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April 2012 Writing Show: Award-Winning Poets on Poetry

April 26th, 2012

The Writing Show

Thursday, April 26, 2012


Pencil by Robin Farmer


Polly LazaronBorn under a Gibbous moon, Polly Lazaron is a published poet and writer, award winning visual artist, teacher, principal of Energy Arts, LLC and an ensparkler. She collaborates with bio-intelligence to offer a constellation of services and products for humans and other animals. Her poetry most recently appeared in the 2011 International Anthology of 100 Thousand Poets for Change. Polly coordinates quarterly readings and reads at Writer House in Charlottesville, VA. She plants for pollinators.

Joanna Lee

Joanna Suzanne Lee has never been formally trained in any kind of writing, thank you very much. She can, however, dissect the brainstem of a neonatal mouse or diagnose your lower back pain. Her first full-length book of poetry, the somersaults I did as I fell, was released in January of 2009. Her work has been recently featured in Right Hand Pointing and qarrtsiluni, among others.


John L. Morgan IV

John L. Morgan IV, a native Richmonder, teaches English at St. Catherine’s School where he is the interim department chair and recently received The Dillon Barnett Award, a grant that he will use toward re-editing his Goddard College MFA manuscript, At Night I Pray for Ringo. John has also taught writing in Tallinn, Estonia and, more recently, in San Francisco where his love of music and lyric helped him earn a record deal. His journalism has appeared in The Richmond Times Dispatch, The Baltic Times, Punchline, and The Pitkin Review.

Shann Palmer

Shann Palmer, a Texan living in Richmond, hosts readings, workshops, and open mikes in Central Virginia. Published in print, anthologized, and on the web she has recent work in Short, Fast, and Deadly, Redheaded Stepchild, Poetry South, and The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. Her poem “Occluded” will appear in the 2013 Poet’s market.

Allison Seay

Allison Seay is the author of a collection of poems, To See the Queen, forth-coming in April 2013 from Persea Books in collaboration with the Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Project. She is a 2011 recipient of a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and serves as the Arrington Poet in Residence at the University of Mary Washington. Her work has appeared in such journals as Poetry, The Southern Review, Harvard Review, Crazyhorse, and Pleiades.

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David L. Robbins

April 26th, 2012

What JRW Means to Me

David L. Robbins and his poker buddies




In honor of the 10th anniversary of James River Writers, we’ve asked our members, “What does JRW mean to you?”

One of our founders, novelist David L. Robbins, kicks off the series with his recollection of how it all began over a poker game.

March 2012 Writing Show Recap: Rejections & Resilience: Fueling Creativity on an Empty Tank

April 25th, 2012

What should authors do when they get stuck and feel as though everything they write falls flat or gets rejected? Panelists attempted to answer that question while speaking to an overflow crowd at the March 29th Writing Show.

Valley Haggard

April 9th, 2012

Valley HaggardValley Haggard is a writer and teacher. Her articles and works of creative nonfiction have been published in Style Weekly, Richmond Magazine, V Magazine, Skirt, the Writer’s Dojo and the anthology, Tarnished: True Tales of Innocence Lost, and has a monthly column in Belle. Valley is also the founder of Richmond Young Writers, a writing camp for kids, and has volunteered with James River Writers as both a board member and program organizer.

Melissa P. Gay, author of the blog This Common Reader, chatted with Valley about her writing process in March 2012.