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

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Friday & Saturday: A Conversation About Politics Among Poets

Warning! Hot Topic!
A Conversation About Politics Among Poets

            In this disastrous election year, four poets have bravely persevered with D.D. Delaney, director and arranger, to create "A Conversation About Politics Among Poets," a staged reading, on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4-5, at The Venue on 35th, 631 W. 35th St., Norfolk

The reading begins at 8. Admission at the door is $5.

            The "Conversation About Politics" is the fourth in Delaney's Acting for Poets Conversation series, 12-week workshops on different topics ongoing at The Venue since 2014. Previous Conversation topics included Race, Death, and Love.

            In the Conversation About Politics, poets Margaret Bristow, Betty Davis, Lisa Kendrick, and James Wilson join Delaney to rant and rave, philosophize, satirize, speculate, and mourn lost innocence over the issues and lack of answers in this election of 2016. Food for thought and conversation is guaranteed.

         A discussion with the audience after the reading will be held for those who want to stay.

            For more information, call 757-587-3663.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Word Art Show Wednesday + Chrysler Open Mic Thursday = J. Scott Wilson

The Word-Art Show
Poetry, Spoken Word,
Prose, Lyrics Open Mic
Daily Grind Coffeehouse-Cafe
168 Central Park Ave.
Virginia Beach Town Center
6:30 – 8:30
Host: J. Scott Wilson

Chrysler Museum
Baroque Gallery (Rm 205)
1 Memorial Pl
Norfolk VA
6:30 - 8:30
Special Host: J Scott Wilson!
Free and Open to the Public

Saturday, October 15, 2016

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Poetry Inspired by Art!

Run Tell That RVA: Phillips & Priest

Black Iris
321 W Broad St
Richmond VA 23220
7:00 - 9:00

RUN TELL THAT is a quarterly poetry reading series in Richmond, Virginia featuring poets whose work troubles the public/private, individual/collective “I.” Named after & situated in the tradition of “storying” in the South, this series understands all American letters to be necessarily shaped by the South’s public/private, individual/collective I’s. Here, the slow-mouthed ghosts sing.


Xandria Phillips is a poet from rural Ohio. She received her BA from Oberlin College, where she studied writing and Africana Studies. Currently, Xandria is Winter Tangerine's associate poetry editor and an MFA candidate at Virginia Tech. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem and Callaloo. Her poem "For A Burial Free Of Sharks" was selected by Lucas De Lima as the winner of the fifth annual Gigantic Sequins poetry contest.

Joy Priest is a writer born and raised in Louisville, KY. She is the winner of the 2016 Hurston/Wright Foundation College Writers Award, and has received scholarships, grants, and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Kentucky Arts Council, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Joy's work has been published or is upcoming in Blackbird, Callaloo, Drunken Boat, espnW, Muzzle, PUBLIC POOL, Vinyl, and the anthologies Best New Poets 2014, and The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip Hop, among others. She is currently an M.F.A. candidate in poetry at the University of South Carolina.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Richmond Happenings in October!!

Tea for Two: Poetry on the Veranda Richmond Public Library, Main Branch, 101 E. Franklin St., RVA 23219 Saturday October 1, 11am-1pm In this last of the 2016 Tea for Two series, poets Lesley Wheeler and Laura-Gray Street will share their works on the veranda overlooking Library Park. Please join us in welcoming them, and in a late morning cup of coffee or tea! Light refeshments provided, plus plenty of time to relax, chat, meet the poets and check out their books. The sun should be back by Saturday, we hope; if not, the reading will be held indoors.
As a final 2016 note, I'd like to give special thanks to our partners at Richmond Public Library and to volunteer J.T.Brown for making this year's Tfor2 events such a smashing success!

Poetry & Jazz Tasting C'est Le Vin, 15 N. 17th St. RVA 23219 Thursday October 6, 7pm Finish off your workday with a glass of good red and a dose of inspiration! Meet us at for poetry & live tunes at the award-winning C'est Le Vin, where we feature samplings from local poets combined with the talented sounds of Super64's Bob Lambert & friends. Never a night to miss! If you’ve got a poem or three to share yourself, make sure to find me early in the evening and add your voice to the mix!

Poetry in Abandoned Spots and Forgotten Spaces— Shockoe Hill Cemetery Meet by the gates; 4th & Hospital Streets, RVA 23219 Saturday October 22, 1pm; please see below for inclement weather location RSVP required (reply by email) Tis the season for graveyard walks! This month, we're exploring Shockoe Hill, Richmond's oldest city-owned cemetery and final resting place of Sarah Elmira Royster (of Edgar Allan Poe fame). Come ready to stroll and scribble; bring camera, pen/notebook and poems (yours or anything you'd like to share) & any snack or beverage you wish. Like our Hollywood walk last October, we'll be blending history, poetry & melancholy in perfect pre-Halloween measure. Note that this is an open air event with limited amenities. RSVP required. In case of bad weather, we’ll be moving it up to Patrick Henry Pub at 2300 E. Broad St. and gazing across the street to the lichyard at St. John's Church.

Poetry Night @ Café Zata Café Zata, 5047 Forest Hill Ave., RVA 23225 Friday October 28, 7pm We're bringing October home with our popular 4th Friday open mic at Cafe Zata! Always a good time to catch old friends and hear new voices, poetry night is filled to brimming with open mic awesomeness. Fresh-made fare and a glass or two from Zata's dinner and bar menu make the evening complete. See you there!

ONGOING… Freewrite Tuesdays at Sub Rosa Sub Rosa Bakery 620 N. 25th St., RVA 23223 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am-ish Looking for an excuse to check out a great coffee & pastry spot? Join us at Sub Rosa on October 4th or 18th! Whatever your genre, this is a cool and informal venue to freewrite and converse-- we believe writing doesn't have to be done at a lonely and silent desk. Although we're open to specialized topics and sharing, there is no formal critique or workshop agenda, and no RSVP required— simply show up & come ready to write!

Monday Night Sessions Workshops are back! Please note time and venue differences from critique nights, and check Facebook for topics by month and any pre-assignments. Critique nights continue on 2nd and 4th Mondays; bring 6-9 copies to share around the table. 

October dates
Monday, October 10, 6:30-8pm
Small group critique, Urban Farmhouse Shockoe, 1217 E. Cary St. RVA 23219 

Monday, October 17, 6:00-8:00pm
Third Monday Workshop: Meet the Confessionals, 
Urban Farmhouse, Rocketts Landing, 4821 Old Main St., RVA 23231 

Monday, October 24, 6:30-8pm
Small group critique, Urban Farmhouse Shockoe, 1217 E. Cary St. RVA 23219

Don't forget the James River Writers Fall Conference coming up in just a few short weeks! (If you haven't registered yet, you still have a little time!) I'm not going to go over the amazingness of it all again here-- you've likely gotten the point by now. BUT, if you can't make the conference in its entirety, I do hope you'll be able to join us for a very special poetry event Saturday, October 15, 6-9pm: our first ever Poetry Unhappy Hour. Poets from the conference will be reading their work in the magical backdrop of the Poe Museum's Enchanted Garden. And there'll be plenty of "unhappy"-- a cash bar with beer/wine and light finger food on which to sip & nibble while you mingle with the poets before and aft. The museum itelf and all its exhibits will be open. And there's no cover charge for the event. So please stop by!