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

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Richmond Poetry Happenings in May!!


Poetry & Jazz Tasting 
C'est Le Vin, 15 N. 17th St. RVA 23219 
Thursday May 5, 7pm
This month, we’re celebrating FIVE YEARS of poetry at C’est Le Vin—and it’s going to be epic! Not only will we have our usual excellent samplings from local poets, but our musical compadres Super64 & friends will be pulling out all the stops. Plus, there’ll be a free wine tasting, plenty of time to network & chat, and CAKE! Also, in honor of our 5 years, 5% of sales for the evening will go back to River City Poets (so it’d be a great time to pick up that bottle you’ve been wanting to try—hint, hint!). Make sure to get on the list and add your voice to the celebration if you’ve got a poem or two to share! (Find me early in the evening or shoot me an email beforehand.)


Tea for Two: Poetry on the Veranda
Richmond Public Library, Main Branch, 101 E. Franklin St., RVA 23219
Saturday May 7, 11am-1pm
Our signature outdoor reading event in partnership with Richmond Public Library is back! In this first of our 2016 Tea for Two series, local poets Bettina Judd and L.G. Parker will do a combined reading on RPL’s lovely veranda. As previously, there will be coffee & tea, time to relax, chat, meet the poets and check out their books. In case of rain, event to be held inside. (Although as this is written it looks to be in the 70’s and perfect for a poetry reading, so keep your fingers crossed!)


Poetry in Abandoned Spots and Forgotten Spaces— Maymont’s Italian Gardens
Meet by the Hampton Street /Historic Estate Entrance, 1700 Hampton Street, RVA 23220
Saturday May 14, 1pm; please see below for inclement weather location
RSVP required (reply by email)
Ok, so Maymont isn’t exactly abandoned. But, it is an iconic Richmond spot you should definitely know. (Plus, the Italian Gardens are perfect inspiration for our terza rima workshop on the 16th—coincidence? I think not.) What to bring for this month’s outdoor adventure: comfortable shoes (as we’ll do a bit of walking), water, snacks, camera, pen/notebook & poems! This will be a chance to read, share, write and discuss all things poetic while getting to know one of RVA’s horticultural gems.  
*Note that this is an open air event with limited amenities. RSVP required. In case of bad weather, we’ll be keeping it Italian and meet instead at Stuzzi, 1 N Belmont Ave, RVA 23221. 


Poetry Night @ Café Zata
Café Zata, 5047 Forest Hill Ave., RVA 23225
Friday May 27, 7pm
It’s always a good evening at the café formerly known as taZa, so join us for a night filled with friends and poetry! Zata’s relaxed atmosphere, fresh-made fare and adult refreshment make this a perfect place to hang with the poets & maybe step up to the mic yourself. No language or theme restrictions. New voices always welcome!


Words on Fire: Poetry Happy Hour at Firehouse
Firehouse Theatre, 1609 W. Broad St., RVA 23220
Tuesday May 31, 6pm
Step out of your boring work week routine and meet us at Firehouse for a poetic twist on happy hour! Featuring showcases by local poets, an open mic sign-up for those with a verse or two to share themselves, and of course drink specials at the bar, there’s no better way to wind down a long day! $5 at the door gets you in. 


ONGOING…
Freewrite Tuesdays at Sub Rosa!
Sub Rosa Bakery
620 N. 25th St., RVA 23223 
1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am-ish
Need a push to get writing, or just need to get out of the house? We hear you! Come write with the cool kids at Sub Rosa on May 3 or May 17! 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 kind of poem 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 
Looking to hone your poetic craft? Our Monday night series is the place to be! Check out the Event page on Facebook for 3rd Monday workshop specifics, and keep your pen 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 (6-10) to share around the table. For workshop, take note of our new digs, and come ready to write—this will be our LAST workshop before summer break! 
All critique nights and workshops are always completely free and open to all experience levels, but if you feel inspired by what you learn on Monday nights, you can still show your appreciation by donating whatever you can to our poetry cause. 100% of funds (minus a small PayPal fee) go directly to the instructor and the furthering of these workshops. Thank you to all who have so far contributed—it means a ton! (http://bit.ly/inspiredpoet)

