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

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

An Evening with Ann Shalaski!

Thursday Night: Chocolate Milk & Waffles Show!!

Tomorrow on @thechocolatemilkandwafflesshow we have the OGs of artistry Deirdra Love & Nathan Richardson. Join us at 8pm as we discuss ‪#‎TeensWithAPurpose‬ the local scene and bacon. Tune us in on www.radiofradio.com or download the @radiofreeradio app.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

OMG 1st Thursday Begins Next Month!!

OMG 1ST Thursdays
Open Mic Poetry
Granny Restaurant
636 W 35th St
Norfolk VA
8:00 -11:00
Host:  Brenda Andrews
(Every month, a new host!)


Read the full article about OMG 1ST Thursdays on The New Journal and Guide website:


Williamsburg Book Festival Coming Soon!

TOPS Thursday in VA Beach June 30th!

$100 Cash Slam in Richmond!

(From The Writer's Den Poetry Slam Page)

Back again! winner take all slam! 

What is a slam?!
(Glad you asked!) A poetry slam is performance spoken-word competition in which poets perform their original work, telling a story of pain or triumph, passionate opinions on politics, socio-economics, cultures, etcetera, etcetera... and are THEN scored by 5 judges. Every round judges score the poets on a scale of 0.0 to 10.0 scoring the poets on the writing , the performance, and originality of the poem, leaving all biases aside. Judges be consistent. Be objective and judge every poet by the same set of standards. A zero is the worst poem you have ever heard in your entire life! A ten is the most amazing poem EVER! And anything in between (7.6, 3.5, 8.9, etc). The high and low scores of each performance are tossed, and the middle three are added giving the performer their score.

Poets: rules #intheden
-3 elimination rounds
(Ex: 1st round: 12 or more poets, 2nd round: 9 poets, 3rd round: 6 poets)
-poets get 3 minutes and 10 seconds to perform. anything past that is an AUTOMATIC DISQUALIFICATION
-every round is clean slate. we do not add up the scores from each round
-each round is COMPLETELY RANDOM. We literally pull your name out of a hat every round
-no nudity (unfortunately) and no props of any kind. 
-time starts when the poet engages the audience.

FREE to see!
$10 to compete!
winner takes home $100

Friday, June 17, 2016

Saturday: Poetry Reading Series in Poquoson

Poetry Reading Series - June 18, 2016
1 to 3 pm
501 Wythe Creek Road, Ste. 100
Poquoson, Virginia
(757) 868-4205

Bill Glose is a former paratrooper and author of three poetry collections including Half a Man, whose poems arise from his experiences as a combat platoon leader in the Gulf War. After serving in the Army, he worked in paper factories in Chicago and Massachusetts before returning to Virginia. Wanting to reconnect with his home state, he walked 1,500 miles through every region of Virginia and wrote about his experiences for magazines. In 2011, he was named the Daily Press Poet Laureate. His poems have appeared in numerous publications, including Narrative Magazine, Poet Lore, Atlanta Review and Southern California Review.

Terry Cox-Joseph is a chocoholic, artist and writer who freelances from her home in Newport News, Virginia. She is a former newspaper reporter and editor, and has had one book of nonfiction published, Adjustments, 1993. Her poems have been published in a variety of journals. She was the coordinator for Christopher Newport University Writers’ Conference and Contest from 1994-2004.  With the help of her dogs and cats, she stays grounded by writing and vacuuming animal hairs.  She also has two children and a husband, who hide when she wears her favorite sweatshirt with the words, “Careful or you’ll end up in my novel!”  She works late into the night with only chocolate to sustain her.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

This Friday!

Art and the Storyteller: Artwork & Stories by Mendel Williams

(From Mendel Denise Williams Facebook Page)

My New Website is: doingforourselves.com 
Email: doingforourselves@yahoo.com


June 28, 2016, 2:30pm - Discover Teas (Port Warwick), 
2170 William Styron Sq S, Newport News, VA 23606 

July 10, 2016, 2:00pm - Indulge Bakery & Bistro, 
10359 Warwick, Blvd, Newport News, VA, 23601, 757.594.1399

Enjoy poetry, storytelling, vocals, videos and an exhibit of some of my favorite publications and artwork - some are for sale. Please bring at least $5 to purchase tea, sweets or a meal at these events & at least $10 more to purchase my artwork, publications & art products. My goal is to create “new” places & spaces where storytellers, artists & the arts thrive.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Speak Your Truth in Richmond!

Discover Your Inner Poet!

Sunday: Poetry Inspired by Art

2016 Daily Press Poetry Contest Winners!

(Courtesy of Bill Glose & Virginia Poetry Online)

The Daily Press and the Peninsula Fine Arts Center hosted a reading by the 2016 Daily Press Poetry Contest winners this past Thursday. I filmed each of the winners reading their award-winning poems. You can click on the PLAYLIST link below to watch them all or click on any of the individual links to watch a specific reading. Included in this list is a visual expression of Rhiannon Hartman's winning poem, "Birth," as conceived, edited, and posted by Aileen Devlin of the Daily Press.


Individual poems:
2016 Daily Press Poet Laureate Rhiannon Hartman: http://youtu.be/t1cUi8_qWlY

(A Visual Poem of Rhiannon's "Birth" created by the Daily Press): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihqeK4k4lX8

Second Place winner Catherine Witty: http://youtu.be/D8qMqNoDptU

Third Place winner Sallie Dievendorf: http://youtu.be/lCxU7TbTeqU

Readers' Choice Clay Harrison: http://youtu.be/dMQE2LTdTQU

Friday, June 3, 2016

A Few Weekend Options....




Poetry Prose & Pizza
Portsmouth Main Library
601 Court St
Portsmouth VA
2:30 – 4:30
Host: Nathan Richardson