upcoming gigs

I can pretty much always be found at River City Poet-related events around RVA (see Events&Happenings), & 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!

2017-2018


JANUARY 12-15: Bridgewater International Poetry Festival
Bridgewater, VA

JANUARY 21, 4:45pm: Presentation of Poe Inspires Contest Awards by the James River Writers & the Poe Museum as part of Poe’s 208th Birthday Bash Celebration
Poe Museum, Richmond, VA


FEBRUARY 4, 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.


MARCH 29, 7pm: Guest Judge, The Writer’s Den Poetry Slam– Grand Slam
Elegba Folklore Society, 101 E. Broad St., RVA


APRIL 1, 12:45pm: Panelist, Firehouse Theatre’s 2nd Annual Weekend of New Works
Firehouse Theatre, 1609 W. Broad St., RVA

APRIL 11: Radio interview with Robin Farmer for The Writer’s Voice
Streaming on demand at VirginiaVoice.org

APRIL 17, 7:30pm: Stage reading of All In, co-written by V.Mark Covington.
Firehouse Theatre, 1609 W. Broad St., RVA

APRIL 22, 9am-3pm: Hanover Book Festival Workshop
Mechanicsville, VA

Will include elements of voice, perspective and presentation. The workshop will focus on image-based writing (ekphrasis). Each participant should bring a single image (photograph, newspaper/magazine photo, illustration… whatever speaks to you). During the workshop, we’ll write from all/each, and examine the different ways individual poets approach the same subject. If time allows, poets will be invited to present their pieces to the group in an informal performance.
Come ready to create & be inspired!

APRIL 22, 3:30-4:30pm: RVA Lit Crawl
Urban Farmhouse, Scott’s Addition, 3015 Norfolk St., Richmond, VA


JUNE 1, 6:00pm: Words Matter, RVA
Richmond Public Library, 101 E. Franklin St., RVA


JULY 9, 1-3pm: Fairmont 5 Reading Series
Norfolk, VA
Featured reading, followed by open mic. Please message me if you are interested in coming!

JULY 15, 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.

JULY 21-23: Summer Retreat at The Porches
Norwood, VA
Weekend-long poetry getaway including workshop, one-on-one sessions, and group critique. If interested in participating in future retreats, please email me at rivercitypoets@gmail.com


AUGUST 26, 7PM: Reading at Chop Suey with Irene Mathieu
Chop Suey Books, 2913 W. Cary St., RVA


SEPTEMBER 9, 4PM: Dissections Launch
Reading and official launch for the new chapbook from Finishing Line Press. By invitation only. If you’re interested in attending, please email me at dottoressa.joanna@hotmail.com!

SEPTEMBER 23-24: Grammar & Style Crash Course 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.

Sat 10am-4pm; Sun 1pm-4pm. Registration at visarts.org


*OCTOBER 14-15: Moderator and speaker at the James River Writers 15th Annual Conference
Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 North 3rd Street, Richmond, VA, 23219

OCTOBER 14, 6pm: An Evening of Poetry in the Enchanted Garden
Poe Museum, 1914 E. Main St., RVA 23223

A poetry reading by the poet-speakers of the James River Writers 15th Annual Conference held in the Poe Museum’s atmospheric gardens. Free admission. Cash bar. Event to be held rain or shine.


FEBRUARY 13-MARCH 6, 2018: 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


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

MARCH 11, 2018, 6pm: IOTA Poetry at FireFlies
FireFlies, 1501 Mt. Vernon Ave. in Arlington, VA

Like IOTA, FireFlies offers a full bar and a full dinner menu. The Braddock Road Metro station on the Blue and Yellow Lines is about a mile away. Parking is ample in the streets near the club, and on Sunday nights there is also use of the Burke & Herbert bank parking lot a block from the club. An open reading is always held after the featured reading, unless otherwise noted. A full bar, coffee bar and dinner menu are available. For more information, contact miles3855@aol.com or call 703-256-9275.


APRIL 20-21, 2018: RVA Lit Crawl
Details TBA