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Richmond Poetry Fest Returns April 12-13 to VisArts

The event will include readings, free workshops, activities for poets and artists of all ages, food and beverages, and local vendors.

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Now in its second year, Richmond Poetry Fest is a celebration of poetry and community co-created by VisArts staff and a group of former and current writers-in-residence! The event will include readings, free workshops, activities for poets and artists of all ages, food and beverages, and local vendors.
Join us on the evening of Friday, April 12th at 6:30 p.m. for a kick-off performance by the Writer’s Den Slam Team and then keep the party going on Saturday, April 13th, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. with an all-day celebration.
Saturday will conclude with a special event, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: “I LOVE YOU AND I WANTED, An Evening of Poetry.” We will toast Roscoe Burnem’s tenure as the first Poet Laureate for the City of Richmond, welcome the city’s newest Poet Laureate to the scene and have readings by local writers – all done in partnership with the City of Richmond.
This family-friendly event features:
  • Poetry readings
  • Free writing workshops
  • Drag story hour
  • Family art-making activities
  • Screen printing your own Poetry Fest t-shirts + tote bags
  • Local poetry and writing vendors
  • Food from TBT El Gallo
  • Beverage from Dentwood Coffee
Poetry Fest workshops are now open for registration and are completely free! Register and read more about these classes:
  • The Impact of Spoken-word, Poetry Slam and the Digital Era with Roscoe Burnems
  • Melody Calling: Creating Lyrics to Found Melodies with Alex Dimas
  • Poetry Comics with Rae Whitlock
  • Zine-making with Lyall Harris: “Where I’m From”
  • Three Japanese Forms: Then, Now, and Yet to Come with Emily Okamoto-Green
  • Persona Poems with Ty Phelps
We need volunteers to assist in the youth making space and in workshops. To learn more and sign up, head this way: https://signup.com/go/OhneQBP
Richmond Poetry Fest is supported in part by the Carole Weinstein Endowment for Creative Writing.

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