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

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Poetry & More This Weekend!









August Happenings in Richmond!

Poetry & Jazz Tasting
C'est Le Vin, 15 N. 17th St. RVA 23219
Thursday August 4, 7pm
Cool down & kick off your weekend a little early with us at the award-winning C'est Le Vin! Featuring samplings from local poets and live music from Super 64's Bob Lambert & the many-talented Nan Ottenritter, it's sure to be another great night at CLV. If you’ve got a poem or three to share, make sure to find me early in the evening and add your voice to the mix!


Poetry in Abandoned Spots and Forgotten Spaces— The Downtown Whitewater Takeout
Meet in the parking lot of La Diff (located on Dock Street between 14th and 15th Streets, under the bridge and next to the canal; it is NOT  recommended that you park here for this event, as this space is reserved for store patrons. Parking can be found along Cary or Main Streets or in any of the public lots.)
Saturday August 13, 1pm; please see below for inclement weather location
RSVP required (reply by email)
We're keeping it close to the river again this month for our outdoor poetry adventure! What to bring: comfortable shoes (as it's a brief step to our final destination), water, sunscreen, snacks, camera, pen/notebook & poems. Read, share, write and discuss all things poetic while taking in some of RVA's more historic downtown waterfront. Swim at your own risk!
Note that this is an open air event with limited amenities. RSVP required. In case of bad weather, we’ll meet across the street for poetry & afternoon cocktails at 7 Hills Brewing Co., 115 S. 15th Street.


Words on Fire: Poetry Happy Hour at Firehouse
Firehouse Theatre, 1609 W. Broad St., RVA 23220
Tuesday August 16, 6-7:30pm
Cover: $5
Break out of the work week routine with a dose of hot verse at Firehouse! Featuring showcase performances by some poets you may know, an open mic sign up for those with a verse or two to drop themselves, and a cash bar with happy hour specials, it's a great way to make the most of a long summer day. Come set the night on fire with us!

Poetry Night @ Café Zata
Café Zata, 5047 Forest Hill Ave., RVA 23225
Friday August 26, 7pm
Thanks to all who came out and sweated with us last month at the cafe formerly known as taZa for our biggest open mic ever! Let's make August even more amazing (and hopefully a little cooler!) Join us again for an evening full of friends and poetry, plus fresh-made fare and a glass or two from Zata's dinner and bar menu. No theme or language restrictions. New voices always welcome!


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! Whatever your genre, come write with us at Sub Rosa on August 2nd or 16th! This is a cool and informal venue to freewrite and converse-- we believe writing doesn't have to be a solitary sport, and that inspiration can walk through the door at any moment. Although we're open to specialized topics and sharing, there is no formal critique or workshop agenda, and no RSVP required— simply show up & be ready to write!


Monday Night Sessions
Urban Farmhouse Market & Café (1217 E. Cary St., RVA 23219)
3rd Monday night workshops remain on hiatus until September, but we're keeping the poetic juices flowing with our regularly scheduled critique groups on the 2nd & 4th Mondays! Bring 1-2 poems-in-progress with a handful of copies (6-10) to share around the table; be ready for critically constructive give-and-take! Dates for critique this month are Monday, August 8 and Monday, August 22, both 6:30-8pm.




And Coming Soon!!

*Be on the lookout as well for the return of 3rd Monday workshops (in a brand spanking new location!) on September 19.

September promises to pick up the pace with the start of our fall 2016 Tea for Two series-- featuring poets Stan Galloway and Mark Fitzgerald on September 3rd. 


While I'm at it, there are a couple other events to keep a weather eye out for this fall. If you're itching for a road trip, consider heading to Charlottesville for the 100 Thousand Poets for Change event put on by Writer House September 24 (part of a global celebration that's always a great time with good peeps).



And for something closer to home here in the River City, check out the James River Writers 14th Annual Conference October 15 and 16 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. You'll even get to have lunch with Nikki Giovanni. Well, she'll be speaking and receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award while you're eating, but you will be in the same room...  And there will be plenty of poetry all weekend long, including a special Poetry Unhappy Hour featuring invited poet conference speakers at the Poe Museum that Saturday night. Conference prices go up August 1, so go ahead and get your tix this weekend!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Upcoming Dates for Poetry Prose and Pizza!!


http://www.meetup.com/PoetryProsePizza/


07-28-16
Poetry Prose &Pizza
Prince George Library
6605 Courts Dr
Prince George VA 
6:00 – 8:00
Host:  Nathan Richardson

08-04-16
Poetry Prose & Pizza
Suffolk Museum
118 Bosley Rd
Suffolk VA
6:00 – 8:00
Host:  Nathan Richardson

10-15-16
Poetry Prose & Pizza
Portsmouth Main Library
601 Court St
Portsmouth VA
4:30 – 6:30
Host:  Nathan Richardson


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

July 14th: Art + Words = James Bane!!


07-14-16
Open Mic Poetry
Peninsula of Fine Arts (PFAC)
101 Museum Dr
Newport News VA
6:00 – 7:00 (2nd Thurs)
757-596-8175
Host:  Barbara Drucker Smith
Featuring:  James Bane


July 22nd: Uh......Oh......in VA Beach!!


Monday, July 11, 2016

Traveling Pen Series Featuring Star LaBranche




Saturday, July 16th -- Using WordPress for Your Author Blog or Website, presented by Star LaBranche

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION -- Looking to engage with readers and practice your craft online? Wordpress blogs are an easy way to set up your own website and get writing. This workshop will include how to conceptualize your blog, prompts to get you writing, basic technical instruction, and common mistakes and how to avoid them. Bring your laptop or tablet and come ready to dive in.

