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

Saturday, December 31, 2016

January 2017 Richmond Poetry Happenings!!!

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Poetry Night @ Café Zata
Café Zata, 5047 Forest Hill Ave., RVA 23225
Friday January 27, 7pm
We're back for another year of poetic amazingness at Zata! Both new and veteran performers are always welcome (and it's our only open mic reading event this month)!
Zata's selection of beer, cider & wine plus an expanded dinner and snack menu make it easy to settle in for a couple hours' great word. A fantastic place to meet old friends & hear new voices, our poetry open mic is an awesome spot to get inspired and get heard!
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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 to get out of the house and hang in a cozy coffee & pastry spot? We know just the place! Join us at Sub Rosa on January 17. (There is no freewrite on January 3rd, as SubRosa will still be closed for the holidays.)
Whatever your genre, this is a cool and informal venue to freewrite and feed off the creative energy around us and in each other-- we believe writing doesn't always have to be done at a lonely desk or secluded retreat. Although we're open to specialized topics and sharing, there is no formal critique or workshop agenda, and no RSVP required— simply show up ready to get those New Year's writing resolutions!
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Monday Night Sessions
We're starting 2017 off with a full complement of workshops and critiques. Stay tuned for details of an extra session on poetry submissions following our publishing workshop on the 16th!
For 3rd Monday workshops (held at Rocketts Landing), please check Facebook for topics by month and any pre-assignments. Critiques are held on 2nd and 4th Mondays in Shockoe Slip; bring 6-9 copies to share around the table.
January dates:
Monday, January 9, 6:30-8pm– Small group critique, Urban Farmhouse Shockoe, 1217 E. Cary St. RVA 23219
Monday, January 16, 6:00-8:00pm– Third Monday Workshop:The Next Step--Getting Published, Urban Farmhouse, Rocketts Landing, 4821 Old Main St., RVA 23231
Monday, January 23, 6:30-8pm– Small group critique, Urban Farmhouse Shockoe, 1217 E. Cary St. RVA 23219
To learn more or make a donation, please click on this link:
https://madmimi.com/s/505359

February 4th: Poetry + Healing in Richmond (Sign-Up Required)



Please click on link for all the details to include sign-up!
https://www.visarts.org/classes/poetry-healing-new/

Monday, December 26, 2016

Poetic Consciousness Returns in 2017!!!

*****Date and Time Change:  Saturday, 11 February 2017 at 7pm*****


*****Date and Time Change:  Saturday, 11 February 2017 at 7pm*****

Thursday, December 1, 2016

This Saturday: DocuPoetry in Richmond!

https://www.facebook.com/events/972015096254230/

Bring your creative flair and curiosity - and take an exhilarating dip into documentary poetry. You'll learn about the wide range of styles in docupoetry (a.k.a. cliophrastic poetry) and try your pen at it yourself. Are you a poet who loves history or who's passionate about social justice? Then you're particularly well-suited to this current within the poetry river.

Leave the workshop energized with ideas for poems you might write informed by or built from documents related to topics that matter to you - whether personal documents like an ancestors' letters, public documents like newspapers and declassified documents, or any number of potential sources. You'll also learn guidelines for fair use of source material in this type of poetry and tips for publishing your finished poems.

INSTRUCTOR: Wendy DeGroat (bio below)
COST: Members $30; Non-Members $35

READING (FREE)

Immediately after the workshop, join us for a reading at 12:15 p.m. with Wendy DeGroat and At The Inkwell host Matthew Hamilton.

WENDY DEGROAT's poetry has appeared in U.S. and U.K. publications, including Common-place, which recently published five poems from her manuscript about RVA philanthropist Grace Arents (1848-1926), as well as Raleigh Review, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, About Place, Mslexia, Forage, and TRIVIA: Voices of Feminism. Wendy is a librarian in Richmond,Virginia, and curates poetryriver.org. Her chapbook Beautiful Machinery is forthcoming from Headmistress Press in 2017.


MATTHEW HAMILTON is a former Soldier, Congressional Aide, US Peace Corps Volunteer, and Benedictine Monk. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from Fairfield University, and is a four-time Pushcart Prize nominee. His stories and poems have appeared in a variety of national and international journals, including Gravel, Atticus Review, Emerge Literary Journal, Coe Magazine, Noctua Review, Burnt Bridge, Boston Literary Magazine, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, and The Transnational. His chapbook, The Land of the Four Rivers, published by Cervena Barva Press, won the 2013 Best Poetry Book from Peace Corps Writers. His second poetry collection, Lips Open and Divine, was released in 2016 by Winter Goose Publishing. Currently, Matthew is the Librarian at Benedictine College Preparatory, an all-male, Catholic Military high school in Richmond, VA.

Richmond Poetry December Happenings!!

Poetry & Jazz Tasting
C'est Le Vin, 15 N. 17th St. RVA 23219
Thursday December 1, 7pm
This Thursday night! Kick off December with some vino and verse at award-winning C'est Le Vin, where we feature samplings from local poets of all experience and publication levels punctuated with live music. Celebrating over 5 years of poetry here in the heart of the Bottom; come raise a glass with us!  Want to step up to the mic and share a few poems yourself? Make sure to find me early in the evening and add your voice to the mix!

Poetry Night @ Café Zata
Café Zata, 5047 Forest Hill Ave., RVA 23225
Friday December 23, 7pm
For the FIRST TIME EVER: a poetry night in December at the cafe formerly known as taZa! The calendar gods have been kind to us this year, friends-- 4th Friday falls just before the Christmas holidays, so we're getting in one final night at Zata in 2016!
Always a great place to meet old friends & hear new voices, our poetry open mic is an awesome spot to relax from the stress of the holidays. Not to mention that Zata's selection of beer, cider & wine, plus an expanded array of fresh-made menu options, make it easy to settle in for an evening of inspiring word. Hope to see you there!

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 to get out of the house and hang in a cozy coffee & pastry spot? We know just the place. Join us at Sub Rosa on December 6th or 20th! Whatever your genre, this is a cool and informal venue to freewrite and feed off the creative energy around us and in each other-- we believe writing doesn't always have to be done at a lonely desk or secluded retreat. Although we're open to specialized topics and sharing, there is no formal critique or workshop agenda, and no RSVP required— simply show up ready to write!

Monday Night Sessions...are going strong through the holiday season; we're even sneaking in a critique group the day after Christmas.

For 3rd Monday workshops (held at Rocketts Landing), please check Facebook for topics by month and any pre-assignments. Critiques are held on 2nd and 4th Mondays in Shockoe Slip; bring 6-9 copies to share around the table.

December dates:

Monday, December 12, 6:30-8pm– Small group critique,
Urban Farmhouse Shockoe, 1217 E. Cary St. RVA 23219

Monday, December 19, 6:00-8:00pm–
Third Monday Workshop: American Sentences Challenge,
Urban Farmhouse, Rocketts Landing, 4821 Old Main St., RVA 23231

Monday, December 26, 6:30-8pm– Small group critique,
Urban Farmhouse Shockoe, 1217 E. Cary St. RVA 23219


Both critique nights and workshops are always open to all writing experience levels (unless otherwise noted) and completely free of charge. If you're inspired by what you learn on Monday nights, however, we encourage you to make an OPTIONAL secure online donation to support our events (http://bit.ly/inspiredpoet). 100% of funds (minus a small PayPal fee) go directly to the instructor and the furthering of these sessions. Your generosity goes a long way!