Little River Poetry Festival

A Retreat

ABOUT THE LITTLE RIVER POETRY FESTIVAL

Moving into its third year, the Little River Poetry Festival takes place in the beautiful rolling hills of Floyd, Virginia. Come enjoy the tranquility and creativity of the third year of poetry, friends, and fun!

ABOUT THE FOUNDERS

Jack Callan and Judith Stevens are two experienced poets based out of Norfolk, Virginia. This dynamic team put together the festival after being inspired while traveling down the Little River.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Bring your notebooks and your creativity for this retreat! The Little River Poetry Festival features an open mic every afternoon and evening, as well as workshops and featured poets.

WHY ATTEND THE FESTIVAL?

If you’re looking to sharpen your poetry skills and be around others in your community, the Little River Poetry Festival is the perfect place for you. Get to know fellow poets, work on your writing skills, and experience Floyd, Virginia in all of its beauty.

VIDEO OF THE 2016 FESTIVAL

2016 marked the first Little River Poetry Festival. With nine featured poets, two musicians, and lots of enthusiasm, poets from all over came together and enjoyed the beauty and wonder of Floyd, Virginia. Here is a short video of some of the fun, excitement, and artistry from the very first Little River Poetry Festival.

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DON’T MISS THIS AMAZING POETRY FESTIVAL AND RETREAT!

OUR POETS

Talent abounds in our line up of featured poets and workshop leaders. Each reader brings something different to the table with the diversity of their experiences and training shining through.

Featured Poets:

Star LaBranche
Stu and Linda Nottingham
Tanya Cunningham
Luci Merlo
Colleen Redman
Madeline Garcia
Jill Winkowski

Workshop Leaders:

J. Scott Wilson
Judith Stevens
Serena Fusak
Don "Bent Spoke" MacKellar
Jill Winkowski

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

DAY 1 SCHEDULE

3:00PM

3:00PM - 3:30PM

Walt Whitman Yoga with Eva and Judith

3:30PM

3:30PM - 4:00PM

Music with Doug and Kristi

4:00PM

4:00PM - 4:30PM

Reading by Star LaBranche

4:30PM

4:30PM - 5:00PM

Workshop with J. Scott Wilson

5:00PM

5:00PM - 5:45PM

Open Mic for All

5:45PM

5:45PM - 7:00PM

Ground Dinner in Town

7:00PM

7:00PM - 7:15PM

Workshop with Serena Fusek

8:00PM

8:00PM - 9:00PM

Tanka Workshop with Judith Stevens

9:00PM

9:00PM - 9:45PM

Open Mic for All

9:45PM

9:45PM - 10:00PM

First Day Closing Meditation

DAY 2 SCHEDULE

6:00AM

6:00AM - 7:00AM

Birdwalk with Sarah Winkowski at the Meadow Tent

7:00AM

7:00AM - 8:00AM

Breakfast in Town

8:00AM

8:00AM - 9:00AM

Walt Whitman Yoga and Meditation

9:00AM

9:00AM - 11:00AM

Little River Kayak Trip

10:00AM

10:00AM - 12:00PM

Kayak Trip

For those who don’t wish to kayak, there will be a poetry workshop taking place at the same time.