May Dates:
May 9, 6:30-8pm, 
Urban Farmhouse Shockoe (1217 E. Cary St.): Small group critique
May 16, 6:00-8:00pm, 
Patrick Henry Pub (2300 E. Broad St, RVA 23223): Workshop
May 23, 6:30-8pm, 
Urban Farmhouse Shockoe (1217 E. Cary St.): Small group critique

Speak Your Truth!! (Open Mic Showcase)


Little River Poetry Festival !!


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Coming Soon!!

Some of the featured readers include:
James Bane
Tanya Cunningham
Jill Winkowski

(More Details to Follow!)

Don't forget to like their Facebook Page:  
https://www.facebook.com/littleriverpoetryfest/?fref=photo

Feature Sundays NaPoMo Edition at the Venue!!




We're back and in honor of National Poetry Month we have assembled a stellar line up of incredibly talented poets and spoken word artists. In no particular order this months features include Tonie Sheeley, Gye Nyame, Ryan Thomas, MJ Kledzik, Jeff Hecker and joining us all the way from Richmond Casandra Faith and Roscoe Burnems.

Honestly, the line up borders on unfair! You will not want to miss this show!!!!

7pm
$5

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Suspended Immediately: Java Open Mic


From Nathan Richardson Facebook Page:

DEAR 757 POETRY COMMUNITY - THE JAVA OPEN MIC IS TAKING A SABBATICAL!!! Synnika Lofton and Nathan Richardson have been co-hosting the Java Open Mic for the past 12 years. During that time we have had the honor of bringing hundreds - if not thousands of poets to the mic to share their creativity. The event started at the Java Junction Cafe and changed locations a couple of times until landing at the Greenbrier Library. EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: The JAVA OPEN MIC IS SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE! We are happy to be handing the torch to a community of poets and writers much stronger than when we started. In our absence you still have some awesome choices to get your poetry fix on >>> Please check this web site for literary events in the 757 & 804 = http://goodwordpoetryplus.blogspot.com/  (Thanks for the shout out!!)

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Weekend Poetry!!

04-15-16
A Conversation About Love
Among Poets:  A Staged Reading
The Venue on 35th
631 35th St
Norfolk VA
8:00 – 10:00
Constructed & Directed by:
DD Delaney

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04-15-16
Poetry Prose Pizza
Louisa County Library
881 Davis Hwy
Mineral VA
6:00 –
Host: Nathan Richardson

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04-16-16
Slam Richmond’s
Poetry Slam Workshop
(5-7) Open-Mic (8-11)
ArtSpace Gallery Annex
The Shop – Zero E 4th St
Richmond VA (Every Sat)
Paid parking in some areas –
540-999-6103


 04-16-16
Hot Spot Open Mic
Blue Skies Gallery
26 S King St
Hampton VA
6:30 - 8-30 (3rd Sat)
Hosts: Johvanni Cruz & DJ Dabir

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04-16-16
A Conversation About Love
Among Poets:  A Staged Reading
The Venue on 35th
631 35th St
Norfolk VA
8:00 – 10:00
Constructed & Directed by:
DD Delaney

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Tomorrow!! HRYP Qualifying Slam

Hosted by:  Godchild

Tomorrow at 5 PM - 7 PM
Tomorrow · 41–61° Mostly Sunny
Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center
2410 Wickham Ave, Newport News, Virginia 23607
Tickets Available:  www.eventbrite.com

TWP fuels up for another captivating season of powerful youth voice with the Power Tour Concert Series and the 8th Annual Hampton Roads Youth Poetry Festival. The Olympic style poetry slam competition showcases the creative genius of young artists, poets, and emerging world changers from around Hampton Roads ages 13-19. Young writers, emcees, spoken word artists and performers take the stage to tell their stories. This festival helps youth to find, develop, apply and publicly present their voices as agents of social change. Those competing at the grand slam have qualified through a series of slams held throughout Hampton Roads. Grand Slam poets have the opportunity to represent Hampton Roads at various Youth Poetry Slam’s throughout the country!


