Monday, November 15, 2010

Art After 5 at Peninsula Fine Arts Center on Thursday, 11/18 @ 5:30 PM


Hey Hampton Roads, we're bringing the poetry across the water! The PFAC in Newport News is hosting a wonderful art after hours series this season and is featuring the words of four area poets: Shonda Buchanan, Luisa Igloria, Toni Wynn and me. We'd love to see you there! Details are below:

WHAT: PFAC has a special Poetry Night component of Peninsula Fine Arts Center’s Art After 5 this week. Noted poet and author Toni Wynn has organized some tremendous talent to read for us: Shonda Buchanan, Remica L. Bingham, and Luisa Igloria. Come out for some fine poetry, hear great music by Gina Dalmas and the Cow Tippin’ Playboys, enjoy wonderful food by Blackdog Catering, witness artist Brian Murphy at work, see lots of great art, meet new friends, and be part of the Peninsula’s most happening scene!Third Thursdays are free for Art After 5--a live music, poetry, and art happening with refreshments.

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 18 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM

WHERE: Peninsula Fine Arts Center 101 Museum Drive Newport News, Virginia, 23606 757-596-8175

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Novel Nights Program at Chesapeake Public Library on Friday, 11/12 @ 6:00 PM


WHAT: In the tradition of the great intellectual salon experiences, wander the library sampling gourmet delights from Chef Donnie Franklin, talk literature with a variety of writers and poets, and listen to the sounds of Virginia with musician Bill Gurley.

**Share the passion of celebrated New York Times Bestselling Author Mary Alice Monroe as she tells about writing Southern novels highlighting coastal living, fly fishing, love, and family.

**Thrill to USA Best Selling Author David Poyer, as he vividly captures the excitement and drama of the Civil War, military history, and espionage.

**Engage with local authors and poets Kwame Alexander, Christy Barritt, Remica Bingham, Tinesha Davis, Booker T. Mattison, Raymond Harper, Judi McCoy and Jon Pineda as they exchange their thoughts on the joys and challenges of the writing life.

The gala evening event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Chesapeake Public Library and the Chesapeake Public Library Foundation to benefit the Library and celebrate the power of the pen and the creative imagination. Tickets can be purchased in advance at any Chesapeake Library branch for $20.00, which includes the buffet and refreshments, or $25.00 at the door. Block tickets for groups of six or more are available for $15.00 each. For more information and a complete list of the authors visit the library webpage at or call the Library at 757.410.7105.

WHEN: Friday, 11/2, starting at 6:00 PM

WHERE: 298 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA

I finally have another reading in Hampton Roads (thanks to Kwame Alexander, writer and organizer extraordinaire) and this time I get to talk about love and loss with fabulous Tidewater poet, Jon Pineda. You get lots of bang for your buck at this one and it will benefit our local libraries. Fun, food, words galore, what more could you ask for! There will be a reception where authors and readers can mingle before the program begins and here's the schedule for the night:

7:30 – 8:15: The Drama Unfolds: Local Novelists Talk about their Writing Lives
Booker T. Mattison
Debbiann Holmes
Tinesha Davis

7:30 – 8:15: Who Did It? Reading by Local Mystery Novelists
Christy Barritt
Judi McCoy

800 – 8:30: Storytime: ReadingKwame Alexander, author of Indigo Blume and The Garden City, And Then You Know: New & Selected Poems

8:30 – 9:15: Poets and Writers on Love, Loss, and Literature
Jon Pineda
Remica Bingham

8:30 – 9:15: The Rest is History: A Talk with Writers
David Poyer
Raymond Harper

It should be a wonderful night. I hope to see all the local word-lovers there!