Congratulations to local poet and spoken-word artist Roscoe Burnems for being selected as the City of Richmond's first-ever Poet Laureate! Burnems is the founder of Writer's Den Art Collective, and with them he hosted the Poet-tree Stage at the First Annual RVA Booklovers' Festival. “It is the diversity of the city and the adversities that we are able to overcome as a community that cultivate our resilience as people,” said Burnems. “This is the soil for change and progression to sprout and expand into a tree that blooms the fruit of our tenacity. We decide if that fruit is sweetened with peace or embittered with division.” Burnems will make his public debut at the Poe Museum's Birthday Bash (virtual) on January 16. Download the press release here!
We’re excited to announce that our fair city will now choose our own poet laureate! Mayor Stoney has issued an official proclamation, and poets from around the Commonwealth are invited to apply. (Applications close November 5, 2020). At Brandylane, we believe in the power of poetry to inspire, unite, and connect our community, and we know firsthand that Richmond is a soulful city that embraces its poets and artists. The literary community here has exploded over the last decade, and it continues to flourish. James River Writers, The Writers Den RVA, RVA Booklovers' Festival, The Poe Museum, Life in Ten Minutes Writing Studios, local booksellers, libraries, publishers, and dozens of other organizations and activities celebrate the literary arts. We’re confident that an official poet laureate endorsed by the city will bring poetry to the people and even more creative passion to our passionate city. Join us in spreading the word far and wide to Virginia’s book and poetry lovers, and encourage your poet friends to apply. Learn more about Richmond's new poet laureate program! written by Robert Pruett