This is the last chance for youth to compete! Pre-register now!

http://myemail.constantcontact.com/2016-HRYP-Qualifying-Slam.html?soid=1103655070092&aid=XoeP0TQmruU

April 10th: Poetry Inspired by Art!





PoetCon 2016 Has Arrived!!


Day long poetry festival featuring a presentation from the Hampton Roads’ Youth Poets, poetry vendor tables, workshops, and a number of featured guest poets with a final performance by special keynote poet, Luisa Igloria.

PoetCon Schedule of Events
Saturday April 23, 2016

All Day: Poet Cosplay
Come dressed as your favorite poet. We’ll give you a raffle ticket. Drawings throughout the day. Winners will be awarded poetry books, chapbooks, or notebooks!

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Opening Ceremony followed by a performance from the Hampton Roads Youth Poets.

2:00pm to 3:00pm
PSoV Featured Readers: Bill Glose, Jeff Hewitt, Ann Shalaski, & Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, Poet Laureate Emerita of Virginia.

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Free Time / Open Floor: Mingle. Chat with Poets. Check out the Vendor Tables and buy some books! Get some lunch.

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Concurrent Workshops. Attendees may pick one:
Publishing Poetry:
Moderated by Jeff Hewitt, EiC San Francisco Bay Press.
Learn what sorts of things a poet interested in publishing their work should be thinking about. How to submit. Whether you should be thinking about an established publisher or going your own way with self publishing. How to look at a body of work and cull a book from scattered pages.

Performing Poetry:
Moderator and details TBA.

5:00pm to 6:00pm
V35 Featured Readers: James Bane, Stephanie Lask, Taz Weysweete’ & Jorge Mendez.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Free Time / Open Floor: Mingle. Chat with Poets. Check out the Vendor Tables and buy some books! Get some lunch.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Keynote Poet: Luisa Igloria.
Reading with Q&A moderated by Jeff Hewitt.

8:00pm to 10:00pm
Open Mic hosted by Godchild the Omen.

10:00pm
Costume Prizes. Closing Remarks & Goodbyes.

Meet our Keynote Poet: Luisa Igloria



 Luisa A. Igloria is the winner of the 2015 Resurgence Prize (UK), the world’s first major award for ecopoetry, selected by former UK poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion, Alice Oswald, and Jo Shapcott.

She is the author of Bright as Mirrors Left in the Grass (Kudzu House Press eChapbook selection for Spring 2015,) Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser (selected by Mark Doty for the 2014 May Swenson Prize, Utah State University Press,) Night Willow (Phoenicia Publishing, Montreal, 2014,) The Saints of Streets (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2013,) Juan Luna’s Revolver (2009 Ernest Sandeen Prize, University of Notre Dame Press,) and nine other books.


She teaches on the faculty of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University, which she directed from 2009-2015.

Thursdays Poetry Scene!






The Christ Factor 5 Auditions!!


Sunday, April 3, 2016

V35 Venue Voices!

The Venue Voices Present....
A Conversation About Love Among Poets
A Staged Reading
featuring
Betty Davis, C.J. Expression, D.D. Delaney,
J. Scott Wilson, Jack Callan, Jala Magik
and Judith Stevens
Friday and Saturday, April 15th and 16th at 8 p.m.
at The Venue on 35th
631 W. 35th St., Norfolk, VA
$5 at the door

The Conversation continues with the audience after the reading.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Richmond Happenings NaPoMo Edition!!