10:00AM

10:00AM - 11:00AM

Workshop with Serena Fusak

11:00AM

11:00AM - 11:30AM

Reading by Tanya Cunningham

12:00PM

12:00PM - 1:00PM

Lunch in the Meadow from the Bread Basket

1:00PM

1:00PM - 2:00PM

Open Mic for All

2:00PM

2:00PM - 2:30PM

Reading by Luci Merlo

2:30PM

2:30PM - 3:15PM

"Short Poetry Inspired by Haiku" Workshop with Don "Bent Spoke" MacKellar

3:15PM

3:15PM - 3:45PM

Short Nature Walk beside Little River

3:45PM

3:45PM - 4:15PM

Reading by Colleen Redman

4:15PM

4:15PM - 4:45PM

Open Mic for All

4:45PM

4:45PM - 6:30PM

Group Dinner in Town

7:00PM

7:00PM - 7:15PM

Walt Whitman Yoga and Meditation or Birdwalk with Sarah Winkowski

7:45PM

7:45PM - 8:45PM

Rondelet Workshop with Judith Stevens

8:45PM

8:45PM - 9:45PM

Open Mic for All

9:45PM

9:45PM - 10:00PM

Closing Meditation

DAY 3 SCHEDULE

7:00AM

7:00AM - 8:00AM

Breakfast in Town

8:00AM

8:00AM - 9:00AM

Walt Whitman Yoga and Meditation with Jill Winkowski

9:00AM

9:00AM - 12:00PM

Hiker's Trip to Buffalo Mountain

For anyone who doesn’t want to participate in the hike, there will be workshops and readings at the tent during this time.

9:30AM

9:30AM - 10:00AM

Reading by Jill Winkowski

10:00AM

10:00AM - 11:00AM

Workshop with Jill Winkowski

11:00AM

11:00AM - 12:00PM

Group Poetry Discussion on Craft

12:00PM

12:00PM - 1:00PM

Lunch in the Meadow

1:00PM

1:00PM - 2:00PM

Open Mic for All

2:00PM

2:00PM - 3:00PM

Music by Doug and Kristi

3:00PM

3:00PM - 3:15PM

Closing Stretches and Farewell

frequently asked questions

What is cell phone reception like at the Festival?

Cell phone reception is not the best. Verizon gets the best reception.

Is there camping available?

Yes! There definitely is. There is primitive camping available in the field where the festival is taking place. Further camping (with electricity and running water) can be found at Daddy Rabbit’s Campground, a short drive away.

Where else can I say in Floyd?

If camping is not your thing, there are many other places you can stay in Floyd, Virginia.

What should I bring with me?

First of all, your notebook! We encourage everyone to bring wet weather gear, including an umbrella and raincoat. Also, sunblock and bug spray.

Where can I learn more about the Little River Poetry Festival?

Be sure to check the official festival blog for all of the latest information and updates!

How much does it cost to attend the festival?

It costs $15 per day, which means one can attend the entire weekend for $45. Additional charges are meals and any chapbooks you might want to purchase from the poets.

What will the weather be like?

Last year we had amazing sunshine everyday. Keep in mind it can rain, so be prepared with wet weather gear. There will be sides on the tent in case of inclimate weather.

How can I register for the festival?

Simply download the form below and mail it in with your payment to register.

I have an additional question, who can answer it?

If you have a question we haven’t answered here, feel free to contact us through our official Facebook page to get the answers to all of your questions.

Download the registration form now

Download the registration form and mail it in with your payment in order to attend the festival.

Mailing address:

Judith Stevens

2931 Somme Ave

Norfolk, VA 23509

We can’t wait to see you there!

OFFICIAL LITTLE RIVER BLOG

Meet the Featured Poet: Tanya Cunningham!
Jun 1st

Meet the Featured Poet: Tanya Cunningham!

Who is Tanya Cunningham? Tanya Cunningham is a biographical poet who draws inspiration from her children, her life in Williamsburg, VA, and
1 Jun, 2017 1
Meet the Featured Poet: Star LaBranche!
May 31st

Meet the Featured Poet: Star LaBranche!

Who is Star LaBranche? Star LaBranche is a content marketing specialist who will soon reside in Virginia Beach. Bringing new a brand new chapbook, Wake
31 May, 2017 0
Meet the Featured Poet: Colleen Redman!
Mar 30th

Meet the Featured Poet: Colleen Redman!

Colleen Redman writes and provides photography for The Floyd Press newspaper. Her poetry has been published nationally, regionally, and online and has
30 Mar, 2017 0
Jun 26th

Poems Written at Little River Poetry Festival

There was a lot of poetry reading at the Little River Poetry Festival, but there was also plenty of writing as well...
26 Jun, 2016 0
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Little River Poetry Festival: A Retreat

Daytime Event Location

``On the Water`` Campsite
2053 Thunderstruck Road NE
Floyd, VA 24091

Little River Poetry Festival: A Retreat

Evening Event Location

Floyd Friends Meeting House
1199 Christiansburg Pike NE
Floyd, VA 24091