Greetings, Y'all Poets, Bards, n Troubadours, note the small (L) that denotes a hyperlink to a website or webpage to the immediately preceding event/place.
NO SUBMISSIONS MEANS NO ANTHOLOGY. Take heed. Read the directions and submit you poems for Skipping Stones Vol VII. (L) Those poems you don't submit won't be published. Though there is no guarantee for any given poem, those you do submit have at least a decent chance of making it into the book. There are only 7 days left to submit poems, photos, artwork to Skipping Stones for consideration for publication in Volume VII planned for release in November. But we gotta absolutely MUST have your $5 submission fee and up to 5 poems NOT LATER THAN midnight June 30. Digital copy in Word Perfect, MS Word, pdf, or WordPad formats; graphics in pdf or jpg formats. See details [what, when, how] on the website ChesBayPoets.org (L) and click on the picture of Skipping Stones Vol VII. (L) [You have 3 links right here in this paragraph alone.]
First one Saturday starts this summer series of 3 FREE writers workshops about getting published, especially how to write a sound and effective query letter and how to find and impress an agent. The rest of the series appears equally inviting. The presenters are rock-solid, successful writers. I'm signed up and ready to go to the Yorktown Public Library on Rt 17 on the way to the Coleman Bridge from Southside. If you want to seriously sell your book to a publisher, don't miss it. All it costs is TIME and the belief that you really can write something somebody else wants to read. (The link is to the flyer found on the ChesBayPoets (L) website Home page in the RH column of links.) THESE ARE BIG-TIME WORKSHOPS. DON'T LET 'EM GET AWAY.
Squished between the morning and the busy evening Saturday, Iris Art Shop (L) on Wythe Creek Rd in Poquoson hosts Jack Callan reading a plethora of poems from his popular books of poems. Starts at 1 and ends at 3. Just time enough to get there and go get gone to the next event. (I expect to be at all 4 of these - 't will be a busy day por mois).
In downtown Norfolk discover the West Ghent Summer Solstice Open House. Join the New Leaf, Princess Anne Estates, The Muse Writers Center, and many other businesses Friday evening, June 24, from 6-9 p.m. for this event. Everyone is welcome to enjoy complimentary refreshments, a performance by Lewis McGhee, an accoustic jam session, a photography exhibit, and a charity raffle to reaise money for The Muse Writers Center (L) scholarship funds. The raffle, with more than $1,000 in gift certificates and prizes from area restaurants and businesses will take place beginning at 8:30 p.m. Tickets will be available for purchase during the entire open house. A list of prizes is available on The Muse website www.the-muse.org. (L) This event will take place at all three locations, radiating from the corner of Redgate and Orapax Streets in West Ghent.
Not to get lost in the crowd, the 4th Friday open reading at Jack Callan's house is ALSO Friday evening June 24 from 8-11 p.m. It's always good...good soup, good 'grits,' good libations, good poetry, good friends. What more could you want? Check it out on the ChesBayPoets.org (L) wibsite (there's a link in the RH column).
Every Friday evening the Prime-Time Poetry Show (L) will entertain your need for verse in your ear and a venue for you to read as well at Bean There Cafe in downtown Norfolk.
The Venue at 35th (L) Street in Norfolk hosts an evening of open mic entertainment from music to story-telling to poetry to drama every Monday evening and late-week and weekend entertainment most of the time.
http://ChesBayPoets.org (L) tells most all, albeit misses one or another from time to time. Most of the cited events and venues can be found on the website, often on a link on the Home page or at least from the link to Monthly/Weekly (L) events on the front page as well as from elsewhere inside the website. While you are at the Monthly/Weekly page there, be sure to check out the last/bottom entry for Wednesday - that's an invitation to enjoy late afternoon sun and breezes and the surf and catching a few poems as the sun begins to sag into the landlocked side of the horizon.
Look ahead to the Hampton Roads Writers third annual Writers' Conference (L) at the Double Tree Inn in Virginia Beach.
Here is another new event, already established: B.A.R. represents the Bayside Authors' Room at AFK Books, Bayside Shopping Center on the corner of Shore Drive and Pleasure House Road. They meet the second Sunday monthly from 507 p.m. No fees, no officers...just take turns by draws at readings, critiques, scripts (scenes) play readings...all literary genres. "We raise the Bar" on creative writing and social responsibilities. Contact Jeanne Foster for more information at her e-address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last but far from least, this one is for those of us who are interested in resurrecting the VB Open Page series. Click this link to this VBOPP (L) page on the CBP website with the core question and requesting a response if you are interested.
Writing won't make you fat, nor leave you hung over. But if we don't munch and drink while writing and sharing our stuff, then why do we do it? - write, I mean.