Poetry in Abandoned Spots and Forgotten Spaces—National Poetry Month Celebration Edition
Pipeline Walkway-- meet by the overlook/parking lot at S. 12th St.
Saturday April 2, noon; please see below for inclement weather location
RSVP required (reply by email to dottoressa.joanna@hotmail.com)
Get ready, get set, …National Poetry Month! We’re mixing up metaphors and felling multiple birds with a single event (NOT the herons, though). Welcome to April! Instead of an extra, formal workshop this year, we’re starting off NaPoMo with the first episode of our season of Poetry in Abandoned Spots and Forgotten Spaces. So pack your favorite poem or a piece you’ve been working on, pack a libation or a snack or a blanket, pack pen & notebook & a pair of sturdy shoes and join us at the Pipeline, where we’ll poem & carouse and maybe even see a Great Blue or three.
Note that this is an open air event with minimal amenities, narrow walkways and ladder-only access. RSVP required. In case of bad weather, we’ll meet instead at Sine Irish Pub, 1327 E. Cary St. (The Irish Celts, after all, knew a thing or two about inspiration. And it’s the only pub in town I know of with Gaelic poetry on the ceiling.)

Poetry & Jazz Tasting
C'est Le Vin, 15 N. 17th St. RVA 23219
Thursday April 7, 7pm
Join us again at C’est Le Vin! (Like my rhyme there?) 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 to the likes of Super64 & friends, who’ll be sharing some tunes and providing accompaniment to any poet so desiring. Got a verse or two of your own to share? Get on the list! Find me early in the evening or shoot me an email beforehand.

Poetry at (the) Crossroads: Ekphrastic Workshop
Crossroads Art Center, 2016 Staples Mill Road, RVA 23230
Sunday April 17, noon-4pm
Come fire up your imagination at Crossroads! We’re bringing back this popular workshop in celebration of April… and it’s always a fantastic afternoon. This session is open to all levels of poetry experience… but come ready to write!
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.

Poetry Night @ Café Zata
Café Zata (formerly taZa Coffee n Crème), 5047 Forest Hill Ave., RVA 23225
Friday April 22, 7pm
Celebrating National Poetry Month AND our 3-year anniversary at this happenin’ venue! It’s always a 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 thought-provoking verses of an evening. No language or theme restrictions. Hope you can join us!

ONGOING…
Freewrite Tuesdays at Sub Rosa!
Sub Rosa Bakery
620 N. 25th St., RVA 23223
Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am-ish
Whatever your NaPoMo goal, come hang out with the cool kids at SubRosa any Tuesday morning and get it done! 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 kind of poem 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 continues! 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!
April dates:
April 11, 6:30-8pm, Urban Farmhouse Shockoe (1217 E. Cary St.): Small group critique
April 18, 6:00-8:00pm, Patrick Henry Pub (2300 E. Broad St, RVA 23223): Workshop
April 25, 6:30-8pm, Urban Farmhouse Shockoe (1217 E. Cary St.): Small group critique

And also this month!!


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Garden of Inspiration: Ekphrasis & The Language of Flowers
Patrick Henry Pub, 2300 E. Broad St, RVA 23223
Thursday, April 14, 7pm-9pm
Learn the wild history of the Poe Museum’s Enchanted Garden while exploring the garden concept as both metaphor and model for the creative process. Ekphrasis is an exercise in which the artist relates one medium of art to another medium, defining and describing its essence and transposing its "illuminative liveliness." Here, along with guided discussion and feedback, we’ll transpose artistic renderings of the Garden back into Poe’s own medium.

Speakers: Drew Harrigan, Four Winds Designs, and Joanna Lee, poet

About the Literary Salons
We’re bringing back the grand tradition of the literary salon, an intimate setting to meet & fraternize with local authors and artists, as they in turn guide you in your own writing practice. Whatever your genre, this is a great way to connect, to learn, and to philosophize.

Salons are organized by topic and are held on the second Thursday of every other month, February, April, June, August, and October. There is no cover charge for these events. We welcome writerly types of all experience levels and readers, thinkers, and artists of every sort. Be sure to bring your favorite writing implements.