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Poetry month in full swing

April 5, 2013

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We're just about a full week into National Poetry Month, and in Hampton Roads, there is no shortage of opportunities for you to soak up all the verse you want. Here's what's coming up in the next couple weeks.

The Patarick Hayes Writers Series at William and Mary presents alumni Steve Kisulentz and Rebecca Lindenberg reading from their new books of poetry.
When? Thursday, April 11, 5 p.m.
Where? College of William and Mary Blow Hall, Room 201

Kistulentz authored "The Luckless Age" (Red Hen Press, 2011) which won the 2009 Benjamin Saltman Award. His works have appeared in Antioch, Black Warrior, New Letters and Quarterly West. He currently teaches creative writing, literature and popular culture at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.

In "Love, An Annex," Lindenberg wrote about her relationship with her partner, poet Craig Arnold, who went missing in Japan in 2009. "Love, An Annex" is Lindenberg's first book of poetry, and also the first publication by the new Poetry Series 2012 by McSweeney. Currently Lindenberg teaches in the English Department at Utah State University.

More opportunities to share your work

Verses and Vibes
Saturday, April 6
Poetry and Spoken-word performances featuring GodChild, Simba, Gye Nyame and Maria Poulson
When? Saturday, April 6. Doors  open 8:30 p.m.
Where? IslandKrave Caribbean, 148 Burnetts Way, Suffolk

Saturday Poetry Series of Williamsburg
Presentation of works by 5 or 6 poets each month
When?  Saturday, April 6, 11 a.m. to noon
Where? Williamsburg-James City County Library at Norge

Directions: Take I-64 toward Williamsburg; Take Exit 231A (Croaker Road toward Norge); Go ½ mile, the library is on the left.

For information, contact Ed Lull at ewlull@verizon.net

Poetry Salon
Host: Talya Chatman
When? Monday, April 8, 6-8 p.m.
Where? La Bodega, 22 Wine Street, Hampton
For infomration, call 722-8466

Open-Mic Poetry
Challenge: Epiphany Poem
Hosts: Ann Shalaski, Mike Correa and Hollis Pruitt
When? Tuesday, April 9, 7-9:30 p.m.
Where? Aroma's at City Center, 706 Town Centre Drive, Suite 104
For information, call 240-4650

Open-mic Poetry
Host: Terrance Oliver
When? Thursday, April 11, 8-10 p.m.
Where? Blue Skies Art Gallery
26 S. King Street, Hampton

Poetry, Prose and Pizza
Host: Nathan Richardson
When? Thursday, April 11, 6 p.m.
Where? Suffolk Museum, 118 Bosley Avenue, Suffolk

Young Poets Love Poetry Movement
Workshop, Showcase and Reception
Workshop led by 13 of Nazareth. "Break away from open mics and slams. Step back and discover what it really takes to write and perform good poetry."
Showcase - Poets must register to perform before 13 of Nazaret and other seasoned poets. Age categories 12-16, 17-20, 21 and above.
Reception immediately follows the showcase.
When? Friday, April 12, 6:30 pm.
Where? Westhampton Community Center, 1638 Briarfield Road, Hampton
Cost? $5 due before the event

For information and to register, call 896-4692 or email mstclair@hampton.gov.