): Small group critique
March 21,6:00-8:00pm, 
Patrick Henry Pub (upstairs salon at 2300 E. Broad St, RVA 23223): Workshop
March 28, 6:30-8pm, 
Urban Farmhouse Shockoe (1217 E. Cary St.): Small group critique

One. For the competitive-minded. Subs for the biennial Shann Palmer Poetry Contest hosted by James River Writers and Richmond Magazine are open until March 31. Some of y’all remember Shann. Lot of you know the JRW. 1st prize is $500, publication, and a ticket to the 2016 JRW conference. More details can be found here (jamesriverwriters.org). You should totally do it.

Two. The annual Virginia Festival of the Book will be held in Charlottesville March 16-20. As a part of it, on Friday March 18 there will be: “A Celebration of Pulitzer Prize Poets: Rita Dove, Gregory Pardlo, and Vijay Seshadri.” I’m planning on making the C’ville drive on Friday, and perhaps attending some of the earlier sessions as well that day. If anyone else is interested in taking a road trip, let me know; we can maybe organize a carpool or caravan. Although the event is free, tickets are required.

Tonight: Chocolate & Waffles with a side of Poetry & Jazz!!