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,
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
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
The competitions take place this year at:
2017 Hampton Roads Youth Poetry Festival -
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk - Sat. April 8th 1pm – 5pm
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
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
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.
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:
(More features TBA)
Festival Admission: $5 all day pass!!!!
Advanced purchase Passes available Mondays During Open Mic at The Venue on 35th. 7-10pm
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
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.
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