PRESENTER BIO -- Star LaBranche has been writing ever since she could put words on paper. She has never stopped. A blogger for 10 years, Star is currently a writer for ArticleBunny, HealthyPlace, and her personal site, StarLaBranche.Com. Studying at Old Dominion University in their graduate English program, Star is a regular contributor to the student newspaper. Her dream is to live in the desert with a rescue corgi. Visit her website at http://www.starlabranche.com


All workshops held at the Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College campus, in the Blackwater Building, Room CW-134. Check-in at 9:15 AM, workshops begin at 9:30.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

A Few Weekend Options :-)

07-09-16
Open-Mic/Workshop
Poetry on the Square
Discover Teas
2710 William Styron Sq
Newport News VA
4:00 – 6:00 (2nd Sat)
757-320-4033
Host:  Jill Winkowski

Join us at Discover Teas Port Warwick for Poetry on the Square, where this month's featured poet will be our own Mai-Anh Tran! You've heard her talk about tea, now hear her poetry. 
Since Poetry on the Square falls on the day before her birthday, our suggested theme is "seas," but we are open to all works!
Whether you are a published author, a new writer, or just someone who appreciates listening to live poetry, you are welcome at Poetry on the Square! Join us every 2nd Saturday from 4pm-6pm and share your favorite works, or enjoy the poetry, for free! There's nothing like a cup of tea and some awesome poetry if you're looking for something a little different to do!
“…There is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

*****

07-09-16
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

*****


Monday, July 4, 2016

A Conversation About Politics Begins July 14th at V35!!


Conversation on Politics Announced
I’m starting a new Venue Voices Acting-for-Poets workshop called “A Conversation Among Poets About Politics,” beginning on Thursday, July 14, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at The Venue on 35th in Norfolk.
The workshop, timed to begin as the two major political parties convent for their national conventions, will end with a performance of the compiled work of the participating poets on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4 and 5.
The aim of the workshop is to create a political conversation among participating poets, not just about the current election but about the role politics plays in our lives, for better or for worse.
Here is my opening statement about this:
Politics is the art and science of managing our human nature so that we, as social animals, can live together in relative order.
There is a lot of room in that statement for poets to wander around in. This will be a class of discussions and opinions about power, social order, working-class rights, rich man’s rights, human rights, cops, jails, justice, or whatever you favorite issue is.
Politics is how as a country and as a world of counties we decide all these things.
The workshop will continue on Thursdays, July 21, 28, and Aug. 4, and then will take a hiatus of 4-6 weeks while I recover from hip-replacement surgery, resuming again in mid-September and continuing through Nov. 3, the day before performance.
During the hiatus poets, including myself, will have the opportunity to collect our thoughts and begin writing quality submissions to the workshop.
Cost is $10 a class, payable as you go.
For more info, email me back or message me of FB.

D.D. Delaney

July Richmond Happenings!!

Poetry & Jazz Tasting
C'est Le Vin, 15 N. 17th St. RVA 23219
Thursday July 7, 7pm
Come chill with us (and perhaps a glass of crisp white) at the award-winning C'est Le Vin! Featuring samplings from local poets and live music from Super64 and friends, it's always a fun & engaging evening. If you’ve got a poem or two to share, make sure to get on the list and add your voice to the night!


Poetry in Abandoned Spots and Forgotten Spaces— Texas Beach
Meet in the parking area at 1941 Texas Ave., RVA 23220
Saturday July 16, 1pm; please see below for inclement weather location
RSVP required (reply by email)
For those who were missing our outdoor poetry & adventure series last month, we're going back to the river in July! What to bring: hiking or tennis shoes (as we’ll do a bit of walking), water, sunscreen, snacks, camera, pen/notebook & poems! This will be a chance to read, share, write and discuss all things poetic while exploring the lesser known North Bank Trail.
Note that this is an open air event with limited amenities. RSVP required. In case of bad weather, we’ll be taking it downtown and meet for poetry & afternoon cocktails at Belle & James, 700 E. Main St.


Poetry Night @ Café Zata
Café Zata, 5047 Forest Hill Ave., RVA 23225
Friday July 22, 7pm
We're back again on the 4th Friday at the cafe formerly known as taZa! Join us for an evening full of friends and poetry, plus  fresh-made fare and a glass or two from Zata's ever-varying dinner and bar menu. It's the perfect place to wind down the week or even step up to the mic yourself. New voices always welcome!


Words on Fire: Poetry Happy Hour at Firehouse
Firehouse Theatre, 1609 W. Broad St., RVA 23220
Tuesday July 26, 6-7:30pm
Cover: $5
Break out of your regular Monday-through-Friday routine and come get happy with us at Firehouse! Featuring showcase performances by local poet folks you may know, an open mic sign up for those with a verse or two to drop themselves, a cash bar with happy hour specials, and lots of good vibes & people, it's the place to be on a Tuesday night!


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 us at Sub Rosa on July 5 (next Tuesday!!) or July 19! This is a cool and informal venue to freewrite and converse-- we believe writing doesn't have to be a solitary sport, and that you never know what kind of inspiration might pop 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 & be ready to write!


Monday Night Workshop & Critique Series
Urban Farmhouse Market & Café (1217 E. Cary St., RVA 23219)
3rd Monday night workshops are on hiatus until September, but we've still got our noses to the page-- and you can, too, 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, July 11 and Monday, July 25, both 6:30-8pm.

Friday, July 1, 2016