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

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

June Richmond Happenings!

Poetry & Jazz Tasting
C'est Le Vin, 15 N. 17th St. RVA 23219
Thursday June 2, 7pm
Thank you to those who joined us last month for our five-year anniversary at this award-winning wine bar! Come out and meet us again in June! Featuring samplings from local poets and live music from Super64 and friends, it's always a great evening. If you’ve got a poem or two to share, make sure to get on the list and add your voice to the festivities!

Tea for Two: Poetry on the Veranda
Richmond Public Library, Main Branch, 101 E. Franklin St., RVA 23219
Saturday June 4, 11am-1pm
Our outdoor reading event in partnership with Richmond Public Library is back! In this second of our 2016 Tea for Two series, poets Karenne Wood and Deborah Miranda will read on the veranda overlooking Library Park. Join us for a late morning cup of coffee or tea & light refreshments, plus plenty of time to relax, chat, meet the poets and check out their books. In case of rain, event to be held inside (but let's keep our fingers crossed for some sunshine at long last!). 

Poetry Night @ Café Zata
Café Zata, 5047 Forest Hill Ave., RVA 23225
Friday June 24, 7pm
Come hang out with us at the cafe formerly known as taZa! It's always an evening full of friends and poetry. Plus, Zata’s relaxed atmosphere, fresh-made fare and adult refreshment make this a perfect place to wind down the week & maybe step up to the mic yourself. No language or theme restrictions. New voices always welcome!


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 us at Sub Rosa on June 7 or June 21! This is 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 (1217 E. Cary St., RVA 23219) 
It's summer break! 3rd Monday night workshops are currently on hiatus until September, but never fear-- you can keep that pen sharp with our regularly scheduled critique groups on the 2nd & 4th Mondays! All you'll need is 1-2 poems-in-progress with a handful of copies (6-10) to share around the table. Dates for critique this month are Monday, June 13 and Monday, June 27, both 6:30-8pm.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Allota Tuesday Options!!



Words on Fire:
Happy Hour Poetry at Firehouse!
Firehouse Theatre
1609 W Broad St
Richmond VA
6:00 – 7:30 ($5 cover)
Host:  Joanna Lee




June 11th & June 24th: One Book Launch, Two Chances

(source) https://www.facebook.com/events/1579897365641444/

Celebrate the launch of “As if Wine Could Pour from Her Nipple”, by M. J. Kledzik

Two launch events to choose from, with reading and book signing, live music, interview with Q & A, refreshments:

Saturday, June 11, 2-4 PM at The Venue on 35th, 
631 W. 35th St, Norfolk 

Friday, June 24, 7-9 PM at The Muse Writers Center, 
2200 Colonial Ave, Suite #3, Norfolk

Books may be purchased from the author at the party, www.sanfranciscobaypress.com, or Prince Books, 
109 E. Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510 / 757-622-9223 or staff@prince-books.com

Poetry Venues on Memorial Day!

June 4th: Ekphrasis Poetry Reading in Portsmouth

June 14th: Word4Word Poets Welcome L.E.V.I.

June 4th: Saturday Poetry Series

Little River Poetry Festival Article!!

Check out this article featuring Little River Poetry Festival on ROANOKE.COM!

June 3rd: Poetry Slam Richmond Library!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Friday, May 27, 2016

Weekend Poetry Options!




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



The Wet Poetry Spot/
Erotic Poetry (EXPLICIT!)
Fifty Eighteen
5018 Princess Anne Rd
Norfolk VA ($7 cover)
8:00 – midnight (Last Sat)
Host:  Godchild the Omen




Feature Sundays:
The Venue on 35th
631 35th St   - Norfolk VA
$5 cover  - 7:00 – 10:00
757-469-0337 (4th Sun)
Host:  Jorge Mendez
Featuring:  Nick Elkin, Casandra Faith, Tom Leveille and More!!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

This Weekend in Poetry!

05-06-16 & 05-07-16
CNU Writer’s Conference


Poetry Reading (FF)
James City County Library
7770 Croaker Rd
Williamsburg VA
11:00 – 12:00 (Every 1st Sat)
Host: Ed Lull
Robert Scott
Shonda Buchanan
Guy Terrell
Joyce Stedelbauer
Derek Kannemeyer


Tea for Two:
Poetry on the Veranda
Featured Poets:
Bettina Judd & L.G. Parker
Richmond Public Library
Corners of 2nd and E Main St
101 E Franklin St
Richmond VA
11:00 -1:00


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 –


Poetry Reading
Diana’s Field of Dreams
(Inside Five Points Community
Farm Market)
2500 Church St - Norfolk VA
1:00 – 3:00 (Every Other 2nd Sun)
Hosts:  Jack & Judith

Friday, May 6, 2016

Today: CNU Conference & Louder Than A Bomb!

Virginia MOCA
2200 Parks Ave
VA Beach VA
5:30 - 8:30

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.

Hampton Roads is Louder Than a Bomb is our first middle school team slam competition. Schools from Hampton Roads can sign up for thie epic and powerful artform of expression. 

The new Hampton Roads Youth Poet Laureate will also be named at this event.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

C.I.P.H.E.R. 1st Anniversary - New Location (Tonight Only)

From Facebook Page:
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May 12: Art + Words Welcomes Nancy Powell

Nancy Powell will be reading from her latest book:

Open Mic Poetry
Peninsula of Fine Arts (PFAC)
101 Museum Dr
Newport News VA
6:00 – 7:00 (2nd Thurs)
Host:  Barbara Drucker Smith
(Open Mic To Follow Reading)