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2018 Main Events


February 26 - March 16 Poetry Contest Open for Entries

              View List of Winners

April 5 Battle of the Bands

              7pm-11pm at FM Restaurant in Norfolk (320 Granby St)

              Free entry.

              Enter Your Band

April 14 Poetry, Prose and Pizza Open Mic Night

               5pm-7pm at Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center  in Newport

               News (2410 Wickham Ave)

               Sign up to read a selection, or just come and enjoy listening to

               other people perform. Bring your own work to share, or choose a

               favorite piece to recite. This event is hosted by Nathan

               Richardson, accomplished performance poet and published

               author. Pizza is provided by Vito's Pizza and Italian Restaurant. 

               RSVP Here

April 28 Kwame Reads: The Main Event
               3pm-5pm at Slover Library in Norfolk (235 E Plume St)

               Enjoy a book signing and talk with Kwame Alexander and a poetry

               awards ceremony.

               Seating is available on a first come first served basis and will 

               open 30 minutes prior to the event. Free to attend.

May 4 Verbal 2 Visual Art Reception and Awards Presentation

               7pm-9pm at Suffolk Art Gallery in Suffolk (118 Bosley Ave)

               This evening will kick off the Suffolk Art League and Suffolk Art                     Gallery's Juried Exhibition of artwork inspired by the works of                       Kwame Alexander. The reception is open to the public. Artists                         interested in submitting work must complete the exhibit entry
               form by March 30, 2018. Cash prizes will be awarded.

View the calendar below for even more Tidewater Reads related events taking place with our sponsors.