upcoming gigs

I can pretty much always be found at River City Poet-related events around RVA, & almost as frequently, at James River Writer goings-on. For other guest & feature appearances, as well as classes and workshops, please see below. (Events added periodically as they come up.) *Registration now open!


JANUARY 20, 2pm: Poetry Cafe
Book People, 536 Granite Ave., RVA

FEBRUARY 13-MARCH 6: Grammar & Style for Poets
Visual Arts Center of Richmond

We’ve all heard of poetic license, but you have to know the rules to break them! In this course we’ll review common punctuation and grammatical areas of confusion & error and focus on how to avoid them to express yourself in your poetry more clearly and accurately. Topics covered to include: comma and dash usage, fragmenting, plurality, capitalization, line breaks & other pauses, and more.

Tuesdays 1pm-3:30pm. Registration at visarts.org

FEBRUARY 22, 7:30pm: Stage Reading of ALL IN, co-written by V. Mark Covington
Firehouse Theatre, 1609 W. Broad St., RVA

MARCH 10, 10am-4pm: Workshop–Poetry & Healing
Visual Arts Center of Richmond

Disease is an intense and intimate human experience, and poetry is a creative medium that connects us to a wider world. This workshop is intended for those who suffer from chronic illness and those who have been affected by trauma, along with their caregivers, companions, and healthcare providers. Join us as we look at the ways poetry can sublimate suffering into art.

Registration at visarts.org

APRIL 6, 5:30pm: curator & reader, First Fridays Poetry & The Law Salon
John Marshall House, 818 E. Marshall St., RVA 23219

APRIL 19, 6:30pm: discussion facilitator, TEDxRVASalon: The Impact of Art
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Boulevard, RVA 23220

APRIL 21, 8:00pm: curator & featured reader, River City Poets Read @ RVA Lit Crawl
10 Italian Cafe, 3200 W. Cary St., RVA 23221

MAY 5, noon: featured reader,  Twisted Culture Arts Festival
Twisted Ales Brewing, 212 W. 6th St., RVA 23224


SEPTEMBER 29, 1pm-4pm: Workshop–Writing the Moment
Visual Arts Center of Richmond

Explore poetic short forms to hone your power of observation. Focusing on the haiku and other Japanese short forms, we’ll study examples of each style and do multiple rounds of writing/sharing. Since mindfulness is a central concept in these writings, the class will open with a short meditation. Participants will be encouraged to take what they’ve learned and carry it into a daily writing practice. While these are poetic forms, the class is suitable and practicable for writers of any genre.

Registration at visarts.org 

OCTOBER 20, 10am-4pm: 1st Annual RVA Booklovers’ Festival
Jefferson Park, 1921 Princess Anne Ave. RVA 23223

NOVEMBER 10: Poetry Cafe at Book People, details TBA
Book People, 536 Granite Ave., RVA 23226