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

Friday, March 31, 2017

Feature Fridays Cancelled - Please Share.

In the interest of safety tonight's event at the venue on 35th is cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We hope to see you all soon on the sunny side of things.. .

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Are You the Next HR Youth Poet Laureate??

SLAMFEST '17!! Coming to a City Near You!!

All across the nation, young people are picking up the pen and stepping up to the microphone using spoken word poetry. Teens With a Purpose is pleased to enter its ninth year of collaboration with Youth Speaks Inc. and Brave New Voices, as seen on HBO, as we present to Southeastern Virginia the 2017 Hampton Roads Youth Poetry Slam Season and Festival. Spoken Word Poetry and creates a lifelong love of self-expression and literacy. Students learn how to represent themselves, their experiences, and their ideas, powerfully.

The Festival has become a modern tradition, a festival of competitive performance poetry that blends written tradition with lyricism, positive music and stage acumen in a way that profoundly affects and entertains youth and audiences of all kinds. Here young poets fearlessly tell their stories, in their own words to be shared with their generation and the community at-large.
Hampton Roads Poetry Festival TWP’s HRYP Slam Fest is now in its 9th year. Each year teens come together in this Olympic style completion. The six finalist will represent all of Hampton Roads at Brave New Voices, the world’s largest youth poetry festival and event. BNV bring together youth poets from 50 states and countries like South Africa, New Zealand, Ireland and England. 

The competitions take place this year at:

2017 Hampton Roads Youth Poetry Festival -
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk - Sat. April 8th 1pm – 5pm Preliminaries*

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center. Newport News, Sat. April 15th 3 – 6pm Semi-Finals

Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach – Friday, April, 21st 3:30 – 5pm Middle School Event

Zeiders American Dream Theatre, Virginia Beach, Sun. April 23rd, 4pm to 7pm Finals

For Tickets and Details:

Poet-Con/Fest 2017 Line Up!!

April is National Poetry Month and the Venue celebrates it BIG!!! An 9 hour celebration of poets and poetry with local published authors selling their books, writing workshops, features, slams and more.

Poet Fest 2017

2pm -6pm:
Open Mic.
The Mic will be open periodically throughout the First 4 hours of the festival on a First come first serve basis. (1 poem limit, please)

Book Signings and Vending.
Missing a local poets book for your collection? Want a book you own signed by the author? Here’s your opportunity to meet and greet with some of your favorite local poets and pick up copies of their books.

(Message Jorge Mendez or The Venue on 35th on Facebook if you’re interested in being a vendor)

Have a poem you’d like to bring to life? Have a writer’s block and need to get the creative juices flowing? Want tips on editing? Workshops will be held throughout the early part of the festival to help you hone your poetic skills.

Panel Discussion. 3-430pm
A panel of local poets and poet types including Jeff Hewitt, Lisa Kendrick, DD Delaney, Hurricane and JT Williams. assembled to discuss different topics relating to poetry, writing and the performance scene in general.

VERB BENDERS Hosted Individual’s SLAM.
The Verb Benders will be hosting an individual's SLAM. If you’ve never been to a poetry slam this is a great opportunity to see some amazing poets go head to head in a 3 round battle of words.

It’s only $10 to compete in The Slam with half the total pot going to the winner!
Registration to Slam starts at 4pm.

Feature Performances.
The tail end of the Festival packs the biggest punch. Some of the area’s most dynamic, powerful, and creative poets will grace the Venue stage in back to back feature performances.
It’s sure to be an epic evening.

So far on the line up we have:
Tom Leveille
Jerry Mapes
Elizabeth McDougal
Taz Weysweete

(More features TBA)

Festival Admission: $5 all day pass!!!!
Advanced purchase Passes available Mondays During Open Mic at The Venue on 35th. 7-10pm

Verses and Vibes This Sunday!!

CIPHER Tuesday has a New, New Home in Newport News!!

It all begins Tuesday, March 28th!!  Please Share!!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday Night Options!!

This Friday night!! The Return of #TheMicFiendCafe
Taz Weysweete'
Xavier Rodriguez
Jorge Mendez
Tom Leveille
Zyaaday Lee
S.Y.A. Dajon Bigg Jon Alston
Live Art by Poetry Jackson and Art by ChaVonne Whisonant. Sounds by Dj Finga Tipps Jonathan Ramirez
March 17th
Double Tree by Hilton Norfolk Airport
830p to 12a $10/$20 for VIP food and beverage included
1500 N Military hwy Norfolk, Va

Monday, March 13, 2017

Coming in April to a Venue Near You!!

(If you happen to be in or near Fredericksburg...)
For more info:

Friday, March 10, 2017

C.I.P.H.E.R. Tuesdays New Location!!

C.I.P.H.E.R. Tuesdays has found a new home!!!! 

It all begins March 14th @ 8pm ($5 Donation). 
Please share!!!!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Zeiders is Looking for a Veteran to Tell Their Story

Zeiders American Dream Theater seeking a military veteran willing to share their story, have it transcribed, and then perform it along with other vets in a national non profit project called The Telling Project (https://thetellingproject.org/?s=telling)
Please contact Sibel Galindez at sibelgalindez@americandreamtheater.org if you are interested.  

This Weekend!!




Tuesday, March 7, 2017

C.I.P.H.E.R. is Postponed Until Further Notice

CIPHER Tuesdays is Postponed Until Further Notice!!
They are currently looking for a new home.

Please share!!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

March Richmond Happenings!!

Words on Fire: Poetry Happy Hour

Firehouse Theatre, 1609 W. Broad St., RVA 23220
Tuesday, March 21, 6pm
$5 at the door

Thanks to all who came out and made last month's Poetry Happy Hour a blast-- especially our February showcase poet, Molly Todd. Stay tuned for details on our March feature! Firehouse is a great space to brush up your performance in a formal setting without the pressure of a formal crowd-- you're always among friends! With an inspiring feature reading, open mic, and cash bar all evening long, there's no reason to miss out on the fun. Hope to see you there!

Poetry Night @ Café Zata

Café Zata, 5047 Forest Hill Ave., RVA 23225
Friday March 24, 7pm

We're back for another powerful night of verse at Westover Hills hangout Cafe Zata, a great place to kick back with a beverage or tasty bite and take in the amazingly diverse poetic talent RVA provides. Poets take the stage to share their talents here every fourth Friday, and new voices are always welcome. Sign up early to maximize your mic time!

Freewrite Tuesdays at Sub Rosa

Sub Rosa Bakery, 620 N. 25th St., RVA 23223
1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am-ish

Freewrites continue! Whatever you're working on these days, set aside some dedicated time for your writing... with us s at Sub Rosa on March 7th and/or 21st.

This is a welcoming and informal venue to write and feed off the creative energy around us and in each other-- we believe great work 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

Thanks to all who came out and got their rhyme on with us for our February workshop! We're kicking it up a notch in March and turning our attention to the ghazal (starting with how to pronounce "ghazal"; hint: it may not sound how you think it sounds).

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.

March dates:

Monday, March 13, 6:30-8pm– Small group critique, 
Urban Farmhouse Shockoe, 1217 E. Cary St. RVA 23219

Monday, March 20, 6:00-8:00pm– Third Monday Workshop: Adventures in Form: The Ghazal, 
Urban Farmhouse, Rocketts Landing, 4821 Old Main St., RVA 23231

Monday, March 27, 6:30-8pm– Small group critique, 
Urban Farmhouse Shockoe, 1217 E. Cary St. RVA